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About the Wine
In 2002 Jean Chanfreau and his wife, Marie-Helene set out to make high-quality, affordable Bordeaux, with passion and care. Harvest is all done by hand and they do not employ the use of any harmful herbicides or pesticides. They are unique in their bold choice to feature Merlot as the predominant varietal. Despite being on the left bank Jean and Marie-Helene knew Merlot was best for expertly highlighting the finesse and the balance of their terroir not found anywhere else in the Medoc. The result is a well-balanced red that develops charm and richness early in the bottle. Allowing this wine to be approachable young and ready to drink now.
Jean and Marie-Helene acquired their 4-hectare vineyard in 2002, taking over the for family that had owned this site since 1820. Clos des Demoiselles' old vine Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon is located on the south side of the Puy de Menjon, the highest point of the Medoc. Ensuring proper ripening of the grape's tannic structure, while still maintaining balance and acidity.
2015 was an extremely dry vintage with Mother Nature smiling down at exactly the right moment. Bringing rains and leading to an immaculate harvest of ripe and lush reds. 2015 earned a vintage rating of 94 points from Wine Spectator.
Aging: 14 months in French oak barrels
Tasting Notes: Red Wine. 62% Merlot 38% Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine shows a deep garnet color. The nose is very elegant with black currant, blueberry, and fresh raspberry. Notes of rose petal and crushed stone emerge as this wine opens up in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with balanced acidity, chewy tannins, and a beautiful lingering finish.
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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
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German Riesling is one of the most sought-after wines within professional wine circles. Sommeliers and wine aficionados hold high praise for this unique and food-friendly wine. Nicknamed the "naked grape" riesling perfectly captures the terroir and showcases the unique sense of place, unlike any other grape. This high-acid variety is one of the most versatile wines when paired with food. If you're new to the world of wine or only think of Riesling as cheap, sweet wine, this 2018 Old Vine Riesling will change your mind.
The complexity of Mosel wines is reflected by nature. On one hand, it is made of rugged, stony landscapes with extremely steep slate slopes and on the other, it is overgrown with foliage reliefs and rolling hills. These opposites come into perfect harmony with in this Riesling. Fruity acidity and complex aromas combine to create a culinary delight. The preservation of traditional techniques coupled with sustainable viticulture and respect for nature has top priority in the production of their wines.
Tasting Notes: White Wine. 100% Riesling. Thirty-year-old vines provide more concentrated flavors of grapefruit, orange oil, and white peach. The perfect balance of sweetness and acidity, with a long mineral-laced finish. Perfect with spicy Thai food or seafood-based dishes.