Taste it Again / Lost & Found

Domaine Queylus 2013 Cabernet Franc Tradition

04 Jan 2024


An honest review ... of a winery that makes great wines: Domaine Queylus 2013 Franc

This is a 10 year old Cabernet Franc from a mediocre vintage (that saw a huge crop, largest on record to that point for Ontario). Sadly, not even Queylus' good name and winemaking team can save what this has become: liquid bell pepper. And that's being kind. Fruit is long gone. Even at the times when the green pepper subsides, there is very little to be excited about. The best thing I can say here, is that oak was not a factor in my tasting - it did not show up. Which was a saving grace for this wine.

Let me put it this way: imagine taking green peppers and putting them in water and letting them sit there for a few weeks and then drinking the water. Sometimes known as Chinon back in the day or Ontario circa early-2000s.

Harsh? Maybe. But fact remains, not all Ontario wines age well, you need to know your vintages. If you still have 2013s in your cellar (from any winery) now might be the time to bring them out and give them a try. Keep your expectatons low.


Original Review October 7, 2016


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