The truth is in the tasting; enjoy yourself!

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SAQ 12258842 | 26,35 $

Joseph Mellot Sancerre La Chatellenie

Having a strong identity while knowing how to stay in the background…quite the challenge! This versatile Châtellenie from the Mellot family estate – no less than 500 years since its beginnings – meets this challenging profile. Produced on the flinty soils of the Sancerre appellation, this 100 per cent sauvignon 2020 is a fine expression of the terroir.

Aging in stainless steel – no wood – accents its mineral nature. Pairing with a white fish and lemon butter speaks to me. However, its atypical side, slightly more textured, combined with the scents of citrus zest and apple-pear make me lean towards a tasty quesadilla filled with zucchini and Crottin de Chavignol cheese (a regional pairing, after all). I absolutely love this type of wine which fuels the gastronomic imagination.

The truth is in the tasting. Have fun!

SAQ 14488908 | 25,95 $

Francis Coppola Diamond Collection Pavilion Chardonnay Sonoma Coast

Are you aware of the malolactic process?

This winemaking action transforms strong acids (malic acid) into weak acids (lactic acid). The de-acidification influences and modifies the organoleptic (sensory) qualities. This chardonnay is a product of this approach. This wine, from the Diamond Collection Pavilion of the Francis Ford Coppola Winery comes through the process amplified yet with its balance intact.

The dense, yellow-gold colour presages its full-bodied texture. The nose has scents of “kirsched” pear, apricot, coconut and crème brûlée. It’s a pleasure in the mouth: zest of lemon alongside the acidity available to support the fullness and thin out the buttery flavours.

Pairing? Pappardelle noodles and smoked salmon with dill come to mind.

SAQ 978866 | 25,75 $

Condado de Haza Ribera del Duero, Pesquera reserva especial 1994

That’s the bottle that launched my passion for wine close to 25 years ago.

Alejandro Fernandez, the star winemaker of the Ribera del Duero, was behind this wine which emerged from an extraordinary vintage. The founder of Bodegas Familia Fernandez passed away recently. He leaves a legacy of savoir-faire… of know-how.

Another leader from this bodega is the Condada de Haza, a 100 per cent tempranillo respectful of tradition. It’s deep cherry red, with scents of grilled – almost stewed – fruits, of balsamic and fresh dill leading to a long, supple finish. Barrel aging confirms a potential for a level of improvement that will please the most demanding palates.

Farewell and thank you, Alejandro Fernandez.


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Franck Lizotte


Franck Lizotte22 Posts

Vulgarisateur vitivinicole/Wine world simplifier


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