Our patron for this spring’s Ottawa Wine Auction, Véronique Rivest has shared with us her top picks from the bottles that will be available.

Our 2017 patronVéronique Rivest is one of the most respected sommeliers in Canada and abroad. She won Canada’s Best Sommelier competition in 2006 and defended her title in 2012. She won the Wine Woman Award 2007 in Paris and, last October, took home the Best Sommelier of the Americas 2012 title. After placing twice in the Top Twelve in 2007 and 2010, she became the first woman to make the podium by taking 2nd place at the World’s Best Sommelier competition, in Tokyo in March 2013. In 2014, Veronique opened SOIF Wine Bar in Gatineau, a place to share, exchange and learn around wine. Follow her on Twitter: @veroniquerivest

Although she said it was difficult for her to narrow down her selection, Rivest has provided us with her top three “coups de coeur”: 

Louis Michel & Fils Montée de Tonnerre Chablis Premier Cru 2005 

A great producer, one of my favourite Premier Crus sites, and an exceptional and long-lived vintage. Everything is here to guarantee a fabulous bottle of wine. We don’t often enough think of ageing whites, yet mature Chablis is in a class of its own, gaining depth and richness without losing its great focus and minerality.



Aldo Conterno Gran Bussia Barolo 2000

Almost a cult name within Barolo circles, Aldo Conterno crafts some of the very top wines of Piemonte, that skillfully combine the best of tradition and modernity. Gran Bussia is his top vineyard, in the Monforte d’Alba zone, and the wines he has crafted from this site are considered among the very best in Italy. In the exceptional 2000 vintage, this bottling is definitely among the all time Italian classics.


Marquis d’Angerville Taillepieds Volnay Premier Cru 2005

Volnay is one of my favourite wines of Burgundy, combining the two greatest qualities of great pinot noir: haunting, perfumed aromatics and a wonderfully silky texture. And no one does Volnay better than Marquis d’Angerville, an iconic producer since the 1950’s, who has produced some of Burgundy’s most profound wines, with a very minimalist approach to winemaking. An outstanding bottle from an excellent vintage, for a peak into the mysterious grandeur of Burgundy.