Ideal Wine Company Review the Château Grand Puy Lacoste 2007

The Ideal Wine Company review the Château Grand Puy Lacoste 2007.

Are you a wine enthusiast living on a shoe-string budget? If so, we have just the thing for you. This week, the Ideal Wine Company review the Château Grand Puy Lacoste 2007.

Wine-making in Bordeaux

We strive to bring you some of the finest vintages the world has to offer. As such, the Ideal Wine Company features a range of fabulous French wines on our product list.

France and wine go together like a horse and carriage. France is the wine making capital of the world. The French have been making wine since the Roman era, and as the world has speeded towards modernity, their vintages have only gotten better. Today, France boasts some of the most famous wine-making regions in the world including Champagne, Burgundy, the Rhone Valley and Bordeaux.

Bordeaux is a city in the south-west of France. The city and its surrounding valleys are known for producing some of the finest red wines in existence, yet they also produce a fantastic array of sweet white wines. The region’s enviable weather and temperate climate lends wine-makers in Bordeaux the ability to produce world-class Merlot, Cabernet-Sauvignon, Cabernet-Franc, Petit-Verdot, Malbec, Semillon and Carménère grapes, among others.

Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste 2007

Bordeaux is the home of the Pauillac wine-making region. Located on the left-bank of the Gironde estuary, Pauillac produces first-rate Cabernet-Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet-Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec grapes. Some of the most amazing reds in all of Bordeaux are made in Pauillac.

One of these reds is the Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste 2007, which you can buy from the Ideal Wine Company. Grand-Puy-Lacoste wines are produced on a 90 hectare estate a few kilometres west of the town of Pauillac. Composed of Cabernet-Sauvignon and Merlot grapes, Grand-Puy-Lacoste wines have heady aromas, rich blackcurrant and cassis fruity flavours and velvety textures.

The 2007 is a particularly stunning vintage. Open this bottle and you’ll immediately be greeted with delightful scents of raspberry and blackberry. Take a sip and your palate won’t know what hit it. The Château Grand Puy Lacoste 2007 boasts rich tones of black cherry fruit with subtle hints of cedar to create a wine drinking experience you’ll never forget.

How much for the Château Grand Puy Lacoste 2007?

Why is this the wine for you if you’re living on a shoe-string budget? You’d expect a vintage of this calibre to go for what, £100, £200? You can buy the Château Grand Puy Lacoste 2007 from the Ideal Wine Company for as little as £42, including VAT!

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What Does Vintage Wine Mean?

Have you ever wondered what somebody’s saying when they utter the phrase ‘it’s a good vintage?’ If so, stay right here as the Ideal Wine Company asks; what does vintage wine mean?

A question the Ideal Wine Company always gets asked

The Ideal Wine Company is a firm which strives to supply you with stellar fine wines from wine making regions throughout the world at prices you’re destined to like. We’re experts when it comes to the luxury wine industry.

As experts there are several questions every new comer to the world of fine wine asks us when we first meet them. One of them is nearly always ‘what does vintage mean?’ It’s a fair question, the word has been bandied around the wine making world so much at this point that it’s practically part of the vernacular. We use it quite a bit ourselves.

The definition of vintage and non-vintage wine

As such people seem to think that it refers exclusively to a fine wine. A wine of quality. This isn’t the case. The word vintage simply refers to the year the grapes used for a particular bottle of wine were harvested. For example the Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1989 that you can get from the Ideal Wine Company is a 1989 vintage because it’s comprised of grapes that were harvested in the year 1989.

In contrast a non-vintage wine is exactly that. More specifically, it’s a wine that’s comprised of a blend of various vintage wines. Interestingly some wines in Europe are forced to label their bottles as ‘non-vintage’ because the grapes they use aren’t authorised for the region or country in question. Think Champagne and the rules around its production and you’ll understand what we mean.

A lot of champagnes aren’t vintages

Speaking of champagne, you’ll be interested to note that a lot of champagnes aren’t vintages. They’re in fact a blend of vintages, like non-vintage wine.

This allows champagne houses to uphold a consistent style from year-to-year, no matter what the weather does to their crop. Yet there are some champagnes, higher classes of champagnes, which continue to operate as vintages. The Dom Perignon Brut 1993 and the Louis Roederer Cristal, both available from the Ideal Wine Company, are examples of vintage champagne.

Some of the best wines are vintage

Therefore there’s no great secret behind the word ‘vintage.’ It just refers to the year that the grapes that compose bottle of wine were produced in. Yet our experience has shown us that some of the best wines, those destined to set your taste buds alight, are vintage wines.

 

 

 

 

How Do You Store Opened Champagne?

We’re going to tackle a question that has plagued wine enthusiasts since the dawn of time here on the Ideal Wine Company blog right now. How do you store opened champagne?

It’s cool to drink champagne again!

Have you heard the news yet? According to the Telegraph, sales of champagne in high end establishments rose 45% over the course of 2014.

In other words it’s cool to drink champagne again (as if it ever wasn’t)! If you want to break out in celebration by buying a bottle of the world’s most luxurious drink let the Ideal Wine Company lend you a helping hand. We have a range of decadent champagnes including Krugs, Dom Perignons and even Cristals you can purchase for a reasonable price.

Should you just put the cork back in?

Yet the minute you open that bottle you may find yourself presented with a conundrum. You don’t want to drink the entire bottle now, you want to savour it and put some aside for later. This leads us to ask; how do you store a bottle of champagne when it’s already been opened?

Most people would think it’s pretty simple. Just put the cork back in and pop it in the fridge. Yes, you should pop it back in you fridge but should you really be putting the cork back in? No; the pressure from the carbonation may force the cork out making the whole thing pointless!

The proper way to store an opened bottle of champagne

So how do you store an opened bottle of champagne? You need to focus on keeping the bubbles nice and chilled so the vintage doesn’t fall flat.

Invest in a stainless steel champagne stopper. Yes, you really can get them. Buy a stainless steel champagne stopper and not only will it prove strong enough to hold, the metal will act as a thermal conductor so once you put your bottle in the fridge, the bubbles will remain pleasantly chilly.

Get the most out of your champagne

There you have it. If you want to store a bottle of opened champagne just invest in a stainless steel champagne stopper. That investment will give you everything you need to ensure the bubbles don’t fall flat so you can get the most out of your decadent champagne of choice from the Ideal Wine Company!

 

Now Red Wine May be Able to Help you Remember!

Yet another myth concerning the health benefits of red wine came to the attention of the Ideal Wine Company this week. Now it looks as though red wine may be able to help you remember.

The Wine Experts

As providers of luxury wines from vineyards across the world for prices you can actually afford, we’d like to think that we qualify as wine experts here at the Ideal Wine Company.

As such we fully understand how amazing red wine can be. Indulge in a glass of Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1998 or Grands Echezeaux and basically you do more for your health than you would by spending an hour in the gym. Yet even we didn’t realise just how amazing red wine is for your health.

Resveratrol May Help You Ward off Age-Related Memory Decline

According to Futurity, a new study has shown that the resveratrol that makes red wine so good for your health may help you ward off age-related memory decline.

A study published recently in Scientific Reports illustrated that resveratrol apparently offered benefits in terms of memory, learning and mood function when tested on rats. As such experts believe that the compound could be used to treat patients with severe neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease.

What Happened When Resveratrol was tested on Rats?

Texas A&M University professor of molecular and cellular medicine Ashok K Shetty, who worked on the research, spoke out on its findings about the benefits of red wine. Shetty commented:

“They indicated that for the control rats who did not receive resveratrol, spatial learning ability was largely maintained but ability to make new spatial memories significantly declined between 22 and 25 months. By contrast, both spatial learning and memory improved in the resveratrol-treated rats.”

Shetty went on to say: “The study provides novel evidence that resveratrol treatment in late middle age can help improve memory and mood function in old age.”

Indulge in your Favourite Rhone Red Now

Basically this means that resveratrol is even better for you than even we thought. As such if you’re looking to indulge in a classic Rhone red for a decent price from the Ideal Wine Company, there are now even more reasons why you’re doing the right thing for your health!

What Did the Experts Have to Say About Fifty Shades of Grey Wine?

The reviews are in. This week Ideal Wine Company asks; what did the experts have to say about Fifty Shades of Grey Wine?

Persuading the Masses to Drink Sub-Standard Swill

The Ideal Wine Company is a firm dedicated to providing first rate fine wines from every corner of the world, at prices that won’t break your bank account.

We value quality above everything else. We’ve always been suspicious when it comes to novelty wine. Novelty wine tends to take advantage of a pop culture fad to persuade the masses to drink sub-standard swill. Therefore, it shouldn’t surprise you to learn that found ourselves feeling ourselves more than a little dubious when we first heard about Fifty Shades of Grey Wine.

What is Fifty Shades of Grey Wine?

Yes, it’s exactly what you think it is. Wine developed in partnership with E.L James, the woman who penned the novel that sits in the bedside drawer of frustrated housewives all over the world, Fifty Shades of Grey. The new grand has developed and released two wines; Red Satin and White Silk. How original.

Both vintages have recently been released and the first reviews are in. It looks as though we were right to feel dubious, as the reviews most experts gave of Fifty Shades of Grey Wine ranged from mediocre to so terrible, it’d make you think E.L James had committed a crime against viticulture!

What Did the Experts Say?

So what did the experts actually have to say? Several experts said plenty of things to Vanity Fair’s Alex Beggs. Take Charlie Bird director Grant Reynolds for example. He was particularly scathing. On tasting the vintages Reynolds said that “this wine tastes like pain. I’d rather be flogged than have to drink this again.”

The beverage director for Andrew Carmellini’s NoHo Hospitality Group, Joshua Nadel, was just as harsh. He said that the White Silk “tastes like gummy peaches coated in bland movie-theatre popcorn butter,” whilst the Red Satin “tastes like an old-school Pine Bros. cherry cough drop mixed with a ski lodge.”

Some reviewers were a bit kinder. Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House wine director, Jessica Certo, said that “overall, this wine was unexpectedly delightful,” whilst Punch editor Talia Baiocchi commented that “neither of the wines was nearly as bad as I thought they’d be. Completely ordinary? Yes. Bad? No.”

Stick to the Ideal Wine Company Product List

In other words, the experts were hardly waiting in the wings to hand Fifty Shades of Grey Wine a slew of glowing reviews now were they? If you’re looking for first-rate luxury vintages, you might want to stick to the Ideal Wine Company Product List.