Category Archives: France

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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2008 Saint Joseph Vignes de L’Hospice mini review

Another one of the stars from the Vinexx portfolio tasting. Dark in color with a nice rich nose of berries. On the mid pallet this wine unfolds itself with layers of complexity. Lovely rich black berries coming through. On the … Continue reading

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BERNARD ALIAS CUVÉE HECTOR & JULIETTE CORBIÈRES 2010 mini review

A mini review is done at a tasting or wine show. The review is based on a small sampling Vs a bottle, and was not done with food. This one was one of the stars from the Vinexx portfolio tasting. … Continue reading

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CHÂTEAU ROLAND LA GARDE 2009

Anytime I see a Bordeaux under $20 it catches my eye. And this one was recommended by a friend. Inky dark in color with a mild nose of red berries oak and some earthy notes. On the mid pallet the … Continue reading

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DOMAINE DES DEUX VALLÉES SAVENNIÈRES 2010

Pale in color with slight sweet nose of honey, even honey suckle. On the mid pallet the wine is dominated by some grapefruit tartness, not over the top but definitely there. Really quite a surprise from the nose. On the … Continue reading

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CHÂTEAU MONT-REDON CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE 2009 mini review

I tasted this one at an LCBO tasting bar. Very dark in color with a mild nose of dark berries. On the mid pallet the wine has some subtle fruit, dark berries coming through. On the finish the wine displays … Continue reading

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DOMAINE DE LA CHARBONNIÈRE CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE 2010 mini review

I tasted this one at an LCBO tasting bar. Dark in color with a nice nose of red berries and cassis coming through. On the mid pallet this wine displays some lovely red berries and cassis to match the nose. … Continue reading

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WILLY GISSELBRECHT TRADITION SYLVANER 2011 mini review

Another one from the Vinexx portfolio tasting. Pale in color with a nose similar to a Riesling with some honeysuckle coming through. On the mid pallet the wine has some slightly sweet flavors along with some nice crisp citrus flavors. … Continue reading

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PIERRE SPARR RÉSERVE PINOT GRIS 2011

Ok, I will admit up front, I’m not a bit Pinot Gris fan. I find them too bland. This one is slightly golden in color with a mild nose of peach. On the mid pallet the wine has some slightly … Continue reading

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ROCHE DE BELLENE VIEILLES VIGNES BOURGOGNE CHARDONNAY 2010

Pale in color with a varietal chard nose along with some flint coming through. On the mid pallet there’s some creamyness, some butteryness and a little vanilla coming through. There’s also some minerality present. The wine is on the lighter … Continue reading

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Daniel Chotard 2010 Sancerre

We stopped by Crush Wine bar for a quick glass of wine. I was shocked at the price they charge for wine by the glass. The glass costs about 80% of the price of the bottle in the LCBO. While … Continue reading

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PIERRE HENRI MOREL SIGNARGUES CÔTES DU RHÔNE-VILLAGES 2009

France tightly legislates there wine industry. One of the benefits of this is consistency. CÔTES DU RHÔNE is a region in France that has been making wine a long time. Above and beyond there AOC designation they also have a … Continue reading

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LES HAUTS DE MONTFORT LES MÉGALITHES 2009

Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid pallet the wine has some mild fruit flavors, cassis and some earthy flavors. On the finish the wine has some nice dryness and tannins well in check. For the price … Continue reading

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FRANCOIS LURTON SAUVIGNON DE BORDEAUX 2010

Pale in color with a mild varietal sauv blanc nose of citrus fruit. On the mid pallet this wine matches the nose with citrus fruits, and some lemon. This is a smooth wine for the price. Nice and complex on … Continue reading

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CAVE DE RIBEAUVILLÉ TERROIRS RESERVE PINOT GRIS

When I first was offered this wine at my GFs place the first though that crossed my mind was … huh … I didn’t know Alsace did a Pinot Gris? The next though was how curious, a French label that … Continue reading

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Lucien Crochet Sancerre Rouge la Crois du Roy 2008

Another one from the Trialto Try and Buy event. I’ve had a number of Sancerre wines but they’ve always been whites. I had to check and sure enough Sancerre Appellation red is a Pinot Noir! Always good to try something … Continue reading

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2008 J.P. Chenet Pinot Noir

I had this one at the iYellow Pinot event. This one has a fancy bottle … woohoo, and it’s from France, must be good no? 🙂 Ruby in color with an earthy funky nose not uncommon with Pinot Noirs. On … Continue reading

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CHÂTEAU TOUR D’HORABLE 2005

When I see a Bordeaux with a reasonable rating from 2005 under $20 I jump at it. This one caught my eye, they had put Natalie’s write up on the wine there. The wine is dark in color with a … Continue reading

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2008 PHILIPPE DE ROTHCHILD Chardonnay

Yellow in color mild on the nose. On the mid pallet are some semi sweet honey suckle flavors with no oak, cream or butter. This is a mild non descript wine 87 or so. It’s not a bad wine, but … Continue reading

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LES VIGNES DE BILA-HAUT 2008

This wine is dark in color with lots of nice dark fruits coming through on the nose. On the mid pallet the wine is a smooth well balanced wine with dark cherries coming through and some nice dry pucker power … Continue reading

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LOUIS JADOT MACON VILLAGES CHARDONNAY 2007

The wine is pale in color very mild on the nose. On the mid pallet are some very subtle chard flavors with little to no oak present and alcohol well under control. This is not really a fruit forward wine … Continue reading

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DOMAINE BOUDAU LE CLOS 2008

A friend gave me this wine as a gift. The wine is dark in color with lots of deep dark fruits coming through on the nose as well as some alcohol. On the mid pallet are flavors to match the … Continue reading

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LAURENT MIQUEL PERE ET FILS CHARDONNAY

Pale in color mild on the nose with some chard smells coming through. On the mid pallet this wine is VERY subtle. When I first tried it I paired it with a pork chop and I must say I was … Continue reading

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