Jen Sarpe

February 29, 2020 - Joncuas Domaine de la Garanciere Seguret 'Blanc' 2016

In my glass the Seguret blanc shows as a pale lemon hue with slight effervescent but dissipated quickly after a good swirl.  Striking aromas of delicate honey, cream, flaky pastry, ripe nectarine, white blossom, honeysuckle, and a tropical note of honeydew melon. It smells as thought it could be sweet, but in fact this wine is dry. The weighty body and a creamy texture suggests food is definitely a good idea. Honeyed notes makes this so approachable for a variety of foods. Starting with a cheese board of delicious soft cheeses, more so, a Chateau de Bourgogne which is a triple-cream soft cheese! The Seguret blanc will also work with other dairy items like slightly tangy crème fraiche. The notes of flaky pastry & honey would absolutely be perfect with a savory pie, with some earthy mushrooms, or buttery lobster with garlic sauce, such a food friendly wine! I could just keep dreaming about all the food that would pair with this gorgeous wine! I would suggest that you drink now, and not cellar this as it already has a great expression and will not develop further.

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February 15, 2020 - Domaine Yannick Amirault La Coudraye 2017

This is a good wine but meant to be drunk now. My sample had slight permeation of wine to the cork causing a slight disintegration. Be careful that it doesn’t come apart when opening your bottle. This didn’t seem to have any noticeable negative effects to the wine. The colour is very concentrated with a beautiful velvety ruby hue. The nose opened with a medium intensity of fresh blackberries, ripe strawberry, along with macerated black plum. Moving into a baking spice sort of profile with notes of Cassis, black licorice & vanilla. There it ended with a touch of brioche and delicate tomato leaf. When assessing the palate, I found this wine to have a ‘medium-ness’ quality all around. Meaning, acidity, body, alcohol, and flavour intensity were all there but nothing to really write home about. This is both a blessing and a challenge since this wine does not overly show as outstanding, but it also means that it is a crowd pleaser. The concentration of the palate was good with a redder fruit profile noting fresh strawberry, cranberry, & tomato leaf. Which would pair well with a variety of food, such as soft cheese, and vegetarian dishes. 

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January 18, 2020 - Stephane Roussett Crozes-Hermitage 2016

I would like to take a minor moment to really express my excitement of this next wine! As I took my initial first sniff of the opaque blushy ruby liquid in my glass, I could not help myself but utter the words, ‘Oh wow’! A powerful juicy aroma of macerated blackberries & raspberries smashed my olfactory sense along with this amazing violet floral character. On the 2nd sniff, it further revealed freshly cracked white pepper & a stoney minerality, along with sweet hay & vanilla notes. After some development in my glass clean leather notes started to appear as well. A great brightness & concentration of fruit on the palate. More white pepper, blackberry, & violets showed themselves, while introducing some toast & a smoked meat character on the exhale. Velvety tannins and a long finish, making it memorable over the course of dinner, & years down the road. Hard to believe this is a 2016 vintage with how fresh it drinks. This wine will age well for another 5 – 10 years! If you can wait that long! Pair this with a good book & a fireplace. Or if you’re having dinner, perhaps red meats like roast beef, or a peppercorn & rosemary prime rib. Wild boar salami, or even duck, this wine is great with  gamey meats too! 

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January 4, 2020 - Karthäuserhof Riesling Alte Reben Spätlese Trocken 2015

A slight effervescence in the glass and punchy aromas of sweet honey, lemon drop, nectarine, and white peach. Sweet baking spice notes of ginger & vanilla, followed by a garden of white and orange blossoms, and if you search for it, there is a slight petrol note. Though it’s overshadowed by the notable concentration of florality and ripe fruitiness. Once you’ve decided on the length of which you would like to loiter on this gorgeous nose. You should move on to the taste. It is softer than expected, not a zippy acidity, more of a mouthwatering juicey acidity. Don’t be mistaken, this wine is dry! Yet the ripe orange and granny smith apple, again some honeyed notes along with ginger & vanilla gives the perception some sweetness. It sounds as though the winemaker was making an apple pie, in which it would pair great with! The classic Thai Curry would be a spicy mouthwatering delight along with this Riesling as well. Though if you find yourself at a charcutier board, scout out the goat cheese & apricot jam or the ripe blue cheese.

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December 28, 2019 - Clos Siguiers Cahors 2016

It started with a dark ruby almost a blue-ish hue. It is this Malbec that takes me to Cahors just on the aromas alone. The nose is interesting and complex with lots of dark fruit. Blueberry, blackberry, and mature black plum that has been stewed in grandma’s kitchen. You can smell the heavy wooden door and the stones in the wall as you walk into the room, steam billows from the pot she cooks from. A warm cup of earl grey tea next to her. This is the image of what this wine smells of... When sipped the mouth was engulfed with soft silky tannins and a moderate acidity that lifted the fruit to a redder profile. One of red cherry, red plum, still along side the black plum, dried fig, & some pepper. This would be wonderful next to roast beef, handcrafted garlic sausage, or something with pepper, ripe soft cheese or a hard-salty Pecorino. Be bold with your flavours, because this wine can stand its ground!

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December 21, 2019 - Domaine Giraudon Bourgogne Chitry 2018

The colour, a vibrant youthful ruby. The bottle opened with a brief introduction of sour cherry & cranberry. Later developing in the glass to reveal ripe raspberry, macerated black berries, soft saddle leather, and the baking spice nutmeg. The slight wet-leaf typical of a Burgundian pinot noir sat in the backseat as the fruit took to centre stage, with cranberry being the most prevalent during the finish. This would be a good wine with dinner as the crisp acidity & the low slightly green tannins would play well with poultry, pork, or pasta. A brief decanting would do well for this wine before consumption, as it needs time to open and round out some of the tart red fruit. 

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December 14, 2019 - Olga Raffault Chinon 2017

A sense of modern & traditional techniques in this elegant and complex vintage. A special knowledge only capable of being passed through 5 generations of hard work is relevant here in the Chinon Appellation. This 100% Cabernet Franc shows a medium plus intensity of red fruit such as cherries, red plum, with some black berry. A toasty note, with minerality, & earth. A bright acidity of sour cherry, blackberry, sage, & earth along with a medium fine tannin structure makes for a wonderful pairing of poultry, hard cheeses, & charcuterie. 

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December 7, 2019 - Domain du Cros, Lo Sang de Pais 2017

Situated in South West France, and just north of the small city Rodez you will find the less trodden yet historic Marcillac Appellation. Here, Father and son team Philippe & Julien Teulier are part of a four-generation lineage of Domaine du Cros. Their vineyard rests comfortably on warm hillsides ladened with an iron-rich soil that works perfectly with the region’s most famous grape Fer Servadou. This red variety carries a medium intensity of black cherry, raspberry, briney green olive, tomato leaf, smoke, toast, and a spicy black pepper. This is an excellent wine to pair with the cheesy pureed potatoes with savoury duck confit, or the hearty Nicoise Salad. There is a soft elegant tannin and a good acidity that prepares you for each bite. 

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