Category Archives: France

Maison Valdesday Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2018

Dark garnet in color with a dark berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays black berries as being mostly dominant, quite fruit forward. On the lighter side of medium in length the wine displays some soft dusty tannins … Continue reading

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Tarlant Brut Reserve Champagne

I’ve recently been learning a little more about Champagne and this one was submitted to me as a reasonably priced, relatively available Champagne. My go to for presents is usually a Pol Roger which is $69.25, this one is $43.65. … Continue reading

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Chateau De Chaintres Saumur Champagny Les Sables 2016

Quite pale, almost garnet in color with a mild light red fruits nose, raspberry and the like. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with soft red fruits dominating, some cherries and the like. On the light side … Continue reading

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Château Langlais 2009

On the lighter side of dark in color with a mild cherry nose along with some mocha and leather notes. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice dark cherry and mocha to go along with the nose. On … Continue reading

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Domaine Les Pins Cuvée Les Rochettes Bourgueil 2017

Dark in color with a nice dark cherry and chocolate nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely rich dark cherry notes, mocha, along with some firm pepper. On the medium length finish the wine displays some firm … Continue reading

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San Fabiano Calcinaia Chianti Classico 2016

Every now and then a wine come along that makes you go … yummm. Ok, I probably should have led with spolier alert 🙂 Dark in color with a nice mild cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays … Continue reading

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Willy Gisselbrecht Tradition Pinot Blanc 2017

Pale in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some soft green apple notes along with some mild honey suckle notes. On the medium length finish the acidity lingers nicely. A food friendly wine with … Continue reading

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Trimbach Riesling 2016

I was walking through my local LCBO and they had this wine on clearance, a whopping $7 off so I grabbed one. I’ve been on a bit of a journey of rediscovery on Rieslings, specifically from Alsace thanks to Greg! … Continue reading

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Château de Pont Touraine 2018

Touraine as you may know is the little sister to Sancerre where here too, Sauv Blanc is the star. The wines are quite a bit less expensive than Sancerre’s. This one is pale in color with a nice citrus nose. … Continue reading

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Terres Secrètes Les Préludes Saint-Véran 2017

Pale in color with a mild apple/pear nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice varietal fruit, lots of apple/pear coming through. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice acidity, and nice dryness This is … Continue reading

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Cave du Château de Chénas Moulin-à-Vent 2016

I’ve been continuing my exploration of Gamays from France and continue to be converted … LCBO stores sometimes put wines on sale that haven’t moved, this one was at my local store for $14, from an original $19.95, so a … Continue reading

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Mas des Bressades Cuvée Tradition Rosé 2018

Continuing my exploration of French Roses … Strawberry in color with a nose of pure strawberries. On the mid palate, you guessed it, strawberries! On the medium length finish the wine displays some vibrant acidity, super dry. Not a bad … Continue reading

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Château Briot 2017

Pale in color with a nice bright citrus nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice lime and grapefruit notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice palate coating minerality along with a hint of … Continue reading

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Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages 2017

Beaujolais as you may or may not know is a Gamay Noir. I have to admit I’ve not been a fan of a number of Ontario Gamays, tough for me to admit 🙂 Beaujolais Nouveau are fruity wines, fermented for … Continue reading

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Mimi en Provence Grande Réserve Rosé 2018

Ok, I have to admit it, I’m not a big Rose fan. I’ve tried a lot of them and been thoroughly underwhelmed. Most a fruity with little to no substance. So much so I’d largely given up on them, sadly, … Continue reading

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Beauvignac Picpoul de Pinet 2018

This was a gift from a friend, Greg, I admit to not being familiar with this grape PIQUEPOUL Pale in color with a mild citrus nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some soft citrus notes to match the … Continue reading

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Sarl Champagne William Saintot Cuvee Seduction Champagne mini review

Every year I give my nieces a treat at Christmas, a bottle of Pol Roger champagne for them to have a magical New Years eve … I recently attended a tasting of this champagne and was suitably impressed. The bottle … Continue reading

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Château de Marsan 2015

I was walking through the LCBO and wanted a hearty red to go with a striploin so I grabbed this one on a whim. Dark in color with a nice red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays … Continue reading

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Domaine du Pré Baron Sauvignon Touraine 2017

Pale in color with a distinct grassy nose. On the mid palate this is bold zesty wine with lots of grassy notes to match the nose along with some citrus. The description on the back of the bottle says grapefruit, … Continue reading

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Château Blaignan 2014

Dark in color with a nice mild black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice rich black berries along with some nice mocha and chocolate. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth … Continue reading

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Liboreau Charentes Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Pale in color with nice mild citrus/mineral nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with nice citrus notes, no where near lemon zest along with some nice minerality. On the medium length finish the wine displays some … Continue reading

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Domaine du Bois-Malinge Sur Lie Muscadet Sèvre et Maine 2016

I had only seen Sur lie as a process on Chard/champagne. Seems this can also be done on some Muscadets, as is this one. Pale to golden in color with a nice mild nose of minerality. On the mid palate … Continue reading

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Domaine Jacky Marteau Sauvignon Touraine 2017

Very pale in color with a mild citrus nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some nice citrus notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice crispness, minerality acidity. It’s vivid and bright … Continue reading

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Château Cailleteau Bergeron Prestige 2014

I always look for those diamonds in the rough, those Bordeaux’s that rise above their humble price. A colleague of mine recommended this one, so I grabbed it. Inky dark in color with a nice soft plummy nose. On the … Continue reading

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Louis Jadot Chablis 2015

Pale in color with a mild apple/pear nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice vibrant fruit, apple and pear to match the nose. On the light finish … ah there just isn’t much. The LCBO describe it … Continue reading

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