• Domaine du Pélican Arbois Savignan Ouillé 2018 Wine Review

    From the Marquis d’Angerville (of Burgundy fame), Domaine du Pélican’s savignan ouillé is a very good wine from the 2018 vintage. Some interpretation is required for those less familiar with Jura wine labels. Savignan is also known as traminer (related, but different to gewurtztraminer) and is the speciality white of the Jura region of France. […]

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  • L’Artisan Le Pinot Noir 2019 Wine Review

    This wine review is of the L’Artisan “Le Pinot Noir” from the Pays d’Oc in the south of France and the 2019 vintage. In the glass, the wine has aromas of confected red fruits, jam and dried herbs. The palate is dry with medium tannins and a red fruit character that is more broad brush […]

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  • L’Artisan Grenache Noir 2019 Wine Review

    This wine review is of the L’Artisan “Le Grenache Noir” from the 2019 vintage and Jean-Claude Mas. It’s from the Pays d’Oc IGP (indication géographique protégée) in the south of France. In the glass, the wine has aromas of red berries (raspberries and red plums), warm cooking spices and cedar. The palate is dry, medium […]

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  • Le Petit Gascoûn 2019 Wine Review

    This wine review of the Le Petit Gascoûn, a blend of colombard and ugni blanc from south western France. The appellation is the IGP Côtes de Gascogne. Colombard and ugni blanc are modest grape varieties and the guiding ethos here will be producing a wine that is fresh, crisp and suitable for immediate drinking. This […]

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  • Vignes de St Pierre Blanc 2018 Wine Review

    This wine review is of the Vignes de St Pierre Blanc from the 2018 vintage and the Pays d’Oc in the south of France. It is a blend consisting mostly of grenache blanc, vermentino and chasan. Chasan you say? It is a crossing between chardonnay and palomino it seems, from the Languedoc. I had not […]

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  • Paul Mas Le Rosé 2020 Wine Review

    This wine review is of a rosé from Paul Mas, the 2020 vintage and the indication géographique protégée of the Pays d’Oc in the south of France. The rosé grape varieties are typical of this region: a duo of grenaches – grenache gris and noir, pinot gris, caladoc and cinsault. I haven’t come across caladoc […]

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  • Château des Crès Ricards Oenothera 2018 Wine Review

    This wine review is of the Château des Crès Ricards Oenothera Terrasses du Larzac from the 2018 vintage. The Terrasses du Larzac is a recently recognised appellation from within the Languedoc in the south of France and a source of grenache, syrah and mourvèdre blends. This wine is true to the regional style. It has […]

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  • Maison de Vigneron Grenache Syrah 2018 Wine Review

    This wine review is of Maison de Vigneron’s 2018 grenache syrah from Vaucluse in the southern Rhône Valley in France. It is a modest wine with fruity aromas of red berries that are true to grenache. The palate is full bodied, unoaked, the acidity low to medium and the tannins soft. The focus is on […]

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  • Thierry Germain Saumur Champigny 2018 Wine Review

    This wine review is of a high quality Saumur Champigny cabernet franc from Thierry Germain and the 2018 vintage.  Various expressions of cabernet franc are produced by Thierry and this is the “Domaine des Roches Neuves”.  The first thing to note is the deep purple colour of the wine in the glass, confirming the 2018 […]

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  • Paul Mas Viognier 2019 Wine Review

    This viognier is from Paul Mas and the Pays d’Oc IGP in the south of France. It’s a well made wine.  Local Australian versions of viognier can sometimes miss the mark navigating the tension between the high sugar (and alcohol) and low natural acidity of this variety. But here the wine is soft, ripe and […]

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  • Domaines Paul Mas Vignes de Nicole Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2019

    This wine, a cabernet sauvignon merlot blend from Paul Mas and the Languedoc in the south of France, over delivers for its price. It has correct varietal aromas of blackcurrant, smoke and leaf. The palate is full bodied with savoury fruit and medium tannins that are ripe. Ready to drink now. Rating: Good. Website: https://www.paulmas.com/en/home/; […]

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  • Château Capbern Saint-Estèphe 2015

    We see so few Bordeaux wines in Australia that are from the left bank appellations of Pauillac, Saint-Estèphe, Margaux and Saint-Julien and are not a cru classé. This is a mistake, as with the improvements and price increases in Bordeaux, there is wonderful value in these villages at below cru classé level. This wine, from […]

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