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On occasion, we feature either individual wines or a particular winery or event. Read on for current “Wines of the Week” and other Featured Wines!
Wine of the Week: 15 June 2018
Chateau Gazin Rocquencourt 2011 Pessac-Leognan – Full Retail – $34.99 :: Club Card Special – $19.99
Chateau Gazin Rocquencourt has existed in some form or another since at least the 1600’s, and its wines have been lauded since at least 1874 when the Bordeaux wine guide Feret noted their wine and terroir, remarking about the superb quality of their gravelly hilltop vineyards in Leognan.
The wine itself is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot which is aged in a blend of new and older French oak. And true to form for red Bordeaux at seven years of age it doesn’t show any signs of slowing down, still displaying plenty of red fruit flavors intermingling with cooling herb notes somewhere between eucalyptus and mint.
It should age to well past the 10 year mark and for those inclined towards published reassurance:
“89-91 / 100 – A sleeper of the vintage, a beautifully concentrated, rich Graves and a sexy claret.”
Robert Parker – April 2012
Wine of the Week: 3 June 2018
Monastero Suore 2016 Coenobium – Full Retail – $22.99 :: Mixed Case Discount – $19.54
Nothing says cool like Cistercian nuns making white wine in Lazio, Italy. Our ladies of the vine are making this wine out of the grapes Trebbiano, Malvasia, and Verdicchio planted in vineyards located over old, volcanic soil.
The minuscule production of the wine that they make (1000 – 1500 cases per year) means that they aren’t trying to be the next Santa Margherita, in fact just the opposite.
Their use of a decidedly “boring” label, indigenous (but not popular) grapes, and an old technique of leaving the grape skins in contact with the juice, means that they are instead vinifying a wholly unique wine made specifically for fans of the traditional style and the sustainability of the monastery.
The wine is nutty, slightly savory, sometimes inspiring thoughts of fresh dough. Very cool juice.