680 NEWS wine reviews, January 5–6, 2019

Vollereau Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne
Here’s a well-priced champagne to lift your spirits if you’ve got the post-holiday blues. Vollereau Blanc de Blancs Champagne Brut – 100% Chardonnay grapes – is very pale in colour with an earthy, minerally, toasty, lemon peel nose. It’s frothy on the palate, medium-bodied, dry, with apple skin, lemon and green apple flavours. It costs $49.95 a bottle at Vintages outlets – which is relatively inexpensive for Champagne these days. It makes a great aperitif or serve it with fish dishes. That’s Vollereau Blanc de Blancs Champagne Brut from – where else but the Champagne region. For Post City Magazines, I’m Tony Aspler, 680 NEWS. ($49.95, Vintages #629469) (90)

Les Tannes en Occitanie Merlot 2017
Here’s a fruity Merlot from the Languedoc that’s a limited time offer of $2 off until Sunday: It’s Les Tannes en Occitanie Merlot 2017. For this weekend it’s $10.95 before going back to its original $12.95 price. Deep purple-ruby colour with a spicy, cedary nose of plum and blackberry, it’s medium to full-bodied with richly extracted flavours of blackberry and blueberry with lively acidity and ripe tannins. Serve it with red meat dishes. That’s Les Tannes en Occitanie Merlot 2017 from the Pays d’Oc at the LCBO. For Post City Magazines, I’m Tony Aspler, 680 NEWS. ($10.95 until January 6, then $12.95. LCBO #582783) (89)

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1 Response to 680 NEWS wine reviews, January 5–6, 2019

  1. Hi Zan Hill,
    The great informative post you have shared on this page about the wine in a box but If you’re anything like me, you cringe when you hear the words “wine in a box.” The very idea of it reminds me of my first roommate, Tier. That girl always had a box of wine in our fridge! It’s not her that makes me cringe, of course, but the sickly sweet Chablis or the acrid Burgundy that was contained in those boxes. This was back in the 80s, though, so I’m gonna be generous here and excuse the companies that boxed up said wine by assuming that they did the best they could with what they had.
    Thanks.

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