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November 2016 - France

November 2016 - France
This month's Wine feature is French Wines

France Reviews

Domaine Sarrabelle 2011 In Vinum Gaillac AOP
96 points
$66
Nearly opaque garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of dried blueberries, toffee, delicate dried flowers, and toasty cedar and leather with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, engaging, medium-long peach skin, cedar, nutskin, and black tea finish with well-integrated, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A plush, complex, velvet brick of a red wine with evolving waves of flavor.
La Croix Saint Jean 2014 Cuvée Michel Minervois
93 points
$16
Bright violet color. Attractive, complex aromas and flavors of spiced mixed berries, minerals, delicate flowers and tea, and dried meat with a silky, bright, medium body and a silky, elegant, medium-long cashew nougat, white chocolate drizzled peach, delicate spice, and cedar finish with fine, chewy tannins and light oak. A bright, juicy French red with lovely layers of flavor and fine tannins.
Chateau de Gayon 2010 Gouttes dOr Pacherenc du vic-Bilh
93 points
$26
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of exotic citrus, banana cake and leaf, and spiced apples with a silky, tangy, off-dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, charming, medium-length Meyer lemon, coconut cream, spiced pineapple, and minerals and earth finish with crunchy, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. An delicious and intriguing, off-dry white wine that will be great with spicy foods.
La Croix Saint Jean 2013 Lo Mainatge Minervois
92 points
$19.99
Bright violet color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of berry chutney and blossoms, dark chocolate mint, caramelized nuts and yams, and hints of pencil lead and bouillon with an tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, intricate, chocolate orange peel, spiced peach, and nougat finish with silky, fine tannins and light oak. A sumptuous and satisfyingly silky and seductive French red sipper.
92 points $19.99
Domaine Sarrabelle 2015  Chardonnay
91 points
$13
Best Buy
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of apple blossom, spiced apples and peaches, and pear custard with a dryish medium-to-full body and a medium-long pineapple cake finish. A charming, delicious, floral chardonnay with fine balance.
91 points $13 Best Buy
Domaine Sarrabelle 2014 St André Gaillac AOP
90 points
$18
Best Buy
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of forest floor, smoked peppercorn, and pickled root vegetables with a dry medium-to-full body and a medium-length toasty cedar cocoa and reduced lemon finish. A very savory earthy French red that will shine at the table with game or mushroom dishes.
90 points $18 Best Buy
Domaine Sarrabelle 2012 Prestige Gaillac AOP
90 points
$31
Bright brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of candied black currants, pressed violets, currant jam and oak, and tree bark and malabar pepper with a racy, dry full body and a quick finish with crunchy, barky, papery tannins and moderate oak. Fun, authentic flavors with jazzy flavors.
Chateau de Gayon 2010 dou Barrinquet Madiran
90 points
$38
Dusty black ruby color. Fruity aromas and flavors of dried fruits, spiced nuts, coconut, and dried flowers and leather with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity body and a sleek, delightful, medium-length finish with fine, chewy tannins and light oak. A round, earthy French red built for rich meat dishes or the cellar.
Domaine Sarrabelle 2009 Prestige Gaillac AOP
89 points
$31
Bright garnet black color. Earthy, savory, smoky aromas and flavors of olives, tar and toasted herb, grilled green peppers and apples, and baking chocolate with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-length raisins and nuts, nectarine pit, slate, and cedar paper finish with fine, dusty tannins and moderate oak. An engaging, slightly rustic, and somewhat beguiling French red for the artisanal table.
Domaine Sarrabelle 2015 Tradition Rouge Gaillac AOP
88 points
$12
Best Buy
Bright brick red color. Aromas of candied black fruits, pressed violets and gamy, plums and planked oak, and gravel & clay and black pepper with a crisp, dry full body and a complex, breezy finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A good quality example.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Domaine Sarrabelle 2012  Syrah
87 points
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate yogurt, roasted berries, and toffee with a dryish medium body body and a breezy dried orange and cedar finish. A crisp French red, perfect for lighter meat dishes.
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