Complex, precise and elegant with lots of depth. Pretty notes of peach skin, wild strawberries and white flowers with bright acid and chalky texture. Delicate mineral finish. Stunning and a great value at that price. Perfect for salmon or tuna sashimi.
A favourite year after year but 2020 might be the best vintage I had from this producer. A fine Provence example but with more character than you might expect. Fresh acid with expressive notes of grapefruit, orange and dried herbs and subtle wet stone notes. Made for bouillabaisse served with aioli.
Light on its feet with bright acid, juicy white nectarines, and a pleasant herbal touch. Vibrant with a thirst-quenching salty tang on the finish. More generous than the previous vintage making it an ideal partner for a cold seafood platter.
Popular in the late 19th and early 20th century, anise-flavoured absinthe (aka The Green Fairy) was eventually banned in many major markets. Cited for causing hallucinations and erratic (sometimes criminal) behaviour - chalked up to the thujone extracted from the spirit’s wormwood component (but probably more likely due to its screamingly high proof) - absinthe had a bit of resurgence starting in the 1990s as bans were lifted. The Absente brand has been in Canada since 2000. Diluted with cold water (one to three, or five), it’s nirvana for fans of anise flavoured drinks. Also makes a cool cocktail base.
Whether you’re looking to treat someone special - or just treat yourself - you can’t go wrong with the Bas-Armagnac 2001 from De Montal. Engaging aromas suggesting toasted pecan, walnut, dried apricot, vanilla, and a hint of peppery spice. Very intense and complex in the mouth where you will find flavours of toffee, butterscotch, vanilla, mocha, and candied orange zest, capped off by a finish that goes on, and on…and on.
Deep ruby in colour; cedary, spicy, blackberry nose; medium to full bodied, dry, firmly structured, earthy, blackberry flavour with herbal and licorice notes. Hold for a couple of years.