Chateau de Brondeau | Bordeaux Supérieur 2012

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Chateau de Brondeau – Bordeaux Supérieur 2012 | Vin extraordinaire for $19.99


For more than a century, Château de Brondeau belonged to the Audy family, and Marie-Claude Audy, wife of Bordeaux wine merchant Dominique Méneret, inherited the estate in 2001. In 2011, the property was sold to Mr. Francis Vuile, a former AOC Cognac producer. Sitting on the banks of the Dordogne River, the estate is nestled in a jewel box of groves that seem to watch over the 32 acres (13 hectares) of vines.

The vineyard is in close proximity to the production facilities and the home. The site is densely planted – 2,400 vines/acre, or 6,000 vines/ha – on alluvial soils, with 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. The vineyard is trained traditionally with selective grassing over to retain the richness of the terroir.

Winemaking Philosophy:

The grapes are sorted before transfer into cement vats adapted to the size of individual vineyard parcels, all equipped with an effective temperature control system. During fermentation, the cellar master performs several small daily pump-overs, and macerations do not exceed 20 days. When the wine is run off, multiple tastings enable the isolation of several separate lots. The wine is aged for approximately 15 months in vat using French oak staves. This preserves the freshness of its fruit and does not allow wood notes to overpower the wine. Blending takes place several months before bottling, which generally happens more or less in early spring, depending on the vintage, after fining and a light filtering.

Wine Description:

Château de Brondeau hugs the Dordogne river, nestled in a jewel box of groves overlooking 22  rolling acres of estate vineyards. The Château de Brondeau Bordeaux displays consistent quality  year after year; a wine that offers characteristic freshness, silkiness and balance.  Manually harvested and fermented in cement tanks, this Bordeaux requires 12 months of aging before bottling. The wonderful presentation and attractive price make this an excellent value for any lover of Bordeaux.

Tasting Notes:

Deep ruby in color, the Château de Brondeau Bordeaux is clear and fresh with a dense, expressive nose. Round and fleshy on the palate with flavors of fresh red fruit and chocolate, it offers excellent balance with a long, lasting finish.

Analytical Data:

  • Vineyard name:   Château de Brondeau
  • Vineyard size:  23 acres
  • Soil composition:  Clay, Silt, Sand, and Gravel
  • Elevation:  8 feet
  • Vines/acre:  2,400
  • Yield/acre:  0.2 tons
  • Harvest time:  Early October
  • Bottles produced of this wine:  48,000
  • Varietal composition:  100% Merlot
  • Fermentation container:  concrete
  • Maceration technique:  Pumpovers
  • Length of maceration:  21 days days
  • Malolactic fermentation:  Yes
  • Type of aging container:  Cement vats
  • Length of aging before bottling:  12 months
  • Alcohol:  14.5 %
  • Residual sugar:  0.4 g/L
  • Acidity:  3.5 g/L
  • Dry extract:   19.0 g/L

Forlorn Hope | Natural Wine


We are delighted to introduce a new line of natural wine to the VT marketplace – Forlorn Hope.


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Forlorn Hope is a great addition to our ever expanding natural wine selection.



We will begin diving in and reviewing these fantastic, responsibly crafted wines during September, here is a teaser about the wines from:


All Forlorn Hope wines are produced from winegrapes. That’s it.

We believe very strongly that site and farming produce all that we should like to find in a bottle of wine, and we don’t want to confuse or muddy the story that each wine can relate by adding water or yeast or acid or enzymes that had nothing at all to do with what the vines put into each of our clusters.

Each of the Forlorn Hope wines may be put through very different fermentations en route to becoming one of our Rare Creatures — Sèmillon is destemmed and pressed, then fermented in old and neutral barrels; Gewürztraminer is destemmed and fermented on the skins; Alvarelhão is fermented whole-cluster with no destemming or initial breaking of the fruit — but throughout it all a common vein runs through the thought process in the cellar: listen to what the fermentation is saying as it transforms from fruit into wine. What does it want to become? In what direction does its nature want to lead it? In this manner we guide our ferments along, receiving suggestions and guidance from the wine and fermentative microbes themselves.

No new barrels are ever used in the Forlorn Hope cellar. Currently, our oldest 60 gallon vessels are from the 1997 vintage.

At Matthew Rorick Wines, we love the longshots. We love the outsiders, the lost causes, the people/projects/ideas abandoned as not having a chance in the world. We love the longshots because we’re all about tenacity, we relish a challenge, and – we admit it – we love us a good tussle.

Hans Brinker, the Dutch boy who stuck his finger in the dike? We’re big fans of his. Penelope – weaving all day and ripping it out all night? She’s with us. Henry V’s speech at the Battle of Agincourt? Pretty much our theme song.

Taken from the Dutch ‘verloren hoop’, meaning ‘lost troop’, Forlorn Hope was the name given to the band of soldiers who volunteered to lead the charge directly into enemy defenses. The chance of success for the Forlorn Hope was always slim, but the glory and rewards granted to survivors ensured no shortage of applicants.

These bottles, the first produced by Matthew Rorick Wines, were our headlong rush into the breach. Rare creatures from appellations unknown and varieties uncommon, these wines are our brave advance party, our pride and joy – our Forlorn Hope.


Lawson’s | Peril IPA | Sip of Sunshine | Super Session #2 | FRI 09/02 & SAT 09/03


September 2nd is Keanu Reeves birthday and also the day we release Lawson’s Peril IPA, Sip of Sunshine, and Super Session #2!



09/02 Friday – When the truck arrives…

  • Sip of Sunshine – two (2) 4pks per person
  • Super Session #2 – one (1) 6pk OR 12pk per person
  • Peril IPA – one (1) per person – will go FAST

09/03 Saturday 10a Release:

  • Sip of Sunshine – one (1) 4pks per person
  • Super Session #2 – one (1) 6pk OR 12pk per person
  • Peril IPA – one (1) per person for the first 12 people in line!

Lawson’s Maple Tripple – NOT THIS WEEK!


Bevie Growler Bar Updates | 08/23/16


Current flow at the Beverage Warehouse Growler Bar featuring a special keg from Foley Brothers!

Currently, 100% of kegs are special draft only brews meaning you can scour VT but you will not find them anywhere but on tap!


  • Barryessa Mini Separation Anxiety Session IPA | 4% ABV | $12.99 64oz / $6.99 32oz – Draft only, no bottles / cans in VT – 1 keg, once it’s gone, it’s gone.
  • Lost Nation Petit Ardennes Saison | 4.2% ABV | 17 IBU’s | $5.99 32oz / $9.99 64oz – From Lost Nation: The Ardennes Forrest is a region in Belgium where some of the world’s best beers are produced. We used these beers as inspiration in brewing this Belgian session ale. Petit Ardennes is a light bodied blonde beer with notes of tropical fruit. A very sessionable beer with a low alcohol content that still has great flavor.  Draft only.
  • Rock Art Mosaic IPA | 7.4% ABV | $8.99 64oz / $4.99 32oz – Fresh Mosaic IPA from our friends at Rock Art!  Not available in bottles or cans – just kegs!
  • Foley Brothers | Grey Beard’s Wit | 5.5% ABV | $15.99 64oz / $8.99 32oz –  Getting hopped out?  Throw some of this easy drinking, Wit beer from our friends at Foley Brothers in your glass and drink it!  Draft only.
  • Boneyard Beer Company | RPM IPA | 6.5% ABV | $17.99 64oz / $9.99 32oz – From Boneyard:  Brewed using 6 different NW varieties of hops at over 2.5 pounds per barrel, RPM IPA focuses on extreme hoppiness rather than bitterness. It’s golden to copper in color with a complex malt profile that will not overshadow the hops.  Draft only in VT BA 95 PTS
  • Fetchez La Vasche | Drop-In Brewing | 6.1% ABV |  $5.99 32oz / 0$15.99 64oz – If you can drink iced coffee during the summer, you can enjoy this milk stout from our friends at Drop-In Brewery!  Draft only



Buy Lawson’s | Sip of Sunshine | Steve’s Back Yard Red Ale | Super Session 2 | FRI 08/19 & SAT 08/20


Whatever your back yard looks like, celebrate it with Lawson’s Steve’s Back Yard Red Ale! (and Sip of Sunshine & Super Session #2!)

This post will be updated as Lawson’s is in stock and sells out for Friday, August 19th & Saturday, August 20th!

Lawson’s Steve’s Back Yard Red Ale, Sip of Sunshine, & Super Session #2 Stock Status:

Sip of Sunshine IPA 16oz Cans – $13.79/4pk

Friday 08/19 – Sold Out
Saturday 08/20 – Sold Ouch 🙂 

Super Session 12oz Cans –

Friday 08/19 –Sold Out
Saturday 08/20 – One (1) 6pk OR One (1) 12pk per person – In Stock! 🙂

Lawson’s Bottles –

Steve’s Back Yard Red Ale  |  5.5% ABV  |  $7.59
Friday 08/19 – Sold Out
Saturday 08/20 – Sold Out


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