Château Grand Puy Lacoste 2007, Pauillac, Bordeaux – France
About– The Borie family has owned the property since 1978. François-Xavier Borie has restored it to greatness and preserved its spirit. Grand-Puy-Lacoste does not belong to a large corporation; it remains family-owned. Jean- Eugène Borie, who loved the Médoc and its vines, bought the property in 1978. He entrusted it to his eldest son, François-Xavier, who gradually renovated the château and its winemaking facilities. Today, his eldest daughter, Emeline, works at his side.
Blend/Grape Varietal– 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot
Tasting Notes– The 2007 Grand-Puy-Lacoste has a bright ruby red colour. On the nose, this wine presents a wonderful aromatic complexity with a touch of black berries and cherry aromas trimmed with spices, vanilla and liquorice. On the palate, this velvety, well concentrated wine shows a nice fruit extract. It is a very charming wine with silky tannins and beautiful harmony.
Les Charmes de Grand Corbin 2011 Saint Èmilion, Bordeaux – France (2nd wine of Château Corbin)
About– The Corbin name is associated with six estates as a result of the division of the ancient, feudal vineyard in north-western Saint-Emilion, bordering Pomerol. Two of these, Château Haut Corbin and Château Grand Corbin, reunited on New Year’s Eve in 2010, making the 2011 vintage the debut of the new estate.
Blend/Grape Varietal– 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5 % Cabernet Sauvignon
Tasting Notes– The wine displays a deep and pronounced colour, showing raspberry and blueberry aromas. The attack is soft and flavourful, the tannins smooth, and the overall impression is of a clean and fruity wine with supple elegance.
Château de Parenchère Bordeaux Supérieur 2011, Bordeaux, France: This traditional blend is generally very fleshy with a very deeply coloured robe. Characterized by a good balance between fruit and tannin, it displays distinct red fruit aromas with a long, sustained finish.
Grape: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon
Aroma: Subtle aromas of ripened blackberries with a touch of warm green pepper.
Body & Taste: This wine is dominated by fruit, of a great complexity. A nice ruby colour. Well balanced. Very subtle with structured tannins.
Suggested Food Pairing: Goes well with red meats, roasts and aged cheese.
Aroma: Floral notes followed by subtle notes of oak and fresh fruit.
Body & Taste: Good structure on the palate. This wine is tangy, well-balanced and shows the lovely fullness one expects from a Premier Cru. A combination of linden blossom and almond give way to a long, rounded finish.
Suggested Food Pairing: Try it with dill-marinated salmon served with a warm leek and balsamic vinegar flan for the contrast of flavors. Grilled chicken, with crispy skin and moist meat is a good counterpoint to the oaky finish of this defined wine.
Chateau Latour Martillac 2007, Pessac Leognan-Bordeaux, France
Ripe and full, with the charcoal black fruit of very ripe plums, and dark chocolate. A hedonistic wine, with a good backbone. Complex, interesting and reflective of its terroir.
Christian Moreau Chablis 2013, Burgundy, France
The 2013 Chablis has an engaging mineral-laced nose. The palate is vibrant with crisp citrus fruit, very fine acidity and a sense of symmetry on the finish that should see it age with style.