Spain was the theme country of La Grande Degustation de Montreal 2015. This is perhaps the most important wine event in the Quebec wine industry and one of the biggests in Canada.This is a huge salon in which more than 200 wine producers, distillers and brewers gather to present their products to a public of more than 15,000 people
Spanish presence was strong with 75 producer presenting their wines to a crazed public of wine lovers and professionals. All the major wine regions of Spain were represented from Aragon, Ribera del Duero, Priorat and Rioja. In addition, Grenache was the vedette grape of this 2 wine festival. Like you may know, Grenache or Garnacha is a grape that traces its origin from North east Spain in the province of Aragon. From there, it spread to conquer the world gaining a strong foothold in countries such as Australia.
I started my journey in this labyrinth of a salon by tasting some of the wines of Chivite Family Estates. I used to drink a lot of Chivite back when I was in living in Spain in 2002.
Chivite is the Spanish producer that placed Navarra on the international wine scene. It is one of the oldest of Spain with the original winery founded in the town of Cintruénigo in 1637.Today it is still family-owned and going strong. Don Julian Chivite, who died in 1996, was the spiritual father of the present-day company. Since then, the company has been run by his children, Julian, Carlos, Fernando, and Mercedes, who represent the 10th generation of Chivites. The Chivites are also an important family in Navara because they were founding members of the D.O.
Due to time constraints, I only taste the Chivite wines from the properties in Navarra. Below my tasting notes:
Gran Feudo Edicion Rosado 2014
This rose is made from Grenache, Tempranillo and Merlot. Beautiful red fruit notes. In addition, herbs with some dry spices. Echos of Provence. Medium body. Delicate with raspberry tones. Dry finale. Strictly a food wine. 92\100
Reserva 2010 Chivite Coleccion 125 2010. SAQ Code: 11962918. Not available yet at the SAQ.
The flagship wine of Chivite. This is made from 100% Tempranillo and aged 14 months in new and used french oak. Manual grape selection from grapes coming from Finca Granja de Legardeta.
Exceptional fine nose. Tobacco with cassis and prune fruit. Full body. Silky texture supported by a firm frame of tannins. Blackcurrant flavors on the finale. This wine will age for a decade or more. 97\100