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September 5 2019

Suggestions for Thursday, September 5th 2019

by Sébastien Légasse

In this first week of September, Sébastien Légasse, our head sommelier, presents his three wines, all from France! The first wine on the list is a charming 2017 red wine from the Domaine Chamonard with floral aromas and strong tannins. Secondly, still in France, let us head to the Val-de-Loire in Bourgueil for this beautiful organic wine of thirst will be the perfect match for the happy hour with good friends. Finally, let us head south to Languedoc-Roussillon and its Gayda, a cuvee that will make you feel the strong history of this wine immediately after the first sip. 

Domaine J. Chamonard Fleurie La Madone 2017

The Chamonard estate cultivates half a hectare of vines in the Madonna sector, as it is called, because of a statue of the Virgin Mary perched at the top of the chapel that overlooks the most beautiful hill in Fleurie at 400 meters high. The full-south orientation and the pink granite soil in which the roots of the vines plunge deeply are the main characteristics of this vineyard. The fruit is concentrated, because the vines are between 60 and 90 years old, which produces a fine wine with strong tannins alongside floral and black fruit aromas. The robe, of a pale garnet ruby color, is accompanied by a charming bouquet with its aromas of raspberries, maraschino cherries and violets. The palate is just as charming with its raspberry and redcurrant notes on a mineral background. The acidity is present, but delicate. Overall, the wine is impressively lengthy. It can be appreciated in its youth, or also after a period in the cellar which will certainly improve it.

Superb! 100% Gamay, 100% natural wine.

Catherine et Pierre Breton Avis de Vin Fort 2018

Catherine and Pierre Breton are among the best of what Bourgueil has to offer. The wines are made organically, with little to no sulphates; the fruit is always explosive and the wines are easily digestible. Pioneers in the work of their terroir, they produce wines that are a reference, particularly in their AOC Bourgueil. A very beautiful organic wine of thirst, with a bright fruit and superb digestibility! Slightly cloudy dark red color. Very fresh nose, the aromas of berries and violets literally explode in our nostrils. One could mistake this wine for a Gamay of Beaujolais, but the slight vegetal aspect quickly leads us to the Cabernet Franc. The palate confirms the nose’s initial claims; the fruit is delicious and juicy, with notes of blueberries and strawberries and a few scents of flowers, peonies and violets. The perfect wine for the beautiful remaining summer days. To be enjoyed with a good roasted chicken with mushrooms or just a plate of deli meats. Beautiful!

Domaine Gayda Chemin de Moscou Pays D’Oc 2015

Domaine Gayda is located in Brugairolles, southwest of Carcassonne in the Languedoc. The Chemin de Moscou: “Moscou” is the cadastral name of the Domain’s parcels, and the path that climbs from the village, through the vineyards, to the cellar is the well-known “Chemin de Moscou” road! The story says that, at the top of the grove, a tree overhung the horizon and was called the Moscou tree. It was used by pilots, in particular by the Aéropostale, to help them find their way around. Lightning struck the tree during a storm, so it is therefore a beautiful tribute to this village history that has been paid through the elaboration of this cuvee which is made from a selection of the best barrels of the vintage.

A purplish, almost opaque color with an expressive nose of black fruits, pepper, cinnamon, spices and violet. A delightful palate with notes of forest fruits, very open and welcoming, with a mixture of fruits, spices and mineral nuances, all by maintaining an impressive lengthiness. To be served alongside a shoulder of wild boar, sirloin, hare à la royale or something light!

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