On the banks of the Dordogne (in the heart of Bordeaux) lies Le Chai au Quai, which Decanter magazine calls “a fabulous venture.” Inside this studio winery, talented winemakers take premium ‘parcels’ of Bordeaux – cherry-picked from top vineyard sites – and treat them to luxurious barrel aging. Because there’s no fancy château name to pay for, you enjoy access to fine wines that could easily cost twice the price – like this exclusive Montagne-Saint-Emilion.
The small village of Montagne lies just to the north of famed Saint-Emilion. Jean-Marc Sauboua, Le Chai’s head winemaker, was introduced by an old friend to a very special vineyard here, which is separated from Saint-Emilion proper by only the Barbanne stream. The vines are grown on fine limestone soil and produce grapes of impressive intensity. After careful harvesting, Jean-Marc aged the wine for nearly a year in French oak barriques, which has imparted an extra layer of creamy depth and subtle toasty notes.
Very few cases were imported to the U.S. – get in quickly to secure yours.
Missa Capozzo, Boston Wine School Educator, WSET3, FWS
This is a fabulous wine that can be consumed now without any more bottle aging and will show beautiful balance of restrained fruit, soft acidity, and soft tannins. A fantastic choice for chicken, pork, and other lean meats.