Wine Picks <$35 from LCBO Vintages Release May 29 2021

The LCBO Vintages Release May 29 2021 has a number of wines that are not routinely available in many stores. Lots of good value to take advantage of and stock up on!

Sweet Wines

Le Tertre du Lys d’Or Cuvée d’Exception Sauternes 2017    VINTAGES#:  18582 $18.95 Bordeaux, France

You may not find a Sauterne on your LCBO shelf on any given day were you to look for it. So – I take advantage every time they offer one. I double checked the price on this one – entry level Sauternes usually start in the mid $20 range. This one is produced by one of the pioneers of the Bordeaux wine export trade from first growth vineyards . Reviews speak to marmelade, honey, ginger, citrus. 2017 was a bit of a tough year with frost reducing the harvest but wines produced were generally well received. I am certainly willing to take a chance on this one. Even if it is a bit less complex than the standard (no evidence that it is BTW) I have never had a ‘bad’ Sauternes -so I might even stock up! Enjoy with blue cheese, dried apricots, dried mango, nuts, paté.

Sparkling Wines

Nomad Sparkling Firefly 2019   VINTAGES#:  20377 $17.95 Ontario, Canada 90% Cab Franc gives this Rosé some fruitiness and character-notably berry, peach and tropical fruit. This wine is in the medium sweet category so it easy to sip on its own. Great value.

Alberto Nani Vegan Organic Extra Dry Prosecco    VINTAGES#:  632224 $17.95 Italy

Critics are using ‘exceptional, ‘best buy’ ‘rich’ and ‘exotically fruity’ to describe this. I am a fan of Extra Dry Prosecco so I will look forward to the almond, caramel, spiced apple, custard, kiwi and melon notes this wine promises.

Hola! Organic Brut Cava 2018   VINTAGES#:  545848 $17.95 Spain – Cava is always a good bet but this Organic Brut comes from grapes grown at 500-800 meters and harvested at night to retain and showcase freshness and character. 18 months on the lees will add complexity.


Beronia Tempranillo Rosé 2020   VINTAGES#:  323519 $13.95 Rioja, Spain is a food friendly Tempranillo Rosé with tangy red cherry, fresh herbs and gentle tannins. Medium -bodied. So many Rosés are light bodied, easy sippers it is nice to see one substantial enough to stand up to a meal.

Another medium-boded Rosé – enjoy the elegance of Provence Rosés with Mimi en Provence Grande Réserve Rosé 2020  VINTAGES#:  452573 $21.95. Grenache, Ciinsault and Syrah promise ‘bombastic red fruit’ with spices and wild herbs and a touch of tannic structure.

Louis Bernard Côtes du Rhone Rosé 2020   VINTAGES#:  19574 $14.95 Rhône, France is a Grenache dominated blend with cherry and spicy character.

White Wines

Portugal leads the way as often is the case for value. Aveleda Loureiro 2019  VINTAGES#:  646067 $13.95 Douro, Portugal gets a 90 from Roger Voss of Wine Enthusiast. Expect a light and lively, crisp wine with pear and apple notes.

Cave de Ribeauvillé Collection Pinot Gris 2017   VINTAGES#:  390633 $17.95 Alsace, France. Decanter gives this a 90 and Alsace sets the standard for Pinot Gris. Delicate with cut grass and juicy apple and a long finish. Good Value.

Château de la Grange Vieilles Vignes Côtes de Grand Lieu Sur Lie Muscadet 2018   VINTAGES#:  637868 $13.95 Loire, France. I am going to sound like a broken record here. One of my favourite ‘work horse’ wines…this one from 40 year old vines and offers pear, melon, apricot, lemon zest, hint of ginger and a ‘refined mineral backbone’. a hint of spritz ‘adds t the exuberance and charm’. Serve this with any light patio lunch of sip on its own. BTW $13-$15 has been the typical range for Muscadet. It is only of late they are pushing the upper teens so enjoy this solid value! Speaking of ... La Griffe Bernard Chéreau Sur Lie Muscadet Sèvre et Maine 2019  VINTAGES#:  948182 $17.95 Loire, France is also in this release with floral, citrus, apple and marine notes.

You also don’t see Gavi di Gavi in your LCBO any given day so if you are fan check out Fontanafredda Gavi di Gavi 2019   LCBO #366948 $21.95 Piedmont, Italy that gets 91 from James Suckling citing pear, lemon and hints of mango. ‘Medium bodied, creamy and bright’ Sound like some scallops or shrimp are calling my name with this one.

If you are a Chardonnay fan there is Pouilly-Fuissé in this release. Again, not on my LBO shelf on any given day…Domaine Sangouard-Guyot Terroirs Pouilly-Fuissé 2019  VINTAGES#:  637850 $32.95 Burgundy, France showcases Burgundy’s sophistication. 2019 was a climate-challenge year in Burgundy, reducing crop volume but ending up with rich, concentration in the grapes. Expect elegant toasty oak with citrus and orchard notes. Full-bodied and rich.

Or you can enjoy the refinement of Burgundy white for less with Prosper Maufoux Mâcon-Villages 2019   VINTAGES#:  18709 $19.95 Burgundy, France. This one is light and crisp with ripe apricot and pear and subtle minerality.

If you are in the mood for a classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc check out Thatched Hut Sauvignon Blanc 2020    VINTAGES#:  262782 $19.95 Marlborough, New Zealand. Expect the typical grassy, gooseberry and herbal notes with a touch of tropical fruit. Tangy…

Red Wines

Decanter World Wine Awards gives this 95. Tuerce Botas 2016   VINTAGES#:  18594 $24.95 Rioja, Spain, 100% Grenache has ‘very expressive aromas of vibrant crunchy red fruits’ on the nose and palate with depth and a nice core of fruit.

If you are looking for a steak wine consider Linajes 12 Tempranillo Crianza 2014  VINTAGES#:  10688 $19.95 Ribera del Duero, Spain. Wine Enthusiasts gives it a 92 and city blackberry, leather and plum on the nose with oaky berry, spice and chocolate on the palate. Lush with grippy tannins.

Monastrell from Spain is pretty much always a winner and La Tremenda Monastrell 2017 VINTAGES#:  490011 $17.95 Alicante, Spain is no exception. Luis Guttierez or gives it a 92 and describes fresh fruit, rosemary and thyme. Pales is juicy and round.

Château Terre Blanque 2018   VINTAGES#:  18577 $17.95 Blaye Cotes de Bordeau, France an 80/20 Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon blend gets 91 from Decanter World Wine Awards citing violets, dried cherry and dark crunchy fruit in a ‘full-on style’. ‘Rich and palate enveloping’.

Domaine de Fabrègues Le Mas 2016    VINTAGES#:  18792 $18.95 Languedoc, France offers good value. A Grenache, Syrah blend with raspberry, cherry and cured meat notes. Some spice and along finish. Score 90 from Gillian Sciaretta or

Australia gets the value award this release with 5 reds <$20 scoring 90+ .

Thomas Goss Shiraz 2018 VINTAGES#:  927723 $17.95 South Australia, Australia gets 94 from 93 from Sam Kim. appealing beautifully fruited nose with violet, nuts and subtle spice. ‘Wonderfully flavoursome palate’ with a long silky finish.

Wakefield Estate is living up to its reputation with Wakefield Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  VINTAGES#:  744235 $19.95 South Australia, Australia. It ranked in the Top 10 Red Wines under $20 in World Value Wine Challenge 2019. A complex nose with blackberry, plum, mint, chocolate, leather and olives. Palate is rich ‘overflowing with fruit and herbaceous style’ Exceptional. Best Buy. On its heels Wakefield Pinot Noir 2018  VINTAGES#:  197392 $19.95 South Australia, Australia got a Double Gold from China Wine & Spirits Awards 2020. Expect redcurrant, strawberry, black fruit and spice.

Altus Rise Wildlight Shiraz 2018    VINTAGES#:  18411 $19.95 (Margaret River, Western Australia) gets a 94 from Sam Kim. Expect elegant dark fruit, vanilla and nuts on the nose. Palate is concentrated, flavoursome with a long silky finish.

Bleasdale Mulberry Tree Cabernet Sauvignon 2018    VINTAGES#:  661892 $19.95 South Australia, Australia gets 94 from Sam Kim. Dark fruit on the nose with spices and nuts. Succulent fruit on the palate, fine tannins and long splendid finish.

Huentala Sombrero Malbec 2018    VINTAGES#:  17449 $16.95 Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina gets a 92 from James Suckling who cites intense violet with blueberries and cassis on the nose and plush dark berries and fresh tannins on the palate.

Wine Picks <$35 from LCBO Vintages Release May 29 2021

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