Category: France: Rhone

  • Domaine Grand Nicolet Les Esqueyrons Rasteau, 2016

    Screw you Jeb Dunnuck.  Honestly, 94 points with a “thrillingly concentrated vibe on the palate.”  Can I tell you what the vibe is?  It’s fortified wine.  This bottle (lovely, yes, silky, smooth as fabric softener, heady and toxic) is 16.5% alcohol.  This is a silent derringer.  It’s a killer.  A silent effing killer.  And all […]

  • Domaine Brusset Gigondas Les Hauts de Montmirail, 2010

    From the cellar: 2010?  Well, first of all, here’s a forgotten bottle.  It happens.  Purchased 2012!  Obama was President!  Survivor was in Samoa! We fully expected this to be past; it was novelty only, zero expectations.  And with zero expectations we were pleasantly rewarded.  Gobs of fruit, mixed berry compote, almond, a zingy, fruity, chewy […]

  • Halos de Jupiter Châteauneuf-du-Pape, 2014

    We posted last year on the “mid-range” Jupiter and how much we loved it.  Although harder and harder to find. BC Liquor recently took $12 off the Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2016.  Of course it was virtually impossible to find and if you found it guess what? It was the 2014.  We’ve posted on this before (the dates […]

  • Alain Jaume Clos de Sixte Lirac Rouge, 2016 (& Alain Jaume Vacqueyras “Grand Garrigue” 2018)

    Good golly is the Lirac a wow.  A big fat bottle of satisfaction. Before we get into it, oh why not get into it: the Lambert cherry that reminds me of the canned cherries from our yard my mum served on ice cream in the 1970s, gobs of juice and melt in the mouth, the […]

  • Le Vieux Donjon, 2017, Painted Rock Red Icon, 2017

    With Christmas gift certificates in hand we decided to drink like the other half (or at least the one-percenters) for, you know, as long as the gift certificates held out. They held out for two bottles.  Thank you Government of BC. For starters we drank what Decanter called the Canadian red wine of the year […]

  • Mas de Boislauzon, Côtes du Rhône Villages, 2016

    15.6 percent alcohol.  I repeat, 15.6%.  That is, quite frankly, an assault.  I lay harassment charges. Decanter called this “intensely concentrated” and impressive for a Villages.  So, yes, it is that and then some.  It is deeply, deeply concentrated.  It looks twice as dark as Ribena and has the weight of, I don’t know, somewhere […]

  • Domaine de Ferrand Cotes-de-Rhone “Cuvee Antique”, 2018

    The other night we were supporting our local bistro, Les Faux, when I noticed on the chalkboard they were featuring the Ferrand Chateauneuf-du-Pape.  At $130 a bottle.  We opted for a more basic Cotes-du-Rhone.  And, when the Ferrand release came into Marquis earlier this year, we did the same. The “antique” is about as base […]

  • Saint-Damien Plan de Dieu Côtes-du-Rhône Villages, 2018

    It might be a CDR villages, but it’s old vines CDR villages, and it shows.  Big time.   A spectacular “common” red.  To find a wine in BC around $30 that has this much finesse without dripping in oak or insipidly acidic, is a treat.  Amen to Côtes-du-Rhône.  Grenache and Mourvèdre get married, the former […]

  • Cote du Rhone Halos de Jupiter, Vacqueyras

    This is a Grenache Syrah blend that is a slam dunk.  Just wow and wow and wonderful.   BC Liquor sells the entry level Cotes du Rhone; it’s fine in its own way, I recommend it on a wine list because for $40 something you can have a decent bottle of red with dinner out […]

  • Domaine Ollier Taillefer Faugeres, 2015 and Chapoutier Les Meysonniers, Crozes Hermitage, 2016

    We’ve been drinking a lot of “hot review” wines lately and coming up short.  Two today for example.   Both these wines are 90 pointsters and neither lived up to our anticipated hype.  The Faugeres had no breadth, it’s decent, palatable, mildly interesting; herby, wet earth, dry. The tannins simply clashed outright with a simple […]