Buyers’ Guide to VINTAGES Online Exclusive June 4 Release

VINTAGES OnLine Exclusives June 4, Burgundy’s Laurent Ponsot (see John Szabo’s article after Online Exclusives), Oregon/Washington Classics

By David Lawrason with notes from John Szabo, MS and Sara d’Amato (Michael is away).

VINTAGES is releasing more and more wines on-line, especially those with lesser volumes. It makes all kinds of sense logistically, and should increase the number of wines available, if Ontario wine consumers buy in.  To do that they need good information, enticement and third party reviews they can trust, rather than the LCBO cherry-picking the highest scores they can find. That’s where we can come in.

But with no pre-release access to wines and it taking three to four days for wines to arrive after ordering, and another two days to taste and process, we have precious little time to publish reviews before some sell out.  Still, we will try.  We ask the LCBO and trade for co-operation, and our readers for your support of our efforts.

The picks below a good little run of pinot noirs from various locales. The WA scores shown below are an alignment from our critics. Click on the link to see the individual ratings and commentaries.


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VINTAGES Online Exclusives for June 4

White & Orange

Domaine Hamelin Beauroy Chablis 1er Cru 2019

Domaine Hamelin Beauroy Chablis 1er Cru 2019, Burgundy, France
$41.95, Connexion Oenophilia
David Lawrason – From yet another warm vintage, this is a ripe, smooth and luxurious Chablis. Expect generous, complex and well integrated peach, creamed corn, baguette and crushed yellow wildflower. It is medium-full bodied, very smooth and almost creamy in texture with just enough acid backbone.
John Szabo – A ripe but pure and crystalline expression of Beauroy from this reliable producer, characterized as a warm vintage but showing here marvellous balance and poise. It’s drinking well now, but will surely develop a fine and complex range of enticing fruit flavours over the next decade or more. Lovely wine, attractive value.
Sara d’Amato – An exceedingly textured, fleshy style of Chablis emanating from the early-ripening Premier Cru of Beauroy due to its steep, sunny slopes. Chalky mineral and toastiness from well-managed lees contact delivers plenty of joy and intrigue on the palate. More gregarious and less restrained in personality with flavours of peach skin, passion fruit, yellow apple, lemon, grapefruit and jasmine are on full display.


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And that’s a wrap for this edition. Watch June 20th for our recommendations from Vintages InStore Release on June 18.  Please note the WineAlign office will be closed on Wednesday June 15 and opening Monday June 27.  All staff will be in Niagara for the 21st running of the National Wine Awards of Canada.

David Lawrason

VP of Wine

Use these quick links for access to all of our Top Picks in the New Release. Non-Premium members can select from all release dates 30 days prior.

Szabo’s Smart Buys
Lawrason’s Take
Sara’s Selections
Michael’s Mix

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