Château Belgrave Haut-Médoc Grand Cru Classé 2012

SAQ#: 12940294
Price: $53.50
Made in: Gironde, France
By: Château Belgrave
Year: 2012

Not sure how we got this, as we do not do wines this expensive. We do reviews of wines easier on the wallet, for “monsieur, madame tout le monde”. Nonetheless, nice classy-looking label and cork. Sweet aromas of dark fruits, mostly plums. Hints of pipe tobacco and light spices. The mouthfeel is kind of weak with very mild tannins. The taste is pretty mild as well with some watery cherry juices and earth notes. Not sure if the purchaser got a good deal or what, as this does not seem a wine of this price. Much better out there for a fraction of the price.

Rating: 3.2/5

KWV The Vinecrafter Chenin Blanc

LCBO#: 18689
Price: $9.95
Made in: Western Cape, South Africa
By: KWV
Year: 2016

We always love to find a new KWV product at the LCBO, as it is always inexpensive, but worth so much more. This Chenin Blanc smells sweet with some tropical fruit hints. The grapes are sweet as well in the taste, but not syrupy at all, with some mild sourness. Nice crisp mouthfeel with a decent dry finish. Very easy to drink as always. Another great KWV product that helps the wallet and has no cheap problems.

Rating: 3.7/5

Bottega Vino dei Poeti Rosé Brut

LCBO#: 277202
Price: $14.95
Made in: Italy
By: Bottega SPA

An inexpensive Italian Bubbly that is very light pink in colour. The aromas are sweet with some citrus notes. Kind of like Sprite or 7up, but with hints of strawberries. The taste is not as sweet as expected, with some sourness at first with a dry middle and some mild strawberry in the finish. Alcohol is felt as well. Mild yeast lingers on the tongue with some light tart and nuts. Decent overall for the price.

Rating: 3.4/5

Val d’Oca Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Brut

LCBO#: 340570
Price: $17.50
Made in: Veneto, Italy
By: Cantina Sociale Valdobbiadene
Year: 2015

This Italian Sparkling wine is always a good one to get at the LCBO. Brunello Imports makes it easy to get this in Ontario. Aromas are sweet and fruity with apples and hints of pears. Thankfully, the taste is not as sweet. Just fruitiness with some decent dryness. Yeast lingers on the tongue. This bubbly is nothing too crazy, too out of this world… but very well-balanced overall.

Rating: 3.6/5

Trapiche Pure Malbec 

LCBO#: 370924
Price: $15.95
Made in: Argentina
By: Penaflor/Trapiche
Year: 2016

A 100% Malbec Argentinian wine that seems pretty light at first, but shows balls after breathing. Sour cherry aromas with the grapes and hints of leather. The mouthfeel is pretty thin, but a nice soft dryness in the finish helps. Light vanilla, caramel does come out in the nose, which makes the smell quite beautiful with time. The weak spot is the taste, not in a bad way, but just mild. Great with food.

Rating: 3.4/5

Robert Mondavi Private Selection Chardonnay

LCBO#: 379180
Price: $16.95
Made in: California, USA
By: Robert Mondavi Winery

Chardonnay is not our forte. Started 20 years ago with this grape, but for whites, went to Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio. This one from the Private Selection comes out good. The vines gives out a sweet fruity nose with alcohol and hints of dry citrus. The taste is also fruity and sweet, but not syrupy. Grapes, apples with mild vanilla and caramel. Light dry finish. Quite a good Chardonnay if this is your style. Even better with food.

Rating: 3.9/5

Pelee Island Monarch Vidal VQA

LCBO#: 393405
Price: $11.45
Made in: Ontario, Canada
By: Pelee Island Vineyard Inc.
Year: 2015

This Ontario Vidal has pear, apple notes with sweetness from the grapes. The taste is quite sweet with the fruits and alcohol is noticeable. A slight dryness comes and help to kill the syrupy aspect of this white wine. Yeast lingers on the tongue. Still, a little too sweet overall to enjoy completely. Exactly like their Monarch Red we did last year, way too rich to be a good one.

Rating: 2.3/5