Join the French Revolution! The wine revolution, that is. Revel in one of these fine specimens from various regions of the best the Old World has to offer.
Moulin de Gassac Chardonnay 2012 (Languedoc)
A flavourful, fleshy, unoaked Chardonnay. Bright straw colour; minerally, spicy nose of apple and pear with a floral note; full and voluptuous on the palate with a richly textured mouth feel; well balanced. Great value. ****½ (89). Food match: roast chicken; pork loin. $13.30 •
Mas des Bressades Cuvée Tradition Blanc 2012 (Rhône)
Great value. A blend of 50% Roussanne, 10% Marsanne, 30% Grenache, 10% Viognier from the Costières de Nimes. Straw colour with a high toned nose of pineapple and toast; full-bodied, spicy, peachy-pineapple flavour, beautifully balanced. ***** (90). Food match: veal; game fowl.
$15.95 • Vintage #701094
Domaine de l’Arjolle Z de l’Arjolle Zinfandel 2011 (Midi)
The only Zinfandel currently produced in France. Deep purple colour; plummy nose with herbal, cardamom notes; dry, full-bodied, full on the palate with remarkable structure and balance, not lacking in freshness and really well priced. ****½ (89). Food match: winter casseroles; grilled steak. $19.95 • Vintage
Joseph Cattin Gewurztraminer 2011 (Alsace)
Quintessential Alsace Gewurz at a great price. Golden straw colour; intensely perfumed, rose petal, cardamom and jasmine nose; full-bodied, off-dry, lovely mouth feel with the flavour of Turkish Delight. ***** (92). Food match: Munster cheese; Thai dishes. $17.95 • Vintages #224626
Brédif Brut Vouvray (Loire Valley)
A well-priced Chenin Blanc sparkler. Straw coloured with a leesy, spiced apple nose. Medium-bodied, crisply dry with quince and apple flavours carried on lively acidity. ***** (90). Food match: aperitif wine; shellfish. $20.95 • Vintages #352179