Not many people get to see these delicious Chateau wines. Each is highly sought after and famous for punching far above it’s price point. Almost all of them are only available in restaurants and those wines sit upon those wine lists for north of €50 per bottle. With a €45 saving on this case, you’ll be seeking out the wines and the restaurants that stock them in no time. The Value is key here and we have hand chosen 6 bottles that really over deliver on price and quality, so you won’t want to miss out. Delivery is free and collection is available from WineOnline.ie’s Dublin 9 warehouse either. Call (01) 867740 to organise.
First up is Château Tour Bel Air Saint Emilion - lauded by fine wine guru Robert Parker as "Bordeaux's finest value." Then you've two superb Cru Bourgeois from the lordly Haut-Médoc; Gold medal-winning Château Roc de Levraut and sumptuously mature Château Meaume. Both offer classic left bank notes of blackcurrant, cedar and cigar box, with the Meaume boasting extra fresh fruit and the Roc de Levraut a layer of perfectly aged spice. Make sure you taste them all!
1 x Passeport Margaux, Bordeaux 2012
This very wine was selected in the ‘TOP 100- Todays Bordeaux Hong Kong’. It also won a Silver Medal in the Japanese Wine Challenge.
Located some 25kms north of Bordeaux, Margaux is one of the southernmost village appellations in the Haut Medoc. The blend is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and just 5% Cabernet Franc. All the elegance of the exceptional terroir is here, with intense fruits and soft smooth tannins. On the nose, soft seductive red berry fruits with hints of spice gently appearing, when exposed to air currents in the glass. It is smooth, round and rich, with great structure. This Margaux is full of well integrated tannins that parallel the fragrant blackberry and black plum touches. It has an elegant structure, very much in line with the year, while the finish is juicy and fruit driven.
1 x Chateau Tour Prignac, Cru Bourgeois, Medoc 2010
Gold Medal Concours de Bordeaux Vins d’Aquitaine. 2010 was one of the greatest ever vintages in Bordeaux. Decanter magazine said of the vintage ‘A Truly great vintage, optimally ripe but with firm acidity and tannins. The best wines will need 8 years or more’ The great wines don’t just perform in the great years, and Chateau Tour Prignac has won medals in every vintage since 2010 with Gold at the Paris Show, Silver at the International Wine and Spirits Awards and Bronze at the Decanter World Wine Awards. The window for drinking this wine is between now and 2020, when it is between 8 and 10 years old. While it is really lovely now, it is ageing quite fast and perhaps will not have the staying power of other wines beyond 2020.
1 x Chateau Pey Martin, Cru Bourgeois, Medoc 2011
The Francisco family has been making wine in the Médoc since 1870, when they bought Château de la Croix, a Médoc Cru Bourgeois. In addition to this cru bourgeois, they also produce another Médoc, Château Pey-Martin. Château Pey Martin is in the Northern part of the Médoc. This is a Sleek Left Bank Claret. Elegant, perfumed cassis aromas with a rich, finely textured palate. Plush, with silky tannins and a smoky finish. Lovely brambly flavours of blackcurrant, blackberry and raspberry with notes of anise, tobacco leaf and oak. Decant for 2 hours before serving. Cellaring potential 10 years.The blend here is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc.
1 x Chateau Meaume Bordeaux Superieur 2014
Set in the beautiful countryside, 15kms from the famous wine districts of St Emilion and Pomerol. Chateau Meaume shows how tradition and modern technology can combine in the making of magnificent wine. Aland and Sue Johnson Hill, the proprietor’s work tirelesslyto improve the quality each year. The wine is made with 80% Merlot with an equal balance of Cabernet Sauvignon ad Cabernet Franc. It is a typically beautiful Bordeaux with warm inviting aromas of plummy ripe fruits. On the palate is an abundance of ripe red fruits and a hint of vanilla. Good length and a long finish.
1 x Chateau Tour Bel Air Montagne, St Emilion 2015
Gold Medal Concours de Bordeaux Vins d’Aquitaine & Gold medal Concours des Grandes Vins de France Macon.
A Truly an incredible vintage in Bordeaux, to be fair, more so for right bank wines like Chateau Tour Bel Air. Conditions delivered ripe, fleshy and decadent fruit and areas of the Medoc more than delivered. As a vintage, it’s consistently given over 96 points and WineOnline.ie have many 2015 vintage Bordeaux landing before the summer in response to increased demand in these wines
The Laporte family settled in Montagne St Emilion in 1760 and started producing wines with just a few hectares. Today 25 hectares are devoted to Chateau Tour Bel Air and Bruno Laporte has also acquired 2 other estates. This is very well balanced, displaying some nice tertiary notes of gameyness and mushrooms (typical of St Emilion). Oak tinted red fruits in the nose. The Palate is balanced with soft silky tannins. Finish and Intensity is delicious. Plummy fruit, with hints of darker berry are well balanced by supple tannin. As Robert Parker writes his book on Bordeaux wines: "Montagne is where you consistently find some of the deepest, richest wines" The blend is 70% Merlot with the balance split evenly between Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. The higher Merlot content aids the soft approachable character of this wine.
1 x Chateau Roc de Levraut, Bordeaux Superieur 2015
Bronze Medal at Concours de Grandes Vins de France.
.Château Roc de Levraut is owned by Remy Ballerin, a third generation winemaker. It is a cult wine with a following. The 2015 has just landed and true to the promise, it is exceptional. Critics like Jancis Robinson and Steven Spurrier have suggested snapping up this wine when you get the chance. Jancis remarking that it is softer and more supple than other Bordeaux. It will age comfortably over the next 7 – 8 years but it drinks lovely now. One made for drinking now and over the next few years a true sign of a classic wine.
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