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August 22 2019

Suggestions for Thursday, August 22th 2019

by Sébastien Légasse

This week, Sébastien Légasse, our head sommelier, presents his usual three wines. Discover a delicate rosé Côte de Provence that will bring you under the sun of the south of France at happy hour time. Sébastien then takes you to Argentina and recommends a red wine with aromas of raspberries, blackberries and violets that will be the perfect companion to a salmon steak and grilled meats! Back to France, and more precisely to Burgundy, for the last wine! A red wine produced on the land of Maison Champy’s producer is suggested, the proud owner of 21 hectares of exceptional plots in Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits.

Château la Martinette Rollier de la Martinette 2018

Located between Cannes and Marseille, in the heart of Provence, Château la Martinette produces wines under the Côte de Provence and IGP du Var appellations. This dry rosé that is worth mentioning is a blend of grape varieties typical of southern France. It contains Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah, Tibouren and Mourvèdre. The color is a bright pale salmon colour and the nose is bewitching with aromas of red fruits such as raspberries.  The acidity brings a pleasant freshness, always with these small red fruits, a real delight! It is the perfect rosé for a happy hour with friends, but also to follow up with the meal. On the menu: a bouillabaisse or a paella? I’ll let you choose, because I simply can’t do it!

Emma Zuccardi Bonarda Valle de Uco Mendoza 2016

Nestled in the heights of the Andes in the qualitative Mendoza region, the Zuccardi family is in its third generation of winegrowers. This cuvee is made entirely of Bonarda, the second grape variety grown in Argentina after Malbec. Often added in blends as a dyer variety and for its fruit aromas, this variety was recorded as early as 1580 in the region, when the Jesuits used it to make their mass wine. The color is of an intense purple, while the nose is a mixture of black and red fruits with a floral and vegetal presence. In the palate, the tannins are fine and quite present, but they will soften with time. The main aromas perceived are raspberries, blackberries and violets. Do not forget to decant the wine if enjoyed in its younger years. Looking for a perfect food and wine pairing? This wine is very versatile, so you can imagine a grilled pork or chicken dish, or even a salmon steak with an Asian marinade.

Maison Champy Bourgogne Pinot noir Cuvée Edmé 2015

At the head of 21 hectares in Burgundy, Maison Champy owns exceptional parcels of land on the Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits. In order to counter some of the health aspects at the time, the domain collaborated in 1865 with Pasteur’s research, which led to the filing of the patent for Pasteurization. The cuvee Edmé has the regional appellation Burgundy, which means that the grapes can come from all over Burgundy. The robe is of a medium ruby color, while the aromas are composed of small red fruits and a light woody note. The tannins are supple and the acidity adds a very pleasant crunchiness. It is said that, in Burgundy, the producer has a lot to do with it. We have the confirmation here that a regional appellation can make a very good wine! To be enjoyed with a chicken with mushrooms dish or, if you dare, with a grilled salmon fillet. A product to discover!

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