The Château has been in the hands of the Couderc family for over one hundred years. Their thirty hectares of vineyards, though not situated on the prime slope below the town of St Emilion, avoid the sandy valley floor and lie on the other side of the valley facing the town. This Moulin de Mallet owes its quality to the painstaking work undertaken in the vineyard in recent years (short pruning, managed grass cover, restricted yields, green harvesting,integrated pest control), as well as the vinification techniques aimed at fostering extraction of the fruit and colour without too much tannin.
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Piedmont's fourth grape variety and style. Freisa, meaning strawberry, is delightfully 'vicace' - in other words, slightly sparkling. Bone dry with red cherry flavours. Perfect with barbecues and salamis and rich food.
The winegrowing district Carnuntum is a region located south of the Danube River in the state of Niederösterreich (Lower Austria), and extends eastward from near Vienna toward the Slovak border. Carnuntums vineyards are spread out over three undulating landscapes: the Leithagebirge (the Leitha Range), the Arbesthaler Hillsides, and the Hundsheimer Mountains. Stony limestone and loess soils work together with the Continental-Pannonian microclimate and the climatic influence of the Danube to generate the ideal conditions for wine production. Made from 100% Blaufrankish this has a bright and elegant nose with cherry and herbs. The palate displays real precision and very well managed tannins. Fresh and quite serious.
100% Garnacha made from high altitude vines in the Calatayud denominación. Cherry red with a purple hue, it evokes red cherries and fresh herbs with floral notes. Very fresh and aromatic on the palate with a pleasant herbaceous touch; really expressive.
The vineyards in Gigondas are situated on the arid hills of the Dentelles de Montmirail. The Mistral blows regularly on these slopes which keeps the vines healthy. The vines grow in stony ground, which is rare, and produce wines that can be kept easily for 10 years. Aromas of pepper and red fruits are intense and persistent. Recommended with game dishes but particularly with fine cheeses like Reblochon or St Nectaire.
The blue tractor is the Spanish equivalent of the UK 'old grey Fergie', a brand of agricultural equipment ubiquitous in its day and now an icon of endurance fondly remembered for its reliability and simplicity. Tinto de Toro is the dominant grape from this region of north western Spain but we all know it better under the more familiar title, Tempranillo. This vigorous young red was made by winemaker Alvaro Martin from 100% Tinta de Toro from 20 to 40-year-old vines. The wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks at 26-28 degrees C and spent 7 days skin contact to produce a softer style of Toro wine. Totally reliable, simple and delicious.
Sunnycliff wines are made by the Wingara Wine Group from their estate at Red Cliffs, near Mildura in the Murray Valley of North West Victoria. Here they have 350 hectares (865 acres) of vines growing a wide variety of grape varieties, both red and white. The climate in this inland part of Australia is reliably warm while the great Murray River which flows down from the Australian Alps brings life to the region. The growers note speaks of a modern approach to delivering a tasty glassfull. "The Sunnycliffe Cabernet Sauvignon was fermented in sweeping arm Potter fermenters for ten days. Pressing and clarification on premium French oak was followed by malolatic conversion in stainless steel tanks. Matured on premium French and American oak to add complexity and structure before final blending."
Classic Portuguese grapes grown on chalky clay and schist soils, harvested separately throughout September. Fermented in stainless steel. Aroma of red fruits with slight herbaceous hints typical from theTrincadeira grape. Fruity aroma with pleasant notes of strawberry, typical from the Aragonez grape, combined with a slight astringency offered by the Castelão grape.
The history of the Pichon family goes back to the Middle Ages. In 1964, Jacques de Pichon, Baron of Longueville, married the daughter of Pierre de Rauzan, who created the estate. Their descendants were thereafter much involved with the Pauillac property. Raoul de Pichon-Longueville built the current Château in 1851. In 1987, AXA-Millésimes purchased the property and entirely restored it, under the management of Jean-Michel Cazes. It is an imposing Renaissance-style mansion with spikey corner turrets. The 14-hectare Sainte Anne terroir is used for the production of Les Tourelles de Longueville, the second wine of this leading estate.
Made from high altitude vines in the Calatayud denominación of northern Spain. 100%, 100 year old, Garnacha aged for ten months in French oak. Strong cherry red colour, with fruits of the forest and red fruit bouquets. Lots of aromatic intensity, with mineral and balsamic touches with hints of wood. Savoury in the mouth, with concentrated fruit and toasted tones adding good balance. Good attack, with toasted and fruit notes adding balance.
Brothers Eric Christopher and Ryan Michael Harms have long held the spark of entrepreneurial spirit, always scheming their next collaborative business idea. Fast forward more than three decades of brotherly brainstorming, and the pair has created a true family business. The wine business is a somewhat unlikely landing point for the Harms brothers, who were born and raised in the Midwest, where well drilling or dairy farming might have been more obvious family ventures. But, for reasons that can only be deemed fate, both brothers landed on the west coast in the wine business Ryan in Oregon and Eric in California. After more long-distance phone brainstorming sessions than either can remember, small inklings for how they might one day work together gave way to one big idea for what is now an expression of their collective experiences in one label Christopher Michael Wines.Made from 100% Pinot Noir sourced from the 75% Umpqua and 25% Willamette Valleys.