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Meffre Gigondas 2014

Gabriel Meffre, Le Roc Des Dentelles, AOC Gigondas, Vaucluse, PACA, France, 2014 On Gigondas Awarded AOC status in 1971, the Gigondas vineyard lies to the west and so in the shadow and at feet of the main geological feature of … Continue reading

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Beaucastel Ch-du-Pape 1999

Chateau de Beaucastel, AOC Chateuaneuf-du-Pape, Vaucluse, PACA, France, 1999 This wine: no lot number, so a single bottling (of a very large blending vat) is assumed; a blend of up to 13 permitted varieties, with mourvedre, grenache noir, counoise, syrah … Continue reading

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Plan Pegau VSIG France

Plan Pegau, VSIG, France, NV VSIG VSIG – Vins Sans Indication Geographique, is another term for Vin de France, or previously, table wine, the vintage year is not permitted on the label. This wine: from clayey soils. The lateral thinking label … Continue reading

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Cellier Princes Ch. du Pape 2013

Cellier des Princes a Courthezon (the sole appellation co-op), AOP Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Vaucluse, France, 2013 This wine: lot no. 143232, Ch. du Pape blend (though the pale hue suggests a preponderance of grenache noir), a period of oak barrel ageing, coated … Continue reading

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Dom. Valori Ch-du-Pape 2000

Gabriel Meffre, Domaine de Valori, AOC Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Vaucluse, Southern Rhone, France, 2000 AOC permitted varieties For red wine there are 13 allowed, both red and white (w): bourboulenc (w), cinsault, clairette (w), counoise (w), grenache, mourvedre, muscardin, picardan (w), picpoul … Continue reading

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Traslepuy Lirac 2004

F. Zobel, Traslepuy, AOC Lirac, Gard, France, 2004 Last tasted 18/12/16, when I thought to drink up within a year. Lirac is an appellation on the right bank of the Rhone, opposite Chateauneuf-du-Pape, and producing red, white and rose. It … Continue reading

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Les Courlandes CdP 2015

Leon Perdigal (negociant-eleveur), Les Courlandes, AOC Chateauneuf-du-Papes, Vaucluse, Southern Rhone, PACA, France, 2015 This wine: a blend of grenache noir, syrah, mourvedre and cinsault; natural cork closure, 14.5% abv, widely available, ~£15 (05/17) Consumer tasting note: a strong nose of … Continue reading

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