Category: France: Burgundy

  • Chateau de Laborde Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Beaune En Cuillery, 2016

    Have you ever read a professional review where they say the wine has “tension”?  That’s this red.   We wanted to jump up and down: A red from Volnay under $50 in BC?  Shurely shome mishtake?   For us, it didn’t shine.  It was good Pinot.  The “delicate violet flower” was too delicate to last; […]

  • Domaine Henri Darnat “La Jumilie” Chardonnay, 2016

    So in BC to score a wine bottled in Meursault (bottled in Meursault, not Meursault!) at around $30 is something of a coup.   We loved this bottle with its brazen minerality and stony finish.  Sharp, crisp, elegant.  Stone fruits, dry, not an ounce of residual sugar.  But it wouldn’t impress.  The Burgundy crowd would […]

  • Mâcon-Lugny Bouchard Père et Fils Saint-Pierre, 2015

    Quintessentially prix fixe lunch “table wine included” French white.  No home run, no strike out, more of a walk. Apple, quince, gun barrel dry, sharp, piquant, a most palatable foil to cheese sauce or rich vegetarian, although it held up less with chicken.   A pale (as in slight) Chardonnay, as Chards go, but an […]

  • Olivier LeFlaive Volnay, 2011

    Olivier LeFlaive can solve the Mideast peace process.  Can’t he?  I mean the balance, the delirious silky smoothness of this red, who couldn’t be won over?  Who couldn’t compromise?  And when I say compromise, I’m fully aware that no one is out searching for a 2011 Burgundy, certainly not a Pinot, no one is out […]

  • Roger Lassarat Terroir de Vergisson Pouilly-Fuissé, 2014

    A flawless Fuissé.  And not written to just play with alliteration.   There is a deep and sinful richness, think cream soda without the sweet, an exceptional balance, an astonishing balance, a mouth-watering and ethereal stone fruit on the palate, with a lingering butterscotch on the finish.  The oak is nigh undetectable.  Oh to find […]

  • Les Faverelles Bourgogne Vezelay, 2014 & Tenuta di Castellaro Pomice de Bianco, 2013

    Two sensational examples of terroir. Each so different it’s like two different languages. Wait, that’s exactly it. Yes, terroir as a vino descriptor is overused, but sometimes wine is so evocative of a place that it’s dumbfounding. The Vezelay is light as a feather, apple, crab-apple, pear, brimming with a fruity juicy freshness, it seems […]

  • Blasons de Bourgogne Brut Réserve & Jansz Tasmania, Méthode Tasmanoise

    Vancouver magazine publishes a list of the best wines in BC by a panel of experts. Or so the copy reads. It’s a give-away at liquor stores and the wines are all selected based on general availability so the weight, in my mind, is more advertorial and promo, a la the LCBO Food & Drink, […]

  • Domaine Paul Croses Cotes de Nuits Villages, 2011

    A colossal fruit bomb. I don’t know why we’ve been drinking Pinot lately like it’s going out of style, but we have, and this did certainly not disappoint. For less than $20 US the ruby red, light as a feather, fruit punch of this delectable Burgundy was a real wow. Even though it drinks delicate, […]

  • Sebastien Dampt Chablis “Côte de Léchet” Premier Cru, 2013

    I couldn’t appreciate this wine.  And if the predilection, the swooning we do on this blog over 1er cru Chablis is anything to go by, it pains me to even write that.  But it’s true.   Hugh Johnson highly recommends the Léchet Jancis Robinson lists Dampt as a recommended producer and the Léchet as a […]

  • Domaine EARL George Vieilles Vignes Chablis, 2011

    More stone than stone fruit, very flinty, super-acidic, without much butter compensation even as it warms. A refreshing 12.5% alcohol with a light tart finish.   Price: Gifted.   Market Liquidity: An authentic and intriguing Chablis.  But not stellar.