Montesquieu Winery

The new classification for Saint-Émilion was announced on Friday September 7th by the INAO (Institut National des Appellations d’Origine). There were four wines promoted to the top level — Premier Grand Cru Classé – three of which are made by StéphaneDerenoncourt: Château Larcis Ducasse, Château Canon la Gaffelière and La Mondotte. As a result of this re-classification, Stéphane is responsible for seven out of the eighteenPremier Grand Cru Classé wines. This impressive achievement underscores why many – including we at Montesquieu Wines – believe that no one knows the Right Bank quite like Stéphane.

Napa Valley Cabernet

Derenoncourt California - 2008 Napa Valley Caberent
95 points | $180 | 269 cases made 

Pure, rich and supple, this is focused on deep plum, dark berry, cedar and mineral flavors. A tour de force in depth and intensity, yet with a nice lift on the finish, where the tannins show a tender side. Best from 2013 through 2026. From California.—James Laube

In the Wine Spectator under “Hot Wines”, as the “most exciting discoveries from our editors’ most recent tasting. They are high-scoring, low-production wines from around the world that may be difficult to find, but are worth seeking out.”

Coombsville Syrah Parcel
Derenoncourt California - 2008 Coombsville Syrah 
93 points | $85 | 219 cases made 

Tight and richly flavored, with a core of dark berry, mineral, graphite and cedar flavors that run deep, ending with gutsy, chewy tannins. Best from 2013 through 2023.—James Laube

In the Wine Spectator under “Hot Wines”, as the “most exciting discoveries from our editors’ most recent tasting. They are high-scoring, low-production wines from around the world that may be difficult to find, but are worth seeking out.”

Help legendary winemaker Michel Rolland and Doc Hendley turn wine into water for Africa, simply by drinking great wine. Each bottle purchased will bring clean water to an entire family in Ethiopia.

Drink a Bottle, Save a Life

August 30th at Anthology - Chocolate & Vino - to benefit Big Brothers and Big Sisters of San Diego County. Montesquieu Winery Grand Cru Champagne among others!

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Amazing interview with Doc Hendley of Wine to Water on APM’s The Story. All of us at Montesquieu Winery are honored to partner with Doc for clean water in Southern Ethiopia.

Syrah has become increasingly popular, and is now estimated to be the seventh most widely planted varietal in the world. Over time, with growers gaining more and more experience with various vineyard locations and climates,we have seen an emerging trend in the industry toward cool-climate Syrah.


Sweet Potato Salad with Pineapple and Pecans - Yum!