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June 30 2016

This week’s precious wine tips ( June 30)

by Alfred

Le Rosé de Giscours 2015

Rosé wine 
France (Bordeau)

Château Giscours is one of the first producers to offer Grands Crus rosé wines. The Margaux soil is rich in alluvial deposits and the direct pressing from which the wine is made gives it its freshness. It as a strawberry pink colour and its nose reminds me of citrus and sea sides. Its finish is refreshing with hints of fresh fruit. This wine goes very well with grilled barbecued, poultry and soft cheeses; it will also be perfect as an aperitif. This is a bargain at this price.

Grape varieties: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Best drinking period: 2016 to 2018
SAQ Code 12929950
Stars: 4

Price : $24.00

Available in SAQ Signature branches and online.

Vina Quebrada de Macul Domus Aurea 2011

Red wine
Chili (Maipo)

Clos Quebrada de Macul vineyards are considered as one of the finest wineries in the Maipo Valley. Since 1996, the vineyard contributes greatly to the evolution of Chilean wines. This wine, made from an assembly of Bordeaux grapes shows its difference with a tannic flexibility. One will appreciate its dark and deep ruby color. The nose evokes red fruit (blackcurrant, blackberry, cherry and plum), accompanied by subtle notes of mint and dried flowers. Its long finish is a testimony to its 20 months in French oak barrels. We will discover the cigar box aromas, with spice and licorice. This 2011 vintage is still marked by its tannins and requires a little patience. It needs to be aired before serving (at least 2 hours). It will be perfect with grilled red meats on the barbecue. This wine is much more an investment than it is an expense.

Grape varieties: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Best drinking period: 2016 to 2028
SAQ Code 12347319
Stars 4,5

Price $84.00

Available in SAQ Signature branches and online.

Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2012

Red wine
France (Bordeaux)

Ce Pauillac est un vin de grande garde qui demande patience pour asseoir ses valeurs. Sa robe d’un pourpre nuancé de violet en jeunesse annonce une teinte rubis ambrée après quelques décennies. Le nez rappelle les fruits rouges (cassis, mûre, prune), les épices (vanille, poivre, réglisse) et les boisés (cèdre, grillé et toasté). Au palais, ce 2éme cru classé est charpenté, complexe, puissant et pourtant fin et délicat au point de vue aromatique. C’est un autre vin d’accompagnement parfait pour le barbecue.This Pauillac is a great aging wine that requires patience to establish its values. It is of an intense purple shade with violet overtones in its youth which will mutate to an amber ruby hue after a few decades. The nose is reminiscent of red fruit (blackcurrant, blackberry, plum), spices (vanilla, pepper, licorice) and woody (cedar, roasted and toasted). On the palate, it is structured, complex, powerful and yet fine and delicate in its aromatic perspective. This is another perfect wine to accompany barbecue.

Grape varieties : 100% Cabernet-Sauvignon

Best drinking period: 2016 to 2026
SAQ Code 12263511
Stars: 5

Price : $145.00

Available in SAQ Signature branches and online.

Picture sources: SAQ.com

Thierry Tougne
Guest sommelier

Better known as Mr Thierry, Thierry Tougne was born in France, grew up in Quebec, reached adulthood in France before returning to settle in the Mauricie area where he is now established. A great traveler, he visited many countries where he discovered vine and wine, working for various prestigious vineyards. He developed many skills, from managing vineyard to working in the winery. He was also in charge of wine and spirits for various French supermarkets.

Steven Molloy is on vacation for the next few weeks but we will continue publishing these tips with the help of various guest sommeliers.


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