Pinot Noir Tasting Toolkit

You love wine, but sometimes you search for your words to describe it? Bookmark this page to enrich your technique and vocabulary about a very famous red grape: PINOT NOIR





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THE STORY AND A FEW GREAT WINES MADE FROM IT

Pinot Noir is used alone in Burgundy to make nearly all red wines from there. In Champagne it’s used with Chardonnay or Pinot Meunier, probably because of that and because most expensive red wines like Domaine Romanée Conti are made of it, passionate people about this grape give a a reputation of a snob grape well expressed in the film Sideways a total ode to Pinot Noir.
The fact that it is mainly suitable in cool climate, you’ll find it mainly in Burgundy in France, in Switzerland, USA, Australia, New Zealand and even Canada (Ontario like at Prince Edward County).



Richebourg from Henri Jayer was heralded in 2015, world’s most expensive wine at 15 195$ per bottle!



Nuis-Saint-Georges, Aloxe-Corton, Gevrey-Chambertin, Marsannay, Santenay you can’t go wrong :


WHAT TO EAT WITH PINOT NOIR?

Because it can be very light you have to be precocious with Pinot Noir, don’t match a great burgundy with a very spicy dish or you may cover it’s delicate and silky profile.
A bit different if coming from the new from the old world, a good match is certainly Duck. I would go for Duck confit with old world and roasted duck if from the New World.

Duck Confit TIP : There is two things very important to succeed confit, it needs to be fatty and not dry, also the good amount of salt can be difficult to achieve. If you do confit I also strongly advise to buy the whole duck and use all the other parts to make so amazing appetizer. HERE find a FULL DUCK MENU

Roasted Duck : One of the best roasted duck I have ever made was first smoked with oak from a wine barrel for 4 hours at 100°F, then I kept it overnight wrap in plastic film. The day after I roasted it on the BBQ. If you can’t smoke the duck a good TIP is to ‘faisander‘ overnight by mixing Jack Daniels with spices and herbs all over the duck and inside the beast. Leave it in the fridge overnight et « voilà » it’s like smoked!

Cheers to your next Pinot’ experience!

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Sauvignon Blanc Tasting Toolkit

You love wine, but sometimes you search for your words to describe it? Bookmark this page to enrich your technique and vocabulary about one great white grape : SAUVIGNON BLANC

This infographic was made by Cellier Domesticus from infos of  Social Vignerons. Read more HERE
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THE STORY AND A FEW GREAT WINES MADE FROM IT

Despite all the Chardonnay lovers and I am huge fan of Chablis or Meursault but we got to remember how Sauvignon Blanc makes great wines! In the old world, you can’t miss Loire or Bordeaux use it alone in Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé. Saint-Bris in Burgundy is also sometimes forgotten that it is good and more than suitable for cooler climate. With the addition of semillon you can also find dry whites like Fumé Blanc, or sweet wines like Sauternes probably the most famous desert/foie gras wine.
New-Zealand export Sauvignon at 90%, but you’ll find Sauvignon also in the USAustraliaSouth Africa or Argentina.




Quite good too if you can age it in a wine cellar, and a way more affordable Sauternes is





Sancerre recommandations one expensive and one more affordable :







Now in Pouilly-Fume one expensive choice and a second more affordable :
WARNING : Don’t get confused between Pouilly-Fume from Loire made with Sauvignon and Pouilly-Fuisse from Burgundy made with Chardonnay!







For any recommandation from New Zealand, I strongly advise you to visit available reviews of our partner Julien Miquel from Social Vignerons, wine expert located in NZ.  

So I will drop one famous one only :


I’d like to mention South Africa for being a great region for Sauvignon, not too fruity and less on the tropical notes. Probably the older wine history in the new world, back in 1685!
In Granitic mountains and a light breeze of the Ocean is the wine from Klein Constantia, excellent and very refreshing with light fruits and perfect acidity. A kind of an old school Sauvignon from Loire or Saint-Bris, neither to herbaceous or exotic. Well balanced :




WHAT TO EAT WITH SAUVIGNON?

Because it’s a fresh wine (specially from cool climate) with a often mint touch and usually herbaceous notes. Note that from Loire it will be more crispy and grassy if from New Zealand’s like Marlborough. Known to be very fruity, Sauvignon will tend to be either on the citrus / pink grapefruit side or more exotic with pineapple / kiwi aromas on the other side.
As a fresh white it should pair well with Salmon, Tuna or Shellfish, but depending on the style pairing could be great with lamb or goat cheese!



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Cheers to your next Sauv’ experience!


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Cabernet Sauvignon Tasting Toolkit

You love wine, but sometimes you search for your words to describe it? Bookmark this page to enrich your technique and vocabulary about one of the greatest red grape : CABERNET SAUVIGNON 

THE STORY AND A FEW GREAT WINES MADE FROM IT

This grape was first famous in Bordeaux being blended with Merlot and Cabernet Franc. In Bordeaux wines it tends to bring the full-bodiedhigh tanins and a very good aging potential. You’ll find it in Medoc like in Pauillac and in Graves appellation. Some big names here use it at different ratio:

Château Lafite Rothschild (70%)

Château Latour (55%)
Château Lynch-Bages (75%)
Château Mouton-Rothschild (83%)

Now Cabernet Sauvignon, is very famous and used mostly alone in many great California wines. In Napa it is the first grape in total acreage with 19 894 acres. You can also find Cabernet Sauvignon in Italy (SuperToscane), Spain (Priorat), Chile, Australia, Argentina or even Canada (Okanagan Valley)!
Here is a few very famous Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa :

WHAT TO EAT WITH CABERNET SAUVIGNON?
As it is generally oaky and rich we often pair it with Beef, with a Bordeaux wine Duck could also be a very good match.
Asparagus, red pepper or green beens are usually a good companions too!
Here is the chef suggestion : DUCK BREAST filled with foie gras!
Cheers to your next Cab’ experience!
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