Good afternoon.  I thought I’d highlight a couple of new wines to us from Chateau Bonhoste, who utilize traditional viticulture, including “la lutte raisonee”, or “the reasoned struggle”, a practice that is very close to chemical-free organic farming.  These Bordeaux are both Affordable and delicious, refreshing everyday wines, ready to drink, and be enjoyed.

The Bonhoste Blanc is pale, youthful, lemony in color, the nose is lively with lots of bright citrus aromas, notes of stone fruit and a hint of waxy honeycomb. Easy drinking certainly, but very refreshing and packed with vibrant juicy flavors. While predominantly made from Sauvignon Blanc, the inclusion of Semillon adds an extra textural dimension and the 10% Muscadelle adds elegant floral notes. Fresh, lively and brimming with juicy flavors this wine is one to either enjoy on its own as an aperitif, or enjoy with a variety of fish or poultry dishes.

The Bonhoste Rouge is a blend of several well-known grape varieties: cabernet sauvignon gives the richness and tannins, cabernet franc is the one which gives the smoothness and elegance and the Merlot brings the fullness and body.  This wine is made up of 70 % Merlot, 20 % cabernet sauvignon and 10 % cabernet franc. The nose is characterized by fresh red fruit, with chalky notes. Full-bodied and refined in the mouth, well-rounded and good acidity, with a pleasant persistent fruity aftertaste. It pairs very well with roast beef or grilled and charred meats like beef, lamb and pork will also work well, as the ripe berry flavors taste great alongside well-seared meats.

While the family has been working the land in Bonhoste since 1895, this estate was created in 1977 when Bernard and Colette Fournier purchased the 11th century Chateau and its 44 hectares of vineyards located in the town of St. Jean de Blaignac, 6 km south of St Emillion.

On the property, there are underground cellars of natural stone where the wines are aged. Today, the winemaking role has been passed on to Yannick Fournier, while his sister Sylvaine works the vines with her mother Collette.