The Vintages division of the L C B O features two less known category products that consumers can take advantage of.
They are in-store, discovery (only featured in class AAA stores) and On Line offers published on the L C B O web site.
Both offer some very fine wines at great prices.
This release seems to be a little weak in white wiens, but very extensive in reds.
Armagnac XO, Larresingle
Aromas of orange peel, tea, nectarine and peach pie waft out of the glass. Intense, balanced and generous. Enjoy after an extended meal.
0324657, $ 99.95
Sugidama Junmai Ginjo Sake, Murai Family Aomori Prefecture, Japan
Sake comes in various quality categories. Junmai Ginjo is a premium category and it shows in this sake’s purity, crystalline focus on rice flavours and pure water. Serve cool but not cold.
0314310, 300ml $ 14.95
Recioto Della Valpolicella Classico, 2009, Antolini, Veneto, Italy
Recioto, made from the upper lobes of ripe bunches using rondinella corvine Veronese, and rondinella predates amarone for centuries. Rich plumy and chocolaty taste is a revelation. An outstanding wine that needs to be savoured in good appreciative company.
0135533, 500ml. $ 28.95
Sauvignon Blanc, 2011, Eradus, New Zealand
Located in the north of the South island of new Zealand, this sauvignon blanc offers vibrant melon and green pepper flavours with remarkable freshness and intensity. Excellent with sautéed white-fleshed fish.
0225557, $ 17.00
La Chapelle Des Augustines Sancerre, 2010, Henri Bourgeois, Loire, France
Sauvignon blanc produces fruity wines with good acidity and balance. This pineapple and herbaceous sauvignon blanc should be enjoyed with shrimps in cream sauce, butter poached lobster tail, poached salmon with chive mayonnaise.
0322628, $ 29.95
Gewurztraminer, 2012, Featherstone, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada 89
0275958, $ 21.95
Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009, Grgich Hills Estate, Napa Valley, California, U S A
Fully ripened fruit offers cassis, black and blueberry aromas, complemented with toasty oak flavours. Powerful, rich, well extracted with a long satisfying finish.
Cellar for four to five years for additional complexity.
0071407, $ 74.95
Pinot Noir, 2012, Champ de Reves, Anderson Valley, California,U S A
California’s Anderson Valley is cool, but ripens pinot noir perfectly. This focused wine exudes strawberry and cherry aromas. It is pure, medium-bodied, balanced and wraps around the tongue beautifully.
0317883, $ 46.95
Chateauneuf-du-Pape, 2010, Domaine de Saint Siffrein, Cotes du Rhone, France.
This grenache based Chateauneuf du Pape augmented with syrah, mourvedre, and cinsault exhibits raspberry, garigue, and liquorice aromas. Intense, well balanced and full bodied with an excellent and long finish.
Enjoy with game roasts, medium-rare grilled steaks, and old cheeses.
0169771, $ 41.95
Triomphe Cabernet franc, 2011, South Brook Winery, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario Canada
0275958, $ 21.95
Dominus Napanook, 2009, Christian Moueix, Napa valley, California, U S A
0212357, $ 66.95
Non- Filtre Beaujolais Village, 2011, Domaine Manoir de Carra, Burgundy, France
0320861, No price provided
San Jacopo Chianti Classico, 2011, Vichiomaggio, Tuscany, Italy
0710194, $ 19.95