Category: france

🍷  Enjoying this excellent 2016

Cave de Roquebrun Roches Noires

(90+ pts, $23) from Languedoc tonight. Unoaked blend of

Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre from schist soils. Should arrive in LCBO VINTAGES any day now. Full review: http://bit.ly/33BKGPw

🍷  TGIF! Tonight’s wine is this 2016 Bordeaux (87 pts). A new release that came to LCBO VINTAGES last month. Full review here: http://bit.ly/31QpIvC

2016 Cave Yves Cuilleron “Les Vignes d’à Côté” Viognier

Sweeping elegantly into weekend with this lovely Viognier from one of my fave producers. Pear, apricot, lemon, apple, and whiffs of cotton (and even cat pee!) on the nose. Similar apple, pear, apricot, and cotton notes on the palate with lovely minerality.

4/5 bones

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Viognier

12.5% abv

Rhône, FRANCE

2012 Hugel & Fils “Grossi Laüe” Pinot Noir

Stretching it out for hump day with this Alsatian Pinot. Raspberries, cherries, sweet fruit, and red flowers on the nose. Very aromatic on the palate with raspberries and tart red cherries. Mouthwatering, lingering acidity on the finish. If you love Pinot Noir, don’t sleep on Alsace. If you can find them, grab them, especially from a great producer like Hugel!

4/5 bones

$$$

Pinot Noir

13% abv

Alsace, FRANCE

2014 Château de Landiras Graves

Ready to get this weekend started with this Merlot! Dark cherries and plums on the nose with hints of soil, red currants, violets, and cocoa. Similar on the palate with great acidity and silky tannins. Very elegant for the price!

4/5 bones

$$

Merlot (75%), Cabernet Sauvignon (25%)

Graves (Bordeaux), FRANCE

2017 Dopff au Moulin Pinot Blanc

Hiding behind a bottle… because Monday. Lemon, tarragon, and apple notes on the nose and palate. Simple, but for $12, what else do you really want from a Pinot Blanc? Solid stuff for the price!

5/5 bones

$

Pinot Blanc

12.5% abv

Alsace, FRANCE

2018 Domaine Camille Braun Pinot Noir Nature

Closing out the week strong with this certified organic Pinot from Alsace! No sulfites or filtration on this guy! Tart cherries, raspberries, strawberries, and red flowers on the nose. Tart cherries, raspberries, and currants on the palate. TGIF!

3/5 bones

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Pinot Noir

14% abv

Alsace, FRANCE

🍷  I toured the awesome Costières de Nîmes appellation in the Southern
Rhône

Valley. Read all about it here: http://bit.ly/2lSP4J4

2018 Domaine Labbé Savoie Rosé

Last hurrah for summer with this beautifully colored rosé! Strawberries, white cherries, and pink grapefruit on the nose. Similar on the palate with a hint of Bosc pear and tart acidity.

3/5 bones

$

12% abv

Savoie, FRANCE

🍷  Here’s my top wine picks from August 31 LCBO VINTAGES Release. 90+ scores + Southern Rhône featured + lots more. http://bit.ly/2Uazvtk