April 2017 - France

This month's Wine feature is French Wines
France Reviews
218985
Retrofollies
2016 Rose Coteaux Varois de Provence
Dusty pink coral color. Floral, attractive aromas of spring blossom, juicy bartlett pear, raspberry, and clove with a supple, crisp, dry medium body and a complex, very long raspberry, currant, key lime pie, and chervil finish with well-integrated, fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A delicious and perfumed rose with a great sense of place.
96 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218969
Antech
2014 Cuvee Eugenie Brut Limoux
Light yellow straw color. Grassy aromas of hay, yellow delicious apple, honeycomb, and vanilla custard with an tangy, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-long golden delicious apple, honeysuckle nectar, dried marigold, and honeyed biscuit finish with fruit, well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak. A lovely and vibrant summer wine.
94 points $16.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219215
Louis Revoir
NV Brut Cuvee Prestige Champagne
Brilliant light gold color. Baked, attractive aromas and flavors of toasted brioche, honey baked apples, and orange marmalade with a velvety, lively, finely carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and an intricate, very long toasted brioche, baked apples, orange marmalade, and tagine spices finish with fine tannins and a suggestion of oak. Fantastic champagne, full of flavor, nuance, brawn and beauty.
94 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219105
Gustave Lorentz
2011 Altenberg de Bergheim Vielles Vignes Riesling
Shimmering light gold color. Complex, citrusy, perfumed aromas of lychee syrup, sweet orange marmalade, iris, and new shoes with a round, vibrant, dry medium-full body and a peppery, very complex, very long fresh lychee, lemon curd, bitter almonds, and grapefruit segments finish with fruit, fine, well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak. Fantastically complex and commanding Riesling with the power to stand up to almost any dish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218986
Domaine Saint-Ferreol
2016 Rose Coteaux Varois de Provence
Bright pink coral color. Fresh, fruity aromas of strawberry, kiwi, petite fours, and honeyed rice cake with a crisp, dry medium body and an interesting, medium-long kiwi, cherry stem, peach mango yogurt, and basil finish with clunky, chewy, fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A fresh, fruity, and tropical rose that will shine at the table
93 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218968
Antech
2014 Emotion Limoux
Pale khaki orange color. Aromas of peach skin, mango bubble gum, chalk, and musk with a soft, vibrant, effervescent, fruity medium body and a refreshing, medium-long peaches and cream, dried papaya, nougat, and spiced lemon and apples finish with fruit, fine tannins and a suggestion of oak. A great example of a clean, vibrantly flavorful French sparkler with a real sense of place.
93 points $16.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219161
Moncigale
NV Fruits & Wine Rosé and Cherry Fruit Wine France
Brilliant dark pink coral color. Complex, fruity aromas of fragrant berries, summer potpourri with eucalyptus and bergamot, sweet pea, and juicy melon with a silky, crisp, sweet light-to-medium body and a stimulating, medium-length cassis, blueberry pie, berry jam, and rooibos tea finish with fruit, fine tannins and no oak. The intense bouquet on the nose of this wine makes this a bottle to show and tell with friends.
92 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219194
Shadow Bay
2013 Reserve Pinot Noir
Dull dusty ruby color. Aromas of baked apple cinnamon muffin, graphite, raw leather, and autumn leaves with an crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an elegant, medium-long homemade cherry preserves, leather boots, wet leaves, and apple-cinnamon finish with earthy, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A fantastic and satisfying pinot noir, ready to drink alone or with dinner.
92 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219158
Moncigale
2015 Rosé Coteaux d'Aix en Provence
Bright pink coral color. Aromas of sour cherry preserves, nectarine, tarragon, and honeydew melon rind with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-length underripe cherries, white strawberry, clementine, and cantaloupe finish with fruit, fine tannins and no oak. A rich, yet nuanced and ethereal rose that captures the essence of Provence.
92 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218970
Antech
NV Tradition Brut Limoux
Brilliant yellow straw color. Interesting aromas and flavors of beeswax, green almond, clementine, and melon with a round, finely carbonated, dry light body and a complex, medium-long wildflowers, apricot, preserved lemon, and green almond finish with fruit, fine tannins and no oak. A round, well-balanced sparkler with bright acidity and an easy drinking appeal.
92 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218791
Chateau de Janicon
2014 Graves Rouge
Dusty garnet black color. Inviting, savory, elegant aromas of stewed and spiced plums, horse blanket, espresso, and eucalyptus with a chunky, vibrant, dry full body and a complex, long fresh plum, cigar box, espresso bean, and cocoa nib finish with grippy, coarse tannins and moderate oak. An elegant and complex Bordeaux that will reveal its full potential in a few years.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218983
Jas Des Vignes
2016 Rose Alpes-de-Haute-Provence
Pink color. Interesting, fruity aromas and flavors of watermelon, overripe bruised peach, peach blossom, and ripe honeydew melon with a lively, dry-yet-fruity body and an appealing, medium-length finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A fruit forward rose with mouthwatering acidity to crush on a summer day
91 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219195
Shadow Bay
2014 Reserve Chardonnay
Light golden straw color. Woody, roasted aromas of cinnamon applesauce, white flowers, vanilla honey, and riverbank with a supple, soft, dry-yet-fruity full body and a charming, medium-length cinnamon applesauce and warm spice cookies finish with soft, fruit, fine, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A flavorful and finessful French Chardonnay with a coquettish style.
91 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219104
Gustave Lorentz
2016 Reserve Pinot Blanc
Pale light golden straw color. Grassy, citrusy, exotic aromas of nectarine, fern, and lemon icing with a crisp, dry medium body and a complex, medium-length peach nectar, dill, fennel fronds, and slate finish with fine, fruit tannins. A bright and pure pinot blanc to please a crowd
91 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219107
Gustave Lorentz
2016 Reserve Riesling
Pale yellow straw color. Fruity, floral, elegant aromas of orange blossom, vanilla lychee sorbet, and starfruit with a supple, racy, dry medium-full body and an appealing, medium-length fresh starfruit, bitter almond, and clementine zest finish with fruit, fine tannins and no oak. Dazzling starfruit flavors dominate in this fresh and exotic wine.
91 points $22.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219108
Gustave Lorentz
2014 Lieu-Dit Burg Riesling
Yellow straw color. Perfumed, elegant, rubbery aromas of water lilly, fresh tangerine juice, guanabana, and petrol with a velvety, racy, dryish medium-full body and a peppery, subtle, long mango coulis, passion fruit panna cotta, crystallized ginger, and delicate white pepper finish with well-integrated, fruit, fine tannins and a suggestion of oak. Gorgeously full and complex Riesling for weekend dinners with friends.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219160
Moncigale
NV Fruits & Wine Grapefruit and Rosé Sweet Fruit Wine France
Bright salmon orange color. Floral, fruity aromas and flavors of strawberry-kiwi nectar, lime blossom, green apple soap, and italian orange scone with a silky, crisp, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and an appealing, medium-length finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A beautifully hued and balanced fruit wine.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218607
Kirkland Signature
2014 Signature Series Pauillac
Garnet color. Rustic aromas of purple fruit, fountain pen ink, moist tobacco, and mocha latte with a chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a very complex, long blackberry tart, walnut shell, san marzano tomato sauce, and menthol finish with grippy, firm tannins and moderate oak. A well-rounded Bordeaux for gifting and sipping with tasty steaks.
90 points $22.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219106
Gustave Lorentz
2016 Reserve Gewurztraminer
Pale yellow straw color. Perfumed, floral, inviting aromas of lush tropical flowers, overripe pineapple, fresh cilantro, and whipped cream with a round, crisp, off-dry body and a delightful, medium-length bruised pineapple, tuberose, caramelized passion fruit, and Chinese five spice finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A delectable floral white with ample fruit.
90 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219193
Shadow Bay
2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Opaque garnet black color. Interesting, attractive aromas of chocolate covered espresso bean, dried blueberry, mint jelly, and miso paste with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and an interesting, medium-length dusty dried blueberry, chocolate covered espresso bean, soy glaze, and peanut skin finish with silky, coating tannins. An easy-drinking and lip-smacking cabernet.
89 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219109
Gustave Lorentz
2011 Altenberg de Bergheim Gewurztraminer
Brilliant gold color. Exotic, floral aromas of powdery white flowers, sunflowers, and pineapple soda with a round, racy, very sweet medium-full body and an interesting, medium-long hazlenuts, cinnamon and asian pear compote, quince paste, and balloon finish with fruit, fine tannins and no oak. A singing desert wine for effortless pairings.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219009
Nicolas Potel
2015 Pinot Noir
Dusty light brick red color. Earthy aromas of crystalized bing cherries, charred allspice, green peppercorn, and riverbed with a puckering, dry light-to-medium body and a medium-length underripe cassis, twigs, charred cherry bark, and iron-rich riverbed finish with cottony, woody tannins. An earthy, likable red.
88 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219172
Champs de Provence
2016 Rosé Côtes de Provence
Light salmon orange color. Aromas of peach skins, underripe apricot, dill, and fresh earth with a dry medium body and a medium-length cherry-orange compote, vanilla lime coulis, bitter grapefruit, and game finish with fruit, cottony, soft tannins and a suggestion of oak. A pleasant, dry rose sipper.
88 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218790
Chateau de Janicon
2014 Graves Blanc
Pale golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of key lime pie with graham cracker crust, lemon blossoms, and hint of floral herbs and candle with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity body and an interesting, medium-long exotic tropical fruits, toasted nuts, and minerals finish with fine tannins and a suggestion of oak. A intriguingly floral and tropical French white wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219214
Fleur de Rosee
2016 Rose Côtes de Provence
Dark salmon pink color. Aromas and flavors of peach tart and orange gelato with a silky, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a graceful, interesting, medium-long strawberry, citrus, and minerals finish. A bright, vibrant rose pleaser.
86 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219162
Cloud Chaser
2016 Rosé Côtes de Provence
Light pink coral color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of melon and strawberries in cream, spiced pear, and cotton with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length lemon spritzed cherry and minerals and earth finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A charming, piquant rose sipper.
86 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218984
Les Trois Sources
2016 Rose Côtes de Provence
Light silvery pink color. Aromas and flavors of caramelized peach and dried flowers with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, breezy white strawberry, nutskin, and minerals finish with fine, chewy, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. An attractive well rounded rose.
85 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218789
Chateau de Janicon
2013 Graves Blanc
Light golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of toasted hazelnuts and baked apples and kiwi with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a silky, interesting, breezy lemon meringue, minerals, and hint of rubber sap finish with fine, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A rock solid white Bordeaux.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219159
Moncigale
NV Fruits & Wine Strawberry and Rosé Sweet Fruit Wine France
Bright pale sunburst amber color. Candied, fruity, sweet aromas of overripe strawberries, peach jam, sour orange candy, and melon with a supple, shy, sweet medium body and a breezy wildberry tea, hibiscus, and peach tea finish with fruit, fine tannins and no oak. Juicy fruit flavors make this an accessible and quaffable fruit wine.
84 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219155
Vino San Estaben
2015 Reserve Malbec
Bright dark ruby color. Fruity aromas of brandied maraschino cherry, milk chocolate, fondant, and wet cinnamon with a soft, off-dry medium body and a pomegranate, vanilla pastry, iron, and milk chocolate bar finish with chewy tannins. An off-dry red to serve with a slight chill.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219156
Scarlet of Paris
2015 Pinot Noir
Clear garnet color. Aromas of resin, cherry skin, dried herbs, and blueberry muffin with a tannic, bright, fruity medium body and a breezy dried cranberry, sweet tobacco, marinated grape leaf, and stainless steel finish with crunchy tannins and no oak. A nice un-oaked and juicy red sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218982
Manon
2016 Rose Côtes de Provence
Light silvery pink color. Earthy aromas and flavors of dried cherries, grape leaves, and earth with a silky, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, rapid melon rind, cream, and nutskin finish with no oak. A nice dry rose.
84 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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