Tasting notes, Feb. 11, 2023; wines from (mostly) Bordeaux


2019 Chevalier L’Esprit de Chevalier Blanc
$39.99 / Case Price $32
Pessac-Leognan / Bordeaux / France
65% Sauvignon Blanc, 35% Semillon
Aged in a combination of used and new French oak barrels, L’Esprit is the second selection of the famed Domaine de Chevalier. Aromas and flavors of tropical fruits are backed by persistent acid and subtle notions of buttered toast.
2019 Malet Roquefort
$16.99 / Case Price $13.60
Libournais / Bordeaux / France
90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc
A fresh, vibrant style of Bordeaux brimming with aromas and flavors of red currant. The wine is fermented and aged entirely in stainless steel. This is a value bottling from the owners of Chateau Gaffeliere, a Grand Cru Saint Emilion.
2020 Clos Coutale
$19.99 / Case Price $16
Cahors / France
80% Malbec, 20% Merlot
Sourced from 25 year-old vines planted in a combination of limestone and gravel, the Clos La Coutale has long been the most popular French Malbec here in the US. Friendly and leading with fruit, this is no surprise.
2015 Senejac Rouge
$27.99 / Case Price $22.40 
Haut-Médoc / Bordeaux / France
52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 8% Cab Franc, 4% Petit Verdot
Senejac is a 100 acre property located on the left bank of the Gironde river. The wine is aged in 33% new French oak barrels for 12-15 months. The gravelly soils of the site allow for an exceptionally stony personality here. 
2015 Lilian Ladouys Rouge
$37.99 / Case Price $30.40
Saint Estèphe / Bordeaux / France
50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc
The 200 acres employed for this bottling are farmed organically, the 2015 is perfectly mature aromatically with pronounced cedar and tobacco notes.
2019 Laplagnotte-Bellevue Rouge
On Sale for $36
Saint Emilion / Bordeaux / France
74% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Franc
A modern styled right bank Bordeaux leading with plummy fruit and a silky texture. The 2019 is a particularly generous rendition of this well priced Saint Emilion Grand Cru, possessing a charming persona.