Had a Glass: 2006 Domaine Yves Cuilleron Condrieu Les Chaillets

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He says: This is an intense wine, showing depth and balance beyond any Viognier I’ve ever had. Definitely a 5-star wine, and something that any curious wine lover needs to experience.

She says: This is one of the those wines that I will be talking about for years to come.

Had a Glass: 2007 Tardieu-Laurent Cornas Coteaux

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He says: Thoroughly enjoyable, and a wine I will definitely buy again.

She says: Elegant & complex but with some lovely, fine tannins to give it structure and a little ‘oomph’.

2007 Domaine les Pallières Gigondas Les Racines

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He says: This is the first wine to get over 4 stars on Winecouver, yet it’s nowhere near the most expensive one we’ve tasted. Here’s why: when I first drank this wine I talked about its flavours for several days.

She says: I now know what to pour my husband if he has had a bad day!

2007 Domaine du Vieux Lazaret Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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She says: At nearly $40 a bottle, not even its papal history can justify this price tag for me.

He says: There’s nothing particularly horrible about this wine, yet there’s nothing particularly great about it either.

2009 Domaine Lafond Tavel Roc-Epine

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He says: This is probably one of my favorite Rosés ever, and at $24 it’s a steal.

She says: All my favourite things in one sexy, slender bottle… A great introduction to Rhône Rosé and its distinctive style.

2008 M. Chapoutier Tavel Beaurevoir

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She says: Interestingly the winemaking notes referenced malolactic fermentation. Does this mean the savory notes and lack of freshness make sense? Not for me.

He says: Way too much money for an average wine that you could find a cheaper comparable for.

Wine truths

“I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day.”
by Frank Sinatra

Wine Ratings

★☆☆☆☆ - Poor quality. Avoid. Save your money. Between 80-84 points.

★★☆☆☆ - Average quality or poor value. Between 84-88 points. Some expensive wines are downgraded for bad value.

★★★☆☆ - Good. Between 88-92 points. Or a good value on the lower end of the point scale.

★★★☆☆ - Excellent quality. Between 92-96 points. Or a cheap yet good quality wine which is excellent value.

★★★☆☆ - Outstanding, best examples in the world. Between 96 and 100 points. A perfect wine.