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15 August 2019

Suggestions for Thursday, August 15th 2019

by Sébastien Légasse

Returning from a well-deserved break, Sébastien Légasse, our head sommelier, presents his usual three wines! First of all, a German wine with strong traditions from the Rheinhessen region is suggested. Then, discover a Rioja with a superb cherry red color that will perfectly pair with a beef filet mignon! Finally, Sébastien offers you a sublime French wine from the Jura region; the smell of fresh hazelnuts and orchard fruits will make you feel all the unique know-how of this Arbois!

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13 August 2019

Curiosity, rarity and accessibility: a different Portugal, by Antonio Maçanita

by Sophie Lamontagne

Working in a restaurant blessed with a cellar that won the Grand Award of Excellence of the Wine Spectator magazine is an out of the ordinary experience. Everyday, you are faced with situations such as climbing over a Carré d’As to retrieve another extremely prestigious bottle (such a hard life!). The best words to describe this reality brought by the Grand Award are not my own, but are from one of my colleagues: rarity, curiosity and accessibility. These three words also adequately describe Antonio Maçanita, a Portugal producer, by upholding his unique products, a selection of wine that the Coureur des Bois is proud to offer to its customers.

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23 July 2019

Five things to know about scotch whisky

by Eric Van Hove

It is summer and many of you are currently enjoying some much needed vacation time. You will perhaps read this blog in your swimsuit, a glass in your hand, with your friends on your deck. Here are a few subjects to discuss with your guests.

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18 July 2019

Suggestions for Thursday, July 18th 2019

by Sébastien Légasse

This week, Sébastien Légasse, our head sommelier, offers you a Pinot blanc from Domaine Josmeyer! The excellence and know-how of this wine producer from three parcels will be felt through its sharp aromas that will immediately take you back to your flower garden. The last wine suggested is a red Barolo with an orange hue that, once in the palate, will charm your senses with its strong black fruit character. His guest, Philippe Langelier, sommelier at Le Coureur des Bois Bistro Gourmand, presents two attractive wines. First, feel the whole Italian story of a product from Donnafugata that is entirely eco-responsible. A red wine with character and fermented in stainless steel casks; it will surely seduce you with its wild fruit flavors! Also, a Château Larose-Trintaudon with an unparalleled quality/price ratio is part of his suggestions! Discover a wine filled with both regional and responsible values to share with friends. Happy tasting!

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16 July 2019

The letter I did not want to receive!

by Guy Doucet

Last Saturday, just like each week, I went to retrieve my mail where, usually, a few remnants await. Located at more than one kilometer away from my home, my postal box was relocated after the most recent reform of Canada Post, the first sign of the current digitization of society. For the first time, I apprehended this event, a sentiment that is probably shared by the 2.9 million of Quebec members that were affected by the data theft at Desjardins.

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11 July 2019

Suggestions for Thursday, July 11th 2019

by Sébastien Légasse

This week, Sébastien Légasse, our head sommelier, presents a Spanish organic wine of character with a strong presence of plum and a hint of smoke. Then, onwards to Chile with a Viña Vik! This red wine, made from five grape varieties, mainly Cabernet-Sauvignon, is ideal with a piece of lamb on the barbecue!  His guest, Guillaume Saint-Julien, sommelier at the Coureur des Bois Bistro Gourmand, recommends a sparkling Champagne which, once in the palate, will delicately rock your palate. Also, a red wine is one the menu, from Thymiopoulos, sublimated with vibrant and elaborate aromas, which will perfectly accompany your most beautiful grills! Happy tasting!

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9 July 2019

The “Tonnellerie François et Frères”

by Pasquale Charland

By recognizing the importance of casks in the aging of wine, it is essential to also recognize the importance of the one that produces them. Not long ago, I had the privilege of visiting, during my trip in Burgundy at Saint-Romain, the “tonnellerie François et frères” that is more than a century old and that has always kept the same passion and the same strive for perfection. They have managed to unite this disappearing art with new technologies, allowing them to preserve the artisan tradition of crafting casks.

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3 July 2019

“Walk the talk”

by Guy Doucet

You are probably all quite familiar with the “walk the talk” expression that means that words should always be followed by action. I simply love this expression as it can be applied to pretty much everything in our lives: at home, in sports or in business. The entrepreneurs, like me, will all agree that if you are looking for success, it is much better to have an imperfect business plan, with disciplined action than a perfect business plan that is realized halfway.

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2 July 2019

Garrus, the best of what rosé has to offer

by Sophie Lamontagne

Most people believe that rosé wines are value products only destined for summer gatherings, but magnificent products are offered to us all year long. How can you escape these seductive, floral, crunchy and fine wines? Which rosés are truly exceptional? One of the best, if not the greatest, is uncontestably the Garrus cuvee from Château d’Esclans.

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25 June 2019

New Regulations in the Scotch Whisky World

by Eric Van Hove

If you are familiar with the function of our five senses, you know that we are wired to easily perceive variations, movements or changes. So, when a new regulation in the Scotch whisky world was adopted mid-June 2019, after years of immobility, the perception of this quite small variation had a massive impact and we must therefore talk about it. Let us dive into a detailed analysis to figure out if this movement is important or trivial.

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18 June 2019

Jean-Claude Boisset: Five Years Later

by Pasquale Charland

In 2014, during my last visit to the Jean-Claude Boisset domain, the winemaker Grégory Patriat was excited to let me know about the grandiose project that would forever change the face of the domain. The works were only starting and, even then, we knew that it would be something unique, notably by choosing Frédéric Didier as the architect of the project (he was in charge of the renovation project of Versailles), and the geobiology consultant in the person of Georges Prat – it was their first winery project. Originally from Burgundy, they associated their competences in patrimony and heritage to create a contemporary, yet traditional winery, between “vineyard and city”.

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11 June 2019

Demystifying Burgundy Wines: How to Find the Best Value Products

by Pascale Lemieux

Around 183 million bottles are produced every year in Burgundy and one bottle out of two is exported. This illustrates the demand for these wines all around the world. In Québec, we are one of the best markets for these products. If China is mostly interested in prestigious and rare wines (Grands crus), we are mostly interested in wines originating from all appellations of Burgundy. Indeed, from all of the wines produced in the region, 1% of all products come from Grand cru appellations, 10% from Villages Premier crus, 37% from Villages appellations and 52% from Regional appellations.

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