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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!

Berry Bros. & Rudd Berry’s Own Selection – St. Estèphe 2006

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Vintage: 2006
Type: Bordeaux Blend
Country: France – Bordeaux – St. Estèphe

This wine was tasted during a tasting of Bordeaux over the holidays covering two wines from the Right and Left Banks. I found this Bordeaux a bit overpowering to drink by itself — it is definitely a food claret best served with red meat.  Lots of dark berries, black fruit and spice, hints of tobacco and it will need decanting at the moment to enjoy (or hold on to it for another 4-5 years).

Berry Bros. & Rudd Berry’s Own Selection – Pomerol 2008

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Vintage: 2008
Type: Bordeaux Blend
Country: France – Bordeaux – Pomerol

This wine was tasted during a tasting of Bordeaux over the holidays covering two wines from the Right and Left Banks.  This wine was the pick of the evening, full berries and hints of cassis, smooth velvety tannins with an long elegant finish.   Drink now, with a bit of decanting or for another few years.

Berry Bros. & Rudd Berry’s Own Selection – St. Émilion 2008

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Vintage: 2008
Type: Bordeaux Blend
Country: France – Bordeaux – St. Émilion

This wine was tasted during a tasting of Bordeaux over the holidays covering two wines from the Right and Left Banks.  I found this wine not quite as nice as the Pomerol or the Pauillac, though it was still excellent, well worked tannins and a classic earthy Bordeaux finish.  This wine will happily age for a few more years.

Berry Bros. & Rudd Berry’s Own Selection – Pauillac 2008

Monday, April 11th, 2011

Vintage: 2008
Type: Bordeaux Blend
Country: France – Bordeaux – Pauillac

This wine was tasted during a tasting of Bordeaux over the holidays covering two wines from the Right and Left Banks.  This was one of my favourites, full of blackcurrants and with a long finish.  Very good value-for-money Pauillac.

Château Lers Loumede 2005

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Vintage: 2005
Type: Bordeaux Blend
Country: France – Bordeaux – Côtes de Blaye

There is a deep garnet colour in the wine and strong legs – for a Bordeaux but typical for the vintage. On the nose are strong berries with a bit of oak along with hints of almond.

The pallet is full of robust flavours of blackcurrant and strong tannins that still need some time to integrate into the wine. Quite nice and should age well for a few more years.

Calvet Claret Limited Release 2006

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

Vintage: 2006
Type: Bordeaux Blend
Country: France – Bordeaux

I did not enjoy this claret at all. The tannins were harsh, the flavours of berries were distant and muted and even with a fair amount of air, the wine did not settle down to an enjoyable drink. There are much better alternatives at this price point available.

Château de la Grave Cuvée Nectar 2002

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

Vintage: 2002
Type: Bordeaux Blend
Country: France – Bordeaux – Côtes de Bourg

90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet.

Excellent nose of berries with a hint of moss and earth. Flavours of robust dark cherry, silky tannins and slight hints of oak. Drinking nicely at the moment but will keep for a few more years yet. Very good and highly recommended.

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.

Joseph Gruss & Fils Gewurztraminer Eichberg Grand Cru 2008

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Vintage: 2008
Type: Gewürztraminer
Country: France – Alsace – Eguisheim

None of Andre’s wines disappoint me but you can believe me when I say this is a lovely wine, full stop. The flavours of citrus fruit and lychees fill the mouth nicely. It is a sweet wine but not overpowering.  There is a distinctly thick and creamy texture on the tongue. Gorgeous.

I imagine myself holding a picnic in a field of wild flowers, absorbing the sun’s warmth, enjoying a variety of oriental dishes … this wine would be the main event of my picnic.