Posts tagged ‘Bartier Brothers’

August 31, 2020

Bartier Brothers Chardonnay, 2016

Don and Michael Bartier make good wines (word on the street they may help Saturna make good wines!).  In general, bottle after bottle, vintage after vintage, they have a sincerity and forwardness that is usually very likeable and almost always easy on the pocketbook.  Their Semillon is a smash (if you can get your friends to drink Semillon).  True, we’ve been indifferent to some of the reds, but each year we give some a go and each year we usually find a varietal or blend worth blogging about. And all hail the screw tops for a picnic.

The Chardonnay is good.  It’s gentle, lightly fruity, sips well, makes a very nice lunch accompaniment; top heavy in tropical notes with perhaps a little too much guava/pineapple.  No oak.  Product specialists raved.  It’s probably an ideal if not addictive white for many people, at an exceptional price point.  But it drinks sweet.  It drinks a little too syrupy and without the crisp, lean, sharpness you (or many people) want in a Chardonnay.

Price: You can find it in private stores for around $25.

Market Liquidity: It’s a subjective A but an objective B.

July 7, 2016

La Frenz Merlot, 2013

I am not reviewing the 2015 base model La Frenz Chardonnay.  The price was right ($22) but it was strange, it tasted tweaked, as if tinkered with to achieve a result and not supported to evolve and become an interesting wine.  To call it a huge disappointment is being kind.  And since I’m not prone to reviewing every bottle we drink, and trying not to slag off those BC vineyards I like to support, we skip to the 2013 Merlot, also modestly priced.

La Frenze Merlot 2013

First, it is not the slightly more expensive and more fulfilling Burrowing Owl Merlot, but it is heaps better than the base model Cedar Creek.  It comes on floral, lavender and rose and violet, hefty and off-putting, but it mellows with decanting and an hour or so later has a medium body that is as appealing as a sipper as it is with a gently spiced chicken dinner.


Here’s the thing: Bartier Brothers makes an excellent Merlot, (which I’ve drunk heaps of, never reviewed for no good reason, and is an oft-turned to weeknight red), now widely available at BCL, which is virtually the same price point.  And if you think of these two wines, both local, as apples and apples, BB is on the podium, and La Frenz is simply in the pack.


Price: $26 from the vineyard.


Market Liquidity: It hurts to say it, but it’s two strikes to La Frenz.