LCBO Vintages shops release an outstanding line-up of new products from around the world every other weekend. We are very pleased to see some of our finest wines and spirits from our favourite suppliers featured amongst these releases, and in turn, we are keen to highlight our latest and greatest by sending you a link to this weekend wine shopping list. Along with personal stories and detailed technical information about these new releases, you will find links to recipes, tasting notes and other delicious tips. As always – we are thrilled to hear about your experiences with our wines and spirits, so please take a moment or two to share your feedback via the comment forum at the bottom of this article.

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 26th, 2016

As the busy holiday entertaining and gifting seasons approach, we are very excited to introduce to annual pillars to our favourite celebrations with family and friends. From two of France’s most respected and widely appreciated producers of fine wines, we probably couldn’t find two more different wines. From the rocky and isolated vineyards of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, we bring you a stunning value from our friends at Vieux Telegraphe, and from the most northern reaches of French wine country, an immensely popular and delicious bubbly from Champagne Bollinger…

CHAMPAGNE BOLLINGER n/v SPECIAL CUVEE – CHAMPAGNE, FRANCE

Special Cuvée is the magnificent result achieved from blending wines produced from freshly harvest grapes with a larger percentage of reserve wines which have been aged in magnum for between 5 and 15 years. Produced from a blend of 60% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Meunier, over 85% of the grapes used in the production of this wine come from 1er Crus and Grand Crus vineyards. To enhance its unique style, bouquet and aromas, Special Cuvée is best served between 8 and 10°C.

RECOMMENDED PAIRINGS:
Scallops w/ Leeks + Caviar Butter Sauce
Salad of Smoked Trout, Grilled Zucchini + Hazelnuts
Parmesan + Lemon Risotto

TECHNICAL SPECS:
Producer: Champagne Bollinger
Wine: Special Cuvee
Vintage: Non-Vintage
Region: Champagne, France
Bottle Size: 750mL
Cases: 6 x 750mL
Price: $78.95 per 750mL

TASTING NOTE:
“Like a fine tapestry, this weaves rich flavors of blackberry tart, lemon parfait, graphite and toasted almond together on the creamy palate. Finely honed acidity creates a vibrant thread throughout. Drink now through 2022.” – 93 out of 100 (Alison Napjus – WineSpectator.com)

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VIEUX TELEGRAPHE 2014 CHATEANEUF-DU-PAPE “TELEGRAMME” – SOUTHERN RHONE, FRANCE

Telegramme – the second label from the iconic Chateauneuf-du-Pape producer Vieux Telgraphe – is a stunning value red from France’s southern Rhone valley. Produced from younger vines (less than 30 years old) and some older plots (not on La Crau or Piedlong) this bold, spicy red is comprised of 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 6% Mourvedre and 4% Cinsault. All the grapes for this wine are hand-harvested, double sorted in the field and finally subject to a third hand sorting as they arrive at the cellar. Once destemmed, a slow, cool fermentation takes place over 25-30 days. The wine is then allowed to age – 10 months in steel tanks, 7 months in large oak foudres, bottled at 15-16 months and released to market at 18 months. All in all, this is stupendous value packed full of southern Rhone character and charm.

RECOMMENDED PAIRINGS:
Gorgonzola Risotto w/ Grilled Figs
T-Bone Steak Basted in Rosemary-Thyme Butter
Lamb Shanks Braised in Tomato w/ Rosemary Polenta

TECHNICAL SPECS:
Producer: Vieux Telegraphe
Wine: Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge “Telegramme”
Vintage: 2014
Region: Southern Rhone., France
Bottle Size: 750mL
Cases: 12 x 750mL
Price: $49.95 per 750mL

TASTING NOTE:
“Brilliant red. A lively, spice-tinged nose displays zesty red berry and floral scents, along with hints of succulent herbs and white pepper. Taut red currant and strawberry flavors open up and deepen slowly with air, showing very good clarity and picking up a sweet lavender pastille quality. Shows appealing finesse and nerve, with no rough edges, and finishes on a resonating floral note with sneaky, harmonious tannins.” – 90-92 out of 100 (Josh Raynolds – Vinous.com)

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