February 4, 2014

Pairing Epic Cigars + Lapostolle Cabernet Sauvignon

About Epic Cigars

Dean Parsons, founder of Epic Cigars was born in Labrador, Canada.  His past experiences range from  police detective to real estate developer. He says:

“I got into cigars back in 2005 while I was working in Real Estate in Turks & Caicos. I had a lot of wealthy clients who were flying to the Turks from all over the world and looking for premium cigars. I began flying to the DR to bring cigars back for clients and investors. I had a chance to visit alot of the top factories and meet many of the new boutique manufacturers at that time. in 2007 I created my first blend which was for the Turks & Caicos (Turks Select Cigars). In 2009 I moved to the DR full time to consult on another real estate project. In 2010 I bought epiccigars.com and then trademarked Epic Cigars in the USA. I started working on blends in late 2010… I have been blending my cigars here in the DR with Rolando Villamil who has been in the industry for more than 30 years.”

Rolando Villamil is also responsible for blending the Kristoff line of cigars for owner Glen Case.  Another fun fact about Epic cigars is that in 2012 when Altadis Launched the Montecristo Epic, they didn’t realize they were actually breaching Dean’s trademark and was forced to enter a co-existence agreement with Epic Cigars as they owned the rights to “Epic”!

Epic Cigars currently has 2 blends available:

Epic Corojo Reserva
Origin – DR
Binder – Dominican Olor
Filler – Dominican – Piloto Cubano, Seco and Ligero
Wrapper – Ecuador

Epic Maduro Reserva
Origin – DR
Binder – Dominican Olor
Filler – Piloto Cubano, Seco and Ligero
Wrapper – Ecuador Arapiraca Brazil

Dean recommended pairing the Epic Maduro with  “Zacapa 23, single mate scotch, or a Merlot or Cabernet” while he suggested pairing “a scotch or shiraz” with the Epic Corojo.

About Lapostolle

Lapostolle was founded by Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle and her husband Cyril de Bournet in 1994. The Marnier Lapostolle family were also the founders  of the famous Grand Marnier liqueur, as well as other spirits and liqueurs. Currently they own 370 acres, across 3 vineyards, and produce a total of 200,000 cases per year, ranging from Sauvignon Blanc, to Chardonnay, to Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot.  Their family has been involved in winemaking for several generations.

In creating Lapostolle Cabernet Sauvignon, the family pursued the same uncompromising approach to quality that made Grand Marnier a global success.  Their objective: to create world-class wines using French expertise and the superb terroirs of Chile.

The Lapostolle winery is located in their original winery founded in 1994, in the town of Cunaco, near to Santa Cruz.  The winery has a production capacity of 3,300,000 liters in stainless steel and French oak tanks, and more than 3,500 French Oak Barrels!

The liquid is deep inked red purple colour.  The nose is expressive and intense, full of ripe black and red fruit aromas, savoury, and white white and black spices.  On the palate you’ll notice red fruit and spices, smoke, and earth.

About the pair

I quite enjoyed this pair. I found neither the cigar nor the wine overpowered each other which is really the key when pairing cigars and wine. In fact, I enjoyed the wine much more after puffing on the cigar for a few minutes. I found it developed the smoky profile in the drink, and took away some of the bitterness. After the wine opened up, the pair was just fantastic. We had some Applewood smoked cheddar cheese on the side, and noticed a huge difference in the pair with this, after having some of the cheese, the wine was much smoother, and it in fact seemed to go better with the cigar, because of the cigars cream textured smoke.

I would also like to try the cigar with an old vine Zinfandel. I feel this would pair well! It’s typically harder to pair wines with cigars, as the cigar will most of the time take over. However, when you find a balance between the two, you won’t be able to stop until the bottles empty or the cigars burning your lips!

Matt

Drink pairing for Epic Cigars

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