Domaine Laurent Martray Brouilly Combiaty 2013

Domaine Laurent Martray Brouilly Combiaty 2013

Bright and translucid ruby color. Inviting nose of red berries, aromatic herbs and earth. Highly quaffable with a fine palate of fruit and spices flavors. Finish loaded of ground cherries and flower notes. Very good (89)

Made of Gamay from 40 years old vines. Partially destalked and aged in oak cask and barrels, partially new. Alcohol level of 12,5%

Available at the SAQ for 19,95$ (Code SAQ : 10837373)

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Domaine Laurent Martray Brouilly Combiaty Vieilles Vignes 2013

Luciano Sandrone Barbera d’Alba 2008

Luciano Sandrone Barbera d’Alba 2008

The color is dark and slightly purple. Powerful aromas of spicy black berries, dry fruits, earth, flowers and dust. Tasty and spicy with flavors of black licorice, black pepper, black berries, ripe blue grapes and floral notes. Silky on the palate, the wine is also structured feeling young and showing that it can handle few more years of cellaring. Very good+ (90)

Made of Barbera from Cascina Pe Mol, Castelletto, Rocche di San Nicola vineyards. Each vineyard was vinified separately. Aged 12 months in French oak tonneaux of 500l (half new) followed by 9 months in bottle. Alcohol level of 13,5%

Last vintage sold at the SAQ was the 2011 at 35,25$ (Code SAQ : 10663844)

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Luciano Sandrone Barbera d'Alba 2008_2

San Fabiano Calcinaia Casa Boschino Toscana 2013

San Fabiano Calcinaia Casa Boschino Toscana 2013

Medium ruby color. Nose of cherries, dry herbs, dry fruits and leather. On the palate it’s an explosion of Morello cherries! A bit dry on the finish, this wine stays on the light side and fun to drink without being flabby. Table friendly wine that will pair well with pasta and/or anything tomato dishes. Good+ (88)

Made of Sangiovese (70%) and Cabernet Sauvignon + Merlot (30%). Certified Organic. Aged in cement and stainless steel tanks (about 70% of the wine), the other part see oak for4 to 12 months. Alcohol level of 13%

Available at the SAQ for 14,70$ (Code SAQ :  12592832)

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Podere Castorani Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Cadetto 2012

Podere Castorani Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Cadetto 2012

Dark and slightly purple color. Aromas of blackberries, spices, herbs and dried roses. Rond and silky on the palate over a strength also felt. Flavors of black fruits / berries, warm spices and bitter chocolate. Long finish. Good+ (88)

Made of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. Aged 6 months in cement tanks then 12 months in oak barrels. Alcohol level of 13,5%

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Pierre Gaillard St-Joseph Blanc 2013

Pierre Gaillard St-Joseph Blanc 2013

Straw color.  Very floral nose where is also apricot, peaches, melon, apples and spices. Fruit ripeness is there but balance on the palate with flavors of melon, apples, fine oak notes and just a touch of nuts. Good acidity, round mouth feel, long and elegant finish where flowers gently linger its presence.

Made out of Roussane with yields of 25hl/ha. Aged 7 to 8 months in French oak barrels (Allier and Nevers), 5% being new. Alcohol level of 13,5%

Was available at the SAQ for 36,75$ (Code SAQ :  11219606)

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Pearl Morissette Chardonnay Cuvée Dix-Neuvième 2012

Pearl Morissette Chardonnay Cuvée Dix-Neuvième Twenty Mile Bench VQA 2012

Bright gold color. Nose of fresh fruits with pineapple, citrus fruit and earthy clay mineral notes. Round on the palate with a good acidity level that goes pretty well with its candied lemon and fresh pineapple flavors. Long spicy finish. Got really better with air, more complex, so I suggest some cellaring time. Excellent (91)

Made of Chardonnay. Have seen oak, but didn’t find much information on how much. Alcohol level of 13,8%

Was sold at the LCBO (Ontario equivalent of the SAQ) for 35,00$. Some of this winery products are available through privte import in Québec

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Château Eugènie Cahors 2011

Château Eugénie Cahors 2011

Dark cherry color. Aromas of earth, rocks, spices and dry herbs. Lots of freshness too. Hard not to like the fruit flavors of this wine blended with spices and minerals. To buy to go with your last BBQs of the season or to warm yourself while facing the upcoming fall. Very good (89)

Blend of 80% Malbec and 20% Merlot. Aged in stainless taaks and oak barrels for 12 months. Alcohol level of 13,5%

Available at the SAQ for 15,95$ (Code SAQ 721282)

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Bordeaux wine tasting

September 17th  SAQ Cellier release Bordeaux wine tasting

Recently were invited by SAQ Cellier for a tasting, wine reviewers, sommeliers, bloggers and wine lovers who follows SAQ Cellier Facebook page. Were in front of us: Bordeaux wines from this Thursday, September 17th release.

We had eight wines to taste and to goal was to talk about our impression on them.

Of course some wines were better than others. Here is my personal top 3:

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Château La Cardonne Médoc Cru Bourgeois 2005 (26,20$ – 11095121)

Medium garnet color. Fine aromas with a gentle scent of evolution with earth and tea notes, but still have fruit and spices left in it. It is on the palate that the wine really showed its prettier side with finesse, lenght and was more ready to drink. Will pair well with many dishes rather than overpowering them. My favorite from the lineup at this tasting. At that price, it’s a real deal.

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Château Coutet Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2010 (35,25$ – 12592816)

Nice depth where black berry aromas join spices and flower notes in a very fine way. The wine is mouth coating even if a bit dry, but gives nice spicy fruits flavors. Lack some length, but is loaded with charm!

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Château Hanteillan Haut-Médoc 2009 (24,00$ – 11396101)

Red berry aromas with tobacco, spices and earth, classic from the Cabernet-Sauvignon grape that leads in the blend of this wine. A bit intense at first, it also had some green bell pepper flavors. Being charmed by its spicy red fruits flavors, making it one of my favorite of this tasting.

Thanks to SAQ Cellier for the invite and at all the attendees for the good time spent together.

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Bodegas Moraza Rioja Tempranillo 2013

Bodegas Moraza Rioja Tempranillo 2013

Deep red color with purple hue. Aromas of black fruits, spices, black earth and smoke. Quite austere at first, 30 minutes of air really changed the wine and its strength soften to let the fruit express itself with a silky mouthfeel. Also had notes of spices and rocky soil flavors. Medium acidity level and a slightly smoky finish. Very good (89)

Made of Tempranillo. Certified organic farming. Went through a partial carbonic maceration and was aged in concrete tanks. Alcohol level of 13,5%

Available at the SAQ for 17,30$ (Code SAQ :  12473825 )

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Bodegas Moraza Rioja 2013

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