La Différence: Women Winemakers
In this 3 bottle edition, we wanted to celebrate the World of Women in Wine and invite everyone to join in the beauty they have created for us. All three have been chosen for their aromas of herbs and fresh fruit along with their elegant and long finish.
La Dame de Boüard
We suppose if we lived in a French castle and looked out to vineyards and workers everyday, wine making would also be in our blood. Coralie de Boüard, owner and vintner of La Dame de Boüard, grew up in such an environment and spent 10 years working alongside her father, the famous Hubert de Boüard de Laforest to learn the trade. But Château Angélus belonged to her father and she always dreamt of carrying on the family name with her own property. So in 2016, Coralie de Boüard together with her husband bought the Tour Musset in Castel, a Montagne Saint-Emilion, renaming it Château Clos de Boüard to reflect her pedigree.
With 35 year old vines, prized clay and limestone soil and good exposure, La Dame de Boüard has been selling out consistently since its first vintage. Roughly 65% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine is fragrant with spices and deep purple fruits like cherry, raspberry and plum. It has a plush and elegant feel on the palate and a long, polished, aftertaste. You can drink it now or keep it until 2023 when it will be even better.
In 2005, Baron Marcel Bich's youngest daughter, Pauline, and her husband, Philippe Chandon-Moët (of the legendary Champagne house), took over the management of Château de Ferrand, Grand Cru Classé de Saint-Emilion. Seeing the devastating effects of climate change, Marie-Pauline Bich Chandon-Moët made sure that her winery would focus on sustainable agriculture, respecting nature, man and wine. Philippe added some of his own touches to the estate, introducing Burgundian techniques into traditional Bordeaux wine making. As a result, all their produce are stunningly elegant.
Le Différent de Château de Ferrand is a blend of 90% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon. Deep and rich with cherries, pepper, Le Different also has perfumes of violets and silky tannins. The vintage you are acquiring won the Gold Medal by Concours de Bordeaux Vins D'aquitane in 2013 (a selection done only by professionals) and is very good with Asian dishes.
La Capitelle de Baronarques
Baroness Philippine de Rothschild and her two sons acquired Domaine de Baronarques in 1998, later to be joined by her oldest child, daughter Camille who now helps manage the estates of her parents who have now both passed on. The amazing property is very different from the Rothschild's other vineyards and was originally known as Domaine de Lambert. Back in 1650, it belonged to a Church, the Abbey of Saint-Polycarpe, a village near Limoux in the Aude department of Southern France. It changed many hands over 300 years, even once having become an animal farm filled with oxen, horses, mare and 150 sheep. By 1900, however, it regained its purpose as a vineyard by the Tisseyre family but fell into disrepair by the late 1980's. When Baroness Philippine de Rothschild bought the property, she carefully took five years to rehabilitate the vineyard and renovate its facilities, such that they were given AOC Limoux rouge appellation on their very first vintage in 2003, earning Domaine de Baronarques its rightful place alongside the Rothschild family’s other renowned estates, including the illustrious Château Mouton Rothschild.
The bottle you will be holding in your hands must be allowed to breathe for a good hour because it is a complex full-bodied red. Look for purple highlights in the garnet red wine. With its herby garrigue, spicy pepper, juniper and eucalyptus notes this will go excellently with Indian and Thai curries. Well integrated tannins will give you a long finish: 58% Merlot, 22% Malbec, 20% Syrah.
In your case:
1. Le Different de Chateau de Ferrand 2011
2. La Dame de Bouard 2016
3. La Capitelle de Baronarques 2013