Category Archives: France

2014 Chateau Senejac

I recently decided to try something I hadn’t done before, buy a Bordeaux future. This is one of those. You buy them in advance of their release based on barrel tasting. Dark in color with a lovely cab dominating nose. … Continue reading

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Remy Pannier Sauvigon Blanc Igp Val De Loire 2015

Pale in color with a mild citrus nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some crisp citrus notes to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some crisp acidity and the citrus notes have some … Continue reading

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Terroir La Baume Saint-Paul Fitou 2014

Dark in color with a nose of black berries and some oaky notes. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice black berries to match the nose along with some velvety smooth tannins and some acidity. I would give … Continue reading

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Loire region tasting

I recently got invited to a Loire based tasting and lunch at Cafe Nicole in the Novotel. There were a number of interesting wines and great food at the event. But what I found particularly interesting was that the winemaker … Continue reading

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De Chanceny Cremant de Loire Rose Brut mini review

Pale rose in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine is a nice crisp dry bubbly with nice fine bubbles. I was surprisingly impressed. I don’t often go for Roses and only bubbly some times. The … Continue reading

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2014 Henri Bourgeois Les Baronnes Sancerre

Sancerre is a region in France where the white grape is 100% Sauv Blanc. No country is as legislated as France. Their laws are the tightest ranging all the way from controlling grape production all the way to labelling of … Continue reading

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Le Grand Noir 2014 Chardonnay

I had the pleasure of attending the grand opening of the Wine Academy, Toronto’s latest offering for storing your wine and is also a social club. The facility has an onsite kitchen and entertaining space as well! This wine was … Continue reading

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Laurent Mabileau St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil 2013 mini review

Dark in color with a nice cab franc varietal nose along with some mild oaky notes. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice soft cab franc notes, and red berries. On the medium length finish the wine displays … Continue reading

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Henri Bourgeois Les Baronnes Sancerre mini review

Sancerre is a region of the Loire valley in France. The wines are made 100% of sauv blanc. Pale in color with a nice crisp nose with some nice minerality. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice grassy … Continue reading

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Château Pierre de Montignac 2009

Dark in color with a mild nose. on the mid palate the wine displays some nice dark berries backed by some nice woody notes along with some firm acidity and tannins. There’s a hint of pepper on the finish, some … Continue reading

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Aydie l’Origine Madiran 2012

Inky dark in color with a nice mild nose of black berries. On the mid palate the wine displays nice black berries to match the nose. There’s a hint of alcohol noticeable even on the mid palate. On the medium … Continue reading

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Château Arnauton 2010

Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some soft black berries along. On the medium length finish the wine displays some subtle tannins and moderate dryness. The wine is kind of disappointing given … Continue reading

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2011 Cheval-Quancard Reserve Bordeaux Blanc

This wine shows a refreshing change … a French wine that CLEARLY displays the wine type on the label. In this case a Sauv blanc/Semillon blend. In the past French wines have relied on the consumer to be savvy enough … Continue reading

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Château La Roche Bazin 2011

Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some dark berry fruits along with noticeable oak. On the medium length finish the wine shows some light tannins and noticeable oak and smooth acidity. I … Continue reading

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Château des Moines Menodin 2010

Dark in color with a nice nice of red cherries. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice red cherries to match the nose along with some nice oaky notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some … Continue reading

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Château du Port Cuvée Prestige Malbec 2010

Dark in color with a dark berry nose. On the mid pallet the wine displays some slightly sweet dense black berry notes, almost blueberry like. Classic Malbec. On the medium length finish the wine displays some tannins. Alcohol and acidity … Continue reading

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Bernard Defaix Chablis Burgundy, France

Pale in color with a mild nose with some apricot and the like coming through. On the mid pallet the wine is light with some apricots coming through. The wine kind of reminds me more of a crisp Riesling. The … Continue reading

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CHÂTEAU MANON LA LAGUNE 2010

Dark in color with a lovely nose of dark berries. On the mid pallet the wine matches the nose with some nice black berries coming through along with some nice chocolate and mocha. On the medium length finsih the wine … Continue reading

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Chaoteau La Gorce 2005 AOC Medoc

I bought this one back in 2009. Dark in color with a lovely inviting nose of dark berries. On the mid pallet the wine displays black cherries to match the nose. The wine has some lovely chocolate notes. The wine … Continue reading

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CAVE DU HAUT-POITOU VALLÉE LOIRE SAUVIGNON BLANC 2012 mini review

Pale in color with a lovely grassy nose. On the mid pallet the wine displays green notes to match the nose along with some strong dominant grapefruit notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lovely long mouth … Continue reading

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2000 Chapoutier ‘La Bernardine’

A fast note about a great wine. I do love Chateauneuf-du-Papes, southern Rhone is an amazing region, and not just for their wines. This mature vintage is both balanced and engaging, leaving you wanting more. A fantastic wine solo or … Continue reading

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2012 Domaine de Pellehaut Blanc (Maison Sichel) mini review

Pale in color with a mild nose with some nice minerality coming through. On the mid pallet the wine displays mineralty as well as some citrus notes, lime and the like. On the medium length finish the wine displays some … Continue reading

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MOET & CHANDON BRUT IMPERIAL

Champagne as you may or may not know is non vintage. That means they blend wine from a number of years to make the wine. Champagne can only come from the Champagne region of France (legally speaking). And Champagne is … Continue reading

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RÉSERVE DES VIGNERONS SAUMUR-CHAMPIGNY 2010 mini review

Another star from the Vinexx portfolio tasting. This wine is 100% Cabernet Franc. I love Cab Francs. They are big wines with lots of character. Niagara make some great ones! This one is dark in color with a bit of … Continue reading

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CREMANT DE BOURGOGNE RESERVE ‘PAUL DELANE’ mini review

This was another one of the stars from the Vinexx portfolio tasting. Anything not made in the Champagne region of France is not allowed to call themselves a Champagne and so you have some other names that come up. This … Continue reading

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