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  • Hine Antique Fine Champagne Cognac
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Since I'm going fishing and roughing it in Northern Saskatchewan this week, my mind is on luxurious living by default. So my weekly selection will stretch your wine-buying budget.

Hine Antique Fine Champagne Cognac
$129.95 (Vintages Essential product)
I am a fan of Hine's drier style of cognac (my house cognac is Hine Rare & Delicate). This one is a step up in finesse – amber coloured with a rich licorice, marzipan and vanilla nose and light and ethereal on the palate with a long, long caramel finish. *****
Food match: digestif

Dom Perignon 1995 (Champagne)
$164.95 (General list)
Benoit Gouez, one of the winemakers at Moët et Chandon responsible for Dom, says, "The style of Dom Perignon is not in the aromatics; we blend for the sensations on the palate." This 60% Chardonnay/40% Pinot blend is more fruit-driven in style than earlier vintages, somewhat similar to the 1985. The nose is apple and peach with a hint of white pepper replicated with a creamy silkiness on the palate with a long lemony finish. *****
Food match: caviar (what else?), cold lobster

Clos Apalta 1999 (Rapel Valley, Chile)
$75 (Vintages)
Peripatetic Merlot specialist Michel Rolland of Pomerol's Le Bon-Pasteur produces one of the three best wines in Chile. A blend of Merlot, Carmenère with Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec this wine exudes black berry fruit. Concentrated, almost jammy black raspberry and cassis flavours leavened with toasty oak. Gorgeous, rich, full-bodied mouth feel. *****
Food match: games dishes, rack of lamb

 

 

 

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