• Baby Margaux for the Ages:  2015 Chateau Moulin de Tricot Haut-Médoc

    Baby Margaux for the Ages: 2015 Chateau Moulin de Tricot Haut-Médoc

    Chateau Moulin de Tricot is THE first place my mind goes when I think of Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant Bordeaux that has stuck to tradition and continues to offer sharp pricing. The Margaux estate personifies all of the grace and regal structure the commune has been associated with for centuries. From their small 5 hectares a second label, the Haut-Médoc, takes their strength in authenticity and value to the extreme.I've been waiting a long time for this vintage's release.

    Today, I'm happy to offer the 2015 Chateau Moulin de Tricot Haut-Médoc for $35 per bottle with special pricing all the way down to $29.95.

    At this price point there is no left bank Bordeaux I drink with more regularity or enthusiasm - Baby Margaux with Bourgogne Rouge pricing. And like those warm, even growing seasons in Burgundy where I highly recommend the most moderately priced wines, here too in 2015 I say going deep will reward many years of enjoyment.

    I love Bordeaux. And particularly the Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant examples regularly found on the left bank. The gravel here is suited to the variety, just as on the right bank of the Gironde the clay soils fit better with Merlot. The sad state of affairs is that Merlot plantings in these left bank gravel vineyards has been increasing steadily over decades in order to provide more soft-fruited wines that capitulate to a global palate.

    Chateau Moulin de Tricot has stuck with tradition and is a rarity in Margaux as they still have 75% of their vineyards planted to Cabernet Sauvignon. They also have unusually dense vine spacing with 9,500 vines per hectare, providing naturally concentrated yields. The Haut-Médoc is aged in small one-year-old Bordeaux barrels, giving the oxygen exchange needed to soften structure while limiting any ostentatious oak flavors.

    I've always had an aha moment each time I've tasted the Haut-Médoc bottling from Moulin de Tricot, but 2015 was something different. The vintage has simply elevated each component of this wine. Margaux has often been called the "Iron Fist in the Velvet Glove", explaining the balance between grace and dead-serious regal structure.

    In this exceptional Bordeaux vintage this moniker is even more suited to their Baby Margaux. The dark fruit intensity, graphite and cigar box notes, and long finish is something extra-ordinary. Very special pricing has been included to make this the easiest call as we lead into Thanksgiving.
    Posted by Alexander Rosen
  • Start Your Engines: Thanksgiving Mixed Packs!

    There are many reasons to give thanks this year, and on the 22nd (15 days away!!) we get to revel in a smorgasbord of food and wine. Emphasis today on the latter. I'm fortunate that Thanksgiving brings a couple added elements of excitement. Firstly, I love introducing family to my favorite wines, many off-the-beaten-path. And secondly, the variety of food matches with an incredibly diverse range of wines, making the selection process akin to a kid in a candy shop. Excluding overtly tannic and acidic wines is my first priority. After that it's just a hunt for the most downright drinkable and delicious. 

    Today, I'm happy to offer mixed 6-packs covering my favorite names from France, Italy, California, Spain, and Austria. I've created special discounted pricing here and I've been sure to include some serious rarities like Cornelissen's Mt. Etna zero-sulphur Nerello Mascalese (clean as a whistle), Jean-Marc Roulot's Bourgogne Blanc (all sourced from Meursault vines), and the most anticipated new arrival, not listed on the website, Raj Parr's inaugural Amador County Pais (planted in 1854!!).

    * Additionally, should you desire to craft your own mixed pack please let me know and I'd be happy to work with you on selections that suit you and yours the very best!
    Posted by Alexander Rosen