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André & Mireille Tissot Crémant du Jura, NV

11042009After reading and hearing about wines from France’s smallest wine region (it totals ~1,600 hectacres), I’ve been on the lookout for any of the wines from Jura around town. This sparkling blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir is the first wine from there that I’ve found.

The Jura region is located in Western France, between Burgundy and Switzerland. There are four regional appellations: Arbois, Côtes du Jura and the smaller Etoile and Château-Chalon, plus two wine style appellations that cover the whole area, Crémant du Jura and Macvin (a Vin de Liqueur).

Basically, five grape varieties make up their wines. For whites there’s Chardonnay and Savagnin – sometimes called by its old name, Naturé and Trousseau Gris. For reds, there’s Poulsard (also called Ploussard), Trousseau Noir and Pinot Noir. I could go on, but a further exploration calls for more of their wines… and I just have this tasty bio-dynamically farmed bottle of sparkling wine.

So, let’s get down to it. To me, this wine has a lot in common with decent Champagne. It’s got a nose that has a schwack of toast, pear, strawberry, honey and citrus. A sip gives up a concentrated dose of fine bubbles that give way to berry and melon fruit followed up by a long honey and grapefruit-like citrus to its crisp pear-edged finish.

It’s really tasty – better than I thought it may be, in fact.

If you like the bubbly and want to try something new, I’d say you should give this wine a try. I doubt you’ll be disappointed.

$43 at Kitsilano Wine Cellars.

4 stars
(verging on 4.5)

5 comments

2008 M. Lapierre Morgon

11032009Oh my. Because of the whole Beaujolias Nouveau thing, I’ve avoided wines from Beaujolias for years. What the Hell was I thinking?? If many of them taste like this, I’ve been missing out. I’m sure I have.

What can I say? This wine rocks. It’s hitting all the right notes with the food I’m having (grilled pork) and is making me want to explore the region with my palate.

Marcel Lapierre is known as one of the most influential vigneron of the region and, according to Jake and Kurtis over at Cherries & Clay, he… “farms 11 hectares biodynamically in Morgon and owns some of the most impeccably tended vineyards anywhere.”

A nose of brambly red berry/cherry fruit shows up as gorgeous red candy with a finish that’s all bright red ripe cherry and cracked pepper when sipped. It’s the kind of wine that you just want to sip again and again… and what does that add up to? A bloody good wine – a pretty one, even. Pretty sexy that is (that might be my “Movember” mustache talking).

If you like wine, you need to try this bottle. ‘Nuff said.

$44 at Kitsilano Wine Cellars.

4 1/2 stars

4 comments

Marquis Wine Cellars’ – The Fifth Annual French Fête

marquis-wines-french-feteMarquis Wine Cellars is sponsoring a fundraising wine tasting on November 4th, 2009 at the Vancouver Museum. It is entitled French Fête and it is a fundraiser for Fraser Academy School. Fraser Academy specializes in children with dyslexia, ADD and other motor skill output issues. They teach them the necessary skills not only to learn but be successful in business and life.

They’ll be pouring a superb selection of French wines, from Burgundy, Bordeaux, Alsace and Champagne. This is an excellent opportunity to discover wines you or may not have had the opportunity to taste. The wines will be paired with some of Vancouver’s top restaurants such as Le Gavroche, Provence, Salt, & Benton Brothers Fine Cheese, just to name a few.

Tickets are $75.00 per person and they are available by calling the store 604-684-0045 or emailing them at info@marquis-wines.com.

UPDATE: This event has been canceled due to slow ticket sales.

John Clerides – Fundraising Wine Tasting – November 4th, 2009

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Sean,

We are sponsoring a fundraising wine tasting on November 4th, 2009 at the Vancouver Museum. It is entitled French Fete and it is a fundraiser for Fraser Academy School. Fraser Academy specializes in children with dyslexia, ADD and other motor skill output issues. They teach them the necessary skills not only to learn but be successful in business and life.  Our son has attended the school for six years and the transformation has been nothing less than outstanding.

We will be pouring a superb selection of French wines, from Burgundy, Bordeaux, Alsace and Champagne. This is an excellent opportunity to discover wines you or may not have had the opportunity to taste. The wines will be paired with some of Vancouver’s top restaurants such as Le Gavroche, Provence, Salt, & Benton Brothers Fine Cheese, just to name a few.

I am not sure if you have anything planned for that evening but I sure would love to see you there. Also, any help you are able to provide in promoting the event would be immensely appreciated. Last years event proved to be outstanding as we raised over $11,000.

Tickets are $75.00 pp and they are available by calling us at the store 604-684-0045 or emailing us at info@marquis-wines.com

Date: Wednesday, November 4th, 2009
Time:
7pm – 10pm
Price: $75.00 per person
Location:
Vancouver Museum, 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver

John Clerides

Marquis Wine Cellars

1034 Davie Street

Vancouver, Canada, V6E 1M3

( 604-684-0445

7 604-684-2471

E-mail: john@marquis-wines.com

Our Passion. Your Enjoyment

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Hey Sean,

I’d love to go to this with you – thank you:) I’ll resubmit my bids for November and request this day off. The draft schedule comes out on the 19th and the final on the 25th.
xox,
Candace

On Oct 13, 2009, at 3:07 PM, Sean Calder wrote:
When will you know if you’re working on the 4th? I’d like to buy us tickets to go to this.

xox,
Sean

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From: John Clerides <john@marquis-wines.com>
Date: Tue, Oct 13, 2009 at 2:18 PM
Subject: John Clerides – Fundraising Wine Tasting – November 4th, 2009
To: Sean Calder <sean@vinifico.com>

Sean,

We are sponsoring a fundraising wine tasting on November 4th, 2009 at the Vancouver Museum. It is entitled French Fete and it is a fundraiser for Fraser Academy School. Fraser Academy specializes in children with dyslexia, ADD and other motor skill output issues. They teach them the necessary skills not only to learn but be successful in business and life.  Our son has attended the school for six years and the transformation has been nothing less than outstanding.

We will be pouring a superb selection of French wines, from Burgundy, Bordeaux, Alsace and Champagne. This is an excellent opportunity to discover wines you or may not have had the opportunity to taste. The wines will be paired with some of Vancouver’s top restaurants such as Le Gavroche, Provence, Salt, & Benton Brothers Fine Cheese, just to name a few.

I am not sure if you have anything planned for that evening but I sure would love to see you there. Also, any help you are able to provide in promoting the event would be immensely appreciated. Last years event proved to be outstanding as we raised over $11,000.

Tickets are $75.00 pp and they are available by calling us at the store 604-684-0045 or emailing us at info@marquis-wines.com

Date: Wednesday, November 4th, 2009
Time:
7pm – 10pm
Price: $75.00 per person
Location:
Vancouver Museum, 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver

John Clerides

Marquis Wine Cellars

1034 Davie Street

Vancouver, Canada, V6E 1M3

( 604-684-0445

7 604-684-2471

E-mail: john@marquis-wines.com

Our Passion. Your Enjoyment


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2004 Domaine Gauby Côtes du Roussillon-Villages Vieilles Vignes

09302009So, the story goes something like this. In 1985, Gérard Gauby began making wine from his family’s grapes which had previously been sold to the local co-operative. Domaine Gauby was born from the grapes that his family had been growing for generations.

Domaine Gauby’s vineyard management is biodynamic and Gérard Gauby has become a rockstar in the Languedoc-Roussillon… What’s not to like?.. and when Kirk at Kitsilano Wine Cellars poured me a sample of their wine, I knew I had to take a bottle home. I chose this one.

According to their web site (in French) it’s made up of 35% Carignan (from 125 year-old vines), 30% Syrah (20 year-old vines), 25% Grenache (55 year old vines) and 10% Mourvèdre (25 year-old vines). That all adds up to a bloody tasty bottle of wine.

On the nose it has a bunch of cool stuff going on. There’s gorgeous ripe red berries, cherry and an herb and floral edge to it. A sip gave me even more. There’s the cherry and berry, along with licorice, the herbs (thyme? – maybe because I had some with dinner tonight) and a long and kinda’ tannic finish that goes on for over a minute.

Do I like this wine? Actually, I love it. It’s a gorgeous Old World wine with a bit of the New World’s density of flavour tossed in. It’s naturally farmed, comes from a great producer and has a very reasonable price for its quality.

$35 at Kitsilano Wine Cellars from the Farmstead folks.

4 1/2 stars

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2007 Montlouis Sur Loire Sec Cuvée Touche-Mitaine, Le Rocher des Violettes

08282009OK, so a couple of days ago, fresh from loving the Quails’ Gate Chenin Blanc, I wandered into Kitsilano Wine Cellars and Kirk told me a had to compare it to a Loire Valley Chenin. Of course I was game for that, so I grabbed this bottle.

It’s got a nose that is a lot like a Chablis – light vanilla, lemon rind and stone. The flavours are loaded with juicy melon, lemon, peach and a finish that’s like licking a rock. The finish lasts for minutes. This is quality stuff.

The Wine Dictator descibes it as, “Round and medium-weight, with peach, almond, fig and mineral notes that linger softly on the finish.” I’m not getting all of that, but I do really like this bottle of wine.

If you can find it, give it a try. This is an under-appreciated varietal and a really tasty bottle of grape juice.

$28 at Kitsilano Wine Cellars.

4 stars

2 comments

2007 Domaine du Bosc Rosé, Vin de Pays d’Oc

06212009aLike wine? Enjoy Summer? Drink Rosé… and by that, I don’t mean go out and buy that gross sweet White Zinfandel crap. Buy the stuff the locals drink all Summer in France, Spain and parts of Italy – the gorgeous Rosés.

One of the best areas for rosé production in France is the Languedoc area in the South of France… and who doesn’t want to sit in a café there sipping something like this?

This wine, which is a blend of 70% Cinsault and 30% Syrah, has a beautiful light salmon colour to it (I’m sure it would pair incredibly well with some of our local fish as well). The nose shows light strawberry and lemon and a big sip gives up a crisp bit of the light berry along with red raspberry and a squish of lemon and bit of herb (maybe some lavender or rosemary). It’s so tasty and refreshing for when the warmer weather hits.

~$23 at Kitsilano Wine Cellars here in Vancouver.

4 stars

4 comments

2005 Moillard Mercurey Clos l’Eveque 1er Cru

When I first gave this wine a swirl, I thought some of my neighbors on the farms were spreading some fine grade manure. This is definitely a shining example of the “barnyard” character often attributed to Pinot Noir… and once you get past that, this is a neat bottle.

I swirled a bit more, and mixed in are some tobacco and meaty overtones. Anything this unusual deserves a few good slurps. Raspberry, red currant and some orange zest quickly took over for the funk and revealed an enjoyable glass of Bourgogne. The finish brings some nice earthy black tea and some tasty raspberry and floral notes.

Despite a rather odd beginning, this is a really elegant and tasty glass. It runs a full spectrum of the classic Pinot attributes and was equally unique the next day. At $21 in the current LDB clear out, it’s a really great deal.

$21 (regularly $34.99) at LDB stores here in BC.

4 stars

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Vinifico on D3 TV

Last Friday, my colleague at Sitemasher, Shannon Yelland and I paid Clinton Kabler a visit at D3 Security Management Systems to appear with him in an episode of their D3TV video blog. We talked business and, just as importantly – wine.

Clinton had picked up 2 bottles of wine to taste while we chatted – both are available at Marquis Wine Cellars here in Vancouver:

  • 2007 Churton Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand’s Marlborough Valley – I didn’t pick up on it initially, but I think this wine was slightly corked… and I mean slightly. It had just enough of that TCA sharpness on the edge. It became more apparent as the wine warmed up. Although it was not at all unpleasant, I’d like to give this wine another shot sometime soon (not rated due to TCA). $29 at Marquis.
  • 2007 Domaine du Joncier Lirac Rosé from France’s Southern Rhône – this was bloody tasty. I’ve actually bought the wine since and will again over the summer. It had a load of bright berry flavours (raspberry and cranberry came to the front). Clinton got bubblegum in there as well… and I can’t say I disagree. Tasty stuff! (**** stars). $24.50 at Marquis.

Here’s the video:

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2006 Antech Blanquette de Limoux Brut Grande Réserve

I’ve been drinking a lot of this wine lately – it’s pretty much my go-to bubbly without being a full-on Champagne (and without their larger price tag). I only recently realized that I hadn’t written up this vintage. The last one I wrote up was the 2004. It comes from the limestone and gravel soil of France’s Limoux region near the sunny Mediterranean  – an area that has been making sparkling wines much longer than the better-known region of Champagne.

Well, like the 2004, it’s a blend of Mauzac, Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc that adds up to sip after sip of crisp lemon-zested and honeyed pear and mineral-laced goodness. It’s fantastic on its own, or pairs really well with foods like grilled chicken, turkey burgers, salmon or some goat cheese.

Search it out. It’s well worth a try. You’ll be hooked. I am.

$26 at Kitsilano Wine Cellars here in Vancouver.

4 stars

4 comments

2000 Moët & Chandon Brut Rosé Champagne Grand Vintage

04272009I’ve been a little slow on the posts lately – life gets in the way sometimes. What I do have is a schwack of notes from wines I’ve been tasting, so I’ll try to get those on the site over the next couple of weeks.

This bottle is one I opened this to quaff as an aperitif back in March on my birthday before heading out for dinner with Candace. These are some tasty bubbles, folks! It’s a blend of 39% Chardonnay, 41% Pinot Noir and 20% Pinot Meunier that more than hints at the quality of its big brother, the Dom Perignon Rosé.

In the glass, it’s got a beautiful light pink colour, with a lot of those fine-Champagne bubbles going on. A sniff shows strawberry and ripe cherry fruit with a splash of lemon and melon on grass. Along with all those tiny bubbles (cue Don Ho), there’s a generous dash of ripe strawberry with a splash of lemon that leads to a long mineral-laced finish.

This was a really enjoyable bottle of bubbly. Give it a try if you can find it.

Found for $45 CDN marked down at a LDB store here in BC.

4 1/2 stars

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