Boston Wine Expo '99
French Wines


Albert Bichot Aligote Chatillon en Diois '96--Very nice aromas, with floral and mineral scents. Interesting somewhat tart pear flavors, but also a slight note of canned peaches.
B

Albert Bichot Chablis '96--Very tight, slightly tart peach and pear flavors. Long, elegant finish, with a good hit of acid. I think this will be better with some age, but it is pretty good now with a little air.
B+

Albert Bichot Chardonnay Vin de Pays d'Oc '97--Interesting floral notes, but modest pear flavors ring hollow on the palate.
B-

Albert Bichot Pouilly Fuisse '95--Maderized. There are some good flavors underneath the terrible oxidation, but that isn't enough. This wine was quite disturbing to me. Why? When I mentioned the oxidation to the rep (fearing that he was pouring from a bad bottle), he indicated that he knew the problem, but that it "was the end of an allocation, and the '96's will be coming out soon." Now, I don't think that there is any excuse for a '95 Burgundy to be maderized at this point in time, and I really don't think they should have poured it, knowing the problem. However, he went on to point out that people had been complementing them on the wine and asking for information all day. And, while I was at the table, two people did just that. Incredible.
F

Dopff au Moulin Gewurztraminer Alsace '96--Roses and other flowers on the intense nose along with some wet stones. Unfortunately, as in many wines from this grape, the palate doesn't quite deliver all the nose promises. Still, some good peach and floral notes with a peachy spicy finish.
B

Dopff au Moulin Riesling Alsace '96--Very tight, with little nose. Very dry with lemon flavors predominating, and a slightly sour acid finish. Not an appealing drink, at least right now.
B-

Perrin Chateauneuf du Pape Les Simards '96--Earthy, earthy, earthy nose. Some modest cherry flavors to go along with the tar and earth. Not bad, but not great.
B

Trimbach Gewurztraminer Alsace '95--Very nice rose petal and lychee nose, with plenty of peach and wet stone flavors following through in the mouth. Unexpectedly good clean bracingly acidic finish.
B+

Trimbach Pinot Gris Reserve Alsace '96--A bit shy on the nose, but graceful, smooth grapefruit and peach flavors abound on the palate. A nice uncomplicated wine for easy drinking.
B

Trimbach Riesling Cuvee Frederic Emile '93--Nice big nose of apple, mineral and floral notes. Round and not-too-acidic in the mouth, with citrus and mineral flavors. A very long, refined aftertaste fleshes out a big, yet elegant wine.
A-

Vranken Champagne '89--Leesy aromas, along with some apple, pear, and grapefruit. An elegant, lean sparkler, with restrained fruit flavors and a nice, cleansing finish.
B+

For more wines from France, please see the notes from the Hugel Seminar.


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