Discounted Wines

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Region Producer Vintage Name Qty Type Size Price Note Rating
Red Bordeaux 2000 Leoville Poyferre

1 Case 75cl £1,750£1,660
  • Parker Wow, this wine has really come on strong. A brilliant effort, it boasts an opaque purple color in addition to a gorgeously sweet nose (make that explosive nose) of blackberries and creme de cassis intermixed with minerals, smoke, and earth. The 2000 is opulent, full-bodied, and much more accessible than either of its two Leoville siblings, Leoville Las Cases or Leoville Barton, with low acidity, sweet tannin, and a layered, sumptuous finish. It continues to improve dramatically and looks to be a great success, rivaling the brilliant 1996 and 1990. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2030.

Tasting Notes
97
White Bordeaux 1940 Yquem - owc 1x75

[recent ex Chateau release]

1 Bottle 75cl £1,150£995
White Bordeaux 1942 Yquem - owc 1x75

(recent ex Chateau release)

1 Bottle 75cl £1,295£995
  • **** 4 Star Michael Broadbent 

Tasting Notes
White Bordeaux 2010 Carbonnieux Blanc

5 Case 75cl £275£245
White Bordeaux 2010 Malartic Lagraviere Blanc

4 Case 75cl £425£375
  • This full-bodied blend of 85% Sauvignon Blanc and 15% Semillon hit 14.5% natural alcohol. It is deep and rich, with loads of caramelized grapefruit, tropical fruit, subtle oak, wet stones and plenty of melons. Drink now-2035.

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy Amiot, Guy 1996 Morey 1er Cru Les Millandes

1 Case 75cl £320£285
  • Parker: This medium-to-dark ruby-colored wine is wonderful. It has candied black cherry aromatics that give way to a deeply ripe, medium-to-full-bodied, harmonious, and concentrated personality. Sweet raspberries, chocolate-covered cherries and vanilla-imbued oak can be found in this intense, velvety, refined, and rich wine. It is masculine, ample, and has a long and supple finish. Anticipated maturity: 1999-2006.

Tasting Notes
90
Red Burgundy Bouchard Pere 2010 Corton

1 Case 75cl £650£615
  • Tasting note: A brooding but impressively complex nose features notes of red currant, plum, earth and plenty of that Corton sauvage character. The textured, intense and broad-shouldered flavors possess excellent mid-palate concentration with fully mature structural elements. There is ample buffering sap, which is important as one would reasonably expect, this is a big and sleekly muscled wine with an explosively long, linear and overtly austere finish. The potential here is mostly impressive though note that plenty of patience is requisite.

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2009 Chambolle 1er Cru Les Baudes

1 Case 75cl £695£650
Red Burgundy Engel 2003 Grands Echezeaux - 6x75

1 Case 75cl £3,350£2,950
  • Domaine René Engel
    2003
    Grands Echézeaux
    Grand Cru Red barrel
    Score: 90-93
    Tasted: Jan 01, 2005
    Drink: 2011+
    Issue: 17
    Note: from yields of 28 hl/ha
    Producer note: Philippe Engel calls 2003 "a vintage where the élevage was extremely important. The 2003s are relatively fragile wines and because I didn't touch them at all, which is to say no chaptalization or acidification, I wanted to handle them gently. That said, I don't think they needed to be acidified as there is a good sense of balance because the tannins helped to compensate. Yields are the sad story because my yields are already low and I brought in fully 50% less. We did some sorting to eliminate dry berries but nothing major. In our vineyards, we lost more from the frost than the heat but to lose anything was painful. I did a bit less punching down so as not to extract too much tannin but the wines are certainly very dense. There is more new oak than usual but that is more a function of having ordered the new barrels well in advance and besides, I thought that with this kind of concentration, the wines can certainly support a touch more wood. Overall, 2003 is certainly not typical but the wines are actually quite good, just different. I'll bottle them between November and January as I think it's important to capture the freshness that exists." (Various importers including Becky Wasserman/Le Serbet Selection - sbw@wanadoo.fr, The Stacole Co., Boca Raton, FL and Michael Skurnik Wines, Syosset, NY; Morris & Verdin, Berry Bros & Rudd and Howard Ripley, UK).
    Tasting note: The quality here is far superior to the preceding wines as this is aromatically rich, intense and utterly classy with robust yet remarkably fine and refined flavors that combine power, weight and depth in a ripe but elegant package. Lovely stuff and this is really most impressive.
     

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy Jadot 2009 Clos de Beze - owc 6x75

1 Case 75cl £1,250£1,190
  • A strikingly complex nose features an intense spiciness to the otherwise ripe, elegant and nuanced red berry liqueur aromas that are in keeping with the equally spicy and intense broad-shouldered and tautly muscular flavors, all wrapped in a mouth coating and very firm finish that delivers stunning persistence. I like the underlying sense of tension that adds vibrancy to the moderately austere and mineral-driven finale. This should be excellent in time.

    Score: 93/95
     

Tasting Notes
95
Red Burgundy Jadot 2012 Nuits 1er Cru Vaucrains

1 Case 75cl £520£450
Red Burgundy Meo-Camuzet 2009 Vosne 1er Cru Chaumes

1 Case 75cl £1,350£1,200
Red Burgundy Mugnier JF 2008 Nuits 1er Cru Clos de la Marechale

1 Bottle Jeroboam £325£260
  • Tasting note: A distinctly earthy and anise-infused mix of sour cherry and blue berry fruit that displays whiffs of crushed herbs and pepper merges into detailed, pure and almost delicate middle weight flavors that possess a sophisticated mouth feel and fine length. I should point out though that while there is no rusticity present, the very firm tannins are not as refined as those of the Fuées.

Tasting Notes
90
Red Burgundy Romanee Conti 1999 La Tache

[excellent level bin soiled label]

1 Bottle 75cl £3,250£2,990
  • Everything that I saw from cask made it into bottle intact and words remain inadequate to describe just how good this wine is as the '99 is a classic La Tâche in every respect with its incredibly pure, marvelously intense oriental spice box nose that merges seamlessly into big, rich and enveloping flavors of hoisin and pure pinot extract of indescribable complexity and length. The big tannins are completely wrapped in velvet and the finish simply does not quit. This is destined to become one of the all-time great vintages of La Tâche and even at 98 points, it's clear that I was too conservative and thus I am raising my score accordingly. Moreover, among the many bottles that I have been blessed to have tried, I have never had a bottle that was anything less than sensational. However, note that the '99 LT is going to be a long-distance runner so a strategy of cellar and forget is strongly advised, at least for the next decade or so. Multiple, and consistent, notes.

Tasting Notes
99
Red Burgundy Romanee Conti 1999 La Tache

[US slip labels]

2 Bottle 75cl £3,550£3,250
  • Everything that I saw from cask made it into bottle intact and words remain inadequate to describe just how good this wine is as the '99 is a classic La Tâche in every respect with its incredibly pure, marvelously intense oriental spice box nose that merges seamlessly into big, rich and enveloping flavors of hoisin and pure pinot extract of indescribable complexity and length. The big tannins are completely wrapped in velvet and the finish simply does not quit. This is destined to become one of the all-time great vintages of La Tâche and even at 98 points, it's clear that I was too conservative and thus I am raising my score accordingly. Moreover, among the many bottles that I have been blessed to have tried, I have never had a bottle that was anything less than sensational. However, note that the '99 LT is going to be a long-distance runner so a strategy of cellar and forget is strongly advised, at least for the next decade or so. Multiple, and consistent, notes.

Tasting Notes
99
Red Burgundy Roumier 2005 Chambolle Musigny

3 Bottle 75cl £160£135
Red Burgundy Thomas-Moillard 1996 Corton Clos du Roi

1 Case 75cl £420£360
White Burgundy Jadot 2009 Montrachet

1 Case 75cl £2,750£2,600
  • Tasting note: This is also notably ripe yet remains very fresh; indeed there is noticeable restraint to the cool, pure and quite dense floral, citrus and orchard fruit aromas that included spiced pear, apple and both yellow and white peach. The powerful and almost painfully intense flavors ooze dry extract that buffers the quite firm acid spine that shapes the driving and explosively long finish where ample minerality surfaces. This is a sizeable but not truly massive effort that remains exceptionally well-balanced despite its density. Terrific potential.

Tasting Notes
96
White Burgundy Jadot 2010 Meursault 1er Cru Genevrieres

1 Case 75cl £595£550
  • Maison Louis Jadot
    2010
    Meursault "Genevrières" 1er
    1er Cru White barrel
    Score: 89-92
    Tasted: Jun 01, 2012
    Drink: 2017+
    Issue: 47
    Producer note: As is usually the case, I met with Jacques Lardière who is the technical director for Jadot. His take on the 2010 vintage was that “it didn’t start out well for us as we had considerable frost-related losses from the deep freeze that occurred in December 2009. Then, the flowering did not go well either, which further reduced yields, particularly in red. Then, we were hit by hail in August, primarily in Santenay though some in Chassagne as well. Ironically, the reduced crop loads basically saved the harvest in my view because otherwise given the cool summer weather we would never have achieved adequate ripeness levels. But I’m not joking when I say that yields were down as we were off some 50% in the Côte de Nuits where we had the worst of the frost damage and around 40% overall. We picked one vineyard on the 17th of September and then stopped before recommencing on the 22nd. The crop was exceptionally clean in the Côte de Nuits but a bit less so in the Côte de Beaune as there was more rain in the southern part. The wet weather however helped preserve the malic acidity and this helps to explain why the 2010 whites are so fresh and lively.” (Kobrand, Inc., www.kobrandwine.com, NY, NY; Hatch Mansfield Ltd., www.hatchmansfield.com, Uncorked Ltd, www.uncorked.co.uk, both UK).
    Tasting note: Soft wood frames mildly exotic aromas of spiced pear, white peach and apricot. The subtle mineral streak adds lift to the rich and round flavors that are more refined compared to those of the Charmes but not quite as intense, all wrapped in a dry, clean and solidly persistent finale. A qualitative choice.
     

Tasting Notes
92
Rhone Mont Redon 1989 Chateauneuf du Pape

1 Case Mag £495£425
  • The 1989 is a pure, well-structured wine, and a classic example of Mont Redon's modern style. There is considerable tannin, as well as a touch of new oak in its closed bouquet of black fruits, spices, minerals, and licorice. Medium-bodied, rich, and concentrated, this wine should last for 20 years. Having tasted this wine from tank in 1990 following its completion of malolactic, the raw materials were awesome. While the wine is still very good, I imagine 50% of the aromatics, body, and flavor were stripped out by the numerous filtrations this wine had to endure. Mature now. Last tasted 6/95.

Tasting Notes
87
Champagne 2002 Bollinger RD

3 Case 75cl £1,250£1,190
  • Super fresh, this is striking given the 10 years in the cellars; it has a fine citrus nose - plenty of lemon, grapefruit, yellow chalky notes, some lighter floral elements too. The palate is super dry (dosage at 3-4g) and there's a silky, sherbet-like texture, smooth, fine and long. The citrus flavours give way to the driving surging acidity, thunderous acidity, really driving and powerful. The finish twists very slowly through to light-toasted cashew fruit flavours, but lemon citrus prevails. This is thrilling Champagne. Disgorged 22nd October, 2013. Drink from 2016.

    Score: 99 James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, May 2014

    60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay. 23 crus of which 71% are Grands Crus and the rest Premiers Crus. Dosage under 4 g/l. Very firm, savoury nose with Bollinger's trademark fungi. Very powerfully so but with excellent acidity and lift on the palate. This is touted as a 50th anniversary offering because the first RD (Recently Disgorged) vintage released on the UK market was the 1952, in 1967 (so it was three years older than this 2002). It was launched at the same time as the 1953 on the French and Swiss markets and the 1955 on the American and Italian markets. A nod to British taste for seriously mature champagne? This wine should not be served too cool. It has real weight - though does not taste heavy. I loved it on first release as Grande Année and it is less austere now. A bit mellower and more open though still with the deep throat salve sensation on the finish. Drink 2014 - 2030.

    Score: 19 Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, September 2014

    Since the year 1990 made vintage wines from Bollinger in a little fruitier more peach-scented style with slightly less pronounced smokiness and nuttiness. I was always more impressed initially by the previous style, but it feels like the differences even out over time. 2002 shows lovely shy notes of peaches and honey. It hasn't developed it's typical masses of RD-character yet. In the mouth this R.D. is typically oily and rich with notes of Champignon de Paris (!), Verzenay-dominated, stringent aroma of red apple peel. The taste is beautifully balance and harmonious. I love to drink R.D.s between 18 and 24 months after release. This is a Champagne that really benefits from being served in a Burgundy glass(!) As always this is a Champagne for true gastronomy. Like the tartar of deer and oyster mayonnaise and lemon zest that we we're served at the premiere-lunch in Stockholm. This is a grand R.D. in the making.

    Score: 94/96 Richard Juhlin, Champagne Club, January 2014

    Big names do not help if you are not familiar with a certain house style, and so I can understand everyone who dislikes Bollinger's 2002 RD Extra Brut, which at first sight reveals a matured if not an old wine displaying toffee, floral (hyacinths, narcissus, sage), vegetal and spicy aromas (oak, cannabis, frankincense, black bread) -- but almost no fruit (at least no fresh fruit). This wine was disgorged in March 2014, but just needs a lot of time in the glass to develop its complexity. On the palate this is a very pure, fresh, lively, firmly structured and almost ascetic wine with complexity, but almost no sensuality. Very distinctive style.

    Score: 92 Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate (221), October 2015

Tasting Notes
99
Vintage Port 1991 Vesuvio - owc

1 Case 75cl £395£345
  • The 1991's impressive color and flashy nose of pepper, spice, earth, black truffles, and black fruits, suggest a developed, forward character. Medium to full-bodied, with significant tannin and moderate sweetness, this 1991, although impressive, was almost overwhelmed in a blind, peer group tasting by some of the more rich and concentrated examples. Already approachable, give the 1991 5-7 years of cellaring and drink it over the next 20-25.

Tasting Notes
89