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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Some new wines tasted this month...

1. Les Jamelles Merlot 2010 Vin de Pays d'Oc, +245324 LCBO, $12.95:
making a new appearance on the General List after years of consignment,
this Merlot exhibits typicity of the region, near Nimes. 10 – 1 year-
old vines and acidic soil lend it some crispness pushing it over to the
food wine category. 13.5% ABV, cooked black fruit, with a longer finish
than anticipated. Twist top for easier service.
2. Sauvion Carte D'Or Muscadet Sevre et Maine Sue Lie 2010 Loire,
+143016 LCBO, $12.95: from the melon de Bourgogne grape, a fairly high
acid food wine, great with shellfish (especially at this price). Aged
on lees for added complexity, 4 to 8 months. 12% BV. A really heavy
bottle and attractive label makes the wine seem more posh than the
3. Calvet Reserve Merlot-Cabernet 2010 Bordeaux, +44032 LCBO, $14.45
(but only $10.98 or so in Alberta): at 14% ABV the wine qualifies as
Bordeaux Superiore. Here the cuvee is 60% merlot and 40% cab sauvignon.
Fruity in the North American appeal style, both red and black fruit
alternate in aromas. Needs time to open up, do a double decant.
4. Chateau des Charmes Pinot Noir Old Vines 2007 VQA NOTL, +256834,
$18.95 Vintages: quite a powerful wine, a Cuvee winner, lots of forest
floor (mushrooms, earth) to complement the red fruit. 13% ABV.
5. Chateau des Charmes Sauvignon Blanc 2010 St. David's Bench VQA,
+391300 $14.95 LCBO: good balanced fruit, citric tones, zest, MVC
typicity. Fresh, 13% ABV.

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