Wine Picks <$35 from LCBO Vintages Release July 25th, 2020

The feature for the LCBO Vintages Release July 25th, 2020 is European food friendly wines. If you are of a mind to expand your palate there are some interesting offerings to be sure.

If you try any of these please leave a comment and let everyone know what you thought of it.  Feel free to share recommendations or comments on any other wines you have tried as well!

Sweet Wine

Here is a chance to experience a Grand Cru Classé without breaking the bank. What a treat! Note it is a 375 ml bottle but a little Sauternes goes a long way! Serve this with the richest paté and blue cheese you can source or an after dinner tray of chocolate, dried figs and apricots and salty nuts. Roger Voss of Wine Enthusiast gave this a 95. ‘Nuff said!

Château Lamothe-Guignard 2014 375 mL  bottle   |   VINTAGES#:  12175 $27.95 Bordeaux, France


Lots of French rosés on offer this release. If you enjoy your rosés dry, with restrained fruit and an underlying seam of minerality – you’re in luck!

Mimi en Provence Grande Réserve Rosé 2019    VINTAGES#:  452573 $21.95 Provence, France

This is a perennial favourite wine! I gave the 2018 a 90 score last year and described it as ‘elegance in a glass’. Expect restrained red fruit and silky, silky palate. Enjoy on its own or pair with salmon.

Routas Rouvière Rosé Reserve 2019, Vintages # 739128 $18.95 Provence, France

Expect a somewhat fruity character here with apple, peach and underly stone and flint. Bright and dry.

Famille Perrin Tavel 2019    VINTAGES#:  680801 $19.95 Rhône, France AOC Tavel only produces rosé wines and Famille Perrin is renown for producing dry, rich rosés. Medium bodied with 13.5% alcohol declared, this is a substantial wine.

White Wine

Submission Cabernet Sauvignon 2017   VINTAGES#:  628230 $19.95 California, USA

If you are in the mood for a rich, creamy, vanilla California style wine you are in luck here. Underlying minerality gives it some freshness.

Leyda Garuma Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2018   VINTAGES#:  99309 $16.95 Leyda Valley, Chile

I have had the pleasure of tasting some Leyda Valley Sauvignon Blancs that you would be hard pressed to pick out of a line up of premium New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs. This one is receiving high praise from critics for its herbal and spicy aromas, citrus and saline. Crisp with ‘electric acidity’. Good value.

There are 2 good value Loire offerings. Domaine du Pré Baron Sauvignon Blanc Touraine 2018   VINTAGES#:  107128 $18.95 got a Gold at the Concours GénéralParis, 2019. While not as prestigious as Sancerre it offers good value with concentrated gooseberry and lime, grassy minerality.

Domaine La Haute Févrie Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie 2018   VINTAGES#:  390625 $16.95 Loire, France. This Melon Blanc comes from vines 35+ years old and leans to the apple, citrus, mineral profile. I call this the workhorse of white wine-fresh, crisp, clean and a wonderful accompaniment to seafood or salads or poultry.

Red Wine

El Enemigo Bonarda 2016 VINTAGES#:  15120 $24.95 Mendoza, Argentina

Bonarda is my new-found best friend in wine….And this offering from premium winery El Enemigo from old vines, described as chewy and rich, solid and smoky got a 92 score from James Suckling. I would expect a substantial wine that would pair beautifully with a classic steak. Enjoy now or hold 3-5 years.

Cellier des Dauphins Réserve 2018  VINTAGES#:  14081 $16.95 Rhône, France

Cellier des Dauphins is a staple in the Quebec Dépanneur market. Decanter scored this a 97 in the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards, describing garrigue,spices and forest floor. Vanilla and oak on an herbal palate with good finish. Sounds like an approachable solid sipper to me.

Château de Nages JT 2016    VINTAGES#:  736876 $26.95 Rhône, France got a 92 from Jeb Dunnuck who describes it as flamboyant with pepper, game and loads of blue fruit. Outstanding balance and a ‘seriously good Syrah’ that would be twice the price from the Rhone or California. Count me in on this one!

Cantine due Palme Ettamiano Primitivo 2018   VINTAGES#:  434373 $19.95 Puglia, Italy. Vintage panel describe this as intense and structured with black fruit and plum, dried fruit and smoke. Think salami, spicy pasta, steak.

Monasterio de las Viñas Reserva Garnacha/Tempranillo/Cariñena 2014 VINTAGES#  166579 $14.95 Cariñena, Spain. Michael Godel of com gave this an 88 but called it one of Spain’s hidden secrets. A sturdy, crunchy blend that you could enjoy now but will probably benefit from 3-5 years cellaring as well. At this price you can afford to buy a few and watch it evolve.

Cellar Selection

Château Magnol 2016 Vintages# 384271 $27.95. This is a Cru Bourgeois promising spicy oak and earthy nuances. James Suckling gave it a 91 saying it is silky with poise and charm. Drink from 2022-2027.

Wine Picks <$35 from LCBO Vintages Release July 25th, 2020

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