Tasting notes, March 3, 2024; Wines of Bordeaux


2021 Lassagne Ambre de Maltus
On Sale for $24
Lussac / Bordeaux / France
70% Sauvignon Blanc, 30% Semillon
Ten-year-old vines are employed for this special cuvee, Ambre de Maltus is named for the proprietor’s daughter. Maltus is the newest addition to the larger Lassagne range with the vines planted in the Lalande de Pomerol appellation. 
2020 Clos des Lunes Lune d’Argent
On Sale for $20
Bordeaux / France 
70% Semillon, 30% Sauvignon Blanc
Sourced from 35 year-old vines planted in and around Sauternes, Clos de Lunes seeks to express the minerality and power of the zone without any residual sugar present. Immediate fruit and a rich texture characterize this plush white.
2020 Parcellaires Dourthe
Reysson Rouge “Peykem”
On Sale for $35.99
Haut-Médoc / Bordeaux / France
100% Cabernet Franc
“While the origins of Château Reysson date back to the Middle Ages, Dourthe only took over operations on the estate in 2001 and took on its ownership in 2014. Located at the summit of a magnificent plateau, the vineyard is planted on soils comprising clay, limestone and fossilized shells.”
2016 La Dauphine Rouge
On Sale for $25
Fronsac / Bordeaux / France
80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc
This relatively large (250 acre) property is planted in limestone, clay and sand. The vines are 30+ years of age on average and the resulting wine is aged for 12 months in 30% new French oak.
2016 Frank Phelan Rouge
On Sale for $32
St Estephe / Bordeaux / France
58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1.5% Cabernet Franc, 39% Merlot, 1.5% Petit Verdot 
The soils here are a combination of clay and gravel, with the Frank Phelan bottling being sourced from a combination of young vines (10 years or less) and older vines (35+ years). Comprising just under 40% of the estates overall production, this is a very important bottling for the property and is produced using the same care and technique as the first label.
2016 Chasse-Spleen Rouge
On Sale for $48
Moulis / Bordeaux / France
52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 4% Cabernet Franc
325 acres are devoted to vines at Chasse-Spleen planted in a combination of clay and chalk with an average age of 30 years. The resulting wine is 15 months in 40% new French oak.