This is one of our first arrivals from the highly regarded 2010 vintage, and if the delectable style of this modestly priced petite château is any indication, wine lovers are going to be arguing for decades over which is the greater vintage, 2010 or 2009. Made from a blend of 50% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 18% Cabernet Franc, this fruit-forward wine, from the northern part of the Entre Deux Mers appellation, is made by Jean Lobre and his two sons, whose family has owned Bellevue Rougier for four generations. Absolutely ready to drink now, this easy-drinking Bordeaux offers oodles of soft, spicy fruit, lightly seasoned by notes of red berries, Provençal herbs, and cedar. Although it has sufficient stuffing to match with main courses of meat or poultry, this wine is also delicious by itself or with light cheeses.
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.
Back when most Bordeaux estates were yanking out white grapes in favor of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, Château Thieuley owner Francis Courselle bucked the trend by increasing his acreage of Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc. The freshness of the just released 2012 Thieuley Blanc makes it a perfect summer sipper, as well as a splendid match for fish, poultry, and light meats cooked on the outdoor grill. The crisp, lemony notes of Sauvignon Blanc play harmoniously with the ripe, juicy, fruit flavors of Sémillon. Gentle lees stirring provides a touch of summer spice on the finish.