On the banks of the Dordogne (in the heart of Bordeaux) lies Le Chai au Quai. Called a “fabulous venture” by Decanter, this historic, 19th-century cellar is a workshop for talented, ambitious winemakers to craft tiny-production specials from the best grapes in France. Here’s Le Chai au Quai’s latest masterpiece: a sumptuous, Cabernet-rich Médoc from Bordeaux’s outstanding, 91-94 Point (Wine Spectator) 2014 vintage.
Like its highly awarded predecessors, the 2014 was released to great acclaim – most notably, a gold medal from Guide des Vins Gilbert et Gaillard. No surprise there – star winemaker Jean-Marc Sauboua crafted this exclusive release from two prime parcels of Cabernet Sauvignon, one of which was sourced from a top Cru Bourgeois château.
Here’s Jean-Marc on what you’ll taste from Le Grand Chai:
Rich, yet elegant, this Cabernet possesses a silky texture, cassis, plum and wild berry flavors, hints of earth and leather and a long, toasty finish. Though drinking well now, it will reward cellaring for a year or two and should be decanted before drinking.
Like all the wines made at Le Chai, there are limited quantities of this rich, age-worthy gem. Don’t delay – order your share now.
Missa Capozzo, Boston Wine School Educator, WSET3, FWS
Like most wines from the Medoc, this is a well balanced powerhouse on the palate which screams to be paired with high fat, salty foods. It is an absolute delight with peppered meats! It will benefit greatly from an hour or more of decanting.