Bernard Magrez

Bordeaux, France
Forty years spent in the Bordeaux vines have taught Bernard Magrez to be humble when faced with the quirks of nature – rain, hail, frost, disease – and have helped Bernard Magrez understands what the dream of every good winegrower is: excellence. For Bernard Magrez excellence means producing vintages each year that offer a rare elegance and great finesse, giving satisfaction to all my wine-loving friends, be they in France or abroad.

Today, each of Bernard Magrez’s vineyards is ranked in the top four or five in its region by the most distinguished international wine tasters.

Château Plaisance Cuvee Alix Blanc 2010, Bordeaux

100% Sémillon. The wine has a beautiful sheen, yellow straw, with a glance of silver. The nose is fresh and expressive, revealing mineral aromas and yellow fruit. In the mouth the wine is full and fat. Can be served at aperitif and also with poultry and fish.

Domaine d'Oustric Cuvée d'Excellence 2009, Languedoc-Roussillon

35% Merlot, 25% Carignan, 15% Syrah, 5% Grenache, 11% Cabernet Franc and 9% Cabernet Sauvignon. Each grape variety is fermented separately in keeping with traditional methods and using temperature control. The ruby color of the wine is matched with the aromatic fruity flavour on the nose. On the palate is taste quite tart and harmonious. It will be paired wonderfully with veal ribs.

Maison Magrez 2010, Bordeaux

This Bordeaux Maison Magrez is made with three grape varieties – 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. It is a fruity, harmonious red boasting a lovely colour. It will release all the aromas of the terroir on which it is grown and will leave you with a satisfying impression. Rounded and soft, with modest plum, mulled cherry and light spice notes.

La Marquise Du Château Tour Blanche 2006, Bordeaux Medoc

58.5% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11.5% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. The grapes from each plot are picked separately then sorted on a specially-equipped table. The medium-bodied palate shows a delicious mix of ripe plum and blackcurrant flavours with a hint of vanillin oak and ripe, smooth tannins adding great balance.

Château Plaisance Cuvee Alix Rouge 2007, Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux

70% Merlot, 25% Carbernet Sauvignon and 5% Carbernet Franc. Mechanical harvest and small area on which the grapes are hand-picked and then sorted on several specially equipped tables. Lots of kirsch, lavender, roasted herbs and earthy notes as well as hints of pepper and spice jump from the glass of this dark ruby/purple-tinged wine. Seductive, round and extremely attractive, it is everything a Cotes de Bordeaux should be.
90 points: Robert Parker (2000 & 2005 vintages)
88-90 points: Robert Parker (2008 vintage)
88 points: Robert Parker (2009 vintage)
86-88 points: Robert Parker (2007 vintage)

Château Pérenne 2005, Cru Bourgeois Premières Côtes de Blaye

75% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Cabernet Franc and 2% Malbec. Grapes from each plot are fermented separately in thermoregulated stainless steel vats. Pumping over with rack and return done according to daily tastings. The weight of the structure is almost overpowering for the fresh blackberry fruits in the wine. Its presence is big, powerful, with bitter fruits and black figs, finishing with a final punch of richness.
85-86 points: Robert Parker (2001 vintage)
SILVER MEDAL: International Wine Challenge (2002 & 2003 vintages)
89-91 points: Robert Parker (2002 vintage)
90 points: Robert Parker (2003 vintage)
GOLD MEDAL: Japan Wine Challenge 2008 (2004 & 2005 vintages)
89-90 points: Robert Parker (2005 vintage)
86 points: Wine Enthusiast (2005 vintage)
COMMENDED: Decanter World Wine Award 2008 (2005 vintage)

Château Guerry 2006, Côtes de Bourg

50% Merlot, 20% Malbec, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc. The grapes are hand-picked and sorted on a vibrating table after destemming. The wine is left on the skins for a long time. Fleshy plum and tobacco notes are laced with fresh, chalky minerality, ending with a smoky finish imparting a strong blackberry character to the wine. There's smoky oak, too, and intriguing spice and juiciness on the finish.
BRONZE: Decanter World Wine Award 2006 (2003 vintage)
BRONZE MEDAL: Japan Wine Challenge 2008 (2003 vintage)
COMMENDED: Decanter World Wine Award 2008 (2005 vintage)

L’Egregore 2006, AOC Bordeaux

100% Merlot. The grapes are hand-picked into crates. They are destemmed manually and put uncrushed into small, wooden, temperature-controlled vats using gravity flow. Rich and concentrated with a dark ruby/purple color, plenty of graphite, black cherry, and smoky earthiness.
BRONZE MEDAL: International Wine Challenge (2002 & 2003 vintages)
SILVER MEDAL: International Wine Challenge (2004 vintage)
86 points: Wine Enthusiast (2004 vintage)
87-89 points: Robert Parker (2005 vintage)