Château La Croix Saint Pierre Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux 2009

Estate: Purchased by the Carreau family in 1832, cousins Sébastien and Nicolas Carreau are the 7th generation of the family to manage the 79 acres of vines at the estate. The name of the château originates from an ancient cross dedicated to Saint Peter, which can still be seen in the vineyards today.

Winemaking: The Carreau family is committed to environmentally responsible and sustainable methods. “Grateful for the quality of the soils given by their forefathers, Sébastien & Nicolas firmly fight for the protection of the environment, in order to pass it on to the next generations.” Grapes are from vineyards with clay and limestone soils.

Tasting Notes: Transparent garnet in colour, with dried cherry, fennel, leather, old paper and dusty floral aromas. Silky layers of cherry, smoky cedar, leather, tobacco and black pepper are supported by supple tannins and good acidity. Vanilla, red fruit and dark chocolate infuse the plush, dry finish. A splendid, refined sip and fantastic value.

70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec
Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux
France
Estate Bottled
13% Alcohol
$14
Enjoy now thru 2019

Chateau Malescasse Crus Bourgeois Haut-Medoc 2009

Estate: Located in Lamarque, in the Haut-Medoc region of Bordeaux, Château Malescasse was built in 1824. From its start, the estate has consistently appeared in wine broker’s records. As with many historical estates in the region, its fortunes have waxed and waned over the years. Its changed hands a few times, with many of the owners having the best intentions of restoring the buildings and vineyards. In 2012, the 40 hectare estate was purchased by Philippe Austruy, “a major player in the health sector”, but also known for his revitalization of the prestigious Commanderie de Peyrassol in Provence. Within only 3 years the buildings were renovated and restored, and soil surveys were done to optimize varietal plantings in the fine gravel terroir.

Philosophy: “To maintain the identity of each vintage and of the terroir, Château Malescasse works hand in hand with Nature, regarding its main role as one of fostering and developing.”

Winemaking: The estate practices sustainable viticulture. 72 hours of cold maceration prior to fermentation, then fermented for 3 weeks with regular racking. Malolactic fermentation was carried out in casks of which 35% were new wood, the wine then being aged for 12 months on fine lees.

Tasting Notes: Dark garnet in colour with aromas of blackberry, blueberry, black pepper and a hint of earth. There is a savoury edge to the rich, dark fruit, pepper spice and earth. Velvety tannins compliment pepper dusted fruit and dark chocolate on the plush finish. Well balanced and easy drinking, great on its own or with a wide variety of dishes.

44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot, 3% Cabernet-Franc, 6% Petit Verdot
Haut-Medoc
France
Estate bottled by Chateau Malescasse
13.5% Alcohol
$22 [average price]
Enjoy now thru 2018

Château Maison Blanche Médoc Cru Bourgeois 2009

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Estate: Built in 1832, Château Maison Blanche received the first official distinction of “Cru Bourgeois” in 1932. The estate was passed down from generation to generation through the female line until Patrick Bouey of the Maison Bouey family acquired it in 1998. Bouey embarked upon renovations to the estate and vineyards that included adopting sustainable methods “in the interest of quality and respect for the environment”.

[Jean Bouey founded Maison Bouey in 1821 with the purchase of the first vineyard, in the heart of Médoc. Producing 16 million bottles a year, today Maison Bouey is one of the last family and independent houses left in Bordeaux.]

Winemaking: Each vineyard plot is maintained individually and the wines from each one are fermented separately. Grapes were sourced from vineyards with clay and limestone soils. The oldest vines were planted in 1954, with an average vine age of 25 years. Aged for 12 months in French oak casks, with 1/3 new barrels.

Tasting Notes: Dark garnet in colour with aromas of blackberry, sweet oak and brambly, woodsy spice. Dark berries are dusted with crushed pink peppercorn. Silky tannins frame subtle vanilla and toast notes. Licorice, spice and soft oak comprise the dry, lengthy finish. Fantastically smooth and well balanced, great on its own or with a wide variety of dishes.

80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon
Médoc
France
Mis en Bouteille au Chateau
14% Alcohol
$15
Enjoy now thru 2019

Rated 91 points by Wine Spectator

Château Saint Julian Bordeaux Supérieur 2011

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A serene, straightforward Bordeaux for under $15 that is fantastic on its own or with everyday dishes.

Estate: Château Saint Julian is a 30 hectare estate purchased in 2004 by a former Parisian businessman who always dreamed of producing Bordeaux. He revived the estate and his first vintage, the 2005, has been called “tremendous”. As renowned importer Skurnik Wines states on their website: “The story behind the estate is not necessarily romantic, but it does convey a certain truth of the Bordeaux region.”

Winemaking: Grapes are sourced from vines with an average age of 30 years, grown in clay-limestone soil. Aged for 12 months in oak, 30% new oak.

Tasting Notes: Dark garnet in colour with aromas of berries, peppery spice and oak. Flavours mirror the aromas with dark berry preserves over a peppery oak core. Silky tannins compliment the dry finish. Straightforward, this is a solid value Bordeaux to pair with everyday dishes.

60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc
Bordeaux Supérieur
France
Mis en Bouteille au Château
13% Alcohol
$13 [average price]
Enjoy now thru 2017

Chateau Marac Bordeaux Supérieur 2009

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Estate: Chateau Marac is located on a plateau overlooking the Dordogne River, facing the slopes of St. Emilion and Castillon in Bordeaux, southwestern France. Alain Bonville founded the 54 acre estate in 1974. Rather then continue on with the “famous Champagne house” owned by his family, he was passionate about growing and producing his own wines in Bordeaux.

Winemaking: The estate has been certified organic since 2011. The predominate soil in the vineyards is a mix of clay and limestone.

Tasting Notes: Garnet with brick highlights in colour, with aromas of mixed berry jam, black pepper and earthy tree bark. Fantastically well balanced with fruity preserves underscored by tobacco and hints of licorice. Dry, silky tannins compliment the incredibly lengthy, spice infused finish. Lovely on its own or with a wide variety of dishes.

70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc
Bordeaux Supérieur
France
Mis en Bouteille au Chateau
13.5% Alcohol
$13
Enjoy now thru 2019