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680 NEWS wine reviews – June 16–18, 2017 

Chateau Haut-Monplaisir Malbec 2014
The region of Cahors in Southwest France has been making Malbec-based wines for centuries but Argentina has stolen their thunder. You might like to try the French version, though – currently at Vintages is Chateau Haut-Monplaisir Malbec 2014. It's dense purple in colour with a cedary nose of plums and violets. It's medium to full-bodied, dry and fruity, firmly structured with a sour cherry flavor and lively acidity. It costs $17.95 a bottle at Vintages. Try it with spicy pork ribs. That's Chateau Haut-Monplaisir Malbec 2014 from France. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler, 680 NEWS. ($17.95, Vintages #673590) (88.5)

Ogier Ventoux Rosé 2016
Ogier Ventoux Rosé 2016 is a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault and it's what I would call an all-year-round rosé, not restricted to the summer months. Light pinkish-orange in colour, it has a nose of wild strawberries with mineral and floral notes to give it complexity. Medium-bodied and dry, it offers mouth-freshening flavours of strawberries and raspberries carried on lively acidity. And it's got enough weight to match cold salmon although you might want to drink it while the barbecue coals are heating up. It costs $14.15 on the LCBO's general list. That's Ogier Ventoux Rosé from France. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler, 680 NEWS. ($14.15, LCBO #134916)

 

 

 

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