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September 26 2019

Suggestions for Thursday, September 26th 2019

by Sébastien Légasse

This week, Sébastien Légasse, our head sommelier, presents three wines of character. First of all, discover Malagusia, a Mediterranean white varietal grown in a vineyard where 24 different grape varietals are harvested, that has a strong presence on the nose and in the palate! Then, discover a Ridge Vineyards Three Valleys 2017 made with up to 73% of Zinfandel; this magnificent red wine is the perfect opportunity to combine it with ribs, happiness guaranteed! Finally, Sébastien ends his weekly selection with a beautiful Clos des Mouches 2016, certainly still in its youth, but brilliant, like its ruby color and its incredible cellaring potential. A wine that should be left dormant in your cellar for many more years to come!

Domaine Porto Carras Malagouzia 2018

It is on the slopes of Mount Meliton, overlooking the Aegean Sea, that the Greek vineyard Porto Carras generously benefits from the Mediterranean climate. More than 24 different grape varietals are grown there, highlighting the local varieties. Moreover, Malaguzia was narrowly rescued in the 1970s by an oenologist. Afterwards, one of his students planted it as an experiment at the Porto Carras estate with the beautiful result observed within this wine.  The nose is expressive: the pear jam dominates, leaving a small place for citrus fruits. In the palate, the acidity is fresh and the aromas of pear blend well with notes of rose and citrus fruits. A delicious wine to enjoy with a chicken dish with herbs or with any fish. 

Ridge Vineyards Three Valleys 2017

The estate’s history is based on the first vines planted on Monte Bello Ridge back in 1885, in California. In its current form, the vineyard will soon be 60 years old, 47 of them spent under the guidance of the renowned Paul Draper who retired in 2016. This Ridge cuvée is a blend of both parcels and varietals. The grapes come from ten different plots, dominated by Zinfandel at 73%. The wine is aged for 11 months in American oak barrels. The color is of  purple with ruby tints, while the nose evokes raspberries, alongside a woody aspect that truly stands out. The palate is generous with cooked fruits, sweet spices and a discreet vegetal note. The tannins are textured and the acidity well-balanced; if you haven’t tried a Zinfandel with ribs, now is the time to do it!  

Joseph Drouhin Beaune Premier Cru Clos des Mouches 2016

The 2016 vintage was rather complicated for the Burgundy region with episodes of very cool temperatures that led to freezing, heavy rains and disease outbreak at the beginning of the season. The weather made good progress towards the end of the season, allowing producers to achieve good ripening of the grapes, despite lower yields. The mythical Clos des Mouches has been cultivated biodynamically for more than 20 years with a maturation in barrels varying from 14 to 18 months. The wine is youthful, very young, but what a product!  With a brilliant ruby color, the nose evokes red and black fruits with smoky notes. The palate is blessed with tight tannins and the fruit is predominant, mostly through the presence of raspberries and blackberries. While the wine still is a little closed, we can already witness the harmony and the cellaring potential. No food and wine pairing for the moment, as this bottle should be left alone in your cellar for many more years!


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