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Two French Wines, 02 April 2009


Here are two $13 wines tasted 02 April 2009.

Go out and buy the Abbaye Sylva Plana, it is a great value. The Roger Perrin is a good simple wine that I would recommend if it were, say, $8. At the $13 price point there are many other wines I’d rather drink.

2007 Abbaye Sylva Plana, Cuvee Novices, Faugeres – $13
Nicolas and Henry Bouchard purchased this estate in 1998. This is a blend of 50% Grenache, 30% Carignan, and 20% Cinsault from young vines. The Carignan and Cinsault see carbonic maceration. There is a light+ nose of floral, riesling-like petrol. In the mouth there is weighty, supple, blue/purple fruit that is a little creamy and lovely to work around the mouth. With air more floral qualities, herbs, and violets develop. There are minimal tannins and lifted, dark purple fruits in the aftertaste along with some glycerine. This great value needs two hours of decanting before hitting its stride.

2007 Roger Perrin, Cotes du Rhone – $13
This is a blend of 75% Grenache, 15% Cinsault, and 10% Syrah. The varietals are fermented together. There is a rather light nose of light fruit that is syrah dominated. In the mouth there is simple, bright red/blue fruit, some minerals, and minimal tannins. This is a good quaffer for drinking now or after working in the yard. It doesn’t pretend to be anything else.

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