Tag Archives: French wine

Weekly Wine – Dauphins

24 May

Cellier Des Dauphins Carte Noire Cdr AOC
2013
France
750ml
13% ABV
$10.00 (LCBO)

This is nice.
The first taste is like whoa! It ain’t right. You are expecting something different. Something worse.
But here it is – French wine that is exactly ten bucks Canadian and the label looks like it cots way more.
And it tastes real nice.
It looks good in a glass – in a crystal wine glass or in the kids glass that I use that has a picture of a lion on it. The colour is a nice maroon deep red.
The flavour is bold with berries and a bit of spice that is hard to pin down. That little bit of spice that makes living so nice. It is a fine wine – in fact one of the better ones that I’ve had in these reviews. It is a 2013 vintage so that actually makes it fairly well aged for the wines in this lowdown category. Wines under ten bucks tend to be a year old. This one has nearly four years behind it.
Is it a lost wine from the mythical French wine lake that is being sold of cheaply in the new world? If so they can get more than a simple sawbuck for this wine.
Get this wine before it is gone.

Weekly Wine – Dalbray

3 May

Christophe Dalbray
Year: N/A
France
750ml
13% ABV
$8.95 (Quebec gas station)

At first I thought – not bad.
Interesting even.
Could I have bought a half decent bottle of wine at a Quebec gas station for under ten bucks?
I’ve never had that luck before – could it have finally happened.
Not quite.
The immediate flavour of the first taste is deceptive. The flavour, while not revolting, is sour and fruity. While the wine is dry, the fruitiness is quite pronounced and gives it a sweet flavour ambiance. I have to note that the fruit flavour that comes from within this wine is not of wholesome organic fruits from some sun-drenched meadow handpicked by vegan farmers. The fruitiness is the kind you get in an artificial fruit drink – a generic chemically enhanced fruit flavour. So … combined with the sourness you get a kind of wine based sour key think. Tolerable – but just barely.
No, I have yet to find a passable wine at a Quebec gas station for under ten bucks.

 

Weekly Wine – Orange Rosé

21 Sep

0921lorroseL’Orangeraie Rose Vin de Pays d’Oc
2015
France
750ml
12.5% ABV
$9.85 (LCBO)

This is a very nice sharp wine.
I was expecting a bit more of a sweet experience- but this is a very nicely blended and tempered wine.
It is a mix of four grape types – syrah (shiraz), grenache, merlot and cinsault. I’m familiar with the first three, but am drawing a blank on the last one. The last one, cinsault, makes up 50 per cent of the grapes used in this wine and it is a new one for me. I’m tempted to go to Wikipedia and search for this wine but it is late and this wine is quite good.
Here’s the link – I haven’t read it.
This wine is quite a delight – even as it warms up to room temperature. (It is quite warm in my writing den at the moment) There is a bit of acidity – but not too much. There are subtle flavours that dance around the palate but do not dominate. If needed, I could concentrate and determine what fruits and other flavours this wine hints at.
But that would be work.
This is a wine for enjoyment.
And I will enjoy it now.

Weekly Wine –L’Epayrie

1 Jun

lepBlancL’Epayrie Blanc
Year: N/A
France
1000ml
11% ABV
$9.45 (LCBO)

I had a bit of an adventure with this wine.
The first bottle I bought froze.
It was cold that evening and we left it outside or a tad too long. There were four of us playing Settlers of Catan at a cottage and after sampling it a bit we switched to other wine.
The wine was not bad but we felt that it was not at its prime after being frozen.
Opening a chilled, not frozen, bottle of this wine I was perplexed to find that I rather preferred the post frozen variant of the wine. My wife concurred.
The wine is not bad but it is sour and acidic. It is a little bit nasty and not really pleasant to drink.
It is quite cheap as it is under ten bucks for a full litre of this hootch.
You can better white wine for the same price as this, and that is what I would recommend.

Weekly Wine – La Croix

6 Apr

La Croix D’Azur Savignon Blanc
2011
France
750ml
11.5% ABV
$10.00 (LCBO)

This wine cost ten dollars. Right on the nose. I set out to review wines that cost under ten dollars. So this wine sets up a quandary for me.
To review or not to review?
This calls for some wine to ponder this dilemma.
Luckily this wine is quite excellent. It is very nice and light. There are some nice fruit flavours in the mix – I can kind of taste some apple and lemon if I really strain my senses.
It is a bit acidic, but I do not have a problem with that. The acidity actually reminds me of lemon rind that you get with cocktail drinks – not everybody’s cup of tea but I kind of like it.
It is a nice wine, but did the makers, did the LCBO, really need that extra penny, (or nickel – Canada does not have pennies officially), that makes this wine seemingly ineligible to be considered a sub-ten dollar wine?
With the Canadian dollar trading poorly – I’ll include this in my listings – plus it is a nice wine.

 

 

Weekly Wine – Kressmann

6 Jan

SONY DSCKressmann Selection Merlot
2014
France
750ml
12.5% ABV
$8.95 (LCBO)

The first sip of this wine puts a little grimace on the lips. Some might take it as a smile – suggesting that you are enjoying this wine.
But no.
The wine is dry, acidic and has a distinctive sulphite aftertaste.
With subsequent tastes the sensation remains and I get confused as to how to rate this wine. It ain’t bad but it ain’t good.
This wine used to be a staple at weddings, funerals, and other such events. It is a very standard table wine. And it’s French so it has some cache.
But there are better French wines at or near this price point. Not to mention Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, or other “new world” wines. In France, in Parisian shops, there are much better wines for about half the price. (And they say Paris is expensive…)
The more I drink this wine the harder it goes down. I think about the weddings and functions I was at and had this wine in my very, very youthful era. I enjoyed it then because it was free and plentiful. Time has moved on and this wine feels nostalgic and old – it is harsh and uninteresting.
What a pity.

Weekly Wine – Saint Pierre

4 Nov

SONY DSCMommessin Cuvee St Pierre Rouge
Year-N/A
France
750ml
12.5% ABV
$7.95 (LCBO)

This wine proves the fact that not all French wines are good. Not good?
Well, the first sips were eye opening. There is a harsh acidic attack on the palate. Some munchies helped but not completely. The assault continued and the toung got a bit used to the taste – but not completely.
This reminded me of some wines I was served many years ago at various wedings. These were harsh wines but as they were free and on the table, one drank them. And then searched for more.
There is better French wine. Perhaps not in Canada at this price point, but one can get a fairly decent bottle of French plonk in downtown Paris for two or three Euros.
This is not one of them.
The signs should have been obvious – there is no date of production and there is no indication of which grape was used.