James Halliday is without a doubt Australia's leading wine writer - with many books, articles and awards under his belt, when he writes something, the wine world listens. A few weeks ago he published his yearly Top 100 Wines, so we took our time reviewing and tasting the offerings on the list and came up with our own little compilation of what we think are the best valued wines. All the details below. Enjoy!
There's nothing like a glass (bottle?) of well-cellared aged Bordeaux. The softness of the tannins, the gentle mouth-filling texture, not to mention the endless, elegant finish. The big problem is that, for most people, cellaring and caring for the wines for a long time can be a big hassle. Well, fear not Bordeaux lovers, we're not asking you to do that this week! Quite the opposite actually - we're offering out some back vintages on some ready to drink reds from both right and left banks and for pretty much every budget. All the wines were perfectly cellared and inspected by our team of wine geeks and most of them were also tasted, and, people, there are some gems here. All the details below.
The Sainte-Victoire appellation is nestled at the foot of the eponymous Montagne, a few kilometres from Aix-en-Provence - sheltered to the south by the Monts Auréliens and the Sainte-Baume Mountain Range, its location make it more of a continental climate than a mediterranean one, and that peculiarity is reflected in the wines. What is arguably the best estate in the appellation is Château Grand Boise, the focus of this week's offer. The earliest record of wine growing here is from 1610 and tradition is a big part of their game - certified organic, hand-worked land and even some centenarian vines. Add to that limestone rich soils, a state of the art, gravity-fed winery and that beautiful light reflected from the Montagne Sainte-Victoire that Cézanne worked so hard to capture and you end up with wines of elegance, complexity and detail. We certainly all fell in love with the Grand Boise wines here and cannot recommend them enough. All the details below. Enjoy!