Low Class Isn’t All That Bad

Header-image-StephenBy Robert K Stephen (CSW)

(TORONTO, ON) – Vin de France is the lowest of low French wine classifications. The only thing that’s needed is that all the grapes must come from France.

Cirque Classique wine FranceCome to think of it. This is similar to a label that says VQA Ontario, without an appellation distinction, like Lake Erie North Shore, for example.

While I prefer wines from distinct appellations, there are decent no appellation VQA and Vin De France wines. It just means you better hope the grape or wine producers are delivering a quality product. If not, expect rotgut.

Le Cirque Classique is one of those cheap and cheerful low priced wines ($11.95).

It is light gold in colour with solid aromas and taste of grapefruit, lime, honey, and apricots. It has a short and uncomplicated finish. Well made/blended and rounded with no sharp or cloying characteristics. Dry yet surprisingly flavourful.

On a hot day this summer, this would make an excellent patio wine that will follow through to the grilled chicken or pork.

Often these cheaper wines become very tiring after one glass. Thank goodness not with Cirque Classique. A very drinkable blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Muscat.

Wine classifications are indeed useful, but the lowest of low may not necessarily be so. Wine classification systems can often be seen as a guarantee of quality but, due to their strict rules, a bastion against innovation.

(Le Cirque Classique, Gabriel Mefre, $11.95, 12%, LCBO Product #377093, Square Media Group Rating 88/100)

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About the Author

Robert Stephen (CSW)
Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he loves The Square. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."Email Robert Stephen
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