Nicholas Pearce has more new amazing wines in the LCBO Vintages stores.
From the New World, we are throwing down a bright crunchy GMS from Schild Estate in the heart of the Barossa Valley, Australia. From San Rafeal – Mendozo, Argentina, a silky smooth, high scoring, Reserva Malbec, as featured on the front cover of the newest LCBO Vintages Magazine (Sept 2nd, 2017 Release)
For our two old world elections, we go directly to Burgundy with two very different Pinot Noir expressions. Leading with a ready to drink 2007 (decade old) Cotes de Nuits Village from Roche de Bellene and then following with first front line release of the mighty Maison Dieu Vieilles Vignes from Nicolas Potel’s personal plots at Domaine de Bellene. This was purchased by the LCBO as futures, so the value is incredible.
>Schild Estate Grenache/Mourvèdre/Shiraz 2014 Grenache Blend
VINTAGES#: 108183 | 750 mL bottle
93 points Australian Wine Companion
It’s important to get the temper right of these blends and this one does. It’s not too sweet, not over-oaked, not too alcoholic. And yet it’s ripe and earthen and well-fruited. It flows, it’s succulent, it’s not simple, and it drinks like a charm. Drink By: 2022. Special Value. Score – 93. – Campbell Mattinson, winecompanion.com.au, March 1, 2017
Since 1952, the Schild family have lived and worked in the Southern Barossa, growing grapes and creating wines with authenticity and passion, from real Barossa earth, in a place they call home. 2016 marked another milestone in Schild’s history, the launch of their Canadian wine club. WineCollective is excited to announce that you now have the opportunity to experience the Barossa Valley without leaving home. Visit SchildEstate.ca to learn more!
Domaine de Bellene Maison Dieu Vieilles Vignes Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2015
VINTAGES#: 478545 | 750 mL bottle
$26.00 – Purchased En Premeur – Futures by LCBO. (usually $32.95)
Round and flattering with lots of fresh sweetness and real allure. Distinguished. Drink 2017-2019. Score – 16 (out of 20). – Jancis Robinson, MW, jancisrobinson.com, Jan. 7, 2017
Few Bourgogne villages pinot noir offer up as much early, cheery, red cherry and bright amenability as Nicolas Potel’s ’15. Under his Domaine de Bellene label he make use of old vines for some minor structure but let’s face it. This is meant for enjoyment, immediate gratification and just plain drinking. There is some grip, firm and nascent complacency and just the right amount of tart, edgy acidity. Drink 2017-2019. Tasted August 2017. – Michael Godel Winealign.com
Marco Zunino Expresión Reserva Malbec 2014 ($17.95)
VINTAGES#: 494575 | 750 mL bottle
92 Points James Suckling – Front Page Feature LCBO Vintages
Aromas of ginseng and dried fruits. Medium body, fine tannins and a tangy finish of citrus peel. Beautiful. Different interpretation of malbec for Argentina from this region. Fresh. Drink now. Score – 92. – James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, May 20, 2016
Young, intense, fruit driven wines, built around a real backbone structure and showing the best of the terroir of San Rafael. A range of expressive red wines with a strong personality, an original and creative design, with a modern and feminine touch. In line with our expressive red wines, our Chardonnay is pure and mineral, with a great acidity offering a great backbone to its distinguished fruit. Our rosé de pressée is one of a kind in Argentina dry and delicately fruity, making it a real culinary rosé as well as a pleasure one. The use of sulfites is kept to the strictest possible minimum (-70 mg / liter).
Maison Roche De Bellene Vieilles Vignes Côte de Nuits-Villages 2007 ($29.95)
VINTAGES#: 487447 | 750 mL bottle
90 Points Winealign – David Lawrason
This has matured into pleasant, balanced smoothness, and the fruit is still holding. It has evolved with pleasant cherry jam, leather, spice and woodsy notes – classic mature Burgundy, which is now a rare experience off the shelf and under $30. It is mid-weight, smooth and warm with some grainy tannin. The length is very good. Tasted August 2017
A very Rare 10 Year Old Burgundy Selection. This wine was sourced from five communes in the Côte de Nuits sub-region of Burgundy: Fixin, Brochon, Prémeaux, Comblanchien and Corgoloin. With a decade under its belt, the wine is showing gracefully maturing complexity of wild cherry, cranberry, plum, licorice and herbs. The finish is silky and smoky. Drink now through 2022 with charcuterie and cheeses, or barbecued beef tenderloin and wild mushrooms. – Vintages panel, Sept. 2016
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