From the Cellar

First Time in Saguenay (France / Australia)

27 Dec 2018


Hecht & Bannier Minervois(July 15, 2017) ... Andre Proulx and myself made a trip to the Saguenay Wine Festival to interview winemakers, agents and winery principals (podcast here) and on our off moments shared a few glasses of wine:

Hecht & Bannier 2007 Minervois - France ... A Syrah / Grenache blend that was right about at the cusp of falling off the cliff: dried blackberry, smoky, cedar yet with good acidity - it was where I thought it might be, don't hold any longer.

Houghton 2004Houghton 2004 Cabernet / Shiraz / Merlot - Australia ... Fun little start to this wine with a red pepper jelly nose, the palate is quite complex for it's age: hints of dried fig, pepper, cassis, cocoa and the acidity is still strong and jumps out if the glass. Not sure I'd hold any longer but it sure was fun to drink.

D'Arenberg 2002 Stump Jump - Australia ... This wine was corked - I have noticed recent bottlings are now under screwcap.


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