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Vintage Assessments Tasting Note Producer LUC BELAIRE
Not presented at the press and/or consultants preview in the LCBO lab. Here is my tasting note from the 750 ml bottle being released today (cspc 395384 at $39,95). Bright day-glo faintly reddish pink colour. Very spicy, faintly honeyed, plummy, strawberry nose. Off dry, medium-light bodied, spicy, honeyed, ripe plum-apple-cassis-cherry flavours with a crisp, fairly effervescent finish. This generic produit de France remarkably overpriced and underwhelming. An easy-to-drink, sweetish, fruity 12.5% alcohol blend of 90% Syrah, 5% Cinsault and 5% Grenache with 24 g/L residual sugar. It is made by the inexpensive “Charmat” method using bulk stainless steel tanks. This Rose last appeared in Vintages (*+) on September 30, 2017 at $39.95. Meanwhile, beware of tastings.com reviews (from The Beverage Testing Institute in Chicago) which are apparently paid-for by producers. It means that you can safely ignore the 92-point tasting note appearing in the Vintages Catalogue. There may only be one thing worse than getting a magnum of this Rose - it’s the still-available 6-litre Methuselah (SAQ# 12604848) for $713.50, which is the equivalent of 4 magnums costing only $379.80. CSPC 540104
Type Sparkling Wine
Agent Kol Gro
Country France
Rating *+(86.5 points)
Plummy, Spicy, Honeyed
LCBO Note Status
TASTING NOTE: Brilliant pink garnet color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of berry coulis and mint cookie with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, orange creme brulee, spiced watermelon, and minerals finish. A beautifully rich and fruity sparkler that is sure to please. Exceptional. Score - 92 (tastings.com, April 28, 2016) Price $ 94.95
Bottle Size 1,500 mL
Tasting Date vintages release - February 3, 2018
Cases bought 49 (3 bottles per case)

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