Archive for the Europe Category

Mas Igneus Barranc Del Closos White 2011, Catalonia, Spain

I find wines from off the beaten path intriguing. The Mas Igneus Berranc Del Closis White is a Priorat, which is not by itself off the beaten path – it is the fact that it is a white Priorat. According to the Priorat DOCG website, ( ) only six percent of grape production is for white wine grapes. My feeling is that in terms of export wines, the number is even lower than that six percent. Here in Quebec, our monopoly currently lists 48 Priorats, and only one Read more [...]

2011 Kavaklidere Lal Rosé, Turkey

There is something about the 2011 Kavaklidere Lal rosé from Turkey. With all the talk about natural wines, this wine seemed wild. Gracefully wild, but wild none the less. Born of a grape that isn't harvested anywhere but in Turkey, Çalkaras?, this rosé has a colour that reminds me of the flesh wild trout my dad would infrequently catch back when fish swam in the wild. The pink was so vibrant – this rosé brought me way back.   On the Nose: the Kavaklidere Lal rosé leads with fruit, Read more [...]

2006 Rocca delle Macie Chianti Classico Reserva, Toscana, Italy

I am happy to be presenting the 2006 Rocca delle Macie Chianti Classico Reserva. All too often wines that are available to me, may not be available to every reader that drops by the website. That is a healthy thing in terms of wine diversity, but an obstacle in sharing a common bond with readers. The Rocca delle Macie Chianti Classico Reserva is a wine that is available in many markets and is worth writing about. I have a long standing appreciation for Chiantis. When done right they are a marriage Read more [...]

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 Vaurenard Beaujolais Supérieur 2007, 2006, Beaujolais, France

Ghislain de Longevialle is a passionate man when it comes to making cellar worthy wines. His Château de Vaurenard Beaujolais Supérieur wines may come from more the humble AOC Beaujolais, and not a coveted Cru, but they are built to age for up to twenty years. The use of Supérieur on a non Cru wine is a rare approach, but the qualifications for the designation are important parts in giving his wine that longevity. He ages his wine in huge wooden casks for as long as several years to “incubate” Read more [...]

Maison Coquard Rosé 2011, Beaujolais, France

Not all Beaujolais Gamays are red wine. A small percentage of the Gamay harvest does get turned into rosés. The Maison Coquard Rosé is one of those wines trying to elbow its way onto the shelves a wine store near you. The Maison Coquard is relatively new négotiant based in Beaujolais and have an interesting labeling strategy. Each one of their labels is adorned with an artist's rendition of a house (or maison en français) stylized to represent the character of the wine. From a marketing guy Read more [...]
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