Wine Review – 2013 Domaine Le Grand Retour Plan de Dieu

A smooth, complex red blend from Côtes du Rhône Villages at a tremendous price… This Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre blend, Plan de Dieu from Domaine Le Grand Retour in Côtes du Rhône Villages offered plenty of complexity in both the nose and mouth. Ostensibly part of God’s plan—hence the name—we appreciated the smoothness of this wine, … Read more

Wine Review – 2015 Pierre Sparr Gewurztraminer

A fruity, fragrant, and intense Gewϋrztraminer from Alsace… This Gewϋrztraminer from Maison Pierre Sparr Successeurs in Alsace, France, a full-bodied, nicely balanced white, offered a concentrated bouquet of tropical and floral notes on the nose and an intense mix of sweet, ripe fruit, honey, lemon rind, as well as a hint of spice in the … Read more

Wine Review – 2011 Gérard Bertrand La Clape Grand Terroir

La Clape Grand Terroir, another solid offering from Gérard Bertrand, one of our favourite producers in Languedoc-Roussillon… We enjoyed this Rhône-style red blend, which offered a nice balance of dark and red fruit, combined with earth, leather, and tobacco notes. Made in a classic, old-world style, La Clape Grand Terroir offers pretty much what you’d expect from … Read more

Wine Review – 2011 Domaine de la Baume Terres Viognier-Chardonnay

An intriguing white blend with plenty to offer… Name: Terres Vintage: 2011 Producer: Domaine de la Baume Region/Country: Languedoc Roussillon (Pays d’Oc), France Grape Varietal(s): Viognier (70%) and Chardonnay (30%) Consumed: At home Recommended By: A trusted friend Cost: $23 CAD Bottle Presentation: Classy, elegant label, with a notably heavy bottle. Appearance: Medium gold Nose: … Read more

Wine Review – Jean-Luc Colombo Cape Bleue Rosé 2014

A good example of a Provence Rosé… Name: Cape Bleue Rosé Vintage: 2014 Producer: Jean-Luc Colombo Region/Country: Provence, France Grape Varietal(s): Syrah (67%) and Mourvèdre (33%) Consumed: On a Mediterranean cruise Recommended By: Selected from the wine list on the cruise ship. Cost: $43 USD Bottle Presentation: A colourful, clean, and interesting label that seems … Read more

Wine Review – Domaine Gouron Chinon 2014

Expected a little more from this highly rated Chinon… Name: Domaine Gouron Vintage: 2014 Producer: Domaine Gouron Region/Country: Loire, France Grape Varietal(s): Cabernet Franc Consumed: At home on a lovely spring evening Recommended By: Last bin at the LCBO Cost: $16.95 Bottle Presentation: Simple, classic label. The italic font gives it a touch of class. … Read more

Wine Review – Château Vieux Chevrol 2010

An interesting Lalande-de-Pomerol given its strong flavours yet light body… Name: Château Vieux Chevrol Lalande-de-Pomerol Vintage: 2010 Producer: Château Vieux Chevrol Region/Country: Lalande-de-Pomerol, Bordeaux, France Grape Varietal(s): 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon Consumed: Brought with us to the Hotel Nelligan in Montreal to celebrate someone’s 40th birthday. Recommended By: Found at the … Read more

Wine Review – White Wine Blind Tasting – December 2016

This series of reviews stems from a blind tasting of three white wines, all of which were touted as typical representations of their respective terroir/location. Our journey began in Burgundy, France, and ended in Alto Adige, Italy, via Marlborough, New Zealand. For our pick of the lot, read on… Wine 1: Louis Jadot Pouilly-Fuissé Vintage: … Read more

Wine Review – Pinot Noir Blind Tasting – December 2016

The following reviews were part of blind tasting focusing on Pinot Noir. The three wines included, touted as typical representations of their terroir/location, took us to the Bourgogne region of France, the South Island of New Zealand, and the state of Oregon in the United States. The tasting proved eye-opening, revealing how this varietal can … Read more

Wine Review – No. 3 Angélus Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2013

Expected a lot more from this highly reputable Saint-Émilion Grand Cru… Name: No. 3 Angelus Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Vintage: 2013 Producer: Château Angélus Region/Country: Saint-Émilion, France Grape Varietal(s): 85-90% Merlot (according to the Château Angélus website) Consumed: At the Vieux-Port Steakhouse, Montréal, Québec, Canada Recommended By: The sommelier at the Vieux-Port Steakhouse Cost: $102 CAD … Read more

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