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Bouchard Aine & Fils Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2010
Bouchard Aine & Fils Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2010
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PRICE ON 9/16/2014: $13.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Brilliant cherry red. Red fruit aromas, cherry, kirsch with notes of lime and mint. A plump wine with a lot of fruit and a delicate note of wood. Good persistence. Harmonious and well balanced.

Pair with grilled or roasted red meats, light game, poultry and mild cheeses.

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About Bouchard Aine & Fils:

When Michel Bouchard founded his wine merchant business in Beaune in 1750 with his elder son, he wanted to settle in the heart of Burgundy and its vines. Being close to the vine-growers, he created a unique expertise in selection, wine making and aging with one mission:

Always search for perfection in quality, authenticity in style and prestige in the name.

For over two centuries, this has been the vision of the House of Bouchard Ainé & Fils.



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Chateau Les Graves de Barrau  2009
Chateau Les Graves de Barrau 2009
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PRICE ON 9/16/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Dark ruby color with aromas of blackcurrant, cherry and just a hint of vanilla. Chateau Les Graves de Barrau 2009 is a well-rounded wine, fleshy in the mouth, with a long, silky finish.
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About Château Les Graves de Barrau:

The Château Les Graves de Barrau is part of an estate, 11 miles north of Bordeaux, that has been famous for centuries. Set high up on a south-facing plateau, the vineyard benefits from an exceptional position giving the grapes excellent ripeness.

The Musset family has been on this estate for several generations. Serge Musset took over in 1966. With all the savoir-faire of his ancestors, he grows the vines in the traditional way and makes his wine slowly and patiently.



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Louis Bernard Cotes du Rhone 2010
Louis Bernard Cotes du Rhone 2010
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ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Louis Bernard Cotes du Rhone is an attractive ruby red color. On the nose, it has tart red fruits, such as red currant and red cherry, and black pepper. On the palate, this wine has a nice attack, full of fruits, and an ample finish. The varietal that dominates the southern Cotes-du-Rhône is Grenache. Although all wines from this region are blends, it is this particular grape that distinguishes them from wines of other parts of the world.
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About Louis Bernard:

Since 1976, Louis Bernard has united winemakers of the Rhone Valley in a common project: to devote the best of their wine and savoir-faire to producing great wines. With production throughout the Cotes du Rhone region, Louis Bernard remains dedicated to showcasing the unique characteristics of each terroir while producing exquisite, world-class wines.

La Chartreuse de Bonpas is a medieval fortified convent located near Avignon in the Provence region of France, on the Durance River. According to legend, the area was originally called "Maupas" (bad passage) because it was dominated by dangerous bandits. In the 12th century, a holy man named Sibertius arrived with soldiers, built a convent, and chased away the evil bandits. Thus, the name was changed from "Maupas" to "Bonpas" (good passage) and became known as a safe haven allowing travelers a secure crossing of the Durance River .

Today, this historic monument is surrounded by 45 acres of A.O.C. Cotes du Rhone vineyards and is home to Louis Bernard. Visitors can tour the chapel, stroll in the beautiful French-style gardens, and enjoy wine tasting in the ancient cellar.