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2011 La Grange aux Belles Anjou Prince

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4/14/2016 - John Nezlek wrote: 86 points

Note: I use a rating scale for which 85 represents a very good wine.

Tasty Cab Franc. Benefited from a little breathing.

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2011 La Grange aux Belles Anjou La Chaussee

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4/4/2016 - John Nezlek wrote: 90 points

Note: I use a rating scale for which 85 represents a very good wine.

I give this wine the magical 90 primarily out of interest (vs hedonism). Upon opening (and for the first 2 hours) lots of minerality with some fruit (overlaid as lake.vino put it), after that smoother and a but more integrated (but less interesting).

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2015 La Grange aux Belles Le Vin de Jardin

Anjou-Saumur Grolleau more

4/4/2016 - MichaelCallens Likes this wine: 87 points

Very light and fruity, almost rosé. Although not too sweet.

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2014 La Grange aux Belles Anjou La Chaussee

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3/12/2016 - Marole wrote: 90 points

Very light red. Lovely nose with grass, red currant, bell pepper and mineral. Fresh, nice acidity, minimal tannins and mineral light red berries. A perfect wine with spring vegetables and light meat. Uncomplicated. Serve slightly chilled. Great value.

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2010 La Grange aux Belles Anjou Prince

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2/29/2016 - Francophile Likes this wine: 89 points

Nicer than I recall the first of my three bottle. Good body and nice fruit

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2012 La Grange aux Belles Anjou 53

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2/20/2016 - tbone wrote: NR

Love this wine! Open an let sit on counter for 30 minutes lets most of funk blow off. Another great year for this wine.

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2012 La Grange aux Belles Anjou 53

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2/19/2016 - Ideasthatstick Likes this wine: NR

Is this the most amazing thing ever produced? Maybe, depends on your point of view. But boy is it why wine is so great. On open- Grassy herbaceous nose. Deep beautiful color. Really beautiful. Nice legs soft mouthfeel. Restrained. Menthol. It has Anjou all over it. I love the shining varietal. Some one noted brett, yes but not as pronounced. It is a bottle looking for food. Once again, if I were in Angers having this with dinner I might be screaming for joy. Since I am home I am not screaming but I am impressed. After an hour the true Cabernet franc begins to shine. I love the low alcohol and I love the total cab franc happening. Boy is it good and it keeps getting better - the last third of the bottle has shrugged off its grassy heritage and grown into a deep rich wine highly informed by the Loire, yet breaking on its own. A tentative bottle has made way for a bottle full of life, confidence and character. It's loaded with the terroir of its origin but it is also striking out on its own. Very good. Very. Another Rimmerman win. Man that guy is good.

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2013 La Grange aux Belles Anjou 53

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2/17/2016 - klezman wrote: NR

Just delicious. Herbs, crunchy raspberry, leaves, and earth. Just what I like about this wine. Great wine to just enjoy over a couple hours.

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2014 La Grange aux Belles Le Vin de Jardin

Anjou-Saumur Grolleau more

1/25/2016 - PSPatrick wrote: 88 points

“Natural Wine Soirée” (non-blind), Flight 3, Wine 1: The wine was medium to light ruby in colour and offered red fruit, strawberry and raspberry aromas on the nose and palate, with medium to medium-plus acidity, low tannin and very good length. This well-made wine seemed light on its feet, but had enough stuffing up on it’s sleeve for not giving the impression of being simple. It drank very well and I can picture drinking it slightly chilled to sixteen degrees on a relaxed summer's eve…

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2011 La Grange aux Belles Anjou Prince

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11/16/2015 - Ideasthatstick Likes this wine: NR

Ok, after a run of meh, now, yay! This bottle, like how the Les Amidyves revealed the communion of Grenache and Syrah, which I had earlier, this wine reveals the wide expression of Cabernet Franc. This wine is so grainy, so dark (good good good) that it could have been a Syrah, not that it was, but it has deep defining characteristics, and it seems to me, at least, that the skin and the stems are present and that is a really good thing. When I think of Cabernet Franc, I think of a lighter, fruitier wine. All those green peppers etc. (see my notes on Domain Guion). This wine has a different substance. It is earthy, rich, refined. Deep deep red in the glass, clinging legs. There is the green peeper nose, but on taste it has gripping tannins, great acidity and an undeniably present essence of a quiet knowledgable and super deep Cab Franc. Wow. As I approached the end of the bottle (sad) the sediment (super good) presents! This points to this idea I have been talking about lately, this is wine you won't find in most "liquor" stores. This is a wine you might stumble upon while biking from Angers to Tours. And after which, you might say, "Oh I get it now, I get it."

It's all gone for me, all gone. All gone. Drag of the highest order. Drag.

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2013 La Grange aux Belles Anjou La Chaussee

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7/10/2015 - Der Weingelehrte wrote: 84 points

Has an interesting element, but ultimately is thin with some off-odors and a plastic-like funk on the palate. Meant to be a quaffer and yes, consistent with other tasting notes, this definitely qualifies as a "bistro wine." That said, its unusual character and bistro status does not give it an automatic promotion up the quality ladder.

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2013 La Grange aux Belles Anjou La Chaussee

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9/22/2015 - tward Likes this wine: 89 points

I wish there were more of these bottles around. If this doesn't take you to a bistro in France I don't know what will. So light on it's feet (11.5% abv), so smile inducing with bright aromatics, herbs, red fruits, and mineral finish, it's hard to put down. [I only got a touch of red bell pepper in there.]

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2010 La Grange aux Belles Anjou La Chaussee

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9/20/2015 - neurowine1 wrote: NR

I do like this better than the 2012. Gorgeous light Hawaiian punch brightness that has a certain kinship to my beloved Savoie/Jura. Must be drunk no warmer than cellar temp. Yum, just yum.

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2009 La Grange aux Belles Anjou 53

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9/10/2015 - circadumonde wrote: flawed

Foul, repugnant, and putrid. Every single iteration of the spittoon remnants that leaves the cellar door of this "winery" have been Brett infested, balance challenged, and completely unrecognizable as a potable liquid. I can't believe I let Rimmerman fool me out of my hard earned greenbacks for these bottles. I suspect La Grange Aux Belles has never been visited by a health inspector before, but I pray they are soon, before some innocent is stricken with projectile vomiting after drinking this sewage!

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2010 La Grange aux Belles Anjou La Chaussee

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9/9/2015 - Anthony Lombardi Likes this wine: 90 points

Transparent ruby red. This is an aromatic & elegant wine, a blend of Grolleau & Cab Franc. Lighter bodied with a delicacy at first. Floral aromatics are strong with some light red fruit & minerality. Moderate acidity & supple tannins provide balance. Gave this a short chill in the fridge before serving & a smoky layer emerges as it warms.

This is long in finesse, but isn't terribly long in complexity. It pairs well with risotto & shows the value of championing lesser known & used grape varieties.

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2012 La Grange aux Belles Anjou La Chaussee

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9/7/2015 - neurowine1 wrote: NR

Unfortunately this btl has nowhere near the crunchy ripe fruit freshness of the btl i had just 6 months ago. I suspect it is more a testament to bottle variation than the ephemeral nature of this wine, but it is not an ager for sure. This has a little bit of carb on the tongue and some greenery. Bitter on the finish. Not all that enjoyable. Just noted that I have a btl of 2010 somewhere in the cellar. Whoops.

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2011 La Grange aux Belles Anjou Prince

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8/15/2015 - Francophile Likes this wine: 88 points

Drank over several days and was better earlier than later

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2013 La Grange aux Belles Anjou La Chaussee

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7/26/2015 - tward Likes this wine: 88 points

Light-bodied, ruby-colored; nose shows a bit of pleasant funk / barnyard along with some herbs and barely ripe strawberry. Easy drinking, pairs well with mid-weight dishes; label abv is 11.5%; this is closer to rose' than to a big red.

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2014 La Grange aux Belles Vin de France Le Vin de Jardin

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6/21/2015 - JohanPe wrote: 85 points

Sugared strawberries, fine acidity in the background. Short aftertaste. Insanely drinkable, lemonade for adults.

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2010 La Grange aux Belles Anjou 53

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6/22/2015 - thebottleneck wrote: NR

Cuddly tannins
Big ole fruit - cheap lollipop in unmarked wrapper?
Very dry finish

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2012 La Grange aux Belles Anjou 53

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5/26/2015 - Anonymous Likes this wine: NR

Very distinctively Franc, and a very good example of what the type should taste like when done well, and this is done very well. The only concern would be that it brings with it a fair amount of brett. It adds complexity, and I like it, but it does come close to the line between flawed and what I consider to be a positive characteristic. It is an interesting wine in the positive sense of the phrase. I would buy more.

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2013 La Grange aux Belles Anjou La Chaussee

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5/14/2015 - joraesque wrote: 91 points

Light, pale red color, and a light-to-medium body; outstanding Cabernet Franc bouquet of barnyard, earth, and Bell peppers; low-to-medium acidity (enough to make for a great pairing with roasted chicken and potatoes) and a light-to-medium glycerin-driven mouthfeel; light Anjou notes on the palate, with flavors of Bell pepper, licorice, and strawberries, then more Bell pepper and strawberries on the long finish. Drank well for 90+ minutes. 11.5% ABV. I really liked this wine...
90-91

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2012 La Grange aux Belles Anjou La Chaussee

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4/25/2015 - klezman wrote: NR

Fun, juicy, and enjoyable. A winner.

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2010 La Grange aux Belles Anjou 53

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4/23/2015 - tward Likes this wine: NR

Not much to say except that it's drinking well is very pleasurable. Had the other bottle nearly two years ago and this does not seem faded. Fully ripe fruit for Anjou.

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2013 La Grange aux Belles Anjou 53

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4/11/2015 - joraesque wrote: 90 points

Needs to breathe... starts opening up after 30 minutes, revealing notes of Brett on top of floral aromatics, both of which continue onto the palate joined my mushroom flavors. It then drank well for 2+ hours.
89-90

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