Small Regions of France

Small Regions of France
Farpointe Cellar
Tasted Sunday, January 30, 2011


2006 Domaine Olivier Hillaire Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Petits Pieds d’Armand – France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape A load of dark chocolate upfront, with hints of tobacco and wet earth. The raspberry liqueur and floral notes in the middle are very good. Rich, dark chocolate on the palate, with lots of candied raspberry and earth. The finish is all spice and tobacco. (93 Points)

2009 Saint-Cosme Condrieu – France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Condrieu A mineral driven nose, with hints of Asian pear, and lemon zest. The apple in the middle leads nicely into the spicy finish. The palate is much like the nose, with stone and pear flavors, followed by apple and citrus, and nice hint of spice on the finish.

2006 Clos Rougeard (Foucault) Saumur-Champigny Le Bourg – France, Loire Valley, Anjou-Saumur, Saumur-Champigny Game, leather, and sweaty socks on the nose, with hints of black cherry and raspberry, spice, and tobacco. Sweaty and gamey on the palate, the dark fruit and spicy really come through on the mid-palate, and the tobacco is dominate on the finish. (91 Points)

2007 Domaine de Bellivière Coteaux du Loir L’Effraie – France, Loire Valley, Upper Loire, Coteaux du Loir Honey and cream infused on the nose, with hints of peach, flowers, and stone in the background. Slightly sweet on the palate, the minerals really shine, and mixes nicely with the peach, honey, and floral aromas.

2005 Château d’Agel Minervois In Extremis – France, Languedoc Roussillon, Languedoc, Minervois Raspberry jam and chocolate on the nose, with hints of espresso and buttered toast. More raspberry jam on the palate, with graphite and mocha at the end. (91 Points)

2006 Les Vins de Vienne Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes Sotanum – France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes Raspberry with floral notes on the nose, with pepper and espresso at the end. Soft and juicy on the palate, with raspberry and lavender, pepper and coffee, and minerals on the finish. (90 Points)

NV Renardat-Fâche Vin du Bugey-Cerdon Méthode Ancestrale Demi-Sec – France, Savoie, Vin du Bugey-Cerdon Lots of cherry and rhubarb on the nose, with hints of tangerine and toast. The yeast at the end is nice. Very sweet on the palate, the cherry and tangerine mix is very good. The toast/yeast flavors are strong on the mid-palate, and the finish is very spicy. (89 Points)

2003 Domaine Gourt de Mautens (Jérôme Bressy) Côtes du Rhône Villages Rasteau – France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Côtes du Rhône Villages Rasteau Cocoa powder and raspberry liqueur on the nose, plus some wet earth and pepper at the end. Both sweet and loamy on the palate, the raspberry liqueur and pepper are really strong on the mid-palate. It’s a little hot on the finish, and the tannins are slightly bitter. (88 Points)

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