2016 Vintage Bordeaux Wines Favorite from UGCB

January 25, 2019

St Julien sign at 2016  Bordeaux wine Tasting2016 vintage Bordeaux wines (UGCB) tasted came across as generally good.

Overall we found the most enjoyable wines were from the St. Julien region.

2016 Vintage Bordeaux Wines Favored

We tasted the below 2016 vintage from the Union Des Grands Crus De Bordeaux. In Alphabetical order, we found these to be our Favorite Wineis.

1) Chateau Beycheville

2) Chateau Branaire Ducru

3) Chateau Gloria

4) Chateau Gruaud Larose

5) Chateau Langoa Barton,

6) Chateau Leoville Barton,

7) Chateau Leoville Poyferre

8) Chateau Talbot

 

 

 

2016 Vintage Bordeaux from the Union Des Grands Crus Bordeaux

January 24, 2019

2016 Vintage Union Des Grands Crus Bordeaux WelcomeOn January 21, 2019 the weather may have been in single digits in New York City but in a room full of 2016 vintage Bordeaux wines, it was hot.

Members of the Union Des Grands Crus de Bordeaux brought sample bottles of the 2016 vintage to share a taste. Over 130 Chateaus were present with over140 wines to taste from.

However there is a disappointment for those wines that are Cabernet Sauvignon dominant. It was not the best year for the growth of the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Quality grapes were reduced and resulting in less Cabernet Sauvignon being found in many of the blends. Merlot and Cabernet Franc came to the aid of the blends.

Favorite Wine IS coming next.

 

 

 

Rose Wine Says LOVE on Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2018AIX Rose Wine for Valentine's Day

Nothing Says “Love” like a Rosé wine. 

AIX Rosé is from the Provence region of France. This is an hour North-East from the historical city of Aix-en-Provence.  This wine is a blend of Carignan, Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault.

Show the “LOVE” this Valentine’s Day with the right size bottle

  • Standard 750ml
  • Magnum 1.5L
  • Jeroboam 3.0L
  • Methuselah 6.0L

2015 Bordeaux Wines Are Not To Be Overlooked

January 30, 2018

Pick any one and you will enjoy some great wine. Red, White or Golden Yellow (Sauternes) they are what you need to enjoy. These wines are made to drink today and can age for at least a couple of decades.

These wines are just a handful of the numerous great wines from the 2015 vintage in Bordeaux.

2015 Chateau Lagrange

2015 Chateau Leoville Poyferre

2015 Giscours and Tertre

2015 Lascombes

2015 Kirwan

2015 Brane Cantenac

2015 Rauzan Segla

2015 Les Carmes Haut Brion

2015 Chateau De Fieuzal 

2015 Larrivet Haut Brion

2015 La Gaffeliere

2015 Chateau de Fargues Luc Saluces Sauterne

2015 Suduiraut Sauterne

 Sauternes and Caviar are a Yes.

2015 Grands Crus Classes of Saint Emilion

The 2015 vintage for St Emilion is a good vintage.

2015 may have had one of the warmest summers but the warmer weather produced slightly riper fruits with the cooler nights giving the right balance of acidity and smooth tannins. There was floral freshness of the lush fruit with smooth tannins with the right amount of acidity in all these delicious wines.

2015 Chateau Fonplegade 2015 Chateau Dassault2015 Chateau Grand Pontet My Favorite Wine2015 Chateau Ripeau St Emilion My Favorite Wine2015 Chateau Le Prieure My Favorite Wine2015 Chateau Fonroque2015 Chateau Laroze2015 Convent de Jacobins My Favorite Wine

215 St Emilion wine corks

2015 Chateau Ripeau

Chateau Ripeau Grand Cru Classe has been classified Chateau Ripeau Nicolas Gregoiresince 1955 and is under new ownership since 2015. In 2015 the Gregoire family bought Chateau Ripeau.

Here we have the 2015 vintage. 2015 Chateau Ripeau St Emilion

This is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. The wine is fermented in stainless steel and aged for 16 months in new oak barrels.

This is an impressive powerful youthful delicious wine. I find it to be enjoyable today and with a long enjoyable future ahead of it.

 

Garnacha and Grenache

September 17,2017

Garnacha and Grenache is a grape varietal that is believed to has its origins in the Aragon region of Spain. It is a grape varietal that requires dry and hot growing conditions and it has found its home in other places such as Southern France, Roussillon,Corsica, Sardinia, Southern Italy, Sicily, and Croatia.

With its plantings in various countries, the grape varietal has taken on other names such as Grenache in France and Garnacha in Spain.

Below is a map of the the grape growing regions in Spain and France.

Grenache Garnacha grape growing region Map Roussillon

 

Colors of Garnacha

September 16,2017

There is more to the Garnacha grape varietal then you realize. The colors of Garnacha are shown in the picture below.

There is Grenache Noir, Grenache,Gris, Grenache Blanc, and Lledoner Pelut.

Garnacha Grenache Grape Varietals

Espirit Gassier Rose Wine

Here is a wine that is as elegant as its label. The label is designed by a 2015 Espirit Gassier Rose Cotes De Provencelocal artist and is silk screened onto the bottle. The very pale salmon color makes a pretty glass of rose and compliments the labels design.

2015 Espirit Gassier Rosé

The wine is a blend of 35% Grenache, 30% Cinsault, 25% Syrah, and 10% Rolle. The wine has a very pale salmon color.There are aromas white peaches, cherries and salted minty herbs. On the palate the wine has a medium body and is nicely rounded giving it elegance. On the finish you can feel some of its biting acidity with its delicate herbal ,strawberry and cherry notes. Delicious.

1981 Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

May 25,20161981 Pichon Lalande caviar

Here we have perfumey black fruit with some vanilin. It is soft and perfumey elegant. The wine has a medium length finish with the right amount of acidity to keep those soft tannins in place.

 

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