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About the Wine
Domaine du Bouscat has a long history that began in 1870 established by the Dubernard family. Today the estate is overseen by François Dubernard who took over the Domaine in 1998. They consult with world-renowned oenologist Claude Gros who works with a number of estates worldwide, helping them maximize the quality of their wine. They focus on producing three different Bordeaux wines that exemplify the quality and value obtainable in one of the world's most acclaimed wine regions.
Born from 38-year-old vines, the grapes are fermented in concrete-lined vats with malolactic fermentation taking place in barrel. The wine sees 95% new French oak This small production Bordeaux displays great structure with otherworldly balance.
Tasting Notes: Red Wine. 60% Merlot, 20% Malbec, 18% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon. Intense and brilliant red. Aromas of ripe plums, goji berry, black currants, tobacco leaf, nutmeg, and rose petal blanket the nose. This full-bodied dark fruit-driven Bordeaux is accompanied by firm tannins and is a perfect depiction of power and balance.
This 2016 Domaine du Bouscat Cuvee La Gargone is slightly deeper colored and brought up in 70% new oak, the 2016 La Gargone (60% Merlot, 20% Malbec, 18% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon) offers more blue and black fruits, with subtle chocolate and scorched earth aromatics. It’s another ripe, powerful yet pure and beautifully balanced effort from this estate that’s well worth seeking out. ~92 Jeb Dunnuck
Produced from a single south-facing, hillside vineyard of just 3.3 hectares situated just west of the Fronsac appellation and composed of 60% Merlot, 20% Malbec, 18% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, the medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2016 La Gargone gives up notes of crushed black cherries, preserved plums and baking spices with potpourri and violets hints. The palate is full-bodied, firm, and chewy with loads of spicy black fruit and a perfumed finish. Production is about 700 cases ~91 Robert Parker
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Chateau Saint Pierre dates back to the 17th century. Henri Martin purchased the classified Fourth Growth Medoc estate in 1982. Henri Martin's family has a long history in the Bordeaux region, dating back more than 300 years. Today Chateau Saint Pierre is managed by Jean-Louis Triaud, who also manages Chateau Gloria and owns the Girondins de Bordeaux, the professional football team of Bordeaux.
The majority of their vines are located near the village of Saint Julien not far from Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou which retails for $200 a bottle. On average their vines are 50 years old. Saint-Julien has the highest concentration of cru classés with 11 over 900 hectares.
Chateau Saint Pierre is one of the few classified growths that does not produce a second wine. With complete focus on the Grand Vin and leading the use of technology in winemaking, it is no surprise this Grand Vin hailed a 'Bravo!' from multiple critics. Chateau Saint Pierre Saint-Julien was one of the first estates to use satellite imagery to help identify when parcels are ready to pick.
Aging: 14 to 16 months in French Oak
Tasting Notes: Red Wine. 75% Cabernet Sauvignon 15% Merlot 10% Cabernet Franc. Full-bodied, round, and refined. The nose shows espresso, blackberry, and floral notes.
This 17-hectare estate has been rejuvenated by owner Jean-Louis Triaud and is certainly producing some of the top wines from the appellation today. I tasted the deep, inky-colored 2015 Château Saint-Pierre twice and it’s reminiscent of the 2010, only with more elegance. In 2015 the wine is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, and 6% Cabernet Franc and it spent 14 months in 50% new and 50% once used barrels. Chocolate-covered dark fruits, damp earth, tobacco leaf, and lead pencil shaving-like notes emerge from this huge, concentrated beauty that has building tannin and a huge mid-palate. It’s an incredible wine that builds with time in the glass, has no hard edges, and is going to 3-4 decades of life. Bravo! ~97 Jeb Dunnuck
The 2015 Saint-Pierre offers more fruit on the nose than the Gruaud Larose with quite fabulous blackberry laced with pencil lead and tobacco. There is real joie de vivre and intensity here. The palate is medium-bodied with fine but quite firm tannin, very well balanced and pure with a gentle but insistent, mineral-driven, quite sinewy finish that is an absolute treat. This comes highly recommended. Tasted twice both in London and Bordeaux at the property. Bravo. ~94 Wine Advocate
This wine has a very toasty style, with spice and wood tannins that give an extracted character with some bitterness. That contrasts with the fruit that is developing, and it seems that the wood will integrate over time. Drink from 2025. ~92 Wine Enthusiast
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Chateau Marojallia was the first small boutique property in the Medoc. Created in 1998 by owner Philippe Porcheron with winemaking team Muriel Andraud and Jean-Luc Thunevin. World-renowned consultant, Michel Rolland, joined the winemaking team in 2001.
Chateau Marojallia (Latin for Margaux) is a rare, small production chateau. The Grand Vin and second label are both made from only 4 hectares of 25-year-old vines with painstaking care and in such small quantities, all the production equipment can easily fit in a garage.
The Grand Vin retails for over $70 a bottle and BHW is excited to be able to offer the second label at half the cost while still showing the exceptional quality expected from the Margaux appellation.
Upon the first vintage release in 1999 Chateau Marojallia was immediately hailed by critics and Robert Parker ranked them among the very finest wines from Margaux. Close to Chateau Margaux and Chateau Rauzan Segla not far from the village of Margaux. 2015 garnered a 94 point rating from Wine Advocate.
Tasting Notes: Red Wine. 50% Cabernet Sauvignon 50% Merlot. Aromas of spiced plum, blueberry, and blackcurrant. impeccably balanced with juicy tannins and a gorgeous texture.
Aromas of blackcurrants and spices with blueberry undertones. Full body and round and juicy tannins. Layered and very pretty. Gorgeous texture. Needs two or three years to come around. A beauty. ~93 James Suckling
A magnificent second wine, the 2015 Clos Margalaine is yet another example of how strong the vintage is in Margaux. Today, the Clos Margalaine is open-knit, powerful, and totally seductive. A rush of dark red cherry, plum, spice, menthol, and licorice builds to the sumptuous, racy finish. Even with all of its obvious intensity and large-scaled voluptuousness, the 2015 remains impeccably balanced and vivid throughout. What a gorgeous wine this is. Clos Margalaine is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Merlot aged in about a third new oak. Christophe Coupez and Michel Rolland consult. ~90-93 Vinous
Run by Philippe Porcheron, who purchased this estate in 1999, Clos Margalaine consists of four hectares of deep, gravelly soils located between the estates of Le Tertre and Monbrison, and they receive consulting advice from Christophe Coupez and Michel Rolland. The 2015 Clos Margalaine is another beautiful Margaux and is a blend of equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. It boasts medium-bodied, elegant, perfumed notes of black raspberries (maybe even some strawberry), spring flowers, toasted spices, and forest floor. About as fine and elegant as they come, yet with plenty of balance and length, it’s a gem from one of the top appellations in 2015. It will keep for 10-15 years. ~91 Jeb Dunnuck
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Château Lafont Fourcat is located in the Entre-Deux-Mers region, near the village of Castillon la Bataille and not far from Saint-Émilion. In 1993 the Chateau was acquired by Paul-Marie Morillon, who is also a consultant for Châteaux Ausone, Mondotte, and Yquem. The wines of Lafont Fourcat are produced with the help of Bordeaux's bad boy winemaker, Jean-Luc Thunevin, founder of highly sought-after Chateau Valandraud. Two Bordeaux mavericks have joined forces to cultivate one of the best Bordeaux values of the century. The 2018 Lafont Fourcat A Nos Amours is the ultimate definition of a wine that punches well above its weight class. What are you waiting for?
Here's what wine critic Jeb Dunnuck says about 2018 Bordeaux:
"In short, 2018 is a thrilling vintage with no shortage of legendary wines and I cannot imagine anyone who purchases these wines will be disappointed...It’s possible to find attractive, well-made, even outstanding, wines that punch well above their price points."
Jean Luc Thunevin became a well-known figure in the wine world in less than a decade, thanks to its successful garage wine, Château Valandraud. Jean Luc aims to harvest at full maturity, he also copied the Burgundy vinification ways (pigeage…) to reach an optimum concentration. The wine is produced with a constant commitment to excellence.
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A Nos Amours (which means "To Our Loves" is a special cuvée from Château Lafont Fourcat. Château Lafont-Fourcat is located in the Entre-Deux-Mers region, near Castillon la Bataille village and not far from Saint-Émilion. The Chateau owner is Paul-Marie Morillon, who is also a consultant for Châteaux Ausone, Mondotte and Yquem.
Blackcurrant, spiced-cherry, charred-bark, black-olive, and chocolate aromas. It’s medium-bodied with firm, fine tannins. Creamy layers of ripe fruit and spice. Already delicious. Drink or hold. ~90 James Suckling
Lots of spiced red and black fruits, cedarwood, dried flowers, and saddle leather notes emerge from the 2018 Château Lafont-Fourcat A Nos Amours. Medium-bodied, it has terrific complexity, light tannins, and a balanced, undeniably delicious, charming style that's ideal for enjoying over the coming 5-7 years. Readers looking for a great value for near-term drinking should snatch this beauty up. ~90 Jeb Dunnuck