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   Château Le Caillou vineyards -- Pomeroll


BORDEAUX

Belle Eléonore
In 1952, Paul Lassagne, who ran an oven in the local tile factory, bought a small 2 hectare plot including a cellar. Today, his son Daniel has expanded the estate to 30 hectares, including 24 in a single block in Lussac Saint-Émilion. The winery has been entirely renovated, and the most up-to-date techniques are used to produce the finest possible wine.

Belle Eléonore Lussac Saint-Émilion
Grapes: 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc
Viticulture: Clay-limestone soil.
Viniculture: Cement vats and barrels for 14 months.
Alcohol: 14% by vol.
Appearance: Deep violet.
Nose: Aromatic red fruits, brioche.
Palate: Strawberry, black currant with well-integrated tannins.

Belle Eléonore Lussac Saint-Émilion - Sales Sheet
Belle Eléonore Lussac Saint-Émilion - Shelf Talker

Château des Gravières

Château des Gravières is located in small village of Portets in the appellation "Graves".  Its vineyards  stretch on the left  bank of the Garonne River,  on one of the best gravel terroir in the appellation. It has enjoyed the care and attention of the Labuzan family for 7 generations. The young enologist ‐ owners,   Thierry  and  Denis  Labuzan, have managed to   reconcile modern techniques (recently renovated winery) with the traditional methods of the region.

Château des Gravières Graves AOC 
Grapes: 85 % Merlot 15% Cabernet Sauvignon
Viticulture: Garonne gravel. 30-year old vines.
Alcohol: 13% vol.
Appearance: Dark ruby
Nose: Rich, ripe red cherries.
Palate:  Black cherries, summer plums, baking spices and integrated tannins.
Food Pairings: Cassoulet, roasted meats, aged and aromatic cheeses, mushrooms.

Château des Gravières Graves AOC -- Sales Sheet
Château des Gravières Graves AOC -- Shelf Talker

Château Franc Grâce-Dieu
Franc Grâce-Dieu is a 12 hectare Saint-Emilion Grand Cru estate. It’s situated near Château Figeac and is only 2 kilometers from Cheval Blanc. It benefits from a complex soil structure of brown sand, iron deposits in the subsoil and clay. It follows along the traditional Saint-Emilion properties with a grape variety proportion of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc.

Château Franc Grâce-Dieu St-Emilion Grand Cru
Website: http://www.chateaufrancgracedieu.com/
Grapes: 70% Merlot & 30% Cabernet Franc
Alcohol: 13.5% vol.
Appearance: Ruby red
Nose: Ripe fruits aromas of black currant & blackberries
Palate: The wine has a lightly toasted flavor with a touch of pencil lead & cedar. Complex, well-balanced. The harvest of the Cabernet Franc grapes was at full maturity, bringing a well-developed sweetness while conserving the freshness of the fruit from the Merlot. The combination provides a sensation of velvety cashmere on the palate. The longer in the mouth, the more pronounced the flavor!

Château Franc Grâce-Dieu St-Emilion Grand Cru - Sales Sheet
Château Franc Grâce-Dieu St-Emilion Grand Cru - Shelf Talker


Chateau Guadet
The winery is named after famed lawyer and Girondin deputy during the French Revolution- Gaudet Elijah.  He was a native of Saint-Émilion and the image on the label perpetuates his memory. Today Guy Petrus Lignac (nephew of Marie-Louise Loubat- founder of the famous Petrus) manages the vineyard. The Saint Julien Gaudet castle has belonged to the family since 1844. Modern and ancestral, knowledge and technology go hand in hand in this small vineyard, as well as the consultation of Stéphane Derenoncourt and his team.

Chateau Guadet Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé 
Grapes: Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Viticulture: Clay, sand, Limestone soils
Viniculture: Cement vats and barrels for 14 months.
Alcohol: 13.5% by vol.
Appearance: Rich plum with red hues
Nose: Bright blue raspberries, oak and baking spice.
Palate: Blue berries, raspberries, blackberry compote with vanilla and cinnamon hints. Subtle tannins and soft body.

Food Pairings: Coq au vin, steak, pastas, ripe cheese
Awards: Gold medal at the World Exhibition in Paris in 1867.  Winner of the 1st cut of classified vintage wines of Saint Emilion in 1988 defeating "Chateau Canon La Gaffelière" with the vintages 1982, 1983 and 1985.  Gold medal at the Brussels World Wine in 2008 with the 2003 vintage Silver medal at the Brussels World Wine in 2009 with the vintage 1998.

Château Guadet Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé -- Sales Sheet
Château Guadet Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé -- Shelf Talker

Château Lafargue

Family estate situated in the heart of the Pessac-Léognan appellation, in Martillac and Saint Medard d’Eyrans. 18.5 hectares in total.  The Lafargue castle is a family property.  At its head is Jean-Pierre Leymarie, who was born on this property and is the 3rd generation to run the estate. He succeeded his father in 1983 and supports the property's 2 hectares of vines. Their philosophy is to build on viticulture, taking rents, buying plots, planting, investing gradually in equipment, buildings and thus developing the vineyard consistently.

Château Lafargue Pessac-Léognan Blanc 

Grapes: 70% Sauvignon Blanc ; 30% Sauvignon Gris
Viticulture:  On gravelly clay hillsides and sandy-Graves; hand harvested with successive sorting procedures, extremely rigorous selection criteria
Vinification:  In barrels; aged on lees in oak barrels with lees stirring
Alcohol: 13% vol.
Nose: Candied citrus
Palate:  Freshness, structure and toast.  Gooseberries, dill and figs.
Awards: Vintage 2012, Cuvée Alexandre Gold medal - Bordeaux Aquitaine Wine Contest 2014
Food Pairings:  Sautéed manila clams with potatoes, medium- to mild cheese, e.g. Petit Basque, fresh pears with chevré

Château Lafargue Pessac-Léognan Blanc -- Sales Sheet
Château Lafargue Pessac-Léognan Blanc  -- Shelf Talker

Château Lafargue Pessac-Léognan Rouge 
Grapes: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot
Viticulture:  Gravelly hillsides and sandy clay soil; hand-picked and mechanically picked at optimum ripeness, extremely rigorous selection criteria
Vinification:  Stainless steel tanks with maceration and micro-bubbling. Aged in oak barrels - 12 and 15 months (18 months for the Prestige)
Alcohol: 13.5% vol.
Nose: Fresh plum, cassis, blackberry jam with a hint of white pepper, tobacco and brioche
Palate:  Blackberry, currant, cassis with a note of roasted coffee.
Food Pairings:  Roast beef, roasted meats, scalloped potatoes, demi-glace blue cheese

Château Lafargue Pessac-Léognan Rouge -- Sales Sheet
Château Lafargue Pessac-Léognan Rouge  -- Shelf Talker

Château La Galante
Perfectly located on the dominating slopes of the Dordogne Valley, Château La Galante, property of Mr. Christophe Pinard, extends his vineyards into the neighboring districts of Beychac et Caillau and Saint Sulpice et Cameyrac, with joint ownership in the towns Bordeaux and Libourne. They profit from the maritime influences of the Dordogne in the North and the Garonne on the South.

Château La Galante Bordeaux Blanc 
Grapes: 50% Sauvignon Blanc, 35% Semillon , 15% Muscadelle
Viticulture:  On gravelly clay hillsides and sandy-graves; hand harvested
Vinification:  Stainless steel.
Alcohol: 12% vol.
Nose: Citrus aromas, lemon peel
Palate:  A brilliant yellow with some glints of green; fresh citrus of lemon and grapefruit.
Food Pairings:  Shellfish, seafood, grilled pork, salads, paella, light pasta dishes.

Château La Galante Bordeaux Blanc - Sales Sheet
Château La Galante Bordeaux Blanc - Shelf Talker
 

Château Lalande de Gravelong

Château Lalande de Gravelong Médoc
Grapes: 75% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc
Viticulture: 30 year old vines, gravel clay soil.
Viniculture:
Barrels
: 1/3 new, 1/3 one year, 1/3 two years
Alcohol: 14% vol.
Appearance: Dark with blue hues
Nose: Ripe red fruits, plum and black cherry.
Palate: Rich texture and well-integrated tannins. Deep and fresh flavors of ripe plum, fruitcake, and black cherries are highlighted by notes of cedar and spice.

Château Lalande de Gravelong Médoc - Sales Sheet

Château Lalande de Gravelong Médoc - Shelf Talker


Château La Valière

Château La Valière Médoc 
Grapes: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot
Viticulture: Garonne gravel. 30-year old vines.
Viniculture:
Barrels
: 12 months in French oak barrique.
Alcohol: 13% vol.
Appearance: Dark ruby
Nose: Rich, ripe red cherries.
Palate: Coffee, vanilla beans and cocoa nibs meld with strawberries, raspberries, black cherries and integrated tannins.
Pairings:
Lamb, beef or mushroom dishes.
Awards: The Château La Valière has won a Gold Medal on « concours des vins des Vignerons Indépendants 2013 » and a Gold Medal on « concours des vins Féminalise 2013 ».

Château La Valière Médoc - Sales Sheet
Château La Valière Médoc - Shelf Talker
 

Château Le Caillou 
Chateau Le Caillou is a seven hectare estate owned by the Giraud-Belivier family since 1975 and managed by André Giraud.  It is located in the northwest sector (next to Chateau Moulinet), and a one half hectare plot on the plateau next to Chateau Gazin.  One small parcel is located at the top of the Pomerol plateau where the soil is dense gravel-clay mixture and the other main part is in the northern part of the appellation, next to Chateau Moulinet, with a lighter sand and gravel terroir. The vines now average 30 years of age.

Château Le Caillou Pomerol

Grapes: 75% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc
Viticulture: 30 year old vines, gravel clay soil.
Viniculture: 3/4 of the wine in barrels for 15 months with regular rackings; 1/4 in tank.
Barrels: 1/3 new, 1/3 one year, 1/3 two years
Alcohol: 14% vol.
Appearance: Dark with blue hues
Nose: Ripe red fruits, plum and black cherry.
Palate: Rich texture and well-integrated tannins. Deep and fresh flavors of ripe plum, fruitcake, and black cherries are highlighted by notes of cedar and spice.

Château Le Caillou Pomerol - Sales Sheet
Chateau La Caillou Pomerol - Shelf Talker


Château Martinot
Literally translating to "between two seas," Entre-Deux-Mers is the largest region within Bordeaux.  Located on the Right Bank it is the area between the Garonne and Dordogne rivers.

Château Martinot Entre-Deux-Mers
Grapes: 80% Sauvignon Blanc, 20% Semillon
Alcohol: 12% vol.
Nose: ripe white fruits, apple & light citrus.
Palate: Notes of citrus with tones of green apples lend to its bright refreshing quality.  Well structured & delicate, clean & crisp.

Château Martinot Entre-Deux-Mers - Info Sheet
Château Martinot Entre-Deux-Mers - Shelf Talker
 

Château Mazeyres
Château Mazeyres, located in the heart of Libourne, is very closely linked to the history of Pomerol, a village that existed during Roman times. In 1992, Alain Moueix, a viticultural engineer and oenologist, was entrusted with the management of Château Mazeyres. Fourth generation of a Libourne family of winegrowers and wine merchants, he brought his skill and expertise derived from this region. From an exceptional terroir within the prestigious appellation of Pomerol, the wines of Château Mazeyres are appreciated on the five continents of the world for their elegance and delicacy.

Château Mazeyres Pomerol "Le Seuil de Mazeyres"  
Grapes: 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc
Vinification: 30 year old vines, gravel clay soil with a subsoil of iron-rich clay; harvested by hand
Alcohol: 14% vol.
Appereance:  Dark deep ruby with purple glints
Nose: Mint, pepper, black currants
Palate: Black berries, black currants, pepper, silky tannins and roasted oak.
Pairing:  Best with red meats or fine cheeses.


Château Mazeyres Pomerol "Le Seuil de Mazeyres"  - Sales Sheet
Château Mazeyres Pomerol "Le Seuil de Mazeyres"  - Shelf Talker

Château Moulin de Launay 
Belonging to Claude and Bernard Greffier, the estate is entirely family-run and has produced exclusively dry white wine for four generations.  The balance between regional varieties, the constant care given to the vinew and improved vinification techniques guarantee the highest quality standards.  Traditional white Bordeaux blend of Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle that's made in a moder style- cool temperatures, protection from oxygen, early bottling.  At an averae of 25 years old, the vines here are quite mature for a wine of this type- and mature vines mean better wine, albeit in smaller volumes.  Claude and Bernard Greffier are the fourth-generation proprietors.

Château Moulin de Launay Entre-Deux-Mers   
Grapes: 45% Sémillon, 35% Sauvignon Blanc, 20% Muscadelle
Alcohol: 12.5% vol.
Appearance: Brilliant pale yellow and straw
Nose: White floral aromas with ripe citrus and tree fruits.
Palate: Nectarine, lemongrass, and quince balanced with bright, zesty citrus.
Pairing: Oysters!! Shellfish, seafood, grilled pork, salads, light pasta dishes and sheep cheeses. 

Chateau Moulin de Launay Entre-Deux-Mers-  Sales Sheet
Chateau Moulin de Launay Entre_Deux_Mers-  Shelf Talker


Fleur du Grand Port

Fleur du Grand Port is a Cru Bourgeois. It is a very old château of the Pauillac Appellation between: Château Mouton Rothschild, Château Latour, Château Lynch Bages, Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande et Château Pichon Baron de Longueville.

Fleur du Grand Port Pauillac

Grapes:
70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon
Viticulture: Traditional in concrete vats and stainless steel vats. Manual harvesting.
Alcohol: 13 % vol.
Tasting Notes
Appearance:  Inky plum
Nose:  Coffee liqueur and figs
Palate: Plums, brandied cherries, leather, hints of cocoa nibs and coffee.
Food Pairings: Filet Mignon, sirloin with grilled onions, braised lamb, shepherds pie

Fleur du Grand Port -- Sales Sheets
Fleur du Grand Port  -- Shelf Talkers

Frank Phélan
Since 1985, the Gardinier brothers have ensured the prestige of the château and its heritage. The three brothers Thierry, Stéphane and Laurent Gardinier perpetuate the values and the chivalrous spirit of its creators, men of heart and of conviction. The vineyard of Château Phélan Ségur covers 70 hectares of magnificent clay-gravels on the hillocks and plateaux of Saint-Estèphe. Created in 1986, Frank Phélan, the second wine of the château, bears the name of the son of Bernard Phélan, founder of the estate. Frank Phélan comes from 15 hectares of old vines and a selection of vines of less than ten years. It respects the classic values of the Château by expressing another facet of its terroir.

Frank Phélan Saint-Estèphe AOC 
Grapes: 75% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon
Viticulture: Soil is superficial graves, clay subsoil. 12 months in French oak barrique.
Alcohol: 13% vol.
Appearance: Dark  plum
Nose: Rich, ripe black fruits
Palate: Blackcurrants and blackberries, delicate vanilla and spices aromas embellish the fruit.
Food Pairings:  Lamb, beef or mushroom dishes.

Frank Phélan Saint-Estèphe AOC- Sales Sheet

Frank Phélan Saint-Estèphe AOC- Shelf Talker


Josephine de Boyd
The name “Boyd” dates from the middle of the 18th century.  In 1754, Lord Jacques Boyd, bought Castelnau de Médoc-  the grounds of Sieur Berndard de Sainvincens as well as founded the famous field of “Boyd-Cantenac” classified third growth in 1855. Since 1932, the field has belonged to the Guillemet family.  With Lucien Guillemet, Maison Hebrard built the image of Joséphine de Boyd, now disturbed in the whole world in exclusivity. It is the success story of a round wine of high class appreciated by all.

Josephine de Boyd Margaux 

Grapes: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 7% Petit Verdot
Alcohol: 13.5% vol.
Viticulture: Quaternary graves, siliceous, with average age of vines 25 years.
Viniculture:
Hand-picked. 20 months in French oak barrique.
Appearance
: Dark purple, red
Nose: Black cherry, blackberry
Palate: Beautiful long finish, elegant tannins, summer black cherries, black berries and red fruits.
Pairing: Beef Bourguignon, meat pies, sweet potatoes, Raclette.

Josephine de Boyd Margaux - Sales Sheet
Josephine de Boyd Margaux - Shelf Talker



L'Adage
L'Adage is a 15 hectare estate exclusively made for Mason Querre, a négociant house established in 1897. Vineyards are located south of Saint-Émilion at the foothills of the sandy slope.

L'Adage Saint-Émilion
Grapes: 90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc
Alcohol: 13% vol.
Viticulture: 30 year old vines, with sandy soil.
Viniculture: 12 months in French oak barrique of which 30% is new.
Appearance: Dark purple.
Nose: Truffles, toasted bread and blackberries.
Palate: Rich baked fruit, cassis and chocolate.

L'Adage Saint-
Émilion - Sales Sheet
L'Adage Saint-Émilion - Shelf Talker


La Croix Dillanges
La Croix Dillanges is a cuvée produced by Château du Glana, a young estate established in 1999. Its modern facilities and meticulous care in the vineyard help continue the high quality wines this region is known for.

La Croix Dillanges Saint-Julien

Grapes: 67% Cab Sauvignon, 27% Merlot and 6% Cab Franc.
Alcohol: 13.5% vol.
Viticulture: 21 year old vines, with Garonne gravel. Hand-harvested
with sustainable farming practices.
Viniculture: 12 months in French oak barrique of which 45% is new.
Appearance: Plum purple.
Nose: Blackberry, plum, cinnamon.
Palate: Great richness with mellow tannins and dark berry fruit.

La Croix Dillanges Saint-Julien - Sales Sheet
La Croix Dillanges Saint-Julien - Shelf Talker


La Fleur Chazal
For three generations the Cardarelli family (whose ancestors emigrated from Southern Italy) has produced quality wines in the Bordeaux region. Located near Pomerol, the vineyards for this wine lie on a 400ft high plateau which provides for a full sun exposure. The high plains terroir is the principal reason for the richness and finesse of the La Fleur Chazal wine.

La Fleur Chazal Bordeaux Rouge 

Website: www.chazal-wines.com
Grapes: 70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol: 12.5% vol.
Viticulture: 45 year old vines, clay and limestone soil.
Viniculture: Aged in concrete vats for 12-18 months.
Appearance: Ruby red.
Nose: Ripe red fruits, raspberry, cherry.
Palate: Supple attack in the mouth with well-rounded tannins.

La Fleur Chazal Bordeaux Rouge - Sales Sheet

La Fleur Chazal Bordeaux Rouge - Shelf Talker

La Fleur Chazal Sauvignon Blanc
Grapes: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Alcohol: 12.5% vol.
Appearance:  Clear with yellow sparkles
Nose:  Hints of fresh grass, grapefruit and lemon
Palate:  Refreshing acidity, lemon and lime pith, subtle meadow and minerality.
Pairings: River fish, goat cheese, meat pastries and breads

La Fleur Chazal Bordeaux Sauvignon Blanc - Sales Sheet
La Fleur Chazal Bordeaux Sauvignon Blanc - Shelf Talker
 


Les Chevaliers de Dauprat
This is one of the oldest vineyards in the Médoc, and an enclave among plots of some of the most prestigious classified growths in its appellation (Latour, Pichon-Longueville and Lynch-Bages). Château Bellegrave produces Les Chevaliers de Dauprat in exclusivity for the Maison Querre.

Les Chevaliers de Dauprat Pauillac

Grapes: 62% Cab Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc
Alcohol: 13% vol.
Viticulture: Soil is Garonne gravel with average age of vines 25 years.

 Viniculture: 12 months in French oak barrique.
Appearance: Dark ruby.
Nose: Cocoa, cedar and cassis.
Palate: Rich with muscular structure.


Les Chevaliers de Dauprat Pauillac - Sales Sheet

Les Chevaliers de Dauprat Pauillac - Shelf Talker


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