23 Jan Bordeaux & Cognac Tasting
Saturday, January 25
12 to 4pm
In our Event Space
We are gearing up for a top of the line Bordeaux tasting this Saturday. We be tasting through both the right and left banks and many famous addresses!
2018 Chateau d’Archambeau Blanc, Graves AOP
On Sale $16.99
This traditional blend from Bordeaux’s white wine sweet spot is crisp, fruity, and easygoing… all qualities that make it a fine choice for drinking now! Orchard fruit and floral notes are nicely upfront in this clean, textured blend of equal parts Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon.
2017 Chateau Lagrange Blanc “Les Fleurs du Lac,” Bordeaux Blanc AOP
On Sale $19.99
A blend of 60% Sauvignon Blanc, 20% Sémillon, and 20% Sauvignon Gris from the well-known producer in Saint-Julien Château Lagrange from a small (by Bordeaux standards) 6 hectares vineyard. Aging is done all in wood with around 20% being new. Ripe and fresh with notes of peach and citrus backed up by floral aromas. Very impressive wine with sneaky concentration and oak spices and minerals.
2015 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc “Le Petit Chevalier,” Pessac-Leognan AOP (2nd wine of Domaine de Chevalier)
On Sale $29.99
The second wine of Domaine de Chevalier delivers lemon curd, sliced apples and dried pineapple on the nose. Full-bodied, layered and fruity with an intense and focused finish. Shows precision and focus. Drink now.
94 points, James Suckling
2016 Château Teyssier “La Reserve Claret,” Bordeaux AOP
On Sale $12.99
This humble gem is from 100 point winemaker Jonathan Maltus. A classic “right bank” blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc and very little new wood. It has great structure and fine tannins and enough acidity to balance the ripe fruit. Youthful, forward, and juicy, with dark cherries, blackberry jam, and a touch of spice.
2015 Château La Gaffelière “Chapelle d’Aliénor,” Bordeaux Supérieur AOP (3rd wine of La Gaffelière)
On Sale $12.99
Under the same ownership as Château la Gaffelière in Saint-Emilion, this estate has produced a sumptuously ripe wine. Its tannins are softened enough to integrate with the generous black fruits. Acidity keeps the wine in balance. Drink from 2020.
90 points, The Wine Enthusiast
2015 Chateau Durfort-Vivens Le Relais du Durfort-Vivens, Margaux AOP (2nd wine of Durfort-Vivens)
On Sale $39.99 (lowest price online!)
This wine from the biodynamic Durfort-Vivens estate is structured. It has all the ripe, juicy fruit of the vintage along with firm tannins and a potential for aging. Layered and well balanced, the wine will be ready to drink from 2022.
91 points, The Wine Enthusiast
2014 Pauillac de Chateau Latour (3rd wine of Chateau Latour)
On Sale $79.99
This is a third wine of Chateau Latour! The vineyards are literally next door to Lynch-Bages and Pichon Longueville. It has beautiful balance, a medium to full body, and a fresh, fruity finish. Notes of ripe berries and leather come through on the palate. It’s much friendlier for early consumption than the flagship wine, which we love! This is so elegant, you will absolutely know that you’re drinking a wine from Latour. The wine is a traditional blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with the added touch of 7% Petit Verdot for something extra.
2015 Chateau Coutet, Barsac AOP
On Sale $49.99
A heavenly dessert wine, the 2015 Château Coutet boasts a huge nose of caramelized citrus, crème brûlée, tangerine, and honeysuckle. With huge richness and sweetness, moderate acidity, a thick, fat mouthfeel and a blockbuster finish, it’s borderline over the top yet holds it together. It will be interesting to see how this evolves, but it’s undeniably gorgeous today.
96 points, Jeb Dunnuck
We found a new Cognac while at Château Gruaud Larose last year. It really was a bit of good luck! They had been presenting these to a group of European buyers when we arrived, and on a whim we asked if it was possible for us to sample them. What we discovered was a passion project for the owners of the winery. Léopold Gourmel differs from most Cognac houses in that it eschews the standard VS/VSOP/XO classifications in favor of more style-led terms that give an indication of the flavor. These hail from the Fins Bois sub-region in Cognac. Here you’ll find the oldest subsoils and the hilliest land, which provides a perfect eastern exposure and therefore better ripeness. This makes the base wines stronger, richer, more aromatic, and loaded with mineral. FYI, they use the term “carats” to denote age, and get around restrictive labeling laws.
Léopold Gourmel “Premieres Saveurs 6 Carats,” Cognac AOP
Silky and smooth right out of the gate. Produced from particularly rich and aromatic wines which passed into the spirit. A delicate and elegant style of Cognac. Fresh and supple with white fruits (pear, white peach) and no aggressive or harsh textures that young Cognac can suffer from.
Léopold Gourmel “Age des Fleurs 15 Carats,” Cognac AOP
A rich, complex, and, as the name suggests, floral style of Cognac that is warmer, richly balanced with a strong floral/vanilla taste from the wood, white flowers (rose, jasmine, lilies).
Léopold Gourmel “Age Des Epices 20 Carats,” Cognac AOP
A rich and powerful after-dinner Cognac that is excellent accompanied by dark chocolate. After 20 years in un-toasted French oak, it’s well spiced (think ginger and black pepper), with herbaceous notes of coriander and clove creeping in. Sweet caramel stops the spice from going overboard. Finishes with old leather, barrel spices, and rich honey notes.