July Imported Wine: 2010 Chateau Moulin de Grenet AOP Lussac St. Emilion, Bordeaux, FRANCE

Nicole Roskam-Brunot and her sons, 4th generation, perpetuate a family passion for elaborating great wines of St. Emilion. Their philosophy is to obtain the highest quality, authenticity, terroir and vintage expression on each vintage.

Surrounding a picturesque windmill (1711), former land of the Faize Abbey, the Moulin de Grenet vineyard is located on one of the highest hills of its appellation. Well rooted on its slopes and limestone plateau, the vines enjoy an abundance of sun and draw their quality from the terroir to give the wines their generous, fruity and mineral personality. The vineyard practices sustainable agriculture.

Designated Growing Area: AOP Lussac St. Emilion

Soil: Clay & Limestone

The Estate: The 4.5 hectares of vines have an average yield of 40-45 hl/ ha. The grapes undergo traditional vinifcation and are aged in barrel for 16 – 18 months. Approximately 30,000 bottles of this wine are produced.

Varietals: 75% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc

Alcohol: 12.5% by volume

Food Pairings: The soft tannins and plummy fruit character of Merlot-driven Pomerol and Saint Emilion pair well with roast duck, cornish hens, roast chicken, pork tenderloin, pork chops and soft cheeses such as Morbier, Camembert and Gouda.

Notes: This wine derives its personality from its clay and limestone terroir and an abundance of sun. It has a pretty ruby color. The nose reveals nice aromas of fruits and spices. The mouth is round and juicy. The finale is expressive. A traditional and generous Lussac St. Emilion.

Jim Lutfy’s thoughts: “St. Emilion from a great vintage. This wine is rich and layered with classic elegance. Is it silk or satin; or maybe both? Savory with a long finish. Great served with lamb of the BBQ.”-JL