680 NEWS wine reviews, July 27–29, 2018

Château Loumelat Cuvée JJ Lesgourges 2015
Today’s wine recommendation is a red Bordeaux from the Côte de Blaye region at a great price: Château Loumelat Cuvée JJ Lesgourges 2015. It costs $16.95 a bottle at Vintages outlets. Deep ruby in colour, it has a cedary, blackcurrant nose with a floral note. Well-balanced and firmly structured, it’s quite forward and ready for drinking – thanks to the splendidly warm 2015 vintage. Serve it with lamb. That’s Château Loumelat Cuvée JJ Lesgourges 2015 from Bordeaux at Vintages outlets. For Post City Magazines, I’m Tony Aspler, 680 NEWS. ($16.95, Vintages #550293) (89)

Ken Forrester Petit Rosé 2017
It’s not often I’d say “Buy this wine by the case” but Ken Forrester Petit Rosé from South Africa will surprise you for its price and quality. A blend of Grenache with Viognier, it’s pale pink in colour with a bouquet of pomegranate and red flowers; medium-bodied and dry, flavours of raspberry and citrus fruits fill the palate. A beautifully balanced and elegant rosé – and wait for it – it costs $12.95 a bottle at Vintages outlets. Sip it while you wait for the barbecue coals to glow red. That’s Ken Forrester Petit Rosé 2017 from South Africa’s Western Cape. For Post City Magazines, I’m Tony Aspler, 680 NEWS. ($12.95, Vintages #553040) (90)

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