Terroir Grinou Réserve Merlot 2012

MY RATING: 7/10 IN A NUTSHELL:  Quite harsh, but not entirely terrible ORIGIN: France (Dordogne, Bergerac) VARIETALS: Merlot SAQ PRICE: $18.70 This wine needs something… maybe ageing? I was hoping I would love it because I love its label: a Neanderthal flint axe, like those found in the region where the wine is produced. But…

Château Bouscassé Madiran 2011

MY RATING: 9/10 IN A NUTSHELL:  Simply delicious, robust red wine ORIGIN: France (Sud-Ouest, Madiran) VARIETALS: Tannat 50%, Cabernet Sauvignon 26%, Cabernet Franc 24% SAQ PRICE: $20.45 My aunt introduced me to this one, and she clearly knows what types of red wine I like best! YUM. Reminiscent of the Monasterio de la Viñas Gran…

San Felice Chianti Classico

MY RATING: 7/10 IN A NUTSHELL:  Tastes like cherries, then POOF! ORIGIN: Italy (Tuscany, Chianti) VARIETALS: Chianti Classico blend (at least 75% Sangiovese, plus Canaiolo and other) SAQ PRICE: $19.05 This was my second foray into the Chianti world, and this one does not rank as high in my books. That being said, this wine…

Carpineto Chianti Classico 2014

MY RATING: 7.5/10 IN A NUTSHELL:  A kind of nice and somewhat robust Chianti ORIGIN: Italy (Tuscany, Chianti) VARIETALS: Sangiovese 90%, Canaiolo 10% SAQ PRICE: $21.00 I am new to Chiantis and was prepared for it to be less “aromatic and robust” than the SAQ label suggested. Indeed, it does not knock your socks off,…

Château de Nages Vieilles Vignes

MY RATING: 7/10 IN A NUTSHELL:  OK, but a fairly bitter GSM blend ORIGIN: France (Vallée du Rhone, Costières de Nimes) VARIETALS: Grenache (72%), Syrah (24%), Mourvèdre (4%) SAQ PRICE: $19.95 This wine definitely benefits from breathing a bit. When first opened, it had a funky Oka cheese smell to it (which this taster loved),…

Badenhorst Secateurs Chenin Blanc

MY RATING: 8/10 IN A NUTSHELL:  Delightful cross between a Chardonnay and a Sauvignon Blanc ORIGIN: South Africa (Western Cape, Coastal Region, Swartland) VARIETALS: Chenin Blanc SAQ PRICE: $17.80 I really like this wine. It was quite a fortuitous find: I went into the SAQ looking for a white wine, the sales clerk asked me…

Château Montaiguillon Montagne Saint-Émilion

MY RATING: 6/10 IN A NUTSHELL:  Light and tasteless (you get what you pay for!) ORIGIN: France (Bordeaux, Montagne Saint-Émilion) VARIETALS: Merlot (78%), Cabernet Franc (20%), Cabernet Sauvignon (2%) SAQ PRICE: $13.60 I was hoping this would be a delightful little surprise, but, alas, it was a big disappointment. Light in colour and light in…

E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône

MY RATING: 7.5/10 IN A NUTSHELL:  A solid medium/light GSM ORIGIN: France (Côtes du Rhône) VARIETALS: Red Rhône Blend (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre) SAQ PRICE: $20.15 This is a safe and solid choice, but it is a bit light for my personal tastes. It has a whole lot of light berries on the nose and tip…