From Robert Parker.com: "This wine is almost too good to be true. A blend of 70% Syrah and 30% Grenache that was brought up in concrete tanks (Grenache) and demi-muids (Syrah), the 2015 Bastide Miraflors Vieilles Vignes reminded me of a mini Syrah from California's Manfred Krankl (yes I just compared a $14 Syrah to Sine Qua Non). It's a ripe, sexy, heady beauty that exhibits a deep, purple color as well as killer notes of smoked meats, chocolate, blackberry and black raspberries. Deep, unctuous, open knit and layered, it continues to change in the glass, has a seamless and silky profile, and not a hard edge to be found. It's a sensational value that needs to be tasted to be believed. Drink it anytime over the coming 2-4 years."
This winery has been producing Zinfandel ever since Edoardo Seghesio planted grapes is the Alexander Valley is 1895. It is one of our staff’s favorite wines to suggest, and never fails to please. Rich black raspberry and briary, spicy flavors are at the forefront here. Sustainably farmed by the Seghesio Family.
From Wine Spectator: “This is loaded with zesty blackberry and raspberry fruit, offering a vibrant structure and appealing accents of toasted sage, white pepper and licorice. Drink now through 2027. 102,000 cases made.”
Château Les Abeilles is a property owned by the Boidron family, winegrowers in the region since 1760. The Les Abeilles vineyard is about 17 acres and planted to Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec with an average vine age of 50 years. The 2015 is 60% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Malbec.
The Boirdron family is committed to planting flora for better nutrition for bees, between rows of vines and surrounding areas, giving rise to the name of the château "Les Abeilles" or (The bees). They are taking part in the collective project ‘Beefriendly vineyards’ organised by the wine-growing unions of Montagne Saint- Emilion and Saint-Georges Saint-Emilion.
Wine growers plant melliferous flowers every two or three rows of vines and along ditches. They use a range of plants that have been developed specifically to diversify and improve bees’ food. A technical code of conduct for wine growing has been established in a charter.
This ecological project is also aesthetic because of the color palette that presents visitors with a landscape of blossoming vineyards.