On the blogby Alfred
June 16 2016

This week’s precious wine tips ( June 16)

by Alfred

Ayala Blanc de Blanc Brut 2007

France (Champagne)

If you are looking for something unique to offer for Father’s Day, here’s a gift that will be greatly appreciated. The Ayala Blanc de Blanc Champagne is produced in limited quantities and only in exceptional vintages like the 2007. With a bright and crystalline gold color, the nose opens with floral notes of citrus and white peach with a hint of brioche. It has a pure palate, fresh and elegant, with flavours of pineapple and apple-pear, culminating in a creamy, mineral finish. Excellent as an aperitif, it is a feast of a wine. I would like to thank Richard Carrier of the OENO house for the discovery of this excellent vintage.

Grape varieties: 100% Chardonnay
Best drinking period: 2016 to 2025
SAQ Code12676315

Stars : 5
Price $93.00

Available in SAQ Signature branches and online.

Penfolds Bin 407 Cabernet-Sauvignon 2013

Red wine
Southern Australia (Various areas)

Made of grapes from several areas of southern Australia (the Barossa Valley, Coonawarra and Padthaway), the 2013 407 is, in my opinion, the most successful of all its vintages since its launch in 1990. Its color is a dark ruby with tints of garnet and a powerful nose of wood, menthol, cassis and cherries (cherry blossom) rises from the glass. The mouth is always full and ripe for this intense wine with refreshing acidity and firm tannins that end with a final black fruit compote and bitter chocolate note. This is certainly a grand wine.

Grape varieties: 100% Cabernet-Sauvignon

Best drinking period: 2017 to 2030
SAQ Code 12126891
Stars : 4

Price $55.25

Available in SAQ Sélection branches and online.

L’Aventure Côte à Côte 2013

Red wine
United States (California)

Stephan Asseo and his Domain Adventure, in Paso Robles, California, probably don’t need any introduction. This great friend of Quebec is a regular of Salon des vins américains, and we all know his enthusiastic personality. His Coast to Coast 2013 is a blend of Rhodanian grapes that age 14 months in French oak barrels. With a dark ruby color, this wine offers a floral nose (violets) with raspberries, cassis and pepper in which we feel the Syrah. It is distinguished by a full-bodied and elegant mouth with an impressive fruity and good balanced concentration in the finish. It is a wine of great beauty, to drink now or leave in the cellar.

Grape varieties : 40% Mourvèdre, 30% Grenache, 30% Syrah

Best drinking period: 2016 to 2025
SAQ Code 11183404
Stars : 5

Price $142.00

Available in SAQ Signature branches.

Picture sources: SAQ.com

Steven Molloy

Steven Molloy is an authority on wine in Quebec. Now retired from the SAQ after working there 35 years, he has matured like any good wine, working in many branches including the Maison des vins and the SAQ Signature of Quebec City. He also perfected his training at ITHQ and l’Université du Vin de Suze-la-Rousse in France. This master wine taster won several blind-testing competitions and worked for several years within the Celliers Intelligents team.


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