March 2021 - France

March 2021 - France
This month's Wine feature is French Wines

France Reviews

Chateau de Gayon 2015 Dou Barrinquet Madiran
94 points
$29
Black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of sandalwood, berry tea, hints of candied ginger, herbs de Provence, bay, and caramel with a round, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length finish imparting notes of orange peel with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A generous Madiran red with big fruit, well-managed tannins and effortlessly drinkable style.
Gardian 2020 Grande Réserve Coteaux de Béziers IGP
93 points
$12
Best Buy
Straw green color. Attractive aromas and flavors of grapefruit, spiced apple, cashew brittle, and marigold with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, long finish displaying notes of reduced lemon and hints of gherkin and grass with no oak flavor. A vibrant and savory white blend that will make meals shine.
93 points $12 Best Buy
Rhone to the Bone 2019  Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge
93 points
$13
Best Buy
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of schmaltz, berry cookie, ghee, hot cocoa, and dried peach with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, refreshing, long finish with shades of dried berry compote and pencil shavings with chewy, crunchy tannins. Spicy fruit and oak flavors keep this festive French red engaging and quenching.
93 points $13 Best Buy
In Vino Erotico 2020  Coteaux de Béziers IGP
93 points
$14
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of pineapple, spicy apple sauce, peach pie crust, and hint of chamomile with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, appealing, long finish with impressions of puff pastry with lemon curd, apple and peach tart, lime, and nuts with a suggestion of oak flavor. A supple and satisfying white blend that is as versatile as it is pleasurable.
93 points $14 Best Buy
Pierre de Fontval 2019  Cairanne, Côtes du Rhône Villages Rouge
93 points
$15
Best Buy
Ruby garnet color. Aromas and flavors of herbs de provence, blueberry-orange muffin with candied lavender, fresh honey butter with cascara, and honeycomb with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long finish revealing notes of peach-berry pie, tres leches cake, spiced toffee, and pencil shavings with soft, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A delicious and sensuous French red for all occasions.
93 points $15 Best Buy
Antech 2018 Emotion Brut Sparkling Rosé Crémant de Limoux AOC
93 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Steely amber color. Aromas and flavors of honey-roasted nuts, sliced strawberries, pickled watermelon, lemon pound cake with creme fraiche, thyme, and tarragon with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and a graceful, interesting, medium-long finish displaying accents of yuzu custard with a suggestion of oak flavor. A fresh, friendly and mouthwatering Cremant de Limoux for any warm weather celebration.
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
Chateau Haut Gravet 2018 Grand Chemin Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
93 points
$65
Dark dusty ruby color. Attractive aromas of mocha, bay, dried raspberry, sandalwood, and black tea with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dryish medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long dried figs, caramel-drizzled cherries, and pencil shavings finish with moderate oak flavor. A tasty Saint Emilion with a generous flavor profile; a joy to drink now and may continue to develop with time.
Domaine Dubost Jean-Paul 2019  Gamay
92 points
$19
Best Buy
Violet color. Jammy, inviting aromas and flavors of ripe berries, banana pastry, toffee, and kiwi relish with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a graceful, interesting, medium-long finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A lipsmacking, wholly satisfying Beaujolais-Villages that won’t let you down.
92 points $19 Best Buy
In Vino Erotico 2020 Rosé Coteaux de Béziers IGP
91 points
$14
Best Buy
Steely pink color. Aromas and flavors of strawberry shortcake, almond-scented lotion, cashew nougat, and flower patch with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an interesting, long finish evoking shades of ripe golden delicious apple, vanilla almond milk, ghee, and earth. A round, buoyant, and savory Rosé that will be brilliant at the table and shared over lively conversation.
91 points $14 Best Buy
Domaine Bosc Long 2015 Muscadelle Doux Gaillac AOP
91 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Brilliant dark old gold color. Aromas and flavors of artisan peach tart, poached mango, sweet cheesecake, roast banana with cashews, and anise with a satiny, crisp, sweet light-to-medium body and an effortless, complex, medium-length finish that exhibits overtones of maple-pecan granola, bergamot, and hints of tea. A charming and distinctive Late Harvest wine with diverse fruity flavors and a warmly spiced finish.
91 points $14.99 Best Buy
Chateau de Saint Martin Cru Classe 2020 Grande Réserve Rosé Côtes de Provence
91 points
$22
Pale pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of perfectly ripe summer watermelon, raspberry pastilles, green apple, vanilla cream, and geranium with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a graceful, elegant, medium-long finish with no oak flavor. An absolute delight of a Provence Rosé; fruity, juicy, complex, lengthy and with a quenchingly dry finish.
Olivier Ravoire 2020 Banderet Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc
90 points
$14
Best Buy
Light gold color. Aromas of white flowers, mandarin orange, fresh parsnip salad, candied peach, and pineapple with a velvety, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long banana mousse, citron, and coriander finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. An outgoing Côtes du Rhone Blanc with rich aromatics that beckon one to the glass.
90 points $14 Best Buy
Volupie 2018  Buzet
90 points
$14
Best Buy
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of ripe plum and cherry, paprika, almond butter, clove, and honey graham with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long finish conveying elements of sandalwood with light oak flavor. A chewy and mouthfilling red with charming aromatics.
90 points $14 Best Buy
Chateau D’Haurets 2020  Bordeaux Blanc
90 points
$15
Best Buy
Pale emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of white grapefruit, sorrel, starfruit, coriander, and banana with a velvety, lively, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-long finish that exhibits notes of lime zest with no oak flavor. Intense Sauvignon Blanc character will delight lovers of the varietal.
90 points $15 Best Buy
Olivier Ravoire 2019 Banderet Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge
89 points
$14
Best Buy
Dusty ruby color. Attractive aromas and flavors of fig cookie, chocolate apricot, vanilla yogurt nuts, and hint of grappa with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-long finish with notes of coconut-berry pie, spicy toffee with pepper, anise cookie, and cedar with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A juicy and invigorating Rhone red that’s ready for any occasion.
89 points $14 Best Buy
Baron D’Albret 2017  Buzet
89 points
$19
Black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of mixed berry compote, graham cracker, ganache, and raspberry pastilles with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a silky, delightful, medium-length finish with light oak flavor. A balanced and friendly Southwestern French Red with bold berry notes and wide appeal.
Vignobles Bayle-Carreau 2016 Chateau Pardaillan Côtes de Bordeaux
89 points
$19
Garnet black color. Complex aromas and flavors of red pepper jelly, rose, olives, earthy forest berries, cocoa powder, and caramel-drizzled plums with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry medium body and a tingling, subtle, medium-long finish with moderate oak flavor. Alluring aromatics pull you into this bright and meal-elevating Côtes de Bordeaux; drink now or cellar.
Chateau des Demoiselles 2015  Côtes de Castillon
89 points
$20
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate mousse, spiced berries, mossy earth, and black tea with a silky, vibrant, dryish medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-length finish that shows suggestions of Craisin, spiced nuts, cedar, and pot roast with dusty, drying tannins and moderate oak flavor. A supple, chewy French red that will open up with a hearty carnivorous meal.
Chateau des Demoiselles 2018  Côtes de Castillon
89 points
$20
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of dried berries, apricot tart a la mode, starched linen, and licorice with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium body and a charming, medium-long finish that exhibits accents of cocoa-dusted dried berries and olives with crunchy, drying tannins. A round and rewarding Red that will complement a fine meal.
Jean-Luc Baldes 2018 La Part Des Biches Cahors
88 points
$12
Best Buy
Black violet color. Aromas of ripe plum, patent leather, blackberry cobbler, and bread pudding with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dryish medium body and an interesting, medium-long minerals finish with moderate oak flavor. A svelte, balanced Cahors with stoney minerality.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Chevalier du Grand Robert 2017  Bordeaux AOC
88 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Dark garnet color. Savory aromas of chocolate yogurt, olive and pepper relish, cedar tree, and berry-fig jam with a supple, bright, dryish medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length dried berries, sherry-glazed roasted root vegetables, and cedar shavings finish with firm, woody, drying tannins and heavy oak flavor. A firm, yet fertile French red to enjoy now with a fatty steak or lay away for a bit to tame the tannins.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Le Rosé By Alma Cersius 2020  Coteaux de Béziers IGP
88 points
$13
Best Buy
Khaki orange color. Aromas and flavors of white toffee, spicy strawberry compote with toasted meringue, cappuccino gelato, and pressed flowers with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, engaging, medium-long finish displaying suggestions of spiced apple and melon rinds, nut skin, cucumber, and earth with no oak flavor. A sleek and savory Rosé that will be versatile at the table.
88 points $13 Best Buy
In Vino Erotico 2019  Coteaux de Béziers IGP
88 points
$14
Best Buy
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry pie, violet petals, milk chocolate, and anise biscotti with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, engaging, medium-length finish that shows accents of black plum with light oak flavor. A bold and balanced Syrah-driven red with big berry and spice notes.
88 points $14 Best Buy
Chateau De Beauregard-Ducourt 2020  Entre-Deux-Mers Blanc
88 points
$15
Best Buy
Pale straw green color. Fresh aromas and flavors of fresh sliced lime, soft melons, spring grasses, and marigold with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, delightful, medium-length finish with no oak flavor. A satiny white Bordeaux that refreshes; this one will pair effortlessly with Spring and Summer occasions.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Jean Sambardier 2019 La Chapelle Beaujolais-Villages
88 points
$17.99
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of dried raspberry, tea, and hibiscus with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, medium-length finish with notes of rhubarb tart with a suggestion of oak flavor. A solid Beaujolais-Villages for the weeknight table.
88 points $17.99
La Loyane 2018  Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge
88 points
$18.99
Ruby garnet color. Inviting aromas of cranberry cooler, black cassis, sliced strawberries, lemon tea cakes, and smoked tea with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-length graphite and rose hips finish with light oak flavor. An instantly appealing Côtes du Rhone with big fruit notes and satisfyingly chewy style.
88 points $18.99
Chateau de Macard 2018 Reserve Red Blend Bordeaux Supèrieur
88 points
$40
Black garnet color. Attractive aromas and flavors of Massala chai spices, roasted hazelnut, and milk chocolate with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a compelling, medium-length finish revealing accents of forest berries with grippy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A nutty, spicy Bordeaux with yummy aromatics and a taut and chewy palate; pair away.
Gardian 2020 Rosé Coteaux de Béziers IGP
87 points
$12
Best Buy
Silvery amber color. Creamy, earthy aromas and flavors of strawberry rose keffir, yeasty cake dough, vanilla fondant, and pickled melon rind with a soft, bright, dryish medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish with notes of cherry skin, pear, and melon with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A balance of fruit and earth make this Rosé a natural choice for artisan cheeses.
87 points $12 Best Buy
Sans 2019  Buzet
87 points
$14
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Aromas of blackberry pie, milk chocolate, candied and spiced almonds, and tobacco with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, medium-length strawberry-rhubarb tart finish with light oak flavor. A polished fruity red with wide appeal.
87 points $14 Best Buy
Chateau Briot 2020  Bordeaux Blanc
87 points
$15
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of dried grapefruit wheels, yogurt with honey-roasted nuts, and pressed flowers with a supple, lively, dry light body and a sleek, medium-length finish with overtones of underripe pineapple and lime with no oak flavor. A reserved nose leads to a bright and refreshing palate in this well-tamed Bordeaux Blanc.
87 points $15 Best Buy
Chateau La Rose Du Pin 2020  Entre-Deux-Mers Blanc
87 points
$15
Best Buy
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of almonds, Asian pear, beeswax, lanolin, and citrus spritz with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a polished, engaging, medium-length finish with no oak flavor. A balanced and crushable White Bordeaux.
87 points $15 Best Buy
Chateau La Rose du Pin 2018  Bordeaux Rouge
87 points
$15
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of roasted berries and peppers, dark caramel chocolate bonbons, latte with dark rum, and dried fall leaves with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, engaging, medium-long finish manifesting accents of Craisin, spiced nuts, and cedar with chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A nice chewy, oaky Old World red to pop with a nice steak.
87 points $15 Best Buy
Chateau Larroque 2020  Bordeaux Blanc
87 points
$15
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of white melons, honey, white asparagus, and baklava with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, medium-length finish with nuances of lemon spritz with no oak flavor. A clean and crushable Bordeaux Blanc for summer quaffing.
87 points $15 Best Buy
Vignobles Ducourt 2018  Bordeaux Rouge
87 points
$15
Best Buy
Black violet color. Aromas of cola, forest berry preserves on toast, graphite, and custard with a slightly chewy, dry medium body and a smooth, medium-length cedar shavings and carob finish with light oak flavor. A fruit-forward nose leads to a dry and food-friendly palate in this chewy Bordeaux Rouge.
87 points $15 Best Buy
Jean Sambardier 2019 La Côte Beaujolais Blanc
87 points
$17.99
Light straw green color. Aromas of lemon, green apple, and tarragon with a satiny, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a graceful, medium-length chalk and cream finish with light oak flavor. A mineral-driven everyday white that drinks effortlessly.
87 points $17.99
Nicolas Potel 2019  Macon-Villages
87 points
$18.99
Pale golden straw color. Aromas of heirloom apple, honey-graham, lemon tea, tarragon, and cold whipped butter with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and an even, medium-length wet stone finish with no oak flavor. A solid, silky smooth Macon-Villages for everyday enjoyment.
87 points $18.99
Chateau La Rose du Pin 2016  Bordeaux Supèrieur
87 points
$20
Violet color. Rustic aromas and flavors of stewed berries, forest floor, dark roasted nuts and coffee, and vinyl and ink with a supple, crisp, dryish medium body and a tingling, medium-length finish that exhibits accents of grilled peppers, mulberries, and tree bark with dusty, leafy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A sturdy French red to enjoy with a meaty meal.
Jean-Luc Baldes 2018 Chapelle Du Clos Cahors
87 points
$20
Black violet color. Oaky aromas of graham cracker, cinnamon-raisin swirl toast, tobacco, cured meats, and grilled nuts with a chewy, vibrant, dryish medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length blackberry, black tea, and cedar finish with moderate oak flavor. A rich, chewy, oaky Cahors for robust winter pairing.
Eternelle Favorite 2020 Rosé Côtes de Provence
87 points
$23
Steely amber color. Aromas and flavors of ripe peach and Rainier cherries with a satiny, crisp, dry light body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length finish with nuances of dried apricot and chalk with no oak flavor. A crisp and fruity Rosé with a pleasingly stoney and dry finish.
Chateau Hyot 2018 Reserve Red Blend Côtes de Castillon
87 points
$40
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of furniture polish, dried herbs, plum tart, and meat pie with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry medium body and a smooth, charming, medium-length finish with elements of pencil shavings with moderate oak flavor. A solid Côtes de Castillon Bordeaux with effortless pairability.
Chateau de Ribebon 2018 Cabernet Franc Bordeaux Supèrieur
87 points
$55
Black garnet color. Aromas of cassia bark, black tea, raisins, clove, pimento, and hints of caramel with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a polished, medium-length tangy berry preserves finish with light oak flavor. A juicy weeknight Bordeaux.
Pierre de Fontval 2019  Roaix, Côtes du Rhône Villages Rouge
86 points
$15
Best Buy
Dusty violet color. Aromas and flavors of fig bar, hints of ganache, wood shavings, and licorice with a lightly tannic, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a smooth, medium-length finish that exhibits overtones of ripe plums and toast with light oak flavor. A solid Côtes du Rhone Villages for the everyday table.
86 points $15 Best Buy
Jean Sambardier 2017 Les Fouillouses Beaujolais Julienas
86 points
$18.99
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of red plum, ripe raspberries and blackberries, thyme, lavender, and cola with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish light body and a sleek, crisp finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A solid French red for simple meals and easy weeknight sipping.
86 points $18.99
Chateau La Rose du Pin 2016  Bordeaux Rouge
85 points
$15
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of pistachio brittle, yeasty soda bread, and cocoa-dusted coffee beans with a silky, crisp, dryish medium body and a swift finish with suggestions of cedar mulch and bark with gritty, firm tannins and heavy oak flavor. A tannic French red that can’t wait to meet your next juicy steak.
Chateau Redon 2016  Bordeaux Rouge
85 points
$15
Dark dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of black plum, thyme, green peppercorns, hints of roasted coffee beans, and cacao nibs with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, engaging, medium-length finish manifesting notes of roasted nuts and leather with moderate oak flavor. A firm and highly pairable weeknight Bordeaux
Pierre de Fontval 2019  Vinsobres
85 points
$15
Dark violet color. Aromas and flavors of raspberry jam, chess pie, cedar, and licorice with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish with no oak flavor. A simple, dry-yet-fruity red for everyday indulging.
Vignobles Bayle-Carreau 2016 Chateau Landreau Cotes de Bourg
85 points
$19
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of black cassis vinaigrette, licorice, chocolate bar, and raisins with a chewy, tangy, dryish medium body and a tingling, medium-length finish with notes of mixed peppercorns with light oak flavor. A zesty Côtes de Bourg with outgoing acidity and a peppery finish.
Chateau de Ribebon 2018 Reserve Red Blend Bordeaux Supèrieur
85 points
$40
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of dark raspberries, black tea, and dried plum with a lightly tannic, lively, dry medium-to-full body and a sleek, medium-length finish with moderate oak flavor. A bold and chewy quaffer for the weeknight table.
Gardian 2019 Grande Réserve Cabernet-Merlot Coteaux de Béziers IGP
84 points
$12
Deep purple color. Fruity aromas of cherry punch and mixed berry pie with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, short-to-medium vanilla custard and tobacco finish with light oak flavor. A fruity, oaky melange.
Pierre de Fontval 2019  Rochegude, Côtes du Rhône Villages Rouge
84 points
$15
Deep purple color. Aromas of cherry-berry cooler, mixed berry cobbler, and hints of savory herbs with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, crisp dark chocolate and bitter almond finish with moderate oak flavor. A solid table red for casual dinners.
Rose AlleE’ NV Sparkling Rosé France
84 points
$19
Pale steely pink color. Aromas and flavors of raspberries in cream and tarragon with a supple, vibrant, spritzy, dryish light body and a smooth, breezy finish with no oak flavor. A simple, bright and bubbly summer quaffer.
Blanc Limé NV  France
81 points
$18
Silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of fallen apple, cucumber-melon candle, and cherry chapstick with a supple, crisp, spritzy, moderately sweet thin body and a seamless, brisk finish with accents of fruit punch with no oak flavor. A punch-like wine for poolside sips.
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