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Azienda Agricola COS 2011 Pithos Bianco. Quebec Agent: Oenopole. Price: Around $30

Azienda Agricola COS founded in 1980, is one of Sicily’s most famous wineries. Few, however are aware that their wines are natural wines which are low in sulphites and are mainly aged in amphoras  like in the ancient past.

The 2011 Pithos Bianco is  made from 100% Grecanico, an indigenous Sicilian grape which at 11.5% is surprisingly low in alcohol. It has a wonderful bouquet and is fermented with the skins on giving it a very amber colour.

Beautiful bright nose of dry fruits, grapefruit  with grapefruit peel in confit and nuances of baked clay. On the mouth, round and alive. Not too dry with a balanced creaminess on the palate. Earthy. Developing quite nicely on the cellar. Drink now but keep a few bottles for further development. 95/100

Food match: Whole wheat pizza with tofu marinated in Italian herbs, peppers and squash with Parmesan cheese. A match made in heaven. The wine complementing the earthy flavors of the pizza and bringing out the flavors of the squash. 

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Muscadet 2014, Clos de la Butte. Eric Chevalier. ( $19.05, SAQ # 12886831). Quebec Agent: Oenopole

Éric Chevalier is a shining star in the Nantais of the Loire Valley. For ten years, he bought fruit for a large négociant in the Touraine. In 2005, he decided to go back to his hometown of Saint-Philbert de Grandlieu, just southwest of Nantes, and took over  taking his family domaine, Domaine de l’Aujardière, the following  year.

The Clos de la Butte is made from old vines of Melon de Bourgogne ( 50 years). The terroir from which this wine is born is a geologist’s dream.  There is Serpentinite, Eclogite, Quartz. Chevalier practices sustainable viticulture ferments naturally with indigenous yeasts. This is a highly drinkable Muscadet.

On the nose, aromas reminiscent of honey, pear with Ricola herbs and hints of brown sugar Medium body, good volume with flavors bringing to mind white apricots. Deep and elegant with a finale that brings tonic water. 95/100

Food Match: Tasted on its own, but it should be lovely with oysters or steamed clams.