Newsletter November: New wines from Dompierre and Cérons

Dear wine enthusiast,

From the classic wine region of Bordeaux we import new wines from Dompierre and Château de Cérons! Bordeaux has been known for hundreds of years for its wonderful wines, famous chateaus and grand crus classés. Which wine lover has not, tasted or wanted to taste the world-famous wines from the Haut-Médoc or, as they say in Bordeaux, la rive gauche? Dompierre and Château Cérons prove yet again why Bordeaux is such a unique region, where you can continue to discover great wines. In our stores and online we sell a series of new wines that can compete with the greats of this famous wine region, at a very reasonable price.

Michel Aroldi’s wines from Château Dompierre can be characterized as traditional, classic wines from Bordeaux. Xavier and Caroline Perromat of Château de Cérons focus on working organically in harmony with nature. The wines are traded directly and not through a négociant, as often happens in Bordeaux.

Delicious new wines from Bordeaux

From talented winemaker Michel Aroldi, we offer two vintages from Pauillac (2016 and 2017), one of the most vaunted appellations of the Médoc. Aroldi’s parcels are located between the renowned Château Latour and Château Léoville Las Cases: two of the greatest domaines. These wines are made from 100% cabernet sauvignon and of outstanding quality. We also offer La Croix Dompierre (Haut-Médoc) and Les Charmes Dompierre (Médoc), both powerful wines made from cabernet sauvignon with 15% merlot. Wines that are ready to drink now, yet also have fantastic ageing potential.

Aroldi also makes a white Bordeaux from sauvignon blanc and sémillon: Blanc de Dompierre. This white Bordeaux is a delicious aperitif wine. A full body, exotic fruit and a pleasant freshness. Try to beat this, New Zealand!

Château de Cérons
From Xavier and Caroline Perromat of Château de Cérons in Graves, we import some fine red and white wines as well as a unique, luscious dessert wine. In Cérons, neighboring region of Sauternes, the Perromats make a delicious Graves Rouge, a rich wine with supple, soft tannins, and excellent dry white wines. Under the name ‘La Quille’ they make an entry level dry white and red wine, made from the younger vines.

We have put together a nice introductory package with the wines of Dompierre and Château Cérons. For more information, click on the link below.

Introductory box Cérons & Dompierre

“A house that can easily compete with the very best from Bordeaux,” is how Rex of Chabrol Wines describes Michel Aroldi’s wines from Pauillac. “Extraordinarily good.”  The wines have already carved out their place in our stores and we are getting tremendously positive feedback from our customers!

Michel Aroldi was born in Libourne in 1959 and learned the craft of winemaking in Saint-Émilion. Raised in the French countryside, he knows better than anyone how to work the land. For a long time, Aroldi ran Château Plain-Point in Fronsac, near Pomerol – close to his native soil. He proved to be as a talented winemaker, just as his befriended contemporaries Michel Rolland and Stéphane Derenoncourt.

After twenty years, Michel sold his domain in Fronsac to a Chinese investor. This allowed him to fulfill his dream and buy a top terroir in Pauillac, across the river. He traded clay for gravel. For Michel, this terroir is the best alchemy between man and nature. A unique and therefore neighbor of Château Latour since 2012. The wines of Aroldi are powerful and pure. The lover of a characterful and elegant Bordeaux wine has found the right domaine!

Click on the links below to learn more about these wines and order directly.

Pauillac Millésime 2016
Pauillac Millésime 2017
La Croix Dompierre Haut-Médoc 2018
Les Charmes Dompierre 2018
Le Blanc de Dompierre 2019

Château de Cérons
South of Bordeaux lies Graves, known for its good red and white wines, which is unique for Bordeaux. Pessac-Léognan – in the north – is one of the most renown appellations of Graves. Famous examples from the region are the wines of Château Smith Haut-Lafitte, Domaine de Chevalier, Haut-Brion and La Mission Haut-Brion. In Sauternes, the famous, sweet dessert wine is made with grapes affected by noble rot (pourriture noble, as the poets say).

Here lies the smallest, relatively unknown appellation Cérons, the little brother (or sister) of Sauternes. Xavier and Caroline Perromat took over this chateau with unique terroir (limestone) on the river Garonne in 2012. Xavier and Caroline have been working organically and biodynamically since the acquisition and are working hard to get this certified in the coming years. They work with small yields, resulting in precise wines. We offer a beautiful Graves Rouge, Graves Blanc and the special dessert wine Cérons.

We also have the Graves red as a magnum (from 2018) and as a half bottle (from 2015).

Click on the links below to learn more about these wines and order directly.

– Château de Cérons ‘La Quille’ Graves Rouge 2019
 Château de Cérons ‘La Quille’ Graves Blanc 2020  
– Château de Cérons Graves Blanc 2020
– Château de Cérons Graves Rouge 2019 (aslo available as magnum and half-bottle)
– Château de Cérons 2015