Le Courrier vinicole

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CATALOGUES

AN HOMAGE TO THE GRAPE

This edition of the Courrier vinicole celebrates grapes in their purest form. It is an homage to the fruit that marks each wine with its particular character and that naturally provides an infinite palette of aromas. This edition features varieties of all sorts—some that are well-known and others that are quite rare. They are our guides to the discovery of wines from around the world. Selected with the utmost care, they are the vehicles that express the very best of great terroirs.

BURGUNDY 2012

In this edition of the Courrier vinicole, we’re showcasing wines from prestigious appellations in the Côte d’Or and Chablis regions, which will prove worthy of the power and legendary qualities that Burgundy wines are known for the world over. Unusual meteorological conditions left their mark on the 2012 vintage but thankfully, the harvest was healthy and full of high-quality grapes. The only drawback was the limited yields and consequently, lower production at higher prices. However, the small quantity of wine produced is especially good, and this vintage should undoubtedly be taken seriously by fans of Burgundy wines.

The Art of Enriching Your Cellar

This Courrier vinicole presents a rich array of high-quality and original products with impressive aging potential; wines you’ll want to acquire to enrich your already valuable collection. These wines, affordable and accessible, come from some of the most important wine-producing countries in the world. They were chosen for their vintage, appellation and, of course, unique character, in order to encourage you to discover products we know will be pleasant surprises.

West Coast

The West Coast—extraordinary landscapes and truly exceptional wines. This second issue takes us to Washington, Oregon and California—three states with unique landscapes and incomparable wines. These West Coast producers create rare wines from exceptional terroirs that are only available in limited quantities, such as Kosta Browne, Abreu, BOND and Colgin. World-class wines that easily rub shoulders with those made by the great French houses.

RICHES OF ITALY

This Courrier vinicole, an homage to the vineyards of Piedmont, Tuscany, Veneto and many more discreet yet equally impressive regions, offers products that are exclusive, rare and, more than anything, worthy of Italy’s imposing reputation. Barolo, Barbaresco, Amarone, Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino and Bolgheri, to name only a few, were carefully chosen to help you enjoy Italy the way it should be.

THE ODYSSEY

This Courrier vinicole is dedicated to treasures from all corners of the world that charmed and conquered wine amateurs. The odyssey represents exotic travels, sailing across the seas in search of exceptional wines that will stay with you for the long haul.

2013 BORDEAUX FUTURES

Choose among the wines of this challenging but surprising vintage; white wines are a true success while reds generally feature lovely fruit and acidity that translates into surprising freshness. The Signature team is proud to bring you a selection of classic cuvees, limited only to the estates that managed the vintage’s atypical challenges and wines that offer the best value.

THE IBERIAN PENINSULA

For the first time in its more than 25 years of existence, Le Courrier vinicole has prepared a catalogue entirely dedicated to the Iberian Peninsula. This collection offers Spanish and Portuguese wines that are greatly sought-after by wine lovers from around the world. Find a top-of-the-line selection based on wine producers that are already well established in Quebec. They have shared their best wines, the latest releases and cherished rarities.

2011 BURGUNDY

For this vintage, we have selected irreproachable wines with village appellations such as Meursault, Morey-Saint-Denis and Vosne-Romanée, more prestigious appellations such as Chambertin, Richebourg and Montrachet, as well as two Grands Crus from Chablis. Here’s a unique chance to get your hands on many important domains’ mystical wines from the 2011 vintage, as well as the Romanée-Conti domain’s wines from the 2010 vintage.

THE RHONE VALLEY

After more than 10 years of waiting, now comes the time for you to get the best wines in the Rhône Valley. First, the great 2009 and 2010 vintages that some consider remarkable. These wines are pleasant to drink even when young and have the potential to be stored for several years. You may also find rare wines and outstanding vintages such as 1982, 1985, 1998, 2005 and 2007.

United State West Coast

The West Coast—extraordinary landscapes and truly exceptional wines. This one-of-a-kind issue takes us to California, Oregon and Washington—three states with unique landscapes and incomparable wines. These West Coast producers create rare wines from exceptional terroirs that are only available in limited quantities. World-class wines that easily rub shoulders with those made by the great French houses. For each of the regions explored, you will be introduced to producers, including Bo Barrett from Chateau Montelena in California, Isabelle Meunier from Evening Land Vineyards in Oregon and Charles Smith from Charles Smith Wines in Washington.

2012 BORDEAUX FUTURES

The biggest buyers in the world as well as the SAQ team crisscrossed the region of Bordeaux to meet with technical directors from various chateaux to taste the latest vintage. In our quest to uncover the most prestigious wines from the Bordeaux appellation, we tasted more than 500 wines. We based our selection not only on strict criteria, but also on what we experienced emotionally during the tasting. As you read through the Courrier vinicole, you will have a front-row seat to our thoughts and impressions during our travels through a region that is rich in winemaking know-how.

CÔTE D’OR

Côte d'Or, or "golden hillside," produces the greatest Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays in the world. And since Burgundy enjoyed one of its greatest vintages of the last 20 years in 2010, we could not pass up the chance to create a catalogue filled with some of the rarest wines, produced in limited quantities, from highly esteemed estates. Our offerings include mythical names such as Dujac, Méo-Camuzet, Leflaive, and Thibault Liger-Belair, along with Domaine de la Romanée-Conti.

THE RHÔNE VALLEY

After more than 10 years of waiting, now comes the time for you to get the best wines in the Rhône Valley. First, the great 2009 and 2010 vintages that some consider remarkable. These wines are pleasant to drink even when young and have the potential to be stored for several years. You may also find rare wines and outstanding vintages such as 1982, 1985, 1998, 2005 and 2007.

SECOND WINES OF BORDEAUX 2009

The 2009 Bordeaux vintage was deemed destined for greatness after its introduction to the international wine community three years ago. Now the top wineries in Bordeaux are ready to write the next chapter in the story. Mother Nature was generous and kind in 2009, providing all the right conditions for first and second wines that aficionados will rave about.

2011 BORDEAUX FUTURES

The year 2011 tested the patience of many a wine-grower in Bordeaux because of difficult weather conditions. One thing’s for sure however; the weather challenges brought out the region’s best wine-growers. They were forced to select the best grapes in order to produce a vintage requiring short- to medium-term storage that could be enjoyed young.

THE 2010 BORDEAUX FUTURES

Just like 2009, 2010 is an incredible vintage. Some describe the wines yielded from this vintage as classic; others speak of their aging potential. But all agree that the 2010 vintage-remarkable in both strength and structure (acidity, tannins)-has produced wines comparable in body and depth to the finest vintages. Some of the wines you will be able to enjoy right away, while others will prove to be well worth the wait.

Archives

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