Tasting notes, May 20, 2023: Wines of Bordeaux


2021 Guiraud“G” Blanc
$22.99 / Case Price $18.40
Sauternes / Bordeaux / France
50% Semillon, 50% Sauvignon Blanc
Think of the “G” Blanc as a unique expression of Sauternes. Unlike the sweet wines produced from this hallowed appellation, the “G” is vinified dry and aged for just 7 months in oak prior to release. Exotic and tropical, the “G” wins admirers with its rich, plush texture.
2020 Marjosse Bordeaux Rouge
$19.99 / Case Price $16
Entre-deux-Mers / Bordeaux / France
80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Malbec
The Entre-deux-Mers property of Chateau Marjosse has been managed by Pierre Lurton since the early 1990’s and doubles as his family’s main residence. Pierre (also the manager of Cheval Blanc in St Emilion) oversees 40 acres of vineyards at Marjosse.
2020 Croix-Mouton Bordeaux Supérieur Rouge
$19.99 / Case Price $16
Lugon / Bordeaux / France
97% Merlot, 2.5% Cabernet Franc, 0.5% Petit Verdot
A modern styled Bordeaux red sourced from vineyards composed of primarily clay soils (perfect for Merlot). The wine is fermented in wood before spending a brief period (9 months) in small oak barrels, a portion of which are first use (50%).
2019 Clos du Roy Rouge
$24.99 / Case Price $20
Fronsac / Bordeaux / France
95% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc
Having been founded in 1970, Clos du Roy has quickly become one of the most respected properties in the small appellation of Fronsac. The 2019 showcases the ripe fruit character of the growing season and is already wonderfully accessible.
2019 Martinet Rouge
$29.99 / Case Price $24
Saint Emilion / Bordeaux / France
65% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc
Planted in a combination of clay and sand, the Martinet vineyard produces a fine, notably elegant style of right bank Bordeaux. The 2019 features ripe cassis fruit backed by fresh herbal notes provided by the high portion of Cabernet Franc in the blend.
2019 Gloria Grand Vin Rouge
$59.99 / Case Price $48
Saint Julien / Bordeaux / France
65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc
A first order Cru Classe bottling, Gloria is aged for 14 months in French oak barrels, 40% of which are first use. Roughly 120 acres of vineyards are classified for this top notch, left bank bottling.