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October 3 2019

Suggestions for Thursday, October 3rd 2019

by Sébastien Légasse

For the beginning of October, Sébastien Légasse, our head sommelier, presents three European wines. For the first wine, we are headed for Austria and its incomparable Rainer Wess 2017 vintage. This unique white wine, with a very special signature that combines purity and the distinctive expression of Riesling,  will perfectly match your sauerkraut! Afterwards, we are headed south towards the Spanish heat with a powerful, muscular, but above all expressive Frontonio Telescopico. Filled with authenticity, this 100% Grenache will seduce your fine palate. Finally, Sébastien offers you an incomparable French red wine: a Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru of 2015. From your first sip, you will feel the meticulous work that makes the quality of this cuvée. Rediscover an intense color combined with a floral nose and a dominant raspberry taste… Simply exceptional! 

Rainer Wess Wachau Riesling 2017

Rainer Wess Riesling grows on terraces on the slopes of the Wachau region in Austria.  Located in the foothills of the Danube, the vines can take advantage of the perfect combination of soil, exposure and climate to produce brilliant rieslings. The estate, founded in 2003, installed its vats in 2010 in the cellars of an 18th century monastery. The winegrower’s signature is found in this wine with a purity and an expression that is typical of this varietal. The nose is expressive with stone fruits, citrus fruits and a strong minerality. The palate is tense, full and charming. A slight residual sugar rounds everything off, alongside a perfectly balanced freshness. Think of a sauerkraut, a Korma chicken or a spicy dish with this wine; a guaranteed delight!

Frontonio Telescopico Valdejalon 2015

In the heart of the country, halfway between Barcelona and Madrid, is the Bodega Frontonio. Their first vintage appeared in 2010 with 630 bottles, vinified in the garage of one of the founders. They are still present, harvesting the grapes by hand and, for some vintages, crushing them in vats with their own feet. Their love for authenticity and minimum intervention gives us a product that stands out pleasantly. The color is of a ruby of medium intensity, while the nose is complex with red fruits, pepper, leather and a smoky note. The tannins are supple and the aromas of leather and tobacco are highlighted, in an interesting length. This 100% Grenache will satisfy you as a companion to a red meat and mushrooms dish or a duck with a blackcurrant sauce.

Domaine Anne & Hervé Sigaut Chambolle musigny 1er cru Les Chatelots 2015

Hervé Sigaut took over his grandmother’s vines in 1977 and those of his father slightly later.  A woman named Anne took part in the first harvest of the estate in 1984. As wine also leads to love, Hervé married this woman. Since then, she has been involved in the estate and now manages the vinification process rigorously. Natural harvest, no herbicides, 25% new barrels and above all a meticulous work at all stages are what makes the quality of this cuvée. The color is of an intense ruby, with purple highlights. The floral nose is harmoniously combined with cooked red fruits. In the palate, the tannins are tight because of the youth of this nectar, but the raspberry dominates and the length is nothing other than spectacular! To decant if enjoyed now, but I’d personally recommend waiting a few years. Serve with a braised lamb leg and root vegetables.

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