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Bordeaux (St. Julien)

Chteau Terrey-Gros-Caillou, CRU BOURGEOIS, ST. JULIEN

Over the past decade, Henri Pradère has moved this 15 hectare property in to the first division of St. Julien Cru Bourgeois. Situated in the village of Beychevelle, the wines of this château always have a concentrated dark purple colour and the bouquet tends to exhibit tobacco and plums. These are very textured clarets with great amplitude of fruit, showing off the St. Julien terroir at its very best. The 2000 vintage is this property's finest wine to date with an extra dimension of complexity and a particularly velvety texture and great length.

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Chteau St Pierre, 4EME CRU CLASS ST JULIEN

Château St Pierre was one of only four St.Julien châteaux to be listed in the 1855 classification of Bordeaux as a 4th Growth (alongside the illustrious Beychevelle, Branaire Ducru and Talbot). Many feel that St Pierre should be elevated to third if not second growth status.

In 1982 the estate was bought by Henri Martin from the Castelain family who had originated from Belgium (and therefore sold much of the produce there). Monsieur Martin also owned Château Gloria and there was a definite increase in quality after he took over the running of the place. On his death, his son, Jean-Louis Triaud became the boss and has carried on improving the estate both in the vineyard and in the winery.

The vineyard lies just outside the town of Beychevelle and is on the limit of the St Julien appellation and contains some very old vines which helps to explain the deep colour and great structure that the wines attain. The fermentation lasts between two and four weeks after which the wine goes into oak, half of which is new each year.
Château St. Pierre is a 'Grand Vin' making about 5000 cases of wine a year. There is no second wine and what is rejected is sold to local merchants in bulk.

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Chteau Lagrange, 3EME CRU CLASS ST. JULIEN

Things started to happen at Château Lagrange when the Japanese company Suntory, bought the property in 1983. An army of people were employed; in the desolated vineyards, improving drainage and replanting; at the château building a new cellar and winery (and totally renovating the château itself). The wines, also, were transformed and once more earnt their third growth status.

The Franco-Japenese management introduced stringent selection and as a rule, at least half of the wine made in each vintage is sold as the second wine, Les Fiefs de Lagrange. Winemaker Kenji Suzata's modern style emphasizes fruit and impressive depth of flavour. Red grapes are hand-picked. They are fermented with indigenous yeasts exclusively for 15-25 days at 82 degrees F. (28 degrees C.), in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. They are transferred to oak barrels (one-half new at each vintage) for about 20 months aging, and fined and filtered before bottling.

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Chteau Loville-las-Cases, 2EME CRU CLASS ST JULIEN

Stretching from Château Beychevelle down to Château Latour, Château Léoville-Las Cases main estate is a picturesque, enclosed 100 acre vineyard depicted on the label. Château Léoville Las Cases is one of the largest and oldest classified growths in the Médoc. Originally the other two Léovilles, Léoville Poyferré and Léoville Barton were part of the large estate. Today Léoville Las Cases comprises over 209 acres and has been run since 1950 by the Delon Family. The current director is the well known Michel Delon. Clos Du Marquis is the second label and offer tremndous value for money. Dark purple, structured and full-bodied with a soft but present tannin and wonderful length in the mouth. 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot.

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Chteau Moulin Riche, ST JULIEN

Château Moulin Riche is the second wine of that stunning performer, Château Léoville Poyferré.

Léoville Poyferré is one of the five second growths of St Julien in the 1855 classification. It is one of three properties that were created from the dissolution of the great Léoville estate following the French Revolution. Initially there were four heirs to the giant estate, including the Marquis de Las Cases. The portion sold by the Marquis to Hugh Barton was to become Chateau Léoville Barton. The remainder eventually came into the hands of the Marquis’ two children. That taken by the son, Jean-Pierre, was destined to become Léoville Las-Cases, whilst the portion owned by his daughter, Jeanne, was passed onto her daughter, who married Baron Jean-Marie de Poyferre. This is the part that is today known as Léoville Poyferré.

Despite its illustrious history, the wines of Chateau Léoville Poyferré were, for a long time, a sequence of sorry disappointments. During the 1960s and 1970s the wines were charmless and ungiving, to the dismay of those who were aware of Léoville Poyferré's terroir and potential for producing one of the greatest red wines of the Médoc, akin to Léoville Las-Cases and Léoville Barton. In 1979 Didier Cuvelier took the helm, and things started to turn around. There were a number of favourable vintages during the 1980s, particularly 1982, 1983 and 1985, and Léoville Poyferré turned out some lovely wines. During the 1990s, quality has truly been in the ascendant, and it seems clear that Poyferré has begun to produce the standard of wines of which it is capable. The changes implemented by Didier Cuvelier should surprise no one. Cleaning up the winemaking process was facilitated by extensive modernisation of the cellars. Advice was taken from local oenologist Michel Rolland. The quantity of new oak in use was increased, and a second wine, Château Moulin Riche, was introduced.

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Bordeaux (St. Julien) continued


Chteau Langoa Barton, 3EME CRU CLASS ST JULIEN

The history of Langoa and Leoville Barton is the history of a family who have managed to preserve their inheritance for more than two centuries. From one generation to another the wines produced by the two properties have maintained the quality of their classification, offering wines at the very top of their appellation.
The soil of St Julien is ideal for vines, due to its geographic situation and its climate; every element is present to produce wines of exceptional quality and elegance. Châteaux Langoa and Léoville Barton have the great privilege of being in the very heart of this appellation. During the harvest the grapes are brought to the cellars where they are vinified in wooden vats of about 200 hectolitres. These rows of wooden vats are a pleasure to see and illustrate the traditional approach to wine-making that prevails at Langoa and Léoville Barton. Some years ago the fashion was to replace these wooden vats with stainless steel. This choice was justified as it enabled a better control of temperatures than in wood.

The Bartons considered firstly that the investment was too important in view of the excellent quality produced in the past in wooden vats, and secondly because it was probable that in the near future a system would be developed for temperature control in the existing vats. This did indeed happen and today a system of thermo-regulation makes it possible to ferment the juice at any chosen temperature. So there is no regret for keeping the wooden vats which are undoubtedly more attractive to the eye.The Bartons respect tradition but do not ignore progress. A modern de-stemmer and the latest wine press have been introduced for the vinification. Generally fermentation lasts about five days during which the juice is pumped over twice daily. The wine is left with the skins for two weeks approximately but this depends on the quality of the crop. The wine is then drawn off and the skins are pressed, thereby obtaining the " vin de presse " which is an important component in the final blend. The malo-lactic fermentation takes place in the vats, after which the wine is aged in oak barrels for 20 months before bottling.

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Clos du Marquis, ST JULIEN

Second wine of Château Léoville Las Cases

Stretching from Château Beychevelle down to Château Latour, Château Léoville-Las Cases main estate is a picturesque, enclosed 100 acre vineyard depicted on the label. Château Léoville Las Cases is one of the largest and oldest classified growths in the Médoc. Originally the other two Léovilles, Léoville Poyferré and Léoville Barton were part of the large estate. Today Léoville Las Cases comprises over 209 acres and has been run since 1950 by the Delon Family. The current director is the well known Michel Delon. Clos Du Marquis is the second label and offer tremndous value for money. Dark purple, structured and full-bodied with a soft but present tannin and wonderful length in the mouth. 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot

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Chteau Loville-Barton, 2EME CRU CLASS ST JULIEN

Château Langoa Barton was purchased by the Irishman, Thomas Barton in the 1820's. The Barton Family had been associated with the Bordeaux wine business for over a century at that point. Hugh Barton had been a founder of the negociant "Barton & Guestier" in 1725. Thomas Barton also purchased the neighbouring "Second Growth" Château Leoville Barton later in the 1820's. Both Langoa Barton and Leoville Barton are still owned by the Barton family today.

Anthony Barton took over ownership and management of the properties from his uncle Ronald Barton in 1983. Under Anthony's oversight, both properties dramatically improved in quality from the position of average performers for their classification to being consistently, very highly rated. Anthony has recently passed ownership to the next generation (his daughter, Liliane) but he remains involved in both properties. Chateau Langoa Barton is the site of all winemaking for it's neighbouring sister property, Leoville Barton, since the latter chateau has no winemaking facilities.

A new chai (winemaking facility) was put in place by Anthony Barton in the mid-1980s. Unlike many facilities that were built in the 1970s and 1980s in Bordeaux, the traditional wood fermenting vats were retained rather than replaced by stainless steel vats. Elegance and finesse are the hallmarks of Langoa's wines. The Cabernet Sauvignon is dominant but not overbearing or overpowering.

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Chteau Lalande-Borie, CRU BOURGEOIS SUPRIEUR, ST. JULIEN

Owned by François-Xavier Borie of Ducru-Beaucaillou, this is an eighteen hectare property situated in St. Julien Beychevelle which has always had an excellent reputation for making relatively big, structured wines which can be approachable when young but develop in to very attractive, graceful clarets with some bottle age. Lalande-Borie was created from land bought by the Bories from the troisième cru Château Lagrange in 1970. Considering their terroir and pedigree, these are wines that offer outstanding value for money. (CS=65%/ M=25%/CF=10%)

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Chteau Gloria, CRU BOURGEOIS, ST. JULIEN

This 50 hectare estate has long been undervalued and has consistently produced wines that are a match for many St, Julien classed growths. The late owner, Henri Martin, realised the importance of making his wines accessible and, from the 1978 vintage onwards, the wines were very open and exuberant, with lower levels of tannin than before. Monsieur Martin died in 1991 and was succeeded by his son-in-law, Jean-Louis Triaud, who has continued the long run of excellent wines, although the 1996 vintage appears to be more robust and concentrated than wines made prior to this. The 1998 is deliciously ripe and long, with plenty of complexity. The 1985 is a really 'classic' Gloria and is currently at its apogee, the spicy, cigarbox nose leading you into a wonderfully ripe and textured plums and damson fruit. This is a wine which reveals the complexity that this lovely château can achieve. (CS=65%/ M=25%/CF=5%/PV=5%)

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Chteau Gruaud-Larose, 2EME CRU CLASS, ST. JULIEN

A property that has always been in the top league of Bordeaux châteaux, owned by Jacques Merlaut and his Taillan group since the mid 1990's. This is a large property of just over 80 hectares with the average age of the vines being 40 years-old. Until the arrival of Merlaut and his team, the wine had a justifiable reputation of being very backward and tannic, requiring many years to come round but today, the style of the wine is much more refined and elegant. The very attractive château itself is not often seen by wine tourists as it is tucked away to the west off the main road but it is definitely worth a detour. The 1996 is a supremely balanced and stylish affair, very much a wine of the vintage and Gruaud's terroir. It has developed a wonderful complexity over the past five years with an exotic spice and herbs nose and an intense cassis and cherries flavour with fine-grained tannins supporting the wine's evident richness. (CS=57%/ M=31%/CF=.5%/PV=3%/Mb=1.5%)

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Chteau Talbot, 4EME CRU CLASS ST JULIEN

The 2003 Talbot has a complex nose of violets and herbs with a Cabernet cedarwood backdrop. This is a particularly big 2003 yet the tannins are finely tuned and the wines keeps its freshness and balance. This will develop for many years and be a good keeper although, due to the rich powerful fruit, will be approachable from an early age. Drink 2011 to 2025.

Owned by Jean Cordier who has devoted his life to placing Talbot amongst the very best wines that the Médoc can produce. Talbot is a large estate of 108 hectares situated on some of the best soils in the commune of Saint Julien-Beychevelle. The gravel with iron-pan subsoils consitently produces powerful reds which can be textbook examples of St. Julien with its concentrated aromas and savour coupled with tremendous elegance.

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La Gitana Manzanilla, Bodegas Hidalgo
La Gitana Manzanilla, Bodegas Hidalgo
“La Gitana” is an absolutely classic example of this unique wine; it is beautifully balanced, fresh and delicate with a “touche” of sea-saltiness and a pure, nutty-fruit zestiness.

La Gitana
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Vacqueyras Cuvée Doucinello 2011
Vacqueyras Cuve Doucinello 2011
Recently, Robert Parker put Serge’s wines in to the superstar category but, typical of the man, he has maintained our allocation just as it was before, despite phenomenal demand from the USA.

Vacqueyras Cuvée Doucinello
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