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@ClosdesFous (Grillos Cantores) Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 (Chile) 14%

I tasted the Clos de Fous, Cabernet Sauvignon the other day during a girl’s night. My friend explained to me that the bottle had been gifted to her. Jumping on the occasion to try this wine, I read the tasting notes behind the bottle.

I was surprised to read that this type of wine hadn’t been aged in a wood based barrel. Which brought about the question, but how does one age wine if it’s not in a barrel.

No mystery goes unsolved with Google; we quickly sought out an answer. We weren’t disappointed.
Aging wine in cement tanks has been a process that goes back as far as Ancient Rome. A lot of modern wine makers have stopped making their wines in barrels, opting for these cement vats.

This vineyard ages their wine in cement containers. This technique obliterates any oaky flavours – which to tell you the truth completely blew my mind. How can a wine not have any woody taste/tones? (You can ask my friend, this was a topic that I had trouble distancing myself from – even after we discovered the aging process and vineyards opt for it.)

In essence this technique is very organic. Some say it allows the wine a more pure and porous aging process, allowing it to have a more mineral base.
On that note…

Clos des Fous (Grillos Cantores) Cabernet Sauvignon  2011 (Chile) 14% SAQ $20.25

Clos des Fous (Grillos Cantores) Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 (Chile) 14%
SAQ $20.25

The Clos de fous, Cabernet Sauvignon has a very lovely colour, an almost purple-y ruby.
Right off the bat your nose will know there’s something completely different. I’m not going to lie, I could distinctly decipher the scent of an old cellar or crawl space; a basement; or even an old house came to mind. I really had to push through beyond that smell. (This is the first time I had tried a wine that had been aged this way. I’m sure the more I try, the less overwhelming the smell will be.)

If you get past the strong first smell, your taste buds will not be disappointed. It’s odd not tasting the smoky and woody scents you’re used to with reds. I think the grape is nearly at its purest. There’s something there that you wouldn’t necessarily be able to taste normally. It’s almost as if you can taste the earth, the vine and the climate the grape was grown in. It was odd to say.

It’s a distinctive colour, smell and taste. If you’re willing to try something new, I definitely
recommend this bottle.



@CupcakeVineyards ’ Cabernet Sauvignon (2010) $14.95 LCBO

*** A Saturday Night Wine Girl’s FAVORITE ***

As a wine aficionado I enjoy visiting the LCBO. The LCBO is the equivalent of my candy store. As a resident of the Province of Quebec, beer is extremely inexpensive; however wine on the other hand is pretty pricey.

When I walk into my local alcohol commission, due to budget restraints, I can’t really go wild when it comes to tasting wines on the pricier end of the tag.

This is why I go wild at the LCBO – what with Ontario Discovery Series and the opportunity to finally taste different (quality) wines that are adequately priced.

The first bottle I picked up was a Cabernet Sauvignon by Cupcake – a winery based out of California. Californian wines are quite expensive in Quebec. I really don’t have to opportunity to truly appreciate them, because I’ll opt for something from Europe in the same price range before I buy anything from the States.

Cupcake Vineyards' Cabernet Sauvignon - Simply a delight!

Cupcake Vineyards’ Cabernet Sauvignon – Simply a delight!

Cupcake didn’t let me down. Its bottle design in the first thing that caught my eye – its decorative blue tag was a fun detail. The bottle wasn’t the only interesting point to this well bodied red – as soon as I poured the wine into my glass I knew I was in for a treat. It had such a pleasant red colour – a bright ruby red. It released its secrets almost immediately, its subtle scent of berries – I just couldn’t resist and took my first taste. It was such a smooth, unaggressive red – the first taste revealed cherry and blackberries. I find some Cabernets pretty oaky, but not Cupcake – the oak was there, but not overwhelming. Its flavours and smells blended so well together.

I was so sad to have only purchased one bottle of what is now one of my favorite Cabernet Sauvignons. This wine truly needs to be savoured. There are so many different aspects to be discovered with each sip. I highly recommend Cupcake’s Cab to everyone.

Just writing this has made me want to go out splurge on a bottle tonight!!