Category Archives: France

Chateau Pique Segue, 2009 Bergerac

This wine is one of the reasons we belong to Opimian.  Priced at only $17.00 per bottle (Canadian), it came in a nice wooden crate, which hinted at what we would find inside.  Chateau Pique-Segue is one of those gems that you don’t run across regularly, which is part of the value of a purchasing group like Opimian.  It appears to be a smaller winery, producing about 500,000 bottles per year.  In fact, here in Ontario, it doesn’t look like the Liquor Board carries any Bergerac wine at all.

Chateau Pique-Segue Bergerac is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc. Bergerac is an appellation at the eastern edge of Bordeaux.

She said: It’s not a super robust wine, but still has enough tannins that it will do better with food than on its own.  I certainly get some nice pepper, but like most Bordeaux wines, it doesn’t have that “in your face” fruit hit – it’s more subtle and complex.  For the price, it’s a great wine to have on hand.

He said:  Purple colour with abundant flavour intensity, I get flavours of plum, oak, smoky, pepper and chocolate.  It’s dry with medium complexity, medium body and a long finish.  Serve with roast beef, old cheddar. Would definitely recommend this wine.


les venerables Vielles Vignes Chablis, La Chablisienne, 2010

Chablis is a wine region in France, at the north end of Burgundy in north-central France. Les vinerables chablisBecause it’s in the north, the wines of Chablis have the characteristics you find in colder climates:  crisp with good acidity, citrusy, with mineral and green flavours.  Chablis is made from the Chardonnay grape, and is aged in stainless steel, going nowhere near oak.  There are 4 levels of Chablis, based on quality of the wine – usually associated with where the vines are on the hills.  Here’s how Jancis Robinson describes them:

“Petit Chablis is the principal, often vapid, product of the plantings on the outskirts of Chablis proper undertaken when the Chablis growers found they were unable to keep up with international demand. Most wine produced around the pretty little village of Chablis qualifies for the straightforward Chablis appellation, which can vary considerably in quality (beware of Chablis bottled outside the region) but should usually be drunk young. Some particularly well-sited vineyards, comprising about a quarter of total Chablis production, are designated Chablis Premier Cru and represent some of the district’s most reliable buys. The very best vineyards are on the west-facing hill immediately above the village and qualify as Chablis Grand Cru.”

He said: Light straw colour with an inviting aroma, and mineral on the nose  ample flavour.  Crisp, with Lemon and a hint of Butterscotch.  Lingering finish – 34/50 points.

She said: We usually cool our white wine in the fridge, so this wine starts to reveal itself once it warms up a tiny bit in the glass.  It’s very crisp and citrusy, I didn’t get a lot of mineral in the mouth although I did get a whiff of it on the nose once the wine warmed up a touch.  We’re having this with Fettuccini Alfredo, and the acid will cut through the butter in the pasta sauce quite nicely.  This wine would also do well with seafood like shrimp and lobster – where the acid can counteract the richness of the dish.  I was hoping to try it with a bit of Brie but Dave scarfed it yesterday.  However, it does go nicely with an old white cheddar and a Blarney Castle Mild Gouda that was lurking in the crisper.

I’d love to have a bottle of this on ice sitting in the back yard on a hot summer afternoon, nibbling crackers and cheese and listening to the birds. It’s a good wine for people who like lighter white wines.

The details:

  • les venerables Vieilles Vignes Chablis, La Chablisiene 2010
  • Chablis
  • 12.5% alcohol
  • $24.95 per bottle in Ontario through LCBO (Item #215525)