Our friend, owner Francois Nony, just keeps raising the bar at Caronne! A perennial winner, his 2010 has a nice bit of blackcurrant in the nose, with well-integrated, ripe tannins. There are attractive Medoc earth flavors that carry through into a long and elegant finish. (tasted twice including once at the chateau)-- CW Wine Staff (April 2011)
Produced on a well-situated 30-acre vineyard located in a picturesque village near Pomerol, this 2010 petit chateau has a definite Right Bank character. Although Merlot (70%) dominates the blend percentage-wise, the 30% Cabernet component (19% Cabernet Franc and 11% Cabernet Sauvignon) informs this charming wine's sense of style, adding a distinctive cassis/blackcurrant/peppery note that reminded me just a bit of Château Figeac or Vieux Château Certan (high praise indeed for an $11 wine). Quite ready to drink now, the palate impression is of crisp red and black fruit, with the aforementioned notes of blackcurrant leading the charge, followed by hints of vanilla from barrel aging on the finish. Nice drink. -Ben Giliberti, CW Director of Wine Education
Glowing, intense ruby color. An expressive nose of ripe, soft fruit, revealing blackberry, blackcurrant and cherry, melded with notes of subtle vanilla and spice from oak aging. On the palate, balanced and refined, with a long impression of lively, ripe fruit. The pure, polished tannins on the finish are the epitome of the Médoc classified growth style of élevage. Drink now and over the next 6 to 8 years.
If a Bordeaux Blanc does not go beyond merely aping the citrus/grapefruit notes of an NZ Sauvignon Blanc, what’s the point? It should taste like a Bordeaux. Martinon accomplishes that by using a good deal of soft, lush Semillon. I like the way the fatter, more viscous flavors of the Semillon play with the steely coolness of the Sauvignon Blanc. As with the 2010 and 2011, the 2012 Martinon is going to be one of my go to house whites, because it’s actually quite an interesting drink.
The first vintage produced with our talented consultant, StÃ©phane Derenoncourt. A new standard has been achieved. The 2010 vintage of Paveil reveals the full potential of the fabulous terroir on which we have the good fortune to be able to plant our vines. Tremendous purity of fruit, a creaminess envelopes the palate before the fireworks begin with an explosion of flavours, and a smooth, complex finish.
Château Thieuley red and white have been one of the most popular wines in Calvert Woodley’s extensive petit chateaux collection for almost 30 years. Thanks to the dedication and hard work of owner Francis Courselle, and more recently, his daughter Mary, Château Thieuley’s crisp, refreshingly dry rosé has emerged as a charming companion to the stalwart Thieuley reds and whites. Although the rosé is made from 40% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 30% Cabernet Franc, the key to its winning ways is unquestionably the Cabernet Franc. This grape’s fresh, spicy, herbal signature is writ large in the aromatic bouquet and crisp, airy finish, where it joins a chorus of tart cherry, raspberry and strawberry notes provided by the Merlot and the Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine will work brilliantly with grilled salmon, rosy veal chops, vegetarian dishes, or all by itself as an aperitif.
Petit Chateaux Bordeaux offer some of the most mind-blowing values in the wine world today. All six bottles are drinking well now but can also be laid down for up to a few years.The 6 Bottle Sampler comes in a handy, reusable container with one bottle each of the following wines:Haut Pommarede 2010 (Graves)La Maroutine 2010 (Bordeaux)David Beaulieu 2010 (Bordeaux Superieur)Leotins 2010 (Bordeaux)Du Corneau 2010 (Medoc)Lafont Fourcat 2012 (Bordeaux)