2009 Puydeval Rouge 90 pts.
(France, Languedoc Roussillon, Vin de Pays d'Oc) $13-$17
A unique blend of 62% Cabernet Franc, 28% Syrah, and 10% Merlot, aged for 10 months in oak, the 2009
Domaine Puydeval Vin de Pays d'Oc represent a fantastic value, as well as a surprisingly polished, rich
expression of Cabernet Franc. From cooler plots, this delivers lush and upfront aromatics of blackberry and
darker fruits supported by classy oak, dark chocolate, and pipe tobacco on the nose. Over the evening, the
upfront fruit gives way to more spice, licorice, and underbrush nuances. Outstanding on the palate as well,
this medium+ bodied beauty has loads of ripe fruit, a juicy, fresh texture that stays light and balanced, and
a clean, well-defined finish. Overall, this is a fantastic, unique wine, and while I don't have anything to
reference with regarding aging, I don't see any reason this won't continue to show well for 5-8 years.
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2010 Villa des Anges Old Vines Rosé 90 pts.
(France, Languedoc Roussillon, Vin de Pays d'Oc) $9-$12
Made all from old vine Cinsault and hardly warranting the Rose label due to its very light, salmon color, the
2010 Villa des Anges Vin de Pays d'Oc Old Vines Rose proves that color has nothing to do with intensity, as
the wine delivers gorgeously pure aromatics of peach and light strawberry fruits that are kept fresh and lively
by edge minerality, wet stone, and spice notes. Perfumed on the nose, with piercing intensity, the wine is medium
to light body on the palate with a pure, focused texture, racy acidity, and a clean, downright gulpable personality
that keeps you coming back for another sips. Similar to the bowl of tortilla chips that you just can't stop eating,
I almost subconsciously poured multiple glasses of this while tasting through a number of Roses. Perfect for a
hot summer day, or for starting a meal, this is a wine to buy by the case for drinking over the coming summer.