Grand Vin. What's embedded in that name, anyway?

In Bordeaux, the answer may shock you. Nothing. There is absolutely no rule, or law, or standard, that applies to using those two words on a label. Yet, there they are in their full glory, a needed expectation for any Bordeaux drinker/lover/buyer.

David Siozard scoffs at this notion. He and his brother Laurent promised to never ever mark a bottle of their red wine this way from their tiny estate in Graves. "We'll trade on our name. That will be enough."

So as I sat in David's tasting room this past July, on a warm and drizzly afternoon, he sheepishly puts a bottle down in front of me, remembering this prior promise. "We did it anyway," he says. "Because we had to."

Why? Because it the single most wonderful bottle of wine they have yet made in 15 years. That's why. Three big barrels of it. A whopping total of 1700 bottles. Each bottle numbered, marked, and wax sealed. Shipped in wood 6-packs.

And, best of all... not for sale.

You wont' find it on their website, or on anyone else's. It goes to friends. And friends of friends. And it comes with a gift. A really nice gift.

Chateau Lapinesse Graves Rouge Grand Vin 2016
On pre-arrival for $49
Solid Six packs at $45

PLUS, with any 6-pack purchase I'm offering a gift bottle of David's incredible Sauternes from the formidable 2016 vintage.

I would run out of superlatives fast for this wine. David gave me a bottle to bring home following our visit and Mrs. Cru and I dug into it a few weeks later on an atypically cool summer evening. She's not really even a Bordeaux fan, but this one had all the goods, and she was sold.

As many Graves red wines do, this one is put together with Cabernet Sauvignon, and helped along with a small dose of Merlot. It's a classic wine through and through with jammy black fruits, dried figs and dates, a whiff of pipe tobacco, and an alluring bit of lead pencil. It's a classic wine that will age beautifully for the next few decades.

Could make a nice gift too...

I don't know if he'll make any again, but safe to say, David has set a pretty high bar for calling one of his wines "Grand Vin."

To order, please simply reply here: "Pair", "Three", "Six Pack" (with which I'll include the Sauternes bottle for you). We have 20 six-packs allocated to us and they will arrive and be ready for pickup next Saturday, December 8th, at our warehouse holiday event.



PS--And so wraps up our slate of 2018 offers. Thank you SO MUCH for your interest and support for what we're doing. It was our best year ever! I'll shoot you a quick recap on Saturday, and then hope to see you the following week on December 8th, between 11-5, for pickup and to tip a glass together.

Road Cru Wine Imports
339 NW Broadway Ave.
Portland, OR 97209
T: (503) 226-9463

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