2017 EVA FRICKE- RHEINGAU, GERMANY
Winemaking details: Eva hand farms and old and neglected vineyards that many producers stray away from because they are steep, low yielding, and hard work. She has converted them all to organic and is experimenting with biodynamics, and her hard work is paying off in the quality of her wines. This wine is fermented and aged in stainless steel vessels. The wine spends six months on lees before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Color: Pale Straw
Bouquet: Lemon blossom, lime peel, yellow peaches, white flowers, and a hint of green apples.
Palate: Elegant, pure, and linear with salty minerality, bright acidity, a medium body, and long, mouthwatering finish. A great balance of fruit and freshness.
Delicious now, and can be cellared for up to five years.
Further information can be found here: https://www.evafricke.com/en/weine/
2015 CHATEÂU DE BELLEUVE LUSSAC ST-EMILION - BORDEAUX, FRANCE
Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Winemaking details: This blend of 95% Merlot and 5 % Cabernet Franc comes from old vines in clay and limestone soils on the Right Bank of the Garonne River. The grapes are hand harvested, destemmed, and then fermented with indigenous yeasts in steel and concrete vessels with daily pump overs. The wine undergoes full malolactic fermentation, and ages in 20% new French oak barrels before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. An additional two years of ageing takes place in bottle before release.
Color: Deep Ruby
Bouquet: Fruits of dark plums and black cherries accompany savory anise and leather.
Palate: An earthy mineral core dances with strong but silky tannins, bright acidity, dusty cocoa, and fresh, dark fruits.
The fruit makes this wine enjoyable now, however it can age for an additional 10 years.
Further information can be found here: http://chateaumonty.com/chateau-de-bellevue-lussac-saint-emilion/