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Québec wines are too often under-rated. It stops now!
Domaine des Météores, in Ripon, Québec, is about a one hour drive from the city centers of Ottawa and Gatineau. As a small producer, this winery has pledged to cultivate the grapes in harmony with the environment; it has successfully been certified organic. For me, Domaine des Météores is what local culture is about : small scale production, distribution through local businesses and care for the region's environment.
The wine I am showcasing today is Domaine des Météores' top wine : "FN" (for Frontenac Noir - the hybrid grape in the production). This wine presents à bright cherry red color with slight purplish reflections. The nose is explosive with sweet fruit: cherry, dark berry, plum and raisins. As the wine opens, it develops an aromatic complexity of anise, rose water and soft oak notes. The "FN" has a medium body: fresh acidity, and rather light alcohol are balanced by rounded tannins and a rich substance. It has a average persistance, but all in all, it is a well-crafted wine and I am proud of the direction taken by this winemaker in my regions.
"FN", Domaine des Météores
Ripon, Outaouais, Québec
Vintage sampled : 2011
12 % alcohol
Style : 3.5/5 - Value : 3.5/5
This wine sells for about 22$.
It is available at the winery and in some local restaurants.
Chances are you will be close to Ripon if you go to a cottage or go camping in Outaouais this summer; I strongly suggest you make a short detour to stop and visit the winery to buy a few bottles.
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