Bordeaux

DOMAINE DE MOUCHAN

COLOMBARD-SAUVIGNON 2016

COTES DE GASCOGNE BLANC

 

Domaine De Mouchan 2016

OVERVIEW

The green and generous land of Gascony nestled at the foot of the Pyrenees and on the doorstep of the Atlantic Ocean had already dedicated practically all of its slopes and valleys to the art of the vine from the antiquity. With an oceanic and temperate climate, the Gers is in a privileged position: just the right amount of sun, rain and coolness in order to pamper the vines and let them reach their optimum maturity. These vines are also nourished by the richness of the typical Gascon soils. To the east, the Terrefort: a clay soil on limestone bedrock. To the west, the Tawny Sands and “Boulbènes” are a mixture of clay and alluvium. It is in this privileged environment that vines of Domaine de Mouchan, family run-property bought in 1949 by the Braissant family, grow in order to reveal all the typicity of the Côtes de Gascogne wines. The domaine is located in the commune of Mezin, at the edge of the Lande de Gascogne forest.

VINEYARD

Soil: South facing chalky-clay hills Surface: 58 hectares

Average age of the vineyard: 15 years Grape varieties: 41% Colombard / 18% Ugni Blanc / 17% Sauvignon / 12% Chardonnay / 12% Gros Manseng

BLEND 85% Colombard / 15% Sauvignon

VINIFICATION Low temperature fermentation. skin maceration. Pressing with inert gas. Maturing on fine lees.

WINE TASTING Attractive clear yellow colour. The complex nose expresses scents of citrus fruits and litchi. The palate is in unison and displays a nice persistence, elegance and intensity.

MATCHING FOOD AND WINE Serve at 8-10°C with shellfish, seafood, grilled fish or as an aperitif. This wine will be also perfect with poultry.

AGEING POTENTIAL From 3 to 5 years

 

Château MAROTTE 2016

BORDEAUX BLANC

Chateau Marotte

OVERVIEW

Robert and Emilienne Montagne took over Château Marotte, located on the commune of Cantois, in 1940. Settled down in the Bordeaux region, it is a family-run property for five generations, working in the most respect of their terroir and wine-making traditions. The village is situated between Cadillac and Targon, 25km from Saint-Emilion. The vineyard is spread on five communes on the chalky-clay hillsides of Haut-Benauge.

VINEYARD

Soil: Chalky-clay. Surface: 33 hectares

Location: Located on the commune of Cantois – Entre-deux-Mers.

Average age of the vineyard: 40 years Grape varieties: 40% Sauvignon / 30% Sémillon / 30% Muscadelle

VINIFICATION Well-reasoned agriculture. Classical vinification with temperatures monitoring. Thin lees maceration for twelve hours, then cold pressing. Ageing on lees for three months in thermo-regulated underground vats.

WINE TASTING Attractive bright colour. The nose expresses scents of citrus and yellow fruits. The fleshy palate reveals a nice roundness, to finish on a pleasant fruit intensity.

MATCHING FOOD AND WINE Serve at 8-10°C with seafood platter, mussels or seafood cassolette, fish filet and butter sauce or chicken aiguillettes and lemon cream sauce. This wine will be perfect with a good selection of cheeses such as sheep, goat cheese or Cantal.

AGEING POTENTIAL Less than 3 years

Château CAMARSAN 2016

BORDEAUX ROUGE

Chateau Camarsan

OVERVIEW

François Coutureau, manager of “Les Vignobles Claude Coutureau”, familyrun estate for five generations, took over Château Camarsan in 1993. The vineyard is located on the communes of Grézillac, Moulon and Tizac of Curton. François Coutureau extended the property in 1998 by buying vines situated in Naujan-et-Postiac, typical village from the Entre-deux-Mers appellation, where there is many watermills.

VINEYARD

Soil: Chalky-clay Surface: 31 hectares

Location: The vineyard is spread on plateaux and hilltops of the appellation.

Average age of the vineyard: 20 years Grape varieties: 83% Merlot / 12% Cabernet Franc / 5% Cabernet Sauvignon

VINIFICATION Traditional vinification. Full destemming and crushing of the harvest. Fermentation and maceration (28°C). Vatting for 15 days. Ageing in vats.

MATCHING FOOD AND WINE Serve at 17-18°C with confit of duck, lamb cuttlets or with stew of beef, along with brown potatoes, mushrooms and herbs. This wine will be perfect with a good selection of fine cooked meats.

AGEING POTENTIAL From 3 to 5 years

LE CLOITRE DU CHATEAU PRIEURE LICHINE 2012

MARGAUX – 2EME VIN

Le Cloitre Du Chateau Prieure Linchine 2012

OVERVIEW

The Prieuré-Lichine vineyard, created in the 12th century by the former Benedictine monks or “Prieurs” (Superiors) of Cantenac, was awarded on several occasions from 1444. In 1745, the cru was classified third growth of Margaux and Cantenac by the Bordeaux Royal Administration and in 1855 the Prieuré growth was promoted to the rank of Fourth Classified Growth. In 1951, Alexis Lichine took over Château Prieuré-Cantenac. Through a strict renovation program, this pioneer added new terroirs to his estate and rebuilt the ancient priory home. In 1972, Alexis Created the estate’s second wine; “Le Cloître de Prieuré-Lichine” that benefits from the same care as the Classified Growth. Today it is the safe hands of the Ballande Group. A new page of its history is being written while new impetus has been injected.

VINEYARD

Soil: Gunzian gravel from the Garonne River Surface: 24 hectares

Location: Cantenac, Labarde, Margaux, Soussans and Arsac.

Average age of the vineyard: 25 years Grape varieties: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon / 45% Merlot / 5% Petit Verdot

BLEND 65% Merlot / 35% Cabernet Sauvignon

VINIFICATION Manual harvest with manual sorting and optical-system sorting. No crushing. Vatting for 25-30 days in stainless steel and concrete vats. Ageing for 12 to 16 months : 40% second-fill barrels and 60% third-fill barrels.

WINE TASTING Deep ruby-red colour with purple shades. Elegant nose with notes of blackcurrant, blackberry and moka. The wine is spicy and lightly roasted. The palate is silky with a good length. The finish is elegant with a lot of freshness.

MATCHING FOOD AND WINE Serve at 17-18°C with boletus mushroom roviolis, roasted leg of lamb or rump steak along with pepper and chanterelles creamy sauce. This wine will be perfect with a good selection of cheeses.

AGEING POTENTIAL From 5 to 10 years

Château DU GLANA 2012

ST JULIEN

Chateau Du Glana 2012

OVERVIEW

Château du Glana consolidated its vineyard thanks to the purchase of several plots of land from neighbouring Château Saint-Pierre. The château was constructed in 1870 and has the characteristic of matching white clay and red brick walls. Gabriel Meffre bought Château du Glana in 1961. The vineyard area soon increased from 5 to 43 hectares with the successive purchase of several plots belonging to 3rd growth Château Lagrange in Saint-Julien. His son, Jean-Paul Meffre, helped by his own sons, Ludovic and Julien, manage new the property surrounded by some of finest great growths in Saint-Julien. They display high ambitious for it, expressed notably by the tremendous strides in quality made since 1999.

VINEYARD

Soil: Gravelly soil lying over alios sub-soil. Surface: 60 hectares

Location: The château is located on the Route des Grands Vins running parallel to the Gironde estuary, between the towns of Beychevelle and SaintJulien.

Average age of the vineyard: 25 years Grape varieties: 55% Cabernet Sauvignon / 45% Merlot

BLEND 60% Cabernet Sauvignon / 40% Merlot

VINIFICATION Manual and mechanical harvest. Classical vinification in thermo-regulated concrete and stainless steel vats. Vatting for 21 days. Ageing for 12 months in barrels, with 20% new barrels.

WINE TASTING Fruity and attractive with blueberry and floral character. Medium body, fine tannins. 88-89/100 » J. Suckling

MATCHING FOOD AND WINE Serve at 17-18°C with rack of lamb and thyme, Orloff style roasted veal or beef tenderloin grilled on vine shoots. This wine will be perfect with cheeses, dried sausage or truffle omelette.

AGEING POTENTIAL From 5 to 10 years

AWARDS Robert Parker / Erobertparker: 87 | Wine Spectator: 90 | Decanter: 15,5

Château HAUT PAUILLAC

2009 PAUILLAC

Chateau Haut Pauillac 2009OVERVIEW

Located next to the village of Pauillac, the plots of Château Haut Pauillac benefit from a quality soil between the best classified growths of the appellation of Pauillac, Château Mouton Rothschild, Château Lynch Bages, Château Pichon Baron de Longueville. Château Haut Pauillac belongs to the Peyronie family, the owner of the famous Château Fonbadet Cru Bourgeois, for several generations.

VINEYARD

Soil: Gravels from the Garonne River. Surface: 2 hectares

Location: The vineyard is located in the commune of Pauillac.

Average age of the vineyard: 50 years Grape varieties: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon / 20% Merlot / 15% Cabernet Franc / 3% Petit Verdot / 2% Malbec

VINIFICATION Classical vinification in concrete vats covered with epoxy. Temperature control. Running after maceration of 28 to 35 days. Ageing for 18 months in barrels, with 15-20% new oak.

WINE TASTING Nice and bright colour with a garnet-red shimmer. To the nose, fruity and woody notes. Round mouth with aromas of mature berries enhanced by silky tannins. Nice finish on the fruit. The whole is well-balanced. A beautiful Pauillac.

MATCHING FOOD AND WINE Serve at 17-18°C with a roasted leg of lamb with herbs or a duck filet with ground pepper sauce, along with seasonal vegetables. Perfect with a cheese assortment.

AGEING POTENTIAL From 5 to 10 years

Château SERILHAN 2012

ST ESTEPHE – CRU BOURGEOIS

Chateau Serilhan 2012OVERVIEW

In January 2003, after 20 years in high technology business, Didier Marcelis took over the management of the family property (9.5 ha), created in 1982 by his grandfather Merlet and managed by his parents, Jean and Maryvonne. Since his arrival, he heavily invested to improve quality (increase of vineyard size, replanting, new material buying, new barrels…). Didier Marcelis manages the property with passion and enthusiasm for 10 years, supported by a dynamic team and the consultant winemaker Hubert De Boüard.

VINEYARD

Soil: Gravels, shale and chalky-clay. Surface: 15 hectares

Location: The vineyard is located in the commune of Saint-Estèphe.

Average age of the vineyard: 35 years Grape varieties: 58% Cabernet Sauvignon / 35% Merlot / 7% Cabernet Franc

BLEND 53% Cabernet Sauvignon / 42% Merlot / 5% Cabernet Franc

VINIFICATION Classical vinification. Alcoholic fermentation for 3 weeks. Ageing for 18 months in barrels, with 1/3 new barrels.

WINE TASTING Luminous and thick colour. The bouquet is perfumed with sustained aromas of lightly oaky black fruits. The attack is supple with a well-balanced structure and a nice complexity. On the finish, we find again the fruit, more strenuously marked by coffee and toasted hints. Very good union between the fruit and the oak !

MATCHING FOOD AND WINE Serve at 17-18°C with lamb skewers, beef Prime Rib grilled on vine shoots or with Bordeaux style pan-fried boletus mushrooms. This wine will be perfect with a good selection of cooked meats or with cheese such as Gouda.

AGEING POTENTIAL From 5 to 10 years

AWARDS Robert Parker / Erobertparker: 87 – 88 | Wine Spectator: 86 – 89 | Decanter: 16,25 | Jancis Robinson: 16 | Neal Martin / Erobertparker: 87 | Wine Enthusiast : 92-MAY 2015 | James Suckling: 87 – 88

 

Château LA PERVENCHE 2015

LALANDE DE POMEROL

Chateau La Pervenche 2015

OVERVIEW

Château La Pervenche, a family-run property for 60 years, today managed by Christophe Baudet, is located in the Lalande-de-Pomerol appellation, at the gate of Libourne and 30 kilometres Eastern Bordeaux. Separated from Pomerol by the Barbanne stream at the South and protected by hills of Fronsac at the West, Lalande-de-Pomerol presents suitable terroir and climate for growing vines. The first traces of winegrowing in this region go back many centuries, in the Roman times. During the 12th century, monks had a major role to play in planting and maintaining vineyards. The Hospitallers of Saint-Jean of Jerusalem, Knights of Malta, contributed much to the wine development in the area. Their symbol, an eight-pointed white cross, has even become the emblem of the wines of Lalande-de-Pomerol. About the name of the Château La Pervenche (The Periwinkle), it is coming from flowers scattering the property for many decades.

VINEYARD

Soil: Clay-gravel Surface: 5 hectares

Average age of the vineyard: 25 years Grape varieties: 100% Merlot

VINIFICATION Classical vinification in concrete vats. Maceration before fermentation. Thermo-regulated fermentation. Micro-oxygenation. Vatting for 25-30 days. Vertical pressing. Elevage en fûts.

WINE TASTING Nice deep purple colour. The nose expresses scents of well-ripe black fruits. On the palate, this wine reveals fine volume, with nice fruity intensity and pleasant tannic weft.

MATCHING FOOD AND WINE Serve at 17-18°C with pan-fried veal chop with mushrooms, beef tournedos Rossini, or with spit-roasted suckling lamb, along with spring young vegetables. This wine will be perfect with a good selection of cheeses.

AGEING POTENTIAL From 5 to 10 years

 

CLOS SAINTE ANNE 2014

POMEROL

Clos Sainte Anne 2014

OVERVIEW

The domain belonged to many big families from Libourne before being bought by Armand Moueix in 1971. Since 2011, the property has experienced an unprecedented renewal in the vineyard as well as the winery. Nathalie Moueix has made great strides to insure Clos Sainte Anne is a classic Pomerol.

VINEYARD

Soil: Gravels and sand. Surface: 18 hectares

Location: 2 kilometres from the village of Pomerol.

Average age of the vineyard: 27 years Grape varieties: 80% Merlot / 15% Cabernet Franc / 5% Cabernet Sauvignon

VINIFICATION Traditional vinification. Vatting during 25 days in thermo-regulated stainless steel vats. Ageing for 12 months in less than one year-old barrels.

WINE TASTING Attractive and glaring colour with garnet hints. The nose expresses notes of well-ripe black fruits, wrapped with a touch of menthol. The palate is round and fleshy enhanced by silky tannins.

MATCHING FOOD AND WINE Serve at 17-18°C with stuffed poultry, grilled beef fillet or chop of veal and boletus mushrooms sauce, along with home-made mashed potatoes. This wine will be perfect with a good selection of cooked meats or cheeses.

AGEING POTENTIAL From 5 to 10 years

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