Forget everything you think you know about Beaujolais. Owned by the Henriot family who also own Bouchard, this is serious  stuff, nothing at all like the Beaujolais Nouveau that raised this region's profile but did nothing for it's reputation. This has more in common with the Pinot Noir based wines from the Cote d'Or. Deep, dark fruit and berry flavours. Rich and smooth, with good length and very fine tannins. $27.99

Forget everything you think you know about Beaujolais. Owned by the Henriot family who also own Bouchard, this is serious stuff, nothing at all like the Beaujolais Nouveau that raised this region's profile but did nothing for it's reputation. This has more in common with the Pinot Noir based wines from the Cote d'Or. Deep, dark fruit and berry flavours. Rich and smooth, with good length and very fine tannins. $27.99

Bouchard Pere & Fils Beaune Teurons & Chambertin-Clos de Beze 2010   www.caros.co.nz

Bouchard Pere & Fils Beaune Teurons & Chambertin-Clos de Beze 2010 www.caros.co.nz

Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande. A real contrast to the preceding wines, this had a fresher nose with juicier, raspberry notes. Lighter than the Ducru, this was fresh, refined and elegant with great complexity.

A real contrast to the preceding wines, this had a fresher nose with juicier, raspberry notes. Lighter than the Ducru, this was fresh, refined and elegant with great complexity.

Chateau Carignan ‘Prima’. From the fairly humble Côtes de Bordeaux appellation, this 100% Merlot turned out to be an absolutely delicious, soft and ripe wine with beautiful balance and supple tannins. It proved there is still value to be found in Bordeaux!

From the fairly humble Côtes de Bordeaux appellation, this Merlot turned out to be an absolutely delicious, soft and ripe wine with beautiful balance and supple tannins. It proved there is still value to be found in Bordeaux!

This was classic Barolo, the perfumed nose all rose, bitter cherry and a bit of earthy goodness. The palate, while softer and more approachable than a more classic vintage, offered fine tannins and acid and terrific depth of fruit with dark cherry flavours and a hint of licorice. While it’s delicious to taste now, 3-4+ years in the cellar should really see this blossom. $99.99

This was classic Barolo, the perfumed nose all rose, bitter cherry and a bit of earthy goodness. The palate, while softer and more approachable than a more classic vintage, offered fine tannins and acid and terrific depth of fruit with dark cherry flavours and a hint of licorice. While it’s delicious to taste now, 3-4+ years in the cellar should really see this blossom. $99.99

Brunello di Montalcino (+ Chianti Classico Riserva & Toscana)

Brunello di Montalcino (+ Chianti Classico Riserva & Toscana)

Costanti Brunello di Montalcino - one of our favs from our Brunello tasting

Costanti Brunello di Montalcino - one of our favs from our Brunello tasting

Bouchard Pere & Fils Burgundy corks   www.caros.co.nz

Bouchard Pere & Fils Burgundy corks www.caros.co.nz

Bouchard Pere & Fils Corton-Charlemagne 2010 www.caros.co.nz

Bouchard Pere & Fils Corton-Charlemagne 2010 www.caros.co.nz


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