1. Château des Laurets (2013) 1 Bottle
The wines made at the estate are representative of Saint-Émilion. Their blend prominently features merlot, a vine variety that makes the most of the region's clay-limestone soil. Château des Laurets, the flagship brand.
Vinification:The grapes are harvested by hand, then sorted and destemmed. before being transferred to tanks made of wood, stainless steel or concrete and 100% temperature controlled. The wines mature in these tanks for 14 to 18 months.
Tasting Note: This is a nice, juicy, concentrated, somewhat narrowly constructed, but well-made wine with red and black fruits, good texture and a nice, fleshy mouthfeel. Drink it over the next 5-6 years.(Part of Parker comment in 2015 cited)
2. Aguaribay (2015) 1 Bottle
Robert Parker 88 point!!
International Wine Challenge 2017―Bronze medal !!
Located 120 kilometers south of Mendoza, Argentina, near the village of Vista Flores, the Flechas de los Andes vineyard now occupies more than 100 hectares in the Andean foothills. The first vines were planted in 1999 and they are quite dense for Argentina (5,500 vines per hectare).
The wines are powerful but remain balanced and fine due to the terroir and the altitude which helps to keep a good acidity.
Appellation: Vista Flores
3.Gran Malbec (2012) 1 Bottle
International Wine Challenge Silver Medal!
Food Recommendations: Chinese - Stirred Fried Black Pepper beef, Japanese - Meat Teppanyaki, Korean - Beef Bulgogi with lessesugar and Honey
The winery (or bodega) called FLECHAS DE LOS ANDES was born from the partnership between Baron Benjamin de Rothschild and Laurent Dassault, as the result of their research of a great terroir at the foot of the Andes in the Mendoza region.
The name “Flechas de los Andes” or “Andes arrows” refers to the 5 arrows, symbol of the Rothschild family (symbolizing the five brothers at the origin of this dynasty of entrepreneurs). Both families Rothschild and Dassault are aiming to produce a wine of excellence.
Built in 2003 and operational since the 2004 harvest, cellar Flechas de los Andes is a synthesis of all knowledge gained by experience of both partners in Bordeaux (Château Clarke and Château Dassault). Each harvest is handpicked, hand selected, and then fermented with high quality requirements in the most modern equipment.
At the foot of the Andes, 120 km south of Mendoza, The Malbec variety rules as the king of this unique terroir. This wine was produced with the greatest care in order to achieve a pure Malbec of reference called : “Gran Malbec”.
Location : Vista Flores, 120km south of Mendoza
Altitude : 1100m above sea level
Vineyard area : 110 ha
Soil type : Granite stones, sand and gravel from the Andes
Blend : 100% Malbec
Plantation density: 5800 vines/ha
Soil management : Natural grass cover
Vineyard management : Trellising, double Guyot and irrigation
Harvest : Handpicking in march. Double selection of grapes on sorting tables before and after destemming.
4. Rimapere Pinot Noir (2016) 1 Bottle
Winemaking : Filling of the grapes into tanks by gravity. Cold maceration and fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Micro-oxygenation during maceration.
Ageing : 33% in new oak French, 33% second fill oak French and 34% in stainless steel.
Duration : 14 months
Terroir/Vinification: A very special, gravel and stone infused vineyard located on Marlborough's Rapaura Road golden mile in the famous Wairau Valley. Grapes are hand harvested with 40% left as whole bunches for indigenous fermentation in open top stainless steel tanks. Maturation occurs in French oak barriques (18% new) for 10 months.
5.Rimapere Sauvignon Blanc (2014) 1Bottle
IWSC : SILVER 2015 QUALITY AWARD!
The wine is a clear bright deep lemon with a slight green tinge. Forward aromatic nose, classic Sauvignon Blanc with attractive lime, grapefruit and gooseberry nuances with tropical undertones. Medium body, it reveals a solid core of vibrant mouth coating fruit. A seamless wine, it is well balanced, clean, and fresh with a pleasant lingering finish. Best enjoyed as an aperitif or paired with white meat (chicken), grilled fish or seafood and oysters.
6. Château Clarke (2008) 1 Bottle Free!
Gold Medal- Sakura Award 2016
Medium ruby with a consistent rim structure. Medium bodied, it is fruity and fresh with slightly green tannins and a dry finish though should improve with age. JKW04/08 Red DECANTER ★★★★ - score: 16.5
Intense deep purple-red, concentrated yet fresh blackcurrant fruit, good depth but not over-extracted, shows ripeness yet all through the year 2019. Touch of green but has enough depth to carry it through. Drink 2012-18.
Serving Temperature：18 °C
Food Matching：DRINK WITH GRILLED MEAT AND FRENCH CHEESE
Alcohol Content: 13%
Terroir and Effort for Outstanding Wine
Today, the vines are planted on clay-limestone hilltops that enable the Merlot grape to express itself at its best. And ever since the first vintage year at Château Clarke, bottled in 1978, the quality of the wines has never ceased to improve
The ancient buildings have been restored, and the techniques and equipment used in the winemaking process have been brought up to date. Particular attention is paid to the methods of cultivation and wine production, which are subject to the most stringent controls. The handpicked grapes are carefully transported and meticulously sorted in the cellar and then vatted through simple gravity into superb wooden vats. The wine is then placed in new barrels, where it is left to mature for between 14 and 18 months.
Thus, the wine from Château Clarke is a true reflection of the land that made it: concentrated and distinguished. It allies power with aromatic complexity, and has great potential for ageing.
Why the Name ”Clarke”？
See producer detail:Compagnie Vinicole Baron Edmond de Rothschild