Two lovely, affordable French reds from the Sampler

Two lovely southern French red wines from The Sampler. They’re some of the exclusive imports that they bring in.

First, Domaine Rimbert Cousin Oscar 2011 Vin de France. 11.5% alcohol, from St Chinian, and made from Cinsault. This is a remarkable wine, mainly for the fact that it’s so honestly just what it is – lively, juicy, fruity and quite simple. But simple like this is good: I love the delightful, drinkable pure cherry fruit. Light and fun. An anti-Parker wine, if you will. 88/100 (£7.11 The Sampler)

Second, Philippe et Vincent Jaboulet Syrah 2009 Vin de Pays de la Drome, France. This is just fresh, pure Rhone Syrah, and – again – it’s thoroughly drinkable. It’s sweetly aromatic with open meaty, olive-like flavours as well as lovely pure dark fruits. A really expressive wine. 91/100 (£8.19 The Sampler)

3 comments to Two lovely, affordable French reds from the Sampler

  • keith prothero

    The Sampler ROCKS

    Of course I am a Director :)

  • Charles Mutter

    Just visited the Jaboulet property – their Crozes is some of the most expressive I’ve tasted and I couldn’t resist the Hermitage Blanc either. Picked up a couple of the Syrah (rude not to at the cellar door price…) and delighted to see you like it as well!

  • Oscar Quevedo

    Wondering where the “Oscar” on the label is coming from.

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