June Newsletter

June Newsletter

Bordeaux Bespoke

Thanks to those who have already joined our wine club. 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 special tastings! For more details and to sign-up click here!

DiscoverVin June Newsletter

Thanks for opening our June newsletter. We hope that you will enjoy browsing our news, some recent reviews, upcoming events and this month’s special offer (see below). 

Lots of news this month, including reviews for 4 wines:

A number of our wines have been selected for serving at the inaugural Sydney French Festival Bleu, Blanc, Rouge. This should be a great event at Circular Quay, celebrating Bastille Day (“Le Fete National”) July 12-14. 80,000 people are expected over the 3 days.

Last week we enjoyed meeting our suppliers at Vinexpo in Bordeaux. We had the chance to enjoy the hospitality at a garden party (above) at Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron in St Julien. A great night with a stunning range of wines.

Organic and biodynamic wines seemed to be on the up and up at Vinexpo. It appears that more and more growers are converting to organic production (possibly the oz industry is lagging behind in this regard).  We’ve recently written a blog on organic v biodynamic wines.

The Wine Enthusiast review of the wines of south-west France “France’s Hidden Treasures” by Roger Voss, a resident of the region, is a short but informative discussion of the varied appellations and grapes of the south-west. We were pleased to see that almost all of our south-west suppliers were mentioned amongst the top producers in each region!

June Decanter magazine published an article on the modern styles of Madiran by south-west France expert Paul Strang and named Domaine du Crampilh Vignes Vielles 2009 as one of 6 “best wines” from the region (see below). Last month, two particularly interesting articles were published about the wines of south-west France.  One in the  Washington Post and the other in the Guardian (UK).

We would also like to remind you of our wine club, Bordeaux Bespoke. 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 you receive. See here for details…

Hope to see you at one of our upcoming events, but in the meantime drink well!


Deal of the month – $10 off Taste of the Tour 6 packs

We sent you an email earlier this month and we still have some packs available at this special price for our newsletter recipients….

Mark the centenary of Le Tour de France in 2013 with this 6 pack of DiscoverVin wines from the Pyrenees and the south-west of France. Six delicious French wines (including the SBS Feast Magazine, July 2013, Wine of the Month!) to enjoy as you watch the scenic wonder of the Tour de France.

Usually $174.90 if purchased individually, the total price for theTaste of the tour 6 pack is only $150 using this promo.

TYPE IN PROMOTION CODE ” tdf ” WHEN YOU REACH THE CHECKOUT or call Mary on 0418 373 484 for assistance.



New wine featured June Decanter magazine: Domaine du Crampilh Vignes Vieilles Madiran 2009 
The new vintage of this wine from Madiran made from tannat grapes has made an immediate splash with 2 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


Staff favourite:Chateau Haut Peyrous Retour de Polombières Graves Rouge 2008

A ready to drink, organic, quality Bordeaux from a well-known producer for under $40? Yes! From the Darroze family who have modernised this ancient vineyard and introduced modern production. Great primary fruit but gorgeous round soft tannins.  Merlot (65%), Cabernet Sauvignon (20%), Cabernet Franc (15%) and small amount Petit Verdot and Malbec. $38.50


Chateau Jolys Jurancon sec 2011 92 points and “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


Bordeaux Cellar Starter Pack

Several customers ask us for suggestions of wines to put in the cellar. Here are some of our current suggestions at different price points (posted May 2013). These offer good drinking now but will repay some time in the cellar.
Legende de la Tour Carnet 2004 (Medoc) $48 – The second wine (younger vines) from a great Bordeaux producer from a great year (keep until 2020).
Chateau Lagarde 2009 (Saint Emilion)$29.90 – If you are a fan of Saint Émilion or Merlot, or just looking for a good wine at a great price, it’s pretty hard to go past this wine! (2013-2018).
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+).

2 bottles of each wine – buy the starter pack and save. Buy now for $210 for 6 bottles.

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.

Bordeaux dinners & Consumer tasting events are being planned across Australia-more details soon!

Brisbane: Brisbane French Festival’s dinner-ball – Soirée Bleue de la Bastille is to be held on Saturday July 13th, 2013 . DiscoverVin wines being served. Be quick, get a group together and see you there!

Sydney: the 1st Sydney French Festival “Bleu Blanc Rouge” is going to be held on July 12, 13 and 14 July at Customs House Square, adjacent to Circular Quay. Up to 80,000 people expected . DiscoverVin wines being served by the glass. Hope to see the Sydneysiders there!

Sydney: Slow cooked food and wine at the south-west France dinner at ChopHouse, Bligh St, July 23rd.details

Sydney- High Tea Party: 2nd-3rd Nov 2013 Hilton Sydneydetails

Melbourne-Paris to Provence Festival:  Nov 22nd to 24th – details here

South-West France Dinner in Albury-Wodonga: August – details to be announced soon.

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