Chateau Gueyrosse dates from around 1750 and the Delol family obtained the property in 1850.  Samuelle, who has recently taken over from her father, is the sixth generation to make wine at Gueyrosse. The vineyard is in the southwestern corner of Saint Emilion, on the outskirts of Libourne and has a soil of “graves rouge”, a soil type similar to that found in the southern corner of Pomerol. Until 1973 this small area had a separate appellation called Sables-Saint Emilion. The Delols cultivate slightly under 5 hectares at Gueyrosse and do so without any chemicals.

Region: Saint Emilion  |  Winemaker: Samuelle Delol  |  url:

2004 Grand cru

Blueberry, dark cherry notes. Tons of cigar box, cedar, and even a dried green bamboo hint. Interestingly woody. Black and blue fruits on the palate. Nice, rounded tannins, but still hearty and lingering.



Château Le Breuil Renaissance is located in Bégadan, one of Medoc’s most northerly hamlets. Bégadan is home to many of Medoc’s best chateaux. The Medoc peninsula is very narrow at the northern end and the vineyard’s proximity to the Gironde esturary and the Altantic Ocean, which is buffeted by pine forests, creates a very favorable climate for the Bordeaux grape varieities. Many ancient coins and even a statue have been found on the property indicating that it was once part of a Gallo-Roman village. The original part of the property known as “Les Bernedes” has been owned by the Bérard family since 1908 but in 1985 they purchased their neighbor, Chateau Le Bana, a property classified as a Cru Bourgeois in 1932. The property was renamed Le Breuil Renaissance and Philippe Berard began estate bottling his wine with the 1990 vintage.

Region: Medoc  |  Winemakers: Philippe Berard  |

2011 Renaissance

Cherries all over the nose. Sour fruit, animal notes, hint of mint on the palate. Light oak and soft, restrained tannins.



Château Magneau is an ancient property that has been run by the Ardurat family since before the reign of Henri IV. It is located in the historic commune of La Brède, a mile from the historic moated castle where Montesquieu was born. Today, Chateau Magneau is run by Henri Ardurats and his two sons Jean-Louis and Bruno along with Jean-Louis’ wife, Brigitte, who is responsible for the sales. Jean-Louis is in charge of the vineyards as well as the winemaking. He continually works on the expression of his wines by farming parcels of land individually and then vinifying each separately according to its intrinsic character. A modern winery was built in 1980 and a new barrel cellar in 1996. From one generation to the next, the Ardurats have passed on the philosophy of “quality before profit” and they have been recognized by an exhaustive list of awards.

Region: Bordeaux  |  Winemakers: Jean-Louis Ardurats  |  url:

2014 Graves Blanc

Light body with notes of apple, lemon, pear, with some minerality. Dry and fairly smooth on the palate with balanced acidity.