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Berry Bros. & Rudd Extra Ordinary Red Burgundy 2009

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Vintage: 2009
Type: Pinot Noir
Country: France – Burgundy


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Berry’s team of experts were behind this beautiful Pinot Noir from the Bourgogne. Berry’s website describes this wine as intense, perfumed and pretty. I would agree. Save this bottle for a nicer meal at home, for example, when serving a rotisserie chicken with dressed vegetables. When I drink this wine, I can imagine myself dining al fresco on a tiled patio of a Chateau, overlooking the rolling hills covered in vineyards. It’s a lovely wine.

Technical Review

Appearance
Clear, light Ruby.

Nose
Clean, with aroma characteristics of raspberry and vanilla.

Palate
High acidity, with flavour characteristics of raspberry, strawberry and cherry. Light body, light tannins but a long finish.

Conclusion
Outstanding

Michel Sarrazin et Fils – 1re Cru 2005

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Vintage: 2005
Type: Pinot Noir
Country: France-Burgundy-Givry

This wine comes from a good lineage: it is classified as a Premier Cru from one of the Grands Vins de Bourgogne (a particular, quality plot of land). I had the pleasure of trying the last bit at the end of the work day. This is a very easy drinking wine that would complement a light, spring or autumnal dinner.

Technical Analysis

Appearance:  Clear, medium Ruby.

Nose: Medium and clean. Characteristics of red fruits such as strawberries and cherries. Hints of oak and vanilla. Some earthiness and truffle-like aromas.

Palate: High acidity, medium tannin. Flavour characteristics of red fruits and oak. Medium finish.

Conclusion: Very good.

Domaine de la Madone Fleurie Cuvée Prestige 2007

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Vintage: 2007
Type: Beaujolais
Country: France – Burgundy – Beaujolais – Fleurie

This wine is slightly different than your typical Fleurie since it has spent some time ageing in French oak.  because of this, it still has the flavours that you would expect with the gamay grape: berries and fresh fruit.  The oak adds a loving level of complexity and depth. This is a sophisticated Beaujolais . Excellent effort!

Domaine Lucien Jacob Bourgogne – Aligoté 2009

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Vintage: 2009
Type: Aligote
Country: France

Last summer, my husband and I visited a beautiful vineyard that is owned and operated by a French brother and sister duo. Domaine Jacob is tucked away in a small town north of Beaune on the Cote d’Or Ridge, and it was here I was introduced (in English!) to local Burgundy wines.

What a delicious journey! This Aligote was one of the first dry whites that I truly enjoyed.  It was bright, acidic and un-oaked. Did you know that “Aligote”  should be consumed young, as it does not age well? Drink Aligote as much as possible because I fear that most people will abandon it in favour of the more common Chardonnay.

Do visit this winemaker in person! Lucien’s wife is a beautiful British lady who takes care of the tastings and sales. Chantal is Lucien’s sister and she can drive groups up to the vineyards to show you the grapes up close and personal!

Georges Dubœuf Brouilly 2009

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Vintage: 2009
Type: Beaujolais
Country: France – Beaujolais – Brouilly

Great flavours of berries and fruit. Hints of flowers on the nose. A nice light wine that is easy to drink.

Domaine de la Madone Fleurie Cuvée Tradition 2009

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Vintage: 2009
Type: Beaujolais
Country: France – Beaujolais – Fleurie

This is a lovely Beaujolais with an excellent flavour full of fruit. Nice acidity and easy to drink. Tonnes of fruit on the palette – almost bursting with flavour.  Nice hints of minerality as well.

Domaine de la Madone Fleurie Grille Midi 2007

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

Vintage: 2009
Type: Beaujolais
Country: France – Beaujolais – Fleurie

A more serious Fleurie, though it is still quick youthful and fruity with a hint of frivolity. Excellent bottle overall full of fruits and light tannins.

Georges Dubœuf Saint-Amour 2009

Friday, December 10th, 2010

Vintage: 2009
Type: Beaujolais
Country: France – Beaujolais – Saint-Amour

This wine is an excellent value-for-money Beaujolais. From one of the larger producers in Beaujolais, there is a reason why Georges Dubœuf is so popular. Good marketing and a consistent reliable wine.

Full of fruit flavours, this wine is evokes joy and ease and is a fun wine that shouldn’t be taken too seriously. Lots of flower scents on the nose and a nice light ruby colour. Much more frivolity in this wine compared to the 2009 Juliénas

Georges Dubœuf Juliénas 2009

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

Vintage: 2009
Type: Beaujolais
Country: France – Beaujolais – Juliénas

This wine is an excellent value-for-money Beaujolais. Full of fruit flavours, this wine is evokes joy and ease and is a fun wine that shouldn’t be taken too seriously. Lots of flower scents on the nose and a nice light ruby colour.