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Vintages Wine Picks March 6, 2010

White Wine

Lacheteau Les Loges Vouvray Chenin Blanc 2008, A.C., Loire, France: Vintages Wine Panel: Vouvray is the most significant white wine appellation in the Touraine. The appellation’s soil composition has proven ideal for the Chenin Blanc grape variety. Fermented at low temperatures to slowly extract all the flavours possible, this medium-dry, superbly balanced Chenin Blanc displays layers of peach, pear, lemon and apricot. A great sipper, or let it develop in the cellar (2-3 years). My note: I love it! Although it’s off-dry, there’s no cloying sweetness, only mouth-watering extra-ripe peach and pears. This is a lovely wine for those who love flavour but not heavy oak. Pair with: mildly spiced seafood dishes. 525105 11.50% MD 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 90/100. March 6, 2010 BEST VALUE WHITE WINE. Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

Red Wine

Loron & Fils Fontcraine Gamay 2007, A.C., Morgon, Beaujolais, France: Vintages Wine Panel: Aromas of beetroot and red field berries as well as meaty notes jump from the glass. Dry and medium bodied, the palate opens up to nice aroma replays joined by an intriguing earthy character. Clean and pure on the tasty, persistent finish. My note: Lovely depth and freshness with gorgeously ripe field berries and raspberries. Medium-bodied with a velvet smooth texture. Absolutely terrific! Pair with: hearty stew full of root veggies. 158923 13% D 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 88/100. March 6, 2010 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

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