Supple and smooth, this is a distinctly pretty Graves rouge, with ripe Cabernet and Merlot fruit gracefully layered over soft tannins. The voluptuous style of the 2009 vintage really plays to its strengths, and combines nicely with the château's excellent Graves terroir. The owner is Michel Boyer, whose daughter Catherine d'Halluin also makes outstanding wine at Château Clos Bourbon in the Premières Côtes de Bordeaux.
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)
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.
This property is a real hidden "gem", just a stone's throw away from the St. Julien appellation and stars such as Lagrange and Gruaud Larose. We're happy to keep the secret because it means more wine for us! Owner Francois Nony, whom we got to visit with during our recent trip to Bordeaux, delivers a great 2009. A blackcurrant and cassis-like nose leads to a classic Medoc earthy finish. This wine is well-balanced with a freshness of fruit that is a hallmark of this vintage. It should age well for 5-10 more years. A real bargain!
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.
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