18 producers from 9 regions of France were here pouring wins the most represented region was the Loire, with 8 representatives. Below a list of my top 5 producers and their wines that impressed ... Keep your eyes open, maybe one day ...
Because we don't see these wines on these shores I didn't ask prices, but they certainly are wines I'd like to have on hand and in my cellar ... All three they showcased were a pure delight of the senses.
|Black cherry, vanilla and plum (****)|
|90 year old vines|
Spicy, plummy, smoky:
nice fruit backed by spice (****+)
|50 year old vines - first vintage of own vineyard|
plum, white pepper, spice, touch of violet, good acidity (****)
With any luck we'll see their wines here; both the Cote-du-Rhone and the Lirac were standouts.
|Plum, spice, mocha and black cherry (****)|
|Fresh and fruity with cherry, plum and white pepper (****)|
As a Beaujolais / Gamay fan I was very happy to see some here ... The two that stood out for me were:
|Pinot Noir / Gamay Noir blend|
with nice raspberry and cherry (*** 1/2)
|100% Gamay Noir|
Plum and black cherry ... lots of black cherry (*** 1/2+)
I really enjoyed the two wines I tried here - one even made this list ... Though the representative seemed otherwise engaged each time I came around, so I never tasted all the wines, I guess multitasking wasn't his thing.
|Sweet fruit with cherry, plum, |
mocha and well-balanced acidity (****)
The labels were just fun and playful, matching many of the wines in bottle, there was very little serious wine here - but then wine was never meant to be taken so seriously ... was it???
|Blackberry, cassis and plum (*** 1/2+)|