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)
Listrac's deep gravel soils rival the best of the Haut-Médoc, and this prominent Listrac château makes its wine to a classified growth standard, with the flavors of new oak well-integrated into this dark purple, powerful wine.-- Ben Giliberti
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.
Made from Merlot (75%), Cabernet Sauvignon (20%), and Malbec (5%) planted on clay-limestone terraces close to Saint Emilion, this wine delivers a palate impression well above its official pedigree and price. It is produced by Jean-Luc Thunevin, the owner of the legendary St. Emilion Premier Cru Classe Château Valandraud. Jean-Luc is also the self-confessed "Bad Boy" of Bordeaux, who believes that quality and value should trump official classification, regardless of the price. The 2012 Château Lafont Fourcat exudes the powerful, yet rich fruit of the 2012 Right Bank Bordeaux. Jean-Luc has skillfully integrated into the palate impression notes of smoky vanilla obtained by aging a portion of the wine in new oak barrels. This wine is pure, deeply fruity, supple – and an absolute steal at $11.99. -Ben Giliberti
We tried this with our friends at Nathaniel Johnston a few years ago and fell in love with it! This 2010 has very complex, black-fruit flavors, especially given its modest price and appellation. It has excellent balance, with fine tannins and a hint of roasted coffee in the long finish.-- CW Wine Staff (April 2011)
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.
"This blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc displays loads of power, structure and impressive density. The color is a healthy dark ruby/purple, and the wine offers up notes of black fruits, charcoal and forest floor. It is full-bodied and moderately tannic, but the low acidity and alcohol levels give it a certain accessibility. This is a sleeper of the vintage in Pomerol and possibly the best wine I have tasted from this estate. Give it several years of bottle age and drink it over the following 12-15 years."91+ points — Robert Parker, Wine Advocate
This delicious white, from white wine master and enology professor Denis Dubourdieu, has bright and tangy flavors of lemon-zest and grapefruit, with a very long and focused finish that ends with a nice bit of minerality. It should age nicely, if you can wait! (tasted three times including once with Denis Dubourdieu himself)-- CW Wine Staff (April 2011)
Fill the yawning, empty space in your Bordeaux cellar with this sampler, each from a different part Bordeaux. From the Left Bank (e.g., Médoc, Graves), the wines are made from the more classically structured Cabernet Sauvignon; those from the Right Bank rely more heavily on the upfront, juicier fruit of Merlot. Since the petit châteaux of Bordeaux may well represent, collectively, the best red wine bargains in the entire world, you win on both sides of the river with this stylish sampler.The 6 Bottle Sampler comes in a handy, reusable container with one bottle each of the following wines:Bellevue Rougier 2010 (Bordeaux)Beynat 2011 (Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux)Haut Mayne "Cuvée Mayne du Cros" 2009 (Graves)Les Tours Seguy 2010 (Côtes de Bourg)Lafont Fourcat 2012 (Bordeaux)