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5 pretty bottles for the holidays

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Grandes Maisons unveil exquisite coffees, from the most prestigious labels in Burgundy and Bordeaux. To enjoy elegant company with refined dishes. It’s also a great wine for lounging.

Edouard Delaunay, Nuits-Saint-Georges Le Village 2018, Vieilles Vignes: Energy and Minerals

Nuits-Saint-Georges The Village 2018, Old Vines – © Maison Edouard Delaunay

Founded by the namesake house in 1893, Edouard Delaunay has regained its rightful place among the great houses of Burgundy with this impressive double achieved in the International Wine Challenge, winning the title of Winemaker of the Year for red wines in 2020 and then the same for white wines in 2020. 2021.

Produced from a blend of three cuttings from ancient vines found in the foothills of the Côtes de Nuits, this cuvée finds its roots in limestone soil mixed with clay and marl. This brings finesse and minerality, but also strength and richness to the wine. A characteristic duality of the Nuits-Saint-Georges nomenclature.

Nuits-Saint-Georges Le Village 2018 Vieilles Vignes seduces instantly with its cherry red color, its soft and complex nose with notes of sour cherry and fresh forest fruits. The mouth, wide and velvety, conquers with its aromatic richness that evokes wood and spices with a metallic touch. The finishing touch gives way to lovely notes of licorice and violet.

Price: 47 euros for sale on the online store and CHR network

Margaux Château d’Issan 2018: Magnificent Grand Cru Classé

2018 – © Chateau d’Issan

The intensity, the subtlety of the fruit and its freshness meet in rendezvous with this exquisite vintage from Margaux, one of the finest Médoc labels, which recalls the structure and seriousness of the 2016 vintage associated with the greed and richness of the 2015 .

Château d’Issan 2018 is the result of a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot. It reveals an expressive and subtle aromatic scent. The attack is irresistible, featuring the intensity and precision of his Merlots fruit. Mouth greedy combines a strong and silky structure thanks to tannins with a velvety finish. The body is juicy and soft at the same time. The 2018 Château d’Issan, 3rd graded growth in 1855, succeeds in a magical blend of robust character, exquisite sweetness and startling freshness. A delicate wine that preserves and develops throughout its life.

Price: 70 euros at the wine merchants

Comte Armand, Pommard Premier Cru Clos des Epeneaux 2019: race and depth

Clos des Epeneaux 2019, Pommard Premier Cru – © Domaine des Epeneaux

Located in the center of the Pommard appellation, at the foot of the hill, the famously biodynamic Clos has been growing since 1988. The coffee marketed under the name “Clos des Epeneaux” is one of the ten largest monopolies in Burgundy. It comes exclusively from plots selected for its vines of at least 20 years of age; As for the grapes from the newest vines, they have been “downgraded” and reserved for the Pommard Village cuvée. Harvest is a guide of course. The aging process lasts 22 months for 40% of new barrels.

Admittedly highly intoxicating in its youth, the wine nonetheless proves to be generous and a finesse rare in Bomar. Not to mention the impressive parade of scents, showcasing candied red fruits, peaches, violets, old roses, leather, and sweet spices. Long in the mouth, marked with soft tannins. This wine has a great aging potential.

Price: 162 euros at the wine merchants

Chateau de Ferran 2018: what elegance!

Château de Ferrand 2018 – © Château de Ferrand

Located on the heights of Saint-Emilion, the Château de Ferrand (Grand Cru Classé of Saint-Emilion) is one of the oldest estates in the region, prioritizing the preservation of its unique ecosystem. Terravitis certified since 2012, the vineyard is also being converted to organic.

Restored with art in 2019 by designers Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku, Château de Ferrand welcomes professionals and individuals in a contemporary and refined environment to live a unique experience during a visit, a dinner prepared by Ferrand’s private chef or a night in one of the castle’s rooms.

Château de Ferrand 2018, Grand Cru Classé of Saint Emilion, is made with 73% Merlot and 27% Cabernet Franc. This is the first vintage without Cabernet Sauvignon. It has a beautiful color with deep garnet reflections. Its nose is expressive and attractive, with notes of red fruits such as raspberry or wild strawberry. Allowed to breathe, notes of violet and roasted hazelnuts invite themselves to savor. In the mouth, it is voluptuous, greedy and silky with an airy, fruity finish.

Price: 30 euros at the wine merchants

Château Mazeyres 2018: Solar and structured pomerol

Chateau Maziris 2018 – © Chateau Maziris

Château Mazeyres is part of one of the smaller Gironde appellations, Pomerol, widely known for the aromatic intensity of its wines and the nature of its terroirs included in an exceptional geological array. Directoire manor is located in the heart of a vineyard of 25.5 hectares that has been cultivated in a biodynamic way since 2012 and certified in 2018.

A great vintage of Bordeaux, Château Mazieres signs, with 2018 a very beautiful Pomerol, fruity blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.

The dress is dark and shiny. On the nose, the wine develops aromas of crushed strawberries and blackberries. He lets it breathe, inviting the blackcurrant itself and then moving the peony nose to the east. The wine is very complex and promises to be very sweet to the touch. In the mouth we find this elegant texture, breadth and depth. The grain is caressing, silky to perfection. The finish extends a complex aromatic palette and beautiful freshness.

Price: 38 euros at the wine merchants






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