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April 2018 - France

April 2018 - France
This month's Wine feature is French Wines

France Reviews

Chateau Moncets 2012  Lalande de Pomerol
94 points
$60
Garnet black color. Peppery, elegant aromas of suede, incense, blueberry compote, sweet pea blossom, wild mint, flint, and smoky tobacco with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long fine leather chair, graphite, peppered pastrami, and herbs de Provence finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A bright and complex gentle-giant Bordeaux that is ready to drink or cellar.
Chateau de Gayon 2012 dou Hauret Madiran
93 points
Dusty black ruby color. Interesting aromas and flavors of warm dates, espresso dusted blueberries, pimento, raspberry candy, root beer, black olive, and white balsamic with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, delightful, medium-length marinated carrots, dill, and graphite finish with moderate oak. A distinctive red with bold acidity that will make for exciting pairings.
Chateau Troussas 2014 Cru Bourgeois Médoc
93 points
$66
Black garnet color. Interesting, rustic aromas of kriek lambic, blueberry jam, barnyard, lilac, dark chocolate, coffee, eucalyptus, and cola with a lightly tannic, lively, dry-yet-fruity full body and a complex, long sandalwood, clove, and sesame finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. A soulful, rustic Medoc that is a true charmer.
Chateau Grandchemin Monplaisir 2015  St. Estèphe
92 points
$29.99
Bright dusty ruby color. Inviting aromas of ripe cherry, fresh leather, warm cherry wood shavings, violet, and espresso beans with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, long moist tobacco, candied orange, dried figs and dates, and chocolate shavings finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak. A dreamy Bordeaux that is ready to drink but will keep developing beautiful flavors with cellaring.
92 points $29.99
Francois de la Roche 2017 Cuvée Domaine Sauvignon Blanc
91 points
Clear straw color. Aromas of fresh linen, lime cordial, and melon rind with a silky, vibrant, dryish full body and a seamless, breezy grapefruit supremes, plantain, meyer lemon, and heirloom tomato sorbet finish with no oak. A pleasing, bright sipper with great versatility.
La Cave d’Augustin Florent 2016  Chablis
91 points
$45
Clear straw color. Aromas of wildflowers, honeycomb, underripe peach, and matchstick with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long wet stone, fresh parsnip, and fresh herb vinaigrette finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A spot-on Chablis with a sense of harmony and great minerality.
Chais du Batard 2016 Grande Reserve Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge
90 points
Deep purple color. Fruity aromas of rose petals, ripe cherries, black peppercorn, and herbs de Provence with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a compelling, medium-length fennel sausage, ripe raspberry, and red currants finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A rustic and earthy Chateauneuf du Pape with a welcome surge of fruit.
Chais du Batard 2016 Grande Reserve Gigondas
90 points
Deep purple color. Fruity aromas of fresh strawberry jam, red and black licorice, herbs de Provence, and watermelon with a round, crisp, fruity medium body and a refreshing, medium-length blueberry fruit leather and bacon jam finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A mouthfilling Gigondas with delicious juicy berry appeal and a touch of sweetness.
Guy Allion 2017 Les Acacias Touraine
90 points
Clear silvery khaki color. Aromas of rambutan, peach-mango, and taro custard with a vibrant, dryish light body and an even, buoyant bitter lemon finish with no oak. A mouthwatering sauvignon blanc from Tourraine with notes of exotic fruit.
90+ Cellars 2016 Red Languedoc AOP
90 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Dusty violet color. Aromas of match head, wild berries, rhubarb pie, marinated strawberries, and wet leaves with a slightly chewy, vibrant, medium-to-full body and a tingling, carefree lavender and black tea finish with chewy tannins and light oak. A juicy Languedoc red for delicious pairings.
90 points $11.99 Best Buy
Chateau Bonnin Pichon 2015  Lussac St. Emilion
90 points
$48
Garnet black color. Aromas of red apple, marinated berries, prosciutto, plum butter, rosemary, and cedar with a velvety, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a peppery, complex, medium-long soy sauce, black pepper, cherry skins, and oregano finish with moderate oak. A St. Emilion with great structure that is built for the long haul; discover its beauty after years of cellaring.
Chateau Baudan 2014 Cru Bourgeois Listrac-Médoc
90 points
$60
Dark garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of lacquered wood, honeyed dried black fruit, sesame glaze, toasty espresso, and nut and date bar with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long forest floor, spiced plum, hickory, and pencil shavings finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. A robust Bordeaux; skillfully made with tannins built for cellaring.
Chais du Batard 2016 Grande Reserve Lirac Rouge
89 points
Garnet color. Fresh aromas and flavors of ripe plum, smoked peppercorns, blueberry preserve, sage, and wet rose petal with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, amusing, medium-length wild mint finish with a suggestion of oak. A balanced, effortlessly drinkable Rhone red for every occasion.
Francois de la Roche 2017 La Coulée Sauvignon Blanc
89 points
Pale yellow straw color. Citrusy, spicy aromas and flavors of lemongrass, ginger, pineapple gummy bear, and white grapefruit with a satiny, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and an effortless, breezy fresh green tomato finish with no oak. A green Sauvignon Blanc for easy pairing.
Guy Allion 2017 La Maison Neuve Touraine
89 points
Clear steely khaki color. Aromas of passion fruit, lime zest, and white asparagus with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a sleek, breezy underripe peach, tart pineapple, celery, and hearts of palm finish with no oak. A savory and bright Sauvignon Blanc; very pairable.
La Cave d’Augustin Florent 2016  Pinot Noir
89 points
$32
Light ruby color. Aromas and flavors of sour cherry, fresh tarragon, and pomegranate with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, medium-length allspice dusted lime peel and wet slate finish with silky tannins. A ripe and cheerful Bourgogne for every occasion.
La Cave d’Augustin Florent 2016  Macon Villages
89 points
$35
Clear yellow straw color. Aromas of green almond, tangerine zest, lemon curd, and marzipan with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light body and a sleek, medium-length green apple and almonds in creme finish with soft tannins and no oak. A bright white Macon; a solid choice for fans of the style.
Mission St. Vincent 2015  Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Fruity aromas of red cassis, vanilla creme Anglaise, ripe plums, nutella, and baking spices with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, medium-length genache, ivory, and dried leaves finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A nice, versatile Bordeaux with rich chocolate flavors.
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
Domaines Brocard 2015 Pierre de Préhy Chablis
87 points
$45
Clear golden straw color. Creamy aromas and flavors of egg yolk, béchamel, tete de moines cheese, and lemon pith with a silky, soft, dry light-to-medium body and a breezy broiled lemon, nickel, and straw matting finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A solid Chablis for delicate pairing.
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