The CELLAR Wine Club Spring 2023 Release

Dear Member,

We are thrilled to introduce three new additions to our wine selection this quarter, each showcasing the unique and distinct characteristics of their respective regions. As we are breaking into the barbecue and outdoor dining season, we searched far and wide to bring you the best of the best, as we transition to the sun filled, social time of year. We are confident that you will love these new releases as much as we do.

First up, we have the 2020 Château Castelbruck, hailing from the famous Margaux, Bordeaux region of France. This wine is a classic representation of the Margaux appellation, displaying elegant aromas of dark fruits, violets, and spice. The palate is medium-bodied with refined tannins and a long, lingering finish. This vintage has been described as one of the best in recent years, and we couldn’t agree more, having recently enjoyed several verticals of this blend over many winey evenings. This wine has become our most popular “left bank” Bordeaux wine, with its approachability on release and ability to age for the medium term. The value proposition is there for this level of quality as well. Open one of these up with your 2019 vintage (from last year’s Club release), and 2018 if you have, and see for yourself which is your favorite. 

Next, we have the 2016 “Cuvee S” by Chateau Luchey Halde, another gem from the Bordeaux region of Pessac-Leognan, a southern appellation that we have yet to feature in our Club release. I actually had the opportunity to spend some time with the winemaker on a trip to Bordeaux, where I was tasting several wines over an extended Bordeaux summer afternoon. At first this wine was not on the menu, but my curiosity was piqued since I have always loved the mineral driven wines from this region. I tried this Merlot dominated blend and was instantly hooked. These wines tend to be more on the elegant side of the Bordeaux spectrum with very refined, powdery tannins and controlled fruit, focusing on the extended finish. And fortunately with a bit of age on this excellent vintage, the wine is good to drink now and will continue to develop in the medium term. This is a lovely experience to showcase the diversity of this amazing region. 

Last but not least, we have the 2021 Lahat Lavan, a stunning white wine from the Upper Galilee region of Israel. Expert winemaker Itay Lahat is celebrating the tenth anniversary of this eponymous white blend, made from the best white wine grapes from a given harvest. In fact, a recent 10 year vertical tasting showed the quality and longevity of these wines, which was a major milestone for the Israeli winemaking community. This year’s Lavan blend is made of 75% Roussanne and 25% Viognier, which is a combination of Rhone varietals that historically originate in the Southern and Northern Rhone Valleys, respectively. It is fresh and lively, with notes of honeysuckle, nectarine, and stony minerality, with a rich and waxy texture. Note the evolution of flavors as the wine opens up and changes temperature in your glass. This is a fantastic white wine even for those who generally only drink red. A real achievement and treasure for the wine community. 

We are confident that you will enjoy these new additions to our wine club and look forward to hearing your feedback. As always, thank you for your loyalty and trust in our selection.

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