Classic French mini-tasting

Tasted March 6, 2011 by wineamateur with 345 views

Introduction

My wife asked me to put on a mini blind tasting to demonstrate the differences in major wine styles in France. This was what I came up with, using whatever was reasonably to hand in the cellar.

Flight 1 (4 notes)

Red
1999 Les Vins de Vienne Côte-Rôtie Les Essartailles France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie
88 points
Nice wine, but a bit unremarkable. Smokey, herbal and a bit plasticky on the nose. Medium weight, and pretty well balanced on the palate.
Red
2000 Château Talbot France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien
92 points
Pretty dumb on day 1, but stellar on day 2 Nice ripe cassis, a bit of honey, good weight, balance and finish. Very nice.
Red
2000 Louis Jadot Corton-Grèves France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton Grand Cru
94 points
In a beautiful place right now. Clean, fresh strawberry and red cherry fruit; a bit of cream, a bit of liquorice; sweet and ethereal in the mouth. Super finish
Red
1999 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
89 points
Not a great vintage for Clos des Papes, and a bit foursquare, but nice ripe sweet Grenache fruit, and got better over days 2 and 3.

Closing

Apart from the Jadot, these wines weren't screaming out their regional identity from first pour, but gradually (over a couple of days) these qualities emerged, and it turned into a pretty good demonstration of the principal characteristics of the different appellations.

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