Join Us For An Exclusive Bordeaux Tasting
“In the world of fine wine, there are many regions whose names ring out more loudly than any others. Names which are hallowed, which take up the exclusive shelves of your favorite wine stores, and which can be found on dusty bottles, stacked in precious wine cellars the world over. These are regions which demonstrate the very best of what a country’s wine culture produces – places like Spain’s La Rioja and Italy’s Barolo, where wine is the principal industry and it flows through the veins of the people who live and work there.
However, one name resonates louder than most, and one name is revered above almost all others in the world, having influenced almost the entirety of New World wines and having dictated the nature of fine wine as a concept, an idea and an image throughout the centuries and across the globe. That name is, of course, Bordeaux.
The city of Bordeaux has been producing fine wines for centuries, and has consistently been regarded as a city of viticultural excellence and influence throughout its history. It produces some of the most expensive bottles the world has ever seen, and also presents great value for money in its cheaper bottles, giving a truly democratic feeling to the quality of its wine.”
Hors d’oeuvres by Chef Damon Swanson
$95 Per Person/ Only 10 Seats Available
7:00pm – 8:30pm
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~ Selections To Be Tasted ~
1998 Chateau Leoville-Barton
Duck Breast, Farro, Apple & Cabbage
In 1826, Hugh Barton, already proprietor of Chateau Langoa, purchased part of the big Leoville estate. His part then became known as Léoville Barton. Six generations of Bartons have since followed, and continued to preserve the quality of the wine, classified as a Second Growth in 1855. In 1983, Anthony Barton, the present owner, was given the property by his uncle Ronald Barton who had himself inherited it in 1929. Anthony Barton’s daughter Lilian Barton Sartorius now helps her father in managing the estate. Together, they maintain the traditional methods of winemaking, producing a typical Saint-Julien of elegance and distinction.
Wine Advocate 93 Points: This opaque purple-colored, muscular, full-bodied, classically made St.-Julien displays impressive concentration, chewy, highly-extracted flavors of black fruits, iron, earth, and spicy wood, and a powerful mouth-feel. A pure, uncompromising, traditionally-styled wine, it is to be admired for its authenticity, class, and quality.
2000 Chateau Lafon-Rochet
Pork Chop, Smoked Bacon & Pumpkin Cassoulet
This ancient estate can trace its origins back to the early 16th century, at which time “Rochet” belonged to the vast Vallée Roussillon feudal estate. Château Lafon-Rochet stayed in the Lafon family for two years, despite the upheaval of the French Revolution. They were also owners in 1855, when their wine received the ultimate recognition as a great growth, along with only four others in the Saint-Estèphe appellation.
The château is in a choice location, in one of the most prestigious winegrowing areas in the world – between Cos d’Estournel and Lafite-Rothschild (to the south). It is thus hardly surprising that Guy Tesseron, famous for the quality of his old Cognac, was attracted to Lafon-Rochet some 40 years ago. After acquiring the estate, he decided that the existing cellar was unworthy of such a fine wine, and had it razed. He built an entirely new one and, in a highly unusual move, built a new château as well, in the style of the 17th century chartreuse manor house. Thanks to the great care and attention lavished on Lafon-Rochet, it has become one of the standard bearers of the great wines of Saint-Estèphe in France and around the world.
Wine Advocate 92 Points: One of the better wines (and also reasonably priced) to emerge from this property over recent years, this dense ruby/purple-colored wine shows a complex nose of earth, underbrush, creosote, creme de cassis, and dried herbs. Sporting a new yellow/orange label that matches the dramatic paint job on the chateau itself, the wine has a deep ruby/purple color, medium to full body, fine ripeness as well as purity, and moderate tannin in the finish.
2000 Chateau Pontet-Canet
Ribeye Over Fingerlings & Spinach
Jean Francois Pontet, Royal Master of the Horse in the early 18th Century, bought and consolidated several plots of land located northwest of Pauillac. Several years later, in 1750, his descendants bought neighboring vineyards in an area named “Canet”, thus creating one of the largest estates in the entire Medoc. Chateau Pontet-Canet’s topography and soil predestined it to produce great wine.
In 1865, the noted wine shipper Hermann Cruse acquired the chateau and its 120 hectares of vines. The Cruse dynasty provided the financial means to make one of the greatest wines in the Medoc. In 1975, Guy Tesseron, solidly implanted in the Cognac region, and owner of Lafon Rochet in St-Estephe, purchased Pontet-Canet. Assisted by his son Alfred, he has done much to develop the reputation of this famous classified growth. “Quality” is the key word in the vineyard and cellars.
James Suckling 94 Points: A lovely lead-in of singed cedar and vanilla notes gives way to slightly taut, racy red and black currant fruit flavors that drive nicely through an iron-edged finish. Rather sleek and tightly focused, relying more on minerality than power.
2012 Clos Fourtet
Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
Grilled Lamb, Tomato, Leek and Mushroom Ragout
Saint-Emilion’s limestone plateau produces some of the appellations’s most illustrious wines, and Clos Fourtet has an enviable location there. The 20 hectares of vines are situauted around a stately manor house built just before the French Revolution. This is on the very outskirts of the medieval town of Saint-Emilion. The château’s underground cellars are perfect for aging wine.
Clos Fourtet owes its fame to the Rulleau and Carles families. The latter were lords of Figeac. They were the first to grow vines on this barely arable land, which nevertheless has outstanding natural drainage. Clos Fourtet’s old vines, perfectly balanced grape varieties, traditional winemaking methods backed up by the most modern techniques, and aging in new oak barrels in underground cellars complement all the gifts that nature has bestowed on this château.
Wine Advocate 95 Points: Having just had the 2003 and 2005 from my cellar, I can attest to the magnificent turnaround in quality from this famous estate on the eastern side of St.-Emilion has achieved. All of it is attributable to its dynamic proprietor, Philippe Cuvelier. The 2012 Clos Fourtet (usually 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc) has beautiful blackberry and blueberry fruit and an inky purple color. With flawless integration of acidity, tannin, wood and alcohol, a full-bodied mouthfeel and stunning richness, this is impressive and certainly one of the vintage’s top wines. It should evolve beautifully for 15-20 years.
Wine Enthusiast 95 Points: Powerful and concentrated, this is a firmly textured wine with a dark, solid, dense character. The palate balances fine acidity and fruit with a dark, brooding structure.