The Harvest has started in France, and to celebrate it, we have put together a case of 6 bottles of quite literally a great mix between our best selling French wines, some starlets and our own staff favourites. Honestly these wines are all superb from renowned producers whose stories, we have tried to give you as briefly as possible below. Brief is not always possible with some of the awards and information we must impart on you, but take the time to read about these wines, and you will see that the whole case of these wines is something a little special.
1 x Chateau Teyssier Pezat Bordeaux Superieur - 2010
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
"Since purchasing the estate in 1994, Jonathan and Lyn Maltus have raised the quality of Château Teyssier to rival that of the Crus Classés" (Oz Clarke & Steven Spurrier's Fine Wine Guide, Websters)
"Everything is done as at the very best châteaux to make a deeply coloured, aromatic wine with ripe fruit, charm and structure and, above all, character. Teyssier is currently among the legion of Grand Crus and is easily of Grand Cru Classé quality" (Steven Spurrier, Decanter 1999)
"Château Teyssier is in hot pursuit of proving that these sandier flat lands can make head turning wines." (The World Atlas of Wine, Hugh Johnson & Jancis Robinson, 2001)
Bordeaux' Château Teyssier is a rising star in St-Emilion - one of two right bank "stellar cellars" according to Williamson & Moore's Wine Behind the Label (the other is the rather more expensive Ausone). The Vineyard Manger is Robert Fortin (ex-Petit-Village, Pomerol), the Consulting Oenologist is Gilles Pauquet (Cheval Blanc etc) and the winemaker is Jonathan Maltus assisted by Cyril Beziat.
The team has steadily improved Teyssier which now must surely rank as one of the greatest value Bordeaux available. Meanwhile, Jonathan has been purchasing more land around the appellation and now produces premium wines including Le Dôme and Laforge. In 2004 he made, for the first time, a wine from the recently acquired Château Grand Destieu which promises great things.
In addition to the Teyssier labels, the Maltus empire includes a very good range of Bordeaux Supérieurs under the Pezat label. These are some of the better inexpensive wines from Bordeaux which have been the subject of some excellent reviews, well-deserved.
1 x Chateau Mignan Pech Quisou Minervois 2011
Syrah & Grenache
*** Gold Medal International Wine Awards ***
They have received great reviews from Jancis Robinson, a Gold Medal at the IWC and a glowing report from the Wine Advocate.
1 x Arc du Rhone Cotes du Rhone 2015
Arc du Rhone - Syrah
Deep ruby red wine with shallow garnet rim. Pronounced bouquet of stewed jammy fruits with leather and mineral tones. Warm and rich on the palate with firm tannin structure but not aggressive. Lots of fruit with stewed blackberries, plums and a hint of pepper. A big wine with a soft approachable style and a warm mellow finish. Perfect food companion.
1 x Chateau Roc de Levraut Bordeaux Superieur 2015
Chateau Roc de Levraut - Remy Ballerin
Merlot 70%, Cabernet Sauvignon 30%
*** Gold Medal Concours des Grandes Vins de France *** Château Roc de Levraut is situated in Sauveterre de Guyenne, has been run by the same family for 3 generations. Today it is managed by Rémi Ballardin who made a strategic choice: to respect the vineyards as well as the wines by preferring low-yielding clusters of grapes, in order that quality reaches its peak potential. Remy decided to cultivate the lands with methods that protect the environment as well and many of the practices are Biodynamic at the estate today. The estate is located in the Entre-Deux-Mers, an area between the Garonne and Dordogne rivers, in the south of Bordeaux. Château Roc de Levraut receives its name from the enormous boulders that are scattered through the area of rolling hills composed of clay and limestone soils.
The Wine is from the 2015 vintage and it is concentrated and spicy, full of generous tannins and delicious black plum fruits. There is an opulent texture and the wine is drinking well now, but will age comfortably for the next 5 to 7 years. Expect a real fruit driven style, with toasty flavours and generous spice. There is a refreshing acidity which cuts the wine – Enjoy this one with or without food.
The blend is as follows: 50% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon. This vintage is 2015 and it is a Classic structured style that shows red and black fruit, a touch of cassis, that mixture of dark berry and sage-like herbal musk so prevalent in Bordeaux reds, and a lovely plump blueberry from the Cabernet Franc. The tannins are noticeable, but don’t dominate the wine, suggesting instead that there will likely be five to seven years of aging capacity here.
1 x Chateau l'Euziere 'Almandin' AC Pic Saint Loup 2015
Chateau l'Euziere - Syrah / Grenache
Chateau L’Euzière is located in Fontanès, 25 kilometres north of Montpellier in the heart of the Pic Saint Loup, Languedoc’s flagship wine region.
The Pic Saint Loup mountain stands like a beacon amidst the Languedoc countryside, abounding in legends and epitomising the greatness of history. It is a multi-faceted peak imbued with contrast, light and resonance. And it is the homeland and custodian of their vineyardse” of Minervois, which skirts the southern foot of the Montagne Noir range.
Dark-hued with crimson highlights, its aromas have a strong scent of garrigue and black fruit. Beautiful tannins provide impeccable support for overall roundness, making it suitable for a wide range of pairings including hanger steak with shallots, Columbo curry and sautéed small game with bacon and olives...
1 x Neffiez Hadrien - Syrah Grenache
Languedoc - Syrah/Grenache
Neffies range is exclusively made up of AOP Languedoc Wines. Each Cuvee is a homage to the village, its history and the people who wrote it. Each wine represents the past of the village which is rich and outstanding.
Ageing Potential:1-3 years
Background notes of black olive, Earl Grey tea and freshly cracked pepper add complexity to layers of succulent blackberry, mulberry and baked plum. Medium-to-full-bodied, it is generous in the mouth with moderate, well-integrated tannins and a long, satisfying finish.
Total RRP: €119.00
Mixed Case Price: €92.00
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