July, 2009 browsing by month


Despres – La Madone

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Vintage: 2006
Type: Fleurie
Country: France – Beaujolais

The colour of this wine really impressed me. It was deep purple. The aroma was equally impressive: intense fruits with a hint of flowers. The producer recommended drinking the wine now, as is, but also keeping it for 5+ years. I imagine this wine would complement a gorgeous lamb roast or hearty beef stew.

Despres – Domain du Niagara

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

Vintage: 2007
Type: Fleurie
Country: France – Beaujolais

This is a very different Fleurie, if you are used to drinking Georges Duoeuf’s Fleuries. This wine is robust and full-bodied. The producer recommends that the bottle be kept a year or two in order to fully reveal the wine’s intense flavours of blackcurrants and wild blackberries.

Gruss – Gewurztraminer

Monday, July 20th, 2009

Vintage: 2007
Type: Gewurztraminer
Country: France – Alsace

This is young wine with a bright yellow colour. When swishing it around the glass, one notices very short legs, meaning that it lower in alcoholic content. Its nose has notes of elderflower and exotic fruit. When tasting the wine, one detects something flowery and also lychee fruit. The consistency of the wine is somewhat thick but not heavy. This is a crisp wine due to its acidity. This bottle can be laid down on rack for some time because it will take some time to mature.

Gruss – Pinot Gris

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Vintage: 2004
Type: Pinot Gris
Country: France – Alsace

This wine was the oldest vintage presented from Domaine Gruss at the 3D wine tasting session. Because of its age, it has a light golden colour. Upon smelling the released aromas, hints of honey and flowers come through. This is a dry wine but it is also soft on the palate.

Gruss – Cremant

Friday, July 10th, 2009

Vintage: Non-Vintage
Type: Cremant (non Champagne sparkling wine)
Country: France – Alsace

This was the sparkling wine that was served to greet guests to the wine tasting. Guests were expecting champagne but received this instead. The wine was light and refreshing, so it is suitable as an apperatif or dessert wine.

Chateau Rousselle – Prestige

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

Vintage: 2002
Type: Bordeaux
Country: France

This wine is quite aged, which is why when the glass is leaned against white paper, the colour fades toward the rim. The colour verges on brown rather than red. The nose is very mossy and earthy; however, the taste is light and peppery (cloves). This is a fairly alcoholic wine, which is shown by the legs running down the sides of the glass after giving it a good swirl.