2017 Le Petit Chat Malin

I would love to be able to drink amazing wines like velvety Burgundy, floral Barolo and peppery Northern Rhône Syrah on a daily, or even weekly basis. This is the dream, but for right now it’s not in the cards.

Sure, I drink some nice wines at tastings and open the occasional celebratory bottle, but for the most part I look for affordable, fresh and food-friendly wines that I can drink and share with friends and family. This is one of those wines.

For me The Petit Chat Malin series, loosely translated as the “cunning little cat” provides that easy-going laid back drinking experience that I’m so often looking for. The fun label and write-up caught everyone’s attention at the dinner table, while enjoying a family meal of pizza and garlic fingers. We opted for the red wine, which went very well with the pizza.

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The 2017 Le Petit Malin Rouge was our favorite, it had juicy red berry fruits with some baking spice and something a little herbaceous. The wine was velvety with only a slight grip to the tannins and enough acidity to carry the wine. At just over $15 CAD this is comparable in quality and taste to many of the Cotes-du-Rhône offerings available, and for several dollars less.

The white on the other hand was crisp with lemon, peach and some freshly cut grass. This was drank after the fact, but next time I think I’ll pair it with a strawberry and goat cheese spinach salad, which will make food and wine here shine!

If you’re looking for a great value “weeknight” wine this could be for you!

Cheers, Ben

2017 Meyer Pinot Noir

The wines of British Columbia, Canada have in my experience generally focused on bigger bolder Bordeaux style blends but given the various microclimates of the Okanagan Valley there is also plenty of Pinot to go around. As the picture here clearly indicates this is from 3 separate sights and is blended together to reach a final balanced wine.

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For those not familiar with the wines of British Columbia there are three major viticultural areas but the Okanagan Valley is by far the biggest. At almost 5 times as many wineries as any other region, the valley is home to 182 of a possible 274 grape-producing wineries.  It’s no surprise that this is where the provinces most ambitious wines are crafted.

This particular wine is the entry-level for Meyer and can be had for $25-$35 depending on location and for $23 when buying direct at the winery. While it’s a nice Pinot that showcases what is possible in the region, it pales in comparison to the wineries single vineyard Old Block Pinot and Mclean Creek Rd. Pinot which showcase more depth, fruit concentration and ageability. They also have a recently released Micro Cuvee, which I can only imagine is as good or better as the two single vineyard options. -8532722287925201567_IMG_9216

This has crunchy red fruits -currants, raspberries, cranberries – along with light baking spice, herbs and earthy notes. The wine finds balance between ripeness and crunchy fruits. A slight grip to the tannins is welcomed and there’s just enough acidity to hold the wine together. The fruit seems slightly muted here and a little more acidity would be welcomed but this is nice for an entry-level Pinot. I would drink again but if I was you would splurge for the Mclean Creek Rd. offering if your budget allows.

Have you had a wine from British Columbia? What was it? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Cheers,
Ben