The wines of Saint Julien are among the best wines of Bordeaux, but not only, because others take up the challenge with panache and seduction. Exceptional lands and terroirs, silky and aromatic wines, with notes of red fruits spiced with liquorice.
The fiefs of Lagrange 2016: an exceptional Saint Julien
The slopes of Saint Julien are among the best Bordeaux soils. And 2016 is an exceptional year. So, we might as well say that the 2016 vintage of the Fiefs de Lagrange is a great wine. The vines, which take root in a clay-limestone subsoil, give the grapes an unparalleled taste. Composed of Cabernet Sauvignon (55%) and Merlot (45%), we like the dark color with purple reflections of the wine, the nose of black cherries, enhanced by a liquorice flavor. A deep and perfectly balanced wine.
Average public price: 31 €
Ducru-Beaucaillou 2018: an Ode to pleasure
Pushing the requirements of the profession to the maximum with an elitist and respectful viticulture to express the greatest elegance of the terroirs: this is the successful bet of Domaine Ducru-Beaucaillou which is releasing its 2018 vintage. The Domaine, located in Saint Julien, we offers here a predominantly Cabernet-Sauvignon beverage combined with Merlot, and aged for 18 months in new oak barrels. In the glass, the charm operates! The attack on the palate, initially fruity, then reveals a voluptuous fullness, then silky tannins. The aromas dance and flatter the nose. A perfectly balanced vintage that reveals its secrets over the tasting.
Le Petit Ducru 2018: the latest from Domaine Ducru-Beaucaillou
This vintage is the last of the Ducru-Beaucaillou family, an estate located on the slopes of Saint Julien! A wine of balance and harmony, accessible from its early youth, it comes from a drastic selection and demanding vinification. Composed of 60% black Merlot and 40% Cabernet-Sauvignon, Le Petit Ducru 2018, with a garnet color, reveals aromas of red fruits and a full-bodied mouth, typical of Saint Julien. Even if it is tasted from its youth, it will reach its peak within five years.
Price: available from wine merchants for € 28.
La Croix Ducru-Beaucaillou 2018: a high-end cuvée
An original expression of the Ducru-Beaucaillou terroirs, the 2018 vintage La Croix is a top-notch cuvée. Aged 12 months in barrels, this predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot noir wine contains a nicely spicy hint that we owe to Petit Verdot. On the palate, it is powerful, silky, and very aromatic. While revealing great finesse.
Relais de la Dominique 2018: a great Saint Emilion terroir
Wine-growing property since the 16th century, Château la Dominique in Saint Emilion has its vines which for more than thirty years have soaked their roots in clay soils. Old vines, single grape variety Merlot, manual harvest: all the subtlety of this wine is reflected in the mouth. It is distinguished by an intense garnet color that reveals aromas of red fruits and spices. Its bouquet, seductive and complex, is nuanced with notes of blackberry, raspberry and liquorice.
Silky and fresh: it’s a treat!
Price: 20 € incl.
With “Sous la cabotte” 2018, Domaine Jean Féry & Fils offers a great organic Burgundy wine
This great Burgundy wine, classified as a “Savigny-lès-Beaune” communal appellation, is organic and harvested by hand. Made from 30-year-old Pinot Noir vines, it is supple on the palate and silky. Its round tannins release charming aromas of black berries. And the aging in oak barrels sublimates the balance of this Savigny. A wine that goes just as well with white meat as with roast beef, a chicken wok with small vegetables or a risotto with mushrooms.
Price: 29 € incl.
Château Lynch-Moussas 2015: 5th Grand Cru classified Pauillac
With its 2015 vintage, Château Lynch-Moussas offers a wine of great depth and absolute indulgence! Thanks to its blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (79%) and Merlot (21%), its deep red bouquet seduces with notes of raspberries and wild strawberries, underlined by subtle aromas of undergrowth. The mouth is greedy and the fruit intense, balanced by supple tannins. The final note leaves it, to develop spicy notes. A powerful cuvée with aromatic elegance.
Price: 46 €
La Combe des Marchands 2018: a Gigondas signed “Les Grandes Serres”
Located in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the Domaine des Grandes Serres is one of the wines of Gigondas whose reputation comes from its mosaic of terroirs. Composed of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre grape varieties, “La Combe des Marchands” seduces with its beautiful cherry red color with purple reflections. The nose is complex and the tannins are generous and melted with notes of sour cherries, black fruits and spices. The lively and frank attack allows notes of black fruits to develop. A fleshy and greedy wine.
Price: € 16.90
Cornas 2017 from Maison Denuzière: a 100% Syrah single varietal
This wine from the northern Rhône Valley, from a plot located in Cornas, is made from a single Syrah grape variety. Vinified using traditional methods in wooden casks, then in barrels for several months, it reveals all the aromas and complexity of its terroir. It has a beautiful ruby-purple color, is typical Syrah aromas: notes of cherry, dark chocolate and pepper. Beautifully ripe, its mouth is full, its texture velvety, and its silky tannins.
Price: 25 €