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November 2019 - France

November 2019 - France
This month's Wine feature is French Wines

France Reviews

Alfred Tritant NV Mes Racines Grand Cru Brut Champagne Champagne
93 points
$58
Pale golden straw color. Aromas of honeyed brioche, dried mango, chamomile, lemon curd, buttercream, limestone, and toast with a velvety, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long dried apricot and toasted almonds finish. A bright, fruity, lengthy Champagne that’s an elegant and complex choice for fine celebrations.
Mod NV Réserve Champagne
93 points
$300
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of parker dinner rolls, salted butter, pie crusts, cantaloupe, and parmesan with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, charming, medium-long finish displaying accents of honeysuckle, hazelnut, apricot preserves, meyer lemon, and acacia blossoms. A rich and muscular Champagne with a transformative finish.
Mod NV Blanc de Noirs Champagne
93 points
$450
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of sultana studded brioche, toasted pine nuts and pineapple cake with a silky, crisp, finely carbonated, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish imparting nuances of hazelnut creme, toffee, and lemon marmalade with a suggestion of oak flavor. A nicely mature Champagne with great nutty character; an excellent toast for special occasions.
Mod 2008 Rosé Champagne
93 points
$550
Bright amber salmon color. Aromas of roasted nuts, panettone, pressed flowers, and prune with a round, vibrant, effervescent, dry light-to-medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-long honeyed toast, walnuts, and turmeric finish. A muscular and mature champagne with sultry roasted character
Mod NV Blanc de Blancs Champagne
92 points
$450
Pale straw color. Yeasty aromas of fresh croissant, honey butter, spiced apples, and apricot preserve with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long toasted hawaiian roll, crushed almonds, and sponge cake finish with crunchy tannins and light oak flavor. A vibrant and fresh Champagne with vivid notes of fresh croissant.
Mod 2008 Réserve Champagne
92 points
$480
Golden yellow color. Aromas of fresh baked ciabatta, panettone, roasted walnut, and roasted mushrooms with a velvety, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, engaging, medium-length lemon curd on crumpets, chalk, and pineapple sauce finish. A fruits and toast reign supreme in this full-bodied champagne with great minerality.
Rémy Pannier 2018 Sancerre Sauvignon Blanc
91 points
$33.99
Pale golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of dressed white asparagus, citron, onion jam, and pineapple studded brioche with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a refreshing, medium-length finish that shows notes of preserved lemon. A juicy Sancerre with sophisticated herbal notes and sturdy structure.
91 points $33.99
Chevalier du Grand Robert 2018  Sauvignon Blanc
90 points
$14
Best Buy
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of wheat grass, underripe peach, and lily with a satiny, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-long finish with touches of lime, ripe melon, and spiced pear. A crisp, fresh, easy-drinking Loire Sauvignon Blanc with a great balance of fruit and herbaceousness.
90 points $14 Best Buy
Nicolas Potel 2017  Chardonnay
90 points
$15.99
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of heirloom apple, pastry crust, hay, and bruleed banana with a satiny, crisp, fruity light body and a polished, captivating, medium-length finish displaying notes of honey and onion tart with light oak flavor. A lovely Macon Villages that offers bright fruit, toasty yet restrained oak, and harmonious flavors.
90 points $15.99 Best Buy
Mod NV Rosé Champagne
90 points
$400
Bright khaki orange color. Aromas and flavors of honeyed brioche, roasted nuts, and dried strawberry with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish manifesting impressions of panettone, dried apricot, and toffee. A toasty Champagne with rich nutty notes; a classic rose Champagne.
Abarbanel 2017 Special Reserve Rouge Pays dOc IGP
89 points
$18.99
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry, red currants, charcuterie, spiced nuts, and dried herbs with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish that shows nuances of pickled strawberry and tobacco. A satisfying, table-friendly French red that will be a real crowd pleaser.
89 points $18.99
Chateau de la Chapelle 2016 Grand Vin de Bordeaux Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux
89 points
$40
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of rose hips, braised meats, berries, black tea, espresso bean, and fondant with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length finish revealing notes of banana with firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A dense and well-structured Bordeaux with attractive aromas and highly pairable flavors.
Chateau Guillou 2016 Grand Vin de Bordeaux Montagne St. Emilion
89 points
$50
Garnet black color. Inviting aromas and flavors of cranberry sauce, rhubarb, glazed beets, berry muffin, and toffee with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, layered, medium-long finish manifesting shades of leather and roasted cashew with well-integrated, silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A chewy, bright, appetizing red Bordeaux that will sing at the table.
Abarbanel 2018 Chateau de Pougelon Beaujolais-Villages
88 points
$18.99
Violet color. Aromas of ripe blackberries, pomegranate, black pepper, and dried herbs with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, medium-length charcoal finish with coarse tannins and moderate oak flavor. A solid red that’s easy to pair with.
88 points $18.99
Rémy Pannier 2018 Vouvray Chenin Blanc
88 points
$18.99
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of lanolin, pressed flowers, peach tart, and lemon chiffon cake with a satiny, bright, off-dry light-to-medium body and an even, medium-length finish with suggestions of minerals and pineapple confection. A pillowy, understated Vouvray.
88 points $18.99
La Croix Saint Jean 2017 du Pere Michel Minervois
87 points
$12
Best Buy
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of dark chocolate, cashew fruit, caramel, chocolate cookies, and pumpkin loaf with a velvety, lively, fruity medium-full body and a tingling, medium-length finish with moderate oak flavor. A bold and toasty red that will be a great winter warmer.
87 points $12 Best Buy
Rémy Pannier 2018 Rosé dAnjou Loire Valley
87 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Steely pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of strawberry-scented candle, ripe apricot, and wild raspberry with a satiny, bright, off-dry light-to-medium body and a graceful, breezy finish with no oak flavor. A juicy, off-dry Rose that’s fruit-forward and palate-pleasing.
87 points $13.99 Best Buy
Pendeloque 2018 Red Blend Pays dOc IGP
86 points
$17.99
Black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of fig jam, balsamic reduction, boysenberry, fruit cake, and chocolate genache with a round, crisp, dryish medium-full body and a seamless, carefree finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A big and chewy red for substantial meals.
86 points $17.99
Wine Spots 2018  Bordeaux AOC
86 points
$19
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of boysenberry jam, compressed watermelon, and cola with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, medium-length finish that exhibits notes of dark chocolate with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A friendly, fruity Bordeaux that will please a lot of palates.
Chateau Fayan 2018 Grand Vin de Bordeaux Puisseguin St. Emilion
86 points
$50
Burnt sienna color. Aromas and flavors of boysenberry jam, plum pudding a la mode, dried figs, and patent leather with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a smooth, charming, medium-long finish displaying accents of roasted walnut and rose petal with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A sturdy Bordeaux with interesting floral nuances; lay down and discover how its flavors develop.
Abarbanel 2018 Les Chemins de Favarelle Chardonnay
83 points
$13.99
Golden straw color. Aromas of golden apples, green apple candies, and circus peanuts with a supple, bright, fruity light body and a smooth, short apple muffin and orange spritz finish. An easy Chardonnay quaffer.
83 points $13.99
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