20 Apr Bordeaux Tasting
Saturday, April 22
12 to 4pm
In our Event Space
Join our own Jason Main, freshly back from a wine-tasting journey in Bordeaux, to sample a series of goodies. This collection includes probably the best white we’ve discovered so far this year, plus two unique rosés (Bordeaux is known for aging rosés longer before release), and of course a series of delicious Right Bank reds.
2013 Clos Marsalette Blanc, Pessac-Leognan
On Sale $29.99
Ripe yellow fruits with a buttery character coming from the new oak. Full body with clean texture showing honeysuckle, acacia flower and passion fruit notes on the palate. The finish is long and stony. Drink now.
92 Points, James Suckling
Also 91 Points, The Wine Spectator and 90-92 Points, Vinous Media
2015 Chateau Thieuley Rosé, Bordeaux AOC
On Sale $10.99
Perfumed and ripe, this is an immediately refreshing wine. With lively acidity and a delicately tannic texture, it is balanced and fruity. It ends with crisp acidity.
The Wine Enthusiast
2014 Rosé de Haut Bailly, Bordeaux AOC
On Sale $19.99
Created in 2004, the 2014 vintage marks the 10th anniversary of Rose de Haut-Bailly. A blend of half Cabernet Sauvignon and half Merlot, Rose is a “rosé de saignée,” made by bleeding a few hectoliters of grape juice during the first hours of maceration. The fermentation then takes place in barrels and in vats. The thermo-regulated containers are kept at a low temperature to bring out the wine’s fruit aromas. A crisp rosé with fruity and floral notes.
2007 Chateau Petit Faurie de Soutard, Saint Emilion Grand Cru
On Sale $34.99
Garnet red in color with brick red highlights at the edge. This is a rock solid, mature Bordeaux. The youthful aromatics are begging to give way to mature notes of espresso, dark chocolate and rose petal. 2007 was by no means a legendary vintage for Bordeaux but this is a real sleeper. This is exceptional right now and can even age for a few more years if you’d like.
2011 Les Hauts de Canon La Gaffeliere, Saint Emilion
On Sale $26.99
This second wine of Canon La Gaffeliere comes at a fraction of the price and offers incredible quality. Deep, rich, and lush on the palate with notes of red and purple berries and hints of herbs. This wine is drinking well now and has the longevity to withstand further aging.
2011 L’Envol de Sansonnet, Saint Emilion
On Sale $22.99
Deep, opaque ruby color. The nose is awesome…..almost pungent with notes of spices, roasted coffee beans with dark berry and plum. Braod, rich tannin on the palate, this full-bodied Saint-Emilion opens up impressively, with classic right bank black fruit, black pepper and spice flavors. I was particularly impressed with the balance of tannin and lingering fruit. Decant if drinking now, or lay down for a few years.
2012 Chateau Soleil “Le Rival” Grand Vin de Bordeaux, Lussac-St. Emilion
On Sale $34.99
The 2012 Rival is super-expressive and attractive today. Scents of rose petal, mint and sweet red cherries are alluring, while beams of supporting acidity and minerality give the wine much of its energy. Stephan von Neipperg proves he also has the magic touch here, in Lussac Saint-Emilion, where he is making absolutely delicious wines.
91 Points, Antonio Galloni
Also 90-92 Points, The Wine Advocate
2014 Comte d’Aiguilhe, Castillon, Cotes de Bordeaux
On Sale $19.99
This is a second wine of Chateau d’Aiguilhe. We LOVE second wines because they offer the same quality and winemaking techniques at lesser prices. These are a great place to look for value.