Wines for leftovers

The Holiday celebrations have just passed and you might have a fair amount of leftovers? Maybe less people than expected showed up for your New Year’s party and you’re left with lots of turkey and other fine foods in your freezer!

During this past Holiday period, I tasted like many of you, a great number of wines. In this week’s column, I’d like to share a selection of the most appreciated wines by my family and friends. Tasted during our festive gatherings, these fine wines should marry well with your turkey or other leftover dishes.

An intense and seductive white:

90 Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Marlborough, Cloudy Bay, New-Zealand $29,70 10954078

The signature grape of Marlborough, this intense Sauvignon delivers lots of guava, passion fruit and citrus scents. This unoaked white offers refreshing acidity, good balance and surprising length. Intense and quite seductive it should marry well with your leftover cheeses.

A few reds for the turkey leftovers:

87 Bourgogne Les Ursulines 2010 Jean-Claude Boisset, France $24,70 11008121
This typical light Burgundy should please the fan of delicate Pinot. Some red fruits with spicy hints of cinnamon. Quite representative of the excellent 2010 vintage, it’s a well balanced easy drinking soft Pinot.

88 Château de Pierreux 2011 Brouilly, France $20,15 10754421

A ripe Gamay brimming with character, made in a very modern Beaujolais style: deeply coloured, dark berries, quite full with good extract and length. Great match with poultry dishes.

88 Tanca Farra 2007 Alghero, Sella &Mosca, Italy $22,95 11097371

Made from Cannonau (Grenache) and Cabernet Sauvignon, this superb blend comes from the beautiful island of Sardinia. In a traditional old school style, its nose displays scents of terroir with some red berries and floral hints. Medium bodied, elegant and well evolved. A charmer!

89 Mondeuse «La Sauvage» 2011 Savoie, Domaine Pascal & Annick Quénard, France $21,75 10884671

This very delicate and charming red should be discovered for its originality. Made from the Mondeuse grape its light bodied but very flavourful. Easy drinking and quite refreshing, its complex nose displays scents of spicy red fruit enhanced by floral and animal hints.

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