March 2022 - France

March 2022 - France
This month's Wine feature is French Wines

France Reviews

Morpho 2021 Rose Coteaux Daix En Provence
94 points
$11
Best Buy
Steely pink coral color. Aromas of cherry candies, strawberry rhubarb pie, and hibiscus with a supple, bright, dryish light body and a graceful, intriguing, agreeable lavender candies, sweet raspberry, and strawberry buttercream finish. Rose lovers will appreciate this fruit forward gem from Provence.
94 points $11 Best Buy
La Croix De Saint Jean 2018 Lo Paire Other Red
94 points
$24
Indigo color. Aromas of figs and fruit leather, sandalwood, honey butter and kirsch, and leather and licorice with a chewy, vibrant, fruity full body and a smooth, complex, long blackberry compote, creme brulee, and incense finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A rich and chewy French red that will be great as a sipper or at foodie’s table.
La du Pere Michel 2020  Other Red
93 points
$11
Best Buy
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of ground nuts, herbal honey and speck on sunflower toast, dried fruits, and potato flour with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, subtle, long asian spiced plums, yams, and caramelized nuts finish with light oak flavor. A full throttle, chewy, and appetizing Southern French red that will be fun to pair with.
93 points $11 Best Buy
Margnat - Generations 2021 Rose Coteaux Daix En Provence
92 points
$11
Best Buy
Silvery pink color. Aromas of strawberry, hints of cranberry, and dried herbs with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, agreeable subtle hints of lavender finish with no oak flavor. A cheery Provençal rose.
92 points $11 Best Buy
Pierre de Fontval 2020  Other Red
91 points
$15.50
Best Buy
Brick red color. Aromas and flavors of artisanal chocolate berry bar, craisins and goji berries, spicy tomato chutney, and floral tea with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish that shows notes of berries in cream and butter praline with well-integrated, fine tannins and light oak flavor. Super silky and tasty Grenache-led French red that glides across the palate with poise.
91 points $15.50 Best Buy
Pierre de Fontval 2020 Séguret Other Red
90 points
$15.50
Best Buy
Brick red color. Aromas and flavors of spiced berries, orange marmalade, fine waxed wood, and incense with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a silky, elegant, long finish revealing shades of blackberry compote, marinated root vegetables, and oyster sauce with chewy, well-integrated tannins. A delicious, robust and elegant Rhone red that will be very versatile.
90 points $15.50 Best Buy
Pierre de Fontval 2019  Other Red
90 points
$32.99
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of banana taffy, glazed cherries, and butter roasted nuts with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a silky, delightful, long finish with notes of cedar pencil shavings, pomegranate, spiced nuts, and cherry pipe tobacco with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A finely tuned Gigondas that delivers an appealing panoply of flavors and textures.
90 points $32.99
Numero 20 - Fragrance 2021 Rose Coteaux Daix En Provence
89 points
$11
Best Buy
Pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of hints of peach, geranium, and thyme with a supple, crisp, petillant, dryish light body and a seamless, engaging, medium-length finish with notes of melon and jasmine with no oak flavor. A very Provençal rose with subtle nuances of the French countryside and a lean, acid driven personality.
89 points $11 Best Buy
Maison Camille Blanc 2020 Vielles Vignes Other Red
89 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate bran muffin, spicy berry juniper chutney, and smoky toffee and meats with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a silky, compelling, long finish evoking touches of grilled citrus, spiced nuts, and hint of sausage with chewy, crunchy tannins and light oak flavor. A chewy, suave and savory red with appetizing umami notes that will compliment a rich meal.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Beau Voyage 2021 Rose Mediterranée IGP
88 points
$7
Best Buy
Silvery pink color. Aromas and flavors of strawberry, thyme, and oregano with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a graceful, breezy finish evoking suggestions of white melon with no oak flavor. A delightful rose with a great sense of place.
88 points $7 Best Buy
Pierre De Taille 2021 Rose Coteaux Daix En Provence
88 points
$11
Best Buy
Steely pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of hints of rose petals and gravel with a supple, dry light body and a polished, rapid finish revealing notes of tart rhubarb on custard and watermelon with no oak flavor. A dry and supple Rose for al fresco enjoyment.
88 points $11 Best Buy
Maison Ravoire 2020 Plan De Dieu Other Red
88 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Brick red color. Aromas and flavors of pickled sour cherries and watermelon rinds, spiced toffee and jam, and lilacs with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and a graceful, compelling, medium-length finish that exhibits notes of tamarind and choke cherries with chewy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A vibrant, chewy Rhone red blend with appealing fruit and texture.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
La Croix Saint Jean 2020 Lo Mainatge Other Red
88 points
$19
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of berry and raisin meringue pie, clementine soufflé, and cranberry vinaigrette with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, refreshing, medium-long finish displaying accents of chocolate covered citrus peels, roasted root vegetables, and cedar with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A round and warming French red sipper.
Pierre de Fontval 2020  Other Red
87 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of pickled root vegetables, carob bran muffin, and rye toast with blueberry acai jam with a silky, spiced apples and clementines, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, intriguing, long spiced apples and clementines and walnuts and cedar finish with crunchy, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A nicely balanced red with plenty to offer for pairings and parties.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Rhone To The Bone 2020 Red Blend Côtes-Du-Rhône Rouge
87 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Brick red color. Aromas and flavors of cocoa-scented candle, gherkin, confit, and black garlic with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, intriguing, medium-long finish that presents accents of cherry pit and twigs with chewy, fine tannins and light oak flavor. A chewy, savory red that will play nicely at the table.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Les Hauts De Cairanne 2020  Other Red
87 points
$15.50
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of malted chocolate nut bar, butter and molasses sautéed marcona almonds, yeasty soda rye bread with raisins, and sassafras with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, medium-length finish with accents of cherry creme brulee, ground nuts, and mossy earth with dusty, earthy tannins and light oak flavor. An earthy red that will work well with hearty meat dishes.
87 points $15.50
Louis Morette NV Grande Reserve Brut Rose Champagne
87 points
$40
Amber salmon color. Aromas and flavors of figs with honey, dates, and toffee-covered nuts with a silky, crisp, effervescent, dry medium body and an even, refreshing, medium-length finish with notes of strawberry coulis and creme fraiche with no oak flavor. Mature notes of dried fruit and nuts star in this dry, food-friendly Champagne.
Le Pointu 2021 Rose Mediterranée IGP
86 points
$7
Best Buy
Pink coral color. Aroma of strawberry yogurt with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and an even, interesting, breezy red cassis, watermelon, juicy citrus, and stone finish with no oak flavor. A juicy, accessible rose.
86 points $7 Best Buy
Hostellerie La Clé 2021 Rose Mediterranée IGP
86 points
$9
Best Buy
Steely pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of thyme, gravel, hints of cranberry, and melon with a supple, lively, light body and a graceful, carefree finish with no oak flavor. A delicate, acid-driven rose for summer sipping.
86 points $9 Best Buy
Pierre de Fontval 2019 Vaison La Romaine Other Red
86 points
$15.50
Garnet color. Savory aromas and flavors of beef bouillon and soup mix, dark roasted berries, and paprika and cumin with a supple, crisp, dryish medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish displaying accents of singed orange rind, cranberries, and marinated beets and mustard greens with crunchy, dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A nice dry and coating red blend that will shine brightly at the table.
86 points $15.50
Rhone To The Bone 2021 Rose Côtes-Du-Rhone Rosé
85 points
$14.99
Silvery pink color. Aromas and flavors of spiced watermelon and strawberry, dried cherry and banana, nuts, and flax with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, medium-length finish that exhibits touches of strawberry-banana salad and hint of cedar with no oak flavor. A charming French rose with an effortless, easy-drinking character yet enough structure for food.
85 points $14.99
Nicolas Potel 2020  Beaujolais-Villages
85 points
$16
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of ripe cantaloupe, cherry gelee, and hints of cedar with a lightly tannic, crisp, light-to-medium body and a smooth, quick finish evoking notes of red apple, carob, and vanilla with drying tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A Beaujolais charmer for the table.
Gratien & Meyer NV Brut Crémant de Loire
85 points
$19
Pale golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of balloons, apricot preserves, turkish delight, struck match, and almond croissant with a satiny, lively, finely carbonated, light body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length finish that exhibits notes of buttered parker dinner rolls and lemon curd with a suggestion of oak flavor. A crisp and lively everyday sparkler with toasty charm.
Gratien & Meyer NV Brut Rose Crémant de Loire
85 points
$19
Steely amber color. Aromas of golden apple, parchment, and pickled ramps with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, buoyant kumquat, yeasty buns, and minerals finish. A bubbly quaffer for everyday celebrations.
Gooseneck Vineyards 2020 Sauvignon Blanc Pays DOC IGP
84 points
$14
Pale yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of hints of dried pineapple, dried grass, and hints of asparagus with a supple, soft, dry light body and a seamless, brisk finish with no oak flavor. A soft white quaffer for lazy days.
Olivier Ravoire 2020 Banderet Other Red
84 points
$14.99
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of buttery praline, cherry-plum-pepper compote, twigs and leaves, and olive pit with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a delightful, medium-long finish displaying notes of berry custard pie and cedar with light oak flavor. A rock solid Rhone for elevating everyday pleasure.
84 points $14.99
Olivier Ravoire 2021 Banderet Other White
82 points
$14.99
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of melon and lemon skin, apple seeds, and linen with a lean, shy, bone-dry light-to-medium body and an even, momentary finish imparting nuances of pear skin and core, lemon spritzed jicamas and radishes, and birch water. A dry and somewhat austere white Rhone blend for the table.
82 points $14.99
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