Posts Tagged ‘france’

Blanquette de Limoux Antech 2008

July 20, 2010

The Languedoc wine tasting was a success, with the Chez Meme Baguette Bistro completely full. The food was delicious and people had a great, festive time. I am glad for my choices of wine, all seven in the flight were greatly enjoyed by all. Of course there were favorites and below I will leave a few notes on each. Looking forward to the next event in August!

Antech Blanquette de Limoux 2008.This sparkling wine came as a great surprise to all attendees. They loved the chalky nose, witness to the limestone/gravel soils of Limoux. Mostly Mauzac grapes, this Blanquette is made in the traditional method, with double fermentaion. The biscuity flavors take the passenger seat and let the lemon stone fruit flavors drive the dry, fun palate saturated with fine, lazy bubbles. Drinks great on its own but will embellish salads, cheese, scallops and other shellfish.

Brought to BC by Terrarosa Imports, this wine should not be missed this summer. Available at Marquis Wine Cellars, Kits Wine Cellar, Everything Wine, Libations, Liberty Wine Merchants and Steamworks for $25.99.

La Galiniere, a Delicate Rosé

June 15, 2009

Love this rosé from Bouches-de-Rhone, the mouth of the famous river, not too far from the Mediterranean. Chateau de la Galiniere rose 2007 255A simple yet classic label, with an appealing salmon pink color, that seems to whisper “summer is here”. The nose is very subtle, no outbursts of fruit but rather light brushstrokes of meadow flowers and a hint of nuts. The palate is bone dry and equally delicate, very light but full of character. Roses and red pamplemousse predominate. Acidity high and very refreshing, reverberates on the tongue in a good, lasting finish with blood orange rind. This rose stands really well on its own or accompanying a plate of seafood salad.

Product: Vendanges Manuelles, Rose

Variety: unknown, probably Grenache and Cinsault

Vintage: 2008

Winery: Chateau de la Galiniere

Origin: Bouches-de-Rhone, Provence, France

Alcohol: 13.0%

Price: 18.99 (Everything Wine)

Gratitude, affordable Cotes du Rhone Blend

May 22, 2009

inca-white “Gratitude” is a blend of Grenache, Syrah Mouverdre, made from grapes grown in Plan de Dieu soils, stony and well drained, with lots of sunshine. It shows a dark purple color and a rich nose of stewed red fruit and spice. Earthy notes and black pepper in the medium plus palate, with smooth tannins and good acidity. The finish is long and persistent, with more black pepper and stewed red berries. Excellent to drink now or keep for a few years.

Product: Gratitude

Variety: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre

Vintage: 2007

Winery: Chateau La Couranconne

Origin: Plan de Dieu, Cotes du Rhone, France

Alcohol: 13.5%

Price: 23.99 (Everything Wine)

French Bargain

April 21, 2009

For those who scour shelves in cold beer and wine stores in search of the ultimate recession-proof wine, here a priceless tip. Gotta try this  Chardonnay from the Pays d’Oc which brings a tag of 18.99 Cdn in some private wine shops. But rejoice, oh wine lovers, you canfrench_chard buy it for 12.99 at Everything Wine in North Vancouver (www.everythingwine.ca).

What do you get for your buck? Besides a pretty, classic looking French label, you will drink a creamy, tongue coating Chardonnay. Those who think “nothing with oak” must try it for the management of oak in this Chard is very skillful, adding to the wine but not choking it.  Oak flavors are present but not overpowering the pineapple and lemony flavors in this tasty broth. The finish is long and sticky, almost like the sensation one has after eating almond ice cream.

The trip to North Van is worth and make sure you get a minimum of two bottles. You will come back for more.

Product: French Tom Chardonnay

Winery: Barton & Guestier

Origin: Pays d’Oc, France

Alcohol: 13.5%

Recommended?  Of course!

Price: 12.99-18.99 depending on where you buy it.