Le Sommelier'sselection

We love them powerful, bold, spicy, floral, fruity,concentrated, long in the mouth, or all these at once... at each tasting, wine reveals an anthology of notes and new sensations. Follow Le Sommelier's selection to experience the best of all that is out there waiting for you
2015-02-01
Wine Review

CHATEAU BELAIR MONANGE

1er Grand Cru, 2010, Saint-Emilion

Belair Monange offers an elegant colour with beautiful purple hints. The nose exhales beautiful aromas combining floral with mineral on a background of black fruits. In the mouth the attack is both firm and silky, with tannins emerging subtly throughout. One fully appreciates this Belair Monange when reaching its fruity, pure and fresh finale.

CHATEAU DE BEAUCASTEL

2006, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

This great name in the appellation, Château de Beaucastel produces a powerful and structured Châteauneuf-du-Pape, marked bythe strong presence of Mourvèdre. The power of the nose reveals beautiful mature grapes with very nuanced aromas of fruit, venison or garrigue. The mouth has the magnitude of the wines of the appellation adding a powerful structure marked by beautiful spicy tannins. Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2006 will age gracefully.

CHATEAU D'YQUEM

1997, Sauternes

The extraordinary releases of Château d'Yquem are amongst the best, if not the best, sweet wines in the world. Stylistically these wines are wonderfully complex, lusciously sweet, indulgently rich and able to age for decades and even centuries. 1997 was a particularly good year for Château d'Yquem and may be this estate’s finest effort since the classic 1990. Exotic and pronounced on the nose, this stunning wine displays aromas of pineapple, toffee, peach, apricot, white ginger and marzipan. Full-bodied and unctuous, a textured and layered delivery of flavour reveals notes of stone fruit, spice, nuts and savoury nuances set against a beautifully balanced backbone of acidity. Although now starting to open up and reveal potential, this classic release will happily age for a further 20 years and beyond.

CHATEAU LA CONSEILLANTE

2011, Pomerol

With this vintage one should decant two hours before serving so as to have full measure of the wine. Playing on the natural register of the crus, La Conseillante appears extremely fine in texture, with soft and delicate flesh, ultra silky tannins and a freshness enhanced by floral notes. In the mouth, one discovers these notes all over again and one is surprised by the beautiful softness of the tannins.

DOMAINE ARMAND ROUSSEAU

2011, Burgundy

Nicknamed the “wine of the kings”, this Grand Cru from Côte de Nuits is named after a field belonging to a Mr Bertin. The Chambertin of Domaine Armand Rousseau reveals the complexity of this world famous terroir in a powerful profile. Built on firm and noble tannins, the wine requires a long ageing process to reveal the delicacy and complexity of the Pinot Noir. It expresses notes of dark berries, liquorice and cocoa right until its long and distinguished finish.

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