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Located a mere one-hour drive outside Vienna, the Weingut Malat wine estate has been mastering its art and building its strong reputation for over three centuries. A pioneer in the Kremstal region, this domain is among Austria’s most respected. #1 Caris septempunctara, a white wine made of Grüner Veltliner, is part of Weingut Malat’s Crazy Creatures line. While being perfectly biting, it seduces with a mineral fragrance combined with lemon and spicy notes.
Touted as Spain’s most visionary winemaker by “Wine Advocate”, Raúl Pérez is creativity-driven, likes to push the experimentation further and does not shy away from shaking up traditions. His cuvée Ultreia Saint-Jacques 2016 is a tribute to the many pilgrims that go through his winery on their way to Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle. It is also a nod to his “très français” style as a winemaker. Supple and rich in tannins, this red wine exhales flavours of licorice, black fruit and pepper, showing the full potential of the unique grape it’s made of.
Energetic and demanding like no other, Yves Cuilleron brilliantly heads this estate now covering over 50 hectares, including six crus in northern Rhône. Under the Collines Rhodaniennes appellation, he signs a gorgeous Syrah, very digestible with hints of pepper, lavender, black olive and blackberry.
Before Mario Incisa della Rocchetta went to Tuscany to create Sassiscaia, which propelled his reputation, his family had been making wine in the Piedmont region for several centuries. It still does so brilliantly. Some 150 years ago, Leopold Incisa della Recchetta was among the first to envision a bright future for Pinot Noir in this region where Nebbiolo reigns supreme. A woody, fruity and spicy wine with plenty of substance, great freshness and tight tannins.
With its name inspired by Greek god Dionysus’ mother, Semeli wine estate sits on the northern part of the Peloponnese peninsula. A blend of aromatic varieties Moschofilero and Sauvignon Blanc, this wine presents muscat, floral and lemon fragrances. Enjoy it as an aperitif; amazing paired with sushi!
A breath of fresh air has hit the Kuentz-Bas house since Jean-Baptiste Adam wine estate took over its destiny. Its wines tend to be more on the dry side, according to the “Guide des vins Bettane et Desseauve”. Produced out of diverse biodynamically farmed terroirs of the region, this Pinot Gris shows roundness and accents of honey, pear, smoke and brioche.
A large 55 hectare family owned estate, Quinta de la Rosa produces more than twice as many dry wines than Ports. Jealous of the quality of the wines it produces, each one of its vineyards boasts an “A” classification awarded by the Port and Douro Wines Institute. A blend of local grape varieties dominated by Viosinho, this white wine which tastes of apple and citrus is completed by subtle herbaceous and mineral notes that add a little twist.
Located a mere one-hour drive outside Vienna, the Weingut Malat wine estate has been mastering its art and building its strong reputation for over three centuries. A pioneer in the Kremstal region, this domain is among Austria’s most respected ones. This Pinot Noir, part of Weingut Malat’s Classic line, starts with a pleasantly refreshing suppleness, before displaying flavours of strawberry, cherry and a convincing torrefied woody aspect.
|Ratings:||WE 93 JS 89|
In the last century, Rioja Alavesa producers and harvesters used to produce a “village” wine called “Rioja Corriente”, an easy to drink everyday red wine. This wine – a nod to this style of winemaking by Telmo Rodriguez – is marked by spicy, woody and fruity aromas.
A pioneer and ardent advocate of Beaujolais ever since he first started as a winemaker in 1979, Jean-Paul Brun always stands out with high-quality wines. Known for his perfectly concentrated cuvées, he amazes yet again with this Fleurie that offers an interesting texture, in addition to fruity, floral, liquorice and mineral notes.
Widely viewed as the king of Beaujolais crus, Moulin à Vent boasts a great concentration and a nice aromatic complexity. The one created by the Sambardier family in a place called Les Burdelines is intensely colourful, has a nice power and unveils scents of cherry, cocoa and liquorice highlighted by mineral hints.
Located within the Haut-Médoc appellation, Citran is one of Médoc’s oldest seigneuries. Its second wine, Moulins de Citran, combines a rigorous parcel selection of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot sorted on tables. The quality of the vintage is noticeable when you pour a glass of this cuvée graced with plenty of body and great freshness. Cedar, graphite, cherry and plum make up its aromatic profile.
The result of old vine parcel selection, this wine from the Médoc appellation combines Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The rigor applied in the field by technicians and oenologists, and in the cellar with successive sortings, is a testament to this co-op’s dedication. One year of aging in oak casks is part of the variables behind the profile of mocha, undergrowth, cedar and cassis of this fleshy and refined wine. We loved it!
Peiragal is an ancient dialect word of the village of Barolo used to describe steep hills. This Barbera has a fantastic length and an ample texture, classy and graced with a range of cherry, moka, vanilla and tobacco flavours.
|Ratings:||WA 89 JS 91|
This cooperative, which had roughly 20 members when it was founded in 1965, has flourished, and now has 150 members, four of whom have been members since its founding. Scattered across Chianti, the vineyards cover a significant amount of territory in the Classico appellation. This wine’s Riserva mention is the fruit of 24 months of aging in Slavonian barrels, followed by 12 months in oak casks and 3 months in bottles. This wine displays a lively and structured palate along with beautiful hints of cherry, cedar, cocoa, tobacco and vanilla.
|Ratings:||WS 89 JS 92|
Provence is synonymous with rosé wine, which represents 88 percent of all wine produced in the region – and the remarkable quality of this wine shows why. Magnificent year after year, it offers a fresh and elegant mouthfeel with pleasant fruity, floral and mineral notes. We want more!
Set on a hill at the heart of the Bandol appellation, this property manages 15 hectares where rosé accounts for most of the production. Finesse and elegance perfectly describe this wine which offers persistent notes of raspberry, orange peel, melon and white flowers.
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Ideally located halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, only 5 kilometers away from the Pacific Ocean, Edna Valley Vineyard is constantly exposed to sea breezes providing just what it takes for proper daily temperatures. This region produces charming wines such as this Sauvignon Blanc, a combination of grapefruit, green apple and celery aromas with subtle herbaceous notes.
Equipped with 20 barrels of Pinot Noir taken from some of the vintage’s best grapes, Cono Sur launched its first ultra premium wine back in the mid-nineties. Nowadays, the estate offers wines from 6 different varieties, beautifully showing the versatility of its terroir. A product of the chilly Limari Valley, this Syrah matured in barrels for 17 months. Salty yet fruity and spicy on the palate, it also provides a balanced woody character.
Thanks to products from vineyards located in Alexander Valley, Mendocino County and Napa Valley, Cannonball’s activities skyrocketed ever since it was first established in 2006. With this woody, torrefied and fruity cuvée, the domain shows that it’s well on its way to reach its goal of creating young expressive and easy to drink wines.
Located in Montérégie, this dynamic estate is brilliantly headed by winemaker Yvan Quirion and his team. After their Pinot Gris got rave reviews, they’re back at it with another international grape variety for our pleasure. This Chardonnay delights with beautiful milky and buttery notes from barrel aging. Hints of apple, pear and honey are also perceptible in a round and fresh ensemble.