The wines in confinement!!!

Well how do you cope with this confinement and the love of wines. Well , I like to know the winemaker and go to the property before I start buying their wines. Over the years I have come to be more picky choosy and narrow down my choices but always on site.

Now with this wuhan virus we got, yes I call that , there is little movement and no winery visits. So we are force to order online and luckily still have it delivered! This is what I did last week receiving my first lot of Bordeaux from Nicolas. I am still waiting from my supplier wineries in Amboise-Touraine, Pays Nantais, and Jurançon areas.

So what to order for drink now, and keep and the essentials I need to have in my cellar. Well , looking at various publications I follow here in my belle France , I have narrow it down to my favorite list. Here they are folks, I am sure you can order them from you neck of the wood, at least most of them.


Bottles ready to drink

DOURTHE No 1 2018; Bordeaux white. Pleasant sensation of freshness, liveliness on the palate.

CHÂTEAU FOURCAS-HOSTEN 2012 ; Listrac, red. A nice successful wine, tender, precise, ripe and velvety.

CHATEAU CASTERA 2015 ;Médoc cru bourgeois, red. Seductive, full-bodied, supple and fruity.

To still keep in the cellar are:

CHÂTEAU LA TOUR CARNET 2015; Haut-Médoc Grand Cru Classé, red. Ample, powerful, elegant, carried by firm tannins. Let it ripen for 20 years.

CHATEAU MEYNEY 2016 ;Saint-estèphe, red. Powerful, racy, precise, tannic, it will age at least 20 years.

CHÂTEAU MONBOUSQUET 2015 ; Saint-Emilion grand cru, red. Rich in fruit, crunchy, generous. Keep for fifteen years.

HAUTS DE SMITH 2015, Pessac-léognan, red. Second wine from Smith Haut Lafitte, suave, seductive, fruity.

CHATEAU SIRAN 2016 ; Margaux, red. Superb, round, delicious, intense, juicy, charming, harmonious.

CLOS LA GAFFELIÈRE 2016 ; Saint-Emilion grand cru, red. Fruity, dynamic, structured in its youth.

CHÂTEAU TALBOT 2010 , Saint-Julien Grand Cru Classé, red. Grand, fine, powerful, fresh, dense. Will keep for life.

CHÂTEAU LA LAGUNE 2016 ; Haut-Médoc cru Classé, red. Fresh, elegant, long palate, tight tannins. Guard: 15 years.


Bottles ready to drink

LOUIS JADOT Convent of the Jacobins 2017, red. Delicacy, lightness and fruity flavors of Pinot Noir.

To keep in the cellars

DOMAINE CHANSON Pernand-vergelesses premier cru Les Vergelesses 2015, red. Concentrated, fine but solid tannic structure. Keep: 10 years or more.

BOUCHARD PÈRE & FILS; Beaune-grèves premier cru Vigne de l’Enfant Jésus 2015, red. Exceptional distinction and aromatic finesse. Guard: 15 years.

The essentials

JOSEPH DROUHIN Saint-Véran 2018, white. Floral, fruity, cheerful, round, very fresh.

LOUIS LATOUR ; Chassagne-montrachet premier cru La Grande Montagne 2017, red. Of great finesse, full, crunchy.


Bottles ready to drink

TAITTINGER ; Prestige Rosé. Gluttony, freshness, generosity, abundance of red fruits. To keep in the cellar.

PHILIPPONNAT ; Royale Réserve, white. Width and power for this cuvée which will ripen in the cellar.

GOSSET Great Vintage 2012, white. Freshness, richness and complexity in unison for this champagne to keep.

POL ROGER; Brut Vintage 2012, white. Intensity, flexibility, balance and complexity for this vintage with excellent aging potential.

The essentials

DRAPPIER ; Brut Nature without sulfur, white. A great 100% pure, fine, ripe, delicate pinot noir.

CHARLES HEIDSIECK; Brut Réserve, white. Beautiful aromatic richness for this ample and precise wine.

DEUTZ; Brut Classic, white. Elegant, fresh, dense, lively, long and structured.

BOLLINGER; Special Cuvée, white. Racy, powerful, intense, of great depth.

BILLECART-SALMON ; Rosé Brut. Suave, airy, lively, elegant, fruity (wild strawberries, raspberries …).

RUINART ;White of whites. Very round, with citrus and mineral notes, a refreshing finish.

Afar from the world:

VEGA SICILIA; Valbuena 5 ° 2015, ribeira del duero rouge. This very great wine produced by a legendary Spanish house can wait until 2050.

ALMAVIVA 2016 Puento alto red. Complexity, charm, elegance, personality in this Chilean wine that will keep for 20 years. (House of Mouton Rothschild)


Bottles ready to drink

DOMAINES PAUL MAS Côté Mas 2018, IGP Pays d’Oc, white. Easy, full of charm, very aromatic.

GÉRARD BERTRAND ; Gray white 2019, IGP Pays d’Oc, rosé. No frills, fresh, fruity.

DOMAINE OTT; By Ott 2019, Côtes-de-Provence, rosé. Fresh, elegant, tense, thirsty and java.

MIRAVAL 2019 ; Côtes de Provence, rosé. A fruity, light, refreshing wine.

To keep in the cellars

CHÂTEAU DE PIBARNON 2017 ; Bandol, red. Powerful, silky, mineral, elegant, racy tannins. Guard: 10 years.

CHÂTEAU LA VERRERIE ; Grand Deffand organic 2017, luberon, red. Generous, sunny, opulent, marked tannins. Keep: 15 years and more.

CHÂTEAU SIMONE 2015, Palette, red. A very great wine from Provence, complex, structured. Guard: 10 years.

The essentials

MAS AMIEL; Maury 20 years old, red roussillon. Very nice freshness despite its 98.7 g / l of residual sugars.

There you go hope it helps you as a starter or to think your own, wine is pleasure even in the worse of times it brings us together, I share it with my boys and why not maybe one day with one or more of you. In Vino Veritas.

Enjoy them with moderation of course, but drink the nectar of the gods. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!


2 Comments to “The wines in confinement!!!”

  1. Good advice. I.have a preference for Spanish wine.

    Liked by 1 person

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