Archive for the Gold Records Category

Château Philippe-le-Hardi Héloise 2010 Mercurey, Burgundy, France

The Burgundian producer Château Philippe-le-Hardi offers a few variants of Pinot Noir hailing from Mercurey. In general terms Mercurey offers more robust and spicey wines than the vast majority of other Burgundy reds, and the Héloise bottle from Château Philippe-le-Hardi is a great example where that style really shines. I tasted this wine at the Grand Dégustation wine show in Montreal and the winery rep taught me an interesting French phrase for describing firecracker bottles such as these. Read more [...]

Château de Lavernette Beaujolais-Leynes Le Clos 2011

The Château de Lavernette Beaujolais-Leynes Le Clos is a borderline wine. Not that its qualities are hard to judge good or bad, but the Château de Lavernette and hamlet of Leynes and are located at the northern border of Beaujolais, with Burgundy just on the other side of the fence. (Technically Beaujolais is part of Burgundy, but Beaujolais produces seceded from Beaujolais to form their own inter-professional association) The hamlet of Leynes is also bordering on the Saint-Amour cru in Beaujolais. Read more [...]

Domaine Richard Rottiers Moulin-à-Vent Cour Climat Champ de Cour 2010

The namesake and owner of the Domaine Richard Rottiers isn't your typical Beaujolais producer. He has some catchy names for his wines, like his Derniers Souffles (last breath) as it is grown just beside a cemetary. He is not shy about marketing his wine the way some New World producers do. Richard came back to France after making wine in Australia and South Africa – where he was part of the team that vinified wines like Goats-do-Roam. Even if he didn't learn any wine-making there, he at least picked Read more [...]

Charles Bonvin Petite Arvine Noble Cépage 2011, AOC Valais, Switzerland

Gold Record Alert! The 2011 Charles Bonvin Petite Arvine Noble Cépage is step two in my initiation to Swiss wine. With a name like Bonvin (Good wine) I submit that this wine outshines the humble nature of it's founder's name. If you are as uninitiated as I was about Swiss wine, you will be interested to know that the AOC region of Valais, from where this wine comes from is the mountainous region of which the Rhône river originates... then flows into neighbouring France where the famed Rhône Valley Read more [...]

USA Vs. Canada Wine Pitched Battle: Château Saint Jean Reserve and Norman Hardie Chardonnay

Château Saint Jean Reserve Chardonnay 2007, Sonoma, California, United States   Norman Hardie Chardonnay 2009, VQA Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada   Following the highly entertaining and bizarrely officiated Canada v. USA Olympic Women's soccer semifinal, I have pitted highly reputed Chardonnays from both countries against each other in rematch. I promise to be no more biased than the FIFA appointed ref Christina Pederson, and not allow my true patriot love effect my judgement Read more [...]

Meinklang 2010 Grüner Veltliner, Burgenland, Austria

I recently attended a conference where I had the distinct honour of interacting with a full thirty-three percent of Austria's entire community of biodynamic wine producers. His name was Werner.   Mr. Michlits spoke about his Meinklang winery much like a Ph.D student of antiquities would reel off facts about the relationship of science and theology – and he makes one of the best Grüners I have tried in the last couple of years.   Citrus and floral notes sheepishly nudge the Read more [...]
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