Category: france

2016 Domaine Weinbach Cuvée Sainte Catherine Riesling Schlossberg

Going big and by big, I mean MAGNUM, this Wine Wednesday on Alsatian Riesling. I mean, let’s be honest – a little Riesling out of a magnum is always fun. Lemon spritz, honeysuckle, slate minerality on the nose and palate. Tingling acidity with a long finish. Lovely!

4/5 bones



13.5% abv

Alsace, FRANCE

Dopff au Moulin Cuvée Julien Brut Crémant d’Alsace

Staying home on this snowy day with this lovely sparkler. Lemon poundcake and marzipan notes on the nose. Similar on the palate with a moist lemon cake finish. Nice mousse and acidity on this guy. Quite lovely!

4/5 bones



12% abv

Alsace, FRANCE

🍷 Enjoying this lovely 2010

Hecht & Bannier Côtes du Roussillon-Villages

(91 pts) tonight. Drinking great at 10 years from vintage. Full review here:

2008 Dom Perignon Brut

Happy 2020, y’all! Last night I celebrated the end of the first decade of the 21st century with this vintage Dom. Apple, chalk, orange peel, a bit of brioche, and quince on the nose. Very fresh and bright on the palate with notes of orange, lemon, chalk, flint, and brioche. Cheers! Happy New Year!!

4/5 bones


Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier

12.5% abv

Champagne, FRANCE

2017 Pierre-Marie Chermette Moulin à Vent “Les Trois Roches”

Happy Boxing Day! Keeping the Christmas season decadence going with this lovely Beaujolais. Raspberries, uber ripe strawberries, cherries, wet forest, pine, and mulch on the nose. Similar notes on the palate with a hint of mint and minerality added in. Cheers!

4/5 bones



13% abv

Beaujolais, FRANCE

🍷 Enjoyed Château Bel Orme Winemaker’s Dinner that featured a five-wine vertical from 2000 to 2016. Read all about it here:

🍷  Had an awesome time visiting Lirac and Tavel in the Southern Rhône Valley – tasting the white and rose wines of the region. Read all about my tour here:

NV Domaine Manciat-Poncet Crémant de Bourgogne Brut

Happy Thanksgiving, friends! Beautiful pinkish color on this Burgundy sparkler. Meyer lemon, pastries, butter cookies, croissant, brioche crust, and orange blossom on the nose. Lemons, oranges, apricots, and honey on the palate with a limey finish. Nice acidity and minerality. Thankful.

4/5 bones



12.5% abv

Burgundy, FRANCE

🍷 Happy Wine Wednesday! Enjoying this excellent 2018

Jean-Max Roger Cuvée Marnes et Caillottes Sancerre

(92 pts) from Loire tonight. Coming to LCBO VINTAGES Dec. 7. Full review here:

🍷  Enjoying this excellent 2007

Rolly Gassmann Rotleibel de Rorschwihr Auxerrois (92 pts) from Alsace. Great buy at $20. Full review here: