A standout among Cru Bourgeois, Château Lestage Simon, in Saint Seurin de Cadourne, a neighbour of the great vineyards of Saint-Estèphe, draws on the spirit of its complex and diversified terroir. The vineyard runs from deep gravels along the river to limestone and clay further inland. It is a supple Haut-Médoc, full-bodied, rich and well balanced, with real cellaring potential.
Bordeaux, a city of merchants, witnessed the arrival of its first bourgeoisie during the twelfth century. The membersof this new class were quick to confirm with their English rulers the rights and privileges they had enjoyed since the feudal era. It was on this basis that, with the return of Guyenne to French control at the end of the Hundred Years War, they were able to secure from the Crown the privileges usually reserved for the nobility: the right to bear arms, and thus to the title of seigniorial estates. Enriched by centuries of international trade, this merchant class came to acquire great estates, establishing vineyards that would eventually come to be known colloquially as the ‘Crus Bourgeois’. The official classification of the Crus Bourgeois du Médoc, covering 247 chateaux, was launched by the Ministry of Agriculture, following several decades of work by the local Syndicat. At the beginning of the 2007 vintage, a new set of standards for the classification was put in place, heralding a period of possible change for the category.
The Crus Bourgeois played a significant part in the renaissance and revival of the Médoc vineyards, beginning in the 1970s.
Fermentation with indigenous yeasts in oak vats. Aged for 24 months in barrels made from oak chosen in our cooperage. Before bottling the wine is fined using fresh egg whites. After bottling, the wine will undergo a refining process for at least a further 12 months in our cellar.
On the nose, it displays ripe, dark fruit, grape syrup, bitter chocolate and as it opens up, hints of spices such as pepper, vanilla and a little mountain scrub begin coming through.
On the palate, it is balanced, with a soft touch of acidity to give it good potential for cellaring. The attack is broad and long, with an evolution in the mouth which spreads silky and mineral sensations before concluding with sweet tannins which still have a bit of “grip” and will benefit from some “time out” for their full integration.
In the retro-olfaction the notes of oak and mountain scrub are more clearly defined, repeating the impressions noted in direct olfaction but with a greater preponderance. It is a vintage with “character”.
The vines for Almirez, situated in Valdefinjas and Toro, are 15 - 65 years old, and yield a meager 20 Hls/Hct. Teso la Monja uses only organic fertilization, and strictly avoids the use of herbicides or other chemical products. All grapes are hand harvested and rigorously sorted. Aged 12 months in new French oak (30% new).
Bodegas Volver currently owns some 185 hectares in Alicante. Some of the vines are ungrafted. New acreage is currently under development.The vines age from 40 to 75 years old. Tarima Hill´s vines are planted in the Vaso system, in an all-natural (almost organic) process with no irrigation. The combination of soil profile and diverse altitudes within this very small area sets up a micro-climate that is predominately Continental along with some Mediterranean influence.
The Bettina Bryant Proprietary Red Wine is a gorgeous blend of Bordeaux varietals sourced from three of David Abreu’s own exceptional estate vineyards – Madrona, Thorevilos, and Lucia Howell Mountain. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot, and made with the same attention to detail as Bryant, this wine is beautifully layered and complex.
A wonderful, full gentle bouquet of red plum, berries, rose petal and mineral accents lively flavors of blackberry, raspberry and sassy sour cherry. This wine offers great
depth, spice, a hint of sweet oak and beautiful texture with very fine-grained tannins and a soft, round, easy drinking mouthfeel that lingers on leaving you wanting another taste.
All lots were fermented with native yeasts in small, open top fermenters.
After fourteen days the wines were pressed, settled overnight, and then moved by gravity to Calera’s barrel cellar. The wine was aged without racking in mostly French oak Barrels, 10% new, for eleven months. The vineyard lots were combined prior to bottling and the wine was bottled unfiltered. Total Acidity: 6.4 g/l; Final pH: 3.61; Alcohol: 14.9%
Laetitia Vineyard – San Luis Obispo County
Chula Viña – Monterey County
Besson Vineyard – Santa Clara County
Doctor’s Vineyard – Monterey County
Flint Vineyard – San Benito County
San Ysidro Vineyard – Santa Clara County
In 1985, Paul and Edith Chaudiere left their jobs in private industry (she was a voice therapist and he was a physical therapist) to study wine at one of France’s top wine universities at Suze la Rousse. 1989 marked the creation of the property in Mormoiron, one of the tiny villages dotting the beautiful countryside under the Mont Ventoux. Since then, they have been pushing the quality envelope in the zone, forcing other growers to raise quality as well.
This word Terrasses from the Latin terras, meaning "lump of earth". The
Côtes du Ventoux region is characterized by alternating hills and
valleys. To make the most of this exceptional terroir, grape growers
and other farmers had to accomplish the colossal feat of building
"terraces" into the steep hillsides, choosing especially well-protected,
sunny locations. Still today, the Provence countryside boasts
centuries-old olive trees planted on terraces called restanques or
rébanqués in Provençal. Paul and Edith Chaudière chose this name in
homage to the Provence countryside terraces their ancestors carved
into carefully chosen sites.
Soils: Located on the hillside at an altitude of 280 to 310 meters and facing
southeast, this vineyard is planted in gravelly soil covered with
Aging: 35 % of this vintage is aged in
oak barrels (2 or 3 years old). Bottled at the Château.
Ste. Michelle's goal with this Columbia Valley Cabernet was to highlight concentrated Washington red
fruit in an accessible style. It is an inviting Cab with plenty of complexity, structure and silky tannins. It’s also very versatile with food--try it with beef, pork or pasta.
Sourced from Columbia Valley vineyards in eastern Washington including Cold Creek, Canoe Ridge Estate and Indian Wells vineyards. Aged 16 months in American and French oak, 32% new.
Born to be a wine, Brunello has become a legend. It was created by some winemakers of Montalcino, in the heart of Tuscany, toward the end of the 19th century. They were looking for a red wine of exceptional quality and a long ageing period to accompany wild game, roasted meats, red meat and aged cheeses. And they obtained a wine which was destined to enter into the enological hall of fame, overflowing the chalice of Bacchus with joy. In the last decades, Brunello di Montalcino has undergone a general evolution in quality, and has made a name for itself throughout the world. In fact, Brunello di Montalcino was the first Italian wine to obtain the Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (D.O.C.G.) designation. It is exclusively produced, aged and bottled within the confines of the town of Montalcino in the province of Siena, using grapes from the Sangiovese species, locally called Brunello.
Ruby red colour with slight garnet hues resulting from ageing; intense and persistent perfume, with notes of red fruits jam; a smooth, velvety flavour with evenly balanced tannins, intense and persistent with spice notes and a hint of liquorice; harmonious and elegant on the whole.
Chile’s 2009 season was quite warm in general, and Puente Alto was no exception, although its proximity to the Andes Mountains and its very cool nights, even in this vintage, produce very well-balanced fruit that enables the wine to maintain the personality of Don Melchor with its tremendous freshness, balance, and ripe tannins.
VARIETY: 96% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Cabernet Franc.
VINEYARD: Puente Alto.
HARVEST: Manual, from April 14 through May 20.
CLIMATE: Semi-Arid Mediterranean.
AGING: 15 months in French oak barrels.
COLOUR: Deep cherry red.
AROMA: Black currants and blackberries with chocolate notes.
PALATE: Well-balanced and fresh, with silky tannins and excellent structure.
The 2007 Mendocino is a little different from past vintages. Instead of being dominated by cherry aromas, this leans more towards a mixed bowl of berries. The other interesting point is an aroma like a rustic mountain cabin with fresh red meat and spices being prepared for dinner and then freshly baked wild berry pies for dessert - of course the wood stove damper is not working well so there is a little smoke in the room...
The tannins are soft and supple, but the acidity comes through with a bit more acid structure than in past vintages and stays with you till the cows come home. We always add a little Syrah and Petite Sirah for the mid palate, filling in the hole of the donut, but this year it is a little more pronounced in the flavors and aromas, hence the gamey and meatiness underneath all the mixed fruits.
With aging the wine should evolve into a very layered and complex Zinfandel, with toast and spice from the oak picking up in intensity and the creaminess becoming more apparent after a few years.
Zuccardi Q Malbec is the blend of three unique vineyard sites. It shows a red violet color, with bluish hues. Intense red and black fruits aromas. Spicy, violet and chocolate nuances. Silky entry with great structure, soft and mature tannins. Intense fruity flavors and a persistent finish.
One of the most sought-after pieces of land in Ribera del Duero, the estate of Villacreces sits next to Vega Sicilia, perhaps (historically) the most famous property in the region. It was owned for years by the Cuadrado family but in 2003 was sold to the Anton family, owners of a Rioja bodega Izadi and one of Spain’s most famous Michelin starred restaurants in the Basque country. All of the grapes for Pruno are grown on the estate, and aged 5 and 25 years old. The wine is aged 12 months in 2 year old French oak.
Deep, black cherry color. Aromas of red fruit embodied with toffee oaky hints from the aging in French barrel revealing a sweety and fruity wine on the mouth. Reminiscences of ripen fruit and liquorice. It offers a pleasant and soft aftertaste.
As with Flegenheimer Reserve Red, Ben Glaetzer, is making this 96% Grenache/4% Shiraz blend. Cuttings were taken from a very old Grenache vineyard in McLaren Vale known for producing a delicate, perfumed expression of the varietal. When ready, the cuttings were planted as bush vines on the western slope of Hammerschlag’s property. This portion of the vineyard has the hardest soil and is quite windy. In short, it is the toughest spot on the property which is exactly where Grenache should be. The varietals were harvested, made and aged separately. The wine did spent a few months in neutral barrels but was largely matured in stainless steel tanks to preserve its elegant perfume and aromatic character. After 12 months, the wine was blended and bottled with only a very light filtration.
Hazaña is a recently introduced custom cuvée made in partnership between Eric Solomon and Rafael de Haan. British born and educated, Rafael joined the UK wine trade in 2000 and early on realized that he rather have a career closer to the vine. In 2001 he moved to Barcelona, brokered some wine and opened a tapas bar before setting up his first property, Bodegas Abanico, in Rioja with his partner Nuria Altes.
Named for the ancient, poetic tales of heroism, Hazaña is made at Viñicola Real in the classical style of Rioja. The fruit comes from the vicinity of Logroño at 500 meters above sea level and on red clay and chalky limestone soils. A blend of Tempranillo with up to 15% Graciano, it is aged in French and American oak before release.
The name 'Isole e Olena' was conceived in the 1950's when two adjoining estates, 'Isole' and 'Olena' were purchased by the De Marchi family and were combined to form one. Today the Isole e Olena estate is run by Paolo De Marchi and his family. Paolo comes from a family with three generations of winemaking experience in the northern section of Piedmont . He was raised in close contact with the wine world as he has always enthusiastically followed the development of his grandfather's estate located near Gattinara, Villa Sperino, where Lessona wine is produced. The traditional 4-grape Chianti Classico blend was gradually altered to diminish the quantity of white grapes present until complete elimination. Thus the Isole o Olena Chianti evolved from being a light, young wine to the fuller-bodied wine of today, which is destined for cellar aging. Simultaneously Paolo began experimenting with the production of a wine made exclusively of Sangiovese grapes. His efforts in this direction have yielded the resultant wine named Cepparello. In 1980 he produced the first Cepparello.
The vineyards for Silène are hillside vineyards located in Larnage and Gervans. It is rare for Crozes to come from hillside granitic soil as most Crozes is situated on the alluvial valley floor. The granite soil produces a wine with more backbone and structure. The idea behind this Crozes is to balance the fruit of Syrah without compromising the tightness given by the granite. 50% of the Crozes comes from a parcel of young vines planted in 2003 and owned by Domaine Jean Louis Chave. The parcel sits on a beautiful terroir on the rear east-facing flank of the Hermitage hill.
The grapes are vinified at the Domaine using indigenous yeasts and aged for 18 months in 600 liter oak casks. The result is a wine of balance and pleasure and a great introduction to Crozes.
La Marca Prosecco is named for the La Marca Trevigiana zone, located in the heart of Italy's Prosecco region, where its grapes are grown. Founded more than 40 years ago, the La Marca winery joins tradition and innovation, ensuring the highest quality product.
In 2007, the winery was awarded a "Top 100 Wines of the Year" by Wine Spectator1. La Marca is the only Prosecco producer from the Veneto region to be awarded this honor.
Enjoy as apéritif or pair with mild cheeses, light hors d'oevres, salads, seafood linguine in garlic butter sauce, a lighter fish, such as sole, snapper and mahi-mahi.
To open, remove foil, untwist wire cage and loosen the base. With one hand on the base and the other grasping the cork, tilt the bottle to a 45° angle and twist the bottle slowly to loosen the cork.
Always serve La Marca Prosecco chilled between 46-50°F. A versatile Italian Sparkling wine, La Marca Prosecco can be served in sparkling flutes or white wine glasses. A full bottle serves approximately 5-7 glasses. After pouring the first round, seal the opened bottle with a bottle stopper to keep remaining wine fresh and effervescent and keep the wine chilled to 46-50°F. An opened bottle should last about 3-4 hours with the bottle closure.
Lanson has been making rosé champagnes for more than 60 years and their Rose Label is one of the most sought-after around the world. True to Lanson's distinctive house style, this Champagne does not see malolactic fermentation, which results in a rosé of supreme delicacy and purity. The delicate pale salmon colour is produced through the careful addition of a small amount of Coteaux Champenois Bouzy Rouge, a still red wine produced from Pinot Noir grapes. The result is a lightly hued, fragrant and delightful rosé champagne perfect for any occasion.
Aromas of roses and fruit predominate, with discrete notes of red berries.
On the palate, the wine is tender, well-rounded and fresh, with excellent balance and good length on the finish.
La Basseta vintage is the result of a blend from several plots of carignan, grenache and cabernet.
The vines vary in age from 15 – 100 years.
Bodegas Mas Alta's selection criteria for producing this wine is based on successfully expressing the terroir combined with a sensation of finesse and indulgence. Throughout the process of producing their vintages, they aim to obtain sensitive and complex wines.
La Basseta is undoubtedly the most feminine wine in their range. The intensity of the fruit blended with a long and silky finish make for a feminine feel...
Selected by Michel Tardieu, their barrels originate from France’s most noble forests.
Wines are matured for 14-18 months on fine lees enabling them to obtain the quintessential expression of each vintage.
A key stage in the wine-making process, maturing adds that vital touch of personality to a great wine.
The quintessential cuvee from Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte, this extraordinary wine unites fruit, power, balance and pure expressions of the terroir into one delicious Champagne. 20% Chardonnay grape elegance and delicacy.
40% Pinot Noir for roundness and structure.
40% Pinot Meunier for fruitiness.
Blended from 100 to 150 single cru vineyards.
Aged for 3 years even though only 15 months are
required by law.
Pale straw-gold in color, with an abundance of
Floral and fruity with a subtle predominance of white
fruits; pear, apple, quince, fig and hazelnuts.
Perfectly balanced, fruity yet dry.
This wine is an ideal accompaniment for Chicken, Salmon, Shellfish, Sushi, Soft Cheeses, Fruit and Desserts.
From the creator of "The Prisoner", Papillon is a full and rich Cabernet Sauvignon blend. The fruit originates from some of Napa Valley's most celebrated appellations including Howell Mountain, Saint Helena, Rutherford, and Oakville. Marked with intensity and grip, the aim is to showcase a wine that's as fitting as the label photographed by the renowned Greg Gorman, and hand model Vince Tofanelli - a 3rd generation grape grower and friend. Papillon takes flight upon release with aging potential up to 8 years.
The wine casts a dark shade of crimson with a tinge of magenta on the rim of the glass. Classic aromas of currant, cassis, and plum are instantly present along with soft French oak notes and some cedar box accents. Rich and opulent, flavors of Bing cherry, ripe blackberry, mocha, espresso, and black licorice welcome the palate. The density and concentration is succeeded with round and silky tannins providing an incredibly long finish.
60% Cabernet Sauvignon,
2% Petit Verdot,
The newest release of this intriguing blend delights the nose with a charming bouquet of enticing aromas of fresh Meyer lemon, fuzzy peach, ripe honeydew melon and yellow plum, mingled with touches of citrus blossom and white tea. The clean, vibrant palate enters with juicy pomelo, sweet lychee and honeyed tangerine fruits, balanced by vibrant acidity and hints of yellow apple and key lime pie that last through the crisp and refreshing finish.
Family owned vineyards in Serraluga d’Alba (Ornato and Colombaro), in Sinio, Diano d'Alba and Grinzane Cavour together with other vineyards belonging to “historical suppliers” who have been selling their grapes to Pio Cesare for generations, working their vineyards according to their directions and strict quality controls.
The Barbera grapes grown in the Barolo area, give full structure, plummy and complex flavour, with spicy and ripe fruit, blackberry aroma and a hint of toasted tobacco. It ages quite well.
Cristal, the ultimate Champagne to be produced by Champagne Louis Roederer, builds upon the 200-year tradition of fine winemaking that has made Roederer French Champagnes amongst the most sought-after in the world. For connoisseurs the world over, there is nothing finer than Cristal. Jewel in the Louis Roederer crown, cuvée CRISTAL remains faithful to the value which inspired it in 1876 when, especially created for Tsar Alexander II, it sought to epitomize the elegance and purity of Champagne.
Twenty percent of the wines were matured in wood (oak barrels) with weekly batonnage. There was no malolactic fermentation. Cristal is made from grands crus from the Reims mountains, the Marne Valley and the Côte des Blancs. Matured for an average of 5 years in the cellars, it is left to rest for 8 months after disgorging to complete its maturation. Dosage is adapted to each vintage, at between 8 and 10 g/l. 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay.
The 2005 vintage was a year of marked contrasts between seasons and regions. Following a fairly harsh winter, 2005 had a mild spring with relatively warm temperatures all year long. There was above-average sunshine and a slight water deficit, as had been the case throughout the dry cycle of 2005/2004 and 2003. The heat and humidity in July produced larger grapes and bunches, rather unusual for the Champagne region, while the cooler weather in August, followed by a very sunny month of September, led to favorable ripening in spite of heavy parasite pressure. The harvest dates were typical of those of the decade: September 12th for Chardonnays and the following day for Pinots noirs.
From its first years of production Riserva Ducale has become synonymous with fine Chianti, and it has played a leading role in the development of the privileged position which Tuscan quality wines hold throughout the world today. In many markets this Riserva has in fact transcended its category and become known simply as "Riserva Ducale". It has managed to preserve its excellent reputation through time, thanks to Ruffino's commitment to cultivating the finest Sangiovese grapes on the slopes of the Chianti Classico hills.
Colour: Intense ruby red.
Aroma: the 2006 Riserva Ducale is characterised by particularly fragrant, fruity notes, typical of this vintage. Sweet cherries and red berry fruits meet with delicately spicy hints of cigar box and white pepper grains and elegant scents of red roses and flint.
Tasting profile: Fruity, soothing, and well-balanced, the taste reveals velvety tannins and a enjoyable spicy sensation. The ageing in oak enriches the fruity core with hints of cacao and cloves. The long-lingering aftertaste adds intriguing notes of rosemary and figs.
Bright with intense aromas of lime juice, ruby grapefruit, guava and a hint of clover. This 2007 Sauvignon Blanc is a showstopper. Following with exquisite flavors of focused lemon, lime and grapefruit one can’t ask for a more enjoyable wine. Drink Now.
Tenuta Monteti is in Tuscany in the southern part of the Tuscan Maremma, in the surroundings of the small town of Capalbio, on the hills, just behind the hill named Monteti. The Tenuta Monteti is a family owned property. Caburnio is a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Alicante, and 20% Merlot. It sees 12 months aging in a combination of stainless steel, 2nd use, and new oak.
Owner / Winemaker Roberto Guldener began making wine at Terrabianca in the heart of Chianti Classico in 1988, realizing his dream to make wine in Chianti. Obsessed with making a contemporary terroir-driven product, he set out immediately planting new vines, and clonal selection has since been a driving force in his work. He currently has 126 acres under vine. Campaccio, a blend of Cabernet and Sangiovese, was Guldener's first wine at Terrabianca, and remains the winery's flagship offering.
Growing area: 40% Chianti Classico, 60% Maremma.
Yield per vine: 1.7 kg. Density: 6,000 vines per hectare
Tilia is dedicated to maintaining the best traditions of the rural lifestyle, to caring for the community of family farmers, and to stewarding responsibility in the use of the environment. The winemaking and viticultural team actively engage in many programs throughout the community to implement this credo. The Tilia family farmers all live in or very close to their vineyards and often bike to and from work every day.