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Sweetness scale Grams/litre Examples

[00] 0 - 3 Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, many reds

[01] 4 - 6 Some New World varietals, some reds

[02] 7 - 12 Champagne, Sparkling, Rosés, few reds

[03] 13 - 20 Mosel, some Alsace, Anjou

[04] 21 - 34 Semi-sweet Bordeaux, some sherry

[05] 35 - 50 Kabinett German, Late Harvest, Alsace

[06] 51 - 74 Spätlese German, Sweet Loire, Port, Dessert Muscat

[07] 75 - 100 Auslese, Beerenauslese

[08] 101 - 139 Icewines, Sauternes, Barsac, dessert wines, Port

[09] 140 - 179 Icewines, Sauternes, Barsac, dessert wines, Port

[10] 180 > Speciality sweet wines, Trockenbeerenauslese

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cover — At Spanish Palate’s Casa do Sol, the traditional pergola

system of grape growing keeps the grapes well aired , far from the

ground and healthy in this humid, challenging climate.


Portugal

Spain

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Spain, Portugal and Mâcon

Spain currently has some of the most interesting restaurants in the world, at the

same time Spanish wines are living a moment of creativity. Not only does Spain have

the largest surface area planted to vines, it is probably the country that cultivates

the largest acreage of vines aged 50 to over 100 years old. For years these were

undervalued, and incentives in E.U. subsidies even led to some being uprooted.

Fortunately, not all. Old vines are now highly sought after as an important factor in

producing high quality wines — this is a recurring theme in the wines featured.

Spain’s neighbour Portugal is known for the large number of indigenous grape

varieties planted, coming second only to Italy. Its older vineyards are often field

blends with a mix of grapes planted in one plot. More recent plantings are mono

varietal, the most renowned being Touriga Nacional. Portuguese varieties produce

distinctive wines with personality and vibrancy. Iberian wines are complemented

with white wines from southern Burgundy’s Mâconnais region. 2018 saw a good

crop of grapes for the second year in a row, with no frost or hail. Both 2017 and 2018

vintage wines are showing well.

Opimian’s Wine Consultant Jane Masters MW, tastes, selects and writes the

commentary for each of the wines in the cellar offerings. Celebrating her 21st

year as a Master of Wine this year (one of 378 globally), Jane held the position

of Chairman of the prestigious Institute of Masters of Wine 2016-2018. Having

trained as a winemaker at the Institut d’Oenologie in Bordeaux after a degree

in Biological Chemistry, Jane worked for UK retailer Marks & Spencer running

the Wine & Drinks Category for many years. As an independent consultant

Jane is constantly on the look out for exclusive wines from around the world

for Opimian members. She regularly visits wine regions and meets producers

and loves to share her passion and knowledge.

Featured

Axial Vinos------------------------------4

Spanish Palate--------------------------8

Vinoselección------------------------- 16

Bodegas Concavins ------------------- 22

JAPG Vitivinicultura e Serviços, LDA--- 28

Paul Sapin---------------------------- 36

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“We push ourselves to

create unique wines,

involving the local

community in the process.”

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photo — Virginia, oenologist from La Casa de Lúculo,

checking barrels of organic wines


spain

Zaragoza

Axial Vinos

Dutchman Louis Geirnaerdt arrived in Spain more than thirty

years ago as a geologist and completed his PhD in the foothills of

Somontano. Since then, Louis has worked for and with a number

of wine producers, developed a passion for Garnacha, and built his

own winery, Bodem, in Cariñena.

1246

La Mirada al Sur, Blanco, DO

Calatayud, Bodega Virgen de

la Sierra, 2018

Macabeo

$ 15.33 $ 92.00

La Mirada al Sur Blanco is produced from

grapes grown on old Macabeo vines 50 to

100 years in age, planted in the mountains of

Calatayud in northern Spain. Pale in colour,

it has an intense aroma of fresh pears which

jumps out of the glass. It is soft and easydrinking

with more stone fruit flavours,

apples and pears combined with some

minerality on the finish.

2019-2020,

M8 D9

Intense fruit, fresh

pears

6°C

Stone fruit, mineral, [00]

Thai green mango salad

— spain

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1247

La Mirada al Sur, Tinto, DO

Calatayud, Bodega Virgen de

la Sierra, 2018

1248

Garnacha Tinta

$ 15.33 $ 92.00

Esperanza organic Verdejo,

do Rueda, Bodegas avelino

Vegas, 2018

Verdejo

$ 20.33 $ 122.00 1249

While a number of

grape varieties are

permitted within the

Calatayud DO, red

varieties dominate,

representing

approximately 83% of

plantings, Garnacha

Tinta being the most typical of the region.

The ancient low bush vines are planted on

south facing slopes. La Mirada al Sur Tinto

is a mellow wine with red apple aromas. It is

smooth with some depth and good youthful

acidity, finishing with red cherry flavours.

Red apples 16°C

Smooth, mellow, red cherries

Roasted pork tenderloin with cherry

Garnacha sauce

2019-2021,

M8 D9

Family-owned Bodegas

Avelino Vegas, in Santiuste

de San Juan Bautista,

is Axial’s partner in

Rueda. Verdejo grapes for

Esperanza were grown on

50-year-old vines on small

plots around the village.

Esperanza 2018 is a light to

medium bodied white with

intense lemon, lime and flinty aromas. Flavours

of pears, passionfruit and green apple dance

and linger on the palate. A short 24-hour skin

contact preceded fermentation in tank, then the

wine was matured on lees for two months.

Lemon, lime, flint 6°C

Passionfruit, fresh apples, [01]

2019-2020,

M8 D9

Manchego cheese served on a bed of grilled

courgette and artichoke salad with toasted

almonds and citrus dressing

new

Jardín de Lúculo Los

Bohemios, Garnacha

Atlánticas, DO Navarra,

la Casa de Lúculo, 2018

Garnacha

$ 17.67 $ 106.00

This wine is dedicated to Lucius Licinius

Lucullus, a great Roman military leader from

the first century BC who became so famous

for his banqueting that the word “Lucullan”,

meaning lavish or luxurious, is derived

from his name. Remains of ancient Roman

wineries can still be seen in the Navarre

region in northern Spain. Old bush vines are

cultivated in the lower slopes of the Pyrénées

Mountains. Grenache grapes were picked in

October to produce a medium bodied, easydrinking

wine with good balance and flavours

of red cherries and red apples.

2019-2021,

M8 D9

Red berries, red

apples

16°C

Supple, medium bodied

Pulpo Gallego: Galician grilled octopus

dressed with olive oil and smoked paprika

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photo — Louis Geirnaerdt and Eugenie van Ekeris,

Axial Vinos and Bodem Bodegas owners


1251

Javier San Pedro Rández,

TempraniLLo, DOCa Rioja, 2018,

Bodegas VaLLobera

1250

new

Oxte The Silence, Red

Blend, DOP Cariñena, Bodem

Bodegas, 2017

Tempranillo

$ 19.33 $ 116.00

Tempranillo, Syrah, Garnacha,

Cabernet Sauvignon

$ 18.17 $ 109.00

It was Dutchman Louis Geirnaerdt’s dream

to build a winery, and after 30 years living

and working with Spanish wines, that dream

came to fruition. The winery is located in

Cariñena, a region which Louis and his wife

immediately felt connected to, and is named

Bodem, meaning “soil” in Dutch. Their

shared passion is for the Garnacha grape,

which likely originated in what is now the

Cariñena DO. Louis and co-owner Eugenie

van Ekeris own seven hectares of vines and

works with other local families on another

100 hectares. Oxte combines 25% Garnacha

with 40% Tempranillo, 25% Syrah and 10%

Cabernet Sauvignon. It has sweet succulent

fruit characters with a supple palate and a

silky texture, finishing with flavours of black

cherries and a hint of coffee. Each grape

variety was fermented separately and after

malolactic fermentation, the wines were

matured in French and American oak barrels

for three months.

Sweet dark fruits 18°C

2019-2022,

M8 D9

Succulent black cherries, hint of coffee

Spanish tapas: squid in oil, grilled scallops,

tomato bread with anchovies, Jamón

Serrano

The 2018 Javier San Pedro

Rández Tempranillo has

intense plum and red berry

aromas and is light to

medium bodied. It has a fine

smooth texture with a good

acidity, providing balance

and a flavoursome finish.

The San Pedro family have a

centuries-long heritage of vine growing around

the medieval village of Laguardia in Rioja

Alavesa. Javier joined his father’s bulk wine

business at the age of 14 and always dreamed

of producing elegant and concentrated wines

under his own name. Produced from 100%

Tempranillo, 80% of the grapes were wholebunch

fermented in open tanks.

Intense plums, red

berries

2019-2022,

M8 D9

18°C

Fine texture, light to medium bodied

Buttery roasted chicken with roasted

vegetables

photo — Bodem Bodegas, the new winery at

Almonacid de la Sierra, Aragón, in the Cariñena DOP

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Toro, Zamora

Spanish Palate

Nicola Thornton and Alvaro Martin share a common

confidence in Spain and its many hectares of

ancient vines. Together, they set up Spanish Palate

several years ago with wines produced from small,

independently-owned wineries that have character

and give a sense of place.

“Behind every wine there

is a remarkable story of

remarkable people and

remarkable vineyards.

There are still so many hidden

gems in Spain—the world

should discover them!”

photo — Spanish Palate gives life to abandoned or

struggling vineyards and voice to independentlyowned

wineries that have a unique sense of place.

— spain

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Leonor de Carrera Brut, Traditional

Method, DO Cava

Xarel-lo, Macabeo,

Parellada

1253

1254

$ 22.17

$ 133.00

$ 13.17

$ 158.00

Winemaker Josep Maria Suriol named

his Cava after the previous vineyard

owner. Leonor was born on the estate and

lived there all her life. Her grandfather

began making Cava for his family’s own

consumption in the late 1800s and Leonor

continued the tradition. She entrusted Josep

with her legacy. In return, he promised that

one day he would produce a special Cava

named after her from grapes grown on

the 35 hectares of vineyard. Pale in colour,

Leonor de Carrera Brut is intensely fruity in

aroma with apples and pears complemented

by a soft, creamy palate. It is less mineral

in style than the Clos Montblanc Cava, with

more focus on fruit and a crisp finish.

Fresh apples, pears 6°C

2019-2020,

M8 D9

Creamy texture, pears, crisp finish, [08]

Escargots à la provençale

1255

new

Mi Tractor Azul, Garnacha

Tintorera, DO Almansa, 2017

Garnacha Tintorera

$ 16.50 $ 99.00

Dark fruits, spice 18°C

Savoury, bitter cherry twist

Roast pork with sweet plantains

2019-2021,

M8 D9

The Mi Tractor Azul

range of wines is made

to express the fruit

flavours inherent to

each grape variety and

the region in which it is

grown. In this case, it is

the Garnacha Tintorera

grape from the Almansa

region in south-eastern

Spain. The region has

always produced intensely coloured wines,

which in the past were supplied to other

wine regions and used as a blender to boost

colour. Mi Tractor Azul Almansa 2017 is an

intense purple colour. It has ripe dark fruits

and spices on the nose with a more savoury

character on the palate. It is medium to fullbodied

with a lingering bitter cherry flavour.

There was no use of oak.

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photo — Leonor de Carrera´s vineyards bear centuries

of tradition, slowly adapting to the world around them.


new

new

new

1256

Alsón MaLBec, DO La Mancha,

Hacienda aLBae, 2015

1257

Doña Juana, Garnacha/

Monastrell/Syrah,

do Jumilla, 2017

1258

Cueva del Chamán, RoBLe,

Garnacha Tintorera,

do aLMansa, 2017

Malbec

Garnacha, Monastrell, Syrah

Garnacha Tintorera

$ 18.00 $ 108.00

$ 18.17 $ 109.00

$ 18.50 $ 111.00

I don’t recall ever having tasted a Spanish

Malbec before. Quick research confirms that

it is a rare occurrence, with a total of only

120 hectares planted in the country. Bodegas

Hacienda Albae is one of only two producers

to bottle a 100% Malbec wine. Alsón 2015

has intense aromas of forest fruits, herbs,

raspberries and fresh grass. It is mellow

and supple, with red fruit and damson jam

flavours. The Carpintero family chose to

plant Malbec in La Mancha due to its ability

to retain acidity in hot climates and planted

approximately 10 hectares to Malbec in 2012.

The vines, located at 700 metres on gravelly,

sandy and limestone soils are trellised and

farmed organically. Grapes were harvested

at night, fermented and then matured for six

months with new French oak.

This wine is produced

from grapes grown on

old bush vines farmed

organically with an

average age of 45 years.

Doña Juana is a blend

of Garnacha, Monastrell

and Syrah in equal

measure. Each variety

was harvested and fermented separately.

The wines were then blended and matured

in American oak barrels for eight months,

giving the wine a pronounced spicy, pencil

lead nose. It is rich and structured, medium

to full-bodied with a grippy finish.

2019-2022,

M8 D9

Deep purple

in colour, ripe

blackberry and

blueberry aromas

mingle with vanilla

spice and smoky

notes from four months’ aging with French

oak. Cueva del Chamán is medium to fullbodied

with savoury flavours and nutmeg

and a fine grainy texture, finishing on woody

notes with lingering bitter cherries.

Ripe blackberries,

blueberries, smoky

bacon

2019-2022,

M8 D9

18°C

Vanilla spice, nutmeg, bitter cherries

Pencil shavings 18°C

Traditional French Cassoulet

Oaky, red fruits

Spanish spice-rubbed pork tenderloin with

garlic shrimp

2019-2022,

M8 D9

Forest fruits,

raspberries, herbs

18°C

Red fruit jam, damson

Shiitake, onion, pepper, and Manchego

tartlets

photo — The wonderful underground barrel cellar

at Hacienda Albae, where a unique range of single

varietal wines are perfectly aged.

— spain

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1259

Botas de Barro, Old Vine

Tempranillo, DO Ribera del

Duero, 2017

Tempranillo

$ 20.00 $ 120.00

The Duero is one of the

major rivers of the Iberian

Peninsula, flowing 897

kilometres from northern

central Spain, westwards

across to Portugal where

it is known as the Douro,

out to the Ocean in Porto.

The Ribera del Duero

DO is located along the banks of the River

Duero around the town of Aranda de Duero

in the province of Burgos. The river plays a

major factor in the region’s microclimate,

characterized by large swings between

day and night-time temperatures. Bright

in colour, Botas de Barro 2017 Ribera del

Duero has red fruits, violets and coffee

aromas. It is relatively light in body with a

firm acidity developing on the palate and

finishes with ripe blueberry flavours. Grapes

came from 100-year-old vines planted on

sand and gravelly limestone soils.

Violets, red fruits,

coffee

Blueberries

2019-2021,

M8 D9

18°C

Lechon (roast suckling pig) with braised red

cabbage and apples with mashed potatoes

1260

Botas de Barro, Tinta de Toro,

do Toro, 2017

1261

Tinta de Toro

$ 20.00 $ 120.00

Botas de Barro, Old Vine

Garnacha, DO Almansa, 2017

Garnacha Tintorera

The Toro DO lies downstream from Ribera del

Duero as the river continues its meandering

path towards Portugal. Wine has been made

in Toro since the end of the 1st century BC by

the ancient Greeks. The town of Toro is also

famous for founding Spain’s first university

(which subsequently moved to Salamanca in

the 13th century). The Toro DO has some of the

world’s oldest vines at over a hundred years

old, due mainly to the region’s very sandy

soils which protected against Phylloxera.

Botas de Barro Toro 2017 is intensely spicy

with oak, incense and clove aromas leading

to a supple palate. Oaky notes are laid over a

dark succulent fruit background and sweet

mid palate. Grapes were fermented and

macerated on skins for seven days followed by

five months maturation with American oak.

$ 20.00 $ 120.00

A fruit salad of aromas

with blueberries and

mulberries precedes a

soft and smooth palate

brimming with plummy

fruits, ripe blackberries,

vanilla and spice. It

has a grainy texture

with bitter cherry and

lingering flavours of

raspberries and vanilla cream. Grapes were

picked by hand and underwent a traditional

fermentation at 30°C with 12 days of

maceration on skins. It was matured for four

months in French oak barrels with 15% new.

2019-2022,

M8 D8

2019-2022,

M8 D9

Spices, oak, incense 18°C

Mulberries,

blueberries

18°C

Dark fruits, cloves

Plums, vanilla, blackberries

Rabo de Toro (Spanish-style oxtail braised in

tomatoes, red wine and sherry)

Creamy corn and chorizo-stuffed

mushrooms

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photo — Jesus Fernandez, owner and creator of Rosas

Negras, takes over from past generations to continue

to nurture his century-old vines in Toro.


To taste a rare

Spanish wine,

order this

Graciano today.

1262

new

IN, Insolente Graciano, DOCa

Rioja, Bodegas d. Mateos SL.,

2017

Graciano

$ 23.00 $ 138.00

Graciano is one of five grape varieties

permitted to produce red Rioja wines (although

Tempranillo alone accounts for 75% of the

region’s plantings). The variety is held in high

esteem, even if it only represents a small

proportion of vineyards and very few wineries

produce a single varietal wine such as this.

This is because Graciano is difficult to grow

and produces very low yields. Insolente 2017

has meaty and herbal aromas with woodlands,

musky spice and dark fruits behind. It is

medium bodied with more dark fruits on the

palate leading to a tart blackberry finish with

some green notes. This is a wine with massive

personality and depth. The 20-year-old

vineyard is at Aldeanueva de Ebro in Rioja Baja.

2019-2024,

M7 D8

Woodlands, musk,

dark fruit

18°C

Blackberries, herbal notes

Chorizo and lentil stew with Morcilla

(Spanish blood sausage)

photo — Urban art project in Toro, a medieval town

surrounded by some of the world´s oldest vineyards

— spain

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1263

8 Rosas Negras, Ancient

Vines, DO Toro, 2016

1264

Tinta de Toro

$ 25.17 $ 151.00

8 Rosas Negras is a medium to full-bodied

wine with grippy chewy tannins. It has ripe

blackcurrant and earthy aromas with more

savoury flavours on the palate, and bitter

chocolate and black liquorice lingering

on the tongue. Tinta de Toro grapes were

grown on centenarian vines which are widely

spaced and non-trellised. All the grapes

were picked by hand between October 7 and

12, 2016 and underwent a cool maceration

for four days prior to fermentation. It was

matured for six months in 50% French and

50% American oak.

Casa Do Sol Albariño, DO Rias

Baixas, El Conde de Castelo,

2016

Albariño

new

$ 32.50 $ 195.00

This white wine from

Rias Baixas in Galicia

in the north western

corner of Spain is

deliciously fresh with

aromas of stone fruits,

nectarines and honey.

It is round and smooth with a firm crisp

finish. The winery is located in the Ribeira do

Ulla subzone on a historic estate built in the

15th century. Produced from 100% Albarino

grapes, these were left to macerate for a short

time on skins prior to pressing. Fermentation

was carried out by natural yeasts and the wine

aged on lees for ten months.

2019-2022,

M7 D8

2019-2020,

M8 D9

Blackcurrants, earthy

spice

18°C

Stone fruits,

nectarines, honey

6°C

Savoury, bitter chocolate, liquorice

Smooth with firm acidity, [00]

Rib-eye steak with liquorice sauce and

smoked rutabaga purée

Grilled lamb loin chops with fig spread and

portobello mushrooms

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photo — At Hacienda Albae´s vineyards, the result of

over 30 years of careful experimentation has led to

the planting of unique varietals.


1265

LoeSS Blanco, DO Rueda, 2018,

Bodegas Miguel y Ruano

1266

LoeSS Inspiration,

Tempranillo, DO Ribera del

Duero, 2017, Bodegas Miguel y

Ruano

Verdejo

Tempranillo

$ 23.67 $ 142.00

$ 23.83 $ 143.00

Tasted as a tank sample, the

wine had not been filtered or

fined yet. It has aromas of fresh

apples and a soft creamy texture,

as well as good mid palate fruit

with melon, lemon and lime

flavours. Loess Blanco is 100%

Verdejo, produced from grapes

from a selected plot of vines

planted in Rueda in 1998. The

four-hectare plot is located on a

Quaternary terrace overlooking

the Duero river with vines trained

along a low vertical trellis and

drip irrigated.

A succulent wine, supple with lots of

blueberry and blackberry flavours. It is

slightly restrained in aroma but more than

makes up for it on the palate which is mellow

and smooth with a long bitter cherry and

chocolate finish. It is produced from 100%

Tempranillo with grapes harvested by hand

in October 2017. It was matured for nine

months in premium French oak barrels

using a variety of toasts. Loess is named

after the soil, a sedimentary soil laid down

by wind action. The 27.6 hectares of Loess

vineyards planted in 1998 are located in

Roa on six distinct plots, each with its own

characteristics and classified as “excellent”

for vine growing by the University of Madrid.

2019-2020,

M8 D9

2019-2023,

M7 D8

Green apples 6°C

Dark fruits 18°C

Melon, lemon, lime, [00]

Succulent blueberries, blackberries, bitter

cherry, chocolate finish

Fish tacos with mango salsa

Cajun Jambalaya

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Madrid

Vinoselección

Vinoselección works with wineries large and

small in many regions across Spain. Here

are some of my current top picks.

“We select outstanding

wines that tell a story and

come from traditional

winegrowing regions, but

also wines from many areas

yet to be discovered.”

photo — The Emina Winery in Ribera del Duero is part

of the famous Matarromera Bodegas Familiares Group

and represents the modern production line.

— spain

VinoSELECCión

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1268

Cyan de Matarromera, DO

Toro, Bodega Cyan, 2014

1269

Emina Prestigio, D.O. Ribera

del Duero, Bodega Emina, 2016

Tinta de Toro

Tempranillo

$ 19.83 $ 119.00

$ 23.83 $ 143.00

Winemaker Carlos Moro has 53 hectares

of vines on the Valdefinjas farm, located 12

kilometres from the centre of the town of

Toro. The farm also grows olives and has

a pine forest. Soils are low in fertility with

clay and calcareous components. Produced

from 100% Tinta de Toro, the Cyan de

Matarromera 2014 was matured for

16 months in oak with 60% American and

40% French barrels and has a distinctly

woody character with nutmeg and cooked

fruit aromas. It is supple with blueberries

and blackberry flavours and a grippy finish.

Cooked fruits, nutmeg 18°C

2019-2022,

M8 D9

A succulent and smooth

wine, it has blackberry

and blackcurrant fruit

flavours with a floral

element. It was matured

for twelve months in a

combination of French

and American oak casks

with the oak completely integrated with the

fruit, giving the wine a fine texture. A good

vintage in Ribera del Duero, 2016 was witness

to a mild winter followed by a cool and wet

spring with summer arriving late. When it did

finally arrive, it was hot and dry but tempered

by the cool nights.

2019-2022,

M8 D9

Blueberries, blackberries, toast

Floral, blackcurrant,

blackberries

18°C

Garden tomato pasta with wine and basil

Cherries

Pork lentil soup

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photo — Bodegas Valdelacierva is located in the heart

of Rioja Alta and has 200 hectares of vineyards. Some

of their vines are 130 years old.


1270

Sonsierra Crianza, DOCa

Rioja, Bodegas Sonsierra,

2015

Tempranillo

$ 21.17 $ 127.00

Located in the old fortified village of San

Vicente de la Sonsierra on the left bank

of the Ebro River with splendid views

across Rioja Alta, Bodegas Sonsierra

groups together 240 vine growers with

430 hectares of vines in the foothills of the

Sierra de Cantabria. 2015 was a very good

quality vintage and the earliest harvest on

record in Rioja. This Crianza has mellow

aromas of cola with black cherries in the

background. It is medium bodied with fresh

red cherry fruit flavours. Grapes were

harvested by hand, macerated for 24 hours

then fermented. It was matured for twelve

months in small oak barrels, although the

oak is not obvious. It is smooth and elegant

with a long sour cherry and cranberry finish.

2019-2022,

M8 D9

Cola, black cherry 18°C

Red cherries, cranberry, redcurrants

Braised rabbit pappardelle

photo — These Tempranillo vineyards in Rioja are

most representative of the region. Tempranillo is the

dominant grape of Spain’s most famous wine.

— spain

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1271

Viña Eizaga Crianza, DOCa

Rioja, Vinos Eizaga, 2016

Tempranillo

$ 24.50 $ 147.00

Coconut, spicy, red

fruit

Red berries, liquorice

2019-2022,

M7 D8

18°C

Bacalao a la Vizcaína – Biscayan style cod

Brothers Carlos and Javier

farm their 40 hectares of family

vineyards around Laguardia

and Labastida in Rioja Alavesa.

The winery, established in 2006,

produces a small number of

cases each year. Their Crianza

2016 has a dominant oak

character with spicy coconut

aromas laid over a red fruit

and floral background. It is

light on the palate with more

red fruit and bitter liquorice

flavours emerging, ending with

a rustic chewy finish. Produced

from 100% Tempranillo, it was

matured in oak for 14 months.

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top photo — The barrel cellar at Bodegas

Valdelacierva, where Alfar Vendimia

Seleccionada is produced in good vintages.


1272

Alfar Vendimia Seleccionada,

doca Rioja, 2016, Bodegas

Valdelacierva

1273

Braó, DO Montsant, 2016,

Acústic Celler

Tempranillo

Cariñena, Garnacha

$ 45.83 $ 275.00

$ 47.33 $ 284.00

Alfar Vendimia Seleccionada

2016 is an intense wine with good

depth and elegance, requiring

some cellaring before it reaches

its optimum for drinking. On the

nose, black fruits, vanilla, nutmeg

and cloves give a warm and rich

impression. On the palate, it is

medium bodied with some grippy

tannins, red berry fruits and sour

cranberry flavours. Bodegas

Valdelacierva lies in the heart

of Rioja Alta at Navarette and

has 200 hectares of vineyards in small plots

between 25 and 130 years old. In this case,

grapes were cultivated on 40-year-old bush

vines cultivated around Briones and Baños de

Ebro. After maceration for three days, wines

were fermented then racked into new French

oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and

spent 12 months maturing in barrel.

Black fruits, vanilla,

nutmeg

Cloves, red berries, grippy finish

Roast leg of lamb

Looking for

an elegant wine?

Any of these from

Vinoselección

2020-2026,

M6 D7

18°C

A medium to full-bodied wine, dense in

colour with mellow fruit aromas, Braó 2016

combines aromas of fresh blueberries, vanilla

and strawberry leaf. On the palate, flavours of

sour cherries and blackberries show through

and the wine has a powdery texture with a

dry finish. Albert Jané is passionate about

old vines, and for Braó he works with 60 to

80-year-old vines around Montsant cultivated

at between 300 and 700 metres in altitude.

The stony terroir is harsh and barren, and

so the ancient twisted vines have had to toil

to extract the nutrients and water required

to survive – hence the name Braó, meaning

courage and strength. Grapes were harvested

by hand with a strict selection in the vineyard

and picked into small 20-kilo cases. Grapes

were macerated and fermented with punching

down of the skins each day. It was matured

for thirteen months in new and one-year old

lightly toasted French oak barrels.

will impress!

2020-2024,

M6 D8

Mellow, blueberries,

strawberry leaf,

vanilla

Sour cherry, blackberries

18°C

Peppery Catalan sausage (salchichón de Vic)

with ratatouille

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spain

Montblanc, Barberà

de la Conca, Catalonia

Bodegas

Concavins

Bodegas Concavins is based in Barberà de la Conca

in northern Catalonia, close to the fortified town

of Montblanc. The area around Montblanc shows

evidence of habitation in cave dwellings dating back

to Palaeolithic times. Wine production was probably

introduced to the region by ancient Romans but

disappeared with the Moors. The family-owned winery

is also close to Poblet Monastery, which was founded

by Cistercian monks from France in 1151 and was

hugely significant in the region. It is where many kings

and queens from Aragon were buried over centuries.

“We support clean

technologies and respect the

environment, so 100% of the

water we use is rainwater.”

photo — Aerial view of the vineyards of Mas Vidal

farmhouse. The Prades Mountains stand in the

background.

— spain

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1274

Montblanc 362, Brut Cava

Reserva, Mètode Tradicional,

DO Cava

Macabeu, Xarel-lo, Parellada

$ 20.00 $ 120.00

As sparkling wine sales around the world

continue to be buoyant, Spain’s most famous

bubbly, Cava, represents great value. The

Penedès region has a history of sparkling wine

production dating back to the 1870s, and uses

the same method as in Champagne. Indeed,

it was Catalan winemakers who invented the

gyropalette – a mechanized way to gather

fermentation lees in the neck of the bottle –

which is now widely used in the French region.

Montblanc 362 has aromas of sherbet, lime

and fresh apples with a crisp fresh acidity. It

was produced from a blend of 50% Macabeu,

30% Xarel-lo and 20% Parellada.

2019-2020,

M8 D9

Lime, sherbet 6°C

Fresh green apples, crisp, [02]

Revuelto de langosta: lobster and asparagus

soft-cooked eggs with oyster Cava cream

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top photo — “Masia Les Comes”, the Carbonell family

country house, dates back to the 18th century. It is

where the family’s wine tradition originated.


1276

MontBLanc 362 Rosat, DO

Catalunya, 2018

Pinot Noir, Tempranillo, Trepat

$ 15.83 $ 95.00

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Bright raspberry pink in colour, Montblanc

362 Rosat is made from a combination of

Pinot Noir, Tempranillo and Trepat grapes. It

has aromas of strawberries and raspberries

and other red berry fruits leading to a soft

round palate with an herbal edge. A wine with

good depth and persistent cherry flavour.

1275

Montblanc 362 Macabeu/

Chardonnay, DO Catalunya,

2018

Macabeu, Chardonnay

$ 15.83 $ 95.00

Tasted as a tank

sample before fining

and filtration, the 2018

has lots of appeal with

aromas of fresh lime

and lemon fruits. On

the palate it displays

more citrus character

with a crisp green apple finish. It is a blend

of Macabeu and Chardonnay which was

fermented in stainless steel tanks to create

a dry wine.

Lemon, lime 6°C

2019-2020,

M8 D9

Raspberries,

strawberries

2019-2020,

M8 D9

6°C

Green apples, citrus, [01]

Red fruits, cherries, [00]

Grilled shrimp tostadas with apple and

mango salsa

Seared tuna loin with avocado, soy, ginger

and lime salsa and fresh cilantro leaves

bottom photo — Josep Vadrí, winemaker of

Clos Montblanc, has been working in the

cellar for more than 30 years.

— spain

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1277

MontBLanc 362 TempraniLLo/

Cabernet, DO Catalunya, 2018

1278

Tempranillo, Cabernet

Sauvignon

$ 15.67 $ 94.00

new

MontBLanc 362 Selecció, DO

Catalunya, 2016

Merlot, Garnacha, Cabernet

Sauvignon, Cariñena

$ 18.17 $ 109.00

Predominantly

Tempranillo with 15%

Cabernet Sauvignon,

this wine is deep in

colour with aromas of

dark and juicy fruits. It

is medium bodied with

a floral finish. Grapes

came from vines approximately fifteen years

old and were harvested in September for the

Tempranillo, and mid-October for the Cabernet

Sauvignon. It was aged in old oak barrels for a

couple of months prior to bottling.

Dark fruits 18°C

2019-2021,

M8 D9

This is a medium bodied, well-structured

wine with some complex aromas of ripe

cooked fruits, blackberry jam, vanilla

and spices. It is smooth with nice mellow

fruits mid palate and lingering flavours of

succulent cherries and other juicy fruits. It is

a blend of four grape varieties grown in four

distinct vineyards. Grapes were fermented in

stainless steel tanks followed by maturation

for four months in old American and French

oak barrels.

Ripe cooked fruits,

blackberry jam,

vanilla

Cherries

2019-2023,

M8 D9

18°C

Floral, juicy fruit

Sirloin skewers with sherry vinegar steak

sauce and grilled scallions

Albondigas in smoky red pepper and tomato

sauce (Spanish meatballs)

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photo — Barrel room in the Clos Montblanc winery

where there are more than 1000 barrels in total,

made of French and American oak.


1279

MontBLanc 362 Syrah/Samsó,

do Conca de Barberà, 2016

1280

Samsó, Syrah

$ 19.17 $ 115.00

MontBLanc 362 Trepat, D.O.

Conca de Barberà, 2015

Trepat

new

$ 23.67 $ 142.00

Syrah and samsó

(aka Carignan) were

cultivated on black

slate and quartz soils

known as Llicorella,

producing a savoury

wine. It is restrained

on the nose with a firm

palate with dark fruits, dried herbs and bitter

treacle flavours. Tannins and acidity come

together to produce a grippy finish which

should mellow with some keeping. It spent

12 months in new and used oak barrels.

Trepat is an indigenous variety to the

Conca de Barberà region. It produces large

compact bunches of thick-skinned grapes

and is mainly used for rosé or light red

wine production. In this instance, a much

more ambitious wine has been produced,

with good mid palate weight, cooked forest

fruit characters and grippy tannins. It was

produced from a single 1.5-hectare vineyard

of 50-year-old vines and has aromas of

sour blackberries and cola. Grapes were

harvested by hand and the wine matured in

French and American oak barrels.

2019-2024,

M8 D8

2019-2022,

M8 D9

Savoury, some fruit 18°C

Woody, vanilla, cooked

forest fruits

18°C

Dried herbs, dark fruits, treacle

Blackberries, cola

Venison loin with beet and garlic purée,

Brussels sprouts, roasted beets and oyster

mushrooms

Duck breast with spelt, potatoes and

smoked blueberry coulis

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Portugal

Carvoeira

JAPG

Vitivinicultura

e Serviços, LDA

José Gaspar is a winemaker and consultant who has

worked in most regions in Portugal. Having spent

many years based in the Douro making port, he

returned to Lisbon. Many of the wines offered are

made from indigenous Portuguese varieties which

are not found or planted anywhere else in the world

and which make distinctive wines with personality.

“To make a good wine,

we must love wine. But

experience, know-how,

dedication and sensibility

also need to be part of the

equation.”

– José Gaspar

photo — The Douro Valley is the home of port. A wide

range of terroirs are enclosed in the mountainous

landscape.

— portugal

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1281

1283

new

Miranda Branco, DOC Vinho

Verde, 2018, Caves Campelo

Talentus, Vinho Regional

1282 LiSBoa, JAPG Lda, 2017

Loureiro, Trajadura, Arinto

Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon,

Touriga Nacional

$ 15.50 $ 93.00

$ 17.33 $ 104.00

Quinta da Giesta, DOC Dão,

Boas Quintas, 2016

Touriga Nacional, Jaen, Tinta

Roriz

$ 23.17 $ 139.00

The Dão region is where it all started for

winemaker Nuno Cancela de Abreu. His

family had been farming land in Dão and

making wines there for over 130 years.

The region is surrounded by mountains

and generally protected from the extreme

continental climate as well as the influence of

the Ocean. Quinta da Giesta, in Mortágua in

the Dão region, is surrounded by 12 hectares

of vineyards. This blend of three indigenous

varieties is vibrant in colour with aromas of

blackberry, raspberries, coffee and herbs.

It is light to medium bodied with some firm

tannins and a long bitter cherry herbal finish.

Vinho Verde is a light white

with a bit of spritz. Coming

from the northern region of

Portugal, it is a blend of three

indigenous white varieties –

40% Loureiro, 30% Trajadura

and 30% Arinto. The 2018 has a

lemon sherbet character with

a hint of green leaves. It has

a marked acidity with a crisp

sour lemon finish.

The hot dry summer

of 2017 shows through

in Dona Carlota with

some dried fruits, dates

and raisin flavours. It is

intense in colour with

some red fruit and treacle

aromas which lead to a

light-bodied wine. It was

aged for three months in oak barrels.

2019-2020,

M8 D9

2019-2021,

M8 D9

2019-2023,

M7 D9

Green leaves 6°C

Red fruit, treacle 16°C

Blackberries,

raspberries, coffee

18°C

Lemon sherbet, crisp, [02]

Dates, raisins

Bitter cherries, herbs

Korean chicken japchae

Slow-grilled rack of lamb with mustard,

herbs and apricots

Lamb pie with mint

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1284

Cabeço da Pedra, Vinho

Regional Tejo, Encosta do

Sobral, 2016

1285

Aragonez, Castelão

$ 18.33 $ 110.00

new

Encosta do Sobral, Touriga

Nacional, Vinho Regional

Tejo, 2015

Touriga Nacional

$ 30.00 $ 180.00

Tejo is one of the oldest wine regions in the

country and for the Portuguese conjures

up images of vineyards, olive groves, cork

forests and Pure Blood Lusitano horses.

Encosta do Sobral is located in the far

north of the region, close to Tomar. Dark

fruit aromas are complemented with those

of coffee and milk chocolate. This is a rich

supple wine, medium bodied with ripe fruits,

spices and tobacco. It is a blend of Aragonez

(Tempranillo) and Castelão – a very old red

Portuguese variety that is almost exclusively

cultivated in the country. It was matured with

oak for eight months.

Coffee, milk

chocolate, dark fruit

Succulent fruits, tobacco

2019-2022,

M8 D9

18°C

Pasta with tomatoes and braised beef

Of all the indigenous

grape varieties in

Portugal, Touriga

Nacional is the one

consistently winning

acclaim. Winemaker

Pedro Sereno’s 2015

Touriga Nacional has

produced a fragrant,

rich and tannic wine. Aromas of coffee and

lavender with a slightly savoury edge lead

to a palate brimming with dark fruits, fresh

blackcurrants and blackberries. The wine

has a firm chewiness to it which is perfectly

balanced by the dark fruit. It ends with a

grippy finish and dark chocolate flavours and

will repay some keeping. Matured for twelve

months in French oak barrels.

Lavender, coffee 18°C

2019-2023,

M7 D8

Blackcurrants, blackberries, dark chocolate

Shepherd’s pie

photo — Boas Quintas in Dão has been sustainably

developed since 2010.

— portugal

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mixed case

A mixed case with three vintages of Encosta

do Sobral’s Vale Castelo Reserva. Each

year, the wine is a blend of 40% Touriga

Nacional, 40% Touriga Franca and 20%

Trincadeira. The wine is matured in French

oak barrels for approximately twelve

months.

Two bottles each

2015, 2016 & 2017

1286

Vale do Castelo Reserva,

Vinho Regional Tejo

$ 30.00 $ 180.00

Vale do Castelo Reserva, Vinho Regional

Tejo, 2015

Vale do Castelo Reserva, Vinho Regional

Tejo, 2016

Vale do Castelo Reserva, Vinho Regional

Tejo, 2017

Touriga Nacional, Touriga

Franca, Trincadeira

Touriga Nacional, Touriga

Franca, Trincadeira

Touriga Nacional, Touriga

Franca, Trincadeira

The 2015 has restrained

floral aromas and

raspberry jam, dried

fruits, figs and a hint

of smoke. It is light to

medium bodied with

a good acidity and

flavours of juicy dark

fruits, finishing with a

long bitter cherry finish. A cool dry spring

was followed by a hot summer allowing full

maturation of grapes.

Mellow fruit aromas

and a weightier palate

characterize the 2016

and make it my favourite

of the three vintages in

the line-up. It is a juicy

and succulent wine with

good body and a bitter

chocolate and cherry

finish with some potential for cellaring. A

warm summer in 2016 produced a belowaverage

crop in terms of quantity.

2017 was a very early

vintage due to early

budbreak in spring

and good conditions

throughout the growing

season. Deep vibrant

plum in colour, the 2017

is muted for the moment

with some fruits – red

apples and red cherries – preceding a soft

supple palate. It is lighter in structure than the

2016 with a fine texture and a long fruity finish.

2019-2022,

M7 D9

2019-2024,

M7 D9

2019-2024,

M7 D8

Floral, raspberry jam,

smoke

18°C

Mellow fruits 18°C

Restrained, red

apples, red cherries

18°C

Dark fruits, figs, bitter cherry

Succulent juicy fruits, bitter chocolate, bitter

cherries

Fine texture

Portuguese-style beef stew

Cuban-style pork with beans and plantains

Beef tenderloin with blue cheese mashed

potatoes

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Estopa Reserva Tinto, DOC

Douro, Gesprove, 2015

Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca,

Touriga Nacional

$ 23.83 $ 143.00 1288

Deep purple in colour,

Estopa Reserva 2015 has

mellow aromas of black

cherries with a touch of

smoke. It is smooth in

texture with juicy fruits

and good depth, finishing

on bitter chocolate and

cherry notes. Grapes were

grown on vines planted 15 years ago on steep

terraces in the Cima Corgo (Upper Corgo)

sub-region of the Douro. Grapes were picked,

de-stemmed and crushed. After fermentation

at 22 to 23°C, the wine was matured in new

French oak barrels for six months.

Black cherries, smoky 18°C

Bitter chocolate, black cherry

Traditional Cornish pasty

2019-2022,

M8 D9

Abastado Grande Reserva

Tinto, DOC Douro, Gesprove,

2013

Touriga Nacional, Souzão,

Touriga Franca

$ 39.67 $ 238.00

An immensely appealing wine with bags

of personality. It is intense in colour with a

warming mellow bouquet with dark fruits, a

hint of fresh leather and warm puppy. It is soft

and smooth, rich and full-bodied. Supple fruit

and black cherry flavours are complemented

by smoke and soot. It has a fine texture and

is delicious to drink now with the potential

for some cellaring. The majority of the blend

is 80% Touriga Nacional with 19% Souzão

and 1% Touriga Franca grown on terraced

schist soils in the Douro Superior subregion.

Grapes were destemmed, crushed

and fermented at 22 to 25°C. The wine was

matured in new French oak barrels for twelve

months and was bottled in June 2015.

2019-2024,

M7 D9

Mellow bouquet, dark

fruits, hint of leather

18°C

Black cherries, smoke

Spicy chickpea and spinach stew

photo —José Gaspar started making wine 45 years

ago in the Douro Valley.

— portugal

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Soneto Porto, Reserva Especial, Gesprove

Soneto Porto, Reserva Tawny, Gesprove

Soneto Porto, Late Bottled Vintage, 2009,

Gesprove

Blend of traditional Douro

grape varieties

Blend of traditional Douro

grape varieties

Blend of traditional Douro

grape varieties

A good ruby port, dense plum in colour with

ripe fruits, plums, apples, almonds and herbal

aromas. The palate has more focus on fruit

with a medium body and a long bitter marzipan

finish. Grapes were crushed and fermented

for two to three days, and the fermentation

was arrested by the addition of wine brandy,

producing a port with 19.5% alcohol and over

100 grams of residual sweetness. It was aged

in old casks for three years.

Ripe fruits, plums,

apples, almond, herbs

Marzipan, [08]

Ready to

drink

18°C

Blue cheeses: Stilton, Roquefort, Gorgonzola

and Fourme d’Ambert

Tawny ports generally spend a much longer

time aging in oak casks. Their colour

becomes paler and more orangey in hue.

Soneto Reserva Tawny spent eight years in

old casks and has a translucent orange ruby

colour. Nutty and apricot aromas are intense

with more smoky treacle flavours coming

through in the mouth. It is sweet with a good

bitter finish and some grip.

Ready to

drink

Nutty, apricot 18°C

Smoky, treacle, [07]

Chocolate lava cake

This Late Bottled Vintage port has a bouquet

with black cherries and marzipan with a

leafy edge. There are raisins and a hint of

earth. On the palate it is full-bodied with

good depth. Juicy fruits are offset by a grippy

finish. This wine has a more complex and

weighty style with lingering bitter cherry

flavours.

Black cherries,

marzipan, raisins,

herbs, hint of earth

Juicy fruits, bitter cherries, [08]

Fresh fig and port sorbet

Enjoy for

the next

decade

18°C

evolution

aroma 16 °C

taste

ideal with

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1289 Soneto Porto

$ 35.33 $ 212.00

Two bottles each

Reserva Especial,

Reserva Tawny, &

Late Bottled Vintage

2009

1290

Soneto Porto, Vintage 2016,

Gesprove

Blend of traditional Douro

grape varieties

$ 60.33 $ 362.00

Produced from the highest quality grapes

from a single year and only released in the

best years, Vintage Port is the pinnacle of

quality and 2016 was a great year – rare in

that all the top port houses declared a vintage.

Dense with a solid purple colour, Soneto 2016

has herbs, mint, black cherries, pipe tobacco

and spicy aromas. It is rich and sweet, fullbodied

with succulent fruits, chocolate and a

fine-grained texture with a powdery finish. It

should evolve for decades. A cold, wet spring

was followed by a hot dry summer with some

rain in September. The result was low yields

but of very high-quality grapes.

Enjoy over

the next 2

decades

Herbs, mint, black

cherries, spice

18°C

Rich, succulent, [08]

Linzertorte

photos— Gesprove has established partnerships with

producers with raw materials that allow them to

achieve great quality wines.

— portugal

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photo — The vineyards of AOC Saint-Véran extend

over eight villages in southern Burgundy.


FRAnce

Mâcon

Southern Burgundy

Paul Sapin

The Mâconnais region is the most Southern part of Burgundy. It starts at Tournus

and runs approximately 50 kilometres southwards to the villages of Pouilly, Fuissé

and Saint-Vérand just south of Mâcon. As with the rest of Burgundy, limestone

soils predominate with layers of marl, silt and gravel. 2018 saw a good crop of

grapes for the second year running with no frost or hail. Both 2017 and 2018

vintage wines are showing well.

Paul Sapin wines

are known for their

value & quality.

1292

Cœur des Lanciers Blanc, Vin

de France

1293

Chardonnay, Colombard

$ 11.33 $ 136.00

White and pink grapefruit aromas give Coeur

des Lanciers lots of appeal. It is crisp and

tangy on the palate with gooseberry and

lemon flavours.

Cœur des Lanciers Rosé, Vin

de France

1294

Grenache

$ 11.33 $ 136.00

Cœur des Lanciers

Rosé is pale pink in

colour with pears,

strawberries and

cream and sour

cherry flavours

with a good acidity.

Grenache grapes were grown in the Côtes de

Gascogne in south-west France.

Cœur des Lanciers Rouge, Vin

de France

Merlot

$ 11.33 $ 136.00

Herbal leafy and

floral aromas lead

to more savoury

flavours on the

palate. This is a

medium to fullbodied

wine with

firm tannins and a grippy bitter fruit finish.

Pink grapefruit 6°C

2019-2020,

M8 D9

Pears 6°C

2019-2020,

M8 D9

Herbal, leaves, floral 18°C

2019-2021,

M8 D9

Gooseberry, lemon, [01]

Sour cherries, strawberries and cream, [01]

Savoury

Sea scallop persillade

Pizza napolitana

Beet salad with warm goat cheese

— mâcon

PAUL sapin

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new

1295

Paul Sapin Mâcon-Villages,

La Collection, AOP, 2018

1296

Chardonnay

$ 22.50 $ 135.00

Paul Sapin Mâcon, La

Collection, aop, 2018

Gamay

$ 20.67 $ 124.00

1297

Paul Sapin Saint-Véran, La

Collection, aop, 2018

Chardonnay

$ 29.33 $ 176.00

A light and refreshing

white from the

Mâconnais with

aromas of hazelnuts

and nectarines. It

has fresh white fruits

and lemony flavours

with a crisp acidity

and some citrus pith

giving length.

Nectarine, hazelnuts 6°C

2019-2021,

M8 D9

This red Mâcon wine

was made from

Gamay grapes which

underwent some

carbonic fermentation

and was fermented

at low temperature

then bottled early to

maximise its fruity character. It is bright ruby

in colour with soft red fruit aromas. A light

to medium bodied wine, it is supple with fine

tannins and a grippy acidity.

2019-2021,

M8 D9

White fruits, lemon, [00]

Soft red fruits 14°C

Blanquette de veau (white veal stew)

Supple

Beef carpaccio with arugula and Parmesan

cheese

Quite restrained as a young wine, the 2018

has some floral and pear aromas with

mineral and wet earth notes. It is crisp

with lingering lemon and lime flavours.

The appellation takes its name after the

village of Saint-Vérand in the far south of the

Mâconnais region. Part of the grapes were

vinified in barrels, and the balance in tank

with some short skin contact.

2019-2022,

M8 D9

Floral, wet earth 6°C

Pears, lemons, [00]

Seafood risotto

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Cellar 266 —

ontario

photo — Thierry Coulon observes the grapes in the

vineyard near Château de Pierreclos in the Mâconnais.


Domaine Mont-

Saint-Gilbert

Domaine Mont-Saint-Gilbert is

located in the Mâconnais at Davayé

and consists of approximately 40

hectares of vineyards located in both

the Mâconnais and Beaujolais regions.

Sébastien Collonge manages the

estate and makes the wines.

new

1298

Domaine Mont Saint-Gilbert,

aop Mâcon-Villages, Vin de

Bourgogne, 2017

Chardonnay

$ 27.67 $ 166.00

1299

new

Domaine Mont Saint-Gilbert,

aop Saint-Véran, Vin de

Bourgogne, 2017

Chardonnay

1300

new

Domaine Mont Saint-Gilbert,

aop Pouilly-FuiSSé, Vin de

Bourgogne 2017

Ripe tropical fruit

aromas of ripe

nectarines and

pineapple are

complemented by

a malted biscuit

character adding

complexity. It is smooth on the palate

with more flavours of fresh stone fruits

emerging and a limey finish. After pressing

and clarification of the grape must, it was

fermented at low temperature and then aged

on lees for six months in tank.

$ 34.33 $ 206.00

Butterscotch

aromas with yogurt

and lemon make up

a mellow bouquet

followed by toffee

and banana flavours

on the palate. It

has more mid palate richness than the

Mâcon-Villages with a broader structure and

persistent finish. Delicious for drinking now.

Chardonnay

$ 45.50 $ 273.00

Ripe fruits, passionfruit and clementine with

a bit of aniseed give immediate pleasure.

This wine has good weight and mid palate

with a firm sour citrus finish and flavours of

clementine, orange and orange peel giving

bitterness and length. A white wine with

more potential for cellaring, it was matured

in oak barrels for twelve months.

2019-2021,

M8 D9

2019-2021,

M8 D9

2019-2023,

M7 D9

Ripe nectarines,

pineapple, malted

biscuit

6°C

Lemon, yogurt,

butterscotch

6°C

Passionfruit,

clementine, aniseed

6°C

Stone fruits, lime, [00]

Banana, toffee, [00]

Orange, clementine, orange peel, [00]

Warm salmon with beurre blanc sauce

Foie gras toasts with goat cheese and

beetroot

Orange lobster tail

photo —The Rock of Solutré, emblematic of the

Mâconnais, has been inhabited since Paleolithic times.

— mâcon

PAUL sapin

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