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fine wines for the season!

Domaine Bressy-Masson: Rasteau

Côtes du Rhône (from Rasteau) 2011 -- lovely big and juicy fruit throughout, with no cloying sweetness; very good concentration and drinking very well already -- delightful!

Rasteau: Cuvée La Souco d'Or 2010 -- another excellent vintage (low yields however) with very fine flowers & fruit on the nose that follow seamlessly onto the palate.

Rasteau: Cuvée Paul Emile 2010 -- with a higher component of Syrah, this cuvée is always profound and satisfying – vrai Rasteau!

Domaine du Terme: Gigondas

Côtes du Rhône (from Sablet) 2012 -- finely balanced with light spices and fruit -- lovelyl!

Gigondas 2009 --
"Vivid ruby. Spicy, floral-accented aromas of raspberry, sassafras, lavender and allspice are enhanced by a subtle mineral overtone. Lively and precise, offering sweet red berry flavors and a nervy mineral spine. Shows noteworthy energy on the finish, leaving tangy red fruit and spice notes behind. 90-92 points" (Josh Reynolds -- Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar).

Anne Gros et Jean-Paul Tollot

Les Fontanilles 2008 Minervois -- "this is a particularly refined and elegant example of Minervois, with a sense of restrain and finesse, ripe but not over ripe red and black fruit. Tannins are fine grained and firm, neither over nor under-extracted, while the finish lingers on nicely. This is a very fine example." (John Szabo --WineAlign)

Maison Mallard Gaulin

Pinot Noir "Chanceroy" Vieilles Vignes 2011  -- Lovely cherry fruit up front, surprisingly dense on the palate, quite bright and tart structure, excellent but not overwhelming tannis, quite big for the appellation woth wonderful balance of fruit and acidity -- and drinking very well now with even better days to come!

Chablis 2008 -- Lifted bright nose, fresh and light, with delicate steely minerals, excellent balance, lovely controlled citris structure, excellent and  delicate finish with very good length.

L. Vitteaut-Alberti

Rosé Brut -- This is beautifully made crémant, poised, elegant and satisfying – one of our two our best selling wines!

Blanc des Blancs Brut -- “This Crémant certainly deserved its Gold Medal in Paris, … delicately proportioned, powerful, with a concentrated nose where the ripe fruits and the dry fruits dominate, of creamy froth and a very beautiful length.” (Millésimes. No 26e, 2005.) Gold Medal, Concours Agricole, Paris 2005. 3 Stars & Coup de Coeur, Hachette Guide to French Wines, 2003 & 2006.

Chateau du Coing

Château du Coing de St.- Fiacre 2010 — "Le Classique"  -- Very generous nose featuring white flowers excellent balance on the palate with bright citrus finish, with very, very, good length. Gold Medal Nantes 2012; Un Vin Presque Parfait 2012.

Coing de Sèvre 2010 -- The vineyard at Le Coing is extensive and the ‘Coing de Sèvre’ bottling comes from a plot of younger vines (15-25 years) whose wine usually matures early and for that reason is often the first cuvée to be released and tasted. This is her second label but is not a 'second' wine.

Rolly Gassman

Pinot Noir de Rorschwihr 2002 -- As with most RG wines, patience is well rewarded here as this 10 year old Pinot is poised and elegant with a complexity of aromas and flavours that belie one's sense of visual lightness in in the body. With roasted poultry or flavourful fish (think sockeye) it is perfect and cleansing -- supporting without overpowering.

Auxerrois Moenchereben 2008 -- This is a very characterful, off-dry Alsatian white from the rarely seen, auxerrois grape, that seems well suited to the region thanks to its fresh acidity. This has a very intense, ripe nose of guava, melon and honey along with white mushroom earthiness and some straw-like oxidation and sulphury rubber. All of which may not sound appealing, but it comes together so well. It's medium sweet with lively, almost spritzy acidity and a bitter but honeyed finish. Excellent length; amazing fruit presence. 90 (David Lawrason -- WineAlign)

Riesling Reserve Milléseme 2008
-- This is a brilliant riesling - so focused, delicate and vibrant. The nose shows very lifted aromas of petrol, pear, lemon wax and honey, plus hint of evergreen/spearmint that I have always equated to top rieslings. The palate is bracing and pure but not austere, with a hint of sweetness, great acidity, freshness and minerality. Wonderful pear fruit emerges on the finish as well. Excellent to outstanding length. Best now to 2020. 94 (David Lawrason -- WineAlign)

Selling out quickly! 2 fine wines from
Véronique Günther Chéreau @ lcbo/vintages

Gorges 2006
Château De La Gravelle Muscadet Sèvre & Maine
Gold Medal -- Brussels 2012
(lcbo # 656736)

John Szabo MS  - Wine Align
“Amazingly complex and complete is the 2006 Château De La Gravelle Muscadet Sèvre & Maine Gorges ($15.95). Yes you’ve read that correctly: 2006 Muscadet. It’s one of the worst kept secrets in the wine world that Muscadet can age magnificently, especially those from any one of the three relatively new cru designations in the Sèvre et Main appellation. Since 2011, Clisson, Le Pallet and Gorges have been recognized as sub-zones, requiring lower yields and at least 2 years ageing sur lie to qualify for the cru mention. Gorges is defined by a volcanic-derived soil type called gabbro, and produces wines of sturdy structure and pronounced minerality. This is seriously textured and layered wine, with depth and concentration well above the mean, and at six years of age, this is still fresh, though not built on fruit – it’s all about the mineral notes and delicately creamy texture. It would show favourably next to many village level white Burgundies, all for $16.” 

Score 90.  Value Rating: *** Tasted April 2013.

Domaine de la Gravelle 2011
Muscadet Sèvre & Maine sur lie
Gold Medal -- Paris 2012
(lcbo # 322610)

David Lawrason
This is a shockingly low price for a serious Muscadet, that has more depth and complexity than run of the mill peers from the mouth of the Loire River. Expect grapefruit/lemon fruit nicely sewn with briny minerality, hazelnut and herbs. It's flashy yet tight with an interesting salt and pepper spiciness on the finish. Very good to excellent length.
Score 89     Tasted June 2013 

John Szabo MS  - Wine Align

Clean, fresh and surprisingly off-dry, or at least that's the impression one has thanks to unusual ripeness and roundness. Lovely, clean, fruity and stony flavours linger impressively at this price. Another fine value Muscadet.
Score 88.  Value Rating: *** Tasted May 2013.