Château Lamartine Cahors Cuvée Particulère 2014

LCBO#: 441238
Price: $23.25
Made in: France
By: SCEA Chateau Lamartine
Year: 2014

A French red wine which is blended from 90% Malbec and 10% Tannat, enjoyed in Sudbury, Ontario. Dry spicy nose with lots of the Malbec giving red grapes notes, hints of molasses, and a tad of leather. Flavours start on the fruity side with some sweetness, then giving some dryness in the middle to have a touch of sourness. The finish is pretty short as tannins are quite light, but do get better and better. Mild dark fruits are well balanced in here. Very nice!

Rating: 3.8/5

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Bestheim Brut Crémant d’Alsace

imageLCBO#: 141184
Price: $19.95
Made in: Alsace, France
By: Bestheim, Les Caves De Bennwihr

This French Sparkling releases mild aromas of apples, grapes with hints of vanilla. Pretty close to the same for the flavours. Dry mouthfeel, pretty crisp. Not crazy in taste, but some citrus creating some light sourness, with some very slight yeast in the finish. This Crémant d’Alsace is quite easy to enjoy. Dry all around, mildly fruity and a great alternative to the real Champagne. Especially for the price.

Rating: 3.7/5

Prevedello Asolo Prosecco Superiore Extra Dry

imageLCBO#: 262881
Price: $16.95
Made in: Veneto, Italy
By: Prevedello

This Italian Bubbly starts off with yeast and orange peel aromas. After breathing, it gets balanced with hints of tropical fruits, vanilla and sugars. The flavours are close to this as well. Feels like it will be a sour one, but because Extra Dry, the finish is quick. Some soft sweetness and yeast lingers a little. Not a bad Extra Dry Sparkling, just lacking a little finesse.

Rating: 3.4/5

KWV Cathedral Cellar Brut

imageLCBO#: 296426
Price: $16.95
Made in: Western Cape, South Africa
By: KWV
Year: 2010

When we had the 2009 edition last year, it was full of oranges. It was good, but not great. This 2010 edition does not have the loads of oranges and seems better balanced. Citrus and honey in both aromas and taste. The nose also has sweet yeast, probably sugars and nice dry grapes, hints of apples. The mouth has a nice blend of sweet, sour and a dry bite. Much better balanced for sure than the last edition. Nothing too complex, but well worth the price.

Rating: 3.7/5

Kim Crawford Small Parcels Fizz

imageLCBO#: 381236
Price: $29.95
Made in: Marlborough, New Zealand
By: Kim Crawford Wines
Year: 2009

Celebrating a big b-day, decided to try a pricier Sparkling, from a winery we like so far. Sour nose with citrus notes over the white grapes which seems on the sweet side, with hints of candy berries. The taste starts off with the sourness, going through the sugary grapes and finishes with a mix of dry mouthfeel, mild alcohol and tart from the yeast. The aftertaste is the weak spot here. The sweetness and sourness is good, but overall, not the best balanced Sparkling. Especially for the price. Gets better with time, releasing some nice apple notes.

Rating: 3.7/5

Domaine de Vaugondy Vouvray

imageLCBO#: 154567
Price: $17.95
Made in: Loire, France
By: Perdriaux

This French Sparkling is 100% Chenin blanc grapes. Lots of yeast and apples in the nose at first. Then, some orange notes appear. We do not see the anise listed in the description, but maybe it comes out as it warms up. Pretty much the same for the taste with the yeast better balanced. Nicely sweet, sour and dry mouthfeel, and not syrupy. Gets better with time, but much better out there with less yeast.

Rating: 3.4/5

Carpenè Malvolti 1868 Brut Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore

imageLCBO#: 727438
Price: $16.75
Made in: Conegliano, Italy
By: Carpenè Malvolti S.P.A.

The white head of this Italian Sparkling has longer retention than most. Yeasty nose with some sweetness and sourness from the grapes. Hints of honeydew after breathing and some burnt fruit skin. The taste is well-balanced with the fruits (grapes, apples), yeast (tartiness), sourness (citrus), sweetness and some decent dry mouthfeel. A good above-average Sparkling with just a little too much yeast lingering in the aftertaste, for our likings. Better for the price out there, but still good.

Rating: 3.3/4