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Bordeaux, Pomerol

Chateau Certan Marzelle Pomerol 2006

品種:100% Merlot

Château Certan-Marzelle combines, in a unique way, both tradition and modernism. Sharing its denomination with Vieux Château Certan and Château Certan de May, the property was originally part of Château Certan Giraud. 

Unlike its mythical neighbors, Château Certan Marzelle is planted with 100% Merlot, and its 20 year-old vines produce wines with great softness and charm. This wine is to be enjoyed in its youth as well as after a few years of aging.

89 points The Wine Advocate: 

Another tightly knit wine, despite the fact it is made from 100% Merlot and was showing an opulent, flamboyant character from barrel, this wine now displays excellent density, sweet black cherry fruit intermixed with pain grille, hints of crushed rock, and a distinct earthiness. There is plenty of density, but the wine exhibits relatively high tannins in the finish and seems to be going through an extremely closed state. Give it 3-4 years and drink it over the following 15.

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Italy, Tuscany

Chianti Classico Giorgio Primo, Fattoria La Massa 2000

產區:Toscana, Italy

品種:85% Sangiovese, 15% Merlot

Medium-deep garnet colour. The nose here is wild and complex, with black and red cherries, tobacco, dried violets and truffle. The palate finds a wonderful balance between youthful cherries and mature cigar box notes. There are layers of juicy plums and undertones of flowers and smoke. The tannins give the wine structure, but at 15 years of age have softened into the wine, making this ready to drink. This is a delicious wine, which exhibits both regional typicity from Sangiovese and superb fleshiness from the Merlot. Tasted at June 2015.

92 Points James Suckling, Wine Spectator, October 2002:

Solid and powerful CC, offering loads of black fruit, gamy and vanilla character. Full-bodied, with well-integrated tannins and a long, balanced, dark chocolate-tinged finish. Lots of toasted oak and ripe fruit. Still needs to come together, yet such potential. Best after 2003. 4,900 cases made.

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Esprit de Pavie 2010

產區: Bordeaux

品種: 65% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 15%  Cabernet Sauvignon

同時擁有Pavie, Pavie Decesse, Monbousquet, Bellevue Mondotte等名莊,熱血莊主Gerard Perse 近年開始生產波爾多級別的 Esprit de Pavie (柏菲精神),選擇係Dordogne Valley 朝南優質斜坡上獨特的三種土釀上種植葡萄(sandy-gravely foothills, clay hillsides, clay limestone plateau),包括Merlot, Cabernet Franc 和 cab. Sauvignon。 有別於普通波爾多級別,""柏菲精神”的釀造過程,除了得到如同莊主旗下名莊的同等照料外,採用Pavie 和 Monbousquet 一年舊橡木桶,15個月的木桶陳釀加持,都可以看到老莊主對"柏菲精神"一絲不苟,有所期望。包裝: 6支裝原木箱。

90 points James Suckling : Lots of dark chocolate and berry character. Currants, too. Full body with silky tannins and a clean finish. A stylish blend from the owner of Chateau Pavie. Gerard Perse. Second year made.  (3/2015)


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Bordeaux, Pomerol

La Petite Eglise (2nd label of Ch. Eglise Clinet) 2011

產區: Pomerol, Bordeaux

品種: 100% Merlot
La Petite Eglise 是波爾多 Pomerol 區著名酒莊 Chateau l’Eglise-Clinet 的副牌,個性與風味近似於正牌 l’Eglise-Clinet。酒中帶有優美圓熟的莓果、泥土與樹皮芬芳,中度飽滿,單寧堅實,可即飲。

1882 年時,現任莊主 Denis Durantou 的曾曾祖父將當時 Clos de l’Eglise 與 Domaine de Clinet 兩家的葡萄園合併,創立了 Chateau l’Eglise-Clinet。時至今日,葡萄園面積約有 5.5 公頃,不過真正釀造l’Eglise-Clinet的僅有3.5公頃,其餘的全釀成副牌 La Petite Eglise 出售。園內種植了許多老樹,平均年齡約45年,有 85% 的 Merlot 及15 % 的 Cabernet Franc 葡萄。

近幾年l’Eglise-Clinet 已成功躍升為 Pomerol 精英酒莊之列,除了坐落於緩坡上,土壤及地理條件相當優秀外,Denis Durantou 對葡萄園悉心照料與崇尚自然的釀酒技術亦是l’Eglise-Clinet 成功的主因之一。(他將大部分的時間花在照料葡萄園,釀酒方法相當簡單。) Chateau l’Eglise-Clinet 的風格圓滑多汁、是有著豐富濃郁果味的 Pomerol 紅酒。  網址: www.denis-durantou.com

Only 850 cases was produced in 2011, aged in 50% new oak.

89-91 Points Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2012

The Deuxieme Vin of La Petite Eglise is pure Merlot picked on 16th September that is aged in 50% new barrels. It has a refined bouquet with pure blackberry and raspberry with well-integrated creamy new oak that does not impede upon the fruit profile. With time it offers a touch of cedar that is very attractive. The palate is medium-bodied with impressive balance and a silky smooth texture. It has some oak to subsume so it will need 3-4 years in bottle, though it does not have the tension or persistency one can find in the 2009 or 2010. Still, this is very fine and probably will be good value. Tasted April 2012.

95 Points Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2012

The second wine of L'Eglise Clinet is better than many châteaux's top wines in 2011. This is extremely fine and aromatic, more open than it often is at such a young age, with sweet fruitcake and red cherries on the palate, filigree tannins and a classy, perfumed finish. It's denser than it seems at first, and should age well. 10+ years.

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Italy, Tuscany

Le Volte dell' Ornellaia 2013
產區:Tuscany, Italy
品種:50% Merlot, 30% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon

92 Points James Suckling - "A young red with solid tannin power and plenty of ripe and flavorful fruit. Currants and ripe strawberries. Full body, and a fresh finish, although this is a little austere and hard now. Try in 2017 as tannins soften."

90 Points Wine Spectator - "Dark flavors of black cherry and blackberry pick up a pleasant leafy edge as this juicy red stretches out on the finish. Needs time to integrate, with a long aftertaste of fruit and mineral. Merlot, Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2018 through 2026. "

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Bordeaux, Pomerol

Manoir de Gay Pomerol 2011

產區: Pomerol, Bordeaux, France

品種:100% Merlot, aged in oak casks for 18-20 months.

2nd wine of Chateau Le Gay, aged in oak casks for 18-20 months. Located in the vicinity of Château Pétrus, this small estate shares history with the property across the road, Chateau Lafleur. 

The wine is pure Merlot from the younger vines in the field. Made with the same means and the same jurisdiction as “Castle Gay”, the critically acclaimed wine, the second is particularly attractive. Elegant and generous Pomerol, marked by a great fruity flavor, it is an interesting price / quality ratio.

89-92 points - James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (Web Only 2012)

Starts slow but picks up steam in a hurry, with toasted anise, plum cake and fig notes which are darker and richer in profile than most Pomerols in 2011. Nice fleshy feel through the finish. Score range: 89-92”

87 points  Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #212 

The 2011 Manoir de Gay offers a combination of crushed rock and raspberry characteristics along with vivid minerality in addition to blue and red fruits. This medium-bodied, well-made second wine clearly reflects its more prestigious sibling. Consume it over the next 6-8 years.

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Australia, Mclaren Vale

產區:Mclaren Vale, Australia


Winemaker's Tasting Note (The Scooter Mollydooker 2014): The Scooter attracts attention with its deep violet colour and profound fruit flavour. A perfumed nose of dark cherries, fresh plum and touches of caramel lead the way to a silky mouth feel of softened red currants and licorice spice. The subtle tannins, cedar oak and balance of rich fruit, beautifully exemplify this McLaren Vale Merlot.

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產區:Toscana,Italy 評分: JS93   WS91 
品種:45% Cab Sau, 45% Merlot 及10% Sangiovese

意大利酒王Sassicaia的副牌酒又名「西施小教堂」的 Guidalberto,其著名的正牌酒Sassicaia質素絕對能跟法國一級名莊酒媲美。Guidalberto 屬於” Super Tuscan” 派別,即不隸屬意大利葡萄酒官方DOCG分級制度,因為DOCG分級制定所有葡萄酒需以本土葡萄Sangiovese釀造,而Tenuta San Guido酒引進法國葡萄品種Cabernet Sauvignon及Merlot進行釀製。

1940年代,Tenuta San Guido創立人Mario Incisa della Rocchetta 到過波爾多的Graves產區 (Graves法語亦譯作石頭,代表當地的土壤),認為兩地土壤相似故認為可以引入 Cabernet Sauvignon,毅然決定將葡萄品種從慣常的Sangiovese及Nebbiolo移到Cabernet Sauvignon ,把握酒莊名為 Sassicaia 從意大利文譯作”石頭”的故事。

酒色呈紫紅色,充滿紅苺、及梅子的氣息, First Nose 突出。口感紮實,酒體圓潤平衡,丹寧強勁但不霸道;入口除了淡淡的紅果味外還帶輕微的礦物的味道。Guidalberto 的丹寧比較柔和,可在較年輕時飲用,讓飲家在等待 Sassicaia 成熟的過中提早感受一點 Sassicaia 的氣息。

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Vilafonte series M 2013

Region:  Stellenbosch, South Africa

The Wine Advocate : 91 points

Tasting Note: “Kirsch, black cherry, dark chocolate and cassis all abouund on the nose and palate. This is enticing and very plush with a good cherry and damson fruit core. Granular with ripe tannins and although there is clearly high levels of glycerol and sweetness of fruit it is all managed and held in check. The dollop Malbec gives a black pepper and spicey edge to the wine, the Merolt giving weight and roundness and the Cabernet Sauvignon keeping the structure”.

Series M takes its name from the Malbec and Merlot which predominantly define the style of this wine. Series M is sensuous wine with a firm core structure for aging. Malbec provides its black fruit aromas and fleshy texture, Merlot adds softness and red fruit aromas, and Cabernet Sauvignon provides structure.

About Vilafonte:
Vilafonté is the first American and South African joint wine-making venture within the global wine community. This ground-breaking red wine project is a partnership between a well respected group of 'quality driven' wine specialists from South Africa and the United States. The name, Vilafonté, derives from the primary soil type of the 100 acre estate, whose character forms the foundation of the wines.

Zelma Long is Head Winemaker for the Vilafonté project. Zelma is one of America's best known winemakers. One of the first women to study enology and viticulture at U.C. Davis, she began her winemaking career at Robert Mondavi Winery, rapidly working into the Chief Winemaker position.

Vilafonté's General Manager is Michael Ratcliffe. Mike qualified as a business major before attending the University of Adelaide. Mike is Managing Director of his family estate, Warwick which is recognized as one of South Africa's foremost wine estates.

Phil Freese is head 'wine-grower' and creator of the Vilafonté vineyard which he calls "Different by Design". Phil spent 13 years as Robert Mondavi’s Vice-President of Wine Growing. Phil designed the first Opus One vineyards, and initiated the remote sensing project with NASA that has spawned a new wave of tools for viticulture analysis and quality enhancement.