Category Archives: France

PIERRE AMADIEU DOMAINE GRAND ROMANE GIGONDAS 2013

$19.99 Gigondas, Southern Rhone, France Chairman’s Selection PLCB Code# 78138   Inviting in feel, with polished edges around the core of blackberry and plum compote notes, underscored by dark anise and sweet spice accents on the finish. Silky in feel, … Continue reading

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Vignobles Bulliat Morgon Cuvee du Colombier 2014

$13.99 Beaujolais, Burgundy, France Chairman’s Selection PLCB Code# 33935   Named after the street where the winery stands, this is jammy and ripe while also structured with some firm tannins. Rich and juicy red-berry fruits have both crisp acidity and … Continue reading

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Chablis Cuvee Amandine Domaine des Malandes 2014 $14.99

Chablis, Burgundy, France Chairman’s Selection PLCB Code# 78018   I’ve been digging this bright, sleek number lately, perhaps to fight the dog-days doldrums, or maybe just because it’s darn good. Though not dirt cheap at $15, it packs enough complexity … Continue reading

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Reserve des Oliviers Chateauneuf du Pape 2012

$21.99 Southern Rhone, France Chairman’s Selection PLCB Code# 78054   Similarly styled to the 2013, and highlighting the prettier, perfumed, medium-bodied end of the spectrum, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape exhibits plenty of sappy herbs, spring flowers and raspberry nuances. … Continue reading

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Domaine Les Verrieres Les Pierres Plantees 2008

$15.99 Languedoc, France Chairman’s Selection PLCB Code# 78091 A suave style, with a meaty aroma and flavors of dried blackberry, plum compote and dark currant, laced with intense mineral and forest floor notes. Focused slate and savory details emerge mid-palate … Continue reading

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Domaine Lafage Cote EST 2011

$13.99 Languedoc Roussillon, France PLCB #39647 Made from an eccentric blend of 50% Grenache Blanc (from 100+-year-old vines), 30% Chardonnay and 20% Marsanne aged on its lees in stainless steel, the 2011 Cote d’Est exhibits a stunning perfume of dried … Continue reading

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Chateau de Belcier Castillon Cotes de Bordeaux 2011

$15.99 Bordeaux, France PLCB Code# 33237 Rich and structured, yet full and concentrated, this wine has both dark tannins and ripe plum and berry fruits. The acidity streaks through the wine, lending freshness and good aging potential. Drink from 2017. … Continue reading

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Emanuel Darnaud Crozes Hermitage Les Trois Chenes 2011

$24.99 Crozes Hermitage, Northern Rhone, Rhone, France PLCB Code# 33253 Also outstanding, as well as a superb value, the 2011 Crozes Hermitage Les Trois Chenes is a medium-bodied, fresh, pure and focused Syrah that gives up impressive black raspberry, licorice, … Continue reading

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Domaine Forca Real Mas de la Garrigue 2011

$9.99 Cotes du Roussillon-Villages, Languedoc-Roussillon, France Chairman’s Selection PLCB Code# 33276 Blackberry and wild cherry flavors fill this seductive red. Very suave midpalate, with interesting savory herbal notes. The inky finish lingers with paprika and black pepper accents. Grenache, Syrah … Continue reading

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Domaine des Bouzons Cotes du Rhone Villages Cuvee Beauchamp 2011

$16.99 Southern Rhone, France PLCB Code# 33222 Bold, with juicy linzer torte and cassis notes accenting lots of briar and fruitcake flavors in the background. The lively, vibrant finish relies more on exuberance than depth, but remains very tasty. Drink … Continue reading

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