Bordeaux, Alsace

Bordeaux produces some of the most highly sought after and revered wines in the world. Located close to the coast, in the south-west of France the town and is divided by the Gironde River. Wines to the west of the river are referred to as left bank, and are Cabernet dominant. To the East of the river, on the right bank Merlot is the dominant grape variety. Throughout the 57 appellations, over 10,000 wine-making châteaux grow the red grapes; Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. These are commonly blended and collectively referred to as clarets. Smaller amounts of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc is also grown in Bordeaux.

In 1855, due to the high export demands of Bordeaux wines, Emporer Napoleon III requested an official Bordeaux classification system, based on market costs of the wines at the time. The Chateaux were classified into five ‘growths’ from first growth to fifth growth and cru Bourgois. Also in 1855 The Sauternes and Barsac classification covered the sweeter wines, with Chateau d’Yquem the only Superior First Growth, followed by Premiers Crus and Deux Deuxièmes Crus.
The Alsace wine region is in the north-east of France and borders Germany. Although the region only accounts for 2% of France's vineyards it is responsible for producing some of the worlds finest white wines. Perhaps because of its Germanic influence, it is the only Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée region in France to produce mostly varietally labelled wines. In other words it is the only region in France where you're likely to see Pinot Gris, or Riesling denoted on the wine label. Another interesting note is that the region is the birthplace of biodynamic viticulture and the region still has the country's highest proportion of biodynamic producers.

Alsace gets plenty of sunshine hours, with a deep continental climate and superb meso-climate created by the sheltering presence of the Vosges Mountains. This allows the full spectrum of aromatic flavours to show in the grapes. The soils are quite diverse, with 13 different soil types in all.

The noble grapes of Alsace are Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Sylvaner, Muscat Ottonel and Muscat d'Alsace in the whites, and Pinot Noir in the reds. Recent decades have seen an increase in Riesling, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir plantings, while the classical Sylvaner grape is on the decline.

Wines are produced under three different appelations or AOCs:
  • - Alsace AOC: must be made from one of the 8 permitted grape varieties in the appellation (white, rosé and red wines)
  • - Alsace Grand Cru: Introduced in 1983, currently recognising 50 Grand Cru sites. It is the pinnacle of Alsace, where topography, aspect and soil type must be in harmony along with a track record of producing excellent wines.
  • - Crémant d'Alsace: Appelation for sparkling wines, that can be both dry or sweet.

High quality liquers and spirits are also made in Alsace by producers such as Bertrand and Vedrenne.
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  1. Trimbach Riesling 2016
    2016 in Alsace is considered a great Riesling vintage. Dry, fresh, elegant and well structured, it has a developed nose showing lemon and lime, with mineral tones. The palate has nice ripe fruit. White peach, quince, grapefruit and lemon with lovely ... Learn More
  2. Chateau Lanessan 2019 (En Primeur - Delivery 2022)
    "this is an excellent Lanessan" - Decanter Purple colour. Intense and clean nose, dominated by black cherry notes, candied black fruit with floral nuances, rose and violet. A rich and lively attack on the palate with very silky tannins, sweet ... Learn More
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  3. Chateau Saint Germain 1996
    One of Entre Deux Mers nicest chateaux and estates. A deep colored, rich and velvety superior Bordeaux. Château Saint-Germain is bottled without filtering, it is possible that a light deposit may form, this is entirely natural and is an ... Learn More
  4. Chateau Petit Picoron Bordeaux 2016
    Founded in 1570 by the Picoron family, Château Picoron has a long history of wine. Now days, Château Picoron is operated by an Australian family. What we produce is as much a celebration of the history of our winery, ... Learn More
  5. Trimbach Riesling 2015
    2015 in Alsace is considered a great Riesling vintage. Dry, fresh, elegant and well structured, it has a developed nose showing lemon and lime, with mineral tones. The palate has nice ripe fruit. White peach, quince, grapefruit and lemon with lovely ... Learn More
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  6. Château Peybonhomme-Les-Tours Côtes De Blaye 2017
    drawn from Peybon's biodynamically-certified limestone and clay soils in the Premières Côtes de Blaye (on the right bank overlooking the picturesque Gironde estuary). Wild yeast fermented with 90% fermented and aged in concrete and 10% fermented and aged in two- ... Learn More
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  7. Chateau Peybonhomme 'L’Atypic' 2017
    The vines that produce this cuvée are over 40 years old. As above, the wines are wild yeast fermented, but L'Atypic is raised entirely in concrete (and bottled unfiltered). ... Learn More
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  8. Chateau Ferrande Graves Bordeaux 2015
    The wines are aged in an average of 20% new, French oak barrels for 12 to 14 months before bottling. Chateau Ferrande can be enjoyed on the young side with decanting. Young vintages can be decanted for about 1 hour. This allows the wine ... Learn More
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  9. Chateau Lanessan 2016
    A harmonious, elegant, rich blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. A mulitlayered, elegant and feminine nose that is filled with soft, ripe plums and cassis. Approachable and friendly with lovely structure, fleshy tannins and a long finish. The ... Learn More
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  10. Chateau Capbern 2019 (En Primeur - Delivery 2022)
    69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot Chateau Capbern (formerly Capbern Gasqueton) is on a roll since the new owners took over the estate, along with Calon Segur, in 2012. Already blessed with prime vineyards close to heavyweights Montrose and Phelan Segur, their ... Learn More
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  11. Chateau Pape Clement 2018 (En Primeur)
    Named after its most famous owner, Pope Clement V, Chateau Pape Clement in Pessac Leognan makes both red and white wine from their 32.5 hectare vineyard. Vineyards for the red wine is planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, while the soils ... Learn More
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  12. Chateau Laroque St Emilion 2018 (En Primeur)
    A magnificent Grand Cru Classa, Chateau Laroque shines bright, established on the most beautiful limestone terroir of the Saint-Emilion appellation, on the right bank of Bordeaux. With 61 hectares of vines planted on a a clay plateau upon a subsoil of ... Learn More
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  13. Vieux Chateau Saint Andre 2014
    Vieux Chateau Saint André belongs to Jean-Claude Berrouet who was the winemaker at Petrus for 44 years until his retirement in 2007. Berrouet was recruited to be winemaker and technical director for Etablissement Jean-Pierre Moueix in 1964 where he was responsible for the ... Learn More
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  14. Chateau Potensac 1989
    The estate's Grand Vin's vineyards are located west of Ordonnac village. Its rows of vines grow on a double thalweg of gravelly-clay. They produce a very fine wine with tight texture, great richness and wonderful freshness. On the palate, the ... Learn More
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  15. Chapoutier Alsace Riesling 'Lieu-Dit Buehl' 2017 (En Primeur)
    Grapes are pressed for about 8 hours. Then they are vinified in big traditional Alsatian casks and ferment with natural yeasts. ... Learn More
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  16. Chateau Cantemerle 2016 (Bonded - En Primeur)
    52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot - Aged for 12 months in French oak barrels (medium toast), of which 40% are new. "The 2016 Cantemerle has a tightly wound bouquet... There are attractive undergrowth scents and a touch of tobacco. The ... Learn More
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  17. Chapoutier Alsace Riesling 'Lieu-Dit Berg' 2015
    The grapes are harvested by hand into 20kg trays. Fine with notes of plum, fresh tangerine citrus, grapefruit, with menthol and celery. Slender and crisp on the palate. This wine has a weave of salty bitters underscored by a dash ... Learn More
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  18. Chapoutier Alsace Riesling 'Lieu-Dit Buehl' 2015
    Grapes are pressed for about 8 hours. Then they are vinified in big traditional Alsatian casks and ferment with natural yeasts. The nose exhibits exotic fruit aromas such as pineapple and mango with mineral notes of blossoms. The palate is powerful ... Learn More
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  19. Vieux Chateau Saint Andre 2015 (Due March 2021)
    Vieux Chateau Saint André belongs to Jean-Claude Berrouet who was the winemaker at Petrus for 44 years until his retirement in 2007. Berrouet was recruited to be winemaker and technical director for Etablissement Jean-Pierre Moueix in 1964 where he was responsible for the ... Learn More
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  20. Chateau La Fleur Penin 2016
    "Our estate has been family owned since its beginnings in 1854, when it was bought by Louis Carteyron and his son Jacques. For many years, the production was divided between fruit and wine." Hubert Carteyron began direct sales of Château ... Learn More
  21. Chateau Labegorce Margaux 2018 (En Primeur)
    Beginning with the 2009 vintage, Labégorce Zédé has been folded into Labégorce, both of which are owned by the Perrodo family (as is the recently acquired Marquis d'Alesme). The 53-hectare vineyard has thus grown to 65 hectares and remains ... Learn More
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  22. Chateau Labegorce 2019 (En Primeur - Delivery 2022)
    50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 48% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot. With its elegant neoclassical style, Château Labégorce is a property in the Margaux appellation, renowned for several centuries for the quality of its wines. In 1989, the Perrodo family acquired this estate and invested ... Learn More
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  23. Chateau Ferrand 2019 (En Primeur - Delivery 2022)
    The 2019 vintage is characterized on the nose by a beautiful burst of fresh fruit. Merlot brings notes smooth and velvety counterbalanced by Cabernet Franc which provides structure tannic and freshness with a finish of great finesse. A balanced wine marked ... Learn More
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  24. Chateau La Tour Blanche 2016 (Bonded - En Primeur)
    Chateau La Tour Blanche is best served at 14 degrees Celsius. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. "The 2016 La Tour Blanche has a typically rich bouquet with clear honey, orange blossom and a touch of ... Learn More
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  25. Chateau Meyney 2016
    "The 2016 Meyney has quite an opulent and flamboyant bouquet, which is something I do not expect from this Saint Estèphe. It seems to calm down in the glass and attains more delineation and poise. The palate is sweet on ... Learn More
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  26. Kientzler Schoenenberg 2018
    This vineyard was purchased around 2010 by Eric Kientzler and is quickly proving to be one of the most distinguished Rieslings in the fabulous line-up of spectacularly dry and mineral Rieslings at this address. The 2018 sports 6.6 gms RS which is balanced ... Learn More
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  27. Chateau Poesia 2019 (En Primeur - Delivery 2022)
    “The 2019 Poesia is a real beauty... Hélène Garcin-Lévêque and Patrice Lévêque turned out a gorgeous set of 2019s. The wines are deep, ample and so expressive. Readers who want to understand the diversity of ... Learn More
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  28. Chateau Franc Mayne 2019 (En Primeur - Delivery 2022)
    A Grand Cru Classe of Saint-Emilion, Chateau Franc Mayne enjoys an exceptional location in the prestigious appellation. Owned by the Savare family since 2018, Chateau Franc Mayne is enjoying a great momentum of renewal. The property is beautifully represented by the ... Learn More
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  29. Chateau Clos De Bouard Montagne Saint-Emillion 2016
    The Chateau Clos de Bouard is owned by the De Bouard family who are also the owners of Angelus , the property is run by Coralie de Bouard with her Father Hubert assisting as a consultant. The property is ideally located ... Learn More
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  30. Chateau Belregard-Figeac 2015
    The 8.5 hectares of vines situated on the commune of Libourne benefit from a gravelly, meagre and highly qualitative, early ripening terroir that produces Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon at optimal maturity before the summer solstice. The majority of the ... Learn More
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  31. Chateau Gloria 2016 (Bonded - En Primeur)
    The 2016 Gloria is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 7% Cabernet Franc. "This is a little more backward and broody compared to the Saint-Pierre and indeed its Saint Julien peers, demanding more coaxing from the glass. It almost ... Learn More
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  32. Chateau Gloria 2019 (En Primeur - Delivery 2022)
    Château Gloria is an unclassified St-Julien property that produces clarets that equal in quality those from the more prestigious classed growths. Henri Martin, a cooper by upbringing, took over the property in 1942 and began purchasing plots of vineyards from ... Learn More
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  33. ONLINE TASTING PACK - SUMMER OF RIESLING

    **THIS ONLINE TASTING IS OVER**

    This pack contains a bottle of 3 different wines to be opened during an online tasting held on Thursday the 22nd of October 2020. This event is all about the perfect summer ... Learn More

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  34. Clos Fourtet 1994
    The wines of Clos Fourtet, Premier Grand Cru Classé, embody the finest of Saint-Émilion. Smooth, intriguing and seductive, their pure natural aromas are delicately woven together ... Learn More
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  35. Chateau Queyron Pindefleurs St-Emilion 2016
    Decanter Wine Awards No.1 Bordeaux! The vineyards of Château Queyron Pindefleurs are located at the foot of the southern hillsides of the medieval city of Saint-Emilion. Since 1937 the Fillon family has cultivated this exceptional terroir with passion and pride ... Learn More
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  36. Chateau Lespault-Martillac 2011
    Olivier Bernard and his team have undertaken to make this wine one of the jewels of the Pessac-Léognan appellation, with an outstanding potential. In order to do so, they use the same methods as the finest great growths: ploughing ... Learn More
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  37. Chateau D’Armailhac 2016 (Bonded - En Primeur)
    62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. "The bouquet is very impressive, typical d'Armaihlac in terms of the opulence and flamboyance with lush black cherry and boysenberry fruit, a subtle floral note developing with time in the glass. The ... Learn More
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  38. Chateau Rauzan-Segla 1994
    Rauzan-Segla was bought by Chanel in 1994. There are now 45 hectares of vineyards at Rauzan-Ségla and the grapes (63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc) are fermented in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks. The wine is then matured in barriques (60% new) for 18 months. ... Learn More
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  39. Chateau Croix Canon Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2014
    Croix Canon, Chateau Canon’s second wine, is crafted with the same precision as this Premier Grand Cru Classé. This is a complex wine, with fruity and mineral notes, a taut, well-integrated texture, and a harmonious aromatic range. Croix Canon ... Learn More
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  40. Ch Fleur Cardinale 2018 (Bonded En Primeur)
    Ripe and juicy, this is a delicious wine with its fine tannins and acidity already in harmony. The structure of the wine is powerful with a dry core that will broaden out as the wine matures. ... Learn More
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