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Established in 1965, Villa Trasqua signs a classical-style generic cuvée in which the aromatic complexity of Sangiovese is combined to 20% of complementary varieties, as authorized by the appellation. Little aging is done, the emphasis rather being on purity of the fruit, where fragrances of raspberry and blackberry can be perceived, as well as notes of leather and anise.
Equal-parts Sangiovese and Merlot completed by 20% Petit Verdot, this wine is a nod to the 43rd parallel, which runs through Val d’Orcia and the entire Montalcino region. It opens on a thirst-quenching attack due to its balanced acidity, followed by aromas of cherry, black fruits and cooked fruits. Easy to tame, it unveils a supple tannic structure.
An emblematic estate in Collioure, Roussillon, Les Clos de Paulilles spans 65 hectares between valleys and schist terraces. Once decanted, this parcel selection wine opens on a mass of black fruits, spices and violet. The mouth is generous while the tannins are fleshy.
Stemming from the efforts of the San Pedro Regalado cooperative, established in 1958 in the sought-after region of Ribera del Duero, all the grapes come from the vineyards surrounding the village of La Aguilera, in which several vines are over one hundred years old. The price is more than affordable for a wine of this appellation. The cuvée unveils an intense profile marked by aromas of ripe black fruits, restrained wood and a fleshy texture.
Bordering the Mediterranean, this estate exploits its own vines on 27 hectares. Typical of this gentler area of Tuscany, this Bordeaux-style blend (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc) also makes room for Sangiovese and Alicante. Blackcurrant, cedar, graphite, roasting and undergrowth come together in a fleshy ensemble.
Showcasing Sangiovese with the addition of Merlot and Syrah, this cuvée was created only a few years after the creation of the Morellino di Scansano appellation in 1978. Supple, generous, pleasant, nothing is amiss here, everything is in the right place. The mouthfeel offers flavours of black fruits, leather, violet and laurel.
Small azienda of barely 7 hectares perched on top of the famous Col d’Orcia vineyard, Collemattoni makes traditional-style wines. Following a 12-month aging in Slavoniana casks, this Rosso di Montalcino releases a bouquet of violet, black fruits and prune in a broad and lively palate.
‘’An iron hand in a velvet glove’’, ‘’vibrant and energetic’’, writes notable publication ‘’Wine Spectator’’ about this wine from the commune of Serralunga d'Alba. Aged 24 months in 25-hectolitre casks, and refined 6 to 12 month in bottles, this Barolo benefited from the meticulous attention of the Tenuta Cucco team. This is a long-keeping wine that will breeze through the next decade effortlessly.
Within the Azienda Andrea Oberto family business, Fabio managed to acquire knowledge and experience for over 22 years. Collina di Dionisio is a company of winemakers determine to bottle the best of the Langhe hills. Aged 26 months in old oak casks of 8 to 10 years, then refined in bottles for 6 months, this Barolo offers a wonderful expression of cherry pie, plum and leather, alongside notes of liquorices, bitumen and dried flowers.
Established in 1920 by Cavalier Lorenzo Scavino, Azelia is now managed by his great-grandson Luigi, his wife Lorella and their son Lorenzo, fifth generation of winemakers. From the estate’s 16 hectares, this Nebbiolo offers a beautiful expression of the Langhe terroirs. Liquorice, walnut, cherry, dried flowers and wood prolong a tight and well structured mouth.
Taking over the family estate after some 10 years of négoce was certainly beneficial for Éric Chevalier. Now a rising star in the region, he’s banking on the expression of terroirs. Here’s an extremely digestible Pinot Nor, silky and very lively, putting forth notes of strawberry, cherry, flowers and spices. Serve it chilled for maximum enjoyment.
Bought in 2006 for his daughter Virginie by Bordeaux ‘’Bad Boy’’ Jean-Luc Thunevin (as Robert Parker likes to call him), this estate is managed by the same team in charge of mythical Château Valandaud. A pure Merlot that shares its 11-month aging between new casks and cement cuves. Fleshy, it opens on woody and roasted notes completed by blackcurrant and leather.
|Ratings:||WA 90 JS 92|
Among the best vineyards in Arbois, Domaine de la Pinte offers a unique experience with the delicate and refreshing Poulsard variety, typical of the Jura region. Very easy to drink, the wine opens up on a lively attack, highlighted by perfumes of stewed red berries, a delicate spicy touch and dried flowers.
Spanish for estate, ‘’estancia’’ is the name chosen for this domain established in 1986 to take advantage of the more temperate climate of the Monterey region. With a philosophy based on the classic blends found in the southern Côtes du Rhône, this cuvée transmits very aromatic notes of raspberry jam and violet, along with a touch of sweet spices and plum. Its relatively discreet woody aspect leaves all the space to a ripe fruit character.
The ambitious project that led to this wine can be summed by the quest for extreme terroirs where you could plant vines on Chilean soil, despite unfavourable expert opinions. This quest beginning in 2007 was pure madness to some, and certainly proved challenging for its four founding partners, but what a success it turned out to be. This Pinot Noir is a case in point: Magnificent fruit complete with mineral and spice notes.
|Ratings:||WA 91 JS 92|
Emiliana is a South American pioneer in the elaboration of organic wines. This cuvée is the result of a manual harvest and a double sorting for optimum fruit quality. Unfiltered and aged 13 months in French (80%) and American oak casks, Coyam is a powerful wine dominated by Syrah and Carmenère. Very aromatic, its fragrances of blackcurrant, violet, eucalyptus and cocoa embrace a well present tannic structure.
|Ratings:||WA 92 JS 93|
Owned by 14 wine fanatics (including Champlain Charest), this 16-hectare estate conducted in organic farming can count on the expertise of Thomas Bachelder as a consultant, winemaker and manager. This latest cuvée showcases Cabernet Franc and is almost reminiscent of Bordeaux with its aromas of plum, raspberry and blackcurrant supported by fragrances of undergrowth. Highly supple without being devoid of character, it’s quite a success.
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Reyneke embraced organic farming not only for its benefits on the planet but also because the wines produced with these methods are better. Aged on its fine lees in neutral casks, this Sauvignon is vibrant and harmonious. Its profile of honeydew melon, citrus and white peach along with its mineral notes have everything to please the lover of the Fruity and vibrant taste tag.
Crowned best Prosecco during the last ‘’ Decanter World Wine Awards’’ with the ‘’Platinum’’ distinction, Ruio from Malibràn estate has a lot of personality according to the illustrious magazine. Floral, fruity and mineral, it displays beautiful fine bubbles and a liveliness that will awaken your taste buds.