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Five Wines From France

Here are some notes on a few wines that I have drunk lately.

2004 Domaine de Font-Sane, Gigondas
I bought this because I really like the 1998 Cuvee Futee. I was not disappointed at all by this regular cuvee. Black and blue berries mixed with minerals that flavor this supple wine. It is calmly authoritative. While a pleasure to drink now, I will hold on to my other bottles.

2005 Mas Carlot, Les Enfants Terribles, Costieres de Nimes
I believe this is great quality for the price. It is a Syrah/Mourvedre blend with good blueberry and herb flavors. Pretty nose, mouth-filling with a satisfying finish, hard to believe it is $11.

2003 Domaine de Chamans, No 1, Minervois
This was an interesting wine that I did not like. A Syrah/Carignan/Mourvedre blend. My bottle had a unique and assertive nose of sugar-coated raspberry hard candies (with soft center) that I had a hard time getting around. While I like this kind of candy, I apparently don’t like my wine to smell like it. From what I did taste, it was well made with a touch more stuffing than the Les Enfants Terribles.

2003 Chateau d’Or et de Gueules, Costieres de Nimes
This was nice but I preferred the Les Enfants Terribles at the same price. This is a Syrah/Carignan/Mourvedre blend. More of a red-fruits wine with more finesse and brightness.

2004 Coume del Mas, Schistes, Collioure
This was recommended to me. A Grenache/Carignan blend with a gorgeous color in the glass best described as inky, deep-blue and red-garnet. Young in that the nose is slow to reveal itself and tastes of hidden pleasures yet to come. It is medium-bodied with concentration, supple to drink with a slowly expanding finish. A great deal at $14.


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  1. August 9, 2011 at 12:46 pm

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