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Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou, AC St. Julien, 2nd Grand Cru Classe, 2004

Meritage – Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot blend
Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou, AC St. Julien, 2nd Grand Cru Classe, 2004
Bordeaux, France

Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou is, without question, one of the very finest wines of Bordeaux. It is a top performing second growth and consistently rated 90 points and higher by the critics. The 1995 vintage was awarded “Best Red Wine in the World” by Wine Spectator.

It is owned and operated by the dynamic Bruno Borie, the 3rd generation to manage the estate. The stately chateau is surrounded by 75 acres of beautiful vineyards, planted to 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot.

This 2004 vintage shows intense aromas of cassis, wet earth, and tobacco notes. The palate is classically dry, quite full in body, with some chewy tannins, and flavors of vanilla, black cherry, and cedar. Elegant yet concentrated, with exceptional length, this is one of the finest wines in the world.

Food and wine pairing: The perfect complement to red meats such as lamb and beef, and ideal with hard cheeses like aged Cheddar.

Domaine Weinbach, Grand Cru Furstentum, Vendange Tardive 2005

Gewurztraminer
Domaine Weinbach, Grand Cru Furstentum, Vendange Tardive 2005
Alsace, France

This stunning wine is made by Domaine Weinbach in Alsace, considered to be one of the finest producers of Gewurztraminer in the world.

The grapes come from a single Grand Cru vineyard called Furstentum. They are picked late in the season, when they have high levels of sugar in the berry and tropical fruit flavors have developed. This results in a sweet dessert wine, but one that is exceptionally well- balanced by the lively acidity.

On the nose, the wine is powerfully perfumed with rose petal, exotic fruits and honey notes. The palate is rich and viscous with layers of flavor that lead into a long, complex and evolving finish.

The winemaker, Catherine Faller, believes in a non-interventionist approach to creating fine wines. The secret is to harvest at the perfect moment from a top vineyard site.

Food and wine pairing: The sweet character of the wine will best suit foie gras, or sweet desserts and fresh fruit plates.

Fritz Haag, Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr, Spatlese, 2008

Riesling
Fritz Haag, Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr, Spatlese, 2008
Mosel valley, Germany

Fritz Haag is one of the iconic producers in the Mosel, with a history dating back to 1605. Indeed, fine Mosel Rieslings were once the most expensive wines in the world and Haag was at the forefront.

The company cultivates Riesling in the famous Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr vineyard, which is planted on the precipitously steep slopes of the Mosel valley.

A “Spatlese” is made from late harvest grapes, that have achieved a high level of ripeness, and so the wine is medium sweet. The nose bursts with aromatics 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 can be enjoyed now. We hope you enjoy it.

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

Krug, Grande Cuvee, Brut

Champagne
Krug, Grande Cuvee, Brut
France

In 1843 when Johann-Joseph Krug founded his Champagne House he had one singular goal. He wanted to produce the very finest Champagne in the region. Over 160 years later, connoisseurs agree that Krug is in a league of its own.

The style is unique and distinctive. The wine is powerful and rich, yet with a certain elegance to complement its extravagant complexity. The length of the finish lasts for minutes.

Krug is one of the few houses to ferment the base wines in oak, which gives the wine more structure and power. The richness is enhanced by the extensive use of old reserve wines in the final blend. As the wine matures for a decade before release it develops beautiful complex nuances.

Krug is an experience. It represents the ultimate in craftsmanship and dedication to quality.

Food and wine pairing: Krug is the ultimate aperitif, and a perfect complement to caviar, smoked salmon, lobster and a variety of seafood.

Kangarilla Road, 2010

Shiraz
Kangarilla Road, 2010
McLaren Vale, South Australia

McLaren Vale is perhaps the most beautiful of all the Australian wine regions as it hugs the coastline, with its kilometers of sandy beaches, just outside the city of Adelaide.

Kangarilla Road has often received scores over 90 points and critics describe it as a classic Australian Shiraz. The super-ripe grapes bask in the sun, developing intense sweet aromas of blueberry, raisin and dark chocolate.

Only a moderate amount of new oak is used, allowing the wine to display its fruit-forward style and concentrated flavors. There is lovely balance between the richness of the fruit, the crisp acidity that cuts through it, and the supple tannins that house the wine.

Food and wine pairing: The best matches are with beef, lamb and hard cheese but it can be enjoyed by itself if you like full-bodied reds.