LCBO Sale Pick of the Week: Dec. 22

Latour 2011 Bourgogne Gamay (Burgundy, France)

Sale $17.45, Regular $18.95
Discount (until Jan. 4): $1.50
LCBO # 361014 | 750 mL bottle

Tastes like: Supple, delicate blueberry and black berry, with a hint of mint and herbs. Refreshing.
Pairs with: Roast birds, wood-fired pizza, simple risotto. Easy eats.
Good for: Introducing a dinner party and kicking off a dance party.
Drink this: Now.
Alcohol: 13%

Why we're drinking this
We’re just a little bit infatuated with Gamay right now. It’s an underdog, for sure, and we like underdogs. Gamay doesn’t blow your socks off, or make wine critic Robert Parker freak out and issue automatic 95 point scores. It’s easy drinking, super smooth, and light-bodied. It shines and glimmers in the light. Yeah, you can see through it. It’s not a wine for Cabernet-obsessed fans of massive fruit bombs that are dense like ink and rip the coating of your teeth. But if you like finesse and dig sub-text, this is the wine for you.

Tasting note
First off, Gamay should have a nice perfume. And this one does. Sweet ripe blackberry, blueberry and hints of herbs and mint. A little earth, wet leaves, black tea. But it’s all on the delicate side. You have to work for it and pay attention. On the palate, you get those same perfume flavours, but enrobed in a lovely mouth feel. Soft and supple. The acidity is medium, and well integrated into the overall profile. Our sommelier friends love a Gamay with food, like roasted birds with some herbs, or a wood-fired pizza. They also love it as a palate refresher after an evening of big, meaty wines. It’ll brighten your evening. Try this wine, or any good Gamay, and you’ll see why.

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Louis Latour Gamay | kwäf LCBO Pick December 22

This week's selection by kwäf Taste Bud  Dick Snyder