Estates and winesbeyond the borders

Le Sommelier continues its keen exploration of the diversity of soils and cultures. Objectives: To present a range of wines to savour and to reawaken our drowsy palates.
These memorable wines are only to be discovered in the best regions, an inescapable conclusion.
2017-07-01
Wine Review

Achaval Ferrer

Quimera 2011, Argentina

Quimera of Achaval Ferrer is a blend of the Bordeaux varieties decorated with a touch of Malbec. The small yields and the venerable age of the vines produce an intense wine, fragrant, with nuanced aromas of ripe black berries and cocoa. Fleshy, velvety, complex, Quimera offers all the fullness and roundness of the great reds of Mendoza. Perfect with chorizo and manchego tapas or duck breast fillet with port and cherry sauce.

Gaja

Promis, 2014

Angelo Gaja is a rigorous and charismatic man. Elected in 1998, "man of the year", he is world renowned as the best Italian wine producer. Promis is a pleasurable wine that combines the elegance and roundness of Merlot and Syrah with the power of Sangiovese. An excellent match for marinated lamb brochettes or braised veal cheeks with mushroom and Parmesan.

Domaine Chappaz

La Liaudisaz 2015, Switzerland

Marie-Thérèse Chappaz is the emblematic vine grower of the Rhone Valley (Switzerland), and producer of La Liaudisaz 2015. Composed from a majority of Pinot Noir on the left bank of the Rhône, mingled with a hint of Gamay from granitic terroir, this wine offers an elegance with notes of pepper and liquorice. A great match with cep risotto, roasted pigeon or Gorgonzola.

Joseph Phelps,

Freestone Chardonnay 2014, USA

Joseph Phelps is one of the great figures of California. In 1973, he acquired a ranch in Spring Valley and planted his first vines with the ambition to produce world-class wines with the Bordeaux varieties. Joseph Phelps' Freestone Chardonnay comes from very temperate vineyards on the Sonoma coast. The nose reveals intense and fruity notes of apple and pear with shades of citrus and toasted brioche. Complex and rich in mouth, long and vibrant, it is a wine shaped around a magnificent acidity and is a perfectly balanced Chardonnay. Pair it with pan fried scallops or oven baked sea bass.

Warwick Estate

Trilogy 2011, South Africa

Trilogy is one of the most beautiful cuvées of this star producer who provides the excellent adaptation of the Bordeaux grape varieties to the terroirs of Stellenbosch. The nose gives a sensation of maturity and complexity with aromas of black and red berries, spices and cocoa. The richness of the fruit envelops a powerful structure marked by ample and ripe tannins. Wonderful with beef tenderloin with a red wine mushroom sauce or fig tartlets.

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