Showing posts from January, 2012

Grape Observer Reviews

Sean Mitchell writes an independent wine review blog The Grape ObserverThroughout January,  Sean has posted four reviews for Bordeaux wines imported by DiscoverVin.   DiscoverVin aims to share good value, unique and quality wines with Australian wine consumers.  In his the reviews Sean is excited to see wines from the great 2009 vintage making their way to Australia.  He also makes the point that each of the wines reviewed offer good value for money.  The wines reviewed were1. Les Tourelles de Longueville 20072. Chateau Haut-Vigneau Pessac Leognan 20093. Amiral de Beycheville St Julien 20084. Chateau Lagarde Saint EmillionThe reviews are shared below. Les Tourelles de Longueville 2007 Les Tourelles de Longueville is a long-standing favourite of mine, being more keenly priced than its illustrious sibling, the routinely outstanding Chateau Baron-Pichon-Longueville.  This second label can also be frustratingly hard to find in Australia.  Nonetheless, it is still not cheap at $7…

La Brasserie Bordelaise, Bordeaux

Still wishing I was in Bordeaux.  So while having a biodynamic tomato sandwich for lunch is an Australian thing to do on Australia Day, I’m dreaming of heading to my favorite Bordeaux restaurant, La Brasserie Bordelaise, for dinner.
La Brasserie Bordelaise offers “le goût de  sud-ouest” – the taste of the southwest.  It’s a typical French brasserie, friendly, welcoming all, with good local food and wine.  You can settle at the bar for a drink, a chat over a glass of wine at the time sampling from the range of charcuterie and cold cuts. The food reflects the simple and generous culture of the southwest.  The menu showcases the regional products with wonderful pork, beef and duck dishes and oysters and an array of cheeses. The food is seasonally based and selected from local, small producers.  There is an emphasis on meat, predominantly beef, but also chicken and duck and of course cassoulet. The Charolais entrecôte platter offers superb beef, cooked perfectly. Tables are close to one anot…

L'Intendant, Bordeaux

Having spent the weekend wishing I too could be in Bordeaux, it seems appropriate to share this article about one of our favourite Bordeaux wine merchants.
If you can't get to Bordeaux to buy your favourite Merlot or Cabernet blends or the D'Aiguilhe mentioned below, then visit
Written by Jane Anson (originally published by Decanter magazine, January 2008) If Bordeaux wines are going to continue pricing themselves as luxury goods, then perhaps wine shops specialising in selling them need to provide a suitably dramatic backdrop. That seems to be the thinking at L’Intendant, a tiny wine shop in central Bordeaux that stocks 90% classified growths and is located directly opposite the 18th century, Victor Hugo-designed Grand Theatre, looking out onto the city’s elegant Allées de Tourny. Housed in an hotel particulier from the same era as the Grand Theatre, the inside of the building has been entirely hollowed out and reconstructed by French archite…

Its Irrésistible! Domaine de la Croix Rosé


Most Popular Wines of 2011

A list of our best selling wines of 2011 makes for some interesting reading. It includes a rosé and wines made from little known grapes in oz including Petit Manseng and Negrètte.
As we are a new business this list is a little biased towards wines that were stocked earlier in the year compared to some others. For example our range of wines from Bordeaux was increased substantially in November 2011. Whilst these are selling well now, none of them made it into the top 10.
So here, in order, our top 10 best selling wines of 2011 are..

1.  Zette rouge 2005

This is an easy drinking but spicy red. Made from 100% Malbec. Ripe, opulent, well balanced, supple, and powerful.
Named in the November 2010 edition of Wine Enthusiast Magazine Worlds top 100 best buys of 2010!!!  “In a modern, smooth style, with plush fruit and dusty tannins, this is a ripe, open wine, an easy expression of Malbec, New World in its fruitiness.”
Winsor Dobbin in Wine Hunter wrote about the Zette Rouge. "Zette is the sec…