Category: France: Loire

  • Jean-Maurice Raffault Chinon, 2015

    From the cellar: Ah yes I remember it well (said Maurice Chevalier in Gigi for anyone under 102).  This gorgeous wine straddles the fence of sticky, crushed blackberries, inky on the fingers after picking, with cleaning the stalls at the racetrack.  There is a deep, dark, currant and savoury streak crossed with the barnyard, undeniable […]

  • Domaine FL Le Parc, Savennieres, 2015

    Pure and unadulterated. Decanter got it right, “best in show” like the title pooch at Westminster.  It drinks so precious you might feel a Faberge egg is being scrambled.  Striking on first taste, a short tropical note of coconut, some serious acidity, grapefruit pith, and a finish, extremely restrained, of melon.  Jackie O in a […]

  • 2020 Wine of the Year: Domaine Huet Le Haut-Lieu Sec Vouvray, 2015

    From the cellar: Hands down the best wine we drank in 2020.  Wow.  Words simply aren’t necessary. As a tradition, we open a bottle of Vouvray sometime in December, celebratory style.  Usually it’s a demi-sec, and more often than not it’s Huet.  The Wine Advocate gave this 2015 a comfortable 93 points, and in some […]

  • Jean-Maurice Raffault Chinon, 2015

    From the cellar: The 2017 can be found around town, so I’m guessing we’ve had this kicking around for a couple of years.  Surprisingly, there aren’t a lot of posts for Chinon on the blog.  Not sure why, we gravitate towards the leather, gamey top notes of a decent Cab Franc, and this doesn’t disappoint.  […]

  • Domaine Huet Vouvray, Clos du Bourg, 2015

    Where to start?  How about magnificent?  How about exceptional?  How about demonstrably brilliant?   Huet is expensive, it’s a splurge for us, but every year Marquis on Davie gets a truckload and we pick up a few for the cellar.  We drank this too soon.  We couldn’t resist.  Yet it didn’t disappoint, not one iota. […]

  • Savennieres Chateau de Varenees, 2016

    What an exceptional varietal.  You never know with Chenin.  Witness Vouvray.  The Huet socked away in the cellar.  And South Africa, so much to revel in.  But, alas, not so much this sere and abrasive assertive white.   Austere.  Could have been crafted by the Amish.  Simply too dry for our taste.  Really not that […]

  • Domaine Franck Millet, Sancerre Rouge, 2016

    The white is available at a much higher price in private stores and, generally, if you live in BC and are looking at Sancerre you are looking at whites.  So, let’s start with praising BCL for having a lovely red Sancerre, at a price point under $30 (although just), and giving pause to the much […]

  • Domaine Huet Le Mont Demi-Sec Vouvray, 2015

    So a day or two ago we wrote about being let down by Champagne.  Which, to be honest, wasn’t fair to Champagne, it was more about the cost penalties of living in and buying wine in BC.  Most decent Champagnes in BC retail before taxes at around the $60 mark.  But here’s the rub: If […]

  • Domaine du Bouchot, Pascale Kerbiquet Pouilly Fume 2014

    Refined summer sipper, elegant dinner aperitif.  What did Hugh Johnson say about PF?  Something like “consistently disappointing.”  I guess, however, it depends on your view.  There is kumquat, orange rind, grapefruit pith, so the bouquet and finish combine from sour to stinging.  But the gobs of unctuous citris provide a long, round finish with a […]

  • Cuvée Domaine du Bouchot, Pouilly-Fumé, 2014

    The most balanced, exquisite and nuanced Sauvignon Blanc I’ve drunk in years. Astonishingly pleasurable; no hard herby knocks or jolting hay, clean and smooth like a manicured field, bare hints of the barnyard, much more mineral than grass, stone and flint without the acid, pure satisfaction. Could not, however, stand up to a well-spiced dinner […]