Category Archives: France

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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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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