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Château Batailley, AC Pauillac, 2006

Meritage – Cabernet Sauvignon & Franc & Merlot
Château Batailley, AC Pauillac, 2006
Bordeaux, France

Pauillac is the most important appellation of the Medoc. It is home to 3 out of 5 of the First growths, namely Latour, Lafite and Mouton Rothschild. The gravelly soil and suitable climate combine to produce many of the finest wines in the world here. Chateau Batailley sits right in the heart of the appellation. It is a Grand Cru Classe from 1855, a high prestige.

The color is still deep and dark but with a shade of brick creeping into the rim, indicating some age and maturity. The nose has earthy aromas, cassis, tobacco and espresso. The palate shows a lick of vanilla, cedar, black cherry and smoke all wrapped up in a medium to full-bodied wine, with a touch of grip to the tannins, and beautiful long length. A classic Bordeaux, to say the least.

Food and wine pairing: Outstanding with beef, lamb or some cheddar cheese.

Domaine Zind-Humbrecht, Herrenweg de Turckheim, 2009

Domaine Zind-Humbrecht, Herrenweg de Turckheim, 2009
Alsace, France

This is unquestionably one of the greatest producers of Gewurztraminer in the world, and we’re delighted to be able to offer you this wine.

Gewurztraminer is a classic grape which thrives in Alsace. It’s true that the name of the grape can be a tongue-twister, and is best shortened to Gewurz, meaning spice in German.

The color is a classic pale gold, partly because the berries have a pinkish color which impacts the wine. The nose is perfumed, heady, and bursts with tropical fruits such as lychee and pineapple. The palate is slightly off-dry, full bodied, rich and ripe, with layer after layer of delicious flavors, including spice and exotic fruits, all leading into a beautiful long finish. This is a fabulous expression of Gewurztraminer.

Food and wine pairing: Spicy dishes like curry or Asian cuisine, and lovely to sip all by itself too.

Chartron et Trebuchet, AC Meursault, 2011

Chartron et Trebuchet, AC Meursault, 2011
Burgundy, France

Chartron et Trebuchet is one of the old established merchants in Burgundy. They have been producing classic wines in the prestige appellations for generations. The House is particularly famous for white wines.

Meursault is one of the prestige appellations in Burgundy, known for producing some of the richest and fullest bodied Chardonnays in Burgundy. It is located in the Cote de Beaune, and is a relatively small appellation.

The nose is gorgeous with medium to high intensity and notes of toast, smoke, lemon, vanilla and nuts. The palate is classically dry, medium to full bodied, still very youthful and vibrant with a good life ahead of it, and a lovely touch of buttery richness to complement the peach and citrus flavours. The acidity brings structure and style to a wine of breed and class.

Food and wine pairing: This is the perfect complement to fish dishes, pasta in a cream sauce, and poultry.

Selbach-Oster, Zeltinger Sonnenuhr, Spatlese, 2011

Selbach-Oster, Zeltinger Sonnenuhr, Spatlese, 2011
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.

Typically pale in color, the nose exudes a gorgeous perfume of stone fruits like apricots and peaches, along with green fruits like apple and pear. On the palate the sweetness becomes evident, but the wine finishes in a drier style. There are notes of honey, pineapple and apricot, along with a subtle mineral character and a miniscule spritz that lifts the palate.

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

Chateau de Sales, AC Pomerol, 2005

Meritage – Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon & Franc
Chateau de Sales, AC Pomerol, 2005
Bordeaux, France

Pomerol produces the most expensive wines of Bordeaux. It is a tiny appellation on the Right Bank of the Dordogne river, but home to legendary estates such as Chateau Petrus.

This particular property, Chateau de Sales, is remarkable because it is the largest estate in Pomerol with over 100 acres under vine, and it has been owned by the same family for over 500 years.

The ideal weather in 2005 and the exceptional terroir produced a wine with milk chocolate, toast, black cherry and plum on the nose. The palate displays gorgeous layers of the same flavors, with plenty of weight, richness and ripeness. There is gorgeous length on the finish, excellent balance, and lovely complexity. Delicious!

Wine and food pairing: In Bordeaux the classic match is a fine piece of beef or lamb, or some hard cheese.