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Sylvain Segard

Sylvain Segard

Brut Vintage

Dom Pérignon Brut Vintage Champagne 2006

Champagne A.C., France
2795 days ago

Sylvain scored this wine: 98/100

"Boire Dom Pérignon et mourir" Lively fine bubbles. Gorgeous aroma of brioche. Crisp, dry, minerality with lemon and butter finish. . . Drink at will !

Essence De Dourthe 2010

Bordeaux, France
2597 days ago

Sylvain scored this wine: 97/100

"Essence de Dourthe" as the name implies is a wine designed to capture the very essence of the best that Bordeaux as to offer. It is also the vanity label of 'Groupe Vignobles Dourthe', which on the most remarkable vintage years will mandate its best winemakers to select only the best grapes, best crus, best vinification practices, best barrels etc. in order to produce the top most wine within each of the Dourthe's collective of Bordeaux wineries. These premium wines from different Bordeaux terrors are then subjected to rigorous in-house tasting and blending panels to assemble a unique blend for that privileged vintage. The result is what some have called a "Super-Bordeaux", in the fashion of a SuperTuscan or the elite wine partnerships, such as Opus One. Whatever you wish to name this unorthodox premium French Bordeaux, it is sublime! The 2010 blend of Essence de Dourthe is sourced from four Châteaux -- La Garde, Le Boscq, Belgrave, and Lamarzelle. A mere 500 cases were produced for the 2010 vintage and, of that, only 10 cases are destined for Canada in Fall 2017. This wine is opaque and pitch black with a garnet rim. After decanting or about one hour, the aroma was intense and complex with abundant ripe red cherries and black currant, plums, figs, olives, cigar box, and spearmint. Full bodied, yet supple and elegant mouthfeel with well-rounded and silky tannins and a superbly balanced juicy and vibrant acidity. The extended finish keeps your mouth watering with layered black fruits and leaves in need of one more sip! Art in bottle. Score 97. (S.Segard, reviewed April 2017)

Solera 1927

Alvear Solera 1927 Pedro Ximénez

Montilla-Moriles D.O.P., Spain
2734 days ago

Sylvain scored this wine: 96/100

Each time I drink a Sherry, I cannot fathom how Spaniards can craft such a complex long ageing wine at such a modest price. And, this splendid Alvear Solera 1027 Pedro Ximenez further compounds the mystery. This wine is a non-vintage because it is assembled from a barrel ageing system called a Solera, which includes fraction of the wines from each and every vintage created since 1927. The result is a rich, unctuous, dark nectar which smells and tastes of sweet raisins, prunes, ripe figs, salted caramel, walnuts, coffee, and dark chocolate orange peels. Score 96. (Reviewed Nov. 2016)

Don Melchor

Concha y Toro Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Puente Alto, Maipo Valley, Chile
2734 days ago

Sylvain scored this wine: 96/100

A deeply coloured and layered Cabernet blend from the Maipo Valley in Chile (93% Cab. Sauvignon, 7% Cab. Franc). This wine has an intoxicating aroma of currants, blackberries, liquorice, deli meats, olives, soil, and peppermint. Extra-dry, smooth tannins, luscious mouthfeel, and a rich long finish. What is there not to love in this wine? Score 96. (Reviewed Nov. 2016)

2680 days ago

Sylvain scored this wine: 96/100

This rare and very old Speyside single malt is loaded with tropical fruit aromas, especially mango and pineapple, and gives off a lovely mahogany wood patina, some baked cinnamon spices, Demerara sugar, and feint firewood smoke. This whiskey is so smooth it could slip down your throat unnoticed, yet it leaves lingering flavours of Bosc pears, jammy red plums, chocolate, and a waxy feel reminiscent of old floor polish. What a treat! Score 97. (S.Segard, reviewed Jan. 17, 2017.)

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Memorable Wine

1982 Chateau Cheval Blanc


First Wine

A watered down Bordeaux served by my dad when I was 8.


Unusual Wine Experience

Orange wine


Current Fav Wine

I am on an Italian wine kick at present.





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