THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE WEIRD: WINE ADVENTURES’ STEVE GAUCHER GETS ALL KIM JI-WOON ON TPS WITH ELEVEN WINES FROM FRANCE

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Steve Gaucher from Wine Adventures dropped off some samples that M., Irish T and I went through Monday:

Emile Boeckel Brut Blanc de Blancs Cremant d’Alsace NV.  Grade=Meh.  Has some hints of apple pie, lemon/lime and mineral but turns to a scorched apple turnover from McDonald’s in the glass.

Boeckel  Pinot Gris Alsace 2011.  Grade=Okay.  Notes of Lemonheads®, dandelion greens and  burnt lemongrass with a bit of petrol on the finish.

Boeckel Pinot Blanc Reserve 2010.  Grade=Good.  Lean mineral notes with hints of acacia, lime, honeydew and blanched almonds.

Boeckel Riesling Alsace 2011.  Grade=Good.  Perfumy with crisp pear, lime, lemon peel and mineral.  I like this but it’s not for everybody.

Boeckel Riesling Wiebelsberg Grand Cru 2009.  Grade=Very Good.  Citrus notes followed up by passionfruit, gravel, flint and golden cherries.  Very nice.

Boeckel Gewurtztraminer Alsace 2011.  Grade=Very Good.  Floral in the nose with lychee, petrol, mineral and lime notes.

Marrenon Chardonnay Viognier Private Gallery Terroir d’Altitude 2011.  Grade=Meh.  Has a strange herbal character mixed up with lemon, quince and petrol.

Marrenon Grande Touque Luberon Blanc 2011.  Grade=Okay.  White flower, chalk, lime peel, almond paste and white grapefruit.

Domaine Pierre Fil Le Fil Rouge Pays d’OC 2011.  Grade=Very Good.  Red flowers, cherries, mulberry, and earth notes – a pretty decent quaff.

Domaine Tour Boisee Cabernet Sauvignon Ma Vigne 2011.  Grade=Very Good.  Candied black fruits, pepper, cocoa, this is a fleshy, Cali-styled Cab from France.

Domaine Tour Boisee Superbe Mariage Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon France 2011.  Grade=Meh.  Bitter fruit, blood orange, twigs and an odd dash of dried basil.  Just weird.

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