Chateau Laforge St Emilion Grand Cru 2010
Jonathan Maltus, an Englishman originally from Africa, has always been a strong believer that a bottle of wine should be judged by the taste of its contents over the ‘big name’ label slapped on the front. His philosophy can be most easily described in two parts: do things differently, and do things better. Arriving in Saint Emilion during the ‘garage period’ in the 1990s when breaking the rules of classic Bordeaux was all the rave, Jonathan soon gained a reputation for being able to produce a range of wines which stood out just as successfully for being unique as for being top quality. Now leading dynamic teams in both Bordeaux and Napa Valley, he’s more ambitious than ever and a driving force for change. Best of all, he loves what he does – winemaking passion is the root of his success and the expertise of him and his team is proudly displayed in every bottle.
Before creating the Laforge St Emilion Grand Cru label, Maltus had already cut his teeth in Bordeaux with Chateaux Teyssier and La Dome. Keeping up with the maverick ideas of re-inventing wines from this classic region, Laforge (aka blacksmith) was born. Chateau Laforge doesn’t actually have a physical Chateau building or indeed a winery! All the wine is vinified at Teyssier from Grand Cru parcels throughout St Emilion, totalling at just 5.8 hectares only.
The 2010 is made from 92% Merlot with 8% Cabernet Franc from possibly one of the greatest years in Bordeaux this century. Wonderfully smooth with velvety tannins, fresh and fragrant but with poise and definition coming in the form of red cherries, liquorice and spice. This is a beautiful wine that is drinking really well now. Enjoy!