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This is an oustanding Pomerol from Chateau Bellegrave, which was in conversion to organic certification in 2010. While it shows the depth and structure of this excellent vintage in Bordeaux, the wine is surprisingly supple and forward making it a delicious wine for current drinking. The aromas are ripe and rich with black fruits, cassis and blackberry with sous-bois, cocoa, spice and floral notes. The palate is firm but round, deep and elegant with complex fruit flavors backed by earth and mineral notes with good freshness and silky tannins. Decant this lovely wine a few hours in advance if possible or cellar for five to fifteen years
Château Cartier, the second label of Chateau Fonroque, has been certified organic since 2006 and biodynamic since 2008. The grapes are harvested by hand and macerated slowly. After fermentation with indigenous yeasts, the wine is aged in oak (30% new) for 16 months. On the palate, this 100% Merlot wine displays a rich bouquet of dark and red plums, cassis, ripe red currant with violet and chocolate notes. With high mineral notes on the nose and palate, the wine has some blood and iron overtones. The body is full with smooth tannins. This is a luscious wine that will pair fantastically with grilled meats or barbecued chicken. Caroline Coursant
This is the most important wine in Michel’s line-up, as it is what Margaux was once known for and what it can be again if winemakers revert to the old-school traditions. It is sourced from older vines (some over 100 years old!) and is rife with aromas of purple flowers, blackberry, espresso, and cocoa. The palate is big-boned, yet has very pretty fruit and spice coming through before a long, high-toned finish. In terms of aging, this wine seems indestructible, but holds true that the wines from Clos du Jaugueyron are more than enjoyable at every stage of their life. It is serious and contemplative with unparalleled beauty. Give this a decant before dinner, and you’ll be thrilled. Tim Gagnon Black fruits, cassis, ash, dried thyme, graphite on the nose. Blackberry and plum flavors with hints of mint on the palate. Fine-grained, but present tannins. Good underlying structure and sense of freshness. Mid-weight, supple, and lively on a long persistent finish. Decant 1-2 hrs ahead or hold 5-8 years and drink from there. This is lovely old school Bordeaux. (Tasted August 2017.) John McIlwain
This certified organic wine is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. The wine offers a bouquet of ripe berries, plums and cherries with some light savory herbs and spices notes. This wine has a good acidity and minerality (thanks to the vineyard's limestone soil) giving a pleasant freshness and brightness to the wine. I very much enjoyed this wine and would pair it with various dishes from grilled pork chops to the classic hamburger. Caroline Coursant