January 24, 2014
Centuries ago, Anjou-Saumur was considered to be the heartland of the Loire and the source of the regions‘s most exciting wines.
During the 13th and 14th centuries, Anjou was one of the most popular wines in England. And then in Holland and Belgium.
Historically this region was famous for its white wines, made mostly of Chenin Blanc grapes.
Also grapes used are Sauvignon, Chardonnay.
And red grapes are Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grolleau.
The Anjou appellation area includes Anjou-Villages, Anjou Rouge, Savennieres,
Sweet wine appellations Coteaux du Layon, Bonnezeaux and Quarts de Chaume.
Cremant de la Loire are very famous for sparkling wines made mostly from Chenin Blanc.
Sweet wines are made from botrytized grapes.
The broad spectrum of wine styles is produced in Anjou.
Today Anjou is more and more known for its rose style wines and wines based on Cabernet Franc.
Les Vignoles Terroirs Et Lieu Dieu De Loire Saumur Champigny 2009, Ac, Cabernet Franc
Very stylish and elegant wine.
Garnet color in the glass.
Lovely aromas of raspberries, spices.
Light tannins and smooth acidity.
Medium bodied, medium finish with floral notes.
And I want to pair it with chicken and liver terrine with hazelnuts.
See you the next time!
January 22, 2014
January 21, 2014
$19.95 at LCBO (393892)
In the glass clean, healthy, light straw color.
On the nose floral, citrus.
On the palate dry, medium body, hazelnut, butterscotch, light oak. Balanced, medium finish with vanilla flavors.
January 16, 2014
South Australia, Australia
Dark purple red in the glass.
On the nose lovely aromas of blackcurrants, dark berries, and hint of coffee.
On the palate dry, medium bodied. Soft tannins, rich flavours of dark red fruit, plum, spices, vanilla.
Soft tannins, vibrant acidity. Rounded finish with chocolate flavors.
January 13, 2014
$21.95 at LCBO (145920)
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet franc, and Sangiovese.
Dark ruby red in the glass. Clean, healthy.
On the nose red fruit, cherries, baking spices, hazelnuts.
On the palate dry, medium body, strong tannins, supporting acidity. Flavors of cranberries, pomegranate, currant, plums.
Spicy hints of cinnamon and oak in the end. Nice finish.
Better to decant.
Very elegant wine!
January 12, 2014