Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Good Value French Wines

Another tasting at the Food and Wine show was 'Good Value French Wines.' To qualify, bottles had to be readily available at the LCBO and cost $20 or less.

These were the labels the sommelier chose for the tasting:
  • Wilm Riesling Reserve LCBO 11452 $15.95
  • Louis Jadot Beaujolais Villages LCBO 365924 $17.95
  • E. Guigal Cotes du Rhone LCBO 259721 $18.00
  • Chateau de Gourgazaud LCBO 22384 $13.00 ** really like this one but maybe that was the tasting order (lol) Granache in this one
  • Francois Pelissie Croix du Mayne LCBO 28548 $17.45 *** favourite (see comments above) This was 85% malbec, 15% merlot; grown in Southwest France or Southeast of Bordeaux. Very full bodied.

She also said you can't really get a good Bordeaux for under $20, so she didn't pour any, but said Chateau des Laurets was a good buy at $20.45

However, the next day I went to a Bordeaux tasting and found a few for a good price, actually Mouton Cadet ($14) surprised me, I think it would be a good every day choice, although in the past I have avoided that label.

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