'Bordeaux Month' Begins! VIP Kick-Off Tasting featuring Pape Clement and Bernard Magrez Stable
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Bottle Shop of Spring Lake
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For Immediate Release
March 2019 is 'BORDEAUX' Month
VIP Kick-Off Tasting :: Friday March 1st Featuring Pape Clement and Magrez Stable
The Bottle Shop of Spring Lake has officially announced March 2019 as 'Bordeaux Month'. This spectacular event will include 31 days of super sale prices nationwide, local consumer wine tastings every weekend, and 300+ Bordeaux wines on offer from across the entire region. Bordeaux continues to be the #1 wine for collectors and auctions in the world. To kick off 'Bordeaux Month' in style, the Murray family welcomes Daley Brennan, the USA Brand Ambassador for Château Pape Clément in Pessac-Léognan. One of the most illustrious estates in history, Pape Clément was purchased in 1299 by Bertrand de Goth, who went on to become Pope Clement V; and the Church remained the vineyard's loyal steward until the French Revolution. In modern times, this classified growth rivals the best in Graves and is the centerpiece of the Bernard Magrez stable. We will taste Pape Clément along with several other important wines from Saint Emilion and the Médoc. Wines to be tasted are:
TOP VINTAGE EXCELLENT REVIEWS WINE ADVOCATE 96 POINTS:: 'Ripe and lush, with flashy anise, apple wood and mocha notes forming the frame and ample cassis, cherry paste and plum sauce flavors at the core for balance. Shows lots of sweet spice details through the finish. A bold, glossy version that will please fans of the style after some time. Drink/decant 2022 - 2035.' WS
RATED 96 AND 94+: 'The 2014 Pape Clment is strikingly beautiful. Dark, sumptuous and creamy, it exudes class. Black cherry, mocha, spice, espresso, menthol and new leather are all pushed forward in a spherical, rich wine that captivates all the senses. As always, this is an overt style, but the purity of the fruit comes through nicely now that the oak has started to integrate. There is plenty of the Magrez trademark richness, but done in a slightly more restrained style than in the past. This is a gorgeous wine by any measure.'
Château Fombrauge is one of the oldest wine estates in Saint Emilion, dating back to 1679, and vines were cultivated on the site as early as 1599.
The modern age for Château Fombrauge starts in 1999, the year that Bernard Magrez purchased Fombrauge. Bernard Magrez also owns the illustrious Château Pape Clement in Graves. The 60 hectare Right Bank vineyard of Fombrauge is planted to 90% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Malbec. The vines average 30 years of age. The terroir is clay, limestone and sandstone soils. The vineyards are located in 3 sections, with parcels close to the chateau on the slopes and flats, and they have also have vines that placed not too far from Chateau Pavie, on the limestone slopes with southern exposures.
Château Les Grands Chênes, located in the Médoc appellation of Bordeaux, has been producing wine since 1880, and was originally used as a fort during the 16th century.
The estate was purchased in 1981 by Jacqueline Gauzy Darricade who spent both time and money on improving the property before it was sold to Bernard Magrez in 1998. The 38 hectare Les Grands Chênes Left Bank vineyard is planted to 70% Merlot, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Cabernet Franc. Situated in the northern part of the Bordeaux appellation, the vineyard has a terroir of gravel, limestone deposits and a bit of clay in the soil.
This is one of the better terroirs in located this far north in the Haut Medoc, as they have elevations and a view of the Gironde, which creates a micro-climate. On average, the vines are 30 years of age.