Wine of the week | Mediterranean flavors

Here are three wines made primarily from Mediterranean grapes and climates. This may lead one to believe in meaty and heady wines… but this is to forget the important role that terroir, viticulture and winemaking, and the choice of the winemaker also play. These three wines certainly show substance, but above all a very good balance that emphasizes freshness and digestibility.

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Veronique Rivest

Veronique Rivest
Sommelier, guest contributor

The favorite rose wine of Quebecers

Nearly 800 cases of this California wine found buyers in less than a month when it first arrived last May. This is the favorite rose wine of Quebecers. A new batch of almost 800 boxes is distributed in stores from August 8th: don’t wait too long! A blend of Cinsault, Grenache and Clairette offers a delicate nose with hints of herbs, citrus and wild strawberry. Aging on the sediment gives it a certain roundness in the mouth, which is supported by a nutrient. Fresh acidity and very little residual fizz keep it all refined and beckoning for a second drink. The mixture of Grenache and Senso is, first of all, very dry and ideal for the table: crab or shrimp salad, tomato tart, fried sausages with ratatouille.

Bonny Doon Vineyard Vin Gris de Cigar Central Coast 2021, $19.95 (10262979), 13%

Shelf life: 1-2 years

Friendly and genuine


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Monte Bernardi Fiasco wine from Italy

This wine began to spread 1Er August, but it will go quickly! The archetype of a good everyday Italian wine, this is a non-vintage blend aged in concrete vats of seven grape varieties from different regions: Sangiovese, Malvasia and Canaiolo from Tuscany, Montepulciano from the Marche, Frappato, Nerello Mascalese and Nero from Avola from Sicily. All are organically grown and produced at the magnificent Monte Bernardi estate in Panzano, Tuscany. Very dry, like all good Italian table wines, Fiasco offers notes of cherry, herbs and undergrowth. Light tannins create just the right amount of roughness. Everything is refined and without fuss, welcoming and authentic, ideal for simple cuisine: pizza, spaghetti Bolognese, meat meat, vegetable kebab with grilled herbs.

Monte Bernardi Fiasco Wine from Italy, $24.75 for 1L (14989850), 13%, Organic ($18.56 for 750ml)

Shelf life: 1-2 years

Powerful, subtle and fresh


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Domaine Olivier Pithon Cuvée Laïs Côtes du Roussillon 2021

Olivier Pitona’s certified biodynamic vineyard is located in Calche, about fifteen kilometers northwest of Perpignan. The winegrower’s great sensitivity to the vine and the cellar is reflected in his wines, which are always full of brilliance and energy. Laïs cuvée is made mainly from Carignan and Grenache, with a small amount of Mourvedre. Its deep purple color is undoubtedly derived from Carignan. The aroma is rich, ripe and complex, with notes of black fruits, purple flowers and black earth. Very dry, the wine is quite rich, with moderate tannins and chewiness, but also has a lot of freshness, highlighted by a clean mineral, stony tone. Complete and very harmonious, it is powerful, subtle and fresh at the same time, and lingers on the long finish. Lamb chops with herbs, duck confit, Catalan chicken.

Domaine Olivier Pithon Cuvée Laïs Côtes du Roussillon 2021, $29.25 (11925720), 13.5%, organic

Aging: 5-6 years

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