Gonet-Médeville Cru Monplaisir Bordeaux Supérieur 2015

This wine is a very good Bordeaux SupĂ©rieur, with the vineyard sitting just outside of Margaux. From the excellent 2015 vintage, it’s a merlot dominant blend of 75% merlot, 20% cabernet sauvignon and 5% cabernet franc. Generous in style, the wine opens to aromas of plums and red fruits. The palate is medium bodied, fleshyContinue reading “Gonet-MĂ©deville Cru Monplaisir Bordeaux SupĂ©rieur 2015”

Château La Rousselle Fronsac 2010

Fronsac is near Saint-Émilion in Bordeaux. This wine is a blend of 65/35 merlot and cabernet franc. The vines are 35 years old on average, and the wine sees 50% new oak. From the outstanding 2010 vintage, it has savoury aromas of currant, blackberry and cedar. The palate is full bodied and the length long.Continue reading “Château La Rousselle Fronsac 2010”

An old book and a few Gippsland wines from Nicholson River Winery, Sarsfield Estate and Cannibal Creek

Wineries in Gippsland? I asked with incredulity. Yes indeed, came the response, although no one appeared to have more than a vague notion about their precise number and identity. As ever, Victoria has a capacity for surprise. As with the Mornington Peninsula (which will no doubt justify a chapter of its own in the nextContinue reading “An old book and a few Gippsland wines from Nicholson River Winery, Sarsfield Estate and Cannibal Creek”

PĂ©tales d’Osoyoos Larose 2013

I’ve written previously about this producer from the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia in Canada, and 2013 vintage is another good release.  Although a merlot dominant blend, it’s very much a cru bourgeois in style, or closer to home, it reminds of a Yarra Valley cabernet blend from a very good producer.  The 2013 blend isContinue reading “PĂ©tales d’Osoyoos Larose 2013”

Domaine du Salut Graves 2010

This is a sound wine from Domaine du Salut, a hitherto untasted producer.  From the 2010 vintage, it’s a blend of 60% merlot and 40% cabernet sauvignon.  It provides more or less satisfactory drinking, with some earth and barnyard characters.  Its merlot influence lends it a red berry character that reminds of basic AOP redContinue reading “Domaine du Salut Graves 2010”

Chateau de la Dauphine Fronsac 2009

Bordeaux and Beyond continue to fish out excellent wines from the Bordeaux region.  This is another.  From the outstanding 2009 vintage, it’s a blend of 90% merlot and 10% cabernet franc from Chateau de la Dauphine.  Specifically, the wine is from the red wine appellation of Fronsac to the west of Libourne.  The vines haveContinue reading “Chateau de la Dauphine Fronsac 2009”