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October 10 2019

Suggestions for Thursday, October 10th 2019

by Sébastien Légasse

This week, our head sommelier, Sébastien Légasse, offers you his usual three Thursday wines! Made with a blend of Portuguese white grape varieties, discover a gourmet and rich Quinta Da Rede 2016 to enjoy with a veal blanquette. Then, in the spirit of fall, Sébastien suggests a Puech-Noble with a purplish color and a perfect balance between ripe fruits and a sweet alcohol touch! Finally, he makes way for a fabulous Clos des Quarts 2016; its wonderful history will naturally be felt in the palate with aromas of freshly-cut grass and fresh butter.


Quinta da Rede Grande Reserva Douro 2016

Directly from the Douro Valley, José Alves has been at the helm of his vineyard since 1995 and offers us quality wines in an increasingly effervescent region. A nine month stay in barrels with stirring, which allows the yeasts to circulate again, gives this wine a strong body and lots of flavors. Elaborated with a blend of Portuguese white grape varieties, Arinto and Rabiato, the result is a gourmet wine at an affordable price. The aromas are varied, very floral with notes of pear and paraffin. The palate brings a freshness, with a very present acidity. A slightly buttered texture, due to the stirring, adds an interesting richness. To be enjoyed with a veal blanquette or a seafood pizza; above all, don’t forget to test the wine while preparing the meal!

 

Domaine René Rostaing Puech-Noble 2016

The Rostaing family has been working in the Rhône region since 1971 and their reputation for finesse in the Côte-Rôtie appellation is well-established. The family then added a domain located in Languedoc, with a favorable microclimate for growing Syrah. The first vintage was released in 1999 and this blend of Syrah (80%), Grenache (10%) and Mourvèdre (10%) is particularly tasty! The color is typical, with an intense and beautiful purple. On the nose, the aromas of sweet spices and berry jam invite us to taste more. The tannins are rough, the fruits ripe and a gentle alcoholic warmth completes the balance of this wine; it can certainly age for a few more years. Take advantage of these fall days to enjoy your last grilling sessions. Opt for any red meat of your choice or for game sausages, a guaranteed treat!

 

Château des Quarts Clos des Quarts 2016

Château des Quarts comes from an association of two old friends, Olivier Merlin and Dominique Lafon. The latter had been producing his wine for more than 10 years, with grapes bought from the Pouilly-Fuissé appellation in the Mâconnais. It was from then on that they learned that one of their suppliers wanted to sell his estate, two hectares of almost 100-year-old vines. 2012 will be the beginning of their remarkable adventure and the result is in this bottle! The color is of a brilliant straw yellow, while the nose offers us white flowers, mineral notes and malolactic fermentation. The palate is generous, adding aromas of cut grass, fresh butter and a perfect tension. Imagine fresh chicken pasta with goat cheese or an avocado stuffed with northern shrimps… pure happiness!

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