Tried these two French wines over the last two days:
1. AlainVoge LesPayrouses AC: Cotes du Rhone (13.5%; 100% Syrah from Cornas/StJoseph) 2011
: Dark color; strong Syrah/blackberry/blueberry slight earthy/dusty/lavender bit rustic slight Rhonish/roasted slight alcoholic rather Calif-style pleasant nose; soft some blackberry/Syrah/blueberry fairly smooth slight earthy/rustic flavor w/ modest tannins; med. rather blackberry/Syrah/blueberry light rustic/earthy pleasant finish w/ light tannins; a pleasant enough Syrah but not much NorthernRhone character; far better than most CdR but not up to the StCosme CdR '10; a pleasant enough CdR (because no Grenache) but not tempted to buy more. $21.50 (SFW&S)
2. MaisonRoche de Bellene AC: Bourgogne PinotNoir VeillesVignes (www.MaisonRocheDeBellene.com; #55,044 of 78,600; 13%; Vine Age: 56-88 yrs; LoosenBros/Salem/OR) NicolasPotel/Beaune 2010
: Med.color; pleasant PN/black cherry somewhat pungent/earthy/dusty/loamy very slight pencilly/oak nose; fairly tart light black cherry/PN bit lean/bitey/harsh/tannins flavor; med. earthy/dusty/loamy slight black cherry/PN rather lean/tight/austere finish w/ light agular/bitey tannins; a rather lean/tight/bitey Burg w/ not much fruit but pleasant enough if you have to drink Burgundy. $21.50 (SFW&S)
And a wee BloodyPulpit:
1. It always gets my goat when those Burgundy folks start using American labeling terms. The wine says Bourgogne....that, by definition, is PinotNoir. They invented varietal labeling in California and the Burgundians have no right to put PinotNoir on their labels in a blatent attempt to take advantage of the gullible American consumers. Is nothing sacred anymore??