Category Archives: Provence

2010 Rosés Part II: Best of Rosé Fest and More

My rosé of the year so far, and the best non-sparkling rosé I’ve ever tasted, with a score of 93 points, is François Chidaine’s Touraine Val de Loire. Not only is it an admirable wine on its own–with complexity, definition and delicacy–it also pairs wonderfully with a great many summery dishes (e.g., from light salads and pastas, to hearty fish soups and veal dishes). It’s also an excellent value at about $14. Continue reading

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Impressive and Delicious 2008 Tempier Bandols

The ’08 vintage of Tempiers I tasted this weekend blew me away as the most delicious and impressive young Tempiers I’ve ever had. These will need several years to soften some of their huge tannins, and develop more of the complexity that’s already there, but it’s clear already that these are some of the greatest Tempiers ever. La Tourtine and La Migoua were among the best versions of those wines I’ve had, and the Cabassaou, my favorite wine of the tasting, was the best of the six vintages of Cabassaou I’ve tried to date. Continue reading

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