On the Road with the Grape Guy

On the Road with the Grape Guy is a on-going feature that follows me from event to event ... I post my thoughts, feelings and reviews of what happened and what I tasted ... basically it is here that I review the events I attend and the things that thrilled me.

A Quick Peak at Burgundy

25 Jun 2018

(June 2018) … Burgundy produces 183 million bottles per annum (approximately) of that one of every 2 bottles is exported, Chablis makes up 31% of those exports and Canada is Burgundy’s fourth biggest market.

Burgundy is broken down into 5 main regions: Cote de Nuits, Cote de Beaune, Cote Chalonnaise, Maconnais, Chablis & Grand Auxerrois / Chatillonnais; and there are three main sub-divisions of the wines produced: Grand Cru AOC, which makes up 1.5% of all wines produced; Village and Village Premier Cru AOC, making up another 37% of production; and finally Regionale AOC.


Some Recently Tasted Wines …
click on the name below for the full review

Domaine Jean-Hugues & Guilhem Goiset 2015 Exogyra Virgula, Saint-Bris  *** ½

Domaine Berthenet 2015 Tete de Cuvee, Montagny  *** ½+

Chateau de Fuisse 2015 Tete de Cru, Pouilly-Fuisse  *** ½+

Bouchard Pere et Fils 2015 Savigny-Les-Beaune  *** ½+

Remoissenet Pere et Fils 2015 Givry  ****+

Marie-Pierre Manciat NV Cremant de Bourgogne  *** ½+

Domaine Louis Moreau 2015 Vaulignot, Chablis Premier Cru  *** ½+

Domaine du Meix-Foulot 2015 Clos du Chateau Montaigu, Mercurey Premier Cru  *** ½

Domaine Sylvain Langoureau 2015 Le Champlat, Saint-Aubin Premier Cru  ****+


Two Culmina Tastings

21 Jun 2018

(November 2017 / June 2018) … If you ever wondered what happened to the other half of Jackson-Triggs (Jackson makes wine in Ontario under the Union Label), wonder no more, he’s happily ensconced in British Columbia making wine of his own at Culmina with his daughter Sara (and other family members).

You can hear part one of our Culmina podcast here (with Sara Triggs) and stay tuned for part 2 with Donald Triggs himself coming up as part of our Legacy series later this year.

A Little About Culmina …

The family moved onto the site in 2007, it is a small family project and they control all the fruit, focusing mainly on Bordeaux grapes and red blends, it is located on the Golden Mile in the Okanagan, between Oliver and Osoyoos, and consists of 56 acres broken down into 44 micro blocks due to their diversity of soils.

The Wines Tasted …
click on wine name to read the full review

Culmina 2016 Decora  ****
Culmina 2016 Unicus  ****
Culmina 2015 R & D Rosé  *** ½+
Culmina 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon  *** ½+
Culmina 2013 Hypothesis  **** ½+


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