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680 NEWS wine reviews – April 20–22, 2007 

Château Bonnet Blanc 2005
The Bordeaux region is best known for its red wines blended from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. But Bordeaux also makes white wines from a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and sometimes a little Muscadelle. The most enduring white Bordeaux on the LCBO's general list is Château Bonnet, which is produced in the Entre Deux Mers region. The 2005 vintage of this bargain-priced wine is riper than previous vintages, with a softer mouth feel. Green plum and cut grass aromas rise from the glass when you swirl it – aromas that follow through as flavours on the palate. It's medium-bodied, dry, clean and mouth-filling with a crisp, spicy finish and great value at $13.15 a bottle. Try it with grilled scallops or smoked smoked fish. That's Chateau Bonnet Blanc 2005 from Bordeaux. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. $13.15 (LCBO #83709)

El Burro Kickass Garnacha 2005
Guy Anderson is a British wine merchant who scours the lesser-known wine regions of the world for good wine at bargain prices. He's the cheeky chap who gave you such names as Fat Bastard, Le Freak and Mad Dogs & Englishmen. His latest venture is in the Campo de Borja appellation in Spain where he buys grapes to make another critter wine he calls El Burro Kickass Garnacha. Garnacha (Grenache in France) is the second-most-important red grape in Spain after Tempranillo. The newly arrived 2005 vintage of El Burro Kickass Garnacha has a vanilla and raspberry nose. It's quite full-bodied, with black cherry and raspberry flavours and a firm acidic backbone. It costs $12.15 a bottle. The El Burro label, in the convention of critter wines, shows a drawing of a donkey with a knowing expression. For post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. ($12.15, LCBO #18929)

 

 

 

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