The Côtes de Bourg appellation extends to just short of 4000 hectares of vineyards, which surround the town of Bourg on the right bank of the Dordogne. “Il ne gèle ni ne grêle” (it neither freezes nor hails) is a well-known saying in Bourg and the favourable weather conditions coupled, with the calcium-rich soils and well-exposed vineyards, make it ideal for viticulture.
Nestled in the heart of the Cotyes du Bourg appellation of Bordeaux Chateau Macay is one of the early adopters of the “independent Vigneron” program, moving past the bulk wine mentality of their neighbours to produce a high quality low production wine.
The Bodegas Macay is a second lable for the Chateau Macay. More value driven than its big brother this gem from 2011 vintage boasts a high proprtion of Malbec(53%) that results in a fruit forward yet decidely French style of wine.
Grape variety: 70% Sangiovese, 10% of Colorino, 20% Ciliegiolo Alcohol content: 14%
Governo – Tuscany’s response to Ripasso & Appasimento!
The wine comes from Tuscany in Italy.
Casa Capriolo Governo from the heart of Tuscany is rich and flavorful wine that combines the best Italian wine styles in a bottle. Governo is Tuscany’s answer to Ripasso, appassimento and Amarone. This wine makning method has existed in the region since the 1300s. The adding of natural dried grapes at the end of the wine’s fermentation achieves an extra dimension of flavor and concentration. Governo is something of a well kept secret among the Tuscan winemaker and the result is very impressive wines. The wines have the weight, richness and concentration of a Ripasso or Amarone combined with the elegance and complexity of a classical Tuscany.
Characteristics: The taste is deep with notes of ripe black cherry, herbs, chocolate and a well balanced oak character.
Serving suggestions: The wine is ideal for most meats, cheeses, pasta, or on their own.
Chateau de Cadillac
La Renomée has been chosen as the emblem of Le Clos du Château de Cadillac and is the work of the famous sculptor,
Pierre BIARD. He was ordered to sculpt La Renomée by the Duke of Epernon in 1597. Its elegance, charm, voluptuousness characterise the wine perfectly. The Clos is situated 30 miles south of Bordeaux and is 2.5 hectares in size. The walls which encircle the vines (which grow in exactly the same place as the castles original orchards) date back to the XIII century.
Utilizing modern vinification techniques, such as direct Pressurization of the grapes into an Inertis Press. Very short skin maceration under nitrogen to extract the aromatic potential. Alcoholic Fermentation into stainless steel tanks under controlled temperature (18 °C).
TASTING NOTES: Light pink colour. Fruity nose on cranberries and redcurrant notes. Fresh attack on the palate with red fruits notes, gooseberry and strawberry. Smooth finish on the palate with a nice roundness.
Chateau de Cadillac Bordeaux Rosé 781598
Born of a desire to combine my two passions, wine and golf, I created the 7 Iron wine label in 2013. The 7 iron golf club is the perfect metaphor for the style of wine I wished to create. A “go to” product that is dependable, smooth and predictable. Priced to be competitive enough to over-deliver on a quality to price ratio and crafted to perfectly represent the varietal, giving your customer excacly what they wanted.
7 Iron 2015 Cabernet
The 7 Iron wines were created to be as dependable as your go to club, easy to use and with the expected results! 100% Cabernet blended from Sacramento Delta, Lodi and Central Coast vineyards. Savory notes of blackberry bramble and powdered cocoa. Silky tannins lead to a floral finish with fragments of vanilla and cinnamon stick.
7 Iron 2013 Chardonnay
Rich flavors of baked apple and pear, offset by bright citrus and layered with notes of caramel and brown spice with a smooth, lingering finish. Only the best fruit from Lodi, Delta and Clarksburg areas are selected for the 7 Iron Chardonnay.
7 Iron Cabernet Sauvignon 765435
7 Iron Chardonnay 770403
Vignobles Pelle, now celebrating five generations, is located 5 minutes from the medieval city of SaintMacaire, and 50 kilometers south of Bordeaux. Handed down from father to son, the current owner Denis Pellé took over the property in 2003 and created the Chateau de Jayle label.
The operation produces annually about 3600 hl Bordeaux Rouge. For Bordeaux Blanc, Rosé and Côtes de
Bordeaux Saint Macaire, production varies each year. Exploitation total area of 68 ha whose vines are from Cabernet Sauvignon (49%), Merlot (44%), Cabernet Franc (4%), Semillon (2%) and Sauvignon Blanc (1%).
Of their production only the top cut goes towards the Jayle from 9 ha off their land. The blend is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot.
2010 Chateau de Jayle
Caprice: A sudden unexplainable desire, or whim
Petit Caprice: Incredible value wines from family owned Rhone and Languedoc vineyards.
Rouge: Syrah, Grenache, Caladoc (Grenache Malbec crossing)
Blanc: Viognier, Colombard, Grenache blanc, Sauvignon Chardonnay
Petit Caprice Rouge 784835
Petit Caprice Blanc 784834
From the hillsides of Mount Ventoux, nicknamed the “Giant of Provence”.
This iconic piece of the Alps stands apart from the rest of the range, with Rhone vineyards to the west and Provence vineyards to the South and East.
Rouge: Grenache, Syrah
Rosé: Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Carignan
Passe-Colline Ventoux Rouge 784837
Passe-Colline Ventoux Rosé 784836
Domaine Pascal Clement
Domaine Pascal Clement is located in the village of Savigny-les-Beaune, a family of growers, where his father founded the Maison in 1950. After over 20 years as a
grower and winemaker in the region – including his time at legendary Domaine Coche-Dury in Meursault, and Chanson Pere et Fils Pascal launched his own micro-négoçiant project in 2012. Since then he has purchased a half hectare of Savigny, he started producing estate wines as well as expanding in Chambolle Musigny, Pommard, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru.
2014 Bourgongne Blanc Cuvee 778282
2013 Montagny 1er Cru Les Coeres 778283
2014 Savigny Les Beune Blanc 778286
2013 Bourgogne Rouge 778290
Mimi En Provence
The Mimi en provence sources it’s fruit from two appellations, the AOP Cotes du Provence and the AOP Coteaux de Varois Provence. The inclusion of the second appelation allowed the winery to increase production and make the wine available for export. It also granted the winery access to some amazing Syrah plantings. This gives the wine a slightly richer texture and balances out the delicate flavours of the Grenache andf Cinsault. The vinolok enclosure ensures freshness and untaintable wine!
Mimi en Provence Rosé 781586
Kitchen Sink Wines are developed to be the perfect mix of flavors and spices the cupboard provided, our winemakers embrace the same “kitchen sink” approach to crafting deeply flavored and harmonious artisan blends from our cellar’s diverse selection of vineyard and varietal lots.
2013 Kitchen Sink Red Blend 779740
Château du Frandat
Château du Frandat dates back to the period of the Merovingian dynasty, the Kings and Queens of the Franks. The name ‘Frandat’ comes from the latin franco datus, meaning ‘given in franchise’. The estate was burnt down (not for the last time) in 1342, and the château in its present form dates from 1540.
The Biavant family took purchased the vineyard and winery in 1980, with the 2nd generation assuming the responsibilities in 2008. The goal of sustainable farming practices was reached in an effort to get the highest quality grapes that express the best of Buzet terroir. As independent growers, they control every stage of the process, from looking after the vines to marketing the wines. With four hearts in the Guide Hachette des Vins over the last ten years, and numerous articles in the press, they are recognized as a cornerstone of the Buzet appellation.
2012 Enchantment du Frandat 781126
(92% Merlot 5% Cab Sauv. 3% Cab Franc)
2014 Rosé 781151
(75% Merlot 25% Cabernet Sauvignon)
Chateau Roland La Garde
As the search continues for value wine the Blaye region of Bordeaux sheds it’s bulky reputation and emerges with high quality. The Martin family has been in Blaye for 7 generations.
Legend has it that Roland, nephew of legendary Charlemagne king, threw his javelin in the Gironde from a hilltop to prove his strength. Named after this legend, the property located close to Blaye is managed by Bruno Martin and today spans over 29 hectares under organic conversion.
The Roland prestige is aged 12 months in French oak casks. A classic, refined Bordeaux giving away notes of cedar, undergrowth, cassis and tobacco.
2010 Chateau Roland la Garde Blaye Cotes de Bordeaux
80% Merlot 15% Cab Sauv 5% Malbec
Bought in 2002 by Bruno Martin, Château Sainte-Luce Bellevue overlooks the banks of the Gironde. Located on a beautiful clay-limestone vineyards are old and extends over 10 hectares. Under the direct influence of the river with its regulatory effect, bringing a mitigation of heatstroke and cooling for better photosynthesis, the property produces structured and powerful wines with very fruity and sweet grapes.
2005 Saint Luce Bellevue Blaye Cotes de Bordeaux
85% Merlot 15% Cabernet
Emmanuelle Piovesan and long time friend Thierry Heydon have transformed the eleven hectares of the Piovesan family estate in the Marmandais (on the right bank of the Garonne where sandstone, shale and thin limestone predominate) into an inventive modern winery.
Rather than simply abandon the traditional affection for Cot, Fer Servadou and Abouriou, Emmanuelle and Thierry’s approach was to integrate Syrah and Cabernet Franc into their vineyards.
This allowed them to retain the mineral earthiness that characterized traditional Marmandais while broadening their wine’s appeal and its versatility with the local duck, poultry and plentiful charcuterie.
The 11 hectares are planted with 7 red varieties: Merlot (28%), Cabernet Franc (26%), Malbec (15%), Cabernet Sauvignon (11%), Syrah (8%), Abouriou (7%) Fer Servadou (5%).
The property boasts a varied terroir, with clay and limestone being the predominiant character. The density is about 4500 feet per ha, the average age of the vines around thirty years with low yields of 30 to 40 hl per hectare.
775174 2010 Syrah du Cavenac VDP de l’Agenais
775178 2010 Seizh Penn Marmandais AOC
(20% Cabernet Franc 20% Syrah 15% Merlot 15% Abouriou 15% Malbec 10% Cabernet Sauvignon 5% Fer Servadou
22 months in new French Oak)
The vision for Crosby Roamann began in New York City in 2006. Husband and wife, Sean and Juliana McBride started making wine in Tribeca in 2006 – merely a barrel of grapes they purchased from one of Napa’s most well known vineyard managers, Andy Beckstoffer. Bitten by the bug Sean moved to the valley and started making wine at White Rock Vineyards – which is where he learned much of the hands on process of winemaking. Their first commercial release dates from 2007. They started selling this release in 2010 and with this increased commitment, both Sean and and Juliana moved to the valley and now live here full time.
The focus of Crosby Roamann’s wines are on single vineyard single appellation hand-crafted wines. They work with local independent growers and currently source fruit from more than 10 vineyards – all in Napa. Often times they will hear from friends and other growers of a select vineyard that needs a home for its fruit; they are not opposed to making wine from the vineyard for just a single vintage or if there is a chance for a longer term agreement, they may add a particular vineyard into their annual portfolio.
2013 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 774897
Domaine Pichard is located near Pau in the commune of Soublecause in the hautes-Pyrenees department. In 1955 the domain was merely a plot of uncultivated land which Auguste Vigneau spotted the potential of this south-facing land purchased it and set about planting his first vines. Until 2004 Vigneau’s nephew, René Tachouère, was in charge. He pursued the same goal of producing structured, long lasting Madiran wines.
However, willing to retire, his attempt to pass the domain over to his son failed and he finally decided to sell to brothers in law Jean Sentilles and Rod Cork. They set to work on the 2004 vintage just 4 days after completing the deal.
The next vintage saw a huge amount of work completed in both vineyard (new vines were planted and both Tannat and Cabernets Franc & Sauvignon were split into two distinct plots) and cellars (renovation and introduction of new foudres and 225 litres Bordeaux barriques).
Today, the domain encompasses 12 ha on one unique south-facing block split in seven distinct plots around the main building, of which 11 ha are planted with black varieties and 1ha of one white grape. The Tannat vines are planted on a poor soil patchwork consisting of quartzite, lydiène (Adour pudding stones) and quartz pur on a bed of clay. (The Adour is a river in the southwest of France which rises in the High-Bigorre at the Col du Tourmalet, and flows into the Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay, near Bayonne).
The Tannat, and the Cabernet Franc grapes go through a long 20-28 days vatting period in order to extract optimum colour and tannin.
2006 Domaine Pichard Madiran 772749
(70% Tannat 30% Cab Franc)
For most oenophiles, the Beaumes de Venise appelation conjures up images of sweet White Muscat driven dessert wines and indeed this is what the region is most famouse for. While tradition is one of the hallmarks of the appelation system, without inovation and forward thinking winemakers, we wouldn’t have the incredible diversity we enjoy in wine.
A new breed of wine is emerging from BdV that has much more in common with its neighboring villages, Gigondas and Chateauneuf du pape. This new direction, born of a love of Grenache and Syrah has yeilded blockbuster wines at a fraction of the cost.
2015 Dom Venitia Beaumes de Venise
Domaine de Pontfract
The rosé wine DOMAINE DE PONTFRACT is originated in the vineyard located a few kilometers from Brignoles. Owned by the same family for more then three centuries, the 20 hectares vineyard is situated upon rocky limestone soil flooded with sunlight. The plantings of Domaine de Pontfract vineyard consists, for the rose wine, from Grenache, Cinsault and Carignan’s varietals. Produced by bleeding process of the grapes at a modern winery, the rose wines DOMAINE DE PONTFRACT meet high quality standards required by Vins Bréban, which holds exclusive distribution rights for this wine. The wine growing area is a part of AOP Côtes de Provence region, the largest Provence appellation. With a certain diversity of soils, the whole area of 20,000 hectares is under influence of the typical Provence Mediterranean climate. In the AOP Côtes de Provence region is produced the majority rosé wines. In the northern part of the designation area, where the costs of land are low and where the grapes ripen slowly, the microclimate is particularly favorable, what predefines the elaboration of powerful and at the same time harmonious AOP Côtes de Provence rosés wines.
The 2015 is a blend of Grenache – 60% Cinsault – 30% Carignan – 10%
Domaine de Pontfract Cotes du Provence 781587