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Who’s behind Vinho Verde Young Wine Projects?

With about 18 000 winegrowers in Vinho Verde, standing out on your own can be quite challenging. This doesn’t mean it’s impossible. The regions new dynamism and diversity is becoming a springboard for any ambitious producers that truly want to expand and improve the regions’ overall quality.

Four young Vinho Verde producers have joined forces in that sense to promote different part and style of Vinho Verde by grouping their resources and image. This quartet was formed in 2015 by Joana Santiago (quinta de Santiago), João Camizão Rocha (Sem Igual), Miguel Queimado (Vale do Ares) and Vasco Magalhães (Cazas Novas) : 4 ambitious producers, 3 sub-regions, 1 goal, prove the region uniqueness and diversity.

Cazas Novas

Cazas novas is the largest of the 4 brands. A young trio composed of Carlos Coutinho (7th generation owner), Diogo Fonseca Lopes (Winemaker) and Vasco Magalhães (sales guy) employs this estate in the area of Baião, near the demarcated region of the Douro Valley and comprises 40 hectares of vineyards. This relatively new project has taken shelter in the historical and whimsical Quinta de Guimarães. The region’s being home of the Avesso grape, Cazas is obviously keen on this aromatic and textured grape. Unsurprisingly, their watery gold Avesso 2017, is extremely satisfying and quench thirsting. Its delicate granitic texture and beautiful fruits is smooth with a good dose of acidity.

 

Vale do Ares

Miguel Queimado is working within the boundaries of Monçao y melgaço sub-region and the upcoming superstar grape, Alvarinho. Vale do Ares was a dream come true in 2012, when the century old cellar was transformed into a working boutique winery. While the colheita 2017 was very bright, intense and tasted like bitting in a lemon with salt (Where’s the Tequila?), their limited edition 2015 was rather oxidative with mostly passion fruits aromas. Two completely different styles.

100 Igual

The producer João Camizão Rocha has its own vineyards of 9 hectares in the Amarante sub-region called 100 Igual (without equal). Using Arinto and Azal, he has the ambition of proving his Vinho verde can age in bottle. The results are incredibly structured wines with leesy/waxy character and a very persistent acidity.

Quinta do Santiago

Joana Santiago is the face of Quinta do Santiago, a family project in the famous region of Monçao. All of the labels are showcasing traditional Portuguese embroidery which is the curved Viana Heart. This is a wink to all the women of the region. Quinta de Santiago produces some of the most delicate and lean wines I’ve tasted in Vinho Verde. Their balance is outstanding and all the intricate floral aromas make them unique.

 

A project of blending their know-how and the characteristic of each of their vineyards into a single bottle is already coming along. They launched a celebratory collaboration for the first anniversary of Vinho Verde Young Project. The blend called signature was only produced in 100 limited edition bottles.

Obviously experimentation is very important for these young producers, who knows what they’ll bring to the table next!

 

 

Qui est derrière le Vinho Verde Young Wine Projects?

Avec près de 18 000 vignerons à Vinho Verde, se démarquer peut être assez difficile. Cela ne signifie pas que c’est impossible. Le dynamisme et la diversité des régions sont en train de devenir un tremplin pour tous les producteurs ambitieux qui veulent vraiment étendre et améliorer la qualité globale des régions.

Quatre jeunes producteurs du Vinho Verde ont uni leurs forces dans ce sens pour promouvoir les différentes parties et style de Vinho Verde en regroupant leurs ressources et leur image. Ce quatuor a été formé en 2015 par Joana Santiago (quinta de Santiago), João Camizão Rocha (Sem Igual), Miguel Queimado (Vale do Ares) et Vasco Magalhães (Cazas Novas): 4 producteurs ambitieux, 3 sous-régions, 1 objectif, prouver l’unicité et la diversité de la région.

Cazas Novas

Cazas novas est la plus grande des 4 marques. Un jeune trio composé de Carlos Coutinho (propriétaire, 7e génération), Diogo Fonseca Lopes (Vigneron) et Vasco Magalhães (responsable commercial) exploite ce domaine dans la région de Baião, près de la région délimitée de la vallée du Douro et compte 40 hectares de vignes. Ce projet relativement nouveau s’est abrité dans l’historique et fantaisiste Quinta de Guimarães. La région étant à l’origine du cépage Avesso, Cazas est évidemment passionné par ce cépage aromatique et texturé. Sans surprise, leur Avesso 2017 est extrêmement satisfaisant et rafraichissant. Sa texture granitique délicate et ses beaux fruits sont unis avec une bonne dose d’acidité.

Vale do Ares

Miguel Queimado travaille dans les limites de la sous-région de Monçao y Melgaço avec le cépage superstar, l’Alvarinho. Vale do Ares était un rêve devenu réalité en 2012, lorsque la cave centenaire a été transformée en une cave fonctionnelle. Alors que le Colheita 2017 est très vif, intense et goûte comme un citron salé (Il manque juste la tequila!), leur édition limitée 2015 était plutôt oxydative avec des arômes de fruits de la passion. Deux styles complètement différents.

Sem Igual

Le producteur João Camizão Rocha a son propre vignoble de 9 hectares dans la sous-région d’Amarante appelée Sem Igual (sans égal). En utilisant l’Arinto et l’Azal, il a l’ambition de prouver que son Vinho Verde peut vieillir en bouteille. Les résultats sont des vins incroyablement structurés avec un caractère cireux et une acidité très persistante.

 

Quinta do Santiago

Joana Santiago est le visage de Quinta do Santiago, un projet familial dans la célèbre région de Monçao. Toutes les étiquettes présentent la broderie portugaise traditionnelle, le coeur incurvé de Viana. C’est un clin d’œil à toutes les femmes de la région. Quinta de Santiago produit des vins d’une délicatesse et d’une légèreté précise. Leur équilibre est exceptionnel et tous les arômes floraux complexes les rendent uniques.

 

Un projet de fusion de leur savoir-faire et des caractéristiques de chacun de leurs vignobles en une seule bouteille est déjà en cours. Ils ont lancé une collaboration festive pour le premier anniversaire de Vinho Verde Young Project. Le mélange appelé signature n’a produit que 100 bouteilles en édition limitée.

Évidemment, l’expérimentation est très importante pour ces jeunes producteurs, rien ne peut les arrêter!

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Umberto Cesari x Impact de Montreal

Umberto Cesari, grande marque qui a fait ses preuve au Québec depuis bien des décennies et L’impact de Montréal sont fiers de s’être associé pour créer une gamme de cuvées spéciale au couleur de l’équipe locale en l’honneur du 25e anniversaire de celle-ci. Trois vins s’ajoutent maintenant au 23 produits déjà disponibles au Québec de la maison Umberto Cesari. Un Trebbiano et un Sangiovese de Romagna, une région type de ce producteur, ainsi qu’un assemblage de sangiovese et Merlot de Rubicone. Ces vins arborant le blanc, le bleu et le noir de l’impact seront disponibles durant toute la saison 2018.

#UmbertoCesari #MoreThanWine #IMFC

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Gabriel Meffre

Gabriel Meffre was founded in 1936 by Gabriel and his wife Juliette when they created their ‘Négociant’ business in Gigondas. Juliette had a very important role in the estate as she took on responsibility of the estate while her husband left for WWII. The land started out with 7 hectares and had phenomenal growth. After the Longue Toque vineyard addition in 1999 and the Grand Escalion in Costières de Nîmes in 2001, it reached a total of about 800 hectares.

In 2016 the winery celebrated their 80th anniversary as a reference in the rhône valley and especially as prized ambassador of the Gigondas appellation.

Château Grand Escalion rosé – Costières de Nîmes 2017

2017 was the first vintage to include Mourvèdre in the Grenache/syrah blend. It’s crisp and fresh with floral and fruity character. The nose is different from the palate as the initial crisp, tart red fruits are replaced by citrus and orange peel. It’s a very provençal-style rosé.

Laurus Côtes-du-Rhône 2016

Laurus means « Laurel » in Latin, a Roman symbol of excellence. It’s a blend of Roussanne, viognier, Bourboulenc and Grenache Blanc filled with intense pit fruits, peach and nectarine but also green notes of asparagus and artichoke. Overall, it falls flat and misses some acidity to balance the warming alcohol.

💙Laurus Hermitage 2014

Hermitage is a legendary Cru mostly reputed for its red. However, White Hermitage are extremely bold and age worthy delights. This 2014 is a 100% Marsanne which is quite rare as this is a very complicated grape to work with. It has a lovely deep golden color, as bright as the sunshine. The mouth feel is wide and rounded, layered and unctuous that has beautiful beeswax, buttered citrus, brioche, and toasted bread aromas and flavours. Only a thousand bottles are produced each year.

Gabriel Meffre, Côtes du Rhône Villages Plan de Dieu, 2016

This particular terroir of round pebbles and alluvial terraces showcase the very fruity and lush character that Grenache can bring although it is blended with Syrah and Mourvèdre. This pinkish rimmed and light wine has lovely blueberries, earth and spicy aromas as well as a slight prickly bitterness.

Gabriel Meffre, Vacqueyras, 2014

At a price point of 25$, this is a relatively affordable Vacqueyras. It has a very steely first impression but gets more complex and elegant as it opens up. The aromas tend more towards minerality and crushed rocks as the fruits are rather neutral. It’s intense and silky on the palate.

💙Domaine de Longue Toque, Gigondas, 2014

The Gigondas wines of Domaine de Longue Toque spread out on 18ha, the Ouvèze river to the Dentelles de Montmirail. Before the acquisition in 1991 this vineyard belonged to the Chapalain family. The 2014 vintage has a very deep and concentrated smell almost sweet and candied because of the intense ripeness. It’s reminiscent of chocolate coated cherries and cranberries. It’s structured, yet very approachable and lengthy.

– 2013 was harsher and didn’t have the same balance as 2014. It’s quite drying.

– 💙2010 however was a turning point. It loses all the candied aspect and gains licorice, fur coat and jerky aromas. It is well-developed with lovely rounded tannins.

– 2008 has a slightly fading garnet color. It’s quite expressive and opened. The bouquet is very complex and developped with aromas of cedar, sweet spices, tocbacco, hay and clove. However, it falls short on the palate and has a diluted faded taste.

-💙Domaine de Longue Toque, Gigondas,  Hommage à Gabriel Meffre, 2003 is an exceptional Cuvée, only produced in great vintages. A beautiful tribute to founding Gabriel Meffre. The only vintages are 2003, 2010, 2013 and 2015. It’s truly an inviting and enticing wine.

 

Gabriel Meffre

Gabriel Meffre a été fondé en 1936 par Gabriel et son épouse Juliette lors de la création de leur entreprise «Négociant» à Gigondas. Juliette a eu un rôle très important dans la succession car elle a pris la responsabilité du domaine pendant que son mari partait pour la Seconde Guerre mondiale. La propriété a commencé avec 7 hectares et a connu une croissance phénoménale. Après l’ajout du vignoble de Longue Toque en 1999 et le Grand Escalion des Costières de Nîmes en 2001, il a atteint au total environ 800 hectares.

En 2016, la cave a fêté son 80e anniversaire en tant que référence dans la vallée du Rhône et surtout en tant qu’ambassadeur prisé de l’appellation Gigondas.

Château Grand Escalion rosé – Costières de Nîmes 2017

2017 a été le premier millésime à intégrer le Mourvèdre au Grenache / Syrah. Il est frais et frais avec un caractère floral et fruité. Le nez est différent du palais car les fruits rouges acidulés et croquants sont remplacés par des agrumes et des écorces d’orange. C’est un rosé très provençal.

Laurus Côtes-du-Rhône 2016

Laurus signifie «Laurel» en latin, un symbole romain d’excellence. C’est un assemblage de Roussanne, de viognier, de Bourboulenc et de Grenache Blanc fourré de fruits à noyau intense, de pêche et de nectarine mais aussi de notes vertes d’asperge et d’artichaut. Dans l’ensemble, il tombe à plat et manque d’une certaine acidité pour équilibrer l’alcool chaud.

💙Laurus Hermitage 2014

Hermitage est un Cru légendaire réputé pour son rouge. Cependant, White Hermitage sont extrêmement audacieux et plaisent à l’âge. Cette 2014 est une Marsanne à 100% ce qui est assez rare car c’est un cépage très compliqué à travailler. Il a une belle couleur dorée, aussi brillante que le soleil. La bouche est large et arrondie, étagée et onctueuse avec de belles cires d’abeilles, d’agrumes beurrés, de brioche et de pain grillé. Seulement un millier de bouteilles sont produites chaque année.

Gabriel Meffre, Côtes du Rhône Villages Plan de Dieu, 2016

Ce terroir particulier de cailloux ronds et de terrasses alluviales met en valeur le caractère très fruité et luxuriant que le Grenache peut apporter bien qu’il soit associé à la Syrah et au Mourvèdre. Ce vin rosé et léger a de beaux arômes de myrtilles, de terre et d’épices, ainsi qu’une légère amertume piquante.

Gabriel Meffre, Vacqueyras, 2014

À un prix de 25 $, il s’agit d’un Vacqueyras relativement abordable. Il a une première impression très solide mais devient plus complexe et élégant à mesure qu’il s’ouvre. Les arômes tendent davantage vers la minéralité et les roches concassées car les fruits sont plutôt neutres. C’est intense et soyeux en bouche.

💙Domaine de Longue Toque, Gigondas, 2014

Les vins Gigondas du Domaine de Longue Toque étalés sur 18ha, l’Ouvèze aux Dentelles de Montmirail. Avant l’acquisition en 1991, ce vignoble appartenait à la famille Chapalain. Le millésime 2014 a une odeur très profonde et concentrée presque sucrée et confite en raison de sa maturité intense. Cela rappelle les cerises enrobées de chocolat et les canneberges. C’est structuré, mais très accessible et long.

– L’année 2013 a été plus dure et n’a pas eu le même équilibre qu’en 2014. C’est assez sec.

💙2010 a cependant été un tournant. Il perd tout l’aspect confit et gagne de la réglisse, de la fourrure et des arômes saccadés. Il est bien développé avec de beaux tanins arrondis.

– 2008 a une couleur grenat légèrement décolorée. C’est très expressif et ouvert. Le bouquet est très complexe et développé avec des arômes de cèdre, d’épices douces, de tocbacco, de foin et de clou de girofle. Cependant, il manque court sur le palais et a un goût fané dilué.

-Domaine de Longue Toque, Gigondas, Hommage à Gabriel Meffre, 2003 est une cuvée exceptionnelle, produite uniquement dans de grands millésimes. Un bel hommage à la fondation de Gabriel Meffre. Les seuls millésimes sont 2003, 2010, 2013 et 2015. C’est vraiment un vin invitant et séduisant.

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Heitz cellar

How refreshing it is to meet a fantastic lady as head winemaker of a Californian estate. Brittany Sherwood joined Heitz Wine Cellars to work the 2012 vintage and was attributed the well-deserved position of managing winemaker this year.

Heitz Cellars is one of the original “cult” producers of wine in Napa and has been around since 1961 when it was founded by Joe and Alice Heitz. They purchased the homestead of an old Italian-Swiss family and its eight acres of vineyards which include the now famous Martha’s Vineyard and Trailside Vineyard. Now a new chapter awaits the vineyard as it has recently been purchased by billionaire businessman Gaylon Lawrence Jr. Even if his main industry focus has been agriculture, it’s Lawrence’s first project in the wine industry. Priorities following this new acquisition are supposedly focused on continuity, perpetuity of style, marketing and maybe a few new single vineyards.

Heitz cellar, Chardonnay 2016

Although focus has always been on cabernet Sauvignon, this Chardonnay has been produced since the beginning of the estate in 1961. Yet, since the 1990s, its style has changed from an extreme buttery wine to a more restrained style with cool fermentation and attention to freshness. It’s still a creamy and rich wine with high acidity and a touch of sweetness but also a lively, zesty character.

💙Heitz cellar, Grignolino, 2015

Grignolino is an oddity in California, especially as a single varietal wine. The previous owner of Heitz family first 8 hectares had planted this native Italian/ piedmontese variety. It’s often referred as ‘the little strawberry’ which is the perfect descriptor. It’s a very pale, bright fuchsia wine with easy aromas of candied cherries/strawberries, red liquorice and hibiscus. It’s very delicately- structured and could be considered an appetitive wine, even served cool. It’s a fun, lightweight and original addition to the portfolio.

Heitz cellar Zinfandel, Ink grade, 2013

This is not a Zinfandel! Well, it is but it doesn’t taste like the saucy, jammy, sweet idea we have of zinfandel. This one has power, concentration and complexity. Highly aromatic crushed berries are escorted by lovely herbs, spices and a tangy, zesty aspect. It’s atypical in a good way.

Heitz cellar Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

This wine is screaming of Cassis and blueberries. 2013 was declared as classic and very typical. It’s full-bodied and almost coating as well as powerful, but not over powerful. A careful extraction limits the tannins to a silky texture.

Heitz cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Linda falls 2013

2013 was the first Linda falls vintage. As an inaugural vintage, this very tiny vineyard is set to show the concentration potential of Howell Mountain. Hence, the color is opaque and dark and the wine itself is a burst of intense taste of lingering black fruits and bark.

💙Heitz cellar cabernet sauvignon Trailside 2012

This Rutherford vineyard, purchased in  1984 is  their premium Cab that is second only to Martha’s Vineyard. 2012 has proved to be voluptuous and bright. The depth and richness of the aromas include tart berries, moka, vanilla and interesting heated caramel on the finale. It’s incredibly lenghty and tasty.

Heitz cellar Cabernet Sauvignon trailside 2010

This vintage is deeply aromatic but seems cooler than 2012. It’s a rounded delight still going strong and robust but slightly showing its soft side. The nose is developed with aromas of chocolate, clove, bark and definitely not fruit-forward.

💙Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon trailside 2009

Very deeply colored, 2009 has rich cedar, peat, nutmeg. It evolved mostly towards spices and expresso except residual cooked blackberries.

Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon trailside 2005

It might not be a great time for 2005. Its taste is starting to get diluted and oxidative. As a vintage that has been described as luxurious and over the top, it’s hard to fing those descriptors at the moment.

Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon trailside 2004

2004 is very elegant and refined with a vibrant freshness and a tart aspect. It’s still a youngster and has a lot of surprises coming up for us. It definitely needed time to show its potential and finesse.

💙Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon trailside 2002

Impressively powerful and young, in a blind test, no one could call this a 16 years old wine. It is quite baffling how this 2002 has stood up through time and age. This luscious Rutherford expression even ends with a harmonious, lengthy finish.

Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon trailside 2001

2001 is definitely the most evolved and oxidative wine of the vertical tasting, by far. It may have been powerful at some point but now it fall bland and faded. Some tobacco, leather, earth and jerky aromas are still lovely but aren’t enough to keep the wine awake.

💙Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Martha’s vineyard 2013

An historic handshake between the Heitz family and the May family who owns the precious piece of land is recognized as one important relationship in winemaking history. The Heitz family’s exclusive arrangement to buy the May family’s grapes began with their first harvest and continues today. Martha’s vineyard has always been characterized by a minty aspect. This character was much stronger in the 1970s, but nowadays, a ‘green’ character is often wrongly considered as unpleasant or even faulty. Martha’s haven’t lost all its personality, but now it’s showcased in a more suptle and precise way.

I like the aromatic first impression of this single vineyard. It’s lovely, fruity, concentrated and you can almost taste the warm sunshine in your glass.  It does have a strong, explosive taste with strong yet integrated tannins.

💙Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Martha’s vineyard 2010

2010 still holds the classic mint character but beside this, it’s completely different. It’s savory more than fruity with chocolate, smoke and a precise definition.

Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Martha’s vineyard 2009

It’s amazing how each vintage is expressive and aromatic in their own way. 2009 is opulent with a depth of flavour. The deeply ripened fruits are joined by a mix of vanilla, oak, bark and tobacco. It’s kind of in between the sun-drenched fruit of 2013 and the savory side of 2010.

Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Martha’s vineyard 2007

2007 has a closed and timid nose. The small amounts of aromas are fruit-centered mostly on tart blueberries and plum. The mouthfeel is elegant with a good length but is slightly restrictive and hidden.

💙Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Martha’s vineyard 2006

This vintage is quite developed even in its gorgeous garnet color. Its caramel, chocolate, coffee, soja and sweet dessert smell is very inviting. It’s rich and reminiscent of mint chocolate on the palate, silky yet with a slight tangy finale.

💙Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Martha’s vineyard 2005

Martha’s 2005 is dark, dense, firm and its concentration is simply delightful. It has an excellent backbone leading to firm plummy dark fruits, mocha, mineral, roasted herbs and pure mint flavors that are tight and flamboyant.

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Antinori Tasting with Francesco Visani

What was supposed to be a privileged small tasting commented by Francesco Visani, commercial director at Piero Antinori turned out to be some sport! A massive line-up of 19 wines from all the main Italian vineyards of this iconic family were presented in details.

Antinori started in Firenze back in 1385. It is now run by the 26th generation making it the tenth oldest family business, all fields combined. It is a very extensive vineyard with as much as 2200 hectares of vines in Italy only and another 500 hectares abroad. All combined, the Antinori dynasty, covers the most prestigious Italian appellations (Tuscany, Umbria, Puglia, Franciacorta and the piedmontese Prunoto) as well as new word destinations ( Napa, Washington, Chile)

💙Castello de la sala

Castello de la Sala is the Antinori Umbrian estate. It has a fortress right next to Orvieto. It’s a quite warm region, yet the wines tend to keep an amazing freshness.

It produces two different labels. The Bramito Chardonnay is kind of the little brother to Cervaro. It’s very expressive and complex, with aromas of peach, melon, grilled hazelnuts, beeswax and dried apricot. There’s a very pleasing minerality and salinity coming from the proximity of the sea and the windy, ventilated aspect.

Cervaro della Sala, has an upgraded intensity compared to Bramito. The Chardonnay is combined with 10% Grechetto which is essential in the structured style of this wine. It’s a large and wide wine, yet effortless with a great acidity to balance the structure. The latest vintages have all been phenomenally good. 2014 was described as pure elegance. 2015 is very harmonious with a burgundian character. 2016 had some similarity to 2014, as a very tense and restrained wine filled with a classy elegance. The aromas are as various as possible including slightly roasted nuts, mild spices, honey, a flower bouquet, toast and a very cool, fresh feeling.

Villa Antinori Bianco, 2016

A refreshing blend of Trebbiano, pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Riesling. The honeyed and floral taste is delicate yet vibrant and very pleasing. It’s a great summer terrace wine recently available on SAQ shelves.

Pèppoli, 2016 Chianti Classico Antinori

Owned by Piero Antinori since 1985, this extensive 62 hectares of vines was purchased to celebrate the 600th anniversary of the family presence in Chianti. Pèppoli is the entry level, affordable Chianti Classico. It has a charming fruit-centered character, a good acidity and soft, delicate mouthfeel.

Villa Antinori, 2015,  Chianti Classico Riserva

This Riserva aged in Foudres, has supple yet quite present tannins. It is a good representation of a typical, simple Chianti Classico: fruit-forward with fresh cherries, a touch of spicyness and a touch of earthiness.

Marchese Antinori, Tenuta Tignanello, Chianti Classico Riserva

Not to be confused with Tignanello, the super-Tuscan. Tenuta Tignanello is actually the Antinori estate situated in Mercatale Val di Pesa in Chianti Classico. It’s a ripe and deep wine with a steely minerality, black tea aromas and a slight bitterness.

2014 and 2015 were very different, contrasting even. While 2014 was difficult, cool and rainy with a very small selective volume, 2015 was way easier. With warmth and sunshine, nothing was really needed in the vines. The hard 2014 made some incredibly tense wines, light and elegant and 2015 had a profound fruit character.

💙Badia a Passignano, Chianti Classico, Gran Selezione, 2012

Badia a passignano estate is just 2 km away from Tenuta Tignanello. Made from 100% Sangiovese, this makes it develop and change color quite quickly. This wine comes from a very rigourous grapes selection and is quite typical of the all Sangiovese of Chianti Classico. It’s a burst of aromas including black tea, mushrooms, hummus, dried prunes, peach pit, licorice and spices. The fresher climate of the summer gave it a very needed refreshing acidity.

💙Pian delle vigne rosso 2015

The Pian delle vigne rosso is very pleasing, light but incredibly tasty. It’s a mix of finesse and flavour. Surprisingly, Pian delle vigne is the only estate that doesn’t have any marketing campaign or promotion pushing the sales. However, it’s one of the Antinori wines with the most demand, increasing each year.

Pian delle Vigne 2013, Brunello di Montalcino

This Brunello is as tasty is filled with finesse as the rosso but with a grand, robust structure and added complexity. 2013 was great vintage rated 5* for what it’s worth. Nonetheless, the balance and integral character are outstanding.

Pian delle vigne 2012, Brunello di Montalcino Vignaferrovia

Lovely slight brick colored wine. Vignaferrovia is a single vineyards characterized by concentration and body. Yet, tannins are soft and supple. Its aromas are quite smoky including tobacco, ashes, tar, mint and spices.

Il Bruciato  2016  Tenuta Guado al Tasso

Guado al Tasso is the Bolgueri Antinori estate with more than 300 hectare of vines. Of course, international grapes are planted as Bolgueri is known for. This wine is 60% Cabernet-Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 10% Syrah. It has a deep cassis, blackberries, cocoa, anis and candied cherries smell that is simple but lovely. It has a very modern and new world approach especially on the nose. This wine has a relatively big production of around 900K bottles per year. Fortunately, as part of the Bolgueri DOC this is a very good value.

Bolgheri Superiore Guado al Tasso 2014

A very expressive wine with an explosive taste at the very first sip. It’s aromatic, opened and wide with interesting roasted notes of chocolate, pecan, coffee and smoke joined by fresh, bright cherries. Of the total 1000 hectares of vines of the appellation, Antinori owns 300, a third of Bolgueri is Antinori’s.

Bolgheri Superiore Guado al Tasso 2015

2015 is more tinted than its precedent. It’s a warm and overripe with prunes and dates aromas. Obviously, it shows signs of youth but also a great potential. The tannins are robust and slightly integrated but you should drink 2014 now and 2015 later.

💙Guado al Tasso Matarocchio 2013

A very rare, small production and original wine, Matarocchio is a 100% cabernet franc. The variety takes a very specific dimension in the maritime and very sunny climate of Bolgueri. It’s a gand wine, intense in every senses of the term. The lovely pink-rimmed wine has a supple and harmonious structure and explosive, complex aromas of Mint and bark, a very interesting minerality and a slight herbaceousness. Vibrant and exciting.

Tignanello 2014

Tenuta Tignanello is in the heart of chianti classic and was part of the origin and the rise of the super-tuscan category. It has been a chianti before, just to become a vino de Tavola and later, when allowed, an IGT Toscana. This very well-known, prestigious and acclaimed wine, is firm and voluminous. You should be careful with this 2014 vintage as it’s not representative of the label. The very rainy weather was not favourable at all. It’s still a complex and persistent wine but misses the intensity it has proved capable of.

💙Tignanello 2015

Very opaque, and dark, this wine is as concentrated as it can get. It’s harsh palate needs some peace for 5 to 10 years before becoming gentler. Yet, the aromas are extremely promising. It has lots of aromatic spices, dried tomatoes, black tea, perpper mint and a slight herbaceousness. The bright acidity and impressive complexity also shows restraint which might transfer in finesse and elegance.

💙Solaia 2014

Solaia is a very small single vineyard of 10 hectares part of Tenuta Tignanello. It means “sunny” which is a reference to the special and favourable position of this specific parcel. While Tignanello was not at its best in 2014, Solaia proved to live up to its iconic status. It’s rich and extremely expressive. Its aromas are clear, precise and pure including red licorice, black fruits, perfume and graphite. It definitely has power but is supple and very pleasing.