Château de Goëlane was built in the 1850s under the patronage of François Gusman Gras, a wealthy merchant and fervent supporter of Bonaparte. In 1957, it became the very first of the Castel family’s acquisitions. A major programme of work was undertaken at this time to renew and extend the vineyard and to maintain and preserve this splendid property in the Entredeux-Mers area. The gently undulating vineyard leads from the foot of the little village church in Saint-Léon right up to the château itself, a striking combination of Gothic and Renaissance styles, which was restored and updated in the 19th century under the watchful care of its patron. Château de Goëlane is steeped in history, and lies at the heart of a unique terroir; it is justly proud of its supple, elegant red wines.
Château Montlabert is a lovely dressed stone structure dating back to the 18th century. It is surrounded by parkland complete with ancient trees, and an erstwhile hunting lodge, which has now been converted into guest accommodation. This Saint-Emilion Grand Cru is situated on the Libourne road, very close to the Plateau of Figeac and a place known as “Grâce Dieu”, and less than 600 metres from the illustrious names of the Grand Crus Classées such as Cheval Blanc, Figeac and Clos de Jacobins. The origins of its name are often confused with the principal Saint-Emilion vineyards; it was, in fact, given its name back in the 18th century by Sieur Jean Michel Descazes Montlabert, who built this impressive residence surrounded by parkland. Some of the trees he planted at that time still survive today.
Deep and dark red. On the nose intensely aromatic, with black fruits and spices. The palate is full, round and sexy. Round and smooth tannins present through the full bodied, ample wine. Overall a complete wine, with a long finish, with elegance and finesse accompanying the abundance of fruit and well-balanced tannins.
A beautiful ruby color. This wine has pleasant, fresh, red-fruit aromas on the nose, which we find again on the palate. It has rich and very ripe substance, with fine round tannins. It’s a very well-structured and pleasing wine.
Domaine Faiveley combines the principles of modern winemaking methods with the time honored traditions that have been practiced for centuries within their 19th century cellars. Each terroir and each vintage, benefits from special attention which makes the cuvées unique. Each bottle therefore becomes the faithful reflection of its terroir. The nose reveals notes of black and red fruits combined with subtle woody and smoky notes. The palate offers the same rich, fruity aromas as the nose. This full-bodied wine has a velvety tannic backbone which gives a sensation of warmth on the smooth finish.
Blason d’Aussières is characterised by ripe fruit, fresh flavours, and a supple, full-bodied structure which is an excellent representation of the property’s terroir. Its aromas evoke the richness of the garrigues and the flavours are often spicy. 20% of the wine is aged in oak barrels for 12 months. Dark red with a beautiful brightness. Open, powerful nose, with the notes of garrigue and clove that are characteristic of wines from Corbières’ best terroirs. After a smooth, fresh attack on the palate, the wine develops more power. Very good, dense structure. Despite their youth, the tannins are already supple and supported by well-integrated wood. This wine presents a particularly fine harmony between freshness and structure.
Made with special care, Aussières’ “Blanc” is a Chardonnay that combines liveliness, smoothness and fruit. Colour: Beautiful bright yellow with pale green highlights. Nose: Light notes of pink grapefruit and almond blossom. Palate: This Chardonnay reveals the complexity of the 2016 vintage in the Languedoc. Ageing on the lees gives the wine richness and body, that are accompanied by freshness and finesse through to the particularly long finish.
Aussières Rouge combines the elegance of Cabernet Sauvignon with the power and character of Syrah, two star grape varieties of the Bordeaux and Mediterranean regions. Ruby red colour. Nose of red fruit and spices. On the palate, the Mediterranean influence on the Cabernet Sauvignon is very noticeable. Good length accompanied by fresh fruit.
Lovingly cared for by a multitude of winegrowers, the common characteristic of Bordeaux’s vineyards is the elegance and freshness of their wines which, while they reflect a rich culture and are are surrounded by a certain grandeur, are nonetheless easy to drink. The Collection’s Bordeaux Blanc, made from Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon, explodes with freshness on the palate, in a direct, straightforward style, going beyond a “high tech” product to offer the simple pleasure of a fresh, lively white. The high proportion of Sémillon in the blend gives it a similar character to R de Rieussec (Château Rieussec’s dry white wine).
Lovingly cared for by a multitude of winegrowers, the common characteristic of Bordeaux’s vineyards is the elegance and freshness of their wines which, while they reflect a rich culture and are surrounded by a certain grandeur, are nonetheless easy to drink. A wine for every day, for a dinner with friends, or a glass in front of the fire, the Collection’s Bordeaux Rouge is a well-balanced blend of traditional grape varieties consisting of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. As the main variety, the Cabernet Sauvignon gives the wine the classic elegance of the Lafite style, while the ageing gives it charm and a well-rounded character.
The rich patchwork of châteaux in the Médoc produces ruby-coloured, well-rounded wines that are a fine accompaniment to many dishes. The Collection’s Médoc benefits from the same care as a Grand Vin: rigorous selection, extreme precision in the winery, with meticulous specifications, reduced yields, impeccable ripeness and purity of fruit, and traditional maturing.
A blend of around 40% Pinot noir, 40% Chardonnay, and 20% Pinot Meunier, Brut Premier comprises wine matured in oak tuns produced from three Champagne grape varieties that originate from various crus selected by Louis Roederer. It is aged for 3 years in Louis Roederer’s cellars and left for a minimum of 6 months after dégorgement (disgorging).
This Cabernet Sauvignon is designated a Pays d’Oc Protected Geographical Indication wine. Covering 4 French «departments», it boasts a wide variety of terroirs, each one with different soils and climates, and which, when blended together, create wines with typical characters. There are many contrasts between the harshness of the mountain foothills and the mildness of the Mediterranean coast.
The Châteauneuf du Pape AOC is one of the oldest and most well known in the Rhône Valley. The region’s Mediterranean climate, low rainfall and typical pebble soil provide ideal conditions for viticulture.
The Côtes de Provence AOC is located in the southeast of France and its reputation is largely based on its rosé wines. The Provence wine region enjoys an exceptional amount of sunshine with hot summers accompanied by the Mistral wind, and its terroir is made up of a complex geology. Each wine is therefore imbued with the personality of its terroir resulting in a wide variety.
The Côte du Rhône AOC sits on both sides of the River Rhône between Vienne, Valence and Avignon. The appellation derives its personality from a surprising diversity of soils and climates. This great diversity has led to several grape varieties, including the Grenache and the Syrah, being grown here. The Grenache red grape variety endows the wine with fruit, warmth and smoothness, while the Syrah confers spicy aromas, colour and a firmer structure.
The Bordeaux AOC is one of the largest, and certainly one of the most famous, wine regions in France. The Sauvignon Blanc is the main white grape variety grown in the Bordeaux region and is used in the production of dry white wines. Very aromatic and mineral, it gives the wine powerful aromas.
This Syrah is designated a Pays d’Oc Protected Geographical Indication wine. The particular character of this wine is derived from its region of origin, the Languedoc, whose climate is predominantly Mediterranean with very hot, dry summers and mild autumns, winters and springs. The Syrah grape variety is particularly well suited to this climate and the region’s terroir.
A stunning wine with remarkably pure aromas, this is a fresh Châteauneuf-du-Pape with peach and citrus notes. A variety of starters, fish baked in salt, grilled, prepared as crudo or sashimi, fresh or aged goat cheese.