Sampling Various French Wines

Bought some wine back in December and thought I’d share our reviews with you.  We didn’t get to taste them all for various reasons, but here is a little information on each wine.  :)

2008 Fayard, Domaine de Fondrèche; like a Southern CDR, light to medium body fruity red wine
Grape varieties: 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 10% Carignan, and 10% Mourvèdre

*I don’t remember the characteristics of this wine exactly, but we bought it because it was fairly inexpensive.  So, I would recommend it as a nice wine to drink during the week.  Good, but nothing spectacular/memorable.

2007 Mas Amiel from Maury; a sweet medium bodied red wine, great with chocolate! Aromas of black and red fruits; serve chilled 12-14C (54-57F)
Grape variety: Grenache

*We bought this wine after tasting Banyuls; both Maury and Banyuls are located within the Grand Roussillon appellation, but deserve their own appellations (we ended up buying the Maury b/c it was a little less expensive).
*When we first tasted Banyuls, we were served chunks of dark chocolate and dropped frozen grapes into our wine glasses to cool the temperature of the wine. It was a great experience!
*I’d have to say that we buy this regularly now!  We love it!

2005 Les Coufis, M. Chapoutier; scents of exotic fruits and peach (Someone claimed white pepper, too!); tastes of apricot and honey
Grape variety: Viognier

*From what I can gather this is a vin de pays from Coteaux de l’Ardeche near Condrieu, Northern Cotes du Rhone
*It was definitely worth trying, but I think I prefer the Jurançon, next up on our list.  :)
*We also took some videos of my husband trying this wine, which you can check out on youtube.

2006 Jurançon “Cuvée Thibault”, Domaine Bellegarde; rich honey and exotic fruit aromas and taste; very similar to a viognier
Grape variety: Petit Manseng

*This one was really great! You could still taste all the flavors in your mouth 5 seconds after you drank it!

2006 Madiran; full body red wine with aromas of black fruits, spices, and grilled bread
Grape varieties: Tannat (at least 40%), Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Fer Servadou

*We bought this on a recommendation from a friend, but ended up giving it away as a gift. So… we will eventually try it, but will have to confirm how it tasted.

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  1. Sara Says:

    Pouring the Les Coufis:

    It was hard to capture the legs on video…

    The second sip and review:

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