Bordeaux

  1. Château Latour

    (Credit: Château Latour) 

     

    At Château Latour, Cabernet Sauvignon is king.  The estate boasts the most plantings of this regal varietal out of all the First Growths at about 10,000 plants per hectare – that’s over 80% of its vineyard!  The wines of Château Latour possess everything a Cabernet-lover dreams about.  Raw, unbridled power, energy, stunning fruit, and of course – ageability.  Château Latour’s Grand Vin is one of the most age-worthy wines on the market, with the ability to lay down for decades.  

    In fact, Latour wines are so robust, that in 2012 Château Latour made the radical decision to eliminate Futures and only release their wines when they were ready to drink.   It’s decisions like these – and many others – that put Château Latour in a league of its own.  The visionaries at this property do not rest on their laurels by any means.  Instead, they focus tirelessly on making innovativ

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  2. Wine of the Month - March 2021

    Our selections for March are:

    Paul Jaboulet Aîné La Maison Bleue 2016  Last month, we presented Paul Jaboulet Aîné Crozes-Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert.  This month, we bring you another wine from the same producer.  Domaine Paul Jaboulet Aîné is considered one of the jewels of Hermitage, producing beautiful Syrah with unparalleled complexity and intensity.  The vineyards were established almost 200 years ago by Antoine Jaboulet on the slopes of the Rhône Valley.  A small chapel, built in 1235, sits on top of the hill surrounded by vineyards.  The chapel was lived in by a hermit.  Hence, the name for the appellation, Hermitage.  The current winemaker and viticulturist, Caroline Frey, took over operations at the property in 2014

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  3. NFT vs Lafite 150

    Beeple's First 5000 Days

    We certainly live in interesting times.

    Today's top news was not the all-time-high of the stock market.  Rather, it is Christie's auction of an NFT for $69 million.

    What is an NFT?  You may ask.  NFT stands for non-fungible token.  It is verified using blockchain technology, and is used as a proof of ownership to digital assets that the owners can replicate and sell copies of, or just look at.

    It reminds us of the other non-fungible collectibles with authenticity certified, such as the 2018 Château Lafite Rothschild 150th Anniversary Almanac Case.  In the good old physical world,

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  4. Trade War, for Champagne

     

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  5. Let's Raise A Glass To Celebrate ...

    The Women Winemakers of Bordeaux

    International Women’s Day is on March 8th - just around the corner.  At Laguna Cellar, we are proud to present wines with connection to several of the many talented and hardworking women in the Bordeaux wine trade. 

    Though there are past reports of Bordeaux being a traditionally male dominated industry, more and more women are taking a leadership role in the trade than ever before.  We want to take a moment and share our appreciation for a few outstanding women-run chateaux.  Not only are these women producing knockout wines, but they are also breaking barriers and remaking the image of Bordeaux.  That’s something to be celebrated, particularly around this time of the year!

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  6. This, too, shall pass

    Over the past 16 years, the US and the EU have been locked in a long running dispute over subsidies to Airbus and Boeing.  In October 2019, under the Trump administration, the US escalated the dispute into a trade war by imposing a 25% import tariff on French wine, Italian cheese, Irish whisky, and a long list of other EU products.  The EU retaliated by imposing tariffs on US export of fish, cheese, cotton, tractors, spirits...  Needless to say, it was an unpleasant time for importers/exporters and consumers of the products involved.  Us included.
    After 16 months of tariffs war, avid wine buyers started to notice a gradual reduction in supply and increase in price of imported fine wine.  Some customers have started asking the question: "what's wine got to do with airplanes? will the price continue rising?"

    On February 25, WSJ reported, Biden

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  7. 2018 - Lafite Rothschild's 150th Vintage

    Lafite Rothschild 2018 Bottle Label

    Unlike their cousins at Mouton Rothschild who release a new wine label every year featuring a new artist's design, Lafite Rothschild almost never tinkered with its label's classic design, until the special occasion of 2018.  In celebration of the family's 150th Anniversary of ownership (1868-2018), Saskia de Rothschild, the chairwoman of Domaines Barons de Rothschild, who took over the executive management role in 2017 from her father, imagined a symbol playing on Lafite’s historic and centenary label, which has two women in the foreground looking into the distance. A hot air balloon was chosen to disrupt the label, sketched by Black Adder, a creative duo of illustrators.  Initials CL (150 in Roman numerals) are sketched on the balloon and inscribed in red on the shoulder of the bottle.

    Saskia de Rothschild explains, “In 1868, hot

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  8. The Inaugural Vintage of Pym-Rae

    The Inaugural Vintage of Pym-Rae

    Rarely does one find a movie goer who did not love the gifted actor and comedian Robin Williams.  He was truly one of American cinema’s greatest talents.  However, few would have heard of the grand plans Robin Williams had for his vineyard, Villa Soriso, (“the Valley of Smiles”), in Napa’s prestigious Mount Veeder Appellation.  He planned to release a premium wine named Pym-Rae, the combination of the middle name of two of his children (his son Zachery Pym, and his daughter Zelda Rae).  Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc have been planted at Villa Soriso since the 1990s. Before the actor was ready to release his own wine, his estate sold its harvest to noteworthy wineries such as Rombauer, Vineyard 29, and Robert Craig.

    After Robin Williams’ tragic passing, his wine estate was sold to the Tesseron family from Bordeaux, the owner of Château

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  9. Château Calon Ségur - A Gift for Wine Lovers

    Château Calon Ségur - A Gift for Wine Lovers

    Not sure what to gift the wine lover in your life this Valentine's Day? Consider Château Calon Ségur.

    A hundred years before the modern-day era of 1855 Bordeaux Classification, there lived a famous winemaker in Bordeaux.  He was the Marquis Nicolas-Alexandre de Ségur (1696 - 1755),  who was given the nickname “The Prince of Vines” by Louis XV following a glowing introduction to the royal court.  During his time, the Marquis de Ségur was considered the consummate winemaker with the magic touch in the whole of Europe.  In an unprecedented way unfollowed by anybody since his days,  he simultaneously owned these famous estates: Château Lafite (later known as Lafite Rothschild after Baron James de Rothschild bought it in 1868), Château Latour

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  10. The World's Best Wine of 2021 - Château Mouton Rothschild 2018

    Fresh off the press, the Best Wine of the World competition, sponsored by the Tasting Book, named Château Mouton Rothschild 2018 the World's Best Wine of 2021.

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