November 2016 - France

This month's Wine feature is French Wines
France Reviews
217486
Domaine Sarrabelle
2011 In Vinum Gaillac AOP
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217128
La Croix Saint Jean
2014 Cuvée Michel Minervois
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217430
Chateau de Gayon
2010 Gouttes d'Or Pacherenc du vic-Bilh
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217129
La Croix Saint Jean
2013 Lo Mainatge Minervois
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217487
Domaine Sarrabelle
2015 Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217489
Domaine Sarrabelle
2014 St André Gaillac AOP
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217484
Domaine Sarrabelle
2012 Prestige Gaillac AOP
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217431
Chateau de Gayon
2010 dou Barrinquet Madiran
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217485
Domaine Sarrabelle
2009 Prestige Gaillac AOP
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217488
Domaine Sarrabelle
2015 Tradition Rouge Gaillac AOP
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217618
Domaine Sarrabelle
2012 Syrah
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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