Category: France

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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2015 – Maison Champy Vosne-Romanée

Burgundy ~ 1er Cru Les Suchots

Maison Champy Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Suchots 2015

In the Burgundy commune of Vosne-Romanee, just a brief stroll from the legendary Romanee-Conti Grand Cru, the Les Suchots Premier Cru vineyard delivers vivid and nuanced expressions of Pinot Noir for a vastly lower price.

Maison Champy’s technical director and oenologist Dimitri Bazas compared the clean fruit from 2015 to the region’s stellar 2005 vintage, taking great care to craft a perfumed, impeccably balanced Les Suchots that could offer early enjoyment or reward patience in the cellar.

“Beautiful garnet ruby color. Cherry notes with, at the same time, a nose of mint and coffee with aromas of plum liqueur. On the palate, an exceptional sweetness and richness that coats a dry extract that gives the persistence and balance in the final of this wine. Great aging potential.”

Appellation: Vosne-Romanee Premier Cru “Les Suchots”
Variety: 100% Pinot Noir
Altitude: Between 240 and 340 m, with exposure east and southeast.

Chateau de Beaucastel ~ 2016

Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2016

The 2016 vintage in the Southern Rhone valley is exceptional, both in terms of quality and quantity, thanks to idyllic weather conditions that protected the region from climatic accidents throughout the whole year.

This Chateauneuf-du-Pape is a young wine of rare quality! Deep ruby in appearance the nose is very fresh, with notes of chocolate. The mouth is round and reveals ripe fruit, soft tannins and good length. Gorgeous acidity and balance.

Blend: 30% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre, 15% Syrah, 10% Counoise, 5% Vaccarèse, Cinsault; 10% Terret Noir, Muscardin, Clairette, Picpoul, Picardan, Bourboulenc, Roussanne

In 1549, “Noble Pierre de Beaucastel” bought “a barn with its land holdings, containing 25 saumées at Coudoulet”. More than four centuries later, this remarkable domaine, known today as Chateau de Beaucastel, is producing what most people acknowledge to be the finest wines of Chateauneuf-du-Pape.

Today, the third and fourth generations of Perrins, François and Jean-Pierre and Jean-Pierre’s sons Pierre, Marc and Thomas, continue in the tradition of their father and grandfather. The vineyards of Beaucastel are treated as a garden: no chemical fertilizer, no chemical week killers or sprays are permitted. Organic fertilizer comes from compost and only a minimum of traditional sulphur-copper spray is used in the vineyards.

Gigondas ~ France

Located in France’s Southern Rhône, Gigondas produces wines that are rich Grenache-based blends, thanks in part to the region’s Mediterranean climate and red clay-alluvial soils. Under the AOP regulations, only red and rosé wines may be produced; white wines are simply declassified to Côtes-du-Rhône status.

A mandated 50% Grenache is required in the wine, with Mourvèdre and/or Syrah usually accounting for the bulk of the remaining blend—adding structure, savory tones and color intensity to Grenache’s alcoholic power and lush richness. These wines are often compared to the great wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, but can even offer better value.

Like Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas is defined by luscious fruit, generosity and spice. It’s typified, however, by a slimmer profile than the brawny wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, as well as an intoxicating pungency of garrigue, the rustic base notes of underbrush and herb found throughout Provence and the South of France.

In 1971, Gigondas was the first of the Côtes du Rhône Villages appellations to be elevated to cru status. The wines offer remarkable affordability compared to ever-escalating prices for Châteauneuf-du-Pape.