There are those wines that you know are good, but do not expect to see. Perhaps they are too young, or hard to find. The surprise comes when this unexpected pleasure hits your glass, and then your palate! In this case, it was the 2005 Chateau Haut Bailly.
2015 is the best vintage since 2010 in Chateauneuf du Pape. The wines offer a beautiful sense of purity, lush, textures and ripeness, without being too much. There are several great wines this year that belong in the cellar of every Southern Rhone Valley, wine lover!
It’s always a treat when you pop a bottle which turns out to be a great wine, and it does not break the bank. There is a reason Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Les Trois Sources is the Wine of the Week.
Chateau Troplong Mondot sells for a record setting price to the French Insurance Company, SCOR. The third sale in a week for St. Emilion has people talking, that’s for sure!
2 Grand Cru Classe Vineyards sold in the same week is big news, especially in a region with so few classified vineyards for sale. It’s the fate of the vineyards in future vintages that is going to be very interesting.
Tasting wines in barrel is part art and part science. After years of tasting certain wines, you get an understanding of how they will should develop, from vintage to vintage. Still on young side, even now, it is easy to see 2010 Smith Haut Lafitte is one of the great wines from the estate!