Farmed and vinified in the same manner as the “Grand Vin” which includes hand harvesting and berry sorting before fermentation. After fermentation, this wine is aged for 12 months in French oak with 25% new. Even though this wine is a Bordeaux Superieur, it screams Margaux with its beautiful nose of cassis, cherry liqueur, violets and licorice. There’s such wonderful purity of fruit on the palate with supple tannins that are sweet and melting. It’s medium to full bodied yet it is very concentrated with a velvety-textured seamless finish. Learn More
Another terrific Bordeaux Blanc from the vintage is the 2017 Le Blanc Sec de Suduiraut, which is based on close to an even split of Sauvignon and Sémillon brought up in 34% barrels and the rest in tank. It offers a fresh, elegant style as well as plenty of grapefruit, citrus and lime aromas and flavors. It’s already delicious yet should keep for 4-5 years, if not longer. - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com Learn More
The blend of 65% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon is an opaque blue/black in color and has abundant notes of forest floor, spring flowers, black raspberry and blueberry liqueur in the aromatics along with hints of espresso and white chocolate. The wine is beautifully constructed, full, and rich, with great structure, wonderful texture and great palate presence with its perfectly weighted fruit.
It is everything you would expect from a producer of this caliber…except for the price. Which for us is the best part of this story. We get to offer you this incredible red, crafted by Gerard Perse and the team at the 100pt. producing Chateau Pavie, for only $19.98!
93 Points! This has a grassy and lemon-citrus edge with a fresh array of melons and peaches, as well as a light, mango note. The palate has a very smooth array of bright, fleshy fruit and good acidity. Mellow, biscuity finish. Drink or hold. - James Suckling, jamessuckling.com
90 Points! A solid red with stewed cherry and strawberry character. Full body, silky tannins and a crisp finish. Needs a few years to open and come together. Good “boy” for the vintage. Better in 2017. - James Suckling, jamessuckling.com
Again, the Thunevin family (his daughter, Virginie, owns this property) goes out of their way to blend up an instantly delightful, yet amply endowed bottle of Bordeaux that wine lovers can buy guilt-free by the case. Surprisingly serious wine for the money, Jean-Luc Thunevin (Chateau Valandraud) bought this property in 2006 for his daughter Virginie Thunevin. The care of the vines, the harvest and the winemaking are followed by the same managing team as Château Valandraud: Christophe Lardière as head of the vines, Rémi Dalmasso as cellar master and Jean-Luc Thunevin as always with Claude Gros.
97 Points! The refined, yellow grapefruit nose and the elegant first impression on the palate hardly prepare you for the tidal wave of flavor and freshness that then hits you. Yet, the wine remains so light-footed and delicate. Then you glide into the distance through the very long, silky finish. Drink or hold. - James Suckling
93 Points! Although this spectacular 2004 tips the scales at an astonishing 14.5% alcohol, it is an elegant white Bordeaux offering notes of honeyed grapefruit, melons, orange rinds, and lemon oil. Medium-bodied, rich, beautifully textured, and pure, it should evolve for 15-20 years. - Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #165
91 Points! Mostly Merlot blended with 14% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot, the 2015 Arbalest was brought up 16 months in tank and 30% new oak. It offers a perfumed, gorgeous bouquet of plums, incense, spice and hints of forest floor. Full-bodied, ripe and rounded, with a sexy, opulent style, lots of mid-palate depth, and a great finish, it's well worth your time and money and is a smoking deal at 20 bucks. - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com
96 Points! The depth and intensity is very beautiful, yet with electrifying acidity that gives this wine energy and excitement. Full to medium body with a fine, dense mid-palate that takes over at the finish. Lots of dried-lemon and fresh-fennel flavors at the end. Exuberant. Drink or hold. - James Suckling
90 Points! Again composed of 50% Merlot and the rest equal parts Malbec and Cabernet Franc that hit 14.5% alcohol, the 2008, like the 2010, was fashioned by consultant winemaker Claude Gros. This full-bodied, elegant, dark ruby/purple-colored wine reveals notes of blueberries, black raspberries, crushed rocks and acacia flowers. Richly fruity, deep, textured and pure, this outstanding sleeper of the vintage will provide plenty of pleasure over the next 6-8 years. Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate #194, May 2011