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October 2020 - France

October 2020 - France
This month's Wine feature is French Wines

France Reviews

Pierre de Fontval 2018  Gigondas
91 points
$36
Dusty deep purple color. Aromas of potpourri, black peppercorn, hints of bacon, and tea with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry medium-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long dark chocolate ganache, sandalwood, and black tea finish with moderate oak flavor. A rock solid Gigondas that delivers sultry oak amid a sea of floral and herbal aromas
Nicolas Potel 2018  Macon-Villages
90 points
$18.99
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of taffy, honey, heirloom apple, hints of peach, caramelized nuts, and tea with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-long finish with notes of pineapple sorbet with coating tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A nicely balanced and concentrated Macon-Villages that overdelivers for its category.
90 points $18.99
Rhone to the Bone 2018  Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge
89 points
$14
Best Buy
Black garnet color. Aromas of prunes, berry coulis, fennel, rose, and honey with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, refreshing, medium-long pimento finish with moderate oak flavor. A rich Cotes du Rhone that will complement steaks.
89 points $14 Best Buy
Paul Mas Reserve 2019 Languedoc GSM Languedoc AOP
89 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Aromas of mixed berry jam, fig, grapefruit zest, savory herbs, and cola with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, captivating, medium-length lavender and cinnamon finish with light oak flavor. A charming, fruity Languedoc red that will pair effortlessly.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Paul Mas Reserve 2019 Languedoc Blanc Languedoc AOP
89 points
$16.99
Straw color. Attractive, fruity, floral aromas and flavors of peach and pineapple pies, flower patch, and delicate spices with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a captivating, medium-long finish that exhibits suggestions of spiced apple and banana, coconut water, and herbal honey and peaches with no oak flavor. An aromatic fruity and floral white blend that will have wide appeal.
89 points $16.99
La Croix Saint Jean 2018 Red Blend Minervois La Livinière
89 points
$28
Black ruby color. Fruity aromas and flavors of plum butter, fruit cake, cinnamon cream, mocha, and allspice with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length finish with notes of raw pecans, baking chocolate, and almond cookies with moderate oak flavor. An inky Minervois with rich fruit and toasty nut flavors.
Nicolas Potel 2017  Pouilly-Fuissé
89 points
$35.99
Golden straw color. Aromas of caramel on apples, vanilla yogurt, white flowers, and spiced walnut cake with butter with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, amusing, medium-length golden kiwi, lime, hints of tropical fruit, and honey finish with light oak flavor. A solid Pouilly-Fuissé that offers delicate floral notes swimming in toffee and ripe fruits.
89 points $35.99
Yes Way Rose 2019 Rosé IGP Mediterranee
88 points
$12
Best Buy
Pink coral color. Fruity aromas and flavors of hints of cherry, cedar, strawberries in whipped cream, and thyme with a satiny, bright, dryish light body and a sleek, breezy finish that shows elements of sea breeze with no oak flavor. A breezy French Rosé with a nice sense of place
88 points $12 Best Buy
Jardin des Nautes 2019  Côtes du Luberon Rouge
88 points
$13
Best Buy
Dark dusty violet color. Aromas and flavors of toast with blackberry jam, dressed parsley salad, berry pancakes, cinnamon, and cola with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length finish with moderate oak flavor. A fruity, cheery Cotes du Rhone that drinks effortlessly.
88 points $13 Best Buy
Rhone to the Bone 2019  Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc
88 points
$14
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of peach pastry, sweet blossoms, mango yogurt, star fruit, and cherry wood with a velvety, crisp, dryish light body and a delightful, medium-length finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A juicy, fruity white Cotes du Rhone that with pair well with simple French fare or great conversation.
88 points $14 Best Buy
Ferme des Brusc 2019  Côtes-du-Rhône Villages Rouge
87 points
$15
Best Buy
Dark violet color. Aromas and flavors of prunes, blueberry scone, cola, and tomato with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry light body and a tingling, agreeable finish imparting notes of cranberry with light oak flavor. A drink-it-now, lighthearted Cotes du Rhone for rich pork.
87 points $15 Best Buy
Domaine Durand 2019  Sancerre
87 points
$25
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of heirloom apple, white asparagus, lily, and grapefruit jelly with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, easy finish evoking notes of white grapefruit on Greek yogurt with no oak flavor. A crisp and refreshing Sancerre that will work well as an aperitif.
Jas du Lauzon 2019  Côtes du Luberon Rouge
86 points
$12
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Fruity aromas and flavors of macerated strawberry, huckleberry, candied nuts, and clove with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, medium-length finish with moderate oak flavor. A juicy, fruit-forward Cotes du Rhone.
86 points $12 Best Buy
Yes Way Rose NV Sparkling Brut Rosé France
84 points
$14
Amber color. Aromas of sesame honey candies, fallen apple, sultanas, toast, candied orange peel, and crystalized ginger with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dry light body and a smooth, medium-length apricot preserves and ground almonds finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A fun bubbly French sparkler for casual celebrations.
Nicolas Potel 2018  Pinot Noir
84 points
$19.99
Dusty ruby color. Fruity aromas and flavors of raspberry, cranberry, charcoal, and mocha with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk finish that exhibits nuances of pomegranate arils with coarse tannins and light oak flavor. A structured and food-friendly Burgundy that will pair well with simple, rustic cuisine.
84 points $19.99
La Poulardière 2018  Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge
83 points
$14
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of dried cherries, raspberry candy, kirsch, and black toast with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a polished, medium-length finish with chewy tannins. A juicy Cotes du Rhone for a meat and cheese plate.
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