Tasting notes of wines I recently had in my glass and worth talking about!

Domaine Felettig Nuits-Saint-Georges 2014

Domaine Felettig Nuits-Saint-Georges 2014

Domaine Felettig Nuits-Saint-Georges 2014 Beautiful ruby color. Nose of red fruits (strawberries, cranberries, cherries), spices, earth and some flower notes. On the palate the fruit is pure and crunchy with earth and spices coming back again. The acidity level is good, the wine shows freshness, very fine tannis and a finish of good lenght. Really […]

Château Lafon-Rochet 4e Grand Cru Classé Saint-Estèphe 2004

Château Lafon-Rochet 4e Grand Cru Classé Saint-Estèphe 2004 

Château Lafon-Rochet 4e Grand Cru Classé Saint-Estèphe 2004  Dark garnet color. The depth from the nose gives black fruit notes, spices, earth, smoke and just a hint of burnt wood and red berries that brings in some freshness. Round and silky palate feel, slowly polished by the years of cellaring, but still gives the impression that it’s far from over. Slightly crisp finish with remanescance of the strenght this wine had before. The flavors are of the same type as the aromas with the addition of salty notes on the finish.  Very satisfying for a wine bought 8-9 years ago. Excellent (91)  Made of 51% Merlot, 46% Cabernet-Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc. Aged 16 to 18 months in oak barrels, 50% being new. Alcohol level of 13% Château Lafon-Rochet’s website: lafon-rochet.com 

Baron de Ley Reserva Rioja 2012

Baron de Ley Reserva Rioja 2012 

Baron de Ley Reserva Rioja 2012  Dark and purple color. Nose of black berries, coffee, bitter chocolate, spices and oak. Dense and powerful on the palate, the vanilla filled finish does bring some charm to the wine. Bold but still expresses fruit flavors, spices and coffee notes. May be a little on the young side, but some […]

Fratelli Alessandria Dolcetto d'Alba 2015

Fratelli Alessandria Dolcetto d’Alba 2015 

Fratelli Alessandria Dolcetto d’Alba 2015  Ruby-purple color. Nose of wild berries, cherries, plum, earth, spices and some flower notes. Flavors are about the same as the aromas, with extra notes of crushed black berries. This is expressive, joyful, round, fruit loaded and lifted by a good acidity. What a tasty treat! Very good (89) Made of Dolcetto. Aged in stainless / cement tanks for 5 to 7 months. Alcohol level of 13,5% Still available in SAQ stores for 21,95$ (Code SAQ : 11580186)  Fratelli Alessandria’s website: fratellialessandria.it  They are represented in Québec by Oenopole: oenopole.ca  Here’s a link to a […]

Malivoire Gamay Niagara Peninsula 2015

Malivoire Gamay Niagara Peninsula 2015 

Malivoire Gamay Niagara Peninsula 2015  Medium dark ruby color. Fine but shy nose of flowers, cherries and earth. Way more expressive on the palate with an explosion of red fruits, ground cherries, dried flowers and a bold and present spiciness. Just long and concentrated enough, it stays fresh and refreshing due to its good acidity level. […]

Domaine du Cros Lo Sang del Païs Marcillac 2015

Domaine du Cros Lo Sang del Païs Marcillac 2015 

Domaine du Cros Lo Sang del Païs Marcillac 2015  Ruby color with purple hue. Bloody and meaty yet showing freshness, berries and spices notes. Crunchy fruit flavors on the palate with more dark berries than red ones, with some sweet spices, meat notes and everything for a wine to pair well with BBQ grilled meat dishes. Good+ (88) Made of 100% Fer Servadou. Aged in stainless tanks. Alcohol level of 12,5%  Available in SAQ stores for 16,80$ (Code SAQ : 00743377)  Domaine du Cros website : domaine-du-cros.com  Sample proposed by Trialto: trialto.com 

Pierre Gerbais Grains de Celles Champagne Extra Brut

Pierre Gerbais Grains de Celles Champagne Extra Brut 

Pierre Gerbais Grains de Celles Champagne Extra Brut  Light gold color. Nose of freshly baked bread, green apples, lemon and an obvious salty scent. Creamy and vinous at first when you take a sip, the acidity and salty freshness kicks in after to bring tension on the finish. , this is quite enjoyable and clearly on the QPR side as it is affordable for a Champagne of that quality! Excellent (91) Made of 50% Pinot Noir, 25% Pinot Blanc and 25% Chardonnay. Aged on its lees in tanks, then on lattes for 30 months before disgorgement. Dosage of 3-4g/l. Alcohol level of […]

Baron de Ley Grand Reserva Rioja 2010

Baron de Ley Grand Reserva Rioja 2010 

Baron de Ley Grand Reserva Rioja 2010  Dark garnet color. Depth and dense nose where berry notes goes along with spices and oak. On the palate the structure and the rectitude of the wine are almost overpowering the flavors by being a little severe, but air did brought up dark berries, spices, earth and oak flavors. May feel more dense than complex at this stage, but shows a good ageing potential for up to 15 more years. More classic styled Rioja wine which I like. Very good+ (90) Made of 100% Tempranillo. Aged 24 months in 50% American oak and 50% French oak, then 5 years in bottle prior to release. Alcohol level […]

Henry Marionnet Domaine de la Charmoise Touraine 2016

Henry Marionnet Domaine de la Charmoise Touraine 2016 

Henry Marionnet Domaine de la Charmoise Touraine 2016  Dark ruby color with purple hue. Nose of ripe red and black berries with spices note, earth and violet flowers. Quite concentrated on the palate, it still finds balance due to its acidity level and a sour-bitter finish that brings in some crispyness to the wine. Feels structured (for a Gamay of course, not generally speaking!), it’ll hold on for a few years, or few minutes in your glass as it’s the two options offered with this wine! Good+ (88) Made of  Gamay from vines planted between 1967 and 1978. Aged in tanks. Alcohol level of  12% Available in SAQ stores for 16,75$ (Code SAQ : 00329532) Henry Marionnet’s […]

Dominique Piron Domaine de la Chanaise Morgon 2015

Dominique Piron Domaine de la Chanaise Morgon 2015

Dominique Piron Domaine de la Chanaise Morgon 2015 Semi-dark purple color. Nose of baked berries, super present warm spices notes and some earth. Chewy, charming, juicy with a more powerful finish than this type of wine usually offers, it is still drinking quite nicely and easily. Flavors of ripe berries and spices, everything to please the guests! If you still have some bottles around, dare to put some down in the cellar as this wine has all the structure needed to aged over a few years. Good+ (88) Made of Gamay. No information available on ageing / winemaking. Alcohol level of 13,5%  Was available in SAQ stores for 22,05$ (Code SAQ :  10272966) Domaine Dominique Piron’s website: domaines-piron.fr Represented in Québec by LCC Vins […]

Trail Estate Gamay Noir VQA Ontario 2014

Trail Estate Gamay Noir VQA Ontario 2014 

Trail Estate Gamay Noir VQA Ontario 2014  Light but young garnet color. Nose of sweet red berries, earth and spices. Flavors of sour and slightly sweet red fruit like sour cherries, cranberries, rhubarb and spices. Felt different from other Gamay I had from Ontario, it was vibrant, a little on the charming side, but I gladly enjoyed it! […]

Domaine Marcel Lapierre Morgon 2016

Domaine Marcel Lapierre Morgon 2016 

Domaine Marcel Lapierre Morgon 2016  Medium dark purple-ruby color. Nose where flowers, fresh red berries, earth and spices brings in freshness and balance as fruit ripeness is there. Follows on the palate crunchy and sour-bitter red fruit and a good acidity level. This wine is really fruit forward and with its lenght, everything is there to make this highly […]

Château Yvonne La Folie Saumur-Champigny 2014

Château Yvonne La Folie Saumur-Champigny 2014

Château Yvonne La Folie Saumur-Champigny 2014 Dark purple color. Nose of blackberries, crushed raspberries with a good amount of spices notes. Silky mouthfeel at first, then  the brightness of the wine shows all the goodness this type of Cabernet Franc can offer. The tart and sour fruit flavors on the finish brings in an enjoyable vibrant twist. […]

Domaine J. Chamonard Fleurie La Madone 2015

Domaine J. Chamonard Fleurie La Madone 2015

Domaine J. Chamonard Fleurie La Madone 2015 Relatively dark and foggy purple color. Nose of blueberrie pastries on which one would’ve thrown on wet earth and a bunch of spices. Rich mouth feel without falling into heaviness, but doesn’t feel much complex either at this young stage of its life. To its defense, it gets much better with air and changes quickly so, if opened now, it should be followed […]

Arboleda Carmenere Aconcagua 2015

Arboleda Carmenere Aconcagua 2015

Arboleda Carmenere Aconcagua 2015  Dark and can’t see through purple color. Nose of dark berries, warm spices, green Bell pepper, bitter chocolate and a hint of smoke and sandy soil. Very silky texture on the palate, it’s balanced, not heavyness here and there’s a light bitterness on the finish. Flavors of black berries, chocolate, light but enjoyable and well […]

Georges Descombes Brouilly 2015

Georges Descombes Brouilly 2015

Georges Descombes Brouilly 2015  Ruby almost purple color. Nose of red and dark berries, there is some Concord grapes notes, but also spices and earth. This have everything the vintage calls for with ripeness and chewyness, but also the typical acidity you get from Gamay, then a light bitterness on the finish. Highly chuggable wine […]

Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso 2015

Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso 2015

Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso 2015 Medium light ruby color. Bursting spices nose that leads to red berry aromas, crushed rocks and coal. Very flowery and more delicate on the palate than what the nose could’ve showed, long refine red berries and sweet spices, great acidity and looong finish. This is good! Could be described as […]

Château Cambon Beaujolais 2016

Château Cambon Beaujolais 2016

Château Cambon Beaujolais 2016  Bright and translucid ruby color. Nose of flowers, red fruits with spices and earth, a perfume a can’t be tired of smelling! This a perfect example of how elegant a Gamay wine can be. On the palate, there’s an explosion of red berries and fruits (cherries and strawberries), of acidity (not […]

Ravines Chardonnay Finger Lakes 2014

Ravines Chardonnay Finger Lakes 2014

Ravines Chardonnay Finger Lakes 2014 Light color with green hue. Nose of green lemon, Granny Smith apples, salty and rocky notes. Round mouth feel, almost fat whie the wine is dry, ending with a bright finish with good acidity. Very nice wine for a new productiona rea fir me. Very good+ (89) Made of  Chardonnay. […]

Pinard et Filles Frangin 2016

Pinard et Filles Frangin 2016

Pinard et Filles Frangin 2016 Dark and light purple color. Nose of wild berries Concrad grapes, flowers and earth. This nose is deep, fresh and inviting. Same on the palate with great flavors, this sour-bitter duo that I like so much, because it’s what makes this type of wine so easy drinking, without being thin […]

Domaine de Fa Fleurie Roche Guillon 2015

Domaine de Fa Fleurie Roche Guillon 2015

Domaine de Fa Fleurie Roche Guillon 2015  Dense ruby color with purple hue. Nose of mixed berries, meat, spices, violet flowers and then something leafy. Dense, deep but tight nose. Complete opposite on the palate with expressive flavors, a good acidity level, could be mistaken for a warm year Crozes-Hermitage from the Graillot familly. Fine finish […]

Pinard & Filles Pornfelder 2015

Pinard & Filles Pornfelder 2015

Pinard & Filles Pornfelder 2015 Dark ruby color with purple hue. Nose of small berries, earth, spices, straw, blooming of freshness. Good concentration on the palate paired with a good acidity level. Flavors of sour fruit, spices, it’s juicy and chewy, has some depth and is simply quite tasty and joyful. Glad I could have […]

E Guigal Crozes-Hermitage 2013

E. Guigal Crozes-Hermitage 2013

E. Guigal Crozes-Hermitage 2013 Dark ruby color. Nose of mixed berries, spices, pepper, olives, raw bacon and flowers. More tight on the palate, air did helped unveil the flavors of baked red fruit, olices, then spices and meat notes. Long and rustic finish, this is a type of wine that goes so well with long roasted […]

Intriga Cabernet-Sauvignon Valle del Maipo 2014

Intriga Cabernet-Sauvignon Valle del Maipo 2014

Intriga Cabernet-Sauvignon Valle del Maipo 2014 Dark purple color. Nose of black berries, spices, earth, grilled bell pepper, herbacious and oaky notes. Velvet texture on the palate, almost rich, but still keep its balance between concentration, strenght and a touch of freshness. Flavors of dark berries, spices, bitter cocolate, earth and oak. Very good (89) Made […]

G.D. Vajra Langhe Rosso 2014

G.D. Vajra Langhe Rosso 2014

G.D. Vajra Langhe Rosso 2014 Medium ruby color. Nose of flowers, red berries, earth, then sweet spices. You can also feel freshness and a light bitterness coming out of the aromas. Same profile on the palate with a good acidity level, a fine and enjoyable bitterness on the finish, but the fruit is so chewy […]

Bernhard & Reibel Crémant d'Alsace 2013

Bernhard & Reibel Crémant d’Alsace 2013

Bernhard & Reibel Crémant d’Alsace 2013 Light gold color with good size bubbles, not too intense, lively in the glass even if they’re not lasting too long on the palate. Nose of toasted bread, pastry cream, apples, some yeast and hay. Really tasty and somehow concentrated, very long finish. Flavors of toasted bread covered with honey, […]

E. Guigal Côtes-du-Rhône 2012

E. Guigal Côtes-du-Rhône 2012

E. Guigal Côtes-du-Rhône 2012 Dark red cherry color. Nose of wild berries, spices, aromatic herbs, dust and leather. Began as an easy drinker, air did make the wine show its structure and its spicyness while being enjoyable. Put some bottles in the cellar for 2-3 years and you’ll be rewarded! Did that few years ago when I […]

Jean-Marc Burgaud Régnié Vallières 2015

Jean-Marc Burgaud Régnié Vallières 2015

Jean-Marc Burgaud Régnié Vallières 2015 Dark ruby color. Nose of spicy red berries, earth and flowers. Flavors of red berries of which the cherries shows more, then spices and earth notes. Well structured with a intense and round finish. A good yet serious Beaujolais. Very good (89) Made of Gamay from vines planted over sandy […]

Paterna Colli Aretini Chianti 2014

Paterna Colli Aretini Chianti 2014

Paterna Colli Aretini Chianti 2014 Beautiful ruby color. Nose of cherries, sweet spices (cinnamon), earth, it’s fresah and inviting. What a good idea to fall for the wine and listen to its call! Perfect acidity level, right amount of fruit flavors, of chewyness with just a touch of spice. As many Italian wine, this one […]

Karim Vionnet Vin de Kav Chiroubles 2014

Karim Vionnet Vin de Kav Chiroubles 2014

Karim Vionnet Vin de Kav Chiroubles 2014 Being neighbor with Morgon stars Lapierre, Foillard and Breton, it must be inspiring to be around them! Since he also worked with Guy Breton, his experience did help when he started making his own wines back in 2006. No addition of yeast, sugar, sulfur of other “ingredients”. His wine […]

Domaine Vincent Dampt Chablis 2014

Domaine Vincent Dampt Chablis 2014

Domaine Vincent Dampt Chablis 2014 Lighlty colored. Fine and subtle nose of lemon, pear and salty notes. Having the same low profile on the palate at first, air did helped the wine. The finish offered a good flavor concentration followed by a good acidity level. Flavors of lemon, pear, green apples and salty notes again. […]

Fattoria Lavacchio Puro DOCG Chianti 2015

Fattoria Lavacchio Puro DOCG Chianti 2015 Bright ruby color. Nose of and palate of pure fruit notes without being too light or thin. Light bodied, great acidity, some strenght on the finish but nothing to lower its high drinkability! Perfect by itsel, to start a meal or over pastas or poultry. Very good (89)  Made of  sangiovese. No added sulfites and […]

Champagne Gardet Brut Premier Cru

Champagne Gardet Brut Premier Cru

Champagne Gardet Brut Premier Cru Arômes où la minéralité se mêle à un côté floral, puis de citron confit, avec un léger bois, c’est très fin et agréable! Équilibré et pourvu d’une belle fraîcheur, ce n’est peut-être pas le plus concentré des Champagne bu, mais il est assez long et savoureux. Il a tout pour plaire et ce à un […]

Château Trillol Corbières 2012

Château Trillol Corbières 2012

Château Trillol Corbières 2012 Dark colored. Nose and palate of pepper, dark berries, it’s spicy and leather on the finish. There is also a chewy mouthfeel and structure, so it need meat to pair with it! If you like bolder and full-bodied wines, you may enjoy this one. Good+ (88) Blend of 52% Grenache, 24% Carignan, […]

Domaine Tempier Cabassaou Bandol 2012

Domaine Tempier Cabassaou Bandol 2012

Domaine Tempier Cabassaou Bandol 2012 Dark and deep purple color. Nose of black berries, spices, herbs, it’s bright, deep and mysterious. Greatly structured on the palate, it is quite powerful at this stage. Flavors of spicy black berries with small berry jam and a mineral touch on the finish. This can’t hide the fact that it comes from a warm climate area, […]

Christophe Pacalet Chiroubles 2015

Christophe Pacalet Chiroubles 2015

Christophe Pacalet Chiroubles 2015 Medium dark purple color. Rich nose of brries with earth, spices and rocky notes. Charming on the palate with is ripe fruit flavors and wild berries, warm spices and jammy strawberries and density on the finish. True to its vintage, the wine remains highly quaffable and tasty. Good+ (88) Made of […]

Jacques Tissot Chardonnay Arbois 2012

Jacques Tissot Chardonnay Arbois 2012

Jacques Tissot Chardonnay Arbois 2012 Light gold color. Very aromatic nose of pear, pineapple, citrus fruit, spices, nuts and light notes of oak. About the same flavor profile as the nose, mouth coating with a good acidity level and a salty finish. Will pair well with grilled shrimps, poultry plates but even more with cheese! Very […]

Les Pervenches Solinou 2015

Les Pervenches Solinou 2015

Les Pervenches Solinou 2015  Very light ruby color. Very floral nose with red berries, creamy english candy and earth. Feels very fresh even is sweet blue grapes notes are also there. So juicy and tasty on the palate, light without being thin, very fruit foward with earthy and floral notes. Serve it slightly chilled and enjoy it! Good+ […]

Barone Ricasoli Chianti 2013

Barone Ricasoli Chianti 2013

Barone Ricasoli Chianti 2013 Medium dark ruby color. The wine have aromes of cherries, earth and some spices notes. Silky on the palate, the fruit is King here. With its good acidity level and its spicy finish, this wine is at its best when poured while eating even if it ca be enjoyed by itself! […]

Henry Marionnet Première Vendange Touraine 2015

Henry Marionnet Première Vendange Touraine 2015

Henry Marionnet Première Vendange Touraine 2015 Medium dark purple color. Nose of fruits, berries, fruits, spices, fruits, earth… Flavors are dominated by fruit notes, spices and earth. It might looks like a very primary description for a tasting note, but fir those like that are powered with Gamay based wines are gonna be pleased with this one. Might […]

Schug Chardonnay Carneros 2013

Schug Chardonnay Carneros 2013

Schug Chardonnay Carneros 2013  Medium gold color. Nose of peaches, oranges, butter and toasted bread. Same flavors on the palate with additional notes of grilled pineapples and oak withouit being overwhelming, it had some balance and a touch of finesse and a medium long finish. Good+ (88) Made of Chardonnay mainly coming from Carneros, the other […]

Daniel Bouland Chiroubles Chatenay 2015

Daniel Bouland Chiroubles Chatenay 2015

Daniel Bouland Chiroubles Chatenay 2015 Quite dark purple color showing the warm vintage. Very aromatic with fruity, floral and earthy notes. Dense on the palate with a texture close to the one of biting into berries that leads to a spicy explosion. Good from now and for many years more as this wine has the depth to […]

Pierre-Marie Chermette Gamay Nouveau Les Griottes 2016

Pierre-Marie Chermette Gamay Nouveau Les Griottes 2016

Pierre-Marie Chermette Gamay Nouveau Les Griottes 2016  This “Nouveau wine” from Domaine du Vissoux is quite dark, almost purple colored. Primary aromas and flavors of fruit and sweet spices. Surprisingly concentrated and round, this is really enjoyable and tasty! If more Beaujolais Nouveau couold be like this, I would have more! Good (87) Made of Gamay. Aged 4 […]

Maison B Perraud Le P'tit Poquelin 2015

Maison B Perraud Le P’tit Poquelin 2015

Maison B Perraud Le P’tit Poquelin 2015  Bright ruby color with purple hue. Slightly funky on the nose, which is common with natural wines, but it did disappeared with air. The nose is on crushed red berries blended with spices and earth notes. The fizz present at bottle opening did cleared out too with time. From the first sip, I know this was going to offer high drinkability. Flavors of […]

Jean Foillard Morgon Cuvée Corcelette 2014

Jean Foillard Morgon Cuvée Corcelette 2014  Clear and foggy ruby color. Very “barny” at bottle opening, it did disapeared with some air, thankfully!. Then came the berry notes with spices, earth, inviting and fresh. Flavors of red berries, earth, flowers, there is acidity but also a texture to the wine. It’s tasty and long. This is […]

Georges Descombes Morgon Vieilles Vignes 2013

Georges Descombes Morgon Vieilles Vignes 2013

Georges Descombes Morgon Vieilles Vignes 2013 Dark ruby color. Nose of red berries, flowers, smooth spices, then earth and tobacco. Explosive sweet red fruits on the palate with cranberries, dried flowers, spices, it’s intense, chewy, there is acidity, lenght and so enjoyable. When Gamay grapes are shaking you, it’s because it’s that type of wine! Excellent (91) Made […]

Ampeleia Unlitro Costa Toscana 2015

Ampeleia Unlitro Costa Toscana 2015

Ampeleia Unlitro Costa Toscana 2015 Foggy ruby color. Nose of red berries, earth, spices and aromatic herbs. On the palate there is fruit, good acidity, just a touch of bitteness on the finish, a great drinkability and that special twit that some Italian have (despite the not so traditionnal blend) this freshness… that calls for […]

Alain Graillot Crozes-Hermitage 2009

Alain Graillot Crozes-Hermitage 2009 Dark color with light purple hue. Nose of black berries, olives, warm spices, just a hint of black pepper and meat. Silky tannins are paired with black fruit richness on the palate, then came flavors of bacon, spices, earth, olives, humus and red meat. Medium long finish, the acidity mostly shows on […]

McManis Cabernet Sauvignon California 2015

McManis Cabernet Sauvignon California 2015

McManis Cabernet Sauvignon California 2015 Dark color. Nose of ripe berries, spices and a hint of brown sugar. There is no doubt, this wine charms “à la Californienne” with its perfume. On the palate the fruit feels ripe also (but the wine is completly dry), follows sweet spice flavors and a welcomed bitterness appeared on the finish […]

Tabali Talinay Pinot Noir Limari Valley 2014

Tabali Talinay Pinot Noir Limari Valley 2014

Tabali Talinay Pinot Noir Limari Valley 2014 Medium dark and translucid ruby color. Aromas of red and black berries, earth, pepper, dried flowers, some oak, all in a powerful and expressive nose. Charming on the palate with its fruit and creamy texture, the wine still is serious, quite spicy with depth and tastyness. There is acidity, freshness […]

Domaine des Marrans Morgon Corcelette 2014

Domaine des Marrans Morgon Corcelette 2014

Domaine des Marrans Morgon Corcelette 2014 Bright and dense ruby color. Nose of wild berries, earth, spices, it’s deep, serious yet the Gamay’s “happiness” is neither covered up nor faded by it. Concentrated on the palate with minerals, spices, slightly earthy with acidity and some bitterness on the finish. A young Beaujolais wine that gets more expressive after […]

Coto de Imaz Rioja Reserva 2010

Coto de Imaz Rioja Reserva 2010

Coto de Imaz Rioja Reserva 2010 Dark cherry color. Nose of smoke, berries, spices and oak, all together in an elegant and noble way. Wide and long on the the palate, medium concentration on the same flavor profile as the aromas detected on the nose, with a soft and balanced touch of oak. Classic Rioja wine […]

Château Cambon Beaujolais 2015

Château Cambon Beaujolais 2015

Château Cambon Beaujolais 2015 Own by Marcel Lapierre‘s familly and Jean Claude Chanudet from Domaine Chamonard. Dark ruby color with pink rim. Nose of spicy red berries, smoke, flowers, it’s fresh and inviting. So tasty on the palate with its fruit flavors, finely spiced, this is just bottled fun! Balanced between the chewyness of the wine, the […]

Château de Carolle Graves 2014

Château de Carolle Graves 2014

Château de Carolle Graves 2014 Dark color. Nose of green notes, berries, spices, graphite and some oak. Balanced between classic Bordeaux power and a good drinkability for that type of wine. Flavors of dark berries, spices, a touch more oak from what I had on the nose. This wine calls in for a roasted meat […]

Marchand-Tawse Marsannay 2012

Marchand-Tawse Marsannay 2012

Marchand-Tawse Marsannay 2012 This wine comes from the negoce activity of Pascal Marchand (Domaine Comte Armand et Domaine de la Vougeraie) and the Ontario native Moray Tawse. Medium dark ruby color with a pink rim. Nose of red berries, spices, earth, oak and some green notes. Powerful and slightly rustic on the palate, not very deep, it seems more approchable […]

Birichino Besson Vineyard Central Coast California 2014

Birichino Besson Vineyard Central Coast California 2014

Birichino Besson Vineyard Central Coast California 2014  Bright ruby color. Fine nose where homemade small berry jam pairs with garrigue style herbs. This have such beautiful aromas. Bright, great red berry flavors, some herbs, spices notes, it’s fresh, just round enough, good acidity. If California could offer more of that type of wine! Very good+ (90) Made […]

Jean Foillard Morgon 2014

Jean Foillard Morgon 2014

Jean Foillard Morgon 2014  Dark and shiny ruby color. Nose of strawberries, cranberries, aromatic herbs, spices and earth. Flavorful, does have some depth, have notes of spices and the finish shows a good acidity level. Medium structured, it doesn’t stop one to drink it quite rapidly! Very good (89) Made of Gamay. Certified organic. Aged in tanks […]

Chartier Créateur d'Harmonies Fronsac 2012

Chartier Créateur d’Harmonies wines

Chartier Créateur d’Harmonies wines I had the opportunity to taste over the last two years few wines made by François Chartier, a well-known sommelier, an author of many wine guides (still have many copies at home and these did influenced the buying of my first cellared worthy bottles many years ago…), for his wine and […]

De Martino Cinsault Viejas Tinajas DO Secano Interior 2014

De Martino Cinsault Viejas Tinajas DO Secano Interior 2014

 De Martino Cinsault Viejas Tinajas DO Secano Interior 2014  Light purple color. Shy nose that opened with air to give red berries, earth, spices and incense aromas. Flavors of clay, earth, spices then fruit and flowers notes. Reserved for now, this wine haven’t bloomed yet. Very light heat on the finish. Champion in originality, it doesn’t sink on the “funky” side […]

Domaine Buisson-Charles Bourgogne Hautes Coutures 2013

Domaine Buisson-Charles Bourgogne Hautes Coutures 2013

Domaine Buisson-Charles Bourgogne Hautes Coutures 2013 Ruby color. Fresh nose with fiels straberries, herbs and strawberry tips. Bright and mouth watering acidity on the palatewith flavors of red fruits, earth and spices. Became even better at the table and would be an excellent choice to pair with heavier dishes as its acidity would bring freshness to the plate, […]

Faustino I Gran Reserva Rioja 2001

Faustino I Gran Reserva Rioja 2001

Faustino I Gran Reserva Rioja 2001 Dark garnet color. Nose of wild berries, dry fruits, leather and old wood. Smooth on the palate with its flavors of old wood, leather, tobacco, sweet spices and some jammy fruits notes on a long and persistant finish. It is quite interesting to have the opportunity to drink a […]

Tawse Chardonnay Niagara Peninsula VQA 2012

Tawse Chardonnay Niagara Peninsula VQA 2012

Tawse Chardonnay Niagara Peninsula VQA 2012 Couleur doré léger. Arômes de pommes, de poires, il y a un peu de notes d’agrume ainsi qu’un côté salin et floral. Assez vif en bouche avec beaucoup de fraîcheur, du fruit tel que perçu au nez et le vin se termine sur une finale minéral. Très bien (89) Composé de Chardonnay. Fermenté […]

Domaine de la Rectorie Collioure Côté Mer Rosé 2014

Domaine de la Rectorie Collioure Côté Mer Rosé 2014

Domaine de la Rectorie Collioure Côté Mer Rosé 2014 Watermelon juice color. Fine and subtle nose of red fruits with citrus fruit and salty notes. Tastier on the palate, it charms! Far from being a sugary rosé, it’s even better with grilled dishes. Serious, deep with red berry flavors, roses, it’s salty with just a touch of aromatic herbs and spices. […]

Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages 2014

Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages 2014

Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages 2014 Medium dark and shiny ruby color. Nose of berries, earth, spices and flowers. Flavors where are blended together different types of berries, from sour to sweet, then comes the earth notes, some spices and the clear feel of biting the fruit. Makes a very godd summer wine! Good+ (88) Made from Gamay fruits coming from […]

Domaine St-Jacques Pinot gris 2015

Domaine St-Jacques Pinot gris 2015 Light gold color. Nose of lemon, peach, it’s fresh with an enjoyable green side. Balanced between a round mouth feel and the acidity with flavors of fresh pineapple, lemon, lime, peach and a touch of minerality. No heavyness in this wine, it’s dry which is not the standard with cool climate wines […]

Malivoire Gamay Niagara Peninsula 2014

Malivoire Gamay Niagara Peninsula 2014

Malivoire Gamay Niagara Peninsula 2014 Medium ruby color. Shy nose of fruit, flowers and spices notes. On the though, the wine offers juicy crushed red fruits, sweet spices, aromatic herbs, wet earth and good acidity. Fresh and floral, different from what is made in Beaujolais, but still pretty tasty. Ends in a long and slightly warm finish. Very good […]

Cheval Quancard Cuvée Clémence Entre-Deux-Mers 2014

Cheval Quancard Cuvée Clémence Entre-Deux-Mers 2014  Lightly colored with green hue. Very typical of what sauvignon blanc can give with lemon, rocks, grass and some saltyness. Round on the palate with tropical fruit, yellon melon and candied lemon. Medium acidity level, the wine still have some freshness to it that supports the wine flaor concentration. Ends on a light […]

Catena Malbec Mendoza 2014

Catena Malbec Mendoza 2014

Catena Malbec Mendoza 2014 Purple color. Nose of black berries, ink, bitter chocolate, spices and oak, this is powerful and not so delicate! A little edgy and intense on the palate at first, this wine is quite tasty on the same flavors as caught on the nose. Would be better to wait a little before opening a […]

Faustino V Reserva Rioja 2009

Faustino V Reserva Rioja 2009

Faustino V Reserva Rioja 2009 Dark red cherry color. Nose of berries, spices (cinnamon and vanilla) and oak. Smooth on the palate with classical flavors of berries, spices and vanilla, plus rich but round oak notes. Good+ Made of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Mazuelo. Aged 16 months in American oak barrels. Alcohol level of 13,5%  Available in […]

Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py 2014

Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py 2014

Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py 2014  Pretty bright ruby color. Nose of flowers, berries, some aromatic herbs, then earth and spices. Charming nose of natural Gamay wine at its best. There is so much fruit notes in that wine! It’s sappy, enjoyable, thirst your quench for sure, then show some structure with spicy and mineral notes. […]

Marcel Lapierre Morgon 2015

Marcel Lapierre Morgon 2015

Marcel Lapierre Morgon 2015 Dense ruby color pith purple hue. Nose of earth, savory herbs, cherry pits, gooseberry and some flower notes. Wide and tasty on the palate, the wine feels juicy, sun loaded (fruit ripeness can be feeled), then spices and earth flavors on a present acidity, but far from being bright or sharp. […]

Brancaia Tre Rosso IGT Toscana 2013

Brancaia Tre Rosso IGT Toscana 2013

Brancaia Tre Rosso IGT Toscana 2013  Medium garnet color. Nose of cherries, earth, old wood and spices. A little more dark and serious on the palate when compared to the nose, this wine still offers beautiful flavors of berries from which the cherry is the clear leader, then tobacco, spices and oak wich a classy and long finish. Please […]

Tenuta San Leonardo San Leonardo Vigneti delle Dolomiti 2010

San Leonardo Vigneti delle Dolomiti 2010

Tenuta San Leonardo San Leonardo Vigneti delle Dolomiti 2010 Located in a valley trapped between mountains in the Trentino region and wine is produced there since the 1700’s. The Estate also have a church built at the end of the 900’s and the main building, the Villa Gresti was occupied by the Germans in both great wars. This particular wine, produced […]

Château Thivin Côte de Brouilly Cuvée Les Sept Vignes 2014

Château Thivin Côte de Brouilly Cuvée Les Sept Vignes 2014 Beautiful and dense ruby color. Explosive nose of flowers, red berries (cranberries, cherries and strawberries), some spices, smoke and mineral notes. Flavors of red fruits, spices (pepper), it’s tasty with a balanced concentration. The finish which is slightly bitter, mineral with a touch of green […]

Emidio Pepe Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2003

Emidio Pepe Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2003

Emidio Pepe Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2003  Dark garnet color. Nose of mushrooms, earth, cherries, small cooked berries and spices. Rustic at first on the palate with leather, meat, then dry fruits, spices, earth, dried flowers. Really became prettier with air and also gain weight. Feels ready to drink even if it could on for a few […]

Le Macchiole Paleo Toscana IGT 2012

Le Macchiole Paleo Toscana IGT 2012

Le Macchiole Paleo Toscana IGT 2012  Produced as an IGT because it is not allowed into the Bolgheri appellation where the vines grows to do a wine from a single varietal. Very dark cherry color. Nose with luscious and pretty oak notes, then the fruit, spices, dry herbs and the green bell pepper. So great on the palate, it’s tasty, young, the […]

Artadi Artazuri Garnacha Navarre 2014

Artadi Artazuri Garnacha Navarre 2014

Artadi Artazuri Garnacha Navarre 2014 Purple translucid color. Nose of small berry jam, pepper and earth and sand blend. Gorgeous on the palate and chewy, loaded of small berries with a nice acidity that bring up the finish. Top juice for the price! Good+ (88) Made of Garnacha (Grenache). Organic farming. Aged 4-6 months in old and large oak […]

Château Cambon Beaujolais Rosé 2015

Château Cambon Beaujolais Rosé 2015

Château Cambon Beaujolais Rosé 2015 Semi-dark pink color. Fresh nose of tart red fruit like cranberries and wild strawberries, then blood orange and wet rocks. Wide on the palate with a good acidity level, it’s tasty, fresh and satisfying. Perfect to enjoy a beautiful and sunny summer day! Good+ (88) Made of Gamay. Alcohol level of […]

Christophe Pacalet Chiroubles 2014

Christophe Pacalet Chiroubles 2014

Christophe Pacalet Chiroubles 2014 Dark red cherry color. Nose of crushed red berries, spices, flowers, it’s pure, it’s naturally made Gamay! So good, chewy and refreshing on the palate and the bottle was gone so fast, which is usually a good sign! Flavors of red berries, cherries, flowers and red meat. Good acidity, quite long finish, to […]

Château d'Aiguilhe Côtes de Castillon 2004

Château d’Aiguilhe Côtes de Castillon 2004

Château d’Aiguilhe Côtes de Castillon 2004 Dark garnet color. Nose of dark berries, spices, cappucino, smoke and cedar wood. Still lively and mouthcoating. Drank over few hours, the wine never fainted and showed well with a great flavor concentration, quite tasty while being ready to drink. Classic Bordeaux wine with its usual charm! Excellent (91) Made of […]

Paterna Colli Aretini Chianti 2013

Paterna Colli Aretini Chianti 2013

Paterna Colli Aretini Chianti 2013 Beautiful red cherry color. Nose of red berries, anise, a little something “greenish”, dried flowers and is very fresh. Balanced on the palate between flavors concentration and the acidity level. Ends in a long mouth watering finish that is all about freshness. Even better when brought at the table with […]

Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso 2014

Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso 2014

Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso 2014 Bright and translucid ruby color. Nose of red berries with some green notes, earth and ashes. Good acidity level without being razor sharp, very fresh and never the alcohol level was an issue other than the smile that came in our faces. Was almost drinking like a Beaujolais! Same […]

Vietti Castiglione Barolo 2012

Vietti Castiglione Barolo 2012

Vietti Castiglione Barolo 2012 Medium brick garnet color. Pretty nose of fruit, flowers, fine spices and leather. Fine, fresh and typical of Nebbiolo wines. Charming on the palate with balance between finesse and rusticity. Flavors of wild berries, dried flowers, leather, sweet spices, all this in a long lasting finish! Will be a Grand vin for […]

E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Mouline 2006

E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Mouline 2006

E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Mouline 2006 The wine is quite dark colored. Fine nose of spices, luxurious but balance oak aromas that lift the wine instead of overpowering it. This will be so much more complex with more cellaring time! Flavors of berries, spices (cinnamon), flowers with a fatty and rich oaky twist but in […]

Guy Breton Régnié 2013

Guy Breton Régnié 2013

Guy Breton Régnié 2013 Foggy ruby color. Nose of red berries, earth, dried flowers and this typical nature scent. About the same on the palate in a discret flavor intensity as it is not a monster of concentration and the nature profile of the wine is bringing the fruit up instead of overpowering it. Tasty […]

Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno Toscane 2012

Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno Toscane 2012 Very dark color. Nose of spicy oak, black berries in a deep and complex way. Really tasty, young, long, with fruit, spices and oak being there, but the balance keeps all the flavors underground control. Will become a great wine. Excellent (91) Made of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. […]

Sena Chadwick Mondavi Sena Aconcagua 1997

Sena Chadwick Mondavi Sena Aconcagua 1997 Dark on its center and orange on the rim. Beautiful aged Cabernet Sauvignon nose, almost Bordeaux-like. More rough on the palate, austere and less pretty. Overall it was a good wine event if did not reached my expectations. Very good (89) Made of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Carmenère. […]

Pierre Gaillard Côte-Rôtie 2007

Pierre Gaillard Côte-Rôtie 2007 Medium dark garnet color. Aromas of berries, spices, smoke and flowers. Silky mouthfeel and so yummy with berries, pepper, flowers and bacon fat. Tannins are soften and the wine is ready and so good. Excellent (91) Made of Syrah (90%) and Viognier (10%). Aged 18 months in oak barrels, 50% being […]

Le Macchiole Bolgheri Rosso DOC 2013

Le Macchiole Bolgheri Rosso DOC 2013 Purple colored. Aromas and flavors of grape jelly, dark berries, spices, and notes of dark chocolate and oak. Coats well the palate with its rich fruit profile without being heavy or over ripe. Would pair well with roasted meat dishes. Also available in magnum size bottle (1,5L), the right […]

Fontodi Chianti Classico DOCG 2012

 Fontodi Chianti Classico DOCG 2012 Ruby color with purple hue. Aromas of red berries, spices, flowers and leather. Sappy fruit on the palate, the right amount of spice flavors, it drinks so well, especially with food where the wine simply shine. Still young and it shows with the tension and the little dryness on the […]

Dominique Piron Chiroubles 2014

Dominique Piron Chiroubles 2014 Medium dark ruby color. Powerful nose of dry flowers, red berries and pepper. Flavors of cherries, ripe strawberries in a round mouthfeel. The finish is made out of pepper, minerals and floral notes. Young but enjoyable, this wine also have the capacity to age for some years. Very good (89) Made […]

Alma Negra Mendoza 2013

A. Bartholomaus & E. Catena Alma Negra Mendoza 2013 Deep purple color. Aromas of black berries, smoke, spices, tree bark, coffee and cedar wood. Concentrated, round on the palate with chocolate, dark berries, spices and oak flavors. If you still have the opportunity to grill some steak on the BBQ, that’s a good wine to […]

Marchesi Antinori Tignanello Toscana 2008

Marchesi Antinori Tignanello Toscana 2008 Dark garnet color. Powerful nose of black berries, smoke, earth, spices and oak notes. It’s deep and complex. Silky mouthfeel that completely coats the palate with its fruit flavors, spices, rich oak notes, but balanced and fine with is impressive. So long and tasty finish. An iron fist in a […]

J.L. Chave Côtes-du-Rhône Mon Coeur 2013

J.L. Chave Côtes-du-Rhône Mon Coeur 2013 Dark red cherry color. Aromas of heated spices, fruit notes, rocks and black licorice. Flavors are mouth coating with enjoyable red and blackberry jam, warm spices and a fresh finish. Well made (88) Made of Syrah (60%) and Grenache (40%) from vineyards in Visan, Buisson, Vinsobres and Estézargues. Did […]

Argiano Rosso di Montalcino 2013

Argiano Rosso di Montalcino 2013 Light and translucid garnet color. A little green at first, aromas of cherries and clay will come with air. Chewiness and good acidity level pairs with Morello cherries, small red berries on a short finish. Still, I like that lighter style very food friendly. Good+ (88) Made of 100% Sangiovese. […]

Cosme Palacio Rioja 2011

Cosme Palacio Rioja 2011 Dark red cherry color. Nose where oak leads the way with aromas of coffee, vanilla, caramel and spices notes. More expressive with air. Quite harsh at first on the palate at bottle opening, air will be of a good use here too. Then flavors of blueberries, mulberries, spices, cappuccino and vanilla. […]

Luciano Sandrone Barbera d’Alba 2008

Luciano Sandrone Barbera d’Alba 2008 The color is dark and slightly purple. Powerful aromas of spicy black berries, dry fruits, earth, flowers and dust. Tasty and spicy with flavors of black licorice, black pepper, black berries, ripe blue grapes and floral notes. Silky on the palate, the wine is also structured feeling young and showing […]

Podere Castorani Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Cadetto 2012

Podere Castorani Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Cadetto 2012 Dark and slightly purple color. Aromas of blackberries, spices, herbs and dried roses. Rond and silky on the palate over a strength also felt. Flavors of black fruits / berries, warm spices and bitter chocolate. Long finish. Good+ (88) Made of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. Aged 6 months in cement tanks then […]

Pierre Gaillard St-Joseph Blanc 2013

Pierre Gaillard St-Joseph Blanc 2013 Straw color.  Very floral nose where is also apricot, peaches, melon, apples and spices. Fruit ripeness is there but balance on the palate with flavors of melon, apples, fine oak notes and just a touch of nuts. Good acidity, round mouth feel, long and elegant finish where flowers gently linger […]

Bodegas Moraza Rioja Tempranillo 2013

Bodegas Moraza Rioja Tempranillo 2013 Deep red color with purple hue. Aromas of black fruits, spices, black earth and smoke. Quite austere at first, 30 minutes of air really changed the wine and its strength soften to let the fruit express itself with a silky mouthfeel. Also had notes of spices and rocky soil flavors. […]

Laurent Tribut Chablis 2010

Laurent Tribut Chablis 2010 Straw gold color. Aromas and flavors of ocean breeze, sea weed, honey, candied lemon and white lily flowers. Less bright and concentrated than previous bottles I had, but a better chewy mouthfeel and more fat. Medium length finish. Very good+ (90) Made of Chardonnay. Mostly aged in stainless tanks with a […]

Estate Argyros Atlantis Cyclades 2014

Estate Argyros Atlantis Cyclades 2014 Clear wine with green hue. Sea breeze aromas with seaweed, citrus fruit and sun! Bright and enjoyable on the palate with its good acidity and refreshing lemon notes. Clearly a summer wine, to drink like if we were on a Mediterranean beach! Good+ (88) 90% Assyrtiko, 5% Aidani and 5% […]