Baron de Ley Reserva Rioja 2012

Baron de Ley Reserva Rioja 2012 

Baron de Ley Reserva Rioja 2012 

Dark and purple color. Nose of black berries, coffee, bitter chocolate, spices and oak. Dense and powerful on the palate, the vanilla filled finish does bring some charm to the wine. Bold but still expresses fruit flavors, spices and coffee notes. May be a little on the young side, but some air or few years in a cellar and it’ll just good to go! Very good (89)

Made of Tempranillo. Aged 20 months in American oak barrels, then 24 months in bottle prior to release. Alcohol level of 13,5% 

The 2013 vintage of this wine is available in SAQ stores for 21,45$ (Code SAQ : 00868729) 

Baron de Ley’s website: barondeley.com 

Sample proposed by Les Sélections Fréchette: selectionsfrechette.com 

Rioja’s wine consortium: riojawine.com

Fratelli Alessandria Dolcetto d'Alba 2015

Fratelli Alessandria Dolcetto d’Alba 2015 

Fratelli Alessandria Dolcetto d’Alba 2015 

Ruby-purple colorNose of wild berries, cherries, plumearthspices and some flower notes. Flavors are about the same as the aromaswith extra notes of crushed black berries. This is expressive, joyful, round, fruit loaded and lifted by a good acidityWhat a tasty treat! Very good (89)

Made of Dolcetto. Aged in stainless / cement tanks for 5 to 7 months. Alcohol level of 13,5%

Still available in SAQ stores for 21,95$ (Code SAQ : 11580186) 

Fratelli Alessandria’s website: fratellialessandria.it 

They are represented in Québec by Oenopole: oenopole.ca 

Here’s a link to a post that followed a tasting-meeting with Vittore Alessandria: dansmonverre.ca/fratelli-alessandria/

Fratelli Alessandria Dolcetto d'Alba 2015

Fratelli Alessandria Dolcetto d’Alba 2015

Malivoire Gamay Niagara Peninsula 2015

Malivoire Gamay Niagara Peninsula 2015 

Malivoire Gamay Niagara Peninsula 2015 

Medium dark ruby color. Fine but shy nose of flowers, cherries and earth. Way more expressive on the palate with an explosion of red fruits, ground cherries, dried flowers and a bold and present spiciness. Just long and concentrated enough, it stays fresh and refreshing due to its good acidity level. Again a bottle that went empty the minute it was open! Very good+ (90)

Made of Gamay.  71% of the wine went through malolactic fermentation and was aged in 75% French and 25% American oak barrels for 10 months. Alcohol level of 12,%5

Available in SAQ stores for 19,50$ (Code SAQ :  11140498) 

Malivoire’s website: malivoire.com 

Sample proposed by Le Maître de Chai: maitredechai.ca

Malivoire Gamay Niagara Peninsula 2015

Malivoire Gamay Niagara Peninsula 2015

Domaine du Cros Lo Sang del Païs Marcillac 2015

Domaine du Cros Lo Sang del Païs Marcillac 2015 

Domaine du Cros Lo Sang del Païs Marcillac 2015 

Ruby color with purple hue. Bloody and meaty yet showing freshnessberries and spices notes. Crunchy fruit flavors on the palate with more dark berries than red oneswith some sweet spicesmeat notes and everything for a wine to pair well with BBQ grilled meat dishes. Good+ (88)

Made of 100% Fer Servadou. Aged in stainless tanks. Alcohol level of 12,5% 

Available in SAQ stores for 16,80$ (Code SAQ : 00743377) 

Domaine du Cros website : domaine-du-cros.com 

Sample proposed by Trialto: trialto.com 

Pierre Gerbais Grains de Celles Champagne Extra Brut

Pierre Gerbais Grains de Celles Champagne Extra Brut 

Pierre Gerbais Grains de Celles Champagne Extra Brut 

Light gold colorNose of freshly baked bread, green appleslemon and an obvious salty scentCreamy and vinous at first when you take a sip, the acidity and salty freshness kicks in after to bring tension on the finish, this is quite enjoyable and clearly on the QPR side as it is affordable for a Champagne of that quality! Excellent (91)

Made of 50% Pinot Noir, 25% Pinot Blanc and 25% Chardonnay. Aged on its lees in tanks, then on lattes for 30 months before disgorgement. Dosage of 3-4g/l. Alcohol level of 12% 

Available in SAQ stores for 46,50$ (Code SAQ : 13212141) 

Pierre Gerbais website: gerbais.com 

Oenopole is the agency that represents them in Québec: oenopole.ca

Pierre Gerbais Grains de Celles Champagne Extra Brut_2

Pierre Gerbais Grains de Celles Champagne Extra Brut

Baron de Ley Grand Reserva Rioja 2010

Baron de Ley Grand Reserva Rioja 2010 

Baron de Ley Grand Reserva Rioja 2010 

Dark garnet colorDepth and dense nose where berry notes goes along with spices and oak. On the palate the structure and the rectitude of the wine are almost overpowering the flavors by being a little severe, but air did brought up dark berriesspicesearth and oak flavors. May feel more dense than complex at this stage, but shows a good ageing potential for up to 15 more years. More classic styled Rioja wine which I like. Very good+ (90)

Made of 100% Tempranillo. Aged 24 months in 50% American oak and 50% French oak, then 5 years in bottle prior to release. Alcohol level of 13,5%

Still available in some SAQ stores for 34,00$ (Code SAQ : 00738997 

Baron de Ley’s website: barondeley.com 

Sample proposed by Les Sélections Fréchette: selectionsfrechette.com

Henry Marionnet Domaine de la Charmoise Touraine 2016

Henry Marionnet Domaine de la Charmoise Touraine 2016 

Henry Marionnet Domaine de la Charmoise Touraine 2016 

Dark ruby color with purple hue. Nose of ripe red and black berries with spices note, earth and violet flowersQuite concentrated on the palateit still finds balance due to its acidity level and a sour-bitter finish that brings in some crispyness to the wineFeels structured (for a Gamay of course, not generally speaking!), it’ll hold on for a few years, or few minutes in your glass as it’s the two options offered with this wine! Good+ (88)

Made of  Gamay from vines planted between 1967 and 1978. Aged in tanks. Alcohol level of  12%

Available in SAQ stores for 16,75$ (Code SAQ : 00329532)

Henry Marionnet’s website: henry-marionnet.com

Sample proposed by VINS FINS L’agence: www.sdvf.ca

Henry Marionnet Domaine de la Charmoise Touraine 2016 

Henry Marionnet Domaine de la Charmoise Touraine 2016

Dominique Piron Domaine de la Chanaise Morgon 2015

Dominique Piron Domaine de la Chanaise Morgon 2015

Dominique Piron Domaine de la Chanaise Morgon 2015

Semi-dark purple colorNose of baked berries, super present warm spices notes and some earthChewycharmingjuicy with a more powerful finish than this type of wine usually offersit is still drinking quite nicely and easilyFlavors of ripe berries and spiceseverything to please the guests! If you still have some bottles arounddare to put some down in the cellar as this wine has all the structure needed to aged over a few years. Good+ (88)

Made of Gamay. No information available on ageing / winemaking. Alcohol level of 13,5% 

Was available in SAQ stores for 22,05$ (Code SAQ :  10272966)

Domaine Dominique Piron’s website: domaines-piron.fr

Represented in Québec by LCC Vins et Spiritueux / Clos des Vignes: lccvins.com

Grange of Prince Edward Select Gamay Pinot VQA Prince Edward County 2014 

Grange of Prince Edward Select Gamay Pinot VQA Prince Edward County 2014 

Grange of Prince Edward Select Gamay Pinot VQA Prince Edward County 2014 

Light, bright and shiny ruby color. Nose of red berries, wet eart, spices and a light flowery breeze. Bringht and explosive red fruit flavors on the palate. A little lower acidity level that what I am used to from the region, but still have enough freshness. Spices burst on the finish that last for a good moment. This is one very enjoyable wine! Very good (89)

Made of  Gamay and Pinot Noir of equal share. Co-fermented. Aged in neutral French oak barrels. Alcohol level of 12,8% 

Available at the winery for 25,00$

Grange of Prince Edward’s website: grangeofprinceedward.com

Bambara Sélection represents them in Québec: bambaraselection.com

Grange of Prince Edward Select Gamay Pinot VQA Prince Edward County 2014 

Having a lunch with a view on the vineyard!

Trail Estate Gamay Noir VQA Ontario 2014

Trail Estate Gamay Noir VQA Ontario 2014 

Trail Estate Gamay Noir VQA Ontario 2014 

Light but young garnet color. Nose of sweet red berries, earth and spices. Flavors of sour and slightly sweet red fruit like sour cherries, cranberries, rhubarb and spices. Felt different from other Gamay I had from Ontario, it was vibrant, a little on the charming side, but I gladly enjoyed it! Very good+ (90)

Made from Gamay of fruits coming from the County (65%) and Niagara (35%). Aged 8 months in neutral French oak barrels. Total production of 98 cases. Alcohol level of 13%

Has been sold at the winery for 26,00$

Trail Estate Winery’s website: trailestate.com