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October 17 2019

Suggestions for Thursday, October 17th 2019

by Sébastien Légasse

This week, our head sommelier, Sébastien Légasse, presents three wines from the old continent. First of all, Sébastien brings us to Tuscany with an Italian white wine that is as affordable as it is pleasant. This 2018 Fonte Delle Toscana will certainly charm you with its minerality and freshness! Then, we are headed to France with a very beautiful Saint-Joseph with a singular and exceptional production. In the palate, you will find powerful flavors combining flowers and sweet spices, which will perfectly accompany your shrimp risotto. Finally, we are returned to Italy, where it all began! This time, he suggests a beautiful red, better known as Haiku. This bottle with the Toscana appellation includes 50% Sangiovese, 25% Cabernet franc and 25% Merlot. A beautiful blend that makes this wine wonderful both on the nose and in the palate! Still in its youth, you are advised to decant it before tasting!

Fattoria Fibbiano Fonte Delle Donne Toscana 2018

Fattoria Fibbiano is located in the heart of Tuscany and shares its activities between the exploitation of a cottage and agriculture for the cultivation of vines and olives. 20 hectares are devoted to the vine, with more than 10% of which are over a hundred years old. This cuvee is composed of equal parts of Vermentino and Colombana, which is a typical varietal of this region. The wine is aged for six months in concrete vats and the result is very fresh. The nose is expressive and mineral. In the palate, the acidity is crispy (always with this mineral structure) and is accompanied by aromas of freshly-cut grass and citrus fruit. To enjoy with tasty chicken tacos or mussels in cream and white wine sauce.

E. Guigal, Saint-Joseph 2017

The motto of the House is “Nul bien sans peine” and we can understand everything about it when we witness the escarpment on which the vines are planted. The vines stand on hillsides and sometimes on terraces, on granitic soil. A rare occurrence, thanks to their own cooperage on site, they make about 800 oak barrels used to age their wine. Marsanne dominates with 95% followed by its long-time sidekick, the Roussanne varietal. The nose is very floral with the rose, supported by notes of fresh hazelnut. The palate is complex; a clever blend of flowers and sweet spices, with a distinctive fatty texture. I would enjoy it alongside a risotto with shrimp and saffron or with an Indian dish such as butter chicken.  

Castello di Ama Haiku 2016

Located halfway between Siena and Florence, Castello di Ama is nestled in the Chianti Classico appellation. For this cuvee, note that the Toscana appellation is used, as there is no minimum of 80% Sangiovese. It is rather a blend of 50% Sangiovese, 25% Cabernet franc and 25% Merlot that is presented to us in this bottle. The first vintage of Haiku (which means a short Japanese poem) dates from 2009. The robe is of an intense ruby color with purplish tints. The nose offers an interesting blend of spices, cherry jam and roasted coffee. The tannins are dry, with a return to spices and cooked fruits. The length is remarkable with a smoky note. Decanting is essential because it is still very young. For the food and wine pairings, let’s go local with a Florentine steak, Tuscan soup or simply with your famous meat spaghetti sauce!

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