Sunday, April 10, 2011

Notes from a "Wines of Southern France" Tasting

2009 Pere Anselme Cotes de Provence
Appearance: Clear, pale pink
Nose: Medium intense aromas of red berries, rosewater, apple 
Palate: Dry, medium body and acidity, light tannins; Tart strawberry, saline minerality
Finish: short
Quality:  good-very good       Price: $10

2009 Domaine du Paternal "Couronne de Charlemagne" Cassis Blanc
Appearance: Clear, pale lemon
Nose: Light intensity aromas of dried herbs, white flowers and kerosene
Palate: Dry, medium body, medium+ acidity; citrus & dried hebs, slight saline minerality
Finish: short
Quality:  acceptable-good        Price: $18

2008 Vordy-Mayrannes "Old Carignan" Rouge
Appearance: Clear, medium ruby
Nose: Medium intense aromas of black cherries & red berries, forest floor, smoke
Palate: Dry, medium body, medium+ tannins and acidity; Dark berries, dried herbs and black tea
Finish: medium
Quality: good-very good         Price: $15

2009 Maison L'Aiglon Grand Reserve Saint Chinian
Appearance: Clear, medium ruby
Nose: Medium intense aromas of red berry candy, yeast and sour cream
Palate: Dry, medium body and acidity, medium+ tannins; strawberry with a slight savoriness
Finish: medium
Quality: good         Price: $14

2004 Domaine Maubernard Bandol
Appearance: Clear, medium ruby
Nose: Medium intense aromas of violets, dark fruit, smoke, pine
Palate: Dry, medium body, medium+ tannins and acidity, Plums, blackberry, dried leaves
Finish: -medium
Quality: good-very good         Price: $25