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Wine of the Week: 22 January 2019
Chateau Etoile de Viaud 2015 Lalande de Pomerol
$24.99 – Sale Price $19.99
I don’t always drink Merlot, but when I do it’s from right bank Bordeaux.
Don’t get me wrong, good Merlot is made all over the world, but I can’t stop coming back to Bordeaux for this stuff. In Bordeaux they’ve been growing Merlot since around when the Romans showed up, and they’ve never been afraid to blend it with other grapes to make more balanced wine.
The 15 or so acres of Chateau l’Etoile de Viaud are owned by the Chevalier family. The fourth generation wine making family is headed up by two brothers making wine in Lalande de Pomerol and other right bank appellations.
Their red is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc from vines grown on sandy, gravelly soils. Production is about 3,750 cases per year, with the wine being aged in a blend of old and newer oak. Full bodied, bold red fruit structures, some notes of French oak with light menthol & mint qualities.
Wine of the Week: 7 January 2019
Koehler-Ruprecht 2014 Pinot Blanc Kabinett Trocken
The story at Koehler-Ruprecht can be summed up with, “slow & steady.” The relatively scant 25 acres owned by Koehler-Ruprecht are found in Germany’s Pfalz where they grow Riesling, Pinot Blanc, and a half dozen other local varieties.
In the vineyard they don’t irrigate, chemical fertilizers or herbicides are never used, synthetic treatments for fungus or pests is a rare occurrence only in vintages with punishing conditions.
In the cellar, the slow & steady philosophy continues. Fermentation takes place at its own pace in large old barrels made from German oak, followed by extended lees contact. This practice of not mucking around with good juice creates wines of richness, finesse, and ageability.
True to that style, the 2014 Pinot Blanc is full bodied and maintains the necessary acid to keep it from tasting flat and flabby, while showing no signs of tiring from age. A tasty bottle of German white wine indeed.