I eat a lot of beef. Rare, tender, blood-dripping and it always has a bit of searing from high heat on the BBQ. So I look for wines that pair with that style of cooking. Syrah from the Rhône Valley is always a fantastic match and this one, from the still-affordable St-Joseph appellation in the Rhône Valley, works brilliantly with steak. The savoury fruit ranges from field raspberry to blackberry and currants and is backed up by all those lovely earthy Syrah notes of tar, liquorice, violets and pepper spice. Wonderful stuff.
Sourced from the rocky soil of L’Acadie Vineyards' certified organic estate property, this wine was given extended tirage over 5 years, which has added both richness and complexity. It shows bright gold/straw colour in the glass, with fine persistent mousse and elegant floral, lemon citrus and creamy brioche on the nose. Somewhat austere character conveyed by zero dosage is contrasted with creamy richness on the palate. Citrus and green apple flavours come through, together with signature Nova Scotia bright acidity and minerality.
This full-bodied blend of Chardonnay, Viognier, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, Chenin Blanc “and a few other varieties” has the most offensive label I’ve ever seen (a blindfolded prisoner lashed to a stake). The nose is peppery, tropical fruit and spicy oak; it’s fat and over-extracted with spicy, toasty orange and mango flavours. Not my cup of tea but there are some who will like its over-the-top flavours.
Salmon pink. Ethereal, complex and seductive nose; vinous, hard to describe. Wide and expansive on the palate, complex taste, almost firm in the clean, long finish.
Sense of place resonates from its stony, well-warmed vineyards between Meursault and Montrachet. Generous aromatic offerings of stone fruit and spice. Partial malolactic fermentation ensures rich buttery flavour and seductive mouthfeel. Impresses from start to finish. Contemplate with fine cheese.
The flagship wine of Michel Rolland’s vast portfolio is just great in this famous vintage. Of dark ruby colour, it shows a classy nose of pure fruit with hints of red flowers. Oak is “forgotten,” lost in the fruit. Overall, very elegant and harmonious on the palate; the expression “a steel hand in a velvet glove” applies here. A great wine, hard to translate into words.
Clear medium-deep lemon yellow. Interesting medium-intensity nose of gooseberry, lemon, orange blossom, pineapple, even a bit of ground coriander. Medium-bodied with good acidity and a long finish. Tastes of pineapple, lime, lemon and a bit of lychee. Complex and elegant, an SB to be savoured, not quaffed. Drink soon.