Bordeaux, 2016. L'Etre Magique

Bordeaux, 2016. L'Etre Magique

Item #: B0521R1IF
Vintage: 2016
Varietal: Bordeaux
Vineyard/Appellation: Bordeaux, France
Color: Very Deep
Nose: Violets, Blueberry
Palate: Richly Textured
Finish: Long, Slow, Penetrating
Rating: 97
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now thru 2025/Red Meat, Cheeses/13.5% Alcohol by Volume

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Our selection comes from a small, but respected producer, Maison de Grand Esprit. They seem to surround themselves in superlatives as the name means "The House of Great Spirit" and L'Etre Magique translates to "The Magical Being."

Once you explore their wines and learn of their passion it's hard to argue their marketing boldness. Winemaker, Florent Gauthier, grew up in Bordeaux in a family of grapegrowers going back three generations. But, Florent had an advantage none of his ancestors had. That was the ability to easily study winemaking in many countries like Australia, Argentina, and the United States.

His experience was extremely important because it presented new ideas and new "traditions" that are not normally available in his backyard. Bordeaux's reputation can also be a hinderance as it can lead to being isolated and thus, out of the influence of the rest of the world. Florent would have none of that. He wanted to know as much as possible from as many sources as possible.

Not only did he make wine in different areas he even took the streets to sell it in Paris. It gave him incredible insight into all facets of the business, and this shows in his wines. For this magnificent selection, Florent used 70% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon with splashes of Cabernet Franc and Malbec. The rich berry mingles with the vanilla and fine tannins to markedly impact a cheese souffl? or Wagyu burger with caramelized onions.