Aresti – Merlot, Estate Selection, 2014
Aresti – Merlot, Estate Selection, 2014
Aresti – Merlot, Estate Selection, 2014

This Merlot has a deep red colour with intense aromas of fresh fruits, such as raspberry and touches of vanilla. It’s a medium- bodied wine, sweet tannins in mouth and a pleasant end.

Product Information

Wine Enthusiast.
“Aresti Winery is a family-owned winery that was founded in 1951 by Vicente Aresti and his father-in-law Alfredo López. Originally known as Bellavista Estate, Aresti believed that the Curico Valley was the ideal place for his vineyards. Over the years the family purchased new land throughout Chile to plant their Aresti Vineyards. By 1999, the brand name and label had switched over to Aresti and a state of the art cellar and bottling plant was constructed. The new winery also included an underground, climate controlled barrel room to house up to 2,000 barrels according to our Aresti wine reviews. Aresti wines are available in 5 different lines from their value Estate Selection to their top tier Family Collection red blend. Nine different grape varieties are used to produce the various wines in the Aresti portfolio, however it is their Limited Release and Family Collection Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Carmenere blends that tend to find the top of our Aresti wine ratings.”

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Bergerac AC Vieilli en Fut de Chene Domaine de Mayat, 2014
Bergerac AC Vieilli en Fut de Chene Domaine de Mayat, 2014
Bergerac AC Vieilli en Fut de Chene Domaine de Mayat, 2014

Made from 100% Merlot, deep garnet red wine with powerful aromas of black fruits. A round, velvet taste with a rich structure of tannins. Showing some bottle age and drinking very well now.

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Bordeaux AC Elevé en Fut de Chene Domaine de Mayat, 2014
Bordeaux AC Elevé en Fut de Chene Domaine de Mayat, 2014
Bordeaux AC Elevé en Fut de Chene Domaine de Mayat, 2014

This classic and well vinified Bordeaux wine has a pleasant nose of ripe red fruits, a very expressive, fruity mouth with a fresh finish. 10-12 months in barrel. Enjoy from 2-3 from vintage up to 8-10 years. Pair with games dishes.

Domaine de Mayat
Family farm for 3 generations, Domaine de Mayat is located on the plateau of Fougueyrolles, and dominates the Dordogne valley at 90 meters altitude.

With a southern exposure, the soil is clay-siliceous and clayey-limestone with a high iron content.
The vineyard therefore benefits from the best criteria for the elaboration of its fine wines.

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Calmel & Joseph – Syrah Villa Blanche, 2014
Calmel & Joseph – Syrah Villa Blanche, 2014
Calmel & Joseph – Syrah Villa Blanche, 2014

Tasting Note
Deep purple red colour. This vintage is fresher than the 2013 with aromas of red fruits, blackcurrant, blackbery and spices. The mouth is well balanced, round and fruity. Notes of truffles and gunflint. Tannins are soft with a generous finish of spices. Very nice balance on this vintage clearly elegant.

Ageing
10% of the wine is aged for three months in oak barrels of 2 vintages. The remaining 90% is raised in tanks on fine lees.

 

Top 100 The Wine Merchant
Highly Recommanded by The Wine Merchant

 

Guide Gilbert & Gaillard 2016
Gold Medal

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Calmel & Joseph – Vieux Carignan, IGP Côtes du Brian, 2014
Calmel & Joseph – Vieux Carignan, IGP Côtes du Brian, 2014
Calmel & Joseph – Vieux Carignan, IGP Côtes du Brian, 2014

Tasting Note
Ruby red robe with highlights. 2014 was a good, sunny vintage. On the nose, this wine has aromas of fig and garrigue herbs typical of ancient Carignan vines grown on hillsides. The palate is delicate, with a fine balance between taste and tannins, suppleness and acidity. A wonderfully rich, elegant example of this Languedoc grape variety.

 

Jancis Robinson 2016 17 / 20

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Cannonau di Sardegna Costera, Argiolas, 2014
Cannonau di Sardegna Costera, Argiolas, 2014
Cannonau di Sardegna Costera, Argiolas, 2014

Made from the Sardinian clone of Grenache called Cannonau, Carignan & Bovale Sardo, it is a chunky, robust, meaty effort revealing scents of garrigue, kirsch liqueur, white chocolate, pepper, and spice. Full-bodied, with terrific fruit as well as loads of personality.

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Cardal – Tinto, Tejo 2014
Cardal – Tinto, Tejo 2014
Cardal – Tinto, Tejo 2014

A smooth, easy-drinking red with ripe red fruit flavours: plummy with floral hints from the Touriga.

Recommended with grilled meats, risottos and soft cheeses.

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Chardonnay Seven Springs Vineyards, 2014
Chardonnay Seven Springs Vineyards, 2014
Chardonnay Seven Springs Vineyards, 2014

Rich and smooth, with an abundance of fresh white peach and melon. It has a beautifully balanced palate with rich concentrated tropical fruits, a zesty acidity and a hint of gentle toasted oak. The long finish will leave you wanting more.

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Chateau du Fauga – AC Grand Vin Blanc, Montravel, 2015
Chateau du Fauga – AC Grand Vin Blanc, Montravel, 2015
Chateau du Fauga – AC Grand Vin Blanc, Montravel, 2015

 

Lively, fruity aromas. In clayey-limestone soils, the grapes are very ripe and thus give off aromas of candied fruit. Château Fauga is made with 90% Sauvignon, or 100% according to the vintage. Fermentation is carried out at a low temperature with a skin maceration of 24 hours – adding weight and complexity to the wine. Suggested dishes: Seafood platter, raw vegetables, fondue Savoyarde.

Chateau du Fauga

Chateau du Fauga is an 18th century castle listed as a historical monument, located 200 meters from the banks of the Dordogne in the town of Port Sainte Foy.

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Chateau Pineraie AC Cahors, 2014
Chateau Pineraie AC Cahors, 2014
Chateau Pineraie AC Cahors, 2014

It has subtle tangy red fruit flavours such as redcurrant and cranberry, undertones of earth and ripe red cherries with some sweet liquorice on the delicate long finish.

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Clos Louis – ‘Louison & Leopoldine’, Cotes de Bordeaux Castillon, France 2014
Clos Louis – ‘Louison & Leopoldine’, Cotes de Bordeaux Castillon, France 2014
Clos Louis – ‘Louison & Leopoldine’, Cotes de Bordeaux Castillon, France 2014

A tiny organic vineyard with pre-phylloxeric vines owned by Pascal and Sophie Lucin Douteau. ‘Louison & Leopoldine’ is their second wine; with a high proportion of Cabernet Franc it has a charm and elegance and is drinking wonderfully right now.

Red cherry with hints of mint, creamy and smooth on the palate. Expressive and with fine depth of flavour – a good find.’ – www.bordeaux.com

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Esporão Tinto Reserva DOC Alentejo 2014
Esporão Tinto Reserva DOC Alentejo 2014

Deep dark red colour. Intense spicy aroma of mature red berry fruits with discrete oak complexity. Compact, elegant, dense and creamy. Firm tannins offering structure for bottle maturation.

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Familia Schroeder – Saurus Select Pinot Noir, 2014
Familia Schroeder – Saurus Select Pinot Noir, 2014
Familia Schroeder – Saurus Select Pinot Noir, 2014

Deep red tones to the eye and the nose has plenty of floral aromas, like roses and violets combined with red fruit scents such as red currants, raspberries and strawberries. Mushrooms and mineral aromas stand out together with some vanilla and cocoa notes. This medium-bodied Pinot Noir presents ultra fine tannins and fruity nuances that wave through a finish of superior depth and dimension.

88 Points Wine Spectator
“This red shows good concentration to its dried cherry and roasted plum flavors, extending with mocha notes. Milk chocolate and sandalwood details chime in on the finish. Drink now.” – Kim Marcus, Apr 30, 2014

Commended, Decanter World Wine Awards (2013 vintage)
“A fruit forward wine with sour cherries and red berries nose and a clean finish.”

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Famille Perrin – Les Sinards Rouge, Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2014
Famille Perrin – Les Sinards Rouge, Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2014
Famille Perrin – Les Sinards Rouge, Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2014

Famille Perrin

Domaine Perrin is a reputable family owned and run négociant business situated in the Southern Rhone. They are owners of the famous Châteauneuf-du-Pape estate Château de Beaucastel along with other well-known estates such as Mirival in Provence.

 

The Wine
The Family’s other Châteauneuf! Les Sinards comes from the young vines at Beaucastel and from a neighbouring vineyard that they farm.

The 2014 Châteauneuf du Pape les Sinards is a solid effort in the vintage and while it functions as a young vine/second wine cuvee for the Perrin Family, it trumps many an estate’s top cuvee. Floral, elegant and perfumed with lively notes of plums, blackberry, underbrush, pepper and licorice, it has good acidity, medium-bodied richness and outstanding length. It will drink nicely for 7-8 years. – Robert Parker, Wine Advocate.

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Gros Manseng, Côtes de Gascogne IGP, Domaine de Papolle 2014
Gros Manseng, Côtes de Gascogne IGP, Domaine de Papolle 2014
Gros Manseng, Côtes de Gascogne IGP, Domaine de Papolle 2014

Delightful pale yellow color with golden highlights. Scents of honey and hazelnuts with a discreet touch of wood. Round and smooth on the mouth. Fresh and slightly acidic, with aromas of honey and acacia as well as white peaches and nectarines.

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H. Hernaiz – Salagόn, Rioja Tempranillo, 2014
H. Hernaiz – Salagόn, Rioja Tempranillo, 2014
H. Hernaiz – Salagόn, Rioja Tempranillo, 2014

Unoaked for a vibrant, fresh expression of Rioja. Youthful bramble fruits with hints of liquorice and violet sweets. Easy to drink with a refreshing acidity.

 

Made from the Tempranillo grape grown on soils dominated by limestone, known in Rioja as ‘Salagon’.

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Heights of the Charge Rueda DO Verdejo & Viura, 2014
Heights of the Charge Rueda DO Verdejo & Viura, 2014
Heights of the Charge Rueda DO Verdejo & Viura, 2014

This wine is made with traditional grape varieties of Verdejo and Viura; it has a lemony freshness and tropical fruit character with a complexity and creaminess from 50% oak fermentation in a mix of American and French barrels.

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La Bascula – Catalan Eagle Red, Terra Alta, 2014
La Bascula – Catalan Eagle Red, Terra Alta, 2014
La Bascula – Catalan Eagle Red, Terra Alta, 2014

Savoury, minerally flavours from old vine Garnacha and Cariñena are complemented by the smokiness and backbone of the Syrah and Cabernet. A month’s contact with French Oak staves adds a touch of vanilla and complexity.

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Limoux AOP “les Crus”, Calmel & Joseph, 2014
Limoux AOP “les Crus”, Calmel & Joseph, 2014
Limoux AOP “les Crus”, Calmel & Joseph, 2014

Clear yellow color with shining reflects. The nose is strong with spicy notes, flower and mint mix up to offer a rare aromatic complexity. The mouth is straight, initially crispy, then it complexifies with salty notes. Round with a perfect balance between acidity, fruit and aromas. The minerality of this wine is characteristic of the great Chardonnay cultivated in a fresh environment and raised in oak barrel.

Terroir

The high Valley of Aude is the highest vineyard in Languedoc. Our parcels are located at the extreme west of Languedoc. Spring comes in late and autumn is quite cool. The altitude is above 300m and average rainfall exceeds 800 mm/year. The late clay soil is a very important factor in Languedoc to favor the planting of the Chardonnay grape. Certainly the best terroir for Chardonnay in the whole region of Languedoc.

Vinification

Manual harvest. Grapes are neither destemmed nor crushed. The first juice, the free run juice and the pressed juice are all vinified separately. The alcoholic fermentation is done in barrels. It is regular and last for 3 weeks. The malolactic fermentation is only done on the barrels that are found too acid. As a result, the final blending between the different wine profiles results in an exceptionnal harmony for our Chardonnay.

Ageing

6 months in 500L oak barrels.
Jancis Robinson 2016 17.5 + / 20 : Structure and tension, really exciting.
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