AFFORDABLE BORDEAUX! (22.03.2008)
Forget the doom and gloom, let’s drink some wine that'll put a smile on your face and not break the bank.
This Saturday 21st from 11am to 5pm we'll be looking at Bordeaux with a focus on drinkability and affordability.
One of the things we love most about this Region is the effortless class in which these wines age, from of course the top of the Classified Growths to the humblest of everyday wines. As we all know, there's nothing quite like an aged wine and this represents an oppurtunity to stock up on some wines that will in 5 years offer super everyday drinking.
On tasting this Saturday 22nd March will be;
Chateau Saint Marie Entre-Deux-Mers Blanc 2007
2007 proved difficult for the reds of Bordeaux but both the sweet and dry whites shone. This blend of 50% Sauvignon, 40% Semillion and 10% Muscadelle is sealed under screwcap ensuring a long life ahead if you prefer more honeyed notes in your wines, or can be drunk now for its citrus/mineral rush. Death to Kiwi savy, long live the Gironde.
Chateau Saint Marie Bordeaux Superior Rouge 2006
Year in year out this is a perennial fave for its honesty and classicism. OK, so it's not a 100 Parker pointer, it won't change the world of wine or make Entre-Deux-Mers the new St Emillion but yes, you will enjoy it tonight, yes your friends will be impressed by your keen eye for a bargain and yes, if you put a case or two away for the next 5 or so years you will be impressed by your sheer intuiative genius and remarkable foresight.
Chateau Cissac Cru Bourgeois Haut Medoc 2004
We're on the real terroir here! Cissac's located in the South Western corner of St.Estephe, a mere kilometre or so from Paulliac on less gravelly, stronger soils than the rest of St Estephe. Cissac's been called 'vigorous enough to be a Paulliac' but it recent years the style has softened. Hugh Johnson describes it as "the pillar of the Bourgeois.” 2004's a classic year, elegant, fresh, approachable now but more akin to take medium to long term cellaring. Halliday says "An old favourite of mine and always well priced; the ’66 is still in fine form. The wine is all about texture and structure, the fruit locked up in a thorny embrace of tannins. Demands patience.90 points, drink to 2024
Chateau du Gaby Canon Fronsac 1999
This is what we've been looking for, for sometime now- a super affordable, fresh, generous, well stored Bordeaux drinking at its peak now- and at a price that won't break the bank. Back in the days, say the 1800's day, the wines from Canon Fronsac were more illustious than those of their peasant neighbours- the lowly Pomerol and St Emillion, how things change. Anyhow this beauty is mainly Merlot with a splash of Cab Sav and a dash of Cab Franc for good measure. It's grown in clay soils over a limestone slope a la St Emillion, a slope that is in fact a continuation St Emillions very own cote some 7kms to the east. The mid week wine to drink whilst waiting for your 2000 to 2005 Bordeauxs to come around. Highly recommended and for any one looking for a drink now beauty, a must!
So if you've got the time, swing round from 11am onwards this Saturday, have a taste and maybe bury a few treasures to unearth down the track or a gem to discover now.
Head, Torbreck and Kaesler Wines (6.3.2009)
Last week we looked at the elegant Syrahs and the richly textured Marsannes, Rousannes and Viogners of Yves Cuilleron.
So to be fair we’ll throw the ball back to the local court, the Barossa, looking at both the same grapes and the same Vintage 2007. Featuring one well established mob, one hot on their heels and one young punk making great wine.
On tasting this Saturday 6th March 2009 from 11-5 will be:
Torbreck Marsanne Rousanne 2007
Kaeslar Viogner 2007
Head Wines ‘Blonde’ Shiraz 2007
Head Wines ‘Brunette’ Shiraz 2007
Torbreck, ‘The Gask’ Shiraz 2007
Special prices on the day!
Yves Cuilleron (28.2.2009)
We hope to see you here in store, this Saturday the 28th February from 11am-5pm,
to enjoy the new releases of Yves Cuilleron shining star of the Northern Rhone.
"In the space of a decade, Yves Cuilleron has established himself as one of the leading lights of France’s Northern Rhône region. He’s a modernist, but not overly so: his wines straddle neatly the divide between traditionalists and the new-wave, in the sense that they retain their sense of place, but express their site in a slightly more approachable, immediate way.
There's a purity to the fruit, and where new oak is used it isn't excessive." wineanorak.
"Yves Cuilleron has become one of the brightest shining stars in the Northern Rhone..." Robert Parker jr, Wine Advocate.
For those of you who remember Yves' last visit to our store in late 2007 there was a lot to enjoy in both the man and the wines. The texture and concentration of the whites shone, these wines grew in the glass and in the bottle, oak played a role yet never dominated, the exotic intertwined with the complex...and the reds, lower in alcohol than the whites, high acid with heady aromatics - Yves continually used the phrase 'freshness' in what he was looking for in a red, something to drink with a meal at alcohol levels significantly lower than those found in nearly all Aussie shiraz- in a word these are wines you can drink with pleasure now or confidently cellar, especially considering they are from the stunning 2006 and 2007 Northern Rhone vintages.
On tasting will be the following
Viognier VDP 2007
St Peray 'Les Potiers' (Marsanne) 2007
St Joseph 'Les Coteaux St Pierre' Blanc 2007
Syrah 'Signe' VDP 2006
Syrah 'Les Candives' VDP 2006
St Joseph 'Pierre Seches' (Syrah) 2006
Cote Rotie 'Madinere' 2006
It's about time we all had a look at the fabulous 2005 Bordeauxs’ now that they've landed and had time to settle down. Our observations from our last trip to Bordeaux were that these were very intense wines, full of ripe fruit but wrapped up tightly in enormous amounts of both tannin and acid, clearly wines that will last the ages. Anyhow we're going to have a look at some of the more affordable wines in our range and yes there will be special prices on the day. Most of the stocks are limited so it's strictly a first come, first served basis. So if you've got the time, we'd love to see you up here. Sat 31st Jan from 11.00am
Wines on tasting
Chateau de Sales- Pomerol
Ormes de Pez- St Estephe
Chateau Lanessan- Haut Medoc
Chateau Meyney- St Estephe
Chateau Cambon la Pelouse- Haut Medoc
Chateau Beaumont-Haut Medoc