Rayas of Bordeaux


Bel Air-Marquis d'Aligre will probably be the only Bordeaux wine we offer. The reasons why are quite simple. Our philosophy is to offer wines made by indivuals, Jean-Pierre Boyer, now 85 years old, first vintage was the legendary 1947. Influences like Robert Parker, Michel Rolland and modern oenology which have turned todays Bordeauxs into a homogenous product, have played no part in Monsieur Boyers world. If you want to know how a Claret tasted in the 19th century Bel Air-Marquis d'Aligre is probably going to be the closest you will get.


Monsieur Boyers wines are not fruit driven or high octane, these are not wines that can be simply popped and poured. They should be opened at least 6-8 hours in advance, they taste better on the second day and can be drunk over the coarse of a week, improving with each day. In France Bel Air-Marquis d'Aligre is called the Rayas of Bordeaux, BAMA is a terroir wine, older vintages have drawn comparisons to mature Côte d'Or Burgundys. This comparison is quite apt, the wines are seductive, velvety and with a surprsingly envigorating acidity.


The quantity of bottles availabe are ridiculously limited, as is usually the case with such wines. This wine is perhaps not cheap, yet one has the chance to buy what will probably become in the future an unicorn wine.