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July 11 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!


Sébastien Légasse

Celler Acustic Ritme Priorat 2016

Albert Jané worked until the age of 33 in his father’s vineyard in the Penedès region of Spain. Despite his initial academic background as a veterinarian, he decided to leave the family circle to buy his own plots of land with old vines, between 20 and 80 years old, in the Montsant and Priorat appellations. His philosophy is to compare his wines to “acoustic” music, highlighting the terroir with an organic farming signature. The color of this cuvee is of an intense purple. The summer of 2016 was very dry and the grapes definitely benefited from it by developing aromas of sweet spices and plums, in this blend composed of Carignan and Grenache. The tannins are tight and the acidity is well-balanced a touch of smoke is also present. A delicious product that will pair well with red meats and grilled vegetables.

Viña Vik Milla Cala Valle Central 2014

Viña Vik is, above all, the adventures of Alexander Vik, a Norwegian entrepreneur who has commissioned a team of experts to find the ideal terroir in South America to grow grapes. In 2006, he bought 4,500 hectares in Chile, in the Millahue Valley, in the Valle del Cachapoal appellation. The construction of the impressive cellar took three years, with the buildings signed by the architect Smiljan Radic. Made from a blend of five grape varieties, mainly Cabernet-Sauvignon, the wine is blessed with an intense ruby color. The nose is very expressive; one is charmed by the presence of black fruits such as blackcurrant and blueberry. The palate captivates us with these fruits, in a tannic structure that gives body to the wine. The acidity is of medium intensity, bringing an interesting freshness to the experience. The whole is harmonious and surprisingly long. We don’t look at it too much before tasting it, but it is worth noting that the product ranked 22nd in the 2018 edition of the Top 100 of Wine Spectator 2018. Decant for an hour and serve with lamb on the barbecue and chimichurri sauce.

 

Guillaume Saint-Julien

Champagne Extra-Brut, Les Béguines, La Closerie

Name of the wine: La closerie, les béguines

Country: France, Champagne

Nose? 

The nose, of a notable delicacy, sows curiosity by its complexity and depth. The scattered scents evoke the tenderness of a lemon, alongside the minerality and charm of white flowers.  

Palate? 

In the palate, a pearl cradles us endlessly in its purest and most delicate expression. A unique bubble that opens the mind and abandons the intellectual in his contemplation. 

An ideal pairing with:

Enjoy it on its own during happy hour, before oysters, caviar or with a tray of fresh cheeses.

 

Naoussa, Domaine Thymiopoulos, 2015

Name of the wine: Naoussa, Domaine Thymiopoulos

Country: Greece, Macedonia

Nose? 

Characterized by vibrant aromas of red fruits, morello cherries and dried strawberries, the wine does not give in to excessive complexity; dried purple flowers, tasty spices and a hint of blood that brings a slight rusticity.  

Palate? 

The palate offers polished, but structured tannins that make this product particularly easy to drink.

An ideal pairing with:

A superb wine that is enjoyed a little too easily! To share around deli meats or a mix of summer grilled meats.

 

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