Sherlock’s Wine Merchant Buckhead
3401 Northside Parkway NW
Atlanta, GA 30327
From the hill sides of Bordeaux to the Valleys of Californian, great wines are made by the same great winemakers. To attenuate the argument between old and new and to avoid a sterile war of words between different worlds, why not simply affix a signature to a wine, that of its creator, a name which will say more to the consumer than a percentage of Cabernet or Sauvignon, a face which will provide an identity more readily than the façade of a château. From this line of thinking was born the idea of the Winemakers’ Collection.
Each year, always on the same terroir the one of Château d’Arsac in the Médoc a guest winemaker has “Carte Blanche” to create the ideal wine, the nectar of his or her dreams. From the work in the vineyard to the bottling operation, from the time and type of harvesting through to the maceration, this guest star makes every decision in the manufacturing process. He or she signs the wine in their sole name. Each year, an episode will be written and acted out by a different winemaker.
The Terroir: Chateau D’Arsac
Regarded as one of the oldest wine estates of the Médoc region, Château d’Arsac has a rich and eventful history that can be traced back over nine hundred years. In the 12th century the property belonged to noble Sires. Then, in the 16th century, the domain was acquired by Thomas de Montaigne, the brother of the famous philosopher, Michel de Montaigne. Subsequently, the domain would become the property of the counts of Ségur and the Barons of Arsac.
It wasn’t until the 18th century that merlot and cabernet sauvignon vines were planted at Château d’Arsac. The exceptional gravel and sandy soil of the property produced fine and suave red wines which ravished palates and palaces throughout France and as far as England.
~Selections To Be Tasted~
2005 The Winemakers Collection Cuvee No. 1 Michel Roland $49.99*
Michel Rolland is considered by many as the ultimate modern winemaker. He is a consultant for hundreds of estates over 13 countries and his wines are frequently acclaimed by wine critics. Born on the right bank in a wine making family, he bought a oenology lab in 1973 with his wife. His wines are often full bodied with silky tannins.
Michel Rolland is the owner of many estates in Spain, south Africa and Argentina. He’s also a consultant for some of the most famous Chateaux in France like Troplong Mondot, Angélus, Ausone, Pontet Canet, Pape Clément… and abroad with Ornellaia (Italy), Grover Vineyards (India), but also in Greece, Bulgaria, USA, and Chile.
Wine Advocate 93 Points: This is the first release of a special project of Jeremy Renard and the proprietor of Chateau d’Arsac in Margaux. Under Renard’s guidance, each year a single vineyard parcel from Chateau d’Arsac is completely controlled by a single, world-renowned winemaker. Michel Rolland launched the project, and he has been followed by other luminaries in the wine world. Rolland had the good fortune to benefit from an excellent vintage, and the result is a 5,000-case lot of sensational wine. The 2005 possesses a forward, voluptuous style, so it will have early appeal, but don’t discount its potential to last 15-20 years. It offers a dense ruby/purple hue along with a smoky perfume of sweet cherries, blackberries, roasted coffee, and a hint of tobacco leaf. There is a seamless integration of acidity, tannin, and wood in this complete, full-bodied wine. The finish lasts for 35-40 seconds. This beauty can be drunk now or cellared for 15-20 years.
2006 The Winemakers Collection Cuvee No. 2 Denis Dubourdieu $49.99*
Denis Dubourdieu is both a scientist and a hands-on wine grower and maker. A Graduate in Agricultural Science and a Professor of Oenology at the University of Bordeaux since 1987, he has focused his research in the areas of yeasts, aromas and colloids. He is considered one of the authorities in the vinification process and the aging of white wines.
Nevertheless, his work has greatly contributed to improving our knowledge of aroma as it pertains to red wines. Simultaneously, Denis Dubourdieu works as a vine grower and a winemaker on his family estates (Chateau Reynon, Clos Floridène and Chateau Doisy-Daëne) as well as a consultant to numerous wine producers in France (Haut-Bailly, Yquem, Rayne-Vigneau, Jaboulet…) and abroad (one of the most original being Koshu in Japan)
Wine Advocate 91 Points: There are 5000 cs of the reasonably priced 2006 Cuvee No 2. A classic Bordeaux, exhibits a deep ruby/purple hue along with sweet aromas of blackcurrants infused with tobacco leaf, loamy, earthy undertones, spice box & cedar and outstanding concentration.
2008 The Winemakers Collection Cuvee No. 4 Stephane Derenoncourt $49.99*
Stéphane Derenoncourt was born in northern France, in 1963, he is known for his exceptional understanding of terroir. He came to Bordeaux hitchhiking and picked his first vintage in Fronsac in 82. He then worked in the cellars of Pavie MacQuin. From there, things started to move on for Stéphane.
Comte Stephan Von Neipperg asked Stéphane Derenoncourt to take over as the winemaker at Canon La Gaffeliere seeing his great winemaking potential and Derenoncourt made a great wine there in 1993 a very tough vintage in the region. In 1997 Stephane Derenoncourt started consulting with other chateaux owners to improve their wines. He now manages many estates and watches over some of the best wines of Bordeaux. Derenoncourt is now considered by many as the most sensitive winemaker in the whole of Bordeaux. He is a fervent partisan of little intervention in the vine to give the nature the opportunity to express its best potential.
Sherlocks Tasting Notes: Deep, rich red colour. Exquisite bouquet of plum, wildflowers, tobacco and leather. Layers of dark fruit and herbs on the palate, with slight hints of earth and graphite. Round in the mouth, with well-developed tannins and subdued acidity. Long, lingering finish with a raisin and coffee.