Professor B’s Wine tasting
This Bordeaux-themed release is large, over 130 wines, but sadly, the selection of Bordeaux red wines sub-standard to say the least.
All told, 11 red Bordeaux wines are listed, many from Cotes de Bordeaux, which used to be several sub-appellations on the right bank of the Gironde.
There are no Sauternes or Barsac wines, not any Bordeaux whites, this really surprised me.
Of the 11 red Bordeaux, one is from Lalande de Pomerol, one from Montagne Saint Emilion, one Saint Emilion Grand cru, and the rest from Castillon.
The sole Pauillac wine from Baron de Rothschild portfolio is fine, and deserves the attention of Bordeaux lovers, for that matter any wine connoisseur. The three Scotch whiskies on offer are very fine.
Surprisingly Italian wines, especially from Tuscany, presented are more than those from Bordeaux.
My recommendations follow:
Glenfarclas 17-Year-Old- Highland Single malt, J and G Grant, Scotland
Yellow hay colour. This exquisite whisky smells of sherry, smoke and minerals. The peat comes to the fore in mid-palate. A complex spirit, with a long finish.
700 ml., $ 124.95
The Arran Malt 10-Year-Ols Single Malt, Isle Of Arran Distillers, Scotland
700 ml., $ 69.95
16-Year-Old Speyside Glenlivet Single Malt,
Tomintoul Distillery, Scotland
700 ml., $ 119.95
August Boulard XO Calvados, Boulard, Pays d’Auge, Normandy, France
700 ml., 226.95
Milla Liquore Alla Camomilla Con Grappa, Distileria Santa teresa, Piedmont, Italy
700 ml., No price provided
Grand Vintage Brut Champagne, 2008, Moet et Chandon, Champagne, France
Pale yellow in colour. Fragrant, light with a fine mousse, this outstanding champagne was blended using chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier. It is lively, complex, and refreshing.
Tete de Cuvee Brut Vouvray, Chateau Moncontour, Loire Valley, France
Brut Reserva Heredad Cava. Segura Viudas, Catalonia, Spain
Private Reserve Chardonnay, 2014, Beringer, Napa Valley, California
Saturated brilliant yellow. Aromas of apples and pears, along with toasty tones greet the nose.
Although the wine has 14.8 percent alcohol, you don’t feel the strength or the heavy mouth feel. A well-balanced, layered wine, that can be enjoyed with poached halibut laced with Sauce Hollandaise, lobster with drawn butter, baked or grilles or planked salmon,.
Cuvee Les Cailottes Sancerre, 2015, Jean-Max Roger, Loire Valley, France
An excellent light Sancerre reflecting the terroir. Bright acidity and minerality elevate this fine wine above the rest of many white wines of the Loire.
Sauvignon blanc yields particularly “flinty” wines in Sancerre and this offers it abundantly.
Pair with pan-fried chicken with tarragon or lake trout.
Platinum Chardonnay, 2013, Marynissen, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Chablis, 2015, Domaine Seguinet-Bordet, Chablis, Burgundy, France
Kir-Yianni Estate White, 2015, Greece
Chardonnay, 2014, St Paul’s Winery, South Tyrol/Alto Adige, Italy
Reserve Du Domaine Pinot Noir, 2012, Queylus Estaes, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Brilliant red. Aromas of cherry, and berry waft out of the gals. Mid-weight, with depth, terrific flavour, and balance. A refined and elegant wine that can be enjoyed on its own, or with roast rack of provimi veal, apricot or apple stuffed loin of pork, veal schnitzel, Oka or Bioursault.
Zeta 2012, Zuccardi, Mendoza, Argentina
Dark brilliant crimson colour. Expect dark fruit, spice and peppercorn aromas. Full-bodied, layered flavours with ripe tannins and smooth mouth fell. A fine malbec and cabernet sauvignon bland from La Consulta and Tupungato of Mendoza. Long and satisfying aftertaste. Pair confidently with grilled meat medium-rare steaks rare roast rib of beef, game stews, hard cheeses, terrines and braised hare.
Syrah, 2013, Vina Errazuriz, Aconcagua Costa, Chile
The Aconcagua vineyard was planted 11 years ago. It is approximately 10 kilometres east of the Pacific Coast, and is comprised of blocks of granite, clay and schist soils.
This dark brilliant red, smells of black currants, and herbs with mineral undertones. Full bodied with good acidity. Well extracted, complex, powerful, with a long and satisfying after taste.
Pair with wild boar stew, beef specialties, firm cheeses (Emmental, aged Gouda, Edam, Gruyere) terrines.
Cellar for two to three years. Decant.
The Magician Shiraz/Pinot Noir, 2012, Reif Estates, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Ode To Lorraine, 2013, Elderton, Barossa Valley, South Australia
Lily’s garden Shiraz, 2014, Two Hands, McLaren Vale, South Australia
Legende, 2012, Baron de Rothschild, Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
Chateau des Neiges Vieilles Vignes, 2013, Costieres de Nimes, France
Oreno, 2013, Tenuta Sette Ponti, Tuscany, Italy