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About this Episode

Michaela Quinlan, certified sommelier, and Robert Tas explore the wine list at the French brasserie, La Voile. The food is quintessentially French, and the wine list is a  fine expression of the best French wines. Michaela chooses wines from a variety of French regions, including a stand-out Bourdeaux, a must-try Chateau Montus, and an exceptional blend for a celebration wine. 

Wines reviewed include:

  • 2016 Chateau Vieux Chaigneau, Lalande de Pomerol

  • 2019 Domaine Tinel-Blondelet, Pouilly Fumé, Loire Valley 

  • 2021 Domaine le Freud Pinot Gris, Alsace

Transcript: La Voile

La Voile

RT: Hello and welcome to CorkRules! 

A podcast where, in each episode, we will review a wine list from your favorite restaurants. I’m your host Robert Tas along with Michaela Quinlan, certified sommelier.

Hello Michaela, it’s great to be back together for another episode.

MQ: Hi Robert!

RT: Before we jump in, let’s talk about CorkRules.

We created CorkRules to demystify wine lists because we know from experience, that sometimes when we get that list handed to us, well… it can be intimidating, and even a little daunting.

Our aim is to help prepare you to navigate that list, find those hidden gems, or value wines or that special bottle that will take your dining experience over the top.

RT: So, sit back and listen as we review your favorite wine list.

RT: Today we are talking about La Voile. This classic, French Brasserie is located in Boston and Brookline, MA. Featuring lunch and dinner seven days a week, this menu has it all, including three course tasting menus.

Michaela, I can’t wait to hear what do you think of their wine list?

MQ: Calling all Francophiles! Not only do they offer a three-course dinner tasting, but a three-course dessert wine tasting as well. LaVoile’s wine list is truly a lesson in French wines. I wanted to find some unique selections for us today, as there are so many wonderful options.

RT: That’s really great, as you looked at the list did you see anything jump out at you?

MQ: The first wine to catch my eye was 2020 Clos du Palet, Vouvray from the Loire Valley. This white wine consists of Chenin blanc which showcases aromas of white flowers, peach, apricot, and a nutty finish. A white wine to consider as you begin your dining experience, or to pair with shellfish, and lightly sauced proteins.

RT: That is for sure unique. Did you find any others that caught your eye right away?

MQ:  A stand-out Bordeaux to consider would be the 2016 Chateau Vieux Chaigneau, from Lalande de Pomerol. Lalande de Pomerol is located on the Right Bank of Bordeaux just north of the prestigious Pomerol appellation. This Bordeaux blend of merlot and cabernet sauvignon is rich and smooth with aromas and flavors of ripe blackberries, cherries, cassis, earth and smoke. The lingering finish will also pair beautifully with richly sauced proteins.

RT: So, Michaela, their list seems to have lots of range but was there anything that you would say is a “must-try”?

MQ: For our fans of rich, red wines, consider the 2016 Chateau Montus, from Madiran, located in Southwest France. This red wine received 95 points from the Wine Enthusiast and consists of tannat and cabernet sauvignon. The tannat grape is similar to Malbec and is known in Southwest France and Uruguay. This must-try red features ripe blueberries, blackberries, fresh acidity, spice, and a finish of earth and smoke. A wonderful companion to rich pastas and sauces.

RT: These are some great calls.

So, you know I’m getting thirsty and will need to order a bottle with my dinner, where would you guide us?

MQ: A beautiful bottle for the table would be the 2019 Domaine Tinel-Blondelet, Pouilly Fumé from the Loire Valley of France. Not to be confused with Pouilly Fuisse which produces chardonnay, the Pouilly Fume subregion produces sauvignon blanc. This white wine features bright acidity, and minerality with flavors of ripe pear, citrus, lime zest, and a hint of salinity on the finish. This is a wonderful selection if the table is kicking off the evening with a cheese plate, or to pair with light seafood.

 RT: Ooh, Terrific.

Michaela, speaking of price, sometimes people have a budget in mind.  Any other great value wines you’d point us to? 

MQ: the first quality/value wine that caught my eye was the 2021 Domaine le Freud Pinot Gris, Tendance Sec from Alsace, France. This is a versatile, floral white wine that showcases white flowers, apricot, lime zest, with notes of honey on the finish. This dry, medium-bodied wine is perfect to pair with cheese, rich proteins, and spicy foods.

RT: That sounds great. What is your other value selection?

MQ: For our red wine fans, a stellar quality/value wine is the 2019 Chateau de la Liquière, from Faugères in the Languedoc region of France. This Syrah and Grenache blend is rich, full bodied, and showcases ripe blueberries, cherries, spice, black pepper, and notes of licorice on the finish. If you are eyeing pasta or richly sauced proteins, this is the wine to consider.

RT: Now Michaela, what if I have a big client dinner or special occasion where I want to take it up a notch?

MQ: A stellar wine for any special occasion would be the 1988 Chateau Labegorce Margaux from Bordeaux, France. This Left Bank Bordeaux winery is truly a classic, dating back to 1821. This blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and cabernet franc is certainly on the Bordeaux lover's list of wines to enjoy. The classic ripe red cherries, cassis, smoke, leather, and earth combined with rich, round tannins, make this classic vintage a joy to add to any special occasion.

RT: Michaela, thank you so much for all your great suggestions and helping us navigate LaVoile’s wine list. I can’t wait to go try them myself.  

To our audience, thank you all for joining us here on CorkRules.

If you would like us to review one of your favorite restaurants, please send us email to: Info@CorkRules.Com or visit our web website where we have a request form available and we will do our best to get it in the queue as quickly as possible.

We are looking forward to being with you on another CorkRules episode soon. In the meantime, please check out our website for other episodes of your favorite restaurant wine lists. 

And finally, drink what you love and please make sure you drink responsibly.


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