My Top White and Red French Wines at VanWineFest 2020

People sampling French wine at VanWineFest 2020

People sampling French wine at VanWineFest 2020

With France being the theme country for the Vancouver International Wine Festival 2020, there were many more French wineries in attendance than in other years.  And with that many more wines to taste. Which made me very happy.  France has a great variety of red, white, rosé, and sparkling wines, from the range of noble grape varieties.  I spent several sessions in the Festival tasting room trying out wines and speaking with winery principals.  Here is a list of the French wines that I quite enjoyed.  Some are available in BC while others were here just for the Festival.

White and Sparkling Wines

Advini Domaine Laroche Chablis – St. Martin 2018 – This wine has a light stonefruit nose.  Light body with medium acidity.  Crisp apple and stonefruit flavours and a mineral streak. 4.5 out of 5 stars

Boisset Effervescence Louis Bouillot Cremant de Bourgogne Perle Rare 2015 – Light flint and apple aromas.  Medium-plus body, dry with higher acidity.  Medium-sized bubble.  Toast and apple flavours.  Light creamy mouthfeel. 4.5 out of 5 stars

M. Chapoutier Hermitage Chante-Alouette 2017 – Made from the Marsanne grape.  It has a light lemon colour and has a rich honey, spice and stonefruit nose.  Medium-plus body with a thicker mouthfeel.  Lower acidity.  Sweet spices, some toast and light stonefruit flavours. Elegant. 4.5 out of 5 stars

Advini Domaine Laroche Chablis - St. Martin 2018, Boisset Effervescence Louis Bouillot Cremant de Bourgogne Perle Rare 2015, and M. Chapoutier Hermitage Chante-Alouette 2017 wines at VanWineFest 2020

Advini Domaine Laroche Chablis – St. Martin 2018, Boisset Effervescence Louis Bouillot Cremant de Bourgogne Perle Rare 2015, and M. Chapoutier Hermitage Chante-Alouette 2017 wines at VanWineFest 2020

Francois Martenot Petit Chablis 2018 – Pale lemon colour.  Light stonefruit nose.  Medium-plus body with a silky mouthfeel. Stone fruit, apples and honey flavours. 4.5 out of 5 stars

Francois Martenot Saint Veran 2018 – Lemon green colour.  Sweet ripe stonefruit nose.  Fuller body, dry, with a smooth mouthfeel.  Stonefruit flavours with mineral behind. 4.5 out of 5 stars

Francois Martenot Carton et Trebuchet Cremant de Bourgogne Rosé 2017 – This wine has light lemon, floral and vanilla nose.  It is off-dry with higher acidity.  Small creamy bubble.  Stone fruit flavours. Nice. 4.5 out of 5 stars

Francois Martenot Petit Chablis and Saint Veran 2018, and Francois Martenot Carton et Trebuchet Cremant de Bourgogne Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Rose 2017 wines at VanWineFest 2020

Francois Martenot Petit Chablis and Saint Veran 2018, and Francois Martenot Carton et Trebuchet Cremant de Bourgogne Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Rose 2017 wines at VanWineFest 2020

Alfred Gratien Champagne Brut Classique NV – Bright lemon colour.  A nice nose with toast and bruise apple aromas.  This wine has higher acidity and creamy bubble.  Bruised apple and tart crab apple flavours. 5 out of 5 stars

Alfred Gratien Champagne Rosé Classique NV – A nice orangy rose colour.  Wonderful nose with crisp red fruits and red apples.  Full body, dry, with higher acidity. Tiny creamy bubbles.  Crab apple flavour. 5 out of 5 stars

Chateau Minuty Rosé et Or 2018 – Interesting nose with aromas of rhubarb and strawberry.  It has a medium body, smooth with an acid edge.  Rhubarb and strawberry flavours. 4.5 out of 5 stars

Alfred Gratien Champagne Brut Classique NV, Alfred Gratien Champagne Rose Classique NV, and Chateau Minuty Rose et Or 2018 wines at VanWineFest 2020

Alfred Gratien Champagne Brut Classique NV, Alfred Gratien Champagne Rose Classique NV, and Chateau Minuty Rose et Or 2018 wines at VanWineFest 2020

Hugel & Fils Estate Riesling 2015 – Nice ripe stone fruit and a touch of petrol on the noes with more on the palate.  Big flavours on the palate.  The wine is off-dry with a thick, smooth mouthfeel. 4.5 out of 5 stars

Hugel & Fils Limited Edition Grossi Laue Riesling 2013 – Grossi Laue represents a single vineyard (and a particular soil) and is Alsace’s equivalent to Grand Cru. It is a rich golden colour. It has a medium intensity nose showing deep ripe honeyed tropical fruits and petrol. It has a medium-plus body and acidity, showing tropical fruit, marmalade, honey, floral, and petrol flavours. A wonderful wine.

Domaine Michel Gassier Rosé 2018 – Light intensity sweet ripe strawberry nose.  This wine is dry with a light body and medium-plus acidity.  Tasty strawberries and red fruit flavours, and a peppery finish. 4.5 out of 5 stars

Hugel & Fils Estate Riesling 2015, Hugel & Fils Limited Edition Grossi Laue Riesling 2013, and Domaine Michel Gassier Rose 2018 wines at VanWineFest 2020

Hugel & Fils Estate Riesling 2015, Hugel & Fils Limited Edition Grossi Laue Riesling 2013, and Domaine Michel Gassier Rose 2018 wines at VanWineFest 2020

Mouton Cadet Blanc 2018 – Nice lime and jalapeno pepper aromas which continue to the palate.  This wine is dry with a light body and medium acidity.  A touch of honey and pepper later on the sip. 4.5 out of 5 stars

Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve NV – Toasty, brioche and apple nose which continues to the palate.  Light bubble.   Medium body. 4.5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars

Chateau Pesquie Terrasses AOC Ventoux Rosé 2018 – This wine has a light intensity strawberry and tropical fruit nose.  Medium-plus body with light acidity.  A nice smooth mouthfeel.  Light spices, red and tropical fruit flavours. An easy sipper! 4 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars

Mouton Cadet Blanc 2018, Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve NV, and Chateau Pesquie Terrasses AOC Ventoux Rose 2018 wines at VanWineFest 2020

Mouton Cadet Blanc 2018, Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve NV, and Chateau Pesquie Terrasses AOC Ventoux Rose 2018 wines at VanWineFest 2020

Champagne Taittinger Brut Reserve NV – This Champagne has nice stonefruit aromas.  Tiny creamy bubbles.  It is off-dry with a medium body.  Ripe stone fruit and apples along with some pepperiness. 4.5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars

Champagne Taittinger Prestige Rosé NV – Nice red apple nose.  Light body; dry.  Creamy light bubbles.  Red fruits followed by red apples on the palate. 4.5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars

Champagne Taittinger Prelude Grands Cru NV – Light apple and stonefruit nose.  Medium-plus body with higher acidity.  Citrus apple and light toast on the palate.  Very creamy bubbles. 5 out of 5 stars

Champagne Taittinger Brut Reserve NV, Champagne Taittinger Prestige Rosé NV, and Champagne Taittinger Prelude Grands Cru NV wines at VanWineFest 2020

Champagne Taittinger Brut Reserve NV, Champagne Taittinger Prestige Rosé NV, and Champagne Taittinger Prelude Grands Cru NV wines at VanWineFest 2020

Red Wines

Advini Clos de l’Oratoire Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2017 – A clear light garnet colour in the glass.  It has a nice raspberry nose.  It is medium body and dry, with medium acidity and tannins.  Floral and raspberry flavours along with some pepperiness. 4.5 out of 5 stars

Domaine du Causse d’Arboras 2016 – Deep ruby-garnet colour mix.  This wine has a light intensity nose showing blueberries and smoke.  It has flavours of ripe raspberries and nutmeg.  It has medium acidity with soft tannins. 4.5 out of 5 stars

Vignobles Alain Brumont Chateau Montus Cuvee Prestige 2002 – Made with the Tannat grape this wine has a deep translucent garnet in the glass.  Light toast and red fruit aromas.  It has a light body, with fine, firm tannins.  Cedar/Old World oak, red fruits and sweet spice flavours along with a touch of pepper. 4.5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars

Advini Clos de l'Oratoire Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2017, Domaine du Causse d'Arboras 2016, and Vignobles Alain Brumont Chateau Montus Cuvee Prestige 2001 wines at VanWineFest 2020

Advini Clos de l’Oratoire Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2017, Domaine du Causse d’Arboras 2016, and Vignobles Alain Brumont Chateau Montus Cuvee Prestige 2002 wines at VanWineFest 2020

Aubert Vignobles Chateau d’Anielle Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2015 – A deeper translucent garnet colour.  Gamy, sausage and red fruit aromas.  Medium body, dry with medium acidity and a lighter mouthfeel.  Gamy, red fruit and raspberry flavours along with some pepperiness.  Tannic finish. 4.5 out of 5 stars

Borie-Manoux Chateau Lions de Batailley 2016 – Lighter translucent garnet.  Light cedar and red fruit nose.  Quite fruity with vibrant red fruit and raspberry flavours.  It has a medium-plus body, is soft and round in the mouth.  Medium acidity and chalky tannins. 4.5 out of 5 stars

Crus et Domaines de France Chateau de Lamarque 2015 – Medium intensity translucent garnet colour.  It has a light intensity red fruit and oak nose.  It is medium-bodied with firmer tannins.  Floral, red cherries, sweet spices and vanilla flavours.  It is round with medium acidity.  Tannic finish.  A nice wine. 4.5 out of 5 stars

Aubert Vignobles Chateau d'Anielle Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2015, Borie-Manoux Chateau Lions de Batailley 2016, and Crus et Domaines de France Chateau de Lamarque 2015 wines at VanWineFest 2020

Aubert Vignobles Chateau d’Anielle Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2015, Borie-Manoux Chateau Lions de Batailley 2016, and Crus et Domaines de France Chateau de Lamarque 2015 wines at VanWineFest 2020

Domaine Boutinot La Cote Sauvage Cairanne AOC 2016 – Medium translucent garnet.  Red fruit, smoke and earthiness on the nose.  This wine is off-dry, medium body and acidity.  Medium intensity firm tannins.  Red fruit flavours. 4.5 out of 5 stars

Domaine Boutinot Les Coteaux Schisteux Seguret Cotes du Rhone Villages 2016 – Translucent medium intensity garnet.  It has light raspberry and vanilla aromas.  It is fuller-bodied, dry with a soft mouthfeel.  Raspberry flavours.  Fine tannins.  An excellent wine. 4.5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars

Fortant de France Gaia Saint-Chinan Organic 2017 – Deep translucent garnet colour.  A light intensity red fruit and bacon nose.  This wine is dry, with medium body and medium acidity.  It is smooth with some medium intensity tannins.  Raspberries, red cherries and a touch of oak on the palate.  A drying finish. 4.5 out of 5 stars

Domaine Boutinot La Cote Sauvage Cairanne AOC 2016 and Les Coteaux Schisteux Seguret Cotes du Rhone Villages 2016, and Fortant de France Gaia Saint-Chinan Organic 2017 wines at VanWineFest 2020

Domaine Boutinot La Cote Sauvage Cairanne AOC 2016 and Les Coteaux Schisteux Seguret Cotes du Rhone Villages 2016, and Fortant de France Gaia Saint-Chinan Organic 2017 wines at VanWineFest 2020

Francois Lurton Le Chateau des Erles 2017 – Medium bright translucent garnet colour.  Ripe raspberry nose.  Fuller body with medium acidity and fine tannins.  Raspberries, bramble berries and blueberry flavours. Tasty. 4.5 out of 5 stars

Les Vins Georges Duboeuf Morgon Jean-Ernest Descombes Cote du Py 2018 –  Light translucent garnet colour.  It has a light intensity red fruit nose.  A light body, dry with angular medium intensity acidity, and fine tannins.  Floral and red fruit flavours. 4.5 out of 5 stars

Jean-Luc Colombo Les Bartavelles Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2016 – Medium translucent garnet.  A light red fruit nose.  It is dry with a light body and mouthfeel.  Red fruit flavours.  Medium acidity and tannins. 4.5 out of 5 stars

Francois Lurton Le Chateau des Erles 2017, Les Vines Georges Duboeuf Morgon Jean-Ernest Descombes Cote du Py 2018, and Jean-Luc Colombo Les Bartavelles Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2016 wines at VanWineFest 2020

Francois Lurton Le Chateau des Erles 2017, Les Vines Georges Duboeuf Morgon Jean-Ernest Descombes Cote du Py 2018, and Jean-Luc Colombo Les Bartavelles Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2016 wines at VanWineFest 2020

Louis Jadot Beaujolais Villages 2018 – Made with the Gamay grape. A light raspberry nose.  It is dry, light-body, with fine tannins.  FLoral, red cherries and red fruit flavours. 4.5 out of 5 stars

Mouton Cadet Reserve Saint-Emilion 2017 – Dull but translucent light garnet colour.  It has a light intensity mix of red and black fruit aromas.  It is soft and round with a medium-plus body.  Mixed red and black fruit flavours.  FIne tannins. 4.5 out of 5 stars

Les Halos de Jupiter Cotes du Rhone 2017 – Made with the Grenache grape, this wine has a medium intensity translucent garnet.  Cloves and red fruit aromas.  Light lifted flavours of red fruit and cloves.  Lighter acidity and tannins. 4.5 out of 5 stars

Les Halos de Jupiter Gigondas 2016 – This wine has dark fruit and chocolate aromas.  It has a fuller body with bright acidity and light tannins.  Raspberry flavours along with some pepper. 4.5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars

Louis Jadot Beaujolais Villages 2018, Mouton Cadet Reserve Saint-Emilion 2017, and Les Halos de Jupiter Cotes du Rhone 2017 wines at VanWineFest 2020

Louis Jadot Beaujolais Villages 2018, Mouton Cadet Reserve Saint-Emilion 2017, and Les Halos de Jupiter Cotes du Rhone 2017 wines at VanWineFest 2020

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