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Four Affordable French Wines, Tasted 04 June 2008

Good morning. I’ve grouped these four tasting notes together because they represent mature wines that are near the $15 price point. If you are on a budget it is possible to find inexpensive and diverse wines. The Ogier should be drunk soon. The Cazaux is chugging along but it is a simpler wine. The Ch. d’Or et de Gueules is drinking well and would probably appeal to more people than the Soumade. The Soumade has the most power and life but I found it a polarizing style, at least the bottle I drank. My personal opinion is that it is better to spend an extra $10 to buy a better bottle but there is a place for everything.

2001 Domaine la Soumade, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cuvee Prestige, Vin des Pays d’Orange – $15
I don’t have the details for this wine but the 1999 was a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot. According to Parker’s notes, the 1999 was made from destemmed grapes that received the pigeage treatment of punching down the cap during fermentation. A dark garnet. A medium intensity nose of dark fruits and earthy stink. In the mouth there are dark fruits with red cherries and muddy chocolate that develop with air. This full-bodied wine has fruit is slightly salty with noticeable acidity and tannins. This really wasn’t my style of wine.

1999 Michel Ogier, Syrah, La Rosine, Vin des Pays – ~$15
A medium-opaque ruby-garnet color. Light nose. Initially there is sour cherry, lean fruit that makes way to acidity. This is a light to medium-bodied wine whose tannins have fully resolved. Drink up.

1999 Ch. d’Or et de Gueules, Cuvee Prestige, Costieres de Nimes – $15
This wine is 80% syrah and 20% Carignan and Mourvedre. A rather dark medium burgundy color. A light nose of cherry and raspberry. Red cherry flavors, herbs, and slight earthiness in the mouth disappears in the midpalate but comes back in the finish. The light to medium-bodied fruit blossoms then leaves fine lip-coating tannins in the finish where some acidity comes through.

2000 Clos de Cazaux, Cuvee des Templiers, Vacqueyras – ~$15
This had a very light nose of blue and purple fruits. In the mouth there are blue fruits, some wood toast, that comes across as soft fruit with structure. There are bacon and toast flavors on the finish. This simpler wine is holding up well.


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