WYKwinos Report No. 5

Date/Time: April 29, 2010, 7 p.m.(roughly 3 hours)

Place: Fantaxia Restaurant樂逍遙

1st Bottle LES PRINCES ABBÉS PINOT GRIS 2007  
Varietal: Pinot Gris Winery/Producer: Domaine Schlumberger
Type: White Year: 2007
Cost: $19.95 Region: Alsace, France
Food to pair: XO醬爆雞柳 LCBO #: 21253
Remarks: Delicate flavours of white peach, clementine and spice are shy today, but they sit on a solid framework of nervy acidity. A pleasant fleur de sel note runs through the wine, leading to the mouth watering finish.
2nd Bottle MAISON FRANÇOIS MARTENOT CUVÉE PRESTIGE BOURGOGNE CHARDONNAY 2007  
Varietal: CHARDONNAY Winery/Producer: Raoul Clerget S.A.R.L.
Type: White Year: 2007
Cost: $16.95 Region: Burgundy, France
Food to pair: 金枝桃紅雙仙 LCBO #: 159095
Remarks: Straw yellow. Apples, yellow plum, and a touch of butterscotch on the nose. Dry, medium bodied, pure and approachable on the palate, with a nice crisp finish.
3rd Bottle RÉCOLTE DU DOMAINE VOARICK CLOS PARADIS MERCUREY 1ER CRU 2005  
Varietal: Winery/Producer: Michel Picard
Type: Red Year: 2005
Cost: $21.95 Region: Burgundy, France
Food to pair: 脆皮海皇石榴果 LCBO #: 86603
Remarks: The fruit flavours are well defined and layered, with a sweet core. They’re complemented by a texture that shows good structure and a nice line of refreshing acidity. Not too dense or powerful,
4th Bottle DOMAINE DE LA CROISETTE CÔTES DU RHÔNE  
Varietal: Winery/Producer: Terres d’Avignon
Type: Red Year: 2007
Cost: $13.95 Region: Rhone, France
Food to pair: 干蔥蒜片美極牛柳粒 LCBO #: 155465
Remarks: Winner of a Bronze Medal at the Concours des Vins de la Foire d’Avignon in 2008. Beautiful ripe, spicy fruit here. Blackberry and blueberry on the nose, with anise and lavender spice adding to the charm. The fruit follows through gorgeously on the palate, which is dry, medium bodied and lushly textured.

SCHLUMBERGER LES PRINCES ABBÉS PINOT GRIS 2007

VINTAGES 21253| 750 mL bottle | 13% Alcohol/Vol. | Sugar Content: D | Price: $ 19.95

Made in: Guebwiller Valley, Alsace, France by: Domaine Schlumberger

Release Date: Apr 3, 2010

Tasting Note

Delicate flavours of white peach, clementine and spice are shy today, but they sit on a solid framework of nervy acidity. A pleasant fleur de sel note runs through the wine, leading to the mouth-watering finish. Drink now through 2017. Score – 90. (Alison Napjus, www.winespectator.com, Sept. 30, 2009)

Sweet honeyed peach, delicious apple with a hint of sweetness. (****) OntarioWineReview Vintages Release Guide April 3, 2010

Best served at 12°C

 

MAISON FRANÇOIS MARTENOT CUVÉE PRESTIGE BOURGOGNE CHARDONNAY 2007

VINTAGES 159095 | 750 mL bottle | 12.5% Alcohol/Vol. | Sugar Content: XD | Price: $ 16.95

Made in: Côte d’Or, Burgundy, France by: Raoul Clerget S.A.R.L. | Release Date: Apr 3, 2010

Tasting Note

Straw yellow. Apples, yellow plum, and a touch of butterscotch on the nose. Dry, medium bodied, pure and approachable on the palate, with a nice crisp finish. Very good value. Enjoy with sour cream pork chops, or sautéed chicken breasts with button mushrooms. (VINTAGES panel)

Caramel and baked apple on the nose; vanilla, butter and more apple, nice spice and nice finish. (****½)  OntarioWineReview Vintages Release Guide April 3, 2010

A pale gold, this appealing Chardonnay was aged 30% in new oak barrels with the balance in stainless. It offers a bouquet of aromas—ripe golden pears and apples along with some subtle sweet spice and floral notes. The texture is round and smooth, the acidity delicate and the weight medium. It’s dry and accessible with attractive flavours of ripe tree fruit and a light note of butterscotch. The mid-length finish exhibits a nice balance of fruit and acidity. (Susan Desjardins)

Best served between 12°C and 14°C

RÉCOLTE DU DOMAINE VOARICK CLOS PARADIS MERCUREY 1ER CRU 2005

VINTAGES 86603 | 750 mL bottle | 12.9% Alcohol/Vol. | Sugar Content: XD | Price: $21.95

Made in: Côte Chalonnaise, Burgundy, France by: Michel Picard | Release Date: Apr 3, 2010

Tasting Note

The fruit flavours are well defined and layered, with a sweet core. They’re complemented by a texture that shows good structure and a nice line of refreshing acidity. Not too dense or powerful, it’s stylish and goes well with roast duck or lamb. Score – 4 Stars (out of 5) – Rod Philips

Earthy, black cherry with sweetened black fruit, nice acidity and mild tannins. (****½) – OntarioWineReview Vintages Release Guide April 3, 2010

Best served at 15°C

 

DOMAINE DE LA CROISETTE CÔTES DU RHÔNE 2007

VINTAGES 155465| 750 mL bottle | 14% Alcohol/Vol. | Sugar Content: XD | Price: $ 13.95

Made in: Rhone, France by: Terres d’Avignon | Release Date: Apr 3, 2010

Tasting Note

Winner of a Bronze Medal at the Concours des Vins de la Foire d’Avignon in 2008. Beautiful ripe, spicy fruit here. Blackberry and blueberry on the nose, with anise and lavender spice adding to the charm. The fruit follows through gorgeously on the palate, which is dry, medium bodied and lushly textured. A lovely wine to match with roast beef and porcini mushrooms, or homemade pizza with fresh garden herbs. (VINTAGES panel, Aug. 2009)

Violets and sweet red fruit like raspberry and cherry on the nose; the fruit continues in the mouth very sweet and very red with chocolate-cherries staking out some real estate in the mouth. Really tasty, supple and delicious; all at a great price. (*****) OntarioWineReview Vintages Release Guide April 3, 2010

A dense red, this blend of Grenache and Syrah displays enticing aromas of spicy ripe red and black berries along with a light floral note. On the palate, it’s medium-full bodied and delivers a stream of luscious sweet juicy berry fruit garnished with herbes de provence. The wine is dry and has some tangy acidity that flows through on the finish, with more of those lush fruit flavours. Full-flavoured meats or grilled vegetables with herbs would be a good match. A good value! (Susan Desjardins)

Best served between 15°C and 16°C

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