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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
About the Wine
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.