Editorial

 

Editorial October 15th 2018

 

Dear Sir or Madam,

It is with pleasure that we are launching this new semi-annual selection "Autumn-Winter 2018/2019", more than 1000 wines duly chosen according to their quality, their typicity and their price.

A pleasure all the greater as we integrate in our pages more than 100 wines of the exceptional, the word is not too strong, vintage 2016 for red Bordeaux (the best wines available early 2019 will appear on the next Spring catalogue).

In 2016, the red wines have the aromatic power, maturity and density of a great Bordeaux vintage. But 2016 is out of the ordinary in terms of its other qualities, which are very rarely combined at the same time:

• a great aromatic freshness, conferring a unique radiance and elegance,

• a remarkable velvety texture despite a very real but not felt acidity,

• a soft and silky tannic structure, with a surprisingly fine grain,

• degrees of alcohol without excess, 13°5 for Cabernets, 14°5 for Merlot.

In summary, the 2016s are rich, fresh and velvety. This success is general, for all grape varieties, all appellations and from top to bottom of the range (second wines are highly recommendable).

Oenologist Michel Rolland had greeted the birth of the 2016 vintage at the end of the vinification process: "In my long career [he started in 1973], I have had vintages of great quality, such as 1982, 1989, 1990, 2000, 2001, 2009, 2009, 2010 and 2015, but I believe I have just witnessed the elaboration of the best".

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Four Tasting Offers are highlighted with a 10% discount:

Maison DELAMOTTE Champagne, known for the excellence of its chardonnays and which has just won its first star in the 2019 Revue du Vin de France Guide, with its best Blanc de Blancs cuvée, at €33.50 per bottle.

Domaine de l'OSTAL, with its Minervois-La Livinière Grand Vin 2015, described by Mr Bettane as "the real mix between classicism and Bordeaux elegance, and Mediterranean exuberance", at €16.50 per bottle.

Château LAGRANGE 2010, a beautiful expression of the Cabernets Sauvignon du Médoc in a great vintage, slowly entering its peak phase at €55.00 per bottle.

Château QUINTUS 2016, its best vintage (created in 2012), the finest and most elegant wine of Saint-Émilion, a fine example of the Haut-Brion team's expertise, at 130.00 € per bottle.

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Among all the new products this season, we particularly welcome:

• a list of Bordeaux grands crus in magnum presented in original wooden boxes individual, i. e. 33 Magnums of Legend to offer for the upcoming holidays,

• two PIOLLOT Champagnes, organically grown, very good and reasonably priced (25,00 and 29,00 € per bottle),

• a small (less than 4 ha) cru bourgeois from the south of the Médoc, Clos LA BOHÈME, in organic farming, wines that are both sweet and charming,

• four vintages of Château LES CARMES HAUT-BRION, the revelation of the Pessac-Léognan since its acquisition in 2010 and the installation of a talented team at its head,

• 15 white Burgundies, from 2011 to 2016, from the Domaine CHARTRON, while Jean-Michel Chartron has just been doubly elected "Winegrower of the Year" by the magazine Bourgogne Aujourd'hui and by the guide Hachette,

• the 2016 red Burgundies of the Domaine de L' ARLOT and Domaine ARLAUD, both at their best and at the top of the Côte de Nuits,

• in Beaujolais, the arrival of the 2017 vintage (comparable to 2015, very ripe, concentrated and fresh) of the Domaines DESVIGNES and JANIN. With 2014, 2015, 2016 and now 2017, Beaujolais is experiencing an unprecedented golden age.

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Finally, the original approach of 5 first growths from Sauternes, which have brought together their 2016 vintage in an original case containing one bottle of each, plus a sixth original bottle resulting from the blending of their five wines.