David L. Kahn Wine Tasting Club
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#10 French Red Wines pdf May 11, 2002
Year Producer, Selection From Variety Price * Score +
1996 Louis Jadot, Moulin-a-vent, Chateau des Jacques, Close des Thorins Beaujolais Gamay $19.20 84
1999 Louis Jadot, Clos des Ursules Burgundy Pinot Noir $38.40 83
1998 E. Guigal, Cote Rotie, Brune et Blonde Rhone 96% Syrah, 4% Viognier $26.40 83
1999 Gabriel Meffre, Cotes du Rhone, Laurus Rhone 55% Grenache, 45% Syrah $8.00 83
1998 Joseph Drouhin, Volnay Burgundy Pinot Noir $28.00 80
1995 Chateau Gloria, St. Julien Bordeaux 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot $32.00 80
We thoroughly enjoyed all of the wines at this tasting, though there were substantial differences between them. Some of us found the two Burgundy wines to be lacking in aroma, and their color was not as deep as the others. The Rhone wines and the Bordeaux were enjoyably intense with complex flavor and a long finish. The Gabriel Meffre was a great value.
* The Price reflects the club discount for non-sale wines purchased at Kappy's Liquors in Sudbury and Wine Cellars of Silene in Waltham. Any purchases at the club price must be coordinated through me.
+ The Score represents the average rating of the group at this tasting, on a scale from 50 to 100. We each assign a value of 0-4 for appearance, 0-6 for aroma, 0-6 for flavor and 0-4 for our overall impression resulting in a total score from 0-20. These are averaged, the result is multiplied by 2.5 and then 50 is added. The resulting 50-100 scale is the same range used by Wine Spectator though their process may be different.