November 2017 - France

This month's Wine feature is French Wines
France Reviews
222203
Chateau Lalande de Gravet
2015 Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate espresso bean, toasted sandalwood and pencil shavings, berry pie crust, and hint of lilac water with a bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a distinctive, very long cinnamon roll, craisin and dried tomato, cedar, and earth finish with well-integrated, chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A remarkably complex, spicy, and satisfying young Saint Emilion with an even brighter future ahead of it.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221798
Chateau Les Vimieres
2014 Haut-Médoc
Deep purple color. Aromas of cedar, black cassis, plum, sweet violet, and anise with a chewy, lively, dryish full body and an effortless, layered, very long bramble, leather, grilled meats, and black pepper finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. A brooding wine with a breathtaking finish that will continue to improve with time.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221790
Chateau Calvimont
2015 Graves Rouge
Dusty garnet color. Fruity aromas of cranberry orange scone, candied strawberry, leather, and red cassis with a round, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, nuanced, long chocolate licorice, espresso, sasparilla, ripe cherries, cured pork, and cinnamon finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak. A ready-to-drink Graves that will be even more delightful after cellaring.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221787
Enclos de Viaud
2015 Lalande de Pomerol
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of melted toffee, dark berry compote, and spiced caramelized carrots and yams with a bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a subtle, long plum tartlet with creme Anglaise, nuts, and leafy earth finish with earthy, fine tannins and moderate oak. A supple, sensual red Bordeaux with instant appeal and a long path of pleasure ahead.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221795
Terre du Lion
2015 St. Julien
Ruby black color. Inviting, mature aromas of tannery, fruit and nut press, dried plums, samoas girl scout cookies., and sautéed mushrooms with a lightly tannic, tangy, fruity full body and a polished, distinctive, medium-long dried cranberries, charred green onions, cassis, and anise finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. Cellar this wine and greatly anticipate the superb expression to come.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221943
Les Parcelles de Stéphane Derenoncourt
2014 Margaux
Opaque deep purple color. Mature aromas and flavors of grilled plums, ancho chile, cinnamon-sugar tart, raw mushrooms,leather, and carnation with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry full body and a medium-length wet grass finish with earthy, grippy tannins and moderate oak. A serious wine that will blossom with time.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221944
Les Parcelles de Stéphane Derenoncourt
2014 Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of wet clay, chocolate covered berries and orange peels, and spice cake with an bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a refreshing, long ground nuts, roasted root vegetables, and cedar finish with chewy, firm tannins and moderate oak. A wonderfully spicy, oaky, and age-worthy red that’s great now and is built for the long haul.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221786
Chateau Grand Tayac
2015 Margaux
Deep purple color. Inviting aromas and flavors of butter poached black fruits, smoked ham with fruit sauce, fudge, fine leather, espresso crema, and oven roasted vegetables with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, elaborate, very long brown sugar glaze, bacon wrapped dates with balsamic drizzle, crushed stones, and warm spices finish with earthy tannins. An alluring, knock-out Margaux to impress your guests.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222204
Chateau Haut Gravet
2015 Grand Chemin Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of cassis compote, plum tart, chocolate nuts, and herb toast with an bright, dry medium-to-full body and an engaging, medium-long roasted beets and sweet potatoes, loam, and fleur de sel finish with silky, chewy tannins and light oak. A pensive and poised red Saint Emilion with great varietal character and sense of place.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221789
Chateau Ferran
2014 Les Cotes Pessac-Léognan Rouge
Dark dusty garnet color. Fruity aromas of cranberry, dark cherry skins and pits, orange zest, carob, plum, toffee, and fine fur with a lightly tannic, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a charming, medium-long pomegranate vinaigrette, herbs de Provence, bay leaf, and earth finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. Cellar this Bordeaux to reveal its huge potential.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222205
Chateau Ascension
2015 Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of wax, olive, mocha mousse, and dried cherries with a bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a captivating, medium-long powdered plum tart, nutskin, cedar bark, and beets finish with chewy, woody tannins and moderate oak. A great chewy, savory steak wine that will reward patient aeration and cellaring.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222199
Chateau Hyot
2015 Reserve Côtes de Castillon
Indigo color. Aromas and flavors of wood smoked meat and lit candle, gherkin, bubbly berry pie crust, and Latin herbs with an bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a stimulating, medium-long craisin, nuts, and birch bark finish with chewy, woody tannins and moderate oak. An intriguingly herbal and smoky French red practically begging smoked and grilled meats.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221797
Chateau Haut Boutisse
2012 Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of caramelized figs and dark berries, pickled root vegetables and Brussels sprouts, floral honeycomb, and beef bouillon with a bright, dryish medium-to-full body and an appealing, long pomegranate tart, almond skin, earth, and roasted tomato finish with dusty, silky tannins and moderate oak. A delightfully savory and table-tuned French red that warrants deep investigation.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222202
Chateau Abelyce
2015 Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
Deep purple color. Fruity, funky aromas and flavors of vanilla-nougat, freshly grated nutmeg, ripe purple plum, blueberry pie, and berry gelato with a round, lively, fruity medium-full body and a medium-long fine leather finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A Saint Emilion starring luscious purple fruits and pleasant funk.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222196
Chateau de Ribebon
2015 Reserve Bordeaux Supèrieur
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate espresso bean, berry tart, and hint of bees wax and dried flowers with an bright, dryish medium body and an interesting, long creme brulee, roasted root vegetables and yams, nutskin, and cedar finish with chewy, woody tannins and moderate oak. A substantial Bordeaux Superior with fine harmony of fruit and savory notes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222197
Chateau de Ribebon
2015 Cabernet Franc
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of cappuccino, dark chocolate, roasted nuts, and olives with a bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a nuanced, long berry tart a la mode, tomato jam, spiced yams, and cedar finish with chewy, woody tannins and moderate oak. A fun, toasty, creamy Bordeaux red well suited for sipping or roasted meats.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221791
Chateau Bois de Rolland
2015 Vieilles Vignes Bordeaux Supèrieur
Black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of roasted sweet potato, sweet nougat, cinnamon horchata, and smoky pork belly with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish full body and a smooth, colossal, long blueberry waffles in maple syrup, fine leather, oregano, sweet tobacco, saffron, black licorice, and starfruit fruit leather finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. A fantastically complex Bordeaux with a great future.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221793
Dauprat
2015 Pauillac
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of beef jerky, blueberry muffin, fine leather shoes, and portabella mushrooms with a tannic, crisp, dry full body and a subtle, medium-long cocoa powder, cinnamon, and orgeat finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. A big boy Bordeaux for cellaring.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222200
Chateau Hyot
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate toffee bar, vanilla and caramel custard in a clay pot, blueberry pastry, and hint of wood smoke with an bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an appealing, medium-long pomegranate-beet relish, nutskin, and cedar pencil shavings finish with soft, dusty tannins and light oak. A zesty, appetizing French red that earns a place at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222133
Rhône to the Bone
2015 Red Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge
Deep purple color. Fruity aromas of huckleberry, cinnamon apple cider, ripe plum, and pink peppercorn with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, engaging, medium-length dark chocolate, rugged leather, tin, and water chestnuts finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. A sturdy Côtes-du-Rhône perfect for the autumn table.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221781
Chateau de Janicon
2015 Graves Blanc
Light gold color. Tropical, elegant aromas of pineapple, honeycomb, dried mixed citrus, apple-chamomile tea, and kiwi with a round, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long oregano, marjoram, pear puree, flint, and caramel finish with coating tannins and a suggestion of oak. An elegant and weighty white Bordeaux with years of greatness ahead.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221780
Chateau Calvimont
2015 Graves Blanc
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of apple, citrus, and gooseberry with a bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a charming, medium-length honeyed yellow cherry, nutskin, and limestone finish with fine, dusty, fruit tannins and no oak. A delicious, well balanced white Bordeaux that will be very versatile.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221799
Chateau Haut de la Becade
2007 Pauillac
Dark brick red color. Aromas of stewed black fruits, vinaigrette, salted almonds, charred coconut, and leather with a lightly tannic, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, relaxed baking chocolate, dried dates, mulling spices, and tar finish with papery tannins and moderate oak. A funky Pauillac with a baked fruit quality for mature wine lovers.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222201
Chateau Messile-Aubert
2015 Reserve Montagne St. Emilion
Garnet black color. Mature aromas and flavors of cherry soda, fine leather, dried blueberry, sautéed wild mushrooms, and fresh cut grass with a lightly tannic, crisp, dryish medium-full body and a sleek, intricate, medium-long cured meats, granite, cappuccino foam, dried cassis, and blue flowers finish with earthy, firm tannins and moderate oak. A lovely fruit-forward Bordeaux that is ready to drink now or cellar.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221941
Les Parcelles de Stéphane Derenoncourt
2016 Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux
Violet color. Fruity, oaky aromas of cherry cola, German chocolate cake with coconut frosting, dill relish, butter poached mango, and compressed watermelon with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a silky, interesting, long chocolate covered espresso bean, caramel, leather, ground black pepper, sweet paprika, and prune finish with cottony tannins and moderate oak. An American oak-influenced Bordeaux with aging potential.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221942
Les Parcelles de Stéphane Derenoncourt
2012 St. Emilion
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of dried citrus peel, caramelized dried berries, and beet relish with a soft, dry medium body and a medium-length nutskin, earth, and hint of cinnamon finish with dusty tannins and light oak. A nice and even dry French red for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221796
Chateau le Manoir
2015 Cuvée Les Graves Lalande de Pomerol
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of fig paste and cherry butter, berry taffy and gum, and toffee with an soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-long creme brulee, chocolate orange peel, earth, and bark finish with well-integrated, fine tannins and light oak. A juicy, appealing Bordeaux red that will be quite versatile.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221788
Chateau La Graviere Grand Poujeaux
2012 Moulis-en-Médoc
Black garnet color. Aromas of mulling spices, blueberry, prosciutto, soft overripe banana, and leather with a chewy, crisp, dryish full body and a complex, medium-long tar, dusty antique books, dried dates, and toffee finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. A big and powerful Bordeaux for the cellar.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221940
Les Parcelles de Stéphane Derenoncourt
2016 Bordeaux Blanc
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of grapefruit, green apple, and cornichon with a bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a medium-length nuts and earth finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A nice savory, appetizing white white.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221792
Chateau Tour du Moulin
2015 Cuvée Les Terres Rouges Fronsac
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of dried cherries and tomatoes, braised beef, and nutella on toast with a bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a captivating, medium-long vanilla cream, praline, green olives and earth, and hint of cedar bark finish with chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A nice array of fruity and meaty tones make this lively red a natural choice for bbq.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222198
Chateau de Macard
2015 Reserve Bordeaux Supèrieur
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of clay, latte, berry and vanilla taffies, and hint of latex with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a medium-length cranberry yogurt and nuts finish with light oak. A spry red for spicy meat dishes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221294
Rêve de la Mer Rosé
2016 Caves de la Mer VOP Vin de Corse
Pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of pressed rose and lilac, white strawberry, and praline with a crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a breezy limestone and nutskin finish with dusty, fruit tannins and no oak. A nice dry rose for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221939
Les Parcelles de Stéphane Derenoncourt
2015 Bordeaux Rouge
Black garnet color. Aromas of pomegranate, root beer, cassis preserve, and fresh mushroom with a round, bright, dry-yet-fruity full body and an even, relaxed leather, ink, red rose, and pressed cherry finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A nice weeknight Bordeaux.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222134
Rhône to the Bone
2016 White Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc
Light gold color. Aromas of fallen apricot, vinaigrette, earthy minerals, and beeswax with a silky, bright, dryish medium body and an effortless, medium-length ground walnut and cream finish with soft tannins and a suggestion of oak. An easy-drinking Cotes du Rhone blanc.
84 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221794
Chateau de Janicon
2015 Graves Rouge
Deep purple color. Meaty aromas of animale, braciole, button mushrooms, kiwi skin, and red apple with a lightly tannic, lively, dry-yet-fruity full body and a medium-length bramble and leather finish with papery, grippy tannins and moderate oak. An ultra-savory, tight Graves; a nice house wine choice.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221870
Lancre
2016 Rose Pays d'Oc IGP
Salmon orange color. Aromas and flavors of strawberry and cherry compotes and nougat with a soft, dry watery body and a quick wet stone and grass finish with fine, earthy tannins and no oak. A soft, dry rose quaffer; serve with a good chill.
83 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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