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680 NEWS wine reviews – May 18–20, 2007 

Château des Charmes Aligote 2005
If you're palate-weary of the same old, same old, there's a unique wine at the LCBO that's made by only one winery in Canada. It's Château des Charmes Aligote. The Aligote grape is mainly grown in Burgundy, where it plays second fiddle to Chardonnay. But in a warm year it can produce a rich white wine. Remember the summer we had in 2005? Well, Château des Charmes managed to get the weather they needed to make an excellent wine. Their Aligote 2005 has a nose of struck flint and green apple. It's medium-bodied, dry and fresh with green apple and mineral flavours. Very much like a Chablis and it's only $13.15 a bottle. Serve it with grilled white fish or camembert cheese. That's Château des Charmes Aligote 2005 from Ontario. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. ($13.15, LCBO #284950)

Errazuriz Carmenère 2005
The vineyards of Chile were planted in the second half of the eighteenth century with vines shipped over from Bordeaux. The Chilean growers thought they were getting Merlot but in the 1990s DNA analysis proved that what they had was not Merlot but a rare variety called Carmenère. Carmenère, which is more like Cabernet Franc in character, is now Chile's signature grape. A good example is Errazuriz Carmenère 2005. Deeply coloured with a spicy nose of blackberry, dark chocolate and vanilla oak, it's full on the palate with chocolate and black fruit flavours and a herbal note on the finish. It costs $14.15. Try it with pepper steak or beef casserole. For post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. ($14.15, LCBO #16238)

 

 

 

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