92 Insider Points
Another fantastic Bordeaux we brought in straight from the Chateau, this time from the lesser known Fronsac region on the right bank. This delicious wine is primarily Merlot, showcasing the ripe fruit and subtle floral characteristics typical of the area. The nose is rich and full but asking for some time in a decanter, showing dark cherry, plum and blackcurrant with some oak spice. The palate is supple and round, with dark plum, ripe blackberry and spiced cedar, balanced acids and soft texture. - DZ Jul 2017
Fronsac, Bordeaux, France
Our Direct Import Grande Dame of Fronsac offers up all the polished beauty for which Bordeaux is revered. The cashmere mouthfeel, gorgeous garnet hue, and beguiling nose of red fruit… this bottle invites you to open a Julia Child cookbook and gather your friends.
For generations Chateau Vray Houchat has passed from hand to hand down the family line. The family farm sits atop the highest limestone plateau in Fronsac, nestled in the hills along the Dordogne and L’Isle rivers. The sourcing team had a blast and declared it “tres magnifique!”
The classic Bordeaux Blend (Merlot, Cab Sauv, Cab Franc…) vines enjoy the personal touch. The tidy rows of vines are hand trimmed, hand pruned, and hand harvested. Maceration of the fruit takes place in stainless steel vat for up to 45 days, to ensure the pure spirit and flavors of Bordeaux make it to your glass.
It’s bold, balanced, and perfect to drink now or hold for up to 10 years. The alluring balance of structure and power make this a now-and-later bottle that’s food friendly and scrumptious.
Aromas of blossoming bing cherry promise to unfold into softer, rounder plum and blackcurrant on the palate with subtle hints of spice and vanilla on the lingering finish.
Winemaker Remy Rousselot has several operations throughout Bordeaux, in the appellations of Fronsac and Lalande de Pomerol. Conducted in sustainable and environmentally friendly practices, his wines promote the expression of exceptional terroirs. Whether in the vineyard or in the cellar, Rousselot applies all the care and best practices to preserve all the finesse and elegance of the wine.
Uncork alongside aged, nutty cheeses like comté, and classic French fare like boeuf bourgignon, rabbit in rosemary honey mustard sauce, roasted duck in a red wine cherry reduction, or red wine poached pears.