Wines from Bordeaux
We will be exploring the best vineyards in two of the greatest terroir in the world: Bordeaux, France and Napa, California. Our objective is to produce ultra-premium quality wines. We started our journey on the road to Napa and Bordeaux, in Bordeaux, France. Our small and very unique production has already started with two wines from this Region: Latèralitè Droit from the Right Bank and Latèralitè Gauche from the Left Bank. When we tasted these wines in Bordeaux, after one year in French barrels, we were really pleased with the complex, delicate and subtle flavors or our wines. While Penny preferred her Latèralitè Droit, Ben definitely was in love with the Latèralitè Gauche.
To produce a Bordeaux Grand Cru, the pre-requisites are superb large-and-small caliber gravel, hills with pronounced slopes, deep root-welcoming soils and a sub-soil with impeccable drainage. Bordeaux is cut down the center by the Gironde Estuary, which splits apart into the Dordogne River and the River Garonne. We will concentrate our attention to the two terms used to describe the wines of Bordeaux: ‘Right Bank’ and ‘Left Bank’. It is the land that straddles these rivers that defines the nature of the soil and the terroir of the respective areas. The Left Bank/Right Bank distinction is at the bottom of the complexity of flavors developed by the grapes grown in those regions. Understanding these differences is key to understanding Bordeaux. The fundamental differences in terroir from one bank to the other, make it more appropriate to grow certain grape varieties: Merlot is the dominant planting on the Right Bank, and Cabernet Sauvignon is the dominant planting on the Left Bank.
To understand the character of our wines, you can start by remembering these differences between the Left Bank and Right Bank. Once you try our wines your tastebuds will tell you how subtle but significant the differences are.
After we release our first Great Bordeaux Wines around September 2012, we will begin our other side of the Journey, looking for the best vineyards and terroirs in Napa Valley, California. This is not a contest to determine if the best wine comes from Bordeaux or from Napa. We are convinced that both regions can produce excellent wines and it is up to you to determine which ones your palate prefer.