Rosés and Reds


When our head wine buyer starts an email with the words "Very exciting!" I know that it is going to be good, and the email I recieved this week about a visit from Patrick Léon did not disappoint. Patrick is one of the biggest wine making legends out there, he has been head winemaker at Château Mouton-Rothschild, Opus One, Viña Almaviva, now helping to steer the ship for Chateau D’Esclans in Provence, and he is making stops in four of our stores next week.

Patrick has unparalleled experience in making among the great wines of the world. A Bordeaux native with an extensive education in wine making, Patrick began the study of this subject in his home town and has continued his education over the past 40+ years. Currently he is consulting oenologist and working with Sacha Lichine making all the Chateau D’Esclans wines as great as they are, and also the owner of for Château Les Trois Croix in Bordeaux. Come meet, greet, chat, taste and then taste another with this master on the following dates.
Patrick will be sampling three roses and one Bordeaux during each of his visits, below are a few tasting notes on each:
Chateau D’Esclans "Whispering Angel" Rosé - A lovely bright color with notes of berry and cherry, followed by plenty of mineral and spice notes. 90 points from Wine Spectator.
Chateau D’Esclans 2012 - Wine Spectator describes the wine as "flavors of dried cherry, currant, and ripe pear flanked by concentrated notes of allspice and dark chocolate. Ready to drink now. 90 points.
Chateau D’Esclans Les Clans 2011 - Pretty salmon pink with a savoury red fruits and lots of oak. This can easily be a main course wine, due to its true tannins. 93 points from Wine Spectator.
Chateau Les Trois Croix, 2009 - This Bordeaux has a core of dark currant, plum, and blackberry fruit with a tobacco and toasty finish. 90 points from Wine Spectator and will soften nicely in the cellar.
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