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Region Producer Vintage Name Qty Type Size Price Note Rating
Red Bordeaux 2009 Leoville Barton

2 Case 75cl £775
  • ROBERT PARKER

    Head and shoulders above its stablemate, Langoa Barton, proprietor Anthony Barton’s 2009 Leoville Barton is another massive, excruciatingly rich, tannic, potentially long-aged wine. Meant for consumers with old fashioned tastes, it boasts a dense opaque purple color as well as a bouquet of licorice, forest floor, unsmoked cigar tobacco and a hint of earth. The wine reveals tremendous denseness and richness, a broad, savory mouthfeel and elevated tannins in the finish. However, there is a sweetness to the tannins and no trace of bitterness and astringency, always a sign of a top vintage as well as fully mature grapes. Still a monolithic baby, this 2009 should be forgotten for at least a decade, and consumed over the next 30-50 years. - Robert Parker, Wine Advocate February 2012

Tasting Notes
93
Red Bordeaux 2009 La Dame de Montrose

3 Case 75cl £370
  • Rating

    91

    Release Price

    $35

    Drink Date

    2012 - 2027

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    23rd Dec 2011

    Source

    199, The Wine Advocate

    Over the last twenty years, Montrose's second wine, La Dame de Montrose has been an excellent buy. The 2009 La Dame de Montrose (almost all Merlot with a tiny bit of Cabernet Sauvignon) is a seductive, succulent effort revealing silky tannins, abundant blueberry and blackberry fruit notes intermixed with notions of damp earth, truffles and camphor, and an appealing, luscious personality. Enjoy it over the next 10-15 years.

Tasting Notes
91
Red Bordeaux 2009 Ormes de Pez

10 Case 75cl £250
Red Bordeaux 2009 Poujeaux

5 Case 75cl £275
  • The final blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot was cropped very low at 35 hectoliters per hectare. Deep purple, with a nose of subtle smoke, graphite, blueberry and black raspberry fruit as well as some spring flowers, in the mouth a touch of oak makes an appearance, but the wine is full-bodied, rich, inky and unctuously textured due to the high glycerin and alcohol that hits 14% plus. This beauty should drink well for up to two decades.

    The finest wine I have tasted from Poujeaux over the last 33 years, the 2009 is the second vintage under the ownership of the Cuvelier family, who made the absolutely monumental 2009 Clos Fourtet. This large vineyard of over 100 acres has always had a relatively lofty reputation for the best wine of Moulis. The consultants on the 2009 were Nicolas Thienpont and Stephane Derenoncourt, and they have produced a blockbuster Poujeaux that certainly qualifies as one of the sleepers of the vintage it is a wine to seek out, as it is reasonably priced.

Tasting Notes
92
Red Bordeaux 2009 Gloria

5 Case 75cl £315
  • Wine Advocate #199
    Feb 2012 Robert M. Parker, Jr. 93 Drink: N/A $41-$106 (35)
    Gloria has long been one of the most popular wines in America, but I do not believe they have ever made better wines than they have over the last decade, and the 2009 is one of their finest. While this estate is not a classified growth, it certainly performs like one in 2009. A dense ruby/purple color is accompanied by an expressive, flamboyant bouquet of black fruits, Christmas spices, licorice and roasted Provencal herbs. Fuller-bodied, more concentrated and extracted than most vintages with soft tannins, its low acidity and a sumptuous, plump style remind me of a modern day version of the 1982 (which is fully mature but still in great shape). The 2009 Gloria is a very smart purchase for those looking to maximize their buying power. In fact, this may be the value of the vintage.

Tasting Notes
93
Red Bordeaux 2009 La Tour Figeac

9 Case 75cl £330
  • Rating

    93

    Release Price

    $45

    Drink Date

    2012 - 2032

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    23rd Dec 2011

    Source

    199, The Wine Advocate

    The finest wine yet made by this estate run by Stephane Derenoncourt’s wife, Christine, this blend of 78% Merlot and 22% Cabernet Franc tips the scales at 14+% alcohol. It exhibits copious aromas of blueberries, raspberries, asphalt, truffles, charcoal and a hint of graphite. Full-bodied and powerful with low acidity, excellent freshness and precision, and deep, glycerin-imbued, high octane flavors, the vintage’s tell-tale voluptuousness and opulence are nicely wedded to a sense of freshness and delineation. Drink this beautiful St.-Emilion over the next two decades.

Tasting Notes
93
Red Bordeaux 2009 Phelan Segur

4 Case 75cl £320
Red Bordeaux 2008 La Lagune

5 Case 75cl £450
  • Rating

    93

    Release Price

    $45

    Drink Date

    2011 - 2026

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    2nd May 2011

    Source

    194, The Wine Advocate

    One of the most beautiful wines of the vintage, the dark ruby/purple-colored La Lagune exhibits sweet cassis, camphor, truffle and white chocolate notes presented in a dense, medium to full-bodied, silky textured personality. Filled with purity, finesse, elegance and authoritative flavor intensity, this 2008 is already drinkable and should continue to evolve for 15+ years.

Tasting Notes
93
Red Bordeaux 2007 Lynch Bages

5 Case 75cl £995
  • Delicious, supple and close to full maturity, the 2007 Lynch Bages exhibits a dark plum/purple color with some lightening at the edge along with tobacco leaf, bay leaf, black currant and earthy, loamy notes. Medium-bodied, supple and charming, it is best drunk over the next 7-8 years.

    Score: 88 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (196), August 2011

    A big, fruity effort, the 2007 Lynch Bages offers lots of creme de cassis, damp earth, and subtle background oak. It is a deep, layered, lush, forward, evolved wine that will offer hedonistic drinking over the next decade. Drink 2010-2020.

    Score: 89 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (188), April 2010

    Rated - no tasting note given.

    Score: 87/89 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (176), April 2008

    Tasted blind at the 2007 Bordeaux horizontal in Southwold. A strong showing from Lynch-Bages which is matching a couple of First Growths. The 2007 has an attractive nose: well defined with blackberry, strawberry and briary. There is good mineralité here with pencil lead and cedar showing through - very Pauillac, very fresh. The palate is demonstrating very good fruit concentration with saturated ripe tannins, good acidity and structure, over-achieving on the succulent finish. Excellent.

    Score: 93 Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, October 2011

Tasting Notes
88
Red Bordeaux 2007 Leoville Barton

4 Case 75cl £580
  • Rating

    89+

    Release Price

    $55 - 65

    Drink Date

    2012 - 2032

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    27th Apr 2010

    Source

    188, The Wine Advocate

    This muscular, highly-extracted, structured 2007 reveals a boatload of tannin (unusual for this vintage). The wine’s dark ruby/purple color is followed by aromas of cassis, new saddle leather, and forest floor offered in a structured, backward, almost unapproachable format. Give it 2-3 years of cellaring, and if the tannins resolve themselves, it will merit a higher score. It should last for 12-20 years.

Tasting Notes
89
Red Bordeaux 2006 La Pointe

13 Case 75cl £250
  • Rating

    88

    Release Price

    $45

    Drink Date

    2009 - 2015

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    25th Feb 2009

    Source

    181, The Wine Advocate

    Since a new proprietor purchased this under-achieving estate there has been a noticeable increase in quality. While the 2006 is not a profound wine, it is a big improvement over past vintages. Its dark ruby color is accompanied by a medium-bodied wine displaying sweet notes of cocoa, coffee, white chocolate, and kirsch. This moderately-endowed, elegant, Burgundian-styled Pomerol should be drunk over the next 5-6 years.

Tasting Notes
88
Rhone Avril 2006 CNDP Clos des Papes

2 Case 75cl £620
  • Rating

    95

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2016 - 2026

    Reviewed by

    Jeb Dunnuck

    Issue Date

    4th Mar 2016

    Source

    223, The Wine Advocate

    From the normal tiny yields of this estate (on the order of 22 hectoliters per hectare), the 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape from Paul-Vincent has shed its baby fat and now shows a supple, elegant, seamless profile that's hard to resist. Kirsch, licorice, garrigue and sweet spice all emerge from this medium to full-bodied, beautifully balanced 2006. It benefits from a short decant, and while showing plenty of maturity, it will evolve gracefully for at least another decade.

Tasting Notes
95
Red Bordeaux 2005 Pedesclaux

3 Case 75cl £315
  • Even though this may be one of the finest wines yet made at Pedesclaux, it is still a pleasant yet herbaceous, uninspiring effort for the vintage. The color is medium ruby, and the nose of fresh herbs intermixed with spice and diluted black cherry and currant fruit is one-dimensional. This offering stands out like a sore thumb in a great vintage. Along with Pichon-Lalande, it represents one of the two candidates for the worst performance by a Medoc classified growth. It should be drunk over the next 5-6 years.

Tasting Notes
82
Red Bordeaux 2005 Ormes de Pez

2 Case 75cl £280
  • Rating

    85

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2015 - 2025

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    29th Jun 2015

    Source

    219, The Wine Advocate

    The 2005 Les Ormes de Pez is medium-bodied, soft, round, not terribly concentrated, but spicy and earthy, with light tannin. Drink it over the next decade.

Tasting Notes
85
Red Bordeaux 2003 La Rose Figeac

3 Case 75cl £225
Red Bordeaux 1999 Leoville Barton - owc

1 Case 75cl £625
  • Dry tannin and a backward, austere, muscular, brooding personality characterize Leoville Barton's 1999. However, it is packed with grip, body, and depth. Give it 5-6 years of cellaring and hope the tannin melts away sufficiently for the fruit to come forward

Tasting Notes
88
White Bordeaux 1999 Yquem

1 Case 75cl £1,800
92
Red Bordeaux 2003 Leoville Poyferre

1 Case 75cl £1,050
  • I have had this wine three times out of bottle, rating it 97 once and 98 twice. It is a colossal success and a potential legend in the making. Its saturated, dense inky/blue/purple color offers up notes of crushed rocks, acacia flowers, blueberries, black raspberries, and creme de cassis. A synthesis of power and elegance, this multi-layered wine has spectacular concentration, sweet but high tannin, and low acidity A stunning effort that showcases this legendary terroir, it is a brilliant, brilliant success. The quintessential Leoville Poyferre? Anticipated maturity: 2009-2030. Score: 98

Tasting Notes
98
Red Burgundy Hospices de Beaune 1973 Beaune Cuvee Dames-Hospitalieres

2 Bottle Mag £95
Rhone Chave JL 2003 Ermitage Cuvee Cathelin - owc 3x75

1 Case 75cl £12,500
  • The stupendous 2003 Hermitage Cuvee Cathelin was never racked from barrel to barrel, nor was any SO2 utilized. Readers should think of it as the concentrated essence of a Chave Hermitage. It is a port-like effort that is neither hot, pruny, nor overripe despite what the numbers might suggest. As Chave says, this is a wine that will age many decades on its sheer level of concentration as the acidity is appallingly low, and the pH extraordinarily high, but the level of concentration and essence in the wine is akin to some of the most monumental wines ever to emerge from France. Most of this cuvee comes from Chave's two most renowned vineyard sites, Les Bessards and Le Meal. Its black/purple color is followed by an extraordinary perfume of blackberry liqueur, creme de cassis, melted licorice, a hint of caramel, striking minerality, a viscous/unctuous texture, and a finish that lasts well over a minute. Thicker and richer than the 2003 Hermitage, and nearly one degree higher in alcohol, it is a monumental effort, but production was minuscule.

Tasting Notes
100
Red Bordeaux 2006 Lafite Rothschild - owc 6x75

1 Case 75cl £3,150
  • One of the fabulous surprises, although I had suggested last year that it could jump in quality, of my tastings, the 2006 Lafite Rothschild is a great, great wine made from a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, and 2% Petit Verdot. When I tasted it from barrel, it reminded me of their successful 1988, but it is dramatically superior to that vintage. Frankly, it may turn out to be as good as the 2005, which in all of Bordeaux is a far greater vintage than 2006. Lafite's severe selection process (42% made it into the grand vin) resulted in a full-bodied wine boasting an extraordinary perfume of charcoal, truffles, lead pencil shavings, and sensationally sweet, ripe black currant and cedar notes. A wine of extraordinary intensity, texture, and depth with silky tannins as well as awesome concentration, this has turned out to be a remarkable Lafite Rothschild that should be drinkable much earlier than the 2005, but age for three decades. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2035+.

    Score: 97 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (181), February 2009

    Lafite’s Merlot harvest occurred between September 15-22, and the Cabernet Sauvignon from September 27 until the end of the first week of October. Only 42% of the production made it into the grand vin (a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, and 2% Petit Verdot). The 2006 is a tannic, restrained effort that brings to mind the 1988. A deep ruby/purple color is followed by sweet aromas of graphite, creme de cassis, spice, and subtle wood. Medium-bodied and richly fruity with decent acidity and a long finish, it will require 8-10 years of cellaring, and should keep for 4-5 decades.

    Score: 91/94+ Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (170), April 2007

    Tasted at the château. A deep, almost opaque garnet core. The nose is extremely backward and stubbornly refuses to reveal its personality until five minutes of swirling. Then some ripe, pure blackberry and a touch of graphite and liquorish emerges. The palate is impenetrable at first, a mass of ripe Cabernet Sauvignon barring entry, but you can discern a bewitching symmetry and delineation. Not a flamboyant Lafite, one that I think will take 3 or 4-years to blossom. But it will. Tasted April 2007.

    Score: 95/97 Neal Martin, eRobertParker.com, April 2007

    Racy and long, with beautiful blackberry and light coffee character and a licorice undertone. Full and racy, with a long, long finish. Structured and powerful, yet builds on the palate. Close to 95-100.

    Score: 92/94 James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, March 2007

    Good full ruby-red. Very ripe aromas of cassis, graphite and cedar chips, lifted by peppery and floral high notes. Densely packed and superconcentrated but light on its feet, with compelling flavors of spicy berries and minerals. The very long, slow-building finish stains the palate with flavor. Very backward but not austere; and unlike some recent vintages of Lafite, which could appear deceptively light in the early going, this showcases its density and ripeness from the outset. I have the impression that most of the less-ripe fruit was declassified into the far lighter Carruades de Lafite (87), which shows a distinctly cool style for the year.

    Score: 95+ Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, May 2009

    The nose is very dominated by oak at the moment and this tends to give a dryness on the start of the palate. The fruit does come through with a ripe mix of black fruits ensuring mid fleshiness and complexity. Freshness towards the finish gives a brighter more elegant feel.

    Score: 89/93 Derek Smedley MW, April 2007

    40% of the harvest went into the grand vin. Late picked (26 Sep - 3 Oct for the Cabernet, which comprises 82% of the blend) but presumably it was viticulture that kept the grapes in such good nick. The Merlot was picked much earlier (16-22 September). Less blue than Duhart with mid concentration. Very healthy opulent concentrated crimson. A particular spice to this vintage on the nose. Crisp and racy and beautifully balanced on the palate - possibly the most complete wine so far. Just caresses the palate and only on the finish shows you quite how much (notably ripe) tannin there is underneath. Remarkably compact. Lovely freshness without any greenness or angularity.

    Score: 18.5 Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2007

Tasting Notes
97
Champagne 2002 Dom Perignon Rose - 3x75

2 Case 75cl £545
  • Unfortunately there is only one new release from Dom Perignon on the market, but what a wine it is! The 2002 Brut Rose explodes from the glass with endless layers of huge, voluptuous fruit, A big, full-bodied wine, the 2002 is probably the most overly vinous, intense Rose ever made by long-time Chef de Caves Richard Geoffroy. Layers of cool, insistent minerality balance the fruit beautifully on the crystalline, vivid finish. The 2002 will be nearly impossible to resist young, but take my word for it; the wine is extremely closed right now. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2032.

    Score: 98Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate, November 2012

Tasting Notes
98
Rhone Beaucastel 1990 Chateauneuf du Pape - owc

1 Case 75cl £1,350
  • Tasting Notes

    Two great back to back vintages are the 1990 and 1989. The more developed 1990 boasts an incredible perfume of hickory wood, coffee, smoked meat, Asian spices, black cherries, and blackberries. Lush, opulent, and full-bodied, it is a fully mature, profound Beaucastel that will last another 15-20 years.

    Score: 96 Robert Parker, eRobertParker.com, January 2003

Tasting Notes
96
White Burgundy Sauzet 2012 Montrachet

5 Bottle 75cl £395
  • **Note: from a .22 ha parcel of domaine-owned vines in Puligny and aged in 50% new wood** Here the surprisingly expressive nose is even more complex with broad-ranging aromas of various floral and white fleshed fruit scents that also display top notes of spice, all of which is again framed in discreet oak hints. This is a big Bâtard where the broad-shouldered flavors brim with palate soaking dry extract that does a fine job of effectively buffering the very firm acid spine that keeps everything in balance on the opulently textured and hugely long finish. Moreover this is strikingly complex, indeed it rivals the Montrachet for being the most complex wine in the range.

    Score: 94Allen Meadows, Burghound.com (55), June 2014

Tasting Notes
94
Rhone Domaine de la Solitude 2001 Chateauneuf Reserve Secrete - 6x75

1 Case 75cl £675
  • Rating:

    98

    Price ($)

    NA

    Drink Date

    2008 - 2022

    Reviewed by

    Jeb Dunnuck

    Issue Date

    28th Oct 2016

    Source

    227, The Wine Advocate

    Easily my favorite in the retrospective, the 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape la Reserve Secrete (60% Grenache and 40% Syrah, aged mostly in small barrels) flirts with perfection and is a heavenly Chateauneuf du Pape that I wish every reader could taste. Possessing off-the-hook complexity in its ripe dark fruits, garrigue, tobacco, olive and cigar-laced aromas and flavors, this beauty is full-bodied, gorgeously concentrated and layered, with fine, elegant tannin and a blockbuster finish. Possessing both elegance and power, it's a quintessential Chateauneuf du Pape that's drinking at point!

Tasting Notes
98
Rhone Beaucastel 2010 CNDP Hommage Jaques Perrin - owc

1 Case 75cl £3,100
  • No such issue exists with the perfect 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Hommage a Jacques Perrin. I don't know what more a wine could offer. Inky blue/purple, with an extraordinary nose of smoked duck, grilled steaks, Provencal herbs, blackberries, blueberries, kirsch, licorice and truffle, enormously massive, concentrated, full-bodied and built for 30-50 years of cellaring, this wine, which is dominated by its Mourvedre component, is a tour de force, a spectacular, world-class wine. It is going to require some patience, though, and seems to need 4-5 years of cellaring. It should again be almost ageless in its potential. Score: 100

Tasting Notes
100
White Bordeaux 2005 Cos d'Estournel blanc

1 Case 75cl £850
  • Rating:

    90

    Price ($)

    NA

    Drink Date

    2008 - 2016

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    30th Apr 2008

    Source

    176, The Wine Advocate

    This beauty exhibits copious notes of figs, melons, and green apple skins intermixed with mango, lemon zest, and nectarines. The wood component is barely detectable in this medium-bodied, stylish white. Drink it over the next 7-8 years.

Tasting Notes
90
White Burgundy Raveneau 2010 Chablis Montee de Tonnerre

5 Bottle 75cl £125
  • Domaine François Raveneau
    2010
    Chablis "Montée de Tonnerre"
    1er Cru White 750 ml
    Score: 94
    Tasted: Jun 27, 2014
    Drink: Try from 2020+
    Issue:
    Tasting note: Ths is pretty much spot on with my last review in 2012 save for the fact that it's evolving a bit more slowly and I have extended the suggested initial drinking window accordingly. That review is: Almost invisible wood frames the pretty and impressively complex nose of dried flower, citrus zest, mineral reduction and tidal pool aromas. The well-concentrated mid-palate is quite round and supple though the focus is maintained as there is an underlying firm spine of acidity on the superbly intense and strikingly persistent finish. As it often is when young, this is really quite serious and it will require a few years to unwind and reveal all of its potential but make no mistake, this is going to be great in time.
     

Tasting Notes
94
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