9 cases mostly French
Wine collection at coastalwinestorage.com in Oceanside, CA
Wine collection at coastalwinestorage.com in Oceanside, CA
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.
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
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.
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
Manual harvest, traditional vinification in vats. Ageing in barrels (15%) and concrete tanks (85%).
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.
The Puy Blanquet estate is owned by Madame Marcelle Jacquet, and sits on the eastern side of Saint Émilion. This area’s clay soils are mixed with limestone, imparting both concentration and perfume to the wines grown here. The wine is composed almost entirely of Merlot, with a small percentage of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon blended in.
Overlooking the Dordogne valley in the heart of Saint-Etienne de Lisse, Chateau Puy-Blanquet has northern and eastern blocks that enjoy the morning sunshine. There are 49.42 acres of planted acreage on soils of clay and chalk. The wines produced in this area are fresh and generous.
The 2015 is classic and food friendly, and appeals to a variety of palates. With a definite concentration of black and red berry fruit, the wine maintains elegant tannin and acidity structure to give it definition. The aromatics are stunning. Full and expressive violet, cassis, plum and anise dominate, and the layers of fruit, spice and earth notes are endless. Although it’s young, the beauty of the 2015 vintage is that the wines are open, balanced, and drinkable now. However, if this does make its way to your cellar it will certainly go the long haul.