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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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4 June 2019

The only time that counts is the time spent in the cellar

by Le Coureur des Bois Bistro Culinaire

Located in Beaune, the Maison Camille Giroud has always maintained its tradition of fine wines, by the quality of its aging processes. By buying musts and finished wines, the aging process has always produced wines that could stand the test of time, with a strength and a structure that allow them to age in cellars for very long periods.

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28 May 2019

Gift Ideas for Father’s Day

by Eric Van Hove

Father’s day is a period where a large amount of ties are sold in stores around the globe. This is good for the dads that are truly happy to receive one, but for those that love whisky, there exists numerous interesting options. Here are four original gift ideas to offer to your father (or to yourself) for Father’s day.

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22 May 2019

What if this happy event would happen everyday?

by Guy Doucet

Earlier this week, BBC published an article about customers sitting at the bar of a Hawksmoor restaurant. They were mistakenly offered a bottle of Château Le Pin Pomerol 2001, worth £ 4,500 or just over 7500 Canadian dollars. The happy customers had ordered a bottle of Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande which is worth £ 260. Major media organizations around the world, including the Journal de Montreal in Quebec, picked up on this event.

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21 May 2019

Rosé Wines Are Not Trivial Products

by Pascale Lemieux

After being so eagerly awaited, the beautiful weather has finally arrived! What better to accompany our happy hours outside than a thirst quenching, fruity and crunchy rosé! This type of wine can be extremely simple, but can also showcase strong personality, a quality shown by the products originating from the Bandol or Tavel appellations. It is not surprising that these types of products are more and more popular upon consumers.

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7 May 2019

Peter Michael, Great Wines and Poppies

by Le Coureur des Bois Bistro Culinaire

Like many other wine estates of the New World, the story of Peter Michael Winery is a very young one. It hasn’t been forty years yet since the consecration of this project that lived through the one whose house bears his name, Sir Peter Michael. If French wines had already seduced him, it was love at first sight that awaited this wise British during a concert in California; because even though Peggy Lee’s deep voice had everything to intoxicate him, it’s his glass of wine that will forever change his life.

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