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


A random Tuesday night craving for a white wine led to the decision to open this white. It had been a long time since I had tasted Clairette, probably last about five years ago in the French Wine Scholar program. This wine is Clairette, Roussanne and Viognier.

Popped the cork and pouring directly into a glass, this wine was pale with initial aromas that were mild, yet creamy, and nutty, with marshmallow and wildflowers (chamomile), hay, lightly floral.

The medium-bodied palate had a great texture, slightly viscous and mouth-filling, with flavours of citrus, apricot, yellow apple, pear, meringue. Really delicious and complex, yet subtle.

Dinner was cannellini beans, kale and Italian sausage meatballs cooked in a light wine chicken broth and the pairing was unexpectedly magical. The wine had enough acidity to cut through the richness of the beans, and the texture worked extremely well.


February 15, 2020 - Domaine Yannick Amirault La Coudraye 2017


Popped the cork and pouring directly into a glass, this wine was a clear deep ruby, with initial aromas of dark cherry, grapes, mineral, violets & a subtle smokiness opening (with plenty of air) to include red plum, berry and subtle tobacco.

The medium-bodied palate showed dusty raspberry, pomegranate, cherry, cranberry and mineral notes with a certain sapidity over medium plus acid, slightly rustic tannins and a medium finish.

Happened to be eating Shepherd’s pie, this wine did a nice job of cutting through the rich ground lamb and tomato-based gravy.


January 18, 2020 - Stephane Roussett Crozes-Hermitage 2016


Popped the cork and pouring directly into a glass, this garnet-hued wine initially showed savoury aromas of cherry, mineral, meaty, horse blanket & thyme that transformed with swirling into cherry, red currants, blueberry, blood orange, iron, violets and herbs de provence. Initial aromas suggested a brawny, meaty wine while the secondary aromas belied the elegance and true nature of this medium-bodied Syrah.

The palate showed cherry, iron, pepper, and minerals with elegant fine-grained tannins and a fairly lengthy finish. There is a sense of juiciness and lightness in this wine that compelled more sips. Decanting would bring out more aromas and flavours initially; this wine could easily age for several more years.

This wine paired reasonably well with leek & onion risotto topped by a heavy dose of Parmigiano-Reggiano, although a classic and more formal pairing would be lamb.

A beautiful wine for sipping while reading a good book on a stormy evening.


December 28, 2019 - Clos Siguiers Cahors 2016


Popped the cork and pouring directly into a glass, this dark purple medium bodied 95% Malbec 5% Tannat presented with aromas of blueberry, cherry, black tea, magic marker.

The palate showed dark brooding cherry with glosette raisins, cherry, blackberry, currants. Tannins were very silky; acidity was moderate. An opulent wine for its medium body.

Paired this one with the old cheddars and the various salumi that were part of the meat and cheese board.


December 21, 2019 - Domaine Giraudon Bourgogne Chitry 2018


Popped the cork and pouring directly into a glass, this ruby-red light to medium bodied Pinot Noir presented with boisterous aromas of raspberry, brown sugar, bacon fat, caramel, beets, mushroom and a touch of blackberry.

The palate showed classic young Pinot Noir flavours with bright red fruits, raspberry, beet and spice with hints of more earthy notes, and medium plus acid. Refreshing and juicy.

This bottle didn’t last for a second night to see how it would have further developed because it was just too delicious.

Paired with classic cheese Gougeres; a fancier pairing would be duck breast with candy cane beets & farro.


December 14, 2019 - Olga Raffault Chinon 2017


Popped the cork and pouring directly into a glass, this medium-body red wine presented with subtle aromas of red cherry, cranberry, tomato leaf with hints of horseblanket and magic marker. As the wine opened up, the aromas filled out and presented with notes of jalapeno, red fruits and a hint of violet.

The palate showed a stony mineral note, with tart cherry, cranberry, currants and wild strawberry.

The second night, the wine was way more generous with its aromas and flavours, revealing a typical Cab Franc character with graphite, red and black fruits, a savoury tomato note with mouth watering acidity, and medium tannins. Definitely decant this wine to bring out its character, or cellar for a few years.

Paired really with a pesto pizza with Italian sausage, goat cheese, peppers and cashews, but a simpler pairing would be a basic burger. Fancy pairing would be cassoulet.


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


Popped the cork and pouring directly into a glass, this garnet-glowing light-to medium body red wine presented with aromas of blackcurrant, blackberries, pepper and spice. Upon swirling, the aromas developed more fully and presented with raspberry, cranberry, mulberry for red fruits, a hint of red licorice followed by leather and sandalwood, maybe a slight rusticity. I would’ve guessed Beaujolais, maybe the Cru of Regnie or Morgon, just based on the aromas.

The first sip on the palate said Syrah, with an irony-meaty note underlying the crunchy bright red fruits. As it was swirled and sipped, the flavours were more red fruits, with notes of iron, and iodine, blueberry and a long morello-cherry finish. The wine was cool and silky, finishing with a slight grip from the light tannins.

Light to medium bodied, good fruit, spice, very drinkable.

People who like Cru Beaujolais, N.Rhone syrah, Langhe rosso, Pelaverga

Pour this one at a party; weeknight pairing: chimichurri flank steak & frites; fancy pairing: duck confit & dupuy lentils.