For this week's 'Bordeaux Month 2019' tasting series event, we welcome Chris Asay as our VIP guest. As both a sophisticated sommelier & mixologist, and as someone with winemaker training experience in Bordeaux, Chris brings a wealth of knowledge, wine advice and savvy style to the table, as well as simply bringing a good time:) Chris' background includes working during and after the harvest at first growth estate Château Margaux; running the cocktail program at Restaurant Nicholas in Red Bank; and representing fine wines and spirits across the state of New Jersey. He currently works for Frederick Wildman & Sons (#drinkwildman and my 'alma mater' in NYC). Chris will take us through a tasting of beautiful Bordeaux wines, including a new Saint Emilion : 2015 Château La Chapelle aux Moines; 2015 Lilian Ladouys Saint Estephe, and a highly sought-after Saint-Julien : 2016 Château GLORIA which just arrived. We will also re-taste last week's white Bordeaux: 2016 Lacroix Martillac which was a BIG hit!

Cheers! the Murray family


TASTING WINES:

2015 Château La Chapelle aux Moines SAINT EMILION

2015 Château Lilian Ladouys SAINT ESTEPHE

2016 Château Gloria SAINT JULIEN

2016 Lacroix Martillac by Château Latour-Martillac PESSAC-LEOGNAN

 

 

Chateau Gloria Saint Julien 2016

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Planted to 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot, the Gloria estate's vines are very old, averaging close to 50 years, and the wine's wonderfully supple, focused red fruit flavors are a real crowd-pleaser. Parker considers it a 'gloriously exuberant, delicious St.-Julien that shrewd merchants and consumers seek out.' This is a House Favorite for its value and classic Saint Julien style. 

$79.99    $47.99


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Chateau Lilian Ladouys Saint Estephe 2015

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Chateau Lilian Ladouys was already known for its high quality wines in the 1650's, under the name of La Doys. In time, La Doys morphed into Ladouys, which is how the estate earned its name, Chateau Ladouys. During the 18th century, Ladouys was purchased by the Barre family. The Barre family remained in charge of Chateau Ladouys for more than 150 years. The Barre family were responsible for constructing the chateau that is still in use at the property today. This 47 hectare Left Bank Bordeaux vineyard is planted to 62% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. The vines are old at close to 40 years of age. The oldest vines are 60 years of age. The terroir is typical of St. Estephe with its gravel, clay and limestone soils. Serve Lilian Ladouys with classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted braised and grilled dishes. Lilian Ladouys is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.

$36.99    $29.99


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Château-la-Chapelle-aux-Moines Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2015

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The La Chapelle aux Moines vineyard dates back to the 19th century and has been owned by the same family since its creation. It is located on the eastern slopes of Saint Emilion on Bordeaux's Right Bank, thus offering a perfect location for sun exposure. The clay soil in this part of Saint-Emilion contributes to its fruity and expressive wines, with a beautiful texture in the mouth.  The 2015 is a blend of 80% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc and 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged for 12 months in 25% (vats) and 75% (French oak barrels). The casks are 25% new, 25% one year barrels, 25% two year barrels and 25% three year barrels. Pair this classic Bordeaxu with lamb, steaks and chicken, or with charcuterie, Comte Gruyere, Dijon mustard and dark olives.           

$24.99    $19.99


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Château-Latour-Martillac Lacroix-Martillac Pessac-Leognan White 2016

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Lacroix-Martillac is the second label for the illustrious Château LaTour-Martillac in Graves, which has been owned by the same family since the late 1800's. Today, the 6 children of Jean Kressmann own the domain and continue on the family tradition. Tristan and Loïc, the two younger sons, manage the estate with the assistance of the best wine consultants in Bordeaux. With each vintage they strive to produce the best wines from this authentic Graves soil.The Lacroix-Martillac 2016 is a pale-yellow color with green highlights. An intense and fresh nose, with typical aromas of Sauvignon: citrus, herb and white peach. The mouth is juicy, fresh and pleasing with ripe yellow fruits from the Sémillon. A long finish, marked by its freshness.

$34.99    $29.99


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