Wines for the festive season!

December…the time when we celebrate and spoil ourselves. I’m happy to be back with you for another wine column where I can share my latest discoveries. At this time of year, the SAQ stores overflow with exceptional products. Don’t wait to come try them.

The sparkle of bubbles

There are a number of lovely bubblies available. Besides prestigious Champagne, most of France’s wine-growing regions offer sparkling wines, often made using the traditional méthode champenoise. There’s something for every taste and budget, and they can also be used as a base for cocktails such as Kir. Here are two suggestions for a pre-meal drink or to celebrate the coming year.

A Champagne from the house Deutz

Made 80 per cent of grapes from grand cru lands, this airy vintage is very pleasant in the mouth and has me appreciating bubbles. Undeniable quality in a style that emphasizes finesse and harmony.

A crémant from the Loire called Pureté de Silex 

From my perspective, this region always restores the pleasure of drinking the real thing without bankrupting yourself. With its low dosage of sweetening liqueur, this nice blend of grapes, from biodynamic agriculture, expresses its terroir wonderfully well with its mineral nature and fine aromas.

The white called Les Abeilles de Jean-Luc Columbo, winemaker and oenologist located in Cornas in the north of the Rhône region, tingles with flavours. The consumer will appreciate its subtle, rich nose. Both dry and silky on the palate and lightly buttery, it gives off scents of flowers and apricot. Finesse with just enough acidity for balance without any heaviness. A guaranteed favourite!

The sensuality of the red

Quite close to Bordeaux there’s a very small appellation where excellent wines are produced. The coast of Marmandais, little known, was the birthplace of a highly talented winemaker, Elian Da Ros. After a stay in Alsace as cellar  master for four years, he returned in 2002 to use biodynamic agricultural methods on the family domaine.

His vintage le vin est une fête  — “wine is a celebration” – offers a ripe fruitiness that mixes with floral and vegetable notes. The result is a pure style marked by finesse and elegance without anything superfluous. Beware, because you can just keep drinking this sensual wine.

The warmth of a grape eau de vie

You might wind up the meal with Ambre, a cognac from the Triangle d’or, a well known micro-terroir featuring the best plots of land of the great Champagne in Charentes. Gently, this “first growth” (premier cru) from Maison Ferrand offers fruity aromas of plums and apricots that evolve towards notes of apple and pear pastry. It’s likely to be a perfect, stylish and graceful conclusion to a memorable, evening.

Enjoy your festive season and the pleasures of drinking and eating well!

  1. Deutz brut classique  SAQ 10654770  $60.50
  2. Pureté de Silex  SAQ 12486108  $20.75
  3. Jean-Luc Columbo, Les Abeilles 2017  SAQ14077228  $18.50
  4. Elian Da Ros, le vin est une fête 2017 SAQ 11793211  $23.05
  5. Pierre Ferrand, Ambre premier cru de Cognac  SAQ 10867530  $65,75


Lynda Lavertu48 Posts

Toujours tout sourire, Lynda se passionne pour le fabuleux monde du vin et tout ce qui saura plaire aux épicuriens. Sommelière diplômée, elle travaille à la SAQ et partage avec nous ses plus récentes trouvailles. / The ever-smiling Lynda is passionate about the fabulous world of wine and everything that will bring pleasure to epicures. A graduate sommelière – wine steward – she works at the SAQ and shares with us her most recent discoveries.


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