Category: Bordeaux

Seigneurs D’aiguilhe Castillon Bordeaux

This is the second wine from Château d’Aiguilhe, in the far east of Bordeaux. Proprietor and winemaker Stephan von Neipperg is also responsible for the greatness that lies in each bottle of Château Canon-La-Gaffelière, Clos l’Oratoire, Château Peyreau and La Mondotte.

The cepage is overwhelmingly Merlot, with a small percentage of Cabernet Franc. The property dates back to the 12th century and is linked to the Knights Templar. The current château, a “fortified farmhouse,” was built in the 13th century. The Right Bank terroir, with its clay-limestone soils, produce outstanding Merlot and Cabernet Franc grapes.

Five First Growths of Bordeaux

A tasty great investment

The Exposition Universelle of 1855, held in Paris, attracted millions of visitors, who passed through grand halls where the latest works of industry and culture were on display. In the 19th century, France was recognized as the world’s finest producer of wine — so there was no question that wines would be offered for sampling. The question was how thewines would be exhibited.

 Bordeaux’s wines (commonly referred to as clarets) were already known around the world, particularly in England, whose wealthier classes had been importing them in mass quantities for centuries. So, it was no surprise that the country’s new Emperor, Napoleon III, ordered a classification drawn up of Bordeaux’s best wines. The wines were ranked by reputation and price, with an emphasis on the latter. The result was The Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855.

Clos des Quatre Vents Margaux 2018

 Clos des Quatre Vents Margaux 2018

Clos des Quatre Vents hails from the reputable Margaux appellation and showcases an exemplary fruit-driven yet balanced Bordeaux blend. The Cabernet Sauvignon dominant 2018 vintage provides a powerful nose of black currant, complemented by notes of deep plum and newly ripened fig from the addition of Merlot. The wine is aged in new French oak for 18 months, lending a generous complexity of dried herbs and toasty spice that makes it perfect alongside slow-roasted meats or savory mushroom risotto.

Vinification
Aging: 18 months in 100% new French oak
Blend: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot

Wine Details
Our eponymous wine: Clos des Quatre Vents. It comes from a plot of old vines at the top of a hill on Margaux appellation and enjoys a perfect exposure to the four winds. All these perfect conditions provide a concentrated wine with freshness and pure sensation.

Tasting Notes
The Clos des Quatre Vents is greedy on the nose, firstly black licorice tainted with ripe fruit. The mouth is round, a soft attack with black cherries and fresh blackcurrant. In the end, the finish is harmonious and silky.
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2014 Château de Roquebrune ~ Pomerol

Pure Merlot, this wine comes from a property that borders on Pomerol proper. Its juicy red-berry flavors are classics for the vintage. Ripe while crisp and with acidity

Château de Roquebrune has been a family owned winery for 5 generations.  Today, it is run by Florent Guinjard. The estate is located on the border of the appellation Pomerol on the northern side of the small Barbanne river that splits both appellations.

The vineyard is just across from Château de Sales in Pomerol. It covers 19 ha and the soils are worked manually, with no use of chemicals.

2015 Chateau Beaumont Haut-Medoc


Great intensity. Very deep color with garnet reflections. The nose is very open and inviting with soft oaky notes of vanilla and spice bringing out the red fruits such as blackcurrant and black cherry. The attack on the palate is smooth and fresh. The tannic development is of great quality, with fatness giving real mouthfeel. The lightly oaked fruit aromas are very elegant and contribute to the fine aromatic persistence.

“Wine Enthusiast “Structured and dense, this is a dry, firm wine. Its superstructure of tannins doesn’t mark the ripe black-currant fruit that is developing. From one of the top vineyards in Haut-Médoc, this wine is likely to age well with its structure and fruit in place. Drink from 2024.”

Blend: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot

2012 Château Le Grand Faurie Saint-Émilion Grand Cru

2012 Château Le Grand Faurie Saint-Émilion Grand Cru

Impressive full, dark red color. Exuberant scent with impressions of red fruit (berries), wood and a hint of truffle. The taste is full, generous and supple and is characterized by soft tannins. Long, soft finish with soft tannins.

Typical Grand Cru Saint-Emilion, with emphasis on merlot plus some cabernet franc with a hint of cabernet sauvignon and malbec. There’s a bit of earth and mushroom in the flavors, which is rather appealing. Drinking well now but will develop over the next 6 years or so.

2015 Canon-Fronsac Château Mazeris

 Canon-Fronsac 2015 Château Mazeris Bordeaux red wine


The richness of this wine is palpable in the dense, chewy black-plum-skin flavors, in the dark tannins and in the concentrated structure that comes through strongly. The wine has power, concentration and dark intensity. Produced from 40-year-old vines, it will age slowly. Drink from 2023.

The wines of Canon-Fronsac offer an affordable, flavorful alternative to the more expensive reds produced in Bordeaux’s Right Bank. Chateau Mazeris melds Merlot’s velvety texture with cedar-scented Cab Franc in their 2015 offering to show a softer, more modern style of French blend. A generous palate of chocolate-covered cherry, violet, sweet spice, and sandalwood make this bottling an ideal pairing for grilled flat iron steak, hearty lamb stew, or an earthy mushroom tart.

In the heart of Canon-Fronsac, Chateau Mazeris is one of the nicest estates of the Fronsac area, belonging to the same family since 1769. The wine is seductive, with supple and round tannins. It has all the necessary qualities of a great vine of the Right Bank thanks to the dominant Merlot grapes and well-controlled maturing.

Owner: Famille de Cournuaud
Area: 17 ha
Average Age of Vines: 40 years
Density: 5500 vines/ha
Blending: Merlot 80%, Cabernet Franc 20%
Terroir: Limestone, clay
Maturity: 10 years

Winemaking Notes
Manual harvest, traditional vinification in vats. Ageing in barrels (15%) and concrete tanks (85%).

Bordeaux, St-Émilion

Marked by its historic fortified village—perhaps the prettiest in all of Bordeaux, the St-Émilion appellation, along with its neighboring village of Pomerol, are leaders in quality on the Right Bank of Bordeaux. These Merlot-dominant red wines (complemented by various amounts of Cabernet Franc and/or Cabernet Sauvignon) remain some of the most admired and collected wines of the world.

St-Émilion has the longest history in wine production in Bordeaux—longer than the Left Bank—dating back to an 8th century monk named Saint Émilion who became a hermit in one of the many limestone caves scattered throughout the area.

Today St-Émilion is made up of hundreds of independent farmers dedicated to the same thing: growing Merlot and Cabernet Franc (and tiny amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon). While always roughly the same blend, the wines of St-Émilion vary considerably depending on the soil upon which they are grown—and the soils do vary considerably throughout the region.

The chateaux with the highest classification (Premier Grand Cru Classés) are on gravel-rich soils or steep, clay-limestone hillsides. There are only four given the highest rank, called Premier Grand Cru Classés A (Chateau Cheval Blanc, Ausone, Angélus, Pavie) and 14 are Premier Grand Cru Classés B. Much of the rest of the vineyards in the appellation are on flatter land where the soils are a mix of gravel, sand and alluvial matter.

Great wines from St-Émilion will be deep in color, and might have characteristics of blackberry liqueur, black raspberry, licorice, chocolate, grilled meat, earth or truffles. They will be bold, layered and lush.