The fiveheavenly sins

Chablis, Pommard, Châteauneuf du Pape, Graves, and Margaux: follow Le Sommelier's heavenly winter selection
2015-01-01
Wine Review

CHATEAU DE CHANTEGRIVE

Chantegrive Red 2012, Graves

Acquiring plots after plots over 45 years, Château de Chantegrive has evolved into 96 hectares of vines. A leading and prestigious estate in the Graves appellation, modern technique is combined with traditional viticultural methods to create unique and renowned wines. In tasting, although discreet, the nose is very charming and should gain momentum in its registry of flowers and cinnamon. The mouth is chalky in the nicest possible way and should achieve a melting sensation.

CHATEAU MARSAC SEGUINEAU

2011, Margaux

Nugget of the legendary Margaux appellation, Château Marsac Seguineau 2011 reveals behind her intense purple color a very expressive nose of red fruit notes while in the mouth this wine is fleshly, captivating and light developing on a velvety finale and fruit aromas.

CHATEAU PALMER

Alter Egos de Palmer, Margaux

Château Palmer is one of the most respected estates in Bordeaux and certainly one of the best in Margaux. Alter Ego is their second wine, a more fruit forward, lush style of wine, offering ripe blackcurrant and berry fruit flavours.

DOMAINE CHRISTIAN MOREAU & FILS

Grand Cru Valmur 2012, Chablis

Established in 1814, Domaine Christian Moreau has firmly established itself as one of the top names in the Chablis region. Focused solely on top quality production, the domaine boasts a number of old vine vineyard holdings in the region’s most prestigious sites. This stunning Grand Cru release is from the tiny plot of Valmur, which is densely planted with Chardonnay vines averaging 50 years old. Up to 50% of this wine spends some time in oak, of which 90% are 2-3 year old barrels, with only 10% new. This complementary use of wood adds complexity and texture to the wine, allowing the personality of the fruit to emerge unhindered. Linear on the nose, this wine displays a complex mineral character with suggestions of white fruit, blossom, wet stone, ginger and honey. Rich and mouth coating on the palate with beautifully balanced acidity and a mineral-focused flavour spectrum that leads to an explosively long finish. Whilst drinking delightfully well now, this structured wine will continue to improve over the next ten years and beyond. A superb choice to partner with seafood, especially fresh shellfish.

DOMAINE DE COURCEL

Les Rugiens 2006, Pommard

Domaine de Courcel has been a family estate since the sixteenth century and is set exclusively within Pommard. Owned by Gilles de Courcel and his three sisters, with Yves Confuron Cotetidot the winemaker since 1996. This 2006 Pommard Les Rugiens features elegant dark cherry and menthol notes on the nose. Its lively minerality is reflected by full-bodied flavours and vibrancy on the linear and long finish.

DOMAINE DES SENECHAUX

2011, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Among the indispensable vineyards of France, Châteauneuf-du-Pape is known internationally thanks to the papacy installed in Avignon in 1350. It became later the first French appellation d’origine in 1933, under the leadership of Baron le Roy. In short, it is with eyes shut and taste buds in alert that one can taste a 2011 of Domaine des Sénéchaux. Behind the brilliant, garnet color with carmine tints come a sleek and racy attack and a silky mouth inviting delicate wooded and grilled notes and intense aromas of red and black fruits.

DOMAINE RAVENEAU

2009, Chablis Butteaux

Domaine Raveneau is arguably Chablis’ finest producer. Owning seven hectares of vines, all of the grapes are hand harvested from very low yielding vines before being vinified and aged in large oak barrels for 18 months. The wines are renowned for their pure, racy minerality and rich, honeyed fruit, as well as for their age-worthiness. This particular example boasts a refined and ultra-elegant nose that features a classic mix of citrus, floral and iodine notes with a subtle whiff of oak imparting a real complexity. Powerful, concentrated and firm in the mouth with a bone dry finish of superb length, this is an amazing expression that is almost painfully intense and it’s clear that the older vines add another dimension. Try with fresh, simple, seafood dishes for a delicious match.

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