Category Archives: France

2012 Tessellae Carignan

I was excited to try a 100% carignan, especially one that cost a mere $12 a came with a lot of positive press. Alas, it’s pretty boring. The sweet fruit is pushed to 110%, and it might as well be … Continue reading

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Bila-Haut 2012 Rose

All of the Chapoutier Bila-Haut wines seems to offer a ton of bang for the buck, and this rose is no exception. I have a high tolerance for mediocre roses, but I feel like I’ve had more than usual this … Continue reading

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2010 Thivin Cote de Brouilly

Who doesn’t like Beaujolais? Dummies, that’s who. This is, for my money and taste buds, the best place to look for interesting, fairly priced bottles that you could drink year round. If I could snap my fingers and make half … Continue reading

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Tissot Cremant de Jura Rose

Champagne is expensive, and cavas are cheap but mostly only fleetingly interesting. For middle-ground, you should look to various French sparklers, and specifically, this one. This sparkling rose from the tiny Jura region is simply the best non-Champagne French sparkler … Continue reading

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2011 Novellum Chardonnay

As long as chardonnay remains shorthand for a glass of white wine at a bar, it will be easy to be dismissive of the grape. The fact that there’s so much terrible, cheap chardonnay on the market certainly doesn’t help … Continue reading

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Domaine Labbe 2011 Abymes

No one drinks enough jacquere, the light, crisp and fruity white grape from the Savoie region of France. I’ve only had a handful of bottles, but never a clunker in the bunch. This incredibly light, 11.5% alcohol white is almost … Continue reading

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2011 Duboeuf Jean Descombes Morgon

People besmirch Duboeuf wine because he’s the nouveau king or whatever, but his Cru labeled wines are frequently great bargains. This Morgon, from the light and fresh 2011 vintage, is … light and fresh but exceptionally good. It’s not something … Continue reading

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