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Region Vintage Name Qty Type Case Size Format Price Note Rating
White Bordeaux 1997 Rieussec

2 Case 12 75cl £520
  • Wine Advocate #128
    Apr 2000 Robert M. Parker, Jr. 91 Drink: 2002 - 2025 $29-$133
    This wine contains an extremely high percentage of Semillon (usually about 90%), which was to its benefit in 1997. The wine is light medium gold-colored, with a blockbuster nose of Grand Marnier liqueur intertwined with flower blossoms, smoky new oak, and coconut. Well-integrated wood has resulted in a seamless, full-bodied, unctuously-textured wine with considerable sweetness. This is a stunningly proportioned, beautifully pure wine. Anticipated maturity: 2002-2025.

    (No tasting note was provided in Issue 128. We have instead included the text of the tasting note from Issue 122)

Tasting Notes
91
Champagne 2011 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne

3 Case 6 75cl £535
  •  James Suckling, April 2021 - 97 Points

    A firm, fresh Comtes with a tight and composed palate. It’s full-bodied with a racy mid-palate. Long and persistent. Very structured with phenolics and acidity. Minerally. Floral, too. Refreshing and energetic. September 2021 release.

     

Tasting Notes
97
Red Burgundy 2016 Gevrey Chambertin Lavaut Saint-Jacques

1 Case 6 75cl £290
  • Maison Roche de Bellene
    2016
    Gevrey-Chambertin "Lavaut St. Jacques"
    1er Cru Red barrel
    Score: 88-90
    Tasted: Apr 15, 2018
    Drink: 2024+
    Issue: 70
    Producer note: Please see the introduction to Domaine de Bellene above for further information. Note that all of the wines are bottled under Diam corks that are stamped with the relevant information that includes producer, vintage and appellation. 
    Tasting note: There is a hint of prune to the broad-ranging nose of menthol, cassis, violet and black raspberry. The velvety, round and mouth coating flavors possess good punch and minerality on the slightly sweet and warm finish. This is perfectly OK but again it's hard to see this ever becoming a wine of distinction.
     

Tasting Notes
90
White Bordeaux 2012 Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc

1 Case 6 75cl £420
White Bordeaux 1998 Yquem

1 Case 12 37.5cl £1,050
  • Rating:

    95

    Price ($)

    NA

    Drink Date

    2003 - 2053

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    31st Oct 2003

    Source

    149, The Wine Advocate

    The 1998 Chateau Yquem was released several months ago. This estate does not allow tasting from cask (where the wine spends 42 months), and it is not released until five years after the vintage. The 1998 Yquem (95 points) is a great success. Made in an elegant style, it is not a blockbuster such as 1990, 1989, and 1988. It is well-delineated, with wonderfully sweet aromas of creme brulee, pineapples, apricots, and white flowers. Medium to full-bodied, it is not as sweet as the biggest/richest Yquem vintages, but it is gorgeously pure, precise, and strikingly complex. Already approachable, it should evolve for 30-50 years ... without a doubt.

Tasting Notes
95
Italy 2005 Sassicaia

1 Bottle 150cl £450
  • The 2005 Sassicaia is another strong effort from Tenuta San Guido. Medium in body, it reveals an understated, delicate expression of smoke, herbs, tobacco and sweet dark fruit. The wine possesses compelling harmony and a gorgeous sense of inner perfume that flows from start to finish. This is an outstanding showing in a very challenging vintage. Sassicaia is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, with a small amount of Cabernet Franc. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2025.

    Score: 93 Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (177), June 2008

    Dark ruby in color, showing aromas of currant, new oak and fresh herbs, with hints of spices. Full-bodied, with very chewy tannins and an outstanding concentration of fruit. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Needs plenty of bottle age. Best after 2012. 20,000 cases made.

    Score: 94 James Suckling, Wine Spectator, October 2008

Tasting Notes
93
Italy 1999 Sassicaia

4 Case 12 75cl £2,750
  • Saturated dark ruby. Sultry aroma of crushed blackberry complicated by a whiff of cinnamon. Layers of earthy, mouthfilling blackberry flavor are supported by gauzy tannins and a welcome core of acidity, followed by white pepper and graphite on the pliant finish. Supple and elegant.

    -- Edward Beltrami 91/100 Vinous 

     

     

    Complex aromas of minerals, berries, tobacco and shells. Full-bodied, with well-integrated tannins and a succulent, refined aftertaste. A pretty Sass. Best after 2004. 92 points. (JS)

    92
    James Suckling, Wine Spectator

     

     

Tasting Notes
92
Italy 1999 Ornellaia

1 Case 3 150cl £1,400
  • The 1999 Ornellaia (magnum) does not disappoint. This vivid, energetic wine emerges from the glass with a myriad of graphite, menthol, licorice, leather and dark fruit wrapped around a powerful core. The bouquet alone is worth the price of admission. Though not as opulent as the 1997, the 1999 offers exceptional length and a finessed, regal close. The 1999 Ornellaia is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. The wine spent 18 months in French oak (60% new) prior to being bottled. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2021.

    95
    Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate, January 2010

    I was blown away by the 1999 Ornellaia. Still fresh and youthful, it reveals a powerful, authoritative personality in its layers of primary fruit, with its opulence beautifully balanced by its big yet polished tannins. Another year or two of bottle age is probably called for but readers will have a hard time keeping their hands off this gorgeous wine. Given its considerable structure it should have no problem aging for another dozen years. In 1999 the blend consisted of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. 95/Anticipated maturity: 2009-2019. Tenuta dell’Ornellaia is without question one of Italy’s blue-chip properties. The gorgeous, sprawling estate is located in Bolgheri in Tuscany’s Maremma. On a recent visit I had the opportunity to taste a number of the estate’s wines with General Manager/Agronomist Leonardo Raspini and Oenologist Axel Heinz, including verticals of the estate’s top bottlings Ornellaia and Masseto. Ornellaia is a Bordeaux-inspired blend consisting principally of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. In 2003 a small percentage of Petit Verdot was introduced. The use of several varietals gives the winemaking team the luxury of being able to tailor the exact proportion of the blend to the specific strengths of a given vintage. Because the blend tends to vary from year to year in a vertical tasting Ornellaia shows many different facets of its personality. After harvest the varietals are vinified separately. Fermentation and maceration lasts between 25-30 days after which the wines are moved into French oak barrels where they age for 12 months. The wines are then racked and assembled into the final blend, which spends an additional six months in barrel prior to being bottled. The percentage of new oak has risen from 50%, which was used for vintages 1997 and 1998, to 60% used in 1999, to the 70% the estate has employed since 2000.

    94
    Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate, April 2007

Tasting Notes
95
Italy 2004 Ornellaia

2 Case 6 75cl £1,175
  • The 2004 Ornellaia (magnum) has always been a beautiful wine, but stylistically it stands out quite a bit from other vintages of this era, something that is particularly evident in this tasting. The 2004 is perhaps the most delicate, feminine Ornellaia ever made. Silky tannins frame a perfumed core of ripe fruit all the way through to the sublime finish. The wine's inner fragrance, sweetness and balance are all impeccable. The 2004 remains one of my all-time favorite Ornellaias, and it is firing on all cylinders on this night. In 2004 the growing season was long and even, with a cool early summer and warmer late summer. Yields were on the high side, as the vines released the stored energy they had held in reserve from the previous year, which required the estate to aggressively green harvest in order to keep the plants in balance. The 2004 Ornellaia is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. The relatively high percentage of Cabernet Franc may explain the 2004's gorgeous, vivid bouquet. The wine spent a total of 18 months in oak (70% new) prior to being bottled. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2024.

    95
    Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate, January 2010

    The gorgeous 2004 Ornellaia is a great way to start this tasting. A lively dark ruby, it is a vibrant effort bursting with expressive aromatics and layered, well-delineated fruit, showing much purity on the palate and closing with a long, finessed finish. Readers hoping to catch this wine’s full array of nuances will have to wait at least another few years as the wine remains quite primary today. This exquisite effort is not to be missed. A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. 95/Anticipated maturity: 2011-2019. Tenuta dell’Ornellaia is without question one of Italy’s blue-chip properties. The gorgeous, sprawling estate is located in Bolgheri in Tuscany’s Maremma. On a recent visit I had the opportunity to taste a number of the estate’s wines with General Manager/Agronomist Leonardo Raspini and Oenologist Axel Heinz, including verticals of the estate’s top bottlings Ornellaia and Masseto. Ornellaia is a Bordeaux-inspired blend consisting principally of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. In 2003 a small percentage of Petit Verdot was introduced. The use of several varietals gives the winemaking team the luxury of being able to tailor the exact proportion of the blend to the specific strengths of a given vintage. Because the blend tends to vary from year to year in a vertical tasting Ornellaia shows many different facets of its personality. After harvest the varietals are vinified separately. Fermentation and maceration lasts between 25-30 days after which the wines are moved into French oak barrels where they age for 12 months. The wines are then racked and assembled into the final blend, which spends an additional six months in barrel prior to being bottled. The percentage of new oak has risen from 50%, which was used for vintages 1997 and 1998, to 60% used in 1999, to the 70% the estate has employed since 2000

    95
    Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate, April 2007

    Dark ruby-purple in color, with complex aromas of dark chocolate, cola, vanilla, cedar and currant. Full-bodied yet ultrarefined, with dense, seamless, caressing tannins. Everything is in the right proportion. Superb. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best after 2009.

    97
    James Suckling, Wine Spectator, October 2007

    Dark crimson with purple notes. Very ripe but with lively, savoury topnotes and lifted freshness. Great balance and approachability already. Funny to think of how even the finest 2013 red bordeaux would taste alongside this luscious wine. Scented and savoury. Pure hedonism. Not sure 'elegant' is the word I'd choose in a global context, but maybe it is appropriate in an Ornellaia context. Drink 2016-2026.

    18.5
    Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, July 2016

Tasting Notes
95
Italy 2006 Solaia

2 Case 6 75cl £1,425
  • This fourth flight brings us into what I consider a real Golden Era for Solaia that started with the 2004. A young, potent wine, the 2006 Solaia out of magnum still needs quite a bit of time. Even so, its towering stature is evident. A rush of blackberry jam, grilled herbs, espresso, licorice and spice builds as the 2006 shows off its explosive energy and drive.

    96
    Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, September 2020

    Inserted blind between the 2005 Margaux and Mouton, Antinori's 2006 Solaia performed admirably well, especially considering these were not the best bottles of the 2006 I have come across. In that context, the fact that the 2006 Solaia held up well in this flight is notable. I chose the 2006, because 2005 was not as strong in Tuscany as it was in Bordeaux, so the wine would have been at a distinct disadvantage in this setting.

    94
    Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, November 2015

    The estate's 2006 Solaia is a big, powerful offering loaded with ripe blackberry jam, herbs, minerals and French oak. Like all of the 2006s from Antinori, the Solaia remains extraordinarily dense and primary. Readers will have to be patient with this wine and give it plenty of bottle age before the full range of its aromas and nuances blossom fully. Solaia is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Sangiovese and 5% Cabernet Franc. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2026.

    94
    Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (184), August 2009

    Displays loads of mint, eucalyptus, currant and meat on the nose. Full-bodied, with masses of fruit, yet reserved and structured. Mouthpuckering now from all the tannins, but this will give incredible pleasure in years to come. Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Cabernet Franc. Best after 2014. 6,250 cases made.

    97
    James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, October 2009

Tasting Notes
97
Red Bordeaux 2009 Haut Brion

1 Case 6 75cl £3,350
  • Drink 2012-2040+
    -Parker's Wine Buyer's Guide No 7

    Another profound effort from Haut-Brion, the 2005 (a 9,000-case blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc) has bulked up to the point that it is fair to compare it to the great successes of 1989, 1990, 1995, 1996, 1998, and 2000. A dark ruby/purple color is followed by a nuanced, noble bouquet of blue and red fruits interwoven with wet stones, unsmoked cigar tobacco, scorched earth, and spring flowers. The wine is full-bodied, pure, and complex as well as exceptionally elegant with laser-like precision. The tannins are still serious and substantial, and in that sense, this is a completely different style of Haut-Brion than the opulent, silky-textured 1989 and 1990. As I have written before, it comes across as an improved, more concentrated and structured version of the 1995 or 1998. Patience will be required for this stunner. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2040+

Tasting Notes
98
White Bordeaux 1999 Yquem

1 Case 12 37.5cl £975
92
White Bordeaux 2002 Yquem

1 Case 6 75cl £950
  • Beautiful apple, vanilla and honey aromas, with just the right amount of new wood. Full-bodied, medium sweet, with lots of pretty pineapple and honey. Long and refined. A beautifully silky and balanced Sauternes. Lots of intensity and well-knit. Unrivaled in this vintage. Best after 2009. 6,500 cases made. James Suckling, winespectator.com

Tasting Notes
96
Champagne 1990 Krug Clos du Mesnil

1 Bottle 75cl £1,450
  • The much anticipated release of Krug’s single-vineyard masterpiece meets expectations. The combination of Rémi and Henri Krug’s 4.6-acre jewel surrounded by the village of Mesnil, the superb 1990 vintage and the brothers’ attention to detail result in this profound Champagne. A seductive mosaic of biscuit, honey and walnut oil lead to baking bread and citrus in this masculine, youthful Champagne. Very tightly wound and bracing for the moment, this needs time (and food) to open up and reveal all its charm. More muscular and rigid than the elegant ’88. Best 2005 through 2025."

    97
    Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator

Tasting Notes
97
Spain 1995 Vega Sicilia Unico

1 Bottle 300cl £2,300
  • Rating

    96

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2020 - 2040

    Reviewed by

     Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    31st Aug 2012

    Source

    202, The Wine Advocate

    Pablo Alvarez quipped that in 1996, the growing season was so benevolent, that the winemaker was not even necessary! The 1996 Unico has a very pure, pastille-like bouquet with raspberry, wild strawberry, crushed stone and a touch of Chinese tea. It has impressive delineation and linearity. The palate is medium-bodied with filigree tannins. The fruit profile is shimmering in the glass with black cherries, cassis and blueberry notes. It is very feminine and powerful towards the poised, tensile finish that is long and seductive. One of the finest recent vintages, suffused with sensuality and opulence, the 1996 Unico is destined to be a great wine, one that might unfairly be over-shadowed by the 1994. 99,480 bottles produced. Drink 2020-2040+.

Tasting Notes
96
Italy 2013 Castello dei Rampolla Sammarco

2 Bottle 150cl £105
  • Rating

    95

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2018 - 2035

    Reviewed by

     Monica Larner

    Issue Date

    31st Oct 2017

    Source

    233, The Wine Advocate

    Wines from the Castello dei Rampolla property show an impressive and especially chiseled quality that gives them a very direct and immediate quality. These are frank and honest wines that stay true to the identity set forth years ago at this historic estate. They stay the course, so to speak. The 2013 Sammarco is Cabernet Sauvignon with Sangiovese and Merlot that tastes nothing like the many blended Bordeaux-inspired reds you find in this part of Italy. Instead, the wine is all-Tuscan in its appeal, with sun-drenched cherry, Mediterranean herb and a pretty balsam note that recalls the thick underbrush and woods of the Chianti Classico countryside. This vintage soars in intensity and beauty.

Tasting Notes
95
California 2015 Claret

Ramey

5 Bottle 75cl £20
90
California 2014 Tychson Hill Cabernet Sauvignon

Colgin

1 Case 3 75cl £1,200
98
Red Bordeaux 2013 du Tertre

1 Case 12 75cl £220
  • This is really excellent for the vintage. A beautiful wine with berry, hints of hazelnut and chocolate. Medium body, fine tannins and a savory finish. The warmer soils in Tertre helped in the coolness of 2013.

    Score: 91/92 James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2014

Tasting Notes
92
California 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon

Eisele Vineyard

3 Bottle 75cl £390
  • Rating

    100

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2019 - 2049

    Reviewed by

     Lisa Perrotti-Brown

    Issue Date

    31st Oct 2017

    Source

    233, The Wine Advocate

    Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon charges from the gate with exuberant red and black cherries notes, black currants and mulberries with a beautiful roses and lavender perfume, plus hints of sandalwood and cinnamon stick. Full-bodied, concentrated and downright explosive in the mouth, it is still wearing loads of gorgeous puppy-fat fruit flavors, offering suggestions of the complex, multilayered blockbuster that it will emerge into. The structure deserves its own mention: wonderful, seamless freshness and oh-so-fine, pixelated tannins, with an extraordinary persistence of fruit and mineral nuances. Wow.

Tasting Notes
100
Chile 2019 Sena

Mondavi & Chadwick

[Due Feb 2022]

3 Case 3 150cl £515
  •  Such beautiful aromas of crushed berries, currants, walnuts, allspice and nutmeg follow through to a full body with tight, ultra fine tannins that provide length and intensity. A finish of slightly dried cherries with wet earth, slate and stone. Chewy and fine-grained. A wine with soul and length. Give it time. Drink after 2025/ 98 Points James Suckiling

     

    **** 

    Continuing a recent run of Seña releases that have prioritised finesse over power, the 2019 shows that the coastal influence was important in this part of the Aconcagua Valley... Fresh, sappy and taut, it’s a seamless blend that’s driven by acidity, with notes of tobacco leaf and coffee bean, a hint of good reduction, blackcurrant leaf, plum and red berry flavours, fine-grained, detailed tannins and deftly integrated oak. One to keep for a while. 

    96 Points Tim Atkin  August 2021

Tasting Notes
98
Chile 2019 Vinedo Chadwick

Errazuriz

[Due Feb 2022]

3 Case 3 150cl £1,369
99
Chile 2019 Vinedo Chadwick

Errazuriz

[Due Feb 2022]

5 Case 3 75cl £659
99
Chile 2019 Sena

Mondavi & Chadwick

[Due Feb 2022]

5 Case 6 75cl £479
  •  Such beautiful aromas of crushed berries, currants, walnuts, allspice and nutmeg follow through to a full body with tight, ultra fine tannins that provide length and intensity. A finish of slightly dried cherries with wet earth, slate and stone. Chewy and fine-grained. A wine with soul and length. Give it time. Drink after 2025/ 98 Points James Suckiling

     

    **** 

    Continuing a recent run of Seña releases that have prioritised finesse over power, the 2019 shows that the coastal influence was important in this part of the Aconcagua Valley... Fresh, sappy and taut, it’s a seamless blend that’s driven by acidity, with notes of tobacco leaf and coffee bean, a hint of good reduction, blackcurrant leaf, plum and red berry flavours, fine-grained, detailed tannins and deftly integrated oak. One to keep for a while. 

    96 Points Tim Atkin  August 2021

Tasting Notes
98
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