03 Aug July 2013 Newsletter
Lots of reviews, events and a bargain (40% off) !
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Thanks to those who have already joined our wine club – your August packs will be dispatched soon. It’s a great way to enjoy a selection of Bordeaux wines at a reasonable price. Every 3 months we will send a selection of wines for you to explore. Bespoke, meaning tailored, means you are in control of how many wines you receive. Membership brings you many other benefits including discounts, events and tastings! For more details and to sign-up click here!
DiscoverVin July Newsletter
Thanks for opening our July newsletter. We hope that you will enjoy browsing our news, some recent reviews, upcoming events and this month’s special offer (40% off-see below).
We have been thrilled to see more reviews for our wines in the media, with reviews this month for:
- the elegant organic red and white wines of Marc Darroze at Chateau Haut Peyrous in the Graves region of Bordeaux. This famous family of armagnac and Michelin star restaurant fame are turning heads with the wines from this renovated vineyard. The red wine is especially great value at $38.50
- Chateau Semeillan Mazeau “Wine of the Week” in the Canberra Times “An elegant 50/50 blend of merlot and cabernet, it offers ripened berry flavours, cut through with sturdy but round tannins-of an all-pervasive style that we never see in Australian cabernet-merlot blends, and which indeed, defines the “claret style”. $49
- Domaine de l’Ancienne Cure Bergerac Rouge 2009 by wine writer David Sutherland. “This gorgeous red from the wonderfully lush ’09 vintage is made from merlot and cabernet franc, is deep and youthful visually, with ripe fruitcake fruit aromas and hints of savouriness on the nose, followed by a palate of seamless spicy oak, ripe rich plum and berry fruit and a lovely length. “ A lovely complex red and great value at this price. $33.80
These reviews were hot on the heels of last month’s reviews:
- 92 points and Best Import from Huon Hooke in Sydney Morning Herald for Chateau Jolys Jurancon sec 2011 $27.75
- 92 points from Gary Walsh in Winefront, for the ready to drink/pour Ch Mouiln Pey-Labrie 2006 $49.50
- Wine of the Month SBS Feast Magazine July 2013, for Domaine Bellegarde La Pierre Blanche Jurançon sec 2009 $36
- Domaine du Cramplih Vignes Vielles 2009 (below) featuring in June Decanter magazine article on Madiran $38.40
We had a very busy month of events in July! DiscoverVin wines were served exclusively at The Brisbane French Festival dinner and at the wine bar at the Blue Blanc Rouge Festival in Sydney. It was great to see some of our old friends and meet new ones, some of whom are getting this newsletter for the first time! The wines were well received by the French and Francophiles celebrating Bastille Day (or “Le Fête National”). Congratulations to Joanne McLuskey who won a bottle of Productuers Plaimont Monastere Saint Mont Rouge 2006 at the Bleu Blanc Rouge Festival!
We have lots of events coming up – check out the panel below and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates.
Sadly the Tour de France is over for another year. I am sure you will agree the coverage and the scenery is fantastic. For all of you who bought Tour Packs – thank you and we hope that you enjoyed the wines!
Hope to see you at one of our upcoming events (below), but in the meantime drink well!
This month’s deal! 40% off!
Domaine de l’Ancienne Cure L’abbaye Bergerac Sec 2009 for only $12
This lovely dry white wine was served at the Brisbane and Sydney French Festivals and received great feed-back.
We don’t have a huge amount left and want to repay your loyalty, so for a limited time we are offering 40% off.
Usually $19.99, it’s yours for $12! Jumponline and type in discount code JULY13 or call 02 6020 6016.
From the Bergerac region and made from a blend of sauvignon blanc (30%) muscadelle (20%) semillon (25%) and sauvignon gris (25%).
Aroma of exotique fruit including lychees and pineapples with some soft spices. Round mouth feel with lovely mature fruit, long and balanced. Yum.
A real bargain. Be quick!
The new vintage of this wine from Madiran made from tannat grapes has made an immediate splash with 3 reviews in the oz wine media. This week it was one of 8 wines featured in a review of the Madiran wine region by Decanter Magazine. Made from old vines using modern techniques. Rich, clean & balanced – full of character, flavour and authenticity! A classic from south-west France. “Far more drinkable than some macho aussie reds” says Winsor Dobbin! $38.40
Chateau Lagarde, St Émilion 2009
Wine Column Wine without BS called this one of two affordable French wines that they actually liked! (The other was Domaine du Crampilh Madiran Vignes VIelles 2009) “this wine drank much better than I expected for a Bordeaux priced at under $30!… Enjoyable to drink, this wine benefited greatly from decanting and was at its best over an hour later. Definitely a great entry level Bordeaux for people looking to experience it perhaps for the first time.” $29.90
92 points & “Best Import” Huon Hooke
“The colour is medium to full yellow and the bouquet evokes citrus blossom, honeysuckle and many other appealing fragrances. The palate is delicate, seamless and gently fruity, with a trace of sweetness early, then a clean, dry finish, with balanced acidity. It’s a lovely wine but drink it soon because the synthetic stopper is not designed for cellaring. 13 per cent alcohol. 92/100” $27.75
Chateau Haut-Vigneau 2009 (Pessac-Leognan) $38 – Typifies the silky tannins, minerals and structure of the wines of Pessac-Leognan on the outskirts of Bordeaux (drinking now but keep until 2020+).
Up coming Events
As usual we are busy planning events! Here are a few for your dairies – we will let you know as more are added.
Melbourne: In-store wine tasting Friday 30th August Armadale Cellars.
Cabernet Day August 29th: Be part of a series of world wide events celebrating that noble grape – Cabernet Sauvignon.
In Melbourne We will be holding a tasting upstairs at Cumulus (“Cumulus Up”) from 4 to 5pm, places v limited : to book call 02 6020 6016 or firstname.lastname@example.org
In Albury we will be holding a tasting and virtual tweet-up at Border Wine Room 5pm-7pm. Wines also available by the glass.
South-West France Dinner in Albury-Wodonga: September 7th – details to be confirmed soon. Please pre-register via email – email@example.com
Melbourne: Paris to Provence Festival: Nov 22nd to 24th – details here
Bordeaux dinners & Consumer tasting events are being planned across Australia this spring – more details soon!