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A Margaux like no other, more akin to a 19th century claret than to a modern Bordeaux.The 2004 from Jean-Pierre Boyer shows a lovely deep garnet color and smoky red-currant aromas with earth, violet, licorice, spice and citrus peel. The palate is dense and mineral with firm structure, but showing velvety blackberry, cassis and red currant with earth and mineral flavors and a bit of bitter licorice. The finish is long and firm. Suspend your ideas of Bordeaux and enjoy this complex and Burgundian Margaux. Carafe four hours in advance or cellar ten to twenty years.(On day 2 the wine has deepened and softened into a lovely Burgundian Bordeaux)
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 Saint Emilion estate owns by the Despagnes family has been certified organic since 2008 and biodynamic since 2013. The wine is a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc from at least 45-year old vines on clay. Gerard Despagnes wants his wines to represent classic Bordeaux and it shows. With low yields, use of native yeast, a combination of old and new oak, and little addition of sulfur at bottling, this wine has a beautiful structure with bright acidity, superb minerality, and firm tannins. The nose is full of dark berries, cassis, and plum notes with some iron, dark chocolate, tobacco and cloves undertones. On the palate, the wine is serious with a long and beautiful finish. This is a luscious wine that can be cellared for several years (10+ years). Pair it with beef stew, braised beef, spare ribs or lamb. Caroline Coursant
Château Massereau, an estate located in Barsac, has been farming organically since its acquisition by the Chaigneau family in 2000. The estate is fully committed to natural wine-making and it shows in the quality of the wine. The grapes are hand-harvested, fermented in concrete vats and then aged in neutral barrique for 18 months with minimal addition of sulfur at bottling. Made from Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot, planted in alluvial soils, the wine displays a bouquet of dark berries and plums with dried green herbs, menthol notes and a hint of violet, tobacco leaf and cedar notes. This elegant wine has a beautiful structure with firm acidity and smooth tannins. A great wine at a beautiful price, this wine will pair fantastically with racks of lamb, kebabs, steaks or pork chops, and it would be a crowd-pleasing choice for your holiday parties! Caroline Coursant
This delectable organic Bordeaux from the Fédieu family is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. On the nose, the wine displays notes of dark berries, cassis, menthol, dried rose petals, violet, yellow tobacco, young leather and oriental spices. On the palate, the balance between acidity, tannin and oak is beautiful. With great minerality coming from the gravelly sandy soils, the wine shows some weight with a bright freshness. Complex without being too much, this lively wine strikes the right balance between a table wine and a wine for more special occasions. To drink with many meat recipes such as steak au poivre, ragouts, lamb kebabs, or braised pork. Caroline Coursant
Just entering maturity, the 2007 Clos du Jaugueyron Margaux has a perfumed nose with aromas of violets, cassis, wild blackberry, and cedar. The mid-weight palate offers good freshness, fine-grained tannins, and flavors of ripe black currants, hedge fruits, and graphite, with notes of cocoa on a velvety, lingering finish. There is beautiful interplay between the sweet, savory, and structural elements. Lovely now with a bright upside over the next 10-15 years. John McIlwain
The Margaux is always the most serious and age-worthy of the wines in the Clos du Jaugueyron line-up. Sourced from older vines (some even passing the century mark), this cuvée is a true vin de garde. The 2010 vintage offers aromas of black fruits, cassis, ash, dried thyme, graphite on the nose. The dense palate offers layers of dark cherry, blueberry, and damson plum flavors, with hints of crushed herbs and chocolate. There is good underlying structure and sense of energy with fine-grained, but firm, tannins and fresh acidity framing the long rising finish. Decant 3-5 hours ahead if drinking now or hold 10-15 years and drink from there. This is lovely old school Bordeaux! John McIlwain
Sourced mainly from younger Merlot vines (55%) planted in the gravelly, sandy soils of Macau, with the remainder Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc; this is a fresher, softer wine from Michel Théron. This cuvée sees a bit more new oak than his other wines, which tempers the dark, terroir-driven berry fruits and allows for hints of spearmint, cocoa, and damp earth to shine through. The palate is rather silken, showing dark fruits and minerals with great structure. Pure, unadulterated, and unbelievably delicious Bordeaux with a bit of bottle age (the current vintage is 2013) makes me very happy. Tim Gagnon
Our biodynamic friends, the Hubert family, make this lovely Bordeaux with the best juice from Chateau La Grolet, coming from old vines of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Malbec. The 2015 shows lovely aromas of ripe cassis and blackberry with cedar, brown spice and earth, really quite pretty. The palate is elegant and well-structured with cassis and red fruits over firm acidity with earth and mineral flavors. This is a real Bordeaux of terroir that is delicious now especially if decanted many hours in advance or opened the night before. Cellaring for ten to fifteen years will create a lovely mature wine. David Lillie Please carafe before serving.
The Clauzel family is making wonderful Bordeaux at La Grave Figeac and it shows. Coming from a long line of highly respected wine growers, the Clauzels are proponent of organic farming with terroir expressive wines (the estate became certified in 2012). This 2010 wine (a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc) is elegant and beautiful. The nose is full of plums, cassis, prunes, nutmeg, dark chocolate, tobacco, leather and cedar box notes. On the palate, the wine displays good acidity and minerality with supple but young tannins. The finish is long with a delicate bouquet. This is a beautiful wine of a classic vintage, which can be aged for at least 15 years. Pair this wine with roast beef, braised short ribs or lamb shanks or bring it to your holiday festivities. Caroline Coursant
What a beautiful fresh Bordeaux! Certified organic since 2012, this estate has been making outstanding wines since the beginning, showing the expertise of the Clauzel family and superb terroir. This 2014 wine (a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc) is elegant and vibrant with a gorgeous bouquet of black and red berries, plum, oriental spices, leather and cedar box notes. On the palate, the wine is bright with acidity and minerality, and shows supple tannins with a long fresh finish. This is a vibrant Bordeaux which can accompany casual to fancy meals. Pair this wine with hamburgers, seared lamb, or with more elaborated dishes, such as, roast beef or braised duck. A delicious wine to drink now or cellar it for a few years. Caroline Coursant
Château Peybonhomme-les-Tours is a fantastic organic- and biodynamic-certified estate located in Blaye on slopes of clay over limestone. The Quintessence is the top cuvée of the domaine and reflects the beautiful philosophy of wine making of the Hubert family. The 2014 wine is a blend of Merlot (80%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (20%), a portion of which is aged in new oak. With a gorgeous bouquet of ripe cassis, dark berries and cherries, vanilla, yellow tobacco, and violet notes, the wine is complex and inviting. On the palate, the wine shows a superb structure with supple tannins, great acidity, and firm minerality with a long finish. A delectable wine at a great price, this beautiful Bordeaux will accompany anything from casual to fancy meals. Bring it to your holiday festivities, it will make a wonderful gift to drink now or cellar it for 5-10 years. Caroline Coursant
The Peybonhomme-les-Tours "Energies" is a selection of the best grapes, vinified with wild yeasts and aged for 12 months in terra cotta amphorae, 60% Merlot, 30% Malbec, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine shows a dense red/black color with ripe blackberry and cassis aromas with stone and earth. The palate is supple, sapid and ripe with blackberry liqueur, red currant, bitter chocolate and stone. The finish is long with saline mineral flavors and firm acidity. The "Energies" is an elegant glass of Bordeaux that is lovely now with grilled meats, stews and full-flavored cheeses. Or cellar for ten years as this should age beautifully. Congratulations to the Huberts for this beautiful natural wine!
Didier Michaud works 1.7 hectares in the Medoc with 30 to 100 year-old vines on limestone with thin soils of clay with sand and stones. He has old vines of Merlot Queue Rouge and massale selection Cabernet Sauvignon, farmed organically with just a little compost and shallow plowing. Vinification with wild yeasts, no extraction and usually no added sulfur. This is one of the most "natural" and deliciously old-fashioned wines of Bordeaux. The 2015 Planquette is a bit softer and more forward than usual, probably due to rains just before harvest, which makes it more delicious as a young wine, although it will certainly cellar nicely as well. The 2015 shows ripe cassis and blackberry aromas with licorice, violet, roast meat and earth. The palate is dense and supple, framed in bright acidity, with black fruit liqueur, earth, citrus and mineral flavors. The mid-palate is elegant with a core of chalky black fruit and minerals that continues in the long finish. This is a beautiful Bordeaux of terroir, unfettered by additives, over-extraction or new oak, showing lovely flavors of fruit and earth and perfect balance. Delicious now, but perhaps best 2020 to 2030+ Highly recommended and a great value. David Lillie