Five Wines That I Recently Tasted

Within the last two years, I tried countless wines from every area in France. It is amazing to think that no matter where you go in the country, there will be vines of some sort somewhere near you. My taste has changed tremendously over those two years, as well as my wine tasting skills : tasting wine, just like anything else, requires practice, a lot of practice.

From time to time, I’ll share with you on this website some wines that I tried from different regions, cheap and/or expensive bottles, some surprises, and some of the good (or not that good) wines that I found traveling through the vineyards etc… That way, if you ever find one of these names in a shop or a restaurant you’ll know what to expect. I also sell some of those bottles so feel free to contact me if interested.

Château Couhins-Lurton 2005 Pessac-Léognan (Bordeaux) :

Deep color, still pretty young. Smoky nose with animal notes, needs aeration. A lot of pleasure on the palate. Light attack, this wine shows more structure in the middle of the mouth with a nice body. Typical Merlot taste. This wine finishes with elegant and soft tannins, and on a woody taste (a little bit too much for me). Its construction and taste reminds me of a 100 % Merlot. To drink now.

Château de La Cour 2007, Saint-Emilion :

Unbalanced wine, acidic and sour. I doubt that wine was ever really good, even in its young years.

Chaume 1er Cru, Domaine Gaudard, Côteaux du Layon (Loire Valley) (sweet white) :

A beautiful golden wine with silver reflects. Honey and peach notes are dominant on the nose. Fleshy and “fat” mouth balanced by a great freshness. Very good balance and construction. Ends with a long fruity finish. This is a VERY good wine.

Parfum de Schistes, 2011, Faugères (Languedoc) :

A very dark and intense looking wine. Fresh nose with floral aromas. A medium bodied wine, with silky tannins and a lot of flavor. Finish of medium length. the Syrah (shiraz) varietal influences the finish more than anything.

Château Langoa Barton, 2007, Saint-Julien (Bordeaux) :

It’s the second time I get to taste this wine. A fresh and refined nose. This wine is “caressing” on the palate, pulpy and elegant, with delicious flavors. Extremely fine and classy tannins. Very hard to spit!