Liberty WIne Merchants Has 2009 Bordeaux In Stock

Bordeaux 2009Unquestionably the greatest Bordeaux vintage I have ever tasted… In short, 2009 is the greatest vintage I have tasted in Bordeaux since 1982, of which it is a modern-day version, but greatly improved.” – Robert Parker

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The Chateaux For You to Choose

La Gorce 2009(½) Médoc $15.99
La Goutere 2009 Bordeaux $17.99
Donjon de Bruignac 2009 Bordeaux $19.99 – Special Offer
Les Charmes De Goubau 2009 Côtes De Castillon $23.99
Costes Du Féret-Lambert 2009 Bordeaux $24.99
Bernadotte 2009 Haut-Médoc $29.00 – Limited
Clos Mansio 2009 1er Côtes De Blaye $29.99
Breuil Renaissance 2009 Médoc $27.99
Cailleteau Bergeron 2009 Barrique $29.99
Le Bourdieu 2009 Médoc $29.99
Rousselle 2009 Tradition $29.99
La Croix Chaigneau 2009 Lalande Pomerol $34.99
Bolaire 2009 Bordeaux Supérieur $37.99
Marjosse 2009 Bordeaux $37.99
Fleur Saint Antoine 2009 Bordeaux $37.99
Prieuré-Canteloup 2009 Côtes de Bordeaux $39.99
Croix Mouton 2009 Bordeaux Supérieur $39.99
Féret-Lambert 2009 Bordeaux Supérieur $39.99
Château De Carles 2009 Fronsac $39.99
Beaumont 2009 Haut-Médoc $39.99
Larrivaux 2009 Haut-Médoc $39.99
Dutruch Grand Poujeaux 2009 Moulis-Me $44.99
Caronne Ste.Gemme 2009 Haut-Médoc $47.99
Lanessan 2009 Haut-Médoc $49.99
Carlmagnus 2009 Fronsac $49.99
Cantenac 2009 Saint-Émilion $49.99
Faizeau 2009 V.V. Montange Saint-Émilion $49.99
Chasse-Spleen 2009 Moulis $50.00
Charmail 2009 Haut-Médoc $53.99
La Tour De Bessan 2009 Margaux $53.99
La Garde 2009 Pessac-Léognan $59.99
Côte Montpezat 2009 Côtes de Bordeaux $59.99
Château Du Glana 2009 Saint-Julien $59.99
Poujeaux 2009 Moulis $60.00
Le Baron De Brane 2009 Margaux $63.99
Potensac 2009 Médoc $67.99
La Tour De Mons 2009 Médoc $69.99
Chevalier De Lascombes 2009 Margaux $69.99
Latour-Martillac 2009 Pessac-Léognan $77.99
Quintault L’Enclos 2009 Saint-Émilion $77.99
d’Armailhac 2009 Pauillac $78.00
Berliquet 2009 Saint-Émilion $79.99
Larrivet Haut-Brion 2009 $79.99
Vieux Maillet 2009 Pomerol $87.99
La Fleur De Boüard 2009 Lalande Pomerol $89.99
La Fleur Cardinale 2009 Saint-Émilion $94.99
Gloria 2009 Saint-Julien $94.99
Haut-Bages Libéral 2009 Pauillac $94.99
La Tour Du Pin 2009 Saint-Émilion Cru $111.99
Rouget 2009 Pomerol $111.99
Prieuré-Lichine 2009 Margaux $114.99
Lafon-Rochet 2009 Saint-Estephe $119.99
Giscours 2009 Margaux $139.99
Malescot Saint-Exupéry 2009 Margaux $249.99
Pape Clément 2009 Pessac Léognan $319.99
Pichon Baron 2009 Pauillac $324.99
Pontet Canet 2009 Pauillac $388.00
Pavie 2009 Saint-Émilion $688.99

Liberty Wine Merchants Bordeaux Tasting Coming Soon

Do you like Bordeaux wines?  Robert Parker has stated that the 2009 Bordeaux May Be Best Vintage in Decades.  So why not try some with Liberty Wine Merchants?  Their tasting is coming up on June 22, 2012.  Info about the tasting, the wines, and tickets are as follows.


10 New Bordeaux to taste!

Vins de Bordeaux
Exclusive 2009 Tasting
la Deuixieme Partie

  • Château Marjosse Bordeaux
  • Château Croix Mouton, Bordeaux Supérieur
  • Château Larrivaux Haut-Médoc
  • Château Caronne Ste. Gemme Haut-Médoc
  • Château de Carlmagnus Fronsac
  • Château Cantenac St. Emilion
  • Château Saintem St. Emilion
  • Château Lanessan Haut-Médoc
  • Château Senejac Haut-Médoc
  • Château la Tour de Bessan Margaux

Date, Location, and Tickets

June 22, 2012 | 5:00 – 7:00pm
Liberty Tasting Room: 100-291 East 2nd Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets $24.99 at these Liberty Locations:
Point Grey, Park Royal, Granville Island and Commercial Drive

Limited tickets available!

2009 Bordeaux Release Now Available at Liberty Wine Merchants

Merlot grapes (complements Wikipedia)

This announcement by Liberty Wine Merchants in Vancouver just came through my email.  If you are a Bordeaux fan, you may want to pick up some of the 2009 vintage.  From a quick look I notice that all are primarily Merlot with lesser amounts of the other Bordeaux varieties.


2009 Bordeaux In Stock

Bordeaux 2009 is a brilliant vintage in which Chateaux have crafted truly exceptional wines!

Chateau la Pierrere
2009 Cotes du Bordeaux
60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc
Pleasing aromas of blackcurrant and raspberry. Very ripe fruit on the palate backed by silky, mellow tannins. A superb expression of balance, harmony and smoothness.

Chateau Feret-Lambert
2009 Bordeaux Superieur
90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Notes of black raspberries, liquorice, graphite, and cassis, wonderful intensity, purity, richness, and overall balance, and a stunning finish.

Chateau Cailleteau Bergeron
2009 Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux
80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec
An elegant wine, smooth and rounded. Fruit-forward with plum, cherry and black fruits, complimented by toast, vanilla and tobacco.

Chateau Clos Mansio
2009 Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux
75% Merlot, 25% Malbec
Floral notes combine with black fruit, vanilla, white pepper and a touch of licorice. Strong, yet smooth highlighted by ripe blackberry.

Chateau Rousselle
2009 Cotes du Bourg
85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec
A spicy, peppery nose of plum, blackberry confit and minerals.  The palate is fresh and well defined with mouth-filling cassis and chocolate with liquorice, mocha and vanilla spice.

Chateau Feret-Lambert
2009 Bordeaux Superieur
90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Notes of black raspberries, liquorice, graphite, and cassis, wonderful intensity, purity, richness, and overall balance, and a stunning finish.

Coming In July!

Chateau la Goutere
2009 Bordeaux
77% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc
Enticing aromas of ripe berries, backed by a hint of vanilla. Lovely notes of earth and fresh herbs enhance the fruit-forward palate, and merge with round, soft tannins on the finish.

Château Le Breuil Renaissance
2009 Médoc
60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon
This great value red delivers heaps of black cherry, currant and plum flavors, with tobacco, chocolate and toast. The firm tannins are well-integrated, and the finish is smoky and fresh.

Chateau Segonzac
2009 Bordeaux
70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep colour and pure aromas of blackcurrant and raspberry, overlain with vanilla and spice notes from the oak maturation. A soft-textured wine, with sufficient tannins.

Stock varies by location. Please consult your Liberty store to ensure availability.

Quick Review – The Original House Wine 2009 by Charles Smith

The Original House Wine 2009, WA

On a recent trip to WA state, I picked up a bottle of The Original House Wine, 2009, WA by Charles Smith.  His full bodied wines are easy to notice with their bold labels.  Other wines that Charles Smith makes are:

  • Royal City Syrah
  • Kung Fu Girl Riesling
  • The Velvet Devil Merlot
  • Boom Boom Syrah

and many more. I chose The Original House Wine as the restaurant I was enjoying dinner had it as their house wine, so I thought I’d try it out.

My Wine Review of The Original House Wine, 2009, WA

This wine is a Bordeaux blend, consisting of primarily Cabernet Sauvignon, and lesser amounts of Merlot, Malbec, Syrah (almost all Bordeaux grapes), and Petit Verdot. This wine is medium plus garnet in colour, with a hint of ruby.  Lots of cassis, raspberries, and dark fruit aromas, together with some smokiness and dark chocolate aromas.  Dry, medium body with soft tannins and medium acidity.  Red and black cherries, cassis, raspberries and some leafiness on the palate.  Short length but has long lingering acidity on your tongue.  Not a bad wine.  Maybe have with some pizza.  DAY 2 Update: After 24 hrs of opening the bottle, it now has a violet / flowery aroma and flavour.

Here is a link to Charles Smith website. Enjoy.

30 Year Anniversary of Meerlust Rubicon

Nobody said crossing the Rubicon would be easy. The Rubicon was the name of the river crossed by Julius Caesar when he advanced upon Rome to wrest sole control over the ancient city from the senate and its ruling triumvirate of consuls in 49BC.

It is said that when you “Cross the Rubicon“, it means you have made a decision and cannot go back.  Thirty years ago, Nico Myburgh, Meerlust’s seventh-generation owner and vintner from the 1950s to the 1980s, committed his pioneering vision of a Cape version of the classic Bordeaux red blend to bottle in 1980.  And thus Meerlust’s Rubicon was born in 1984.

Nico Myburgh had committed himself to his vision of making a premium red blend after travelling in France in 1967 and visiting some of the most renowned Bordeaux estates.

In the three-centuries-old South African Cape Dutch homestead,  the 30th vintage of Meerlust Rubicon has been assembled from the farm’s finest barrels of 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. And, for the first time, a dash of another classic Bordeaux blending ingredient has been added: Petit Verdot. This wine will be released in 2014, as per tradition of waiting for four years after bottling to let the wine’s components integrate.

The Meerlust Rubicon 2001 was listed as No 27 in the Top 100 wines for 2006 by Wine Enthusiast and winning the Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande trophy for best red blend at the 2006 International Wine & Spirit Competition in London. The Meerlust Rubicon 2004 was awarded 90 points by Wine Spectator in 2008 and voted best New World red in Decanter in 2009.

I have tried the Meerlust Rubicon in the past through the South World Wine Society and can vouch for the quality of this wine.  I am also a fan of the Meerlust Chardonnay and the Meerlust Merlot.  You cannot go wrong with any of these wines.  For more information about Meerlust and Rubicon. Enjoy!

Bordeaux 2007 Release Preview. What to Expect?

Today the Cambie Street BC Liquor Store had a pre-release showing of six red Bordeaux wines from the 2007 vintage. As expected, the tasting area was packed full of people wanting to get a taste of what to expect with the BCLDB releases all their 2007 Bordeaux inventory on September 25, 2010.

The 2007 vintage I was told at this tasting was a cool year. So do not expect, big, full-bodied reds. Expect a leaner, lighter style. Also expect the blend to change, as it does every year. Cabernet Sauvignon loves heat, while Merlot does very well with cooler temperatures, so for this cooler vintage, expect to see a greater percentage of Merlot in the blends.

The first three wines I tasted were:
Chateau Belle Vue, Haut-Medoc AOC 2007
– Chateau Puy Blanquet, St Emilion Grand Cru AOC 2007
– Chateau Sainte Colombe, Côtes de Castillon AOC 2007

The Chateau Belle Vue is a 70% Merlot / 20% Cabernet Franc / 10% Cabernet Sauvignon blend. Deep garnet in the glass. A very nice colour. Quite smoky aromas, along with black berries and cherries. Firm tannins with bright cherry fruit and a medium length. Good to drink now.

I do like the wines from the St. Emilion region and was looking forward to trying the Chateau Puy Blanquet . It was light garnet in colour with aromas of red cherries and a bit of vanilla. Soft mouthfeel with red cherries flavours. The tannins built as you kept the wine in your mouth longer. Thin body and short length. I was hoping for more.

Chateau Sainte Colombe is a blend of 70% Merlot / 20% Cabernet Franc / 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Medium garnet colour. Closed nose, but I was able to pull out some capsicum, vanilla and cherries. On the palate, it was quite round, with cassis, red cherries and oak flavours. Medium tannins and medium length. Not bad. Maybe with a bit of time exposed to the air, the nose would have opened up more.

The next three wines I would rank at a higher level of wine making. These wines are more structured with more length and interesting flavours and aromas. The three wines are:

Alter Ego de Palmer, Margaux AOC 2007
– Chateau de Gironville, Haut-Medoc AOC 2007
– Chateau Moulin Haut-Laroque, Fronsac AOC 2007

The Alter Ego de Palmer, is the second label for the well-regarded Chateau Palmer winery. This wine was a blend of 60% Merlot / 40% Cabernet Sauvignon. It was deep purple coloured in the glass. Meaty, dark cherry, cassis, and vanilla aromas. Full bodied, with ripe cherries, vanilla, and medium fine tanning. It had a very nice cherry finish and a long length. Overall my favorite of all six wines, but comes with a $59 price tag. Clearly not the most expensive of the upcoming Bordeaux releases (which can be easily $600+), but I think would be a special occasion wine for many people.

The Chateau de Gironville is a blend of 45% Merlot / 45% Cabernet Sauvignon / 10% Petit Verdot. Opaque purple in the glass (courtesy of the Petit Verdot). A very aromatic nose. Lots of coffee of black cherry. On the palate you get firm tannins, with black cherry, coffee, and vanilla flavours. Full body with long length. I personally purchased a bottle of this wine. A nice price point at $22.99.

The final wine was the Chateau Moulin Haut-Laroque. Opaque purple/garnet in the glass. It had a chemical / woody nose that I did not particularly enjoy. Medium body, with cassis and cherry flavours. Round mouthfeel but an astringent finish. Maybe this wine needs a few years to evolve in the bottle?

I’d advise those of you going to buy the 2007 red Bordeaux’s to do some research online to find out what other professional reviewers have said about the wines. Do not forget that there will also be white Bordeaux being released. With the cooler temperature of the 2007 growing season, this gives the semillon and sauvignon blanc grapes plenty of time to mature on the vine and to keep their fresh fruitiness and good acidity. It also I am told was very good for Sauternes. Be sure to line up early at the Cambie St specialty wine store on September 25, 2010! Enjoy.

Bordeaux Blends for the Long Weekend

Our last long weekend, Labour Day, is upon us. Soon the rains will start here in BC. So fire up the BBQ for maybe one last great hurrah, and open a bottle of a BC Bordeaux blend.

When I speak of Bordeaux blend, in this blog I’m talking about red wine. There is a white Bordeaux blend, but I’ll cover that in a different blog.

In a red Bordeaux blend, you can have a blend of up to the following different grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Carmenere. Malbec and Carmenere are rarely used in Bordeaux now as they were hard to harvest to ripeness and most of the vines are gone. In Bordeaux due to the variations in the climate each year; sometimes a cooler year, and sometimes warmer, you needed to blend earlier ripening and later ripening grapes in order to get a good wine. In the Okanagan, we are blessed with fairly good weather every summer so we can do single varietals, but still blending adds additional complexity to the wine.

With that said, I checked into and identified the following BC Bordeaux blends in the $15-$25 range:

Black Widow Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 375 mL Red blend $24.99
Blasted Church Winery Big Bang Red Blend 750 mL Red blend $23.99
Domaine de Chaberton Canoe Red Blend 750 mL Red blend $15.99
Fork In The Road Winery Oliver Block 249 Red Blend 750 mL Red blend $19.99
Hester Creek 2004 Cabernet – Merlot – Cab Franc 750 mL Red blend $19.99
Kalala Organic Estate Winery Cuvee Noir 2008 750 mL Red blend $19.99
Kettle Valley Starboard Fortified Malbec / Petit Verdot 375ml Red blend $24.99
Kettle Valley Old Main Red 375ml Red blend $23.99
Lake Breeze Vineyards Meritage Red Blend 750 mL Red blend $24.99
Road 13 Vineyards Rockpile Red Blend 750 mL Red blend $24.99
Sonora Ranch Proprietor’s Select Red 1.5 L Red blend $15.99
Therapy Vineyards Freud’s Ego 750ml Red blend $19.99
Toscano Rosso Red 2.0L Red blend $16.99

A few of the above blends may have some non-Bordeaux variety grapes in them, such as the Kalala Cuvee Noir, but most I think are all true Bordeaux blends.  In the past I’ve tasted the following BC Bordeaux blends:

Van Westen Vineyards Voluptuous Merlot / Cabernet Franc    2006    Deep reddish purple. Light aromas of cherry, cedar and slight herbaceousness. Round mouthfeel.  Dark fruit liquor, cherry and plum flavours with a vanilla finish.

Poplar Grove    Legacy Merlot / Cabernet Franc / Cabernet Sauvignon / Malbec    2004    Black fruit aromas with a slight wisp of capsicum.  Round mouthfeel with dark fruit and firm tannins.  Dry with a black cherry finish.

Howling Bluff    Sin Cera Merlot / Cabernet Franc / Malbec    2007    Deep purple with a red edge. Smoky, dark fruit aromas.  Dark fruit, cherry and spicy flavours.  Spicy / cherry finish.  Firm tannins.

Black Widow Winery    Hourglass Merlot / Cabernet Sauvignon    2007    Nice nose with casis, cherry, plum and vanilla.  Fruit forward.  Black cherry, plum and some vanilla on palate.  Medium length.

Therapy Vineyards    Freud’s Ego Cabernet Sauvignon / Cabernet Franc / Merlot    2007    Medium garnet with slight purple colouration.  Oak, cherry, currant and cedar aromas.  Cherry, red and dark berries, and vanilla flavour.  Round mouth feel, soft tannins.  Cherry finish.

I have many more in the list, but to keep it brief, I’ve listed just a few.  I hope you enjoy your Labour Day long weekend with a red  BC Bordeaux blend.


MASI Tupungato Passo Doble 2007

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For those that have not heard of, or tried wines from MASI, here is a bit of info. The Boscaini family have been the owners of the Masi vineyards for six generations, starting in the 18th century. They started in the Venetian region and expanded to the Tuscany region. They then crossed contients and started a winery in Argentina. Most people probably know Masi for their Amarone wines, especially COSTASERA AMARONE CLASSICO. This wine is made of a mix of three grapes, Corvina, Rondinella, and Molinara, which are dried on straw or bamboo mats before fermenting. You can expect from this wine to be dark red, and have a bouquet of baked fruit, plums and cherries, and a follow through of these flavours on the palate along with coffee and cocoa. Enjoy it with a hearty Italian pasta or meat dish.

And some info about the two grape varieties. Malbec is a grape used in Bordeaux, but never reached prominent status as it needs lots of heat to mature, and Bordeaux did not get hot enough, often enough. But Argentina, and in particular Mendoza, does have nice hot weather so that Malbec can fully ripen. The Malbec grape was brought from France to Argentina in the mid 1900s. It is now the signature RED grape of Argentina. The wines from this grape are typically deep purple in the glass, with plum and other dark fruit flavours and aromas. Sometimes some chocolate notes too.

The Corvina grape comes from the northeast part of Italy and is one of three grapes that go into Valpolicella. The grape has high acidity and sour cherry flavour and produces a light-medium bodied wine on it’s own.

So how was the MASI Tupungato Passo Doble 2007 from Argentina? It was a bright purple in the glass. The purple to me coming from the Malbec grape. It had a very smoky, rustic aroma, but behind that was cherry, leather, menthol and cinnamon. On the palate, there was smoke, chocolate, sour cherry, some spice and a green herbal edge. There was not much tannins. It was a bit hot but had a slightly sweet finish, which could be a result of the dried Corvina grapes. There was also a fair bit of acidity which would have been from the Corvina grapes. I’d rate this wine in the interesting category. I’d suggest enjoying this wine with food, and not drinking it on it’s own. You need some food to be a foil for the high acid in this wine.

The price in the BCLDB is regular $15.99 but right now is discounted to $14.99 (save $1).
Corvina Grapes on Foodista

A Taste of LaStella Wines

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} catch(err) {}LaStella Winery is one of the new wineries in the Okanagan, opening it’s doors in May 2007. It has a sister winery, which you may have heard of called Le Vieux Pin. I was recently invited to a tasting of LaStella’s wines in Yaletown and was very impressed with their wines. LaStella operates their vineyards with a cross between organic and biodynamic practices. They also contract grapes from like minded, quality growers (which I will talk about shortly). They also take great care in the production of the wine, from hand-destemming grapes, to using whole berries for fermentation and using small open-top oak fermentors.

LaStella has both white, rose, and red wines. The two white wines I tried was the Leggiero Unoaked Chardonnay 2008 and the Vivace Pinot Grigio 2008. The Leggiero and Vivace grapes come from the Kalala vineyard. For those that have read my past posts, the Kalala Organic Winery in West Kelowna has produced some wonderful organic wines at a great price point. They also told me that they sell some of their grapes to other wineries. So I was VERY happy to see that LaStella is one of those wineries.

The Leggario had nice mango and pineapple aromas. It was medium body, with light acidity, lime and mineral flavours. The Vivace is a gorgeous, refreshing pinot grigio. It has a crisp citrus and pineapple nose. Good acidity, with pineapple, lime, and mineral flavours. Next I moved on to the Lastellina Rose 2008. This is a merlot based rose. It has a nice salmon colour and a ripe strawberry nose. It is medium bodied, with some spice (cinnamon), and strawberry flavour.

There were 3 reds to enjoy. I found out that the reds are all un-fined and un-filtered, which gives you the closest to a barrel sample experience as possible. The red first was the Allegretto Merlot 2006. It was medium garnet in colour. Ripe plums and light oak on the nose. Medium body and tannins, with black cherry flavours. Their premier wine that evening was the Maestoso Merlot 2006. This wine was deep garnet in colour. Ripe black fruit, cigar box and mocha nose. Ripe black fruit, cherries and mocha flavour, with a cherry finish. The tannins were very fine. This is an exceptional wine. Last but not least was the Fortisimo 2007. This wine will soon be bottled, so we were treated with a sneak taste of this wine. The Fortisimo is a Bordeaux blend, with approximately 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Cabernet Franc. This wine had a very complex nose and aroma. I unfortunately did not take detailed notes on this wine, but it had many flavour dimensions and a long finish.

What’s upcoming for LaStella? I heard that they have Sangiovese grapes planted and will be harvesting them to blend with other red varietals to offer their first “Super Tuscan“. I joked that maybe it should be a “Super Okanagan“. Either way, I look forward to trying this wine. Enjoy!

2009 French Wines Expo Tour

2009 French Wines Expo Tour
April 16, 2009 07:52:29

The French have been coming to Vancouver quite regularly recently. Last week I had the pleasure of trying wines from across France at a Trade Only event. There was red and white from Bordeaux, Sauternes, Languedoc, Rhone, organic wines, and more. I also was able to taste a new red grape called Negrette, which I am told is originally from Cyprus, but happy to grow in France. The Negrette grape has lots of sweet bon bon aroma, and bon bon / red crisp apple flavour. I tried the Vin de Pays Comte Tolosan Terreo Negrette 2008. It’s always nice to try something different. Many French wine makers are paying attention to the New World wineries that produce wines that are approachable and drinkable now. Several wines were available to try in this category such as the Esprit du Sud AOC Languedoc 2007, made from Syrah and Grenache.