Estate: Founded in 1812 by André Michel Pierlot, Laurent-Perrier is famously located at the center of 3 renowned Champagne vineyards: the Montagne de Reims, the Vallée de la Marne and the Côte des Blancs. André Michel Pierlot was succeeded by his son who did not have any children. He left the estate to his cellar master, Eugène Laurent. Mathilde Emilie Perrier, Eugène Laurent’s widow, created the name Laurent-Perrier when she took over and expanded the business upon Eugène’s death. Her daughter was forced to sell the estate due to the economic crises of the Wars; it was purchased by to Marie-Louise Lanson de Nonancourt in 1939. Bernard de Nonancourt, her son, dedicated his life to the estate, transforming the small Champagne house into the acclaimed global brand it is today. After his death in 2010, his daughters, Alexandra Pereyre de Nonancourt and Stéphanie Meneux de Nonancourt continue on in his footsteps.
Philosophy: “Passion, creative boldness, free spirit and elegance through simplicity are the founding values of the House.”
Winemaking: “One of the few rosés still made by the saignée method. Held in an elegant bottle inspired by King Henri IV, it has been widely acknowledged for its consistent high quality for more that 40 years.” It is known as the most iconic rosé Champagne in the world.
Tasting Notes: Coral-pink in colour with aromas of fresh berries, honey on toast and clean minerals. Densely packed, fine bubbles buoy raspberry, strawberry and rose petal notes, whilst a chalky minerality highlights the dry, crisp finish. Fantastically effortless to drink, you will savour each elegant and well-balanced dry, fruity fizzy sip.
100% Pinot Noir
Estate: Located in Lugana, just south of Lake Garda in northern Italy, the Olivini estate is headed by siblings Giorgio, Giordana and Giovanni. They inherited their passion for the land and winemaking from their grandparents.
Philosophy: “Absolute respect for the inherent characteristics of the grapes, choosing the most appropriate methods of vinification with preparation of detailed plans for every single vine.”
* Chiaretto is the regional name for rosato wines in Lugana. The name translates to “little light one” and refers “to the pleasing color and lighter body” of the wines.
Tasting Notes: Pink-coral in colour with abundant aromas of candied rose, cherry, honeysuckle and hints of mint. Cherry, strawberry and candied flowers harmonize with minerals and savory rosemary on the dry finish. A spectacular balance between sweet fruit flavours and bright acidity, so lively and engaging each glass will empty rather swiftly.
Pairing Suggestions from the Winery: Cold antipasti or creamy cheeses.
Blend of Groppello, Marzemino, Sangiovese and Barbera
Garda Classico Chiaretto DOC
Produced by Soc. Agricola Olivini
Estate: Jean-Baptiste de Clock preserves and continues on with his family’s winemaking traditions that began all the way back in 1679. Domaine Font-Mars is located in the Languedoc region of southern France. The limestone clay soils of the vineyards are known for their fossilized dinosaur eggs: “The dinosaurs, did not set on their eggs, but hid them in river-banks, and incubated them in heaps of fermenting vegetation, which gave off the required heat. It is in respect to this touching past, that we name property of FONT-MARS, the soil of dinosaurs.”
Winemaking: The 55 hectares of vineyards are sustainably farmed. The Syrah grapes are grown in vineyards with clay and chalk soils.
Tasting Notes: Super pale coral in colour with aromas of pink grapefruit and chalky minerals. Straightforward and pure with tart, wild raspberry and chalky minerals melding into a cleansing grapefruit finish. An edgy, tart gal that makes your mouth pucker.
Pays d’Oc IGP
Bottled by GFA Font-Mars
Enjoy now thru 2017
Estate: Pascal Jolivet is regarded as “one of the most dynamic domaines in France’s Loire Valley”. Founded in 1987, the estate consists of 120 acres of vineyards that extend across the appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé. Pascal Jolivet is committed to natural winemaking in both the vineyard and cellar processes.
Philosophy: “To let nature take its course as much as possible.”
Winemaking: Grapes were sourced from “different terroirs throughout the appellation including estate vineyards in the villages of Bué, Verdigny and St Gemme”. Fermented using native, wild yeasts.
Tasting Notes: Amber-coral in colour with aromas of rhubarb, herbs and chalk minerals. Red currant, rhubarb, and strawberry flavours are supported by a food friendly acidity. Red grapefruit and clean minerals comprise the refreshing, dry finish. Charming and direct, an amiable companion to a wide array of dishes.
100% Pinot Noir
Rated 88 points by Wine Spectator
Estate: The Couillaud family has been making wine for 7 generations in the Loire Valley. Brothers Bernard Michel and François Couillaud, along with Bernard’s daughter Amelia, head the estate. Known for their elegant wines, the family believes this finesse is a reflection of the terroir and their “strong personalities”.
Winemaking: Sustainable and organic viticulture is practiced. Soils are a mix of mica schists [which contribute towards the “freshness and finesse” their wines are known for], shale and clay.
Tasting Notes: Pale coral-pink in colour with inviting aromas of rhubarb, strawberry, white flowers, minerals and a wink of funk. Agile and zippy with strawberry and floral notes buoyed by an undercurrent of tart fruits. Rain-washed slate minerals and clean grapefruit comprise the dry, refreshing finish.
Gamay [I could not verify varietal percentage.]
Val de Loire IGP
Mis en Bouteille a la Propriété by Couillaud, Vignerons