LCBO Vintages release – April 29, 2017 (WVN 261)

This week we almost had another first – that is, following the first ever two run don’t walks-in-one-release achieved in the last issue, WVN 260. This time we were closing in on the first ever all-France WVN value list, except for a strong closing finish from team Spain.

All round, this is a great value selection. See more below…

France, Alsace – AOC Alsace Domaine Allimant-Laugner Riesling 2014

This wine displays what I associate with the whites of Alsace: texture.  This is an aromatic dry white with assertive citrus, pear and honey aromas and flavours, a fleshy mouth feel with firm minerals on a long finish. This wine will be a good sipper during the summer.

Dry, white wine – $18.95 per bottle

France, Beaujolais – AOC Fleurie Domaine des Houdières 2015

Fleurie is one of the 10 Crus of the Beaujolais region of Burgundy; this means we have a wine that has structure and character well-above what we find with run-of-the-mill Beaujolais or Beaujolais-Villages wines. As with all reds from Beaujolais, Houdières is made with the Gamay grape and it has ripe red cherry fruit, bright, crisp acid, lean tannins and a soft, velvety texture. The overall effect is harmonious and fresh.  Serve chilled. This is a great value for a Beaujolais Cru!

Extra dry, red wine – $16.95 per bottle

France, Bordeaux – AOC Médoc Cru Bourgeois Château La Gorce 2011

Don’t be put off by the Cru Bourgeois designation of this wine.  For me, Médoc wines with this moniker are ones to seek for the value-buyer.  These wines are not classified on a permanent basis but rather are designated annually following assessment by a formal tasting panel.  In most instances the wines are made to standards similar to those of the 1855 Classified Growths, dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, with minimal new oak treatment.  This wine is ripe with blackcurrant fruit, spice, earth notes, medium-full body, juicy acid and firm tannins.  Serve with roasted red meats.

Extra dry, red wine $ 22.95 per bottle

France, Southern Rhône – AOC Côtes du Rhône Vidal-Fleury 2013

This wine was a winner at the 2016 Decanter World Wine Awards where it was recognized as a Platinum Best Value Wine Under £10. This negoçiant delight delivers what one wants in an everyday Côtes du Rhône red: fresh red fruit, crisp acid, medium body and supple texture.  This is a crowd-pleaser that will benefit from 20 minutes in the fridge before serving.  Buy lots – this is an exceptional value.

Extra dry, red wine – $15.95 per bottle

Spain, Ribera del Duero – DO Ribera del Duero Torres Celeste Crianza 2012

Ribera del Duero is a small zone in the north of Spain.  The elevation is high and the temperatures can be extreme, both winter and summer.  Made with a local variant of Tempranillo, Tinto Fino, this wine is a fine, fruit forward delight with bright fruit, zesty acid, tannins that add structure and with modest oak treatment. There is a red berry-cherry fruit, earth tones, medium body and a long finish.  This is a delightful wine and it will sell quickly.

Extra dry, red wine – $20.95 per bottle

 à bientôt…

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