The Champion

Domaine Roulot

Les Luchets Meursault Chardonnay 2017

Jean Marc Roulot has always been a champion of showcasing individual terroir diversity with his terrific village lieux-dits, and the excellent 2017 vintage which has turned out so well for both red and white burg, is just perfect for it. Les Luchets is fantastic tonight, wafting from the glass with layers of white orchard fruit, lilies, hazelnut, spices and attractive matchstick reduction. The palate is pure and vibrant with a crystalline minerality, an elegant texture and notably impressive length. Really great bottle. — 2 months ago

Shay, Jan and 6 others liked this

Quinta do Vallado

Reserva Field Blend Douro Red Blend 2015

Supposed to be a Brasil copa champion wine but not their night. Wine way better than the game. Unlike Brazil tonite this wine is well integrated and smooth. Big nose black fruit dominate. Black berries. Leather. Big mouthfeel. Vanilla but oak not over the top. Love it. Smooth tannins. Dark fruit . Figs. Prefer over their touriga. At least I think I do. Should do head to head tasting. Great wine, shitty game. — a year ago

with Ania

Golden Grove Estate

Vermentino 2020

This won the Trophy for the best White Wine at the Toowoomba Wine Show last weekend and went on to win Champion Wine of the Show. Colour is very pale lemon. Notes of green Apple - skins and flesh, also Lime. The palate has quince and mandarin notes - quite unctuous and fleshy on the palate - low acid and medium plus intensity. Even though the winery is in the Granite Belt/Ballandean the fruit is from Chalmers Vineyard in Mildura in Victoria. The 2020 vintage in Ballandean was probably the most challenging on record with droughts, fires and record low yields. As a result, no Vermentino was harvested at Golden Grove Estate. — 2 years ago

Casey, Ron and 14 others liked this

Galante Vineyards

Grand Champion Malbec Blend 2012

This wine continues to improve with age. A bit sharp and tightly wound when I first tried this vintage nearly ten years ago, the fruit is now nicely blended and mellowed. Dark cherry, raspberry, plum, and ripe strawberry, with some spice on the palate. Medium plus tannins, medium plus alcohol, and high acid. Finally living up to its label. — 6 months ago

Susan Cahoon
with Susan
Brent liked this

House of Arras

Grand Vintage Champagne Blend 2008

Tuesday the 26th of January was Australia Day and a public holiday. What better way to celebrate than Australia’s best fizz Arras Grand Vintage from Tasmania. Quite light lemon in colour. Very citrussy and mineral on the nose. 7 years on Lees showing in the complexity of the palate which still shows tension and refreshment. See previous notes for the 2007 which was slightly better and Champion Wine of the Royal Brisbane Show. — 2 years ago

Jan, Scott and 17 others liked this

Roland Champion

Special Club Blanc de Blancs Brut Grand Cru Champagne Chardonnay 2016

Russ W

Tasted in a Riedel Bordeaux glass - pure alcoholic heat. In a zalto bordeaux glass - texture was off, nose brioche. In a Zalto AP glass, brioche, chalk and unmistakable CURRY (!!?!?) and finally in a stolze quatrophil red wine glass where this special club saw its most pristine fruit, marzipan and minerality. — 4 months ago

Krystal Lemons
with Krystal
Krystal, Joe and 5 others liked this

S.C. Pannell

Adelaide Hills Nebbiolo 2016

Smells and looks exactly like a good Langhe. Brick red with aromas of dried cherry, menthol, mint and other herbs. Medium weight palate - M plus tannins; M plus acid - typical again. As good as anything I’ve had as a Rosso from Piedmont. Myself and fellow judges made this the Grand Champion of the Toowoomba Wine Show in 2019. Also Trophy, best other variety red, 2018 Adelaide Hills Wine Show. Have written previously about Steve Pannell’s expertise with alternative varieties. — 7 months ago

Severn, John and 14 others liked this
Jamie Lauder

Jamie Lauder

Mr. McDonald,
This is why I follow you.
Your insight to wine and tasting notes are second to none.
Thank You.
Bob McDonald

Bob McDonald Influencer Badge

You are too kind Jamie. We both love wine and like writing about it. Here’s to many good bottles in the future. 👍🍷🍾

Una Lou

Carneros Rosé of Pinot Noir 2019

Erik Helms

Bottled for the first vintage ever? This previous champion of rosé canned wine is just as pretty from the bottle. Rose petals, Rainier cherries, and ripe strawberries. Pretty tasty and with plenty of acid to keep it interesting. — 2 years ago

Ron, Daniel P. and 5 others liked this