2019/04/30

Roussillon: des vins entre la mer et la montagne...

(Par Marina La Forgia) J'ai eu la chance de participer ici à Montreal à une belle dégustation de vins de Roussillon, région française qui rassemble toutes les conditions optimales pour cultiver de nombreuses variétés de raisins. C'est l'un des endroits au monde où se trouvent le plus de vieilles vignes, entre Méditerranée et montagne, qui font sans doute un terroir exceptionnel. En rouge, les cépages principaux qui tirent l'attention sont le Grenache, le Carignan, le Syrah et le Mourvèdre, tandis que pour les blancs ce seraient surtout à mon avis le Grenache Gris et Blanc et le Macabeu. Sur différents appellations et différents styles qui vont du sec au doux naturel, les vins du Roussillon sont sans doute tout un univers en soi à découvrir. Voici la sélection des vins qui sont à mon palais particulièrement charmants, grâce à ses notes minérales, onctueuses et fort expressives. Quelques rouges, blancs et rosés d'exception, très soignés et élégants, plus un vin doux millésime 1967 d'appellation Rivesaltes. Une pure délice!

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Domaine Grier AOP Côtes du Roussillon Galamus 2017

Domaine Singla IGP Côtes Catalanes Cuve Numéro 5 2016

Domaine Vaquer Fernand Vaquer IGP Côtes Catalanes 1988

Vignobles Bonfils - Château de L'Esparrou AOP Côtes du Roussillon Cuvée Le Castel 2017 et Cuvée Léone 2016.

Domaine de Rombeau Le Rouge AOC Côtes du Roussillon Villages 2017

Domaine de Rombeau AOP Rivesaltes Ambré 1967

Domaine La Tour Veille AOP Collioure Rosé des Roches 2018

Maison Cazes Mas de Lavail IGP Côtes Catalanes Terre d'Ardoise Carignan Blanc 2017

2019/04/26

Under the charm of Chilean Carmenere…


(By Marina La Forgia) Chilean “Carmenere” wines are definitely a delicious and unique country trademark. And this wine made by prestigious winery Marques de Casa Concha is an example of its magnificence and versatility. For those who haven’t tried it yet or for those who wants to discover even more the typicity given by this exclusive terroir and its maturity potential, here you have this Carmenere blended with a 10% of Cabernet Sauvignon from DO Peumo in Cachapoal Valley that you can enjoy right now to feel the explosive fruity expression of cherries and plumbs and the strong body and structure. But if your budget allows you and if you are capable to wait, then keep another bottle in your cellar for a couple of years and then it will seduce you because of the elegance, smoothness and roundness this wine will absolutely get thanks to the year and a half that was already aged in oak French barrels. Salud!


2019/04/24

Hécula: pure Monastrell authenticity



(By Marina La Forgia) I always say that in terms of wines, quality price ratio is one of my premises. The other one is to taste the "difference" somehow. Well, the Hecula Monastrell is the kind of wine that perfectly match with my humble tasting expectations! 
I invite you to discover this indigenous grape from Spain, the second most important in the country after Tempranillo, and also known and planted in France and internationally under the name of Mourvedre. Monastrell is a very strong variety and the perfect one to produce powerful and modern wines. If you want to experience the aromas and flavours of an original and very affordable red wine, then choose this wine made by Bodegas Castaño, in the DOP Yecla appellation. This winery produces "artistic" wines that reflects the pure Monastrell authenticity. On the nose it overflows the red fruit aromas and some sweet spices very common to the typicity, plus very pleasant notes of smoky wood and roasted coffee given by a short period in barrels to make this original wine even morecomplex. In the palate it's a very well structured wine, gentle and fruity.
Absolutely a must try if you want, like me, to go beyond in the never ending wine discovery! 

2019/04/22

Le bon accord entre Grenache et Sauvignon Blanc

(Par Marina La Forgia) Contente de voir cet assemblage frais et original qui s’additionne à l’offre de très bons vins blancs de Francois Lurton disponibles au Québec! Les Hauts de Janeil est la nouvelle gamme de vins élaborés à la région de Languedoc et voici un blanc différent fait de 80% Grenache Blanc et de 20% Sauvignon Blanc qui se démarque par son élégance et forte expression aromatique. Des notes de pomme verte, de fleures blanches, de citron et de menthe fraîche se mélangent avec quelques petites nuances boisées et de noisette. Une délicieuse complexité d’arômes qui se complète avec une structure dense, concentré et persistante. En finale, il m’a vraiment séduit par l’acidité équilibrée mais si présente qui donne à la bouche une agréable sensation rafraîchissante. C’est sans doute le type de vin blanc fait à mon goût! C’est peut-être aussi le vôtre? 

2019/04/18

Un assemblage bien harmonieux  

Gentil est le nom parfait pour ce vin blanc très aimable de la traditionnelle Famille Hugel. Sentir une si belle harmonie d’arômes et de saveurs avec autant de cépages variés confirme le savoir-faire de ce vignoble prestigieux de la région et ses siècles d’existence et d’expérience!  Provenant de la belle appellation française d’Alsace, voici un assemblage parfaitement équilibré fait de Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Muscat et Pinot Blanc qui séduit, sans aucun doute, par son bouquet floral très expressif mais très délicat. De la finesse, de l’élégance, de la structure, de la fraîcheur, on y trouve de tout dans ce vin original et différent. Un bel compagnon pour la cuisine asiatique légèrement épicée ou simplement à le déguster en apéritif. Il m’a vraiment plu! (Marina La Forgia)

2019/04/15

A delicious and crisp new world Chardonnay!

(By Marina La Forgia) It's always a pleasure when you arrive to find the kind of wines that fit your palate. When talking about Chardonnays, when talking about new world wines, there is frequently a more or less same stereotyped style in this type of white wine that it doesn't mean that I don't like it at all, but I actually prefer to feel the terroir notes rather than the intense fruit descriptors. 
That's why this wine caught my attention! Because this crispy and shiny Chardonnay from Chilean well known producer Concha y Toro is somehow different to the most classical ones. The Casillero del Diablo is a brand that offers elegant and refreshing wines, and now it adds to the offer in the Quebec market this new Chardonnay that worth the discovery! 
The distinctive minerality, acidity and floral notes remind us the sea influence of the Limari and Casablanca valleys and even being a “Reserva”, the oak is assembled with subtility, just highlighting some hints of nuts and vanilla to complete the roundness and the structure. Very good price/quality!

2019/04/13

A Rosé to confirm the magic of wine colors!

(By Marina La Forgia) While discovering and tasting this wine, it's possible also to feel and enjoy the magic of colors! Why? Because this fresh and French "Rosé" by Francois Lurton is made indeed from Sauvignon "Blanc" and Sauvignon "Gris". Voilà, this original blend is been made to captivate! 
If you, like me, love sunny apero evenings in the terrace, it's almost irresistible not to be charmed by its perfumed bouquet of roses, pamplemousse, pear and a hint of jasmine and lemon. In the mouth, its gently, rounded and elegantly fruity and dry. 
This rosé Les Fumées Blanches is a great addition to the same name label that already offers a very good white in the Quebec market. And that’s not all! Another special white brand from this producer is getting into the SAQ shelves as well, so I’ll be absolutely tasting and reviewing it very soon! 
Since I started tasting wines professionally, I always liked and well appreciated the ones of Lurton because of their constant quality, elegance and authenticity, independently the terroir where they come from. This winemaker is in my humble opinion, one of the best in getting the real essence and unicity from the different wine regions and its local varieties, offering to consumers all over wines that are affordable, simply enjoyable and expressive. No matter whether the wines are from Argentina, Chili, France or Spain, his "savoir faire" signature is always the same! And with this new Rosé, I cannot do other than confirm my premise. Enjoy it while it rests… both wine and warm days!


2019/04/11

An international blend with the singularity of Manchuela


Spanish wines are so vast and different that I really think that I will probably never have the enough time to taste them all! Luckily I am a big fan of them, so I am in the continuous research of the best and most significant ones. And they don’t disappoint me, in general, because they are in same proportions both quantitative and qualitative. And this is a premise I always look for on any wine.
Here a delicious blend from  Pago Alto Landon, a very modern winery located in high altitude that produces organic wines from indigenous and international varieties in Cuenca, under the DO Manchuela appellation. A region where the terroir, and consequently the wines, are extremely singular...
This structured and generous red is made with a 50% of Syrah, 25% of Cabernet Franc and 25% of Garnacha which result in a good explosion of aromas and flavours. It has also been aged in French oak barrels for 2 years, so we can feel the intensity and richness in tannins and body. If you like unctuous and juicy wines, this blend is a great option. It will perfectly match with your next red meat BBQ in the terrace. Go for it!

Marina La Forgia


2019/04/09

Yes, it's a wine!


This red cannot have a best name! "SONO VINO" means in italian "I am wine" and I can confirm that even costing only CAD 7,50 is a very decent everyday table wine from MGM Mondo del Vino. Under an appellation I was not very aware of, "EU wine" (European Union), this blend of Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon was an absolutely nice surprise! An unbeatable good option in terms of quality for this affordable price. Yes, believe me...It's a good VINO after all! 

2019/04/05

Pio Cesare, the excellence of Piedmont enjoyed on each glass


I recently had the honor to better immerse my senses on Pio Cesare millesimes and wines thanks to a complete tasting in the company of Pio Boffa, great grand-son of the founder. This still family owned family is one of the biggest references of quality, elegance and tradition from Alba, in the Piedmont region, and each of their wines represent exactly the finesse, the know how and the terroir. 
It's not common to taste whites wines from Langhe DOC, so I'd like to highlight the 2 labels this winery produce, with different styles, from the international and well-know variety Chardonnay. Piodilei is a 100% white varietal with the same body, complexity and ageing potential of the great reds historically produced in the area. A very interesting Chardo!
But my special mention goes to "the other" white, which casually it has been named in Italian "L'altro"! The small percentage of Sauvignon Blanc blended with the majority of Chardonnay gives a freshness, minerality and originality that really impressed me. 
In terms of reds, I also enjoyed a lot the Fides Vigna Mosconi, a Barbera d'Alba DOC Superiore which represents the authenticity and the richness of this traditional variety, grown in the region for decades. In the mouth is concentrated, fruity and juicy with delicious hints of spices and cherry. 
The Barolo wines as well as the Barbaresco ones are also outstanding, of course. If you look for a great Barolo ready to enjoy now or to keep in the cellar for a while, the Barolo DOCG 2015 is purely delicious. The intensity, the finesse and the elegance are in equal proportions giving a wine with round tannins, velvet body and a gentle fruity aftertaste. 



Pio Boffa also made us discover in exclusivity the new label "Mosconi". This wine is also a Barolo DOCG but made with a small selection of the oldest Nebbiolo vines of the family in Mosconi, Monforte d'Alba, one of the most prestigious areas of the entire Barolo region. The 2015 is then the first vintage available in the market and it will be produced from now on only in small quantities. An exclusive and unique wine that would be a great choice for my personal cellar! 

Marina La Forgia 


2019/04/02

Cuatro Rayas, the purest expression of Verdejo

Provenant d'une cave coopérative de la région de Rueda, ce Verdejo Cuatro Rayas est un excellent exposant de la typicité. Issu de l'agriculture biologique et de plus, végan, est un vin blanc rafraichissant et raffiné qui m'a trop plu. J'ai apprécié ses arômes citronnés et herbacés très typiques et très agréables. En bouche, il est aussi savoureux, rond et expressif. Un vin bio authentiquement espagnol à découvrir sans hésitation!

Coming from a cooperative winery in the Rueda area, this Cuatro Rayas Verdejo is an excellent exponent of typicity. From organic farming and also vegan, it is a refreshing and elegant white wine that I liked to discover. I highlight its citrus and herb aromas very typical and very pleasant. In the mouth is also tasty, round and expressive. An authentic Spanish bio wine that I invite you to try without hesitation!

Marina La Forgia

2019/04/01

Bottega wines: quality and elegance in equal proportions

Bottega is one of the biggest Prosecco brands all over the world. The beautiful golden bottles can be seen and enjoyed almost everywhere we go, and Montreal is not the exception. If you still don't know it yet, there is a passionate family behind leaded by Sandro Bottega, who is the wine "maker" of these authentic, fine and elegant Italian bubbles!
I gladly had the chance of attending a very complete tasting on his company and it's always enriching and pleasant to discover the wines and their secrets when they are unveiled first hand.

First of all, let me tell you that good Proseccos can perfectly age and be enjoyed on its maturity! A vertical tasting of Il Vino dei Poeti from 2013 to 2018 vintages gave me the exact dimension on how they can evolve in terms of aromas and flavors expression. From more fruity and fresh notes in the young ones to more complex bouquet and structure in the oldest vintages, I am surprised on the evolution of the Glera and its strong versatility.

And on top of it, even if we are used to recognize Bottega Proseccos thanks to its elegant marketing and unique brillant packaging, their wines go much further beyond.
As synonym of trend and vanguardism, Sandro Bottega made us discovered their new but at the same time "ancestral" Prosecco Nature that was absolutely amazing. Very intense, fruity and floral in the nose with a dry and delicate attack in the palate. A pure must try!

And last, but not least, I had also the chance to taste the Organic Prosecco DOC which will be available in the Quebec Market in a few months. Once again, it's another Bottega wine that shows quality and elegance in equal proportions!

Marina La Forgia



Under the charm of the Italian Teroldego

(By Marina La Forgia) I do not remember having tasted this grape variety from the Trentino Alto Adige on many occasions, but I think tha...