Le Clou de Basile
2011 Toscana Rosso I.G.T., Les Vins Harmonies, Italy
Italian red wine, Available in all IGA banner stores
Selected, assembled and aged by François Chartier «Créateur d’harmonies», at PETRA Wines, Loc. S. Lorenzo Alto 131, 57028 SUVERETO (Li), Italy.
Complementary ingredients for a successful harmony
Pair this sangiovese to your favorite recipes including one or more of these ingredients: beef, duck, steak spices, basil, blackcurrants, cinnamon, cranberries, bluefin tuna, plums, cloves, baked mozzarella, tomato sauce, game, bacon, wild rice, roasted root vegetables, and many more.
Elaborated from the excellent 2011 vintage, this Tuscan red originates from the terroirs located in the Maremma region, southwest of Siena and Florence, just south of Bolgheri, which is home to some of Italy’s most prestigious wines. It was selected by Chartier «Créateur d’harmonies» and elaborated in collaboration with the prestigious Petra house. It’s main varietal, the sangiovese, is complemented by merlot and cabernet, which gives it a complex and vivid aromatic profile that is remarkably rich and follows the paths of plums, coffee, licorice and basil. The attack is almost luscious and the texture is velvety, the tannins are round and the flavors have a long-lasting finish. This wine could hardly be any more Italian! Drink before 2016, serve between 18-19 °C. A sure-fire hit when served with sun-dried tomatoes pesto pasta, as well as with a filet of beef seasoned with steak spices.
Origin / Terroir / Vinification
When I tasted the various lots at Petra Wines, in the hills of Maremma, the southwestern part of Tuscany, Pascal Chatonnet pointed me to the magnificent 2011 vintage which had exactly the aromatic profile I was looking for. This allowed me, once the selection and assembly were completed, to create a wine that could hardly be more typical of a Tuscan sangiovese, yet retaining a lot of freshness despite its textured breadth. Twelve months in vats and a certain amount of one and two years old barrels were assembled, thus avoiding a woody dominant. This is Tuscan sangiovese at its best.
– MOZZARELLA PIZZA
– SUN-DRIED TOMATOES PIZZA
– SUN-DRIED TOMATOES PESTO PASTA
– SUN-DRIED TOMATOES AND BASIL CANAPÉS
– RED BEETS AND CLOVES PURÉE
– STEAK SPICE SEASONED BEEF FILET
– GAME IN A FOURSPICE SAUCE
– DUCK BREAST WITH PLUMS
– SMOKED DUCK BREAST AIGUILLETTE
– CLASSIC TOURTIÈRE WITH MILD SPICES
– PLUM JAM WITH CLOVES FOR CHEESE PLATTERS
Don’t forget the 800+ recipes in the 4 volumes of the Papilles pour tous! recipes collection, where you’ll find many recipes on the same aromatic path as this Tuscan red wine. Stay tuned for more recipes created specifically for this wine on this Website in the coming weeks.