Chateau Les Cruzelles, Lalande de Pomerol 2015Regular price $50.00 Save $-50.00
Variety: Merlot and Cabernet Franc
Denis Durantou is considered one of the rising stars of the Pomerol region. Owning a couple different estates within proximity of one another, he focuses on what the region is known for—Merlot and Cabernet Franc vines. He purchased Les Cruzelles in 2000. While Denis has his hands in several projects, they all seem to be intertwined. Each subject has a different purpose and a different terroir. The appellation of Lalande de Pomerol is a small area next door to its bigger siblings, Pomerol and Saint-Emilion. Thanks to the unfamiliarity of the region, it delivers the same quality as Pomerol, but without the hefty price tag. This is something we love—discovering lesser known regions honed by incredible producers.
The Lalande de Pomerol 2015 is a blend of the major varieties in this appellation, 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc planted in gravel and clay soils. The wine is fermented in tanks and then aged in oak, 50% of which is new.
Chateau Montlandrie, Castillon Cotes de Bordeaux 2014Regular price $50.00 Save $-50.00
Variety: Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon
Denis Durantou is considered one of the rising stars of Bordeaux and never stops moving. In addition to wineries in both Pomerol and St. Emilion, Denis continues to demonstrate his Midas touch with Chateau Montlandrie. The Castillon style includes Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc from clay and limestone soils, typical of the Right Bank. Wines in Castillo have a little more tannic decadence, though the wines are still velvety.
Cote de Baleau, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classe 2016Regular price $45.00 Save $-45.00
Variety: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon
Female run by Sophie Fourcade, Chateau Cote de Baleau is a beautiful property positioned on the right bank of Bordeaux in Saint-Emilion. The property was founded in 1643 with a long history of great families having ties to the land. The vineyards are planted to 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The soil is limestone and sand located not far from the famed estate La Gomeire. One of the most impressive things about Chateau Cote de Baleau is the age of the vines, which are over 40 years old; Bordeaux as a whole is still rebuilding much of its old vines.
The fruit undergoes thirty days in a tank where it macerates. The wine ages up to 18 months in oak, half of which is new, before it's released. This bottle could be drunk now with a little decanting, or cellared for several more years.