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2020 wine guides: top 20 finds

2020 wine guides: top 20 finds

Start the new year on the right foot with our top 20 wines taken from four wine guides written by your favourite contributors. Whatever your taste, budget, or occasion, we have a wine for you!

Putting together a wine guide entails long hours of research and tasting. Although the task of tasting may seem simple and fun, it is, in fact, taxing on the body and mind! Not convinced? Just imagine how many days are spent evaluating the 3,000 or so wines that are to be featured in the guide! Entire days spent sampling wine, taking notes, researching the best products to recommend to readers looking to discover something new and exciting. To start the year off right, we’ve put together a mini guide containing our top 20 wines taken from four of the best-known Quebec wine guides.

 

Le Lapeyrie 2020

With suggestions, simplified rankings, detailed comments, and specification sheets for each of the 200 featured products, Le Lapeyrie quickly became one of Quebec’s most sought-after gifts. This 9th edition includes more than 200 products presented by author and columnist Philippe Lapeyrie.

Le Pive blanc Pays d’Oc

In the wake of the success experienced by le Pive rosé throughout all of Quebec, Jeanjean winery decided to produce an organic white wine composed of Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, and Roussanne. The result? A delicate, well-balanced white wine with floral notes and moderate acidity. Perfect for serving with firm cheeses or seafood in a white sauce.

Le Pive Blanc Pays d'Oc

$16.00

Le Pive Blanc Pays d'Oc

750 mlFrance
Le Pive Blanc Pays d'Oc

Le Pive Blanc Pays d'Oc

$16.00

750 mlFranceSAQ code : 13806097
  • Grape variety(ies):
  • Viognier 40 %, 
  • Sauvignon blanc 40 %, 
  • Roussanne 20 %
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Buti Nages Costières de Nîmes

Here’s another white wine with floral notes that is sure to please fans of white grape varieties from the Rhone Valley. This bottle features a blend of Grenache Blanc and Roussanne, for a wine that is fleshy and fresh. A bloody good wine, according to Philippe Lapeyrie!

Buti Nages Costières de Nîmes

$15.95

Buti Nages Costières de Nîmes

Costières de Nîmes750 mlFrance
Buti Nages Costières de Nîmes

Buti Nages Costières de Nîmes

$15.95

Costières de Nîmes750 mlFrance, Vallée du RhôneSAQ code : 13808682
  • Grape variety(ies):
  • White grenache 60 %, 
  • Roussanne 40 %
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A.A. Badenhorst Curator 2018

You’d be hard-pressed to find a better price-quality ratio for a supple red than this bottle right here! Winemaker Adi Badenhorst charmed Philippe Lapeyrie with all his vintages, including this one, which, by the way, pairs perfectly with a wide variety of dishes thanks to its high acidity and low alcohol content. A must-try!

A.A. Badenhorst The Curator 2018

$13.75

A.A. Badenhorst The Curator 2018

750 mlSouth Africa
A.A. Badenhorst The Curator 2018

A.A. Badenhorst The Curator 2018

$13.75

750 mlSouth Africa, Western CapeSAQ code : 12819435
  • Grape variety(ies):
  • Cinsault 25 %, 
  • Grenache 25 %, 
  • Mourvèdre 25 %, 
  • Syrah 25 %
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Cazal Viel Vieilles Vignes Pays d’Oc

The ideal red for all your get-togethers! A well-balanced wine, featuring a touch of spice thanks to the Syrah, and a dose of fruitiness courtesy of the Grenache. The perfect wine to serve with tourtière!

Cazal Viel Vieilles Vignes Pays d'Oc

$11.60$12.60

Cazal Viel Vieilles Vignes Pays d'Oc

Languedoc750 mlFrance
Cazal Viel Vieilles Vignes Pays d'Oc

Cazal Viel Vieilles Vignes Pays d'Oc

$11.60$12.60

Languedoc750 mlFrance, Languedoc-RoussillonSAQ code : 202499
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Caparzo Rosso-di-Montalcino 2018

Tuscan wine lovers, you’re sure to enjoy this Sangiovese with aromas of kirsch and blueberry and blackcurrant jam. The polished tannins and supple texture make it the perfect accompaniment to bruschetta or duck penne.

Caparzo Rosso di Montalcino 2018

$18.50

Caparzo Rosso di Montalcino 2018

Rosso di Montalcino750 mlItaly
Caparzo Rosso di Montalcino 2018

Caparzo Rosso di Montalcino 2018

$18.50

Rosso di Montalcino750 mlItaly, TuscanySAQ code : 713354
  • Grape variety(ies):
  • Sangiovese 100 %
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Guide du vin Phaneuf 2020

The 39th edition of the reputable Guide du vin Phaneuf, written by author Nadia Fournier, is filled with interesting information for wine aficionados looking for new finds. It also features the author’s prestigious Grappes d’or 2020, top picks, and a breakdown of the latest vintages’ pros and cons. In this comprehensive guide, Nadia Fournier reviews close to 1,000 amazing products, categorized by reds, whites, rosés, and oranges, including a ton of local products and organic wines. This guide has something for everyone, from budding enthusiasts to seasoned connoisseurs. Here are a few bottles that made Nadia Fournier’s Grappe d’or.

Bisol Crede 2018

The author describes this sparkling wine as one of the best proseccos on the market! And with good reason! Boasting unrivalled finesse and a straight, saline, and refreshing mouthfeel, this bubbly is light and bright in your glass. You’re sure to ask for a refill! Perfect for a festive happy hour, with a price-quality ratio that can’t be beat!

Bisol Crede Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore 2018

$21.85

Bisol Crede Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore 2018

Conegliano Valdobbiadene - Prosecco750 mlItaly
Bisol Crede Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore 2018

Bisol Crede Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore 2018

$21.85

Conegliano Valdobbiadene - Prosecco750 mlItaly, VenetoSAQ code : 10839168
  • Grape variety(ies):
  • Prosecco 85 %, 
  • Pinot blanc 10 %, 
  • Verdiso 5 %
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Domaine Papagiannakos Savatiano 2018

This Greek white wine is the author’s “versatile mineral white”. She’s been a fan for many years, and mentions in the guide that the quality of the 2018 vintage is slightly superior to previous years. A saline wine with notes of lemon, fresh herbs, and white pepper. At this price, you might as well buy an entire case so that you have some for every occasion!

Domaine Papagiannakos Savatiano Markopoulo 2019

$16.40

Domaine Papagiannakos Savatiano Markopoulo 2019

750 mlGreece
Domaine Papagiannakos Savatiano Markopoulo 2019

Domaine Papagiannakos Savatiano Markopoulo 2019

$16.40

750 mlGreece, Sterea Ellada / Central GreeceSAQ code : 11097451
  • Grape variety(ies):
  • Savatiano 100 %
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Caldas Douro 2017

A blended wine featuring varieties that are typical of the Douro region, namely Touriga Nacional, which lends this red from the 2017 vintage explosive notes of fruit. A wine with an excellent price-quality ratio and charming aromas of black fruit and spices.

Domingos Alves de Sousa Caldas Douro 2018

$14.75

Domingos Alves de Sousa Caldas Douro 2018

Douro750 mlPortugal
Domingos Alves de Sousa Caldas Douro 2018

Domingos Alves de Sousa Caldas Douro 2018

$14.75

Douro750 mlPortugal, Porto/DouroSAQ code : 10865227
  • Grape variety(ies):
  • Tinta roriz 30 %, 
  • Tinta barroca 30 %, 
  • Touriga nacional 30 %, 
  • Other grape variety (ies) 10 %
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Milhistorias Garnacha Manchuela 2018

Originally from the Manchuela appellation, northwest of Valencia, this medium-bodied Spanish red boasts a well-balanced structure and just the right amount of acidity. Scents of black fruits and cherry mingle nicely with notes of violet and aromatic herbs. A fine wine and a great price-quality ratio. Nadia Fournier describes it as having impeccable length for the price. Wow!

Altolandon Milhistorias Manchuela 2018

$15.95

Altolandon Milhistorias Manchuela 2018

Manchuela750 mlSpain
Altolandon Milhistorias Manchuela 2018

Altolandon Milhistorias Manchuela 2018

$15.95

Manchuela750 mlSpain, Le Plateau (Meseta)SAQ code : 13794111
  • Grape variety(ies):
  • Grenache 100 %
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Clos la Coutale Cahors

Crisp and voluptuous, this rather robust and refreshing red pairs nicely with all kind of feasts. According to Nadia Fournier, of all the affordable Cahors wines available at the SAQ, this one, produced on a family estate of 50 or so hectares, is one for the books.

Clos la Coutale Cahors

$15.15

Clos la Coutale Cahors

Cahors750 mlFrance
Clos la Coutale Cahors

Clos la Coutale Cahors

$15.15

Cahors750 mlFrance, Sud-OuestSAQ code : 857177
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Rouge sur blanc

Quebec wines have experienced exponential growth over the past 10 years. As such, Ronald Georges invites readers to discover some of the top Quebec wines and introduces the 25 winemakers behind the bottles. Ronald Georges shares the history of each estate, as well as what he considers to be the best local products. After travelling across Quebec and Ontario tasting various products, here are his top picks!

Cirka Terroir

Cirka, one of the rare Quebec distilleries to produce its alcohol from grain to bottle, introduces a vodka with a velvety texture that exudes a pronounced alcohol flavour, as well as notes of spice and flowers. The result is a spirit that is delicate and refined. Enjoy it neat or in a cocktail.

Cirka Terroir

$43.50

Cirka Terroir

750 mlCanada
Cirka Terroir

Cirka Terroir

$43.50

750 mlCanada, QuebecSAQ code : 13455670
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Domaine Le Grand Saint-Charles Duo de Frontenac 2017

This Quebec dry rosé is made from a blend of Frontenac grape varieties. Its aromas of strawberry and tomato are rounded off by a crisp acidity, making it the perfect wine to serve at happy hour, alongside a platter of smoked salmon or sushi.

Domaine Le Grand Saint-Charles Duo de Frontenac 2017

$15.45

Domaine Le Grand Saint-Charles Duo de Frontenac 2017

750 mlCanada
Domaine Le Grand Saint-Charles Duo de Frontenac 2017

Domaine Le Grand Saint-Charles Duo de Frontenac 2017

$15.45

750 mlCanada, QuebecSAQ code : 13612719
  • Grape variety(ies):
  • Frontenac Gris 93 %, 
  • Frontenac 7 %
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Tawse Chardonnay 2017

Founded by Moray Tawse in 2005, this Niagara estate produces organic and biodynamic wines. This Chardonnay is precise and delicate, with a mineral mouthfeel. Serve it during happy hour or paired with crab!

Tawse Chardonnay Niagara Peninsula 2017

$18.95

Tawse Chardonnay Niagara Peninsula 2017

Niagara Peninsula750 mlCanada
Tawse Chardonnay Niagara Peninsula 2017

Tawse Chardonnay Niagara Peninsula 2017

$18.95

Niagara Peninsula750 mlCanada, OntarioSAQ code : 11039736
  • Grape variety(ies):
  • Chardonnay 100 %
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Les Spiritueux Iberville Amermelade

Do you like Aperol Spritz? This Quebec version is an absolute must-try! As the distillery itself claims, Amermelade perfectly combines the flavours of bitter Italian aperitif and our very-own Quebec boreal forests, with notes of sea buckthorn, sumac, and sweet gale.

Amermelade

$19.80$21.30

Amermelade

750 mlCanada
Amermelade

Amermelade

$19.80$21.30

750 mlCanada, QuebecSAQ code : 14070966
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Romeo’s Gin

This Quebec gin comes in a spectacular bottle and is worth every penny! Enjoy it in a cocktail or with just a dash of tonic and a slice of lemon. Its flavours of cucumber, dill, and sea salt will charm you!

Romeo's Gin

$39.75

Romeo's Gin

750 mlCanada
Romeo's Gin

Romeo's Gin

$39.75

750 mlCanada, QuebecSAQ code : 13735305
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Boire local

People today don’t choose a Quebec wine, beer, or gin because it’s local; they choose it because it’s good! With reputable know-how, Quebec producers now offer an exciting range of high-quality products, often celebrated internationally. Bubbly, red wine, white wine, rosé, beer, spirits, dessert wines, and rare wines: Jessica Harnois guides you with her usual expertise and enthusiasm. For each of her picks, the author introduces the producer behind the product, pertinent information (price, SAQ code, contact), and in easy-to-understand terms, shares her detailed opinion. Plus, she suggests a local product for a pairing that’s 100% Quebec! A practical and festive guide!

Domaine Les Brome Cuvée Charlotte 2018

The lovely vineyards that overlook lac Brome have established their reputations as top-quality producers. Cuvée Charlotte is one of Jessica Harnois’ favourite wines when introducing her guests to great Quebec finds at affordable prices. This bottle comes in at just under $17 and is really quite tasty!

Léon Courville Domaine Les Brome Cuvée Charlotte 2018

$16.75

Léon Courville Domaine Les Brome Cuvée Charlotte 2018

750 mlCanada
Léon Courville Domaine Les Brome Cuvée Charlotte 2018

Léon Courville Domaine Les Brome Cuvée Charlotte 2018

$16.75

750 mlCanada, QuebecSAQ code : 11106661
  • Grape variety(ies):
  • Seyval 85 %, 
  • Geisenheim 15 %
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Versant blanc Coteau Rougemont 2017

Versant Blanc is a blend of Vidal, Frontenac Blanc, and Frontenac Gris. With its lovely fruit fragrance featuring white pear flesh and stone fruit, it is both aromatic and exotic. Very dry, with as little as 1.5 grams of sugar per litre, it pairs well with Quebec cheeses.

Coteau Rougemont Versant 2018

$14.95

Coteau Rougemont Versant 2018

750 mlCanada
Coteau Rougemont Versant 2018

Coteau Rougemont Versant 2018

$14.95

750 mlCanada, QuebecSAQ code : 11957051
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Michel Jodoin cidre Mousseux Rosé

The Geneva apple’s red flesh gives its colour to this bubbly made according to traditional methods. Delicate notes of fresh apple, red fruits, and flowers are perceptible under the abundant and persistent bubbles.

Michel Jodoin Boire la Vie en Rose

$19.50$20.50

Michel Jodoin Boire la Vie en Rose

750 mlCanada
Michel Jodoin Boire la Vie en Rose

Michel Jodoin Boire la Vie en Rose

$19.50$20.50

750 mlCanada, QuebecSAQ code : 733394
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Union Libre Cidre de Feu

Stunning! A pioneer in the making of fire ciders (made according to a unique process in which the apple must is transformed by heat), Union Libre charms with this smooth nectar made in the Eastern Townships. Candied orange zest, caramel, and Golden apple enliven the nose, while the mouthfeel is ample and lively. Jessica Harnois points out that it’s like dynamite in the mouth. It’s explosive, vibrant, and fruity, and with its amber hue, spicy nose, and powerful mouthfeel, it’s sure to charm you, too!

Union Libre

$24.90

Union Libre

375 mlCanada
Union Libre

Union Libre

$24.90

375 mlCanada, QuebecSAQ code : 12118559
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Monna & Filles Crème de cassis

The Monna family have been in the liqueur business since the start of the 19th century! Their crème de cassis is not actually a dessert wine, but can be served as an aperitif, with dessert, or in a cocktail, like the Kir Royal, a timeless classic featuring bubbly and crème de cassis. This bottle combines grace and grit. The vibrant acidity balances out the sugar, for a result that is absolutely divine!

Monna & Filles Crème de Cassis

$25.20

Monna & Filles Crème de Cassis

375 mlCanada
Monna & Filles Crème de Cassis

Monna & Filles Crème de Cassis

$25.20

375 mlCanada, QuebecSAQ code : 10381661
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Références:

Le Lapeyrie 2020
Author: Philippe Lapeyrie
ISBN: 9782761952248
Éditions de l’Homme
Date of publication: October 2019

Guide du vin Phaneuf 2020 
Author: Nadia Fournier
ISBN: 9782761953566
Éditions de l’Homme
Date of publication: October 2019

Rouge sur blanc : À la découverte des vins et spiritueux du Québec
Author: Ronald Georges
ISBN: 9782896577101
Éditions Les Malins
Date of publication: August 2019

Boire local: les 100 meilleurs vins, bières et alcools du Québec
Author: Jessica Harnois
ISBN: 9782897058104
Éditions La Presse
Date of publication: September 2019

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