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Region Producer Vintage Name Qty Type Case Size Format Price Note Rating
New Zealand 2014 Folium Pinot Noir

2 Case 6 75cl £105
Champagne 1973 Bollinger R.D.

[Shipped for marriage of Prince Charles & Diana Spencer]

1 Bottle 300cl £950
Red Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2003 Chambertin

3 Bottle 150cl £625
California Harlan Estate 1997 Harlan Estate

[repack]

2 Case 6 75cl £5,100
  • I have never had a doubt about the 1997. Yet, I have read controversial comments about it, saying it tastes like Amarone, is overripe, volatile, with low acidity, etc., etc. These are simply false. The 1997 is one of those wines that transcends most wine-making parameters. In that sense, it is a California version of a 1959 Lafite-Rothschild, 1961 Petrus, 1947 Lafleur, 1947 Cheval Blanc, 1961 Latour à Pomerol, or 1990 Beauséjour-Duffau. Unable to think "outside the box" precludes comprehending any of these wines or the 1997 Harlan. It is one of those wines that just had so much of everything in its youth that it was nearly impossible to see past its thickness and massiveness. Not anymore. The wine is now settling down beautifully, and even Bill Harlan and Bob Levy seem to admit that the 1997 did go through a stage where it was awkward and clumsy. However, this is unquestionably an historical effort. An inky/purple color is accompanied by an extraordinary perfume of black truffles, graphite, blackberries, and an Haut-Brion-like scorched earth note (such as one sees in Haut Brion's 1989, 1961, and 1959), an extraordinary density and unctuosity to the fruit and texture, and a remarkable finish of well over a minute. This monumental wine represents history in the making. It is richer, fuller, and more massive than anything Harlan made before or since. Still in its adolescence, it is becoming more civilized and refined with each passing year. The 1997 was the most unanimous perfect wine in the entire tasting, although 2002, 1995, and 1994 had their proponents. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2050

    Score: 100 Robert Parker, RobertParker.com, January 2010

    The 1997 Harlan Estate is one of the greatest Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines I have ever tasted. A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, with the rest Merlot and Cabernet Franc, this enormously-endowed, profoundly rich wine must be tasted to be believed. Opaque purple-colored, it boasts spectacular, soaring aromatics of vanilla, minerals, coffee, blackberries, licorice, and cassis. In the mouth, layer after layer unfold powerfully yet gently. Acidity, tannin, and alcohol are well-balanced by the wine's unreal richness and singular personality. The finish exceeds one minute. Anticipated maturity: 2001-2030.

    Score: 100 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (132), December 2000

Tasting Notes
100
Red Burgundy Comte Liger-Belair 2017 Nuits 1er Cru Clos des Grandes Vignes

2 Bottle 75cl £420
  • Tasting note: This too is reduced if somewhat less so but even so, little detail can be discerned beyond a bit of oak influence. The vibrant and utterly delicious if not particularly concentrated medium weight flavors deliver possess an appealing and relatively refined mouthfeel thanks to the fine-grained tannins shaping the youthfully austere finale.

Tasting Notes
92
Champagne 1990 Krug

[faint label damage]

1 Bottle 150cl £925
  • Rating

    95

    Release Price

    $350

    Drink Date

    NA

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    26th Dec 2005

    Source

    162, The Wine Advocate

    At its finest, the 1990 Vintage is superb, revealing a slightly oxidized style, but a full-bodied, rustic, rich personality with the body of a red wine, but loads of character. I cannot recommend the 1989 Vintage as three bottles tasted were all oxidized, possibly from bad storage, but who knows?   

Tasting Notes
95
California Verite 2012 Muse

1 Case 6 75cl £1,140
97
Red Bordeaux 2009 Canon

9 Case 6 75cl £560
  • Wine Advocate: 94

    Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 29/02/2012

    The finest Canon since the 1982, the 2009 (75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc) reveals a dense blue/purple color along with a classic nose of chalk dust, blueberries, black raspberries, black currants and a touch of wood smoke. Medium to full-bodied, elegant and loaded with an inner framework of minerality and moderately high tannins, this backward, but stylish, concentrated Canon will benefit from 7-8 years of cellaring and last for three decades.

    This is the best Canon since 1982, and it is possibly capable of eclipsing that legendary vintage. It has taken a while for the proprietors, the Wertheimer brothers (the owners of Chanel and the Margaux estate Rauzan-Segla) to get Canon back to its former glory. Yields in 2009 were 35 hectoliters per hectare, and the harvest occurred between September 28 and October 5. The blend is 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc, with a natural alcohol level of 14%. Dense ruby/purple and full-bodied, with terrific blueberry and raspberry fruit intermixed with spring flower garden scents, with extraordinary density, purity, and a multi-layered texture, this is a prodigious Canon with sweet tannins and lots of viscosity. It should drink well for 30 or more years. Bravo! (Tasted three times.) (93-95)

Tasting Notes
94
Red Bordeaux 2009 Gruaud Larose

2 Case 12 75cl £715
  • Wine Advocate #199
    Feb 2012 Robert M. Parker, Jr. 95 Drink: 2020 - 2045 $78-$142 (65)
    As I wrote in my barrel tasting note, the 2009 appears to be the finest Gruaud Larose since their 1990. Some of my concerns about too much brett in previous vintages are long gone as the purity of the 2009 jumps out. Copious notes of sagebrush, cedar, cigar box, licorice, incense, blackberries and lead pencil shavings suggest a big Pauillac rather than a St.-Julien. Broad, rich and full-bodied with good balance and abundant, but sweet, well-integrated tannin, this big, masculine Gruaud Larose reveals remarkable finesse, richness, extract, density and a cascade of fruit that nearly hides the lofty tannins. This beauty should be at its best between 2020-2045.

     

Tasting Notes
95
Red Bordeaux 2009 La Conseillante

9 Case 6 75cl £800
  • The competition between the 2009, 2005 and 2000 La Conseillante will be interesting to follow over the next twenty years. There was more of a selection process at this estate in 2009 than there was in 2000, resulting in a beautiful Pomerol offering notes of mulberries, sweet cherries, spring flowers, raspberries and truffles. The color is a healthy deep plum/ruby/purple and the wine is medium to full-bodied with silky tannins, a broad, layered mouthfeel and wonderful freshness as well as length. This gorgeous, complex, Burgundian-styled Pomerol will be drinkable in 4-6 years and should keep for 30-40. (The 1970 is still alive and that was not nearly as well made as the 2009.) One of the all-time great wines from Jean-Luc Thunevin and his partner Murielle Andraud, the 2009 Valandraud represents 13,000 bottles, with most of it coming from vineyard parcels near the sector of St.-Emilion known as St.-Christophe des Bardes. Score: 96

Tasting Notes
96
Red Bordeaux 1989 Lafite Rothschild

[owc - some damp affected labels - fine levels]

1 Case 12 75cl £6,900
  • The medium to dark ruby-colored 1989 is forward, with the tell-tale fragrance of lead pencils, cedar, and curranty fruit. Its high glycerin and abundant alcohol content reveal the vintage character. The wine has firmed up since bottling and is much less flattering to taste. It is medium-bodied and expansive, with rich fruit, considerable elegance and focus, and a long, full finish loaded with sweet tannin. Anticipated maturity: 1997-2020.

Tasting Notes
92
Red Bordeaux 1990 Lafite Rothschild

[owc - some damp affected labels - fine levels]

1 Case 12 75cl £7,500
  • Medium garnet-brick colour. Earthy, Provence herb seasoned aromas of warm cassis and stewed plum with nuances of smoked duck, cracked black pepper and dark soy. The palate leads with structure – medium to high, finely grained tannins and medium to high acid. Plenty of complex fruit to flesh out the mid-palate with a long, layered finish. Drink now – 2030+

Tasting Notes
97
California Ridge 2010 Monte Bello Red

1 Case 6 75cl £690
96
Red Bordeaux 2006 Margaux

[US Slip Labels]

3 Bottle 75cl £315
  • It is worth noting that when the bottled 2006 Chateau Margaux, which appeared closed and less impressive than I had predicted from barrel, was retasted alongside the remarkable 2008, I elevated my score to 94+. It does not possess the size or power of the 2008 or 2005, but the 2006 exhibits impressive density, a deeper color, and the beautifully textured, pure style that is a hallmark of this estate. Moreover, it is relatively precocious, and can be drunk now or cellared for 25+ years.

    Score: 94+ Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (182), April 2009

Tasting Notes
94
Red Bordeaux 2004 Margaux

[US Slip Labels]

2 Bottle 75cl £295
  • The supple-textured 2004 Chateau Margaux is reminiscent of the 2001 or 1999. It exhibits a superb blue/purple color to the rim as well as sweet aromas of flowers, blueberries, creme de cassis, licorice, and smoke, superb fruit intensity, medium body, classic elegance, and silky, sweet tannin in the long finish. This beauty can be drunk now or cellared for two decades or more.

    Score: 93 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (171), June 2007

    The 2004 Chateau Margaux, which has put on weight since I tasted it a year ago, is a superb example of why in certain cool, late ripening vintages, the en primeur tastings are easily 4-6 weeks too soon. At the January, 2006 tasting, the wine exhibited a gorgeous nose of licorice, white flowers, black currant liqueur, and subtle new oak. This aromatic, medium to full-bodied, superbly concentrated Margaux reminds me of a lighter version of the 1996. Precise, extremely well-delineated, beautifully pure, and, as the French would say, tres Margaux, it should be at its apogee between 2009-2028.

    Score: 92/94 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (165), June 2006

Tasting Notes
93
Italy 2007 Sassicaia

1 Case 6 75cl £900
  • Rating

    94

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2017 - 2035

    Reviewed by

    Monica Larner

    Issue Date

    28th Apr 2017

    Source

    230, The Wine Advocate

    Here's a wine of power, determination and confidence—as far as first impressions go. The 2007 Bolgheri Sassicaia leaves little hidden behind the curtain. It presents a frank and straightforward array of bold fruit, spice, leather and tobacco-like aromas that emerge from the bouquet with energy and force. The aromas are complete and genuine. The palate, however, offers more space for interpretation and review. It is finessed and nuanced, thus requiring more time to fully comprehend and appreciate. Silky tannins are followed by fine textural smoothness and a long finish. The outgoing nature of the aromas make for a fascinating contrast against the inward and reticent nature of the mouthfeel.

Tasting Notes
94
California Opus One 1999 Opus One

1 Case 6 75cl £1,650
  •  

    Good bright medium red. Lively aromas of plum, redcurrant, tobacco and clove show a sexy oak component. Elegant and penetrating, displaying more red fruits, spices and flowers than minerals or black fruits. This stylish, gripping, classically dry midweight finishes with firm-edged tannins, a peppery nuance and subtle lingering perfume. (13.5% alcohol; 3.76; 5.5 g/l total acidity)

    -- Stephen Tanzer 93 Stephen Tanzer 2019 - 2030 Not Available May 2019

Tasting Notes
93
California Opus One 1981 Opus One

[repack]

1 Case 6 75cl £1,250
  • ne of the more compact wines in this tasting, the 1981 Opus One is aromatically high-toned and expressive. The fruit is a bit contained in this vintage, yet the wine remains vibrant and delineated from start to finish. There are barely any signs of oxidation in this pointed, focused Opus One. The To-Kalon richness is a bit in the background, but otherwise, it is hard to fault the 1981 too much, as it has aged impeccably well. The 1981 is 93% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Cabernet Franc.

    -- Antonio Galloni 91 Antonio Galloni 2013 - 2021

Tasting Notes
91
Champagne 1998 Bollinger Vieilles Vignes Francaises

[Duty Paid]

1 Bottle 75cl £650
  • Bollinger’s 1998 Vieilles Vignes Françaises is quite pretty and lifted in style. A decidedly feminine VVF, the 1998 is starting to show the first signs of tertiary maturity, so it is best enjoyed sooner rather than later.

    Score: 93 Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, December 2014

Tasting Notes
93
Champagne 1990 Bollinger Vieilles Vignes Francaises

[Duty Paid]

1 Bottle 75cl £1,200
Champagne 1996 Bollinger Vieilles Vignes Francaises

[Duty Paid]

1 Bottle 75cl £950
  • Score: 98 Richard Juhlin, Champagne Club, February 2016

Tasting Notes
98
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