With a history dating back almost 200 years, the vineyards of Château Beaumont cover 113 hectares in the Haut-Médoc between the communes of Margaux to the south and St.Julien to the north. The estate is about 1¾ miles west of the Gironde Estuary which provides a moderating influence on the climate, tempering excessively high or low temperatures.
The blend is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot & 3% Petit Verdot. The vines have an average age of 20 years and are planted on sandy/gravel soils. Harvesting is mechanical and took place at the very beginning of October. The wine was aged for 12-14 months in oak, 30% of which was new.
Deep purple red in appearance, the nose has aromas of cassis and tobacco notes with hints of spice. Medium bodied, the palate is dry with gentle tannins supporting lively, red and black fruit flavours. The finish is long and elegant. Very reliable and textbook claret.
Based in Chavanay, Lionel Faury makes lovely wines and has definitely moved his 17 hectare family domaine to the top of the first division of Northern Rhône growers.
The steeply terraced vineyards are on granite soils and have a south/south east aspect. The grapes (100% Syrah from some of Lionel’s younger vines – 10-35 years old) are hand picked and taken to the winery where they undergo a 15-20 day maceration period in steel followed by fermentation, again in temperature controlled stainless steel, with regular pumping over 2-3 times daily. The wine is then aged for 12 months in wood, a mixture of 2,400 -,3,500 litre foudres, 570 litre demi-muids and 220 litre barriques, 155 of which are new. After pressing the wine is bottled without filtration.
The wine is deep, ruby red in appearance with a rich nose full of black fruit (blackcurrant and blackberry) and cherry aromas. The palate is ripe with good fruit flavours and warming spice supported by a firm, yet not obtrusive, tannin structure.
A very reliable Cru Bourgeois property, Château Caronne Ste. Gemme is located in the Haut-Médoc adjacent to St.Julien. Owned by Jean and Francois Nony, the property consists of 45 hectares of vineyards and produces over 20,000 cases a year.
The vineyard soil is gravel over iron rich sandstone which results in elegant, Cabernet driven wines.
Caronne-Ste.Gemme is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. The wine is fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel before being transferred for maturation in oak barriques (20% of which are new, the rest being 2nd or 3rd fill) for 12 months.
A rich nose of red fruit, cedar and spices leads on to a powerful palate that is full of red fruit flavours, herbs and oak balanced by firm tannins and subtle oak. A lovely wine from a super vintage.
The second wine of Château Climens, Cyprèe de Climens is 100% Semillon.
The history of the estate dates back to the 16th century but today it is in the ownership of the Lurton family with Bérénice Lurton currently at the helm.
The vineyards of Climens cover more than 30 hectares in one continuous vineyard surrounding the château and have an average age of 35 years.
Fermentation is in cask followed by a further 12 month period of maturation in barrel.
The wine has a lovely yellow/ amber colour with an aromatic nose, with vanilla hints, and notes of candied yellow fruits, apricot and honey. The palate is soft and rounded with excellent texture, richness and great length. A lovely Barsac.
Domaine Piétri-Géraud was created at the end of the 19th century. Today it is still owned by the family and run by two women, Maguy Piétri-Géraud and her daughter Laetitia who are the fourth and fifth generations of the family winemakers.
They cultivate 20 hectares, including 16.5 hectares on the steep slopes of the communes of Collioure and Banyuls at the eastern end of the Pyrenees.
All vineyard activities are carried out by hand and yields are low, the average being 22hl/ha. The winery is in the heart of the village of Collioure amongst terraced houses and shops.
The Collioure Blanc is a blend of 80% Grenache Gris, 15% Vermentino and 5% Marsanne. The grapes are pressed direct to temperature controlled vats for fermentation followed by 12 months ageing in new oak barrels.
Pale gold in appearance, the nose is complex with grapefruit, mango and peach notes. The palate is dry and intense with a lovely mineral backbone supporting layered fruit flavours. The finish is very long. A great seafood wine.
Thierry Hamelin’s family domaine is 36ha in the villages of Poinchy, Lignorelles and Beines. He now works with his son, Charles, who has studied oenology and worked in New Zealand and other regions.
The Premier Cru Cru Beauroy is from a 3.9ha site on steep, south facing slopes at an inclination of 30-40° on Kimmeridgian soil. The vines were planted between 1980 and 1982. This type of soil, regarded as the best in the Chablis region, contains mineral-rich clay and has a high content of marine fossils which gives the soil its high lime content. This in turn gives the wines great intensity and character.
No wood is used with the wine being fermented and aged for 12-18 months in stainless steel.
Vivid pale yellow in appearance with a hint of green, the nose is very expressive with the aromas of white flowers and fresh minerality. The palate is dry, powerful and rich with the ripe fruit supported by fine acidity and excellent minerality. A Premier Cru of great elegance and finesse.
The Hamelin’s lost over 40% of the crop in 2016 because of hail and 55% in 2017 following 5 consecutive days of frost!. So a whole vintage has been lost in 2 years.
Situated in Cadaujac, Château Lamothe-Bouscaut is an old wine estate dating back to the 17th century and beyond. The 12 hectare estate was bought by neighbouring Château Bouscaut in 1999 and is now part of the Lurton empire.
The white wine is from 35 year old Sauvignon Blanc (70%) and Semillon (30%) vines grown on limestone, clay and gravel soils.
Fermentation is in temperature-controlled stainless steel followed by 6-10 months in old oak.
Pale gold in appearance, the nose has aromas of exotic fruits and hints of vanilla. On the palate, the wine is dry, fresh and rounded with great depth and balancing acidity. The finish is very long.
Raspail Ay is one of the most celebrated, traditional Gigondas estates. Owner Dominique Ay has now been joined by his son, Christophe and daughter, Anne-Sophie. The 18 hectares of vineyards are perfectly positioned all around the house and are a mix of 80% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 5% Mourvèdre with an average vine age of 40 years.
The grapes are hand picked and then 100% destemmed, vinified in cement tanks and aged in a mix of large foudres and old barriques.. The wines are never fined and rarely filtered. These are wines packed with fruit, and age admirably.
A deep ruby red appearance the nose of the wine has black fruit aromas together with hints of cherry and raspberry as well as pepper and warming spice. The palate has a lovely structure with gentle tannins supporting a melange of fruits, leather and spice. The finish is long and persistent.
A 21 hectare property at St-Sulpice-de-Faleyrens on the hillside to the south west of the town of St.Émilion. In recent years new owners (the Escure family) and significant investment has allowed the property to improve and it is now producing very sound wines at sensible prices.
Predominantly Merlot (80%) with 10% each of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine is dark purple/red in the glass with a nose full of ripe plum and prune notes with hints of cedar wood and spice. The palate is round and fleshy with flavours of bramble and plum supported by gentle tannins.
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