As I blogged across France, you would have seen my reviews of different wines I enjoyed. I thought that instead of leaving the reviews scattered, it might be nice for you to see my top France trip wine picks in one place. Hopefully some, or all, of these wines are available where you live. Enjoy!
M. Chapoutier Les Arènes, Cornas, 2007. This is another wonderful Syrah from the tiny Cornas appellation. I read on Wikipedia that Cornas is Celtic for “burnt earth”, so similar to the “roasted slope” of Côte-Rôtie. Medium to dark ruby in the glass. A very nice nose with mint, crushed herbs, olives and dark fruit. Full body with blueberry and dark fruit flavours. Medium acidity and tannins. Long soft finish. I really like this wine, and bought a bottle to take home.
M. Chapoutier De l’Orée, Hermitage, 2008. This wine is made from Marsanne grapes grown by 60-70 year old vines. The actual plot for this wine is called “Les Murets” and is composed of very old fluvioglacial alluvial deposits that face east, getting the morning sun. The grapes for this wine are hand harvested. About half the grapes are vinified in large wooden barrels with regular lees stirring and the rest fermented in vats. The wine matures on lees with stirrings for 6 months. Maturation is between 10 and 12 months. Very deep golden honey in colour. Lemon and honey aromas in the glass. Full body, round mouth feel, with medium acidity and lemon and honey flavours. Long length. A very elegant wine. This is another wine that can age 30 to 60 years!
M. Chapoutier Deschants (Marsanne), Saint-Joseph, 2009. Deep golden, beautiful colour in the nice. Very nice nose with peaches and flowers. Medium plus body and good acidity, and flavours of peaches, orange and citrus. Also a vein of minerality in this wine. Very refreshing. Medium length. I liked this wine a lot.
M. Chapoutier Petite Ruche (Syrah), Crozes-Hermitage, 2009. Deep purple in the glass with lots of cassis aromas. Medium acidity and body. Lots of ripe cassis and blueberry flavours. Dry finish. Very nice!
Domaine Huet Le Haut-Lieu Sec
2010 (€14). Sec means dry so these and the next two wines are dry. This wine was light straw in colour with small bubbles. Nice lemon and honeycomb aromas with a hint of minty herbal. Round nice mouthfeel. Very fruity. Citrus, flowers, and minerality. Good acidity. I really liked this wine.
Domaine Huet Clos du Bourg Sec 2010 (€16). Medium lemon colour. Light citrus and apple aromas. Medium body, small bubbles, round in the mouth but with medium acidity to keep it refreshing. Some honey, apple, citrus and spice flavours. A very elegant wine.