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Chateau Monbousquet, AC St Emilion Grand Cru, 2006

Meritage – Merlot & Cabernets
Chateau Monbousquet, AC St Emilion Grand Cru, 2006
Bordeaux, France

Chateau Monbousquet is one of the new star properties of the Right Bank in Bordeaux. When Gerard Perse purchased the property in 1993 he made huge investments in the cellar and the vineyards, and totally revolutionized the quality. This 2006 vintage was rated 92 points by Robert Parker.

The blend of 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon is typical of many St Emilion estates. But the low yields, precision vineyard management and Michel Rolland’s touch in the cellar have created a superb wine.

The nose shows notes of coffee, milk chocolate, plum and vanilla. The palate is powerful yet elegant, with full body, refined tannins, soft acidity and depth of flavor. This wine will age for another decade but drinks well now.

Food and wine pairing: The perfect match with beef, lamb, and hard cheeses.

Poggio Antico, Altero, DOCG Brunello di Montalcino, 2006

Sangiovese
Poggio Antico, Altero, DOCG Brunello di Montalcino, 2006
Tuscany, Italy

Brunello di Montalcino is one of the great wine regions of the world, located in the southerly part of Tuscany. Here, the Sangiovese grape variety is king and produces classic wines with long ageing potential. By law, the wines must not be released for 5 years after the vintage to enable them to evolve, develop, and soften.

The color is a deep ruby and a touch of garnet on the rim, which is a sign of age. The complex nose draws you in with notes of licorice, red and black cherry, cedar, earth and leather.

Dry, full bodied, with a chewy texture to the tannin, the beautiful flavors unravel on the palate. This wine has all the hallmarks of quality – balance, intensity, concentration, complexity, elegance and length. We hope you enjoy it.

Food and wine pairing: Pairs well with pasta in a tomato sauce, red meats, and hard cheeses.

Dr. Loosen, Erdener Treppchen, Spatlese, 2007

Riesling
Dr. Loosen, Erdener Treppchen, Spatlese, 2007
Mosel valley, Germany

Ernst Loosen is the owner of a winery that can trace its history back over 200 years. In fact, back then Mosel Rieslings were the most expensive wines in the world.

This wine comes from the Treppchen vineyard, close to the town of Erden. Long ago, stone steps were built into the vineyard’s steep hillside to help workers reach the vines.

A “Spatlese” is made from late harvest grapes that have achieved a high level of ripeness. This, combined with the halting of the fermentation, has created a wine with a pleasant degree of sweetness.

The nose bursts with aromas of peaches and apricots, and shows excellent freshness and vibrancy. The palate is medium bodied, elegant and delicate, with enough acidity to counter-balance the sweetness. This wine will age for 20-30 years, but is delicious now.

Food and wine pairing: The medium sweet character of the wine will suit spicy Indian and Asian dishes, and fresh fruit plates.

Selbach-Oster, Zeltinger Sonnenuhr, Spatlese, 2007

Riesling
Selbach-Oster, Zeltinger Sonnenuhr, Spatlese, 2007
Mosel Valley, Germany
Since 1660 the Selbach family has been producing some of the very finest Rieslings in the Mosel Valley. This is arguably the greatest of all the German wine regions, which is known for the incredibly steep slopes, slate soils, and wines that are capable of ageing for decades.
This wine comes from the Sonnenuhr vineyard which is close to the village of Zelting. It is made entirely from the Riesling grape, which is picked when the level of sugar in the berry qualifies it to be classified as a “Spatlese”, or late harvest. This indicates the wine is medium sweet.
The nose shows enticing aromas of sweet apricots, peaches and honey, with a subtle mineral character. The palate is medium in body, with succulent honeyed flavors, and a zesty acidity that dance across your palate. This is a wine of great elegance, delicacy and style.
Food and wine pairing: The medium sweet character of the wine will suit spicy Indian and Asian dishes, and fresh fruit plates.

Elderton, 2008

Shiraz
Elderton, 2008
Barossa Valley, Australia

Wine Spectator magazine describes Elderton as one of Australia’s modern classics. Certainly, the wines are considered as a benchmark in Australia’s most famous region for Shiraz – the Barossa Valley.

Elderton Wines is a small, family owned and operated winery. It shot to fame in 1993 after winning the Jimmy Watson Trophy, which is Australia’s highest award for Shiraz. A few years later the winery won the trophy for “World’s Best Shiraz” at the International Wine & Spirit competition in London.

One of the reasons for the success is the age of the vineyards. Some of the vines are over one hundred years old. This creates a wine of high intensity, with concentrated flavours and richness. The classic Shiraz notes of black cherry, raisin, vanilla and spice are present, and there is a long lingering finish.

Food and wine pairing: This is very pleasant with lamb, beef and hard cheeses. For those that like full bodied and soft red wines it is perfect sipping all by itself too.

Albert Bichot, Meursault, 2009

Chardonnay
Albert Bichot, Meursault, 2009
Burgundy, France

Albert Bichot was recently named amongst the “Top 100 wineries in the world” by Wine and Spirits magazine. When Bernard Bichot founded the house back in 1831 it’s doubtful that he would have imagined such success.

This wine comes the famous appellation of Meursault, which is synonymous with top quality white wines. Meursault typically produces the richest and most buttery wines of Burgundy’s prestige appellations. It’s located just south of the historic town of Beaune, the winemaking capital of Burgundy.

The nose shows classic yet youthful aromas of hazelnuts, peach and citrus. It beautifully dry, crisp and refreshing, and has a light toasty note to complement the minerality.

Food and wine pairing: The perfect complement to chicken dishes, richer fish and pasta in a cream sauce. It also drinks beautifully all by itself.

Lopez de Heredia, Vina Tondonia, 2001

Tempranillo & Garnacha
Lopez de Heredia, Vina Tondonia, 2001
Rioja, Spain

Lopez de Heredia is one of the most fascinating wine producers in the world. It is an icon amongst all wineries, known for their long ageing periods and natural winemaking.

They still ferment the wine in oak vats that were built over 100 years ago, using natural yeasts. Instead of using computers to control the fermentation temperature they simply open the cellar doors at night. They make their own barrels and mature the wine for longer than almost any winery in the world, which is often 8 years in barrel before release.

Tempranillo is the classic grape of Rioja and gives flavors of strawberry and notes of soft leather. Garnacha provides spice and body, and soft smooth tannins. This wine is a model of complexity, elegance and delicacy. We hope you enjoy the complex and unusual flavors.

Food and wine pairing: The classic match is lamb, but the wine also complements beef and hard cheeses.