Only the Best (Red, Buy all 3 to get 10% Off, $265.50)
1. L'Hêtre (Beech Tree), Bordeaux Côtes-de-Castillon 2017
Vineyards are now so commercial and high tech that when we see a small plot (10 hectares vs 50) surrounded by woods and pastures, we cannot help but take notice, especially when it produces some of the most exceptional wine of the region. A varied and rich biotope situated at a height of 100 m on the Saint Philippe d’Aiguilhe plateau, the highest point of the Bordeaux region, famous owner and winemaker of Le Pin (Pine Tree) and L'If (Yew Tree), Jacques Thienpont, saw how Belgian winemakers Stéphane and Béatrice Goubau had converted their vineyards into organic farming and made it part of the Thienpont family of estates.
So what you have is an amazing L'Hêtre 2017; a blend of 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc aged for 15 months in oak barrels. It has a dark purple glow; fresh and sweet on the nose with just a touch of smoky char and a good expression of autumn fruits; on the attack the wine is firm and rich with good, ripe tannins and a round, silky structure; on the palate the wine is fresh and spicy giving a cool fluidity to its depth and length.
"I opened this on a Sunday evening and it was still tasting fresh and vibrant four days later. This is a very classy wine, and the tannins tell you everything: fine, definite, building in the mouth but in perfect balance with the fruit and freshness. Blue-blooded Castillon. Catch it while you can." - Julia Harding, Master of Wine
2. Lauchum (King) 2015
When Bordeaux & Tuscany Get Married, they produce a KING
Tuscany's Alessi family & Bordeaux's Maison Louis Vialard come together in the Tuscany estate of Cennatoio to produce a wonderful bottle called "King": Lauchum. It is a blend of 56% Sangiovese, 25% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Ancelotta. Aged for 24 months in new French oak barrels, this bottle is as dense, deep and dark as you would expect. Intense red fruits, strawberries and notes of blackberries and plums become more and more complex with liquorice sticks, black olives and smokiness rising as you swirl your wine glass and let the oxygen do its thing.
On the mouth is an explosion of delicious flavours with the very fine wood giving it a touch of cocoa and vanilla. Good acidity on the finish with smooth melting tannins gives you a very long, complex finish that is stupefying and reduces any words you may have to say about the bottle to single letters, "mmmmmmmm".
SLEEPER OF THE VINTAGE (delicious, but not organic)
Château Branas Grand Poujeaux, Moulis 2011
We feel this bottle, it was once overlooked. People thought it was "just ok" when they first had it, but when they tried it again in 2014, they were surprised at how good this wine actually is when given time. Six years later, this sleeper has fully awakened. And yes, you're welcome that we've stored it for you in optimum conditions while we watched it slowly wake up.
What is this worthy sleeper? It is wine from the vineyards of Branas Grand Poujeaux where its land is planted with 50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot. On their best terroir is the Grand Poujeaux plateau where the vines are about 25 years of age, give or take.
Grapes are harvested by hand and fermented whole to retard oxygenation and retain as much freshness as possible. Aged for 18 months in French oak barrels, the wine takes on a dark ruby colour with perfumes of violets and aromas of sweet creme de cassis, cherry, plum and dark earth notes. Its tannins are now ripe and soft with full black currant flavours and complexity that was overlooked when it first came out in 2011 but has now awakened to its full potential. Cheers!
In your case, one, two or all of the following:
1. L'Hetre, Bordeaux Cotes-de-Castillon 2017 (Red, Organic)
2. Lauchum (King) 2015 (Red, Organic)
3. Château Branas Grand Poujeaux, Moulis 2011 (Red)
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