It is often said that “blind tasting is a great lesson in humility”. It is true. But blind tasting can also be a fun and educational game.
Strictly speaking, tasting blind means knowing nothing about the wine in your glass. Not the color, the grape variety, the provenance, the producer, or the year. The semi-blind mode consists in knowing the identity of the wines tasted without knowing the order in which they are served. The idea behind it is to ignore the reputation that precedes the wine or, in other words, not to be influenced by the label.
As soon as the sanitary conditions allow it, have fun outsmarting the brother-in-law who says “knows all about great wines” or the rather sharp girlfriend who says “she doesn’t like American wines”. Until then, here are some suggestions that will help you get into the blind game.
Drink less. Drink better.
La Charmoise, Gamay 2019, Touraine
1.7 g / L | ★★1/2 | $ 1/2
SAQ code: 329532
The Marionnet family arrived in Touraine in the middle of the last century to found the Domaine de la Charmoise there. The family vineyard has been passed down from father to son for two generations now. The more continental climate is suitable for gamay, the Marionnet specialty. Evolving on clay and flint soils, the vines are over forty years old and should switch to certified organic from the next vintage. In the meantime, we are enjoying 2019, which offers pretty scents and a crunchy fruitiness. A sure bet.
La Croix Sainte-Eulalie, La Croix d’Aline 2019, Saint-Chinian
2.5 g / L | ★★1/2 | $ 1/2
SAQ code: 896308
Domaine La Croix Sainte-Eulalie is located north of Béziers, in the heart of the Saint-Chinian appellation, an appellation whose wines are often distinguished by their spicy side. This is precisely the case with this excellent cuvée, which blends syrah (60%) and grenache (40%). We also smell thyme, rosemary, violet and ripe blackcurrant. It is full-bodied, of fairly good richness while showing a vibrant acidity, which brings a certain drinkability to the wine. Nothing better to put sun and heat in your day.
Château Pech Redon, L’Épervier 2016, Languedoc
1.9 g / L | ★★★ | $$ 1/2
SAQ code: 10507286
The organic Château Pech Redon vineyard is nestled on the highest part of the La Clape massif, one of the best terroirs in Languedoc. The proximity to the sea allows the existence of a well windy microclimate, which ensures the health of the grapes, which are cultivated organically. Aging on lees for 6 months, then aging for 12 months in tuns. Plots on hillsides on the highest part of the La Clape massif. Dominated by 70% Syrah and completed by Grenache, this L’Épervier cuvée stands out for the intensity of its aromas: fig, bay leaf, pepper, blackberry, lavender, anise. The palate offers generous substance, full-bodied tannins and a heady finish reminiscent of liquorice. Serious !
Moris, Morellino di Scansano 2017
2.4 g / L | ★★★ | $ 1/2
SAQ code: 13466205
Morellino du Scansano is an appellation in southern Tuscany in the maritime region of Massa in Maremma. Sangiovese comes from the southern coastal hills around the medieval village of Scansano, from which it takes the second part of its name. Morellino is the diminutive of “griotte”, meaning “black”. Completed by Merlot and Syrah, the wine offers just pleasant aromas of cherry, black fruit and a vegetal background. On the palate, the wine shows ripe fruit with a silky texture and well integrated tannins. Good finish evoking plum. It could shave off many more expensive Chianti-Classico.
He’s one of my favorite producers. It was Laurent Combier’s grandfather who created the family estate in Crozes-Hermitage around the famous Clos des Grives. The vines have been cultivated there organically for over 50 years. Appeared in 1999, the “Laurent” or “L” cuvée is made from the estate’s young Syrah vines and intended to be opened quickly to take advantage of its primary fruitiness. You will not be disappointed! Well scented with tones of violet, cassis, pepper and a touch of balsamic. It’s full, velvety, gourmet with coated tannins and lots of freshness on the finish. A delight !
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