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ear four centuries has elapsed since vines were first planted at Château Lascombes. What would Chevalier Antoine de Lascombes, born in 1625, think of the estate he once owned if he came to visit today? The first thing that would probably come to mind is: «So, my name continues to live on». Yes indeed! Classified a second growth in the 1855, Château Lascombes has 112 hectares of vines in Margaux and 6 in the Haut-Médoc appellation. This makes Lascombes one of the largest estates in the Médoc. It is also a veritable patchwork of vineyard plots covering many different parts of the prestigious Margaux appellation. Dominique Befve, you have managed Château Lascombes since 2001. What has changed most at Lascombes in the past 15 years? D.B. It is probably more accurate to speak of gradual progress than change. You never start out with nothing. Lascombes, of course, has one of the best terroirs in the entire region. When the château was acquired by the MACSF group, it was fortunately able to benefit from an ambitious investment plan. A long-term strategy was set into motion. I had the good luck to be in charge, and to be helped by a very devoted, very talented team. We redefined the breakdown of vineyard plots, redistributed grape varieties according to the type of soil and subsoil, and introduced state-of-the-art technology enabling us to raise the quality to a standard never before attained. Would you say that Château Lascombes is now perfect, the best it could possibly be? D.B. Perfection does not exist. Furthermore, as good as a wine may be, there is always a subjective element in appraising it. However, if you have a given soil and grape variety, and handle them the right way, you will produce grapes that make a special wine. Of course there are a number of other factors: picking, fermentation, blending, ageing, etc. Finding the best way to do things takes time, patience, humility, rigour, adaptability, the willingness to accept risk, and above all the passionate desire to constantly improve. Are our wines perfect? I really 9

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can’t say. Outstanding, yes. And everyone who loves the wines of Margaux - and there are many of them around the world – know that. Second growth Château Lascombes, Chevalier de Lascombes, and Haut-Médoc de Lascombes… A tasty trilogy? D.B. Yes indeed. But each one has its own identity. The second growth and its second wine are pure Margaux. The grapes are all hand-picked, the wine is fermented in temperature-controlled oak and stainless steel vats, malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel, the wine is aged on its lees, and after blending, stays in French oak barrels. All these processes contribute to the full expression of Médoc grape varieties grown on a superb terroir. The resulting wine is complex, rich, opulent, and has great ageing potential: up to thirty years for Château Lascombes and ten for Chevalier de Lascombes. As for the Haut-Médoc, it is an attractive, easy-going wine that can be enjoyed very young. Yes, this trilogy of wines provides a real tasting treat... 2004- EWS Tasting- August 2008 This vintage was ranked 1st out of 14 wines with 40 points, 27 points above 2nd place with only 13 points. “In particularly, we must single out our runaway first place winner, 2004 Chateau Lascombes, a wine that transcends both the vintage and the normal quality level associated with this property. As the cliché says, it must “truly be tasted to be believed.” What a great wine!” 2005- Grand Jury Européen Tasting- January 2011 In a blind tasting of the vintage 2005, Chateau Lascombes was ranked 1st out of 19 wines, all first or second Growth in the classification of 1855. “The rank of Lascombes here proves that the management of this classified growth of Margaux succeeded in its goal : To put this property back on the top of the appellation again.” Wine Spectator- Primeurs- Avril 20102010 : Fascinating aromas of crushed berries and fresh herbs follow through to a full body, with velvety, polished tannins and a long, long finish. Wonderful wine. More reserved than the 2005, but potentially better. Robert Parker - Primeurs - Mai 2011 2010 : While this large property is composed of a huge number of small parcels that must require military-like precision to harvest, the quality of the wines over the last decade has been remarkable. The 2010 may turn out to be the greatest Lascombes ever made. It boasts a dense purple color along with an extraordinarily uplifted set of aromatics consisting of blueberry liqueur, black cherries, 11

subtle smoke, crushed rocks and restrained oak. Massive fruit, an unctuous texture, a skyscraper-like mid-palate and stunning definition (because of good acids and a modest pH) have resulted in a formidable wine that will benefit from 5-6 years of cellaring, and should keep for 30 years. A brilliant effort! Wine Spectator- Primeurs- April 2012 2011 : Nice lilac, sandalwood and mulled cherry notes, with perfumy spice chiming in on the lightly fusty finish. Pretty.—J.M. Vinous - may 2012 2011 : (a blend of 50% merlot, 45% cabernet sauvignon and 5% petit verdot): Deep purple. Perfumed aromas of dark berries and violet. Clean and fresh, with above-average concentration for the vintage to its of creamy-sweet dark fruit, milk chocolate and coffee flavors. Finishes smooth and long. This is yet another creamy Lascombes, but less overripe and low in acidity than recent vintages. In fact, Lascombes is one of the few real successes in Margaux in 2011. Robert Parker - August 2014 2013 : An inky/ruby/purple color is followed by an impressive bouquet of forest floor, black currants and spring flowers. Full-bodied, opulent and ripe with impressive density and richness and a fuller style than many of its peers, the 2013 Lascombes proves that top-notch viticultural work, an excellent team in the cellar and a strict selection can turn a so-so vintage into something very good. Drink it over the next 10-12 years. Vinous - april 2014 2014 : Ample and broad on the palate, the 2014 Lascombes offers tons of pure richness to match its dramatic, huge personality. Dark red and inky black stone fruits meld into new leather, spices, mint and licorice. Even with all of its obvious power, my sense is that the 2014 is only showing a hint of its ultimate potential. This is a gorgeous wine made in a distinctly intense, concentrated style that is likely to require a measure of patience. It will appeal most to readers who enjoy extroverted wines. Tasted twice.

CHATEAU LASCOMBES 33460 MARGAUX • FRANCE Phone +33 (0)5 57 88 70 66 Fax +33 (0)5 57 88 72 17 13


stablished in 1998 and managed ever since by Christophe Reboul Salze, The Wine Merchant is considered by the Bordeaux marketplace to be one of the most reliable firms with regard to the great growths. Thanks to a fine reputation acquired during a meteoric rise, the company’s name is now widely associated with the region’s most famous châteaux. The main reason for this success is The Wine Merchant’s ability to occupy a pivotal position between the crus classés and the people who await the opportunity to buy and enjoy them. Interview with Christophe Reboul Salze. How do you explain The Wine Merchant’s quick rise? C.R.S. – Paradoxically, I’d say it is due to long experience. Although The Wine Merchant has only been in existence for not quite fifteen years, I had been in the business of selling the great growths of Bordeaux for some thirty two years. In fact, The Wine Merchant is so effective because we started out with the sole purpose of guaranteeing the respective interests and complete satisfaction of both the owners of grand cru châteaux and their customers. Some 95% of our business activity is in prestige wines. We have true expertise in this field, as well an intimate understanding of the world market for them, and have been successful in making supply meet demand. What is your expertise based on? C.R.S. – Basically, four main points. First of all, our team. This consists of ten people, including very experienced salesmen. Our profession demands an excellent understanding of all aspects of the wine industry. Consequently, our staff have a very good knowledge of the châteaux whose wines they sell, as well as market trends. This means we are very responsive to our customers’ needs. The next main point is ethics. We have developed a meaningful commitment to fine wine thanks to our own three wine-producing estates, where we use the same methods as our partner châteaux. Furthermore, we receive precious advice from 15

the well-known, Stéphane Derenoncourt. With fifteen years of winemaking experience behind us, we can discuss with other château owners as well as customers from the viewpoint of a winegrower. The third point is that our facilities provide excellent storage conditions and make it easy for transport firms to come and pick up the goods. The last point is that we have nearly 25 million euros worth of stock that protects us from volatile market conditions. Why did you choose to specialise in the great growths? C.R.S – Bordeaux is a unique region producing highly unique wines. While on holiday in Bordeaux at the age of 14, I discovered one of these. So I knew even way back then that I wanted to be involved professionally with wine. Today, I am proud to promote these famous wines around the world, especially in China, where we have had strong commercial ties since 2002. It is very encouraging to see that more and more Chinese are showing an interest in the best our terroir can produce. Our Chinese customers are faithful and honest. They abide by the same ethical standards as we do, and I am happy about this not only for ourselves, but also for the châteaux. In Premières Côtes de Blaye, The Wine Merchant owns Châteaux Grands Maréchaux, Gigault and Belle Coline. Château Gigault Cuvée Viva Premières Côtes de Blaye 2010 Wine Spectator 90 «Nicely taut, with a mix of damson plum, bitter cherry and red currant fruit racing along, carried by a bright iron note and picking up floral and bergamot notes on the sleek finish. Drink now through 2016. 4,572 cases made». –JM Wine Review This medium to full-bodied red has attractive aromas of roasted fruit with nice black cherry and ripe plum flavors that surround a good, sturdy structure. The finish is fresh and long.

The Wine Merchant 23 Avenue du Mirail, 33370 Artigues-près-Bordeaux FRANCE Phone 33 (0)5 57 54 39 39 Fax 33(0)5 57 54 39 38 17


he Boidron family first began making wine in 1760. Their vineyard holdings grew with each passing generation and now total 70 hectares in 6 different appellations. Pioneers in techniques for controlling fermentation, the Boidron family are now in the forefront of environmentally-friendly winegrowing, and constantly seek ways to perfect their expertise. They have gained a reputation for innovation and creativity, and are famous for their excellent wines. The château team is young, dynamic, and highly qualified in both viticulture and winemaking. The team is led by Jean-Noël Boidron (oenologist, former professor at the Bordeaux Institute of Oenology, member of the International Academy of Wine and the French Wine Academy), Hubert Boidron (oenologist, in charge of viticulture and winemaking), Emmanuel Boidron (master’s degree in marketing and university diploma in wine tasting aptitude, in charge of sales), and Isabelle Boidron (postgraduate degree in wine law and wine estate management). CHATEAU CANTELAUZE POMEROL Created in 1989 on the Pomerol plateau from plots originally belonging to other estates, Château Cantelauze produces very expressive wines thanks to a variety of factors: terroir, traditional viticultural practices, low yields, hand picking, precision winemaking, long maceration (30 days), and ageing in new oak barrels (100 %) for 18 months. Production: An average of 6,000 bottles a year Area under vine: 0.9 hectares featuring very deep gravel and clay soil with medium-size pebbles. Grape varieties: 90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc Location: close to Pétrus. CHATEAU CORBIN MICHOTTE SAINT-EMILION GRAND CRU Château Corbin Michotte is located in the gravelly part of the Saint Emilion appellation. The 7 hectares of vines and grounds with trees are located between Pomerol and 19

Saint-Emilion, near Cheval Blanc and Figeac. Appellation: Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classification: Grand Cru Classé in 1955 Area: 7 hectares Grape varieties: 65% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon Average annual production: 300 hectolitres Second wine: Pollen de Corbin Michotte CHATEAU CALON SAINT-GEORGES SAINT-EMILION This estate has existed for over two centuries. Nearly a century ago, it was attached to Château Calon in Montagne Saint-Emilion. That is why it has the exact same name, but in the AOC Saint-Georges Saint-Emilion. The slope vineyards facing Saint-Emilion have excellent sun exposure. Area under vine: 7 ha Grape varieties: Merlot 80 %, Cabernet franc 10 %, Cabernet sauvignon 9 %, Malbec 1 % Production: 320 hectolitres a year on average CHATEAU CALON MONTAGNE SAINT-EMILION The Château Calon vineyards were consolidated by our family over the past three centuries. These are concentrated on the Coteau de Calon sope that overlooks the entire Saint-Emilion region. Annual average annual production: 200,000 bottles Area under vine: 45 hectares Grape varieties: 70% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet France, and 3% Malbec. MAYNE D’OLIVET BORDEAUX BLANC The recently expanded Mayne d’Olivet vineyard is located in Montagne, near Saint-Emilion. Dry white wine Average annual production: 90 hectolitres Grape varieties: 25% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Sauvignon Gris, 10% Sémillon, and 25% Muscadelle Vignobles Jean-Noël BOIDRON Château Corbin Michotte 33330 SAINT-EMILION • FRANCE Phone. +33 (0) 5 57 51 64 88 Fax. +33 (0) 5 57 51 56 30 21


hâteau Rousselle, nestled in the middle of 23 hectares of vines, has its construction date carved into the oldest section: 1636 - ample proof that the estate’s winegrowing vocation is not exactly recent... However, when Vincent Lemaitre bought Château Rousselle on the 13th of July 1999, the estate was only a shadow of what it once was. No one at the time would have bet on the success of someone age 37 with no winemaking experience taking on the herculean task of entirely renovating the château, the cellars, and the vineyard, and then going on to produce quality wine! However, this is exactly what Vincent went on to do with five red wines in the Côtes-de-Bourg and Côtes-de-Blaye appellations. Furthermore, his wines are now enjoyed in twenty different countries.

Château Rousselle: 17 vintages down the road, can we speak of a success story? V.L - Yes, I suppose you can, even though it may not sound very humble. I honestly feel I can be proud of all that has been accomplished. This was on an incredible scale when you consider that the estate had been abandoned the previous thirty years... However, you might say that my handicaps were my greatest advantages. I started out with nothing, but this gave me enormous freedom and I learned a great deal along the way: how to restore buildings and outfit a cellar, how to replant a vineyard, how to grow vines... I had nothing to weigh me down, no cultural or family constraints - which can sometimes parade as tradition to impede creativity. I had the tremendous opportunity to form my own conception of wine and how best to make it. Please describe this conception and your methods. V.L - I consider myself a wine lover first and foremost. I have always loved wine and keep that in mind, whatever I do. Sometimes striving to be professional makes people forget this. Loving wine, of course, means loving the vines and the cellar. It also means meeting other wine lovers and enjoying the wonderful experience of discovering a wine with the person who made it. I talk about what 23

I do to people in Russia, the US, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Australia who really want to listen and learn. And obviously to taste! As for my winemaking methods, I do everything I can to reflect my terroir, and that includes using a considerable percentage of Malbec. Aren’t you afraid of spreading yourself a little too thin by offering five different wines? V.L - No, on the contrary. Château Rousselle and Château Rousselle Prestige in the Côtes-de-Bourg along with Château Haut-Vigneau in the Côtes-de-Blaye delight people who appreciate the classic crus bourgeois of Bordeaux. As for «La Soif de Vincent», this is more simple and approachable, a good everyday sort of wine. The fifth wine is quite separate and very different. «Not For You» is a friendly way of poking fun at American consumers. It is slightly over-extracted and the name is, in fact, a warning not to drink the kind of wine they actually like very much! However, all the wines are produced in the same spirit carefully and with craftsmanship to bring out the intrinsic differences in each one. In your leaflet for Château Rousselle, you refer to the estate as a «Premier Bourgeois en 1868». What does this mean ? No fashion, nor pitched battle between appellations about classifications makes one iota of difference to the terroir at Château Rousselle. In the system of Bordeaux classifications, the term «Bourgeois» comes from the Côtes de Bourg. In the 19 th century, «Bordeaux and its wines» (Cocks et Féret) listed four châteaux in Bourg as «Premier Bourgeois» including Rousselle...

CHATEAU ROUSSELLE 33710 St Ciers de Canesse • FRANCE Phone +33 557 42 16 62 Fax. +33 557 42 19 51 25


lthough, Vincent Lemaitre is a dyed-in-thewool wine lover, he also appreciates wines other than his own! This led to his distributing a range of wines from other vineyard regions under the Anthocyane name (which means «anthocyanine» in English) The range includes wines from the Languedoc, Southwest France, Burgundy, the Rhone Valley, etc. Vincent always goes about things the same way, by first meeting the winegrower and then deciding whether or not to add his wine. Vincent Lemaitre and Julien Richard, his Sales Manager, meet many producers at the estate and at trade fairs. They discuss, taste, and share their enthusiasm while enjoying a nice glass. If all goes well, a distribution agreement is reached and a new adventure begins. These wines would never reach such a large number of potential admirers otherwise. Thanks to their good understanding of what consumers are looking for as well as their experience selling Château Rousselle, Vincent Lemaitre and Julien Richard are true ambassadors for these other estates to people who want to discover wines from outside the Bordeaux region. Anthocyane’s short distribution channel is off the beaten track, but is to everyone’s satisfaction. Vincent Lemaitre’s first of all, because he likes nothing better than to appreciate wine’s incredible diversity. Next, that of winegrowers, who are delighted to know that their wine is appreciated on the other side of the world. And last, but not least, that of consumers, who delight in discovering an infinite variety of flavours...

ANTHOCYANE Château Rousselle - 33710 St Ciers de Canesse Phone +33 557 42 16 62 Mob. +33 627 31 64 93 Fax. +33 557 42 19 51 27

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ominique Befve, Managing Director at Château Lascombes in Margaux since 2001, has been working for 10 years in the wine industry. He has worked for the Barons de Rothschild estates at Château Lafite, Duhart Milon in Pauillac, and the Evangile in Pomerol. He is a nature lover who is passionate about his job, from the vine to the label ! He always samples the wines with pleasure, humour and “joie de vivre”. Today, while doing his job at Château Lascombes, he is happy to elaborate on his own wine with his wife Pia, which vines are on the Margaux appellation. Surface : 7 acres in Margaux appellation Soil and Grape varieties of the vineyard : - Deep gravel soil between Chateaux Cantenac-Brown, Rauzan-Ségla and Palmer - 50% Merlot - 50% Cabernet Sauvignon - Average age : 25 years - 50% Merlot - 50% Cabernet Sauvignon Yields : 45hl/ha Viticultural methods and vini cation for the vintage : - Shot removal - 2 de-leafings - 1 bunch thinning - Hand picking harvest in ten-kilo crates - Sorting before and after de-stemming - Cold maceration (5 days) - Alcoholic fermentation in vats - Malolactic fermentation in barrels - Stirring of the lees for 3 months - Ageing for 20 months: - 50% new barrels - 50% in one year barrels

CHATEAU CONFIDENCE DE MARGAUX Phone +33(0)6 62 51 12 79 or +33(0)6 07 03 19 60 29

Pia Befve


he Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux was founded in June 2013 by Alain Raynaud, the current president, in order to bring together fine estates from Bordeaux’s Right and Left Bank under the same banner. The Cercle Rive Droite de Grands Vins de Bordeaux, established in July 2002, is an unusual association promoting quality and ethical practices. It includes 184 châteaux managed with enthusiasm and expertise by their dynamic owners. The Cercle Rive Gauche de Grands Vins de Bordeaux, was created in April 2013. This sister association includes 56 châteaux carefully chosen for the quality of their wine. The guiding principle was to take advantage of of the dynamics and efficiency of the Cercle Rive Droite to promote fine wines from the Médoc, Graves, Sauternes, and Barsac. Thanks to the diversity and complementarity of their appellations, terroirs, and winemakers, the Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux, which includes nearly 200 estates, is a showcase for Bordeaux wines chosen for their quality. The Grand Cercle’s vocation is to show that Bordeaux has beautiful, top-end wines at affordable prices and to promote these special wines whose byword is excellence.

Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux 62 quai du Priourat 33500 LIBOURNE • FRANCE Phone : 05 57 74 01 61 Fax : 05 59 44 04 13 31

RIGHT BANK Château Perron La fleur Lalande de Pomerol BP 88 33503 LIBOURNE CEDEX Phone +33 (0)557 51 40 29 Château Fonplégade Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 33330 SAINT-EMILION Phone +33 (0)5 57 74 43 11 Château Jean de Gué Lalande de Pomerol Château Messile Aubert Montagne Saint-Emilion Château la Couspaude BP 40 33330 SAINT-EMILION Phone +33 (0)5 57 40 15 76 Château Bertinerie 33620 CUBNEZAIS Phone +33 (0)5 57 68 70 74 Château Pas de l’Ane Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Le Cros 33330 SAINT-EMILION Phone +33 (0)5 57 74 62 55 Château Barrabaque Canon Fronsac 33126 FRONSAC Phone +33 (0)5 57 55 09 09 Château Fougas Côtes de Bourg 33710 LANSAC Phone +33 (0)5 57 68 42 15 Château Carteau 33330 SAINT-EMILION Phone +33 (0)5 57 24 73 94 Château Côte Montpezat BP 42 – 8, Brousse 33350 BELVES DE CASTILLON Phone +33 (0)5 57 56 05 55 32

Lynsolence Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 355 Port de Branne 33330 SAINT SULPICE DE FALEYRENS Phone +33 (0)5 57 84 54 73 Château Grand Ormeau 33500 LALANDE DE POMEROL; Phone +33 (0)5 57 25 30 20 SCEA Le Bousquet - Château La Grangère 3 Tauzinat Est 33330 SAINT-CHRISTOPHE DES BARDES Phone +33 (0)5 57 74 43 07 Château Bellegrave Lieu dit René 33500 POMEROL Phone +33 (0)5 57 51 20 47 Château Guibot la Fourvieille 33570 PUISSEGUIN Phone +33 (0)5 57 55 22 75 Château Bonalgue Pomerol Clos du Clocher Pomerol Château du Courlat Lussac Saint-Emilion 62 Quai du Priourat - BP 79 33502 LIBOURNE CEDEX Phone +33 (0)5 57 51 62 17 Château de La Rivière 33126 LA RIVIERE Phone +33 (0)5 57 55 56 56 Château Penin Bordeaux Supérieur 39 Impasse de Couponne 33420 GENISSAC Phone +33 (0)5 57 24 46 98 Château du Domaine de l’Eglise Pomerol Ste Borie Manoux 86 cours B. Stuttenberg 33000 BORDEAUX Phone +33 (0)5 56 00 00 70 33


ocated in Saint Sulpice de Faleyrens in Saint Emilion appellation, CHATEAU DU PARC since April 2011 is the property of Alain Raynaud and Françoise, his wife. T he three hectares of sand and gravel the original property were enriched by two limestone clay plots located north of the appellation. This choice sign the beginning of a dear excep- tional wine strategy Alain Raynaud, who through experience knows that great wines are born in the complexity of the terroir. Pomerol child and well known personality of the wine world, Alain Raynaud, a consultant for many wine estates in Bordeaux, in the south of France (Banyuls, Collioure), California, Argentina, and on the island of Sark is always animated by love and passion for wine. He, now more than ever the desire to practice at CHATEAU DU PARC, which his work «wine maker» allowed him to refine worldwide. He shared this desire with Françoise, his wife and manager of the property. The 5 hectares of vineyards are planted with the cur- rent 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, spread over the old and new plots based on the affinity of soils and grape varieties. With the addition of these two additional plots clay and limestone, the ambition of CHATEAU DU PARC is the development of contemporary wines, combining power and elegance.

CHATEAU DU PARC 2014 Neal Martin The Château du Parc 2014, which was purchased by Alain Raynaud and his wife in 2011, is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc matured in 50% new oak (medium toast). Alain tries not to pick too late, so this was harvested on October 18. It has a rounded and quite opulent bouquet with boysenberry jam and raspberry nose, quite modern in style. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, good acidity and though there is quite a lot of toasty new oak toward the finish that should be subsumed by the time of bottling. CHATEAU DU PARC 2013 Robert Parker The 2013 Du Parc, a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, reveals too much oak at present, but it possesses a healthy 35

dark/ruby/plum color as well as sweet mulberry and cherry fruit intermixed with notions of licorice and spice box. The acidity is adequate, and the tannins are soft, so drink it over the next 5-8 years. This is the new property of Dr. Alain Raynaud and his wife, Francoise, who did such a great job resurrecting Chateau Quinault (now the property of the owners of Cheval Blanc). CHATEAU DU PARC 2012 Robert Parker 88/90 Attractive, deep black cherry and black currant fruit intermixed with tobacco leaf, cedar wood, licorice and subtle background oak are found in this medium-bodied 2012 with outstanding purity, excellent concentration and texture, and a long, pure finish. The tannins are sweet and the wine is very well-made. It should keep for 10-12 years. The new project of Francoise and Dr. Alain Raynaud, 2012 is the first vintage where they had full control over the viticulture and vinification. Not surprisingly, it is a fine effort with the potential to be outstanding. Drink 2013 - 2025 Wine Spectator – James Molesworth 88/91 Offers good flesh and depth, with dark raspberry and blackberry fruit inlaid with singed anise. The fruit and toast match up on a finish that belies the vintage. CHATEAU DU PARC 2011 Robert Parker 88/90 2011 is the first vintage where Raynaud controlled both the viticulture and the winemaking. Composed of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, it is a medium to full-bodied, modern styled St-Emilion with a dense ruby/plum/purple color as well as notes of graphite, black currants, cherries, spice box, toasty oak and wet gravel. It should drink well for a decade. Drink 2012 - 2022

CHATEAU DU PARC 4 avenue du Général de Gaulle, 33330 Saint-Sulpice-de-Faleyrens, • FRANCE Phone +33(0)5 57 51 45 53 Fax +33 (0)5 57 74 39 90 37

Château Roylland Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 33330 SAINT-EMILION Phone +33 (0)5 57 24 68 27 Château Feytit-Clinet Pomerol 33500 POMEROL Phone +33 (0)5 57 25 51 27 Château Yon-Figeac Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 33330 SAINT-EMILION Phone +33 (0)6 86 08 46 61 La Sergue Lalande de Pomerol Château Haut-Chaigneau 33500 NEAC Phone +33 (0)5 57 51 31 31 Château Bel Air La Royère Blaye 33390 CARS Phone +33 (0)5 57 42 91 34 Château Ferrand Lartigue Saint-Emilion Grand Cru VitisVintage 3 chemin de chollet 33640 ARBANATS Phone +33 (0)5 56 67 47 78 Château Croix de Labrie Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 33330 SAINT CHRISTOPHE DES BARDES Phone +33 (0)5 57 24 64 60 Château Thieuley Bordeaux BP 8 33670 LA SAUVE Phone +33 (0)5 56 23 00 01 Château Mondorion Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 151 bis, Grand Chemin, Saint-Sulpice de Faleyrens 33330 SAINT EMILION Château Gaby Canon Fronsac 33126 FRONSAC Phone +33 (0)5 57 51 24 97 38

Château Brande-Bergère Cuvée O’Byrne Bordeaux Supérieur 33230 LES EGLISOTTES Phone +33 (0)6 80 11 17 20 Château Destieux Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé Château La Clémence Pomerol 33330 SAINT-HYPPOLYTE Phone +33 (0)5 57 24 77 44 Château La Fleur de Boüard Lalande de Pomerol BP 7 33500 POMEROL Phone +33 (0)5 57 25 25 13 Château Sainte-Barbe Bordeaux Supérieur 33810 AMBES Phone +33 (0)5 56 77 19 02 Château Laplagnotte-Bellevue Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 33330 SAINT-CHRISTOPHE DES BARDES Phone +33 (0)5 57 24 78 67 Château Sanctus Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Château la Bienfaisance 33330 SAINT-CHRISTOPHE DES BARDES Phone +33 (0)5 57 24 65 83 Château Bellefont Belcier Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 33330 SAINT-LAURENT-DES-COMBES Phone +33 (0)5 57 24 72 16 Château La Croizille Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Château Tour Baladoz Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 33330 SAINT LAURENT DES COMBES; Phone +33 (0)5 57 88 94 17 Château Beaulieu Comtes de Tastes Bordeaux Supérieur 9 Allée de Beaulieu 33240 SALIGNAC Phone +33 (0)6 85 71 48 26 Château Fleur Cardinale Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé Château Croix Cardinale Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 33330 SAINT-ETIENNE-DE-LISSE Phone +33 (0)5 57 40 14 05 39

Château Cap de Faugères Castillon / Côtes de Bordeaux Château Faugères 33330 SAINT-ETIENNE DE LISSE Phone +33 (0)5 57 40 34 99 Girolate Bordeaux Château Mont Pérat Cadillac/Côtes de Bordeaux Château Tour de Mirambeau Cuvée Passion Bordeaux Vignobles Despagne 33420 NAUJAN ET POSTIAC Phone +33 (0)5 57 84 55 08 Château Grand Corbin Despagne Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 33330 SAINT-EMILION Phone +33 (0)5 57 51 08 38 Château Ampélia Castillon / Côtes de Bordeaux 3 Barraillot 33330 SAINT-EMILION Phone +33 (0)5 57 51 08 38 Haut Carles Fronsac Château de Carles 33141 SAILLANS Phone +33 (0)1 45 03 33 60 Château Reynon Cadillac / Côtes de Bordeaux Château Reynon 21, route de Cardan 33410 BEGUEY Phone +33 (0)5 56 62 96 51 Château Faizeau Montagne Saint-Emilion Route de Balizac 33720 LANDIRAS Phone +33 (0)5 57 98 07 20 Château Sainte-Marie Entre-Deux-Mers 51 route de Bordeaux 33760 TARGON Phone +33 (0)5 56 23 64 30 Château Godeau Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 33330 SAINT-LAURENT DES COMBES Phone +33 (0)5 57 24 72 64 Château La Vieille Cure Fronsac 33141 SAILLANS Phone +33 (0)5 57 84 32 05 40

Château Barde Haut Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 33330 SAINT-CHRISTOPHE DES BARDES Phone +33 (0)5 56 64 05 22 Château Villars Fronsac 33141 SAILLANS Phone +33 (0)5 57 84 32 17 Château La Marzelle Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 33330 SAINT-EMILION Phone +33 (0)5 57 55 10 55 Château Peyfaures Bordeaux Supérieur Vignobles Bouey Château Peyfaures 33420 GENISSAC Phone +33 (0)5 57 55 06 77 Château Siaurac Lalande de Pomerol Château Vray Croix de Gay Pomerol Château Le Prieuré Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé Château Siaurac 33500 NEAC Phone +33 (0)5 57 51 64 58 Château Ripeau Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 33330 SAINT-EMILION Phone +33 (0)5 57 74 41 41 Château de Francs «Les Cerisiers» Francs / Côtes de Bordeaux 33570 FRANCS Phone +33 (0)5 57 40 65 91 Château Trianon Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 33330 SAINT EMILION Phone +33 (0)5 57 25 34 46 Château Moulin Haut Laroque Fronsac 33141 SAILLANS Phone +33 (0)5 57 84 32 07 Château Hostens-Picant Sainte-Foy Bordeaux Grangeneuve Nord 33220 LES LEVES Phone +33 (0)5 57 46 38 11 41


lain Moueix is a man whose name is indissociable from that of his wines, made according to a very personal conception... He applies a winemaking philosophy that is good for both the planet and the taste buds at the two châteaux he manages in Pomerol and Saint Emilion. We met this inspired winemaker to ask him about his views on viticulture... You introduced some Petit Verdot into the blend at Château Mazeyres this year thanks to the addition of four hectares of vines. Why did you choose this rather complicated grape variety that is traditionally grown in the Médoc? I see this a little bit like adding some salt and pepper to the blend. It also helps to make the wine more straightforward. The original idea was to increase the proportion of Cabernet Franc, less sensitive to high temperatures. I chose Petit Verdot instead because Merlot sometimes suffers from climate change, which tends to exaggerate its intrinsic generosity. For a long time, Petit Verdot was not even authorised in Pomerol ! We are interested in it today because it has excellent natural acidity. However, this needs to be put into perspective, because this variety only accounts for 2 or 3% of the final blend. That may seem like not very much, but it definitely adds a small touch that enhances the overall balance. At Fonroque, on the other hand, we don’t need Petit Verdot because Merlot retains its freshness thanks to the limestone soil. Global warming is beginning to have an impact on wines. You grow your grapes biodynamically. Do you think this is the appropriate response? In recent years, there has been more rain in spring. That is worrying because it can lead to coulure in Merlot. Hot, humid weather in summer is also conducive to the spread of vine diseases. The impact of climate change mostly comes through in the style of wines frequently being made today: high alcohol and low acidity. Merlot loses its aromatic complexity and, from my point of view, its elegance in such wines. Biodynamic viticulture results in skins that are ripe just when sugar levels are optimum and acidity is not too low. at makes it possible to avoid any excesses due to high temperatures. Biodynamics also makes vines sturdier and more disease-resistant. They are more deeply-rooted because of the improved structure and texture of the soil, which enhances mycorrhization. 43

You have claimed that it important not to «rush» the vines. Can you please explain what that means? The underlying philosophy of biodynamic viticulture is to observe closely what’s happening in the vineyard and to accompany nature – to work with it, not against it. Conventional agriculture is domineering. It falls prey to the sin of pride because man needs nature – and not the reverse ! The aim is to keep a close watch on natural cycles and follow their lead – to be attentive to what nature is saying to us and to adapt accordingly. There is no systematic approach. We do not do things in the vineyard based on a schedule that suits us, but rather when they are necessary. Everyone on the estate is involved in this orientation, and this makes their work especially fulfilling. The goal is to make the vines as self- reliant as possible so they’ll become more resistant. And contrary to what you might think, biodynamic viticulture in Bordeaux does require a very technical approach. It most defi nitely does not consist of sitting back and being passive ! It calls instead for being there at the right time to do the right thing the right way. How do you look after your terroir, and how does this come through in the wine? Each individual terroir produces its own characteristic aromatic profile. This also comes through in the wine’s structure, and in the mouth feel of the tannin. For example, Pomerol is a wine with a fairly velvety texture, whereas Saint Emilion is rather silky. Likewise, Pomerol has a very spherical, full-bodied side, as compared to Saint-Emilion, which is more straight - forward and dense - not aggressive, but with marked minerality due to the limestone soil. At Fonroque, we have six types of soil that would, in fact, be able to make six specific types of wine. Biodynamic viticulture considers the soil as a living thing. Reducing it to a mineral substrate would be like reducing a man to his skeleton. In fact, the soil is bursting with complex life forms, which make it fragile. Stopping the use of chemical sprays protects these organisms. Furthermore, we use several preparations to help them to regenerate. How do you define a successful modern wine? It is one-of-a-kind, authentic, and reflects where it comes from. It is also a wine that is good for us. It is healthy, expressive, tastes good, inspires us, and has that extra something that conveys emotion and transports us... What projects do you have for both châteaux? We have invested a great deal over the past few years. An extension to the vat room was built at Mazeyres in 2013, as was one at Fonroque two years ago. Our aim is to constantly improve 45

efficiency and to adapt to the estate’s needs. We are working towards this by degrees. At a wine estate, absolutely everything counts – buildings, objects, etc. – when seeking overall harmony. We might also benefit from encouraging artistic creation on the estates. For instance, I would like to set aside an area for artists in residence, based, of course, on a set of parameters. The idea is not to be dilettantes, but to encourage multidisciplinary activities, to talk about our different professions and techniques, in a spirit of cross-fertilisation. CHATEAU FONROQUE 2014 Robert Parker / Neil Martin 91-93 «The Château Fonroque 2014 blossoms from the glass with ebullient red berry fruit mixed with rose petal and violet aromas. This palate is crisp and focused with a keen line of acidity that neatly counterbalanced the silky textured, lightly spiced fruit. This is already showing fine cohesion and poise – an excellent wine courtesy of Alain Moueix and one of my picks from the Right Bank this year». WineSpectator 88-91/100 «A pure, racy version, with a lovely floral edge to the blood orange, cherry and red currant fruit flowing atop the finely beaded acidity. Offers a long, elegant finish. Very charming» - J.M. CHATEAU MAZEYRES 2014 James Suckling 88-89 “A savory and delicately fruity wine with blueberry and terracotta character. Medium body. Fine Tannins”. Robert Parker 89-91 «The Château Mazeyres 2014 has a Burgudian bouquet quite pure and airy with soft red cherries and strawberry scents, developing a warm, gravel scent with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin and crisp acidity. There is not great depth here, but fine tension all the way through to the finish. This should drink well over 10-12 years, a satisfying, if note quite compelling. Pomerol from alain Moueix.».

CHATEAU FONROQUE 33330 Saint-Emilion • FRANCE Phone +33 (0)5 57 24 60 02 Fax +33 (0)5 57 24 74 59 CHATEAU MAZEYRES 56, avenue Georges-Pompidou 33500 Libourne • FRANCE Phone +33 (0)5 57 51 00 48 Fax +33 (0)5 57 25 22 56 47

Château Moulin Pey-Labrie Canon Fronsac 33126 FRONSAC Phone +33 (0)5 57 51 14 37 Château Trimoulet Saint-Emilion Grand Cru BP 60 33330 SAINT-EMILION Phone +33 (0)5 57 24 70 56 Château Pey La Tour «Réserve» Bordeaux Supérieur Château Grand Barrail Lamarzelle Figeac Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Vins et Vignobles Dourthe 35 rue de Bordeaux - Parempuyre CS80004 - 33295 BLANQUEFORT CEDEX Phone +33 (0)5 56 35 53 00 Château Carignan Cadillac / Côtes de Bordeaux 33360 CARIGNAN DE BORDEAUX Phone +33 (0)5 56 21 21 30 Château Clinet Pomerol 16 Chemin de Feytit 33500 POMEROL Phone +33 (0)5 57 25 50 00 Château de Viaud Lalande de Pomerol SAS Château de Viaud Cedex 30 - 10 route de Viaud 33500 LALANDE DE POMEROL Phone +33 (0)5 57 51 17 86 Château Pindefleurs Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 1 Pin de Fleur 33330 SAINT-EMILION Phone +33 (0)6 87 50 90 90 Clos la Madeleine Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé Château Magnan La Gaffelière Clos la Madeleine BP 78 33330 SAINT-EMILION Phone +33 (0)5 57 55 38 03 Château de Lussac Lussac Saint-Emilion 15 rue de Lincent 33570 LUSSAC Phone +33 (0)5 57 74 56 58 48

Château Vieux Maillet Pomerol Château Saint-Jean de Lavaud Lalande de Pomerol 16 chemin de Maillet 33500 POMEROL Phone +33 (0)5 57 74 56 80 Château La Fleur de Gay Pomerol Château La Croix de Gay 8 Chemin de Saint-Jacques de Compostelle 33500 POMEROL Phone +33 (0)5 57 51 19 05 Château Sansonnet Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 33330 SAINT-EMILION Phone +33 (0)5 57 55 60 60 Château Les Trois Croix Fronsac 33126 FRONSAC Phone +33 (0)5 57 84 32 09 Château de Barbe Blanche Lussac Saint-Emilion Vignobles André Lurton 4 Barbe Blanche 33570 LUSSAC Château Fombrauge Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé Château Magrez Fombrauge Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 33330 SAINT CHRISTOPHE DES BARDES Phone +33 (0)5 57 24 77 12 Château Laroze Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 1 Goudichau - BP61 33330 SAINT EMILION Château Boutisse Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Château Recougne 1 Route de Savignac 33133 GALGON Phone +33 (0)5 57 50 33 33 Château Taillefer Pomerol Château Tauzinat l’Hermitage Saint-Emilion Grand Cru BP 9 33501 LIBOURNE CEDEX Phone +33 (0)5 57 25 50 45 Château Mazeyres Pomerol 56 av Georges Pompidou 33500 LIBOURNE Phone +33 (0)5 57 51 00 48 49


he beautiful 18th century residence overlooks the Isle River Valley, across from the limestone slopes of Saint-Emilion and Pomerol. Surrounded by vines, the château was first planted in 1610 and belonged to the same family for three centuries. It was acquired in 1955 by Michel Rullier. For over forty years, he modernised winemaking techniques in order to improve quality. Michel Rullier also succeeded in selling his wine around the world. His daughter Brigitte learned the ropes working with her father for several years, and took over management in 2002. Going hand-in-hand with the development of export sales, Brigitte Rullier-Loussert has become a true professional and left her mark on the way work is done in the vineyard and cellar. She manages a devoted team and her wines have won praise from some of the most famous critics in the world. Robert Parker «This is a big-time sleeper of the vintage and a testament to owner Brigitte Rullier who is making terrific efforts at this Fronsac estate. Dense purple in color with lots of raspberry and black currant fruit moving toward blueberries, the wine show schalky minerality, surprising depth and richness in this vintage. It is asserting itself as one of the best wines of this undervalued and still astonishingly under-the-radar appellation of Fronsac. The final blend for the 2013 is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. What Brigitte has done so well in 2013 is not push extraction. The result is an effusively fruity, yet complex, wine that shows the relatively fast evolution of this vintage, but at the same time it has purity, depth and ripeness. Kudos to Brigitte !»

CHATEAU DALEM 33141 Saillans • FRANCE Phone + 33 (0)5 57 84 34 18 Fax + 33 (0)5 57 74 39 85 51

Château Fonroque Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 33330 SAINT-EMILION Phone +33 (0)5 57 24 60 02 Vieux Château Palon Montagne Saint-Emilion 33330 SAINT-SULPICE DE FALEYRENS Phone +33 (0)6 89 10 90 01 Château Montviel Pomerol Phone +33 (0)3 20 64 20 56 Château Tournefeuille Lalande de Pomerol Château Lécuyer Pomerol 24 rue de l’Eglise 33500 NEAC Phone +33 (0)5 57 51 18 61 Château de Pressac Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé 33330 SAINT-ETIENNE DE LISSE Phone +33 (0)5 57 40 18 02 Château Le Moulin Pomerol Château Patris Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Chemin du Moulin de Lavaud 33500 POMEROL Phone +33 (0)5 57 55 19 60 Château du Parc Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 53 Avenue Carnot 33200 BORDEAUX Phone +33 (0)6 07 79 17 16 Château Rouget Pomerol Ste Financière Labruyère 70 avenue Edouard Herriot - BP 520 71010 MACON Phone +33 (0)5 57 51 05 85 Château Tour Bayard Montagne Saint-Emilion Lieu dit Bayard 33570 MONTAGNE Phone +33 (0)5 57 74 51 05  Château de Laussac Castillon / Côtes de Bordeaux Clos Vieux Taillefer Pomerol 33350 SAINT MAGNE DE CASTILLON Phone +33 (0)5 57 40 13 76 52

Château Rol Valentin Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 5 Les Cabanes Sud 33330 SAINT-EMILION Phone +33 (0)5 57 40 13 76 Château Fontenil Fronsac 5 Catusseau 33500 POMEROL Phone +33 (0)5 57 51 52 43 Château Dalem Fronsac 1 lieu dit Dalem 33141 SAILLANS Phone +33 (0)5 57 84 34 18 Château Beau Soleil Pomerol 26 chemin de Plince 33500 POMEROL Phone +33 (0)9 77 03 34 10 La Fleur d’Arthus Saint-Emilion Grand Cru La Grave 33330 VIGNONET Phone +33 (0)6 08 49 18 11 Château La Rose Perrière Lussac Saint-Emilion Clos Les Grandes Versannes Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Vignobles Jean-Luc Sylvain Château La Perrière 33570 LUSSAC Phone +33 (0)5 57 74 51 33 Reclos de la Couronne Montagne Saint-Emilion B.P. 10 33570 MONTAGNE Phone +33 (0)5 57 74 66 62 L’Ambroisie du Château La Croix des Moines Lalande de Pomerol Clos Dubreuil Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Clos de la Vieille Eglise Pomerol Vignobles Trocard 33570 LES ARTIGUES DE LUSSAC Phone +33 (0)5 57 55 57 90 Clos Puy Arnaud Castillon / Côtes de Bordeaux 7, Puy Arnaud 33350 BELVES DE CASTILLON Phone +33 (0)5 57 47 90 33 53

Grand Vin de Reignac Bordeaux Supérieur 38 Chemin de Reignac 33450 SAINT-LOUBES Phone +33 (0)5 56 20 41 05 Château Bourgneuf Pomerol 1 le Bourg Neuf 33500 POMEROL Phone +33 (0)5 57 51 42 03 Château Clos Chaumont Cadillac / Côtes de Bordeaux 8 lieu dit Chomon 33550 HAUX Phone +33 (0)5 56 23 37 23 Château Veyry Castillon / Côtes de Bordeaux lieu dit Paupin 33330 SAINT-LAURENT DES COMBES Phone +33 (0)6 07 28 53 80

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Château Malescasse 6 Chemin du Moulin Rose 33460 Lamarque Phone +33 (0)5 56 58 90 09 Château Seguin Chemin de la House 33610 Canejan Phone +33 (0)5 56 75 02 43 Château Crabitey 63 route de Courneau 33640 Portets Phone +33 (0)5 56 67 18 64 Château de Myrat 33720 Barsac Phone +33 (0)5 56 27 09 06 De Mour 3, rue des Anciens Combattants 33460 Soussans Phone +33 (0)5 57 88 94 17 Vignobles Dubourdieu - Château Reynon 21 Route de Cardan 33410 Beguey Phone +33 (0)5 56 62 96 51 Ste Fermière des Grands Crus de France 1, rue de la Division Leclerc 67290 Petersbach Phone +33 (0)6 08 36 01 70 Château Sainte-Marie 51 Route de Bordeaux 33760 TARGON Phone +33 (0)6 03 25 79 26 Château Brillette Route de Brillette 33480 Moulis; slobrillette@gmail Phone +33 (0)5 56 58 22 09 Château Saint-Robert Cuvée Poncet Deville 33210 Pujols sur Ciron; Phone +33 (0)5 56 63 27 66 55


ocated between three prestigious first growths «châteaux» of the «Pessac-Léognan appellation», Le SARTRE was a well-known winery in the 19th century. Rediscovered in the late seventies by the Perrin family, owners of «Château Carbonnieux», the 90 acres estate of first-rate Terroir is now managed since 2005 by the late Antony Perrin’s sister Marie-José Leriche and her husband René. With the help of David Château, their manager and winemaker, they have teamed up professionals which are all engaged in a no concession search for quality. The red and white wines which they produce rank regularly among the top PESSAC-LEOGNAN. Robert Parker Château le Sartre White 2011 WA# 212 (Apr. 2014) - Rating: 89 Château le Sartre White 2012 WA #218 (Apr. 2015) - Rating: 89 Comprised of 90% Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Semillon, the 2012 Le Sartre is excellent. Plenty of citrus as well as hints of orange marmalade and white peach are present in this medium-bodied sleeper of the vintage. Drink it over the next decade. Château le Sartre Red 2010 WA# 205 (Feb. 2013) - Rating: 90 A sleeper of the vintage which displays loads of deep raspberry fruit as well as some tobacco leaf, cedar wood and Christmas fruitcake. A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, this is an up-and-coming estate to keep an eye on. Château le Sartre Red 2012 WA#206 (Apr. 2013) - Rating: (87-88) This blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot from an estate situated next to Fieuzal exhibits notes of tobacco leaf, red and black currants and subtle smoke in its medium-bodied, supple, attractive, velvety style. It is best consumed over the next 5-7 years.

CHATEAU LE SARTRE 78 Chemin du Sartre - 33850 Léognan • FRANCE Phone +33 (0)5 56 64 08 78 Fax + 33 (0)5 56 64 52 57 57

Marie-Josée Leriche

SCEV Michel Gonet & Fils - Château Lesparre 33750 Beychac et Caillau Phone +33 (0)5 57 24 51 23 Château Roquetaillade La Grange 33210 Mazeres Phone +33 (0)6 03 46 41 71 Château Rollan de By 18 ROUTE DE BY 33340 Begadan Phone +33 (0)5 56 41 58 59 CVBG 35 rue de Bordeaux - CS80004 – Parempuyre 33295 Blanquefort Cedex Phone +33 (0)5 56 35 53 00 Château Haut Bergeron Le Haire 33210 Preignac Phone +33 (0)5 56 63 24 76 Domaines Lapalu 1 rue du 19 mars 33340 Begadan Phone +33 (0)5 56 41 38 37 Château Le Sartre 78 Chemin du Sartre 33850 Léognan Phone +33 (0)5 56 64 08 78 Château Haut-Selve 285 Rue Nationale 33240 Saint-André de Cubzac Phone +33 (0)5 57 94 09 20 Les Vignobles André Lurton Château Bonnet 33420 Grezillac Phone +33 (0)5 57 25 58 58 Vignobles Marie-Laure Lurton 17 chemin de Villegeorges 33480 Avensan Phone +33 (0)5 56 58 22 01 58

Château Les Grands Chênes 13 Route de Lesparre 33340 Saint-Christoly du Médoc Phone +33 (0)5 56 41 53 12 Château Serilhan 33180 Saint-Estèphe Phone +33 (0)5 56 59 38 83 Château Grivière Médoc Château La Cardonne Médoc Château Ramafort Médoc Les Domaines CGR 33340 Blaignan Phone +33 (0)5 56 73 31 51 Château Bellegrave 22, Route des châteaux 33250 Pauillac Phone +33 (0)5 56 59 05 53 Château Raymond-Lafon 4 au puits 33210 Sauternes Phone +33 (0)5 56 63 21 02 Château Cap Léon Veyrin 54 Route de Donissan 33480 Listrac Médoc Phone +33 (0)5 56 58 07 28 Château Peyrat-Fourton 1 Allées Fourthon 33112 Saint-Laurent Médoc Phone +33 (0)1 56 58 67 67 Château de Cérons 1 Latour 33720 Cerons Phone +33 (0)5 56 27 01 13 Château Fonbadet 33250 Pauillac Phone +33 (0)5 56 59 02 11 Château d’Arsac Adresse 1 allée du Comte 33460 Arsac Phone +33 (0)5 56 58 83 90 59


aron Maurice Velge, a Belgian businessman, acquired this 20-hectare property in 1997. In conjunction with José Bueno, former cellarmaster for Baron Philippe de Rothschild, he quickly brought Château Clauzet up to the highest level in its appellation, producing wines with a rich colour, beautiful concentration, and good body in an attractive modern style. Classified a Cru Bourgeois Supérieur in 2002, Château Clauzet is proving vintage after vintage to be one of the finest, most reliable wines in Saint-Estèphe. Clauzet has a deep intense colour, as well as a complex bouquet of chocolate, vanilla, spice, and red fruit. The wine is rich, full-boded, and tannic on the palate, with excellent length. It succeeds in combining power and finesse. The media and prestigious guides have taken notice. For instance, 2000 Château Clauzet had three stars in the 2004 Guide Hachette and received a rare coup de cœur (special favourite) designation, just like the first growths. Château Clauzet 2012 Wine Spectator ​​​​​87-90​​​​​​ Pleasantly austere, with a chalky frame that runs from start to finish, while red currant and cherry fruit fills in the middle. Offers hints of gentle spice and black tea. Wine Enthusiast​​​​​ 90 This dense and dark wine is full of ripe, richly juicy black fruits. Solid tannins and layers of wood are softening into the rest of the wine. It’s going to develop slowly, releasing the fruit into the tannic structure. Wait until 2018. Château Clauzet 2011 Wine Spectator​​​​​86/89 Bright and high-toned, with lightly crisp cranberry and currant framed with a rose petal edge. Lightly chalky finish. Wine Enthusiast​​​​​ 88 A solid, tannic wine, it’s densely packed with dark fruits and a firm structure. The wine has weight, concentration and the potential for attractive black plum fruits. 61

Château Clauzet 2010 Wine Spectator​​​​​89/92 Marries notes of silky plum, red currant coulis and red cherry preserves to a bright iron minerality and sleek acidity. The focused finish shows purity. Best from 2014 through 2024. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. James Suckling​​​​​ 92 This shows loads of fruit on the nose, with spices, dark chocolate and blackberries. Full body, with soft and silky tannins. Chewy finish. Love the length to this. March 25th, 2011 Château de Côme Wine Advocate, Neal Martin The de Come 2010 has a lighter, more refined bouquet with raspberry, black cherries and crushed violets. Good definition. The palate is medium-bodied with dry tannins on the entry, very tertiary on the mid-palate with good weight on the mocha-tinged entry. Although it lacks a little tension at the moment, it is well made and should represent good value after bottling. Tasted April 2011.

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parallel can be draw between Silicon Valley and its hi-tech industry and Spirits Valley with its focus on spirits. Americans, who are very familiar with the former, are warmly invited to discover the latter at the CIDS, the Centre International des Spiritueux. Located in Segonzac, in the heart of the Cognac appellation, this institution is the only in the world with a dual purpose: to train and to inform everyone who wishes to understand and learn about spirits. Here is a look at the fascinating world of distilled spirits with Pierre Szersnovicz, President of the CIDS, and Quitterie Fourquet, the General Manager. The CIDS is able to provide information about everything to do with spirits. What exactly does that encompass? P.S. – I should probably start off by explaining what our name means. We are above all a center. We’re centrally located, in the heart of a vineyard region that has been producing one of the world’s most highly-reputed spirits for centuries. A visit to the Center is a wonderful way of discovering the art of distilling Cognac - the region has over two hundred distillers - as well as the art of blending and aging Cognac, and the art of tasting! Furthermore, our goal is to centralize knowledge and expertise in the field of spirits in conjunction with professionals, and for their benefit. Training courses are taught by experts who know specific types of spirits from A to Z. This concerns Cognac, of course, but also other spirits! ... Which, of course, accounts for the word «spirits» in your name. P.S. – Yes. Based on our background in Cognac, we have developed an approach and a philosophy applicable to all spirits. It takes guidance to discover the secrets of how spirits are made, and the distinct characteristics of gin, vodka, rum, and whiskey. That is our purpose, and we have become truly specialized. Alongside our training program, we have also built up a monumental database containing information touching on every aspect of the world of spirits. Trade professionals are thus able to take advantage of reliable, verified information. 68

Please tell us about the Center’s international vocation. Q.F. – Spirits are a world unto themselves in much the same way as the diversity of the world at large. Each one is a reflection of geography, culture, and history. Spirits are by definition international. Our tasting room, with a capacity of 26 people, and our spirits library with 650 different spirits are the perfect illustration of this. The center is a crossroads and meeting place for people from all over the world including, of course, the US. Furthermore, it is also striking to see how much more Americans have become interested in spirits in general, and Cognac in particular, the past few years. And we are obviously delighted with that.

Pierre Szersnovicz

Quitterie Fourquet

CIDS International Center for Spirits and Liqueurs

37, rue Gaston Briand - BP 30037 16130 SEGONZAC • FRANCE Phone 00 33 (0)5 45 83 63 30 Fax 00 33 (0)5 45 83 31 72 69


inegrowers and distillers for more than 150 years’ - this could well be the Boutinet family motto. Their vineyards cover 27 hectares (68 acres) of the Cognac-producing area known as Fins Bois, which is renowned for its ability to produce young eaux-de-vie of very high quality. Through the generations, vines have been planted on the best land of the property, with its deep but light soil. The Ugni Blanc and Colombard grapes succeed in providing well-balanced wines made in the estate winery with all the care, knowledge and tradition of Bernard Boutinet and his son, Pierre. Juice from the Colombard grapes, sweeter and less acid, is blended with Cognac in the making of our white Pineau des Charentes. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, also grown here, are the basis, with Cognac, of our rosé Pineau des Charentes. Although the vineyards have been at le Brissonneau for nearly two hundred years, and the art of distilling has been passed down through four generations, it was only twenty years ago that Bernard Boutinet added a new dimension by producing Cognac and Pineau des Charentes under his own name. Both bottling and marketing are also carried out on the estate - truly a family affair. For his labels, Bernard Boutinet chose the image of a carriage, La Calèche, for both Cognac and Pineau. This choice seems to echo the Charentes region - mysterious and secret behind the high walls of the estates, the pride in its rich history - so his labels are plain, discreet, but elegant. While the V.S.O.P. Cognac is immediately found to be gently perfumed, our Napoléon, X.O. and EXTRA only reveal the secrets of their richness and complexity after a moment or two of warmth from the palm of your hand. Then you will find yourself in a marvellous world of warm notes of honey and gingerbread, and you will understand the perfect harmony of sweet flavours and alcohol. Besides his traditional oak barrel-matured Cognacs, Bernard Boutinet offers an interesting “Coeur de Fins Bois”. Matured for about seven years in very old barrels, it has very little tannin and preserves the purity of fragrance and the flavours of grape and vine. Its character is such that it lends itself equally well to being drunk on ice or as a long drink, especially with tonic. 71

COGNAC VSOP A Cognac with a warm yellow colour and golden glints, powerful and beginning to have some rancio. VSOP contains per- fumes dominated by oral notes which express themselves fully in the mouth with aromas of nuts. 72

COGNAC NAPOLEON More intensive in colour, Cognac NapolĂŠon takes us away into a spicy vanilla and cinnamon avoured world. It is a very round, well balanced and mellow Cognac. During its 12 years in French oak casks, NapolĂŠon improves with maturity.


COGNAC XO The many years of ageing in old French oak casks gives X.O Cognac Boutinet its soft and yellow colour with pleasant scents of honey gingerbread, as well as some touches of eucalyptus, rose and dry wood. To the nose its nice balance is highly appreciated: alcohol and sweet avours are harmoniously long. 74

COGNAC EXTRA A splendid mahogany colour. Aromas of dry fruits and slightly avoured with saffron vanilla come with a long and sweet mouth without any aggressivity. Then pleasant perfumes and avours develop further in the mouth. The connoisseur of Cognac will discover all the aromatic complexities and richness of a very old Cognac.





COGNAC & CIGARS A light mahogany colour, a dry nose with a touch of dry leaf tobacco. A long mouth in which one can nd spices and the same dryness as noted at nose. Slightly liquorice and fig. A perfectly balanced Cognac.


COGNAC VS A younger and typical Cognac from Fin Bois with powerful and cheerful aromas; to the nose nice orange hints and a palate of owers and lime. 79

COGNAC MILLESIMES 1990 Heaps of freshness, powerful on the nose - spicy, vanilla and liquorice in the mouth, very pleasant. Bottled on 7th April, 2003 Label created by Marie Claire Pajeile “Grapes and Leaves”. 1988 Perfumes of fruits, honey and vanilla. Bottled on 6th May, 1997 Label created by Marie Claire Pajeile “Vine in Summer- time”. 1993 Bottled on 25th August, 2008. Slightly peppery and with cinnamon aromas, fresh on the nose and in the mouth dry raisins 80

with oaky wood overtones and with very pleasant length. Label created by Marie Claire Pajeile “Rows of Vines”. 1995 Aromas of apple, pear and a touch of plum. In the mouth avours of owers and lime as well as slight spices towards the end. “Explosion of Vegetation in the Vines in Springtime” is the theme of the label, explains Marie Claire Pajeile. Bottled on 25th April, 2006. 81

COEUR DE FINS BOIS In tasting a Coeur de Fins Bois, one discovers pure perfumes fresh from the vine (light, fine and subtle), without aromas and the taste coming from the oak casks. You will appreciate the delicate and oral scents of this unu- sual taste emphasised by a well mellowed alcoholic strength. An unusual curiosity.


PINEAU DES CHARENTES Rosé - Its elegant nose of cherries in eau-de-vie and and fresh grapes, a soft and pleasant attack in mouth. Its great aftertaste reminds us of ne honey scents. The beautiful balance of alcohol and sweet avours makes a remarkable apéritif.

Bernard BOUTINET Le Brissonneau 16370 BREVILLE • FRANCE Phone 33 (0)5 45 80 86 63 FAX 33 (0)5 45 80 86 75 83


rijol Family came in the heart of the Cognac Region in Saint Martial sur NĂŠ where its very first still was installed in 1859. Since then, six generations have ensured the slow but steady progress of the family, passing on their know-how as growers and distillers. Today, with over twenty-two 25 hectoliters Charentes stills, we are still an independent, family business, but now one of the largest distilleries in Cognac. Trijol family is driven by its passion for cognac. Our goal is to pass on the most intense emotions, to work in the timeless silence of the cellars, in order to obtain the very best from the vines. We are genuine specialists of cognac, deeply attached to its authenticity, to the taste of perfection, to ageing and cherishing our cognacs well beyond the legally required number of years. Friends and partners, ours assets are yours too ! VSOP GRAND CLASSIC: SILVER MEDAL BEST FRENCH SPIRITS FOR USA 2015 Fruity and floral on the nose and palate, with a long lasting gaiety. The tannins form the oak have helped it to develop to the beginning of maturity a harmonious cognac. VSOP GRANDE CHAMPAGNE: SILVER MEDAL -BEST FRENCH SPIRITS FOR USA 2015 Vanilla, spice and some dried fruit on the initial aromas, developing to include a little apricot and oak. Well-structured body, mellow and rich on the palate, but also fruity with a light and elegant touch. Finishing well with a little tickle of fire from the spirit. XO GRAND CLASSIC: GOLD MEDAL BEST FRENCH SPIRITS FOR USA 2015 The floral bouquet develops into spicy aromas on the palate with lot of richness. Its aromatic harmony is the sign of fully fledged cognac.

MAXIME TRIJOL USA Inc. Alexandre Leclercq North America Sales Manager C : +1 (312) 888 5776 85

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he wines of the Poitou, La Rochelle, and Angoulême among France’s finest at the time were shipped by boat to Northern Europe as early as the 13th century, where they were much appreciated by the English, Dutch, and Scandinavians. Starting in the 17th century, these wines were distilled into brandy and aged in oak barrels. This marked the beginning of Cognac as we know it today, as well as the rise of the city of Cognac, which went on to become a thriving center of international trade. In this guide, you will discover the history of the major firms, meet the enthusiastic producers (to make it easier to communicate, you will also find pictograms underneath everyone’s photo showing the languages they speak), and have all their details in order to contact them directly if you so wish. All the companies in this book are open for tours. Please do not hesitate to mention this guide to have a personalized visit. We wish you a wonderful trip to the Charentes region!

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By I. Blackburn on April 30, 2015 A compact, well organized insiders guide to Bordeaux. Not another massive book of history, focused on the top producers; more of a guide & overview about the the producers/chateau large and small. A big help at a recent tasting with 35 producers hosted by Grand Cercle Des Vins de Bordeaux, LearnAboutWine and wineLA in Los Angeles. Recommended for those heading to a Bordeaux wine tasting or for travels.


have travelled the length and breadth of Bordeaux for over 30 years, so you can be sure that the wines you are about to discover have been carefully chosen. I know all the producers personally and can recommended them for several reasons, but most of all because they love their job and make their wines with the care and attention worthy of fine Bordeaux. Furthermore, most of them are glad to welcome visitors (especially if you mention this guide). Bordeaux offers an absolutely tremendous range of wines, with something for everyone. All the bottles included in this guide are blended wines, which is to say they are made with several different grape varieties: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot for the red wines, and Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle for the whites. The pictograms (flags underneath the photos of winegrowers) represent the languages they speak. I sincerely wish you a very enjoyable trip to the 21st century Bordeaux wine country !

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“Le Grand Larousse du Vin” the world reference of wines has now its Chinese language version


fter two years of effort, Class Multimedia has recently published the Chinese version of the famous wine encyclopedia, “Le Grand Larousse du Vin”. This is the first time that such an encyclopedia has been published in Mandarin. The beautifully illustrated 640-page large format hardcover Larousse encyclopedia aims to provide Chinese wine lovers and connoisseurs with exhaustive documentation and knowledge from the origin of wine and its history to choosing and appreciating wine, from the most celebrated French Bordeaux to India’s Sula Vineyards. A marketing tool for wine vendors, the Chinese edition 拉魯斯葡萄酒百科全書 is available in selected fine wine boutiques. In Mainland China, the Larousse encyclopedia is accompanied by a bottle of prestigious wine, packaged in a beautiful wooden gift box and sold in the 50 Le Vieux Monde® wine stores, Class Multimedia’s exclusive Chinese partner. Wine education is considered by many to go hand in hand with wine promotion, and this exclusive partnership is giving a distinctive competitive edge to Le Vieux Monde®. Available also on Amazon US.

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«Class» means Claude Lada and Associates C laude Lada is a French photographer and publisher specialized in wine books. Founder of Agence Class in 1990, he published a first «Guide Chinois des Vins de Bordeaux» (2009, second edition in 2012), as well as a book about matching «Chinese cooking and French wines» (for the Universal Exhibition in Shanghai, in 2010), the «Guide Chinois des Vins de France» (preface by the former Prime Minister of France, Jean- Pierre Raffarin, 2011), and the «Guide Chinois du Cognac» (2012). Under licence since 2013, from Larousse, Claude Lada also published the traditional Chinese version of the Le Grand Larousse du Vin 拉魯斯葡萄 酒百科全書. He created the trilingual magazine Bordeaux News, regularly published since 1993. He is the author of a Russian guide to Cognac, «COGNAC И ЕГО ТАЙНЫ» (2014) and a North American version «COGNAC FOR CONNOISSEUR» (2015); in the same time he publish «BORDEAUX NEW CENTURY» a new pocket book with some of the most dynamics winegrowers from Bordeaux. Happy member of WSWA, he is also the founder of PRESS CONTACT©


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