Category: French

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Florian Mathieu

It was the Popes who, when they settled in Avignon in the 14th century, revealed the terroir of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Covered with a sea of blond rolled pebbles, the Châteauneuf du Pape vineyard offers a unique and timeless face. Hot, dry, arid and windy, the Châteauneuvois climate has a Mediterranean influence. The vineyard is in the driest sector of the Côtes du Rhône.

The power and finesse of a great wine!  Her dress is soft and silky. Black fruit, blackcurrant, blackberry, cherry, and roasted notes is expressed fully and in length. \

Heavy rainfall towards the end of the preceding year set the stage for the southern Rhone’s 2019 growing season, providing enough precipitation to balance out the hot and dry summer.

These conditions brought grapes in Chateauneuf-du-Pape to the peak of phenolic ripeness, endowing Florian Mathieu’s Grenache-dominant ‘Selection’ bottling with substantial fruit flavors and an elegant structure

By Florian Mathieu
Chateauneuf du Pape Selection 2019

Overview
Appellation: Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Soil: Clay
Release Date: September 2020
Aging Potential: 5-8 years

Château Rombeau Pierre de La Fabrègue

2017 Côtes du Roussillon ~ France

The Pierre de La Fabregue 2017 offering from Chateau Rombeau hails from the Cotes du Roussillon- a premier grape-growing region within the Languedoc-Roussillon in France.

Their blend consists predominantly of Grenache, which brings notes of red cherry and earth, while a splash of Syrah and Mourvedre enhance the palate with an additional dark fruitiness akin to blackberry and bramble. Pair this medium-bodied gem with southern-French inspired dishes such as ratatouille.

Grenache 70%, Mourvedre 15%, Syrah 15%

“Soft and Blueberry..Very Nice ..Cheap”

2016 CDP Brotte Domaine Barville

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The Brotte family’s 2016 Domaine Barville bottling proves that rich and complex Chateauneuf-du-Pape doesn’t have to break the bank. Their classic Southern Rhone red melds the fleshy fruit flavors and plush texture of Grenache with a punch of peppery spice and floral notes contributed from Syrah and Mourvedre. 

Wine Details
Appellation: Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Varieties: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre
Yield: 30 hl/ha
Number of Bottles: 30,000

History and Vineyard
Domaine Barville is Laurent Brotte’s family estate, named Barville, after their ancestors. The 15ha vineyard is situated on the west side of Chateauneuf-du-Pape and is composed of 7 parcels spread over two of the best areas of the appellation – the clay and pebbles of Pradel and the shattered limestone soils of Beaurenard. The vines have an average age of 35 years and, at an elevation of 100m, dominate the Rhone River, which, with the local Mistral wind, brings an exceptional healthy micro-climate. A very warm climate and south-facing position are ideal for perfect maturation and concentration of the berries.

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

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%).

Sancerre Moulin Jamet

The famed Sancerre AOP offers some of the best expression of Sauvignon Blanc in France. Moulin Jamet is ideally situated on a mid-slope at about 900 feet elevation on a limestone soil with an average 45 years old vines

Winemaking promotes all the crisp and fresh aromatic quality of Sauvignon Blanc by using cold pressured fermentation stainless steel on very fine lees to enrich the wine. No oak! 100% Sauvignon Blanc

Bright yellow color. Aromatic nose of fresh fruits, spicy/grassy notes, citrus. Lively crisp and dry palate, light and fresh sensations to the finish

2010 Philippe Fourrier Cuvée Millésime Champagne


Third-generation Julien, Stephanie, and Mathilde craft gorgeous sparkling wine at Champagne Philippe Fourrier in the southern Cotes de Bar region. Produced from 100% Pinot Noir, their 2010 bottling displays fine streams of bubbles and complex notes of dried golden apple, lemon peel, honey, biscuit, toasted walnut, and smoke. This medium-bodied and refined vintage Champagne drinks beautifully now and will complement butter-poached lobster, roasted chicken with truffle sauce, or gruyere cheese fondue. ce 1847.

This is a refreshing yet full-bodied Champagne ideal for special celebrations and food pairings such as grilled lobster, scallops, crab, sushi, veal, and roast chicken. The effervescence is delicate yet persistent, and the bubbles are very fine. The aromatics show hints of honey and poached ripe apricots, beautifully echoed on the round, rich palate. The length is sumptuous and quite complex, yet still shows a refreshing quality and a ready-to-drink liveliness. This is a beautifully constructed, artisanal small batch 2010.

2010 Philippe Fourrier Cuvée Millésime Champagne ….. $42.00

2016 St-Émilion Grand Cru Château Marquis de Mons

Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon are the go-to trio for many of Bordeaux’s producers for a reason – when they join forces, the resulting wines are dynamic, expressive, and a real treat. The 2016 Saint-Émilion Grand Cru bottling by Chateau Marquis de Mons fits the bill with a core of plump, dark berries that are bolstered by wildflowers, toast, and generous spice notes. Firm tannins and vibrant acidity ensure the wine’s longevity, and at an astonishing 71% off, you’ll want to stock your cellar up!

“…inviting aromas of blackberries and cherries woven together with florals, tobacco, minerals and hints of light spice notes that all take shape beautifully in the glass. This well structured, medium-plus bodied red displays a lovely touch of underlying acidity, which keeps beautifully balanced through the long finish.”

French Wine Sales ….. $33.00