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Region Producer Vintage Name Qty Type Size Price Note Rating
Red Bordeaux 2005 La Fleur de Gay

1 Case 75cl £675
  • As I wrote last year, this is unquestionably the finest La Fleur de Gay produced since the back-to-back vintages of 1989 and 1990. A 100% Merlot cuvee cropped at a low 28 hectoliters per hectare, it has put on even more weight and richness since 2006. There are approximately 1,000 cases of this brilliant Pomerol that exhibits a dense ruby/purple color as well as a sweet nose of black raspberries, blueberries, charcoal, truffles, and subtle espresso and toasty oak notes. Full-bodied, beautifully textured, opulent, and fleshy with exceptional precision as well as clarity, this fabulous effort will need 5-7 years of bottle age, and should drink well for 25 or more years.

    Score: 94 - 96

    Robert Parker, robertparker.com Maturity: 2012-2032

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Red Bordeaux 1999 Lafite Rothschild

1 Case 75cl £6,900
  • The 1999 Lafite Rochschild sports an engraved "1999" on the bottle along with an eclipse to mark that significant histoircal event of August 1999. A quintessential offering from Lafite Rothschild, this prodigious wine is both elegant and intensely flavoured and almost diaphanous in its layers that unfold with no heaviness. An opaue ruby/purple colour is accompanied by a complex bouquet of lead pencil, graphite, cedar, crème de cassis, toast, and vanilla. Medium bodied with extravagant layers of richness yet little weight and a finish that is all sweetness, ripeness, and harmony, this extroadinary Lafite increasingly appears to be amodern day clone of the majestic 1953. A mere one-third of the crop made it into the grand vin!Anticipated maturity:2007-2030

    Score: 95 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

    Score: 95 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (140), April 2002

    A great effort for the vintage, the 1999 possesses an open-knit, friendly, with sweet tannin, low acidity, and plump, corpulent, earthy, black fruit notes intertwined with a touch of pain grille and berries. The wine is opulent and pure, with a sensational mid-palate as well as 35+ second finish. This wine will be approachable upon release, yet will last 25 or more years. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2025.

    Score: 93/95 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (134), April 2001

    The 1999 Lafite (74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18.5% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 1.5% Petit Verdot) reveals the characteristics of a hot growing season. It possesses what I call concentrated finesse. The bouquet offers up aromas of lead pencil, black fruits, vanilla, and minerals. Rich yet suave, gloriously precise, and ethereal in its nicely-layered texture that floats across the palate without any heaviness, this deep, medium-bodied, impressively-endowed Lafite-Rothschild should be one of the few Lafites that can be drunk early in life. It possesses the requisite stuffing, power, and extract level to evolve for 20 or more years. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2020+.

    Score: 92/94+ Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (128), April 2000

    complex aromas of blackberries, tobacco, spices and black licorice are alluring in this full bodied claret, with a solid core of fruit and silky tannins. Long caressing finish. Superfine, well structred. Wine of the vintage. Best after 2006.

      James Suckling, Wine Spectator (31/3/2), March 2002

    Score: 95 James Suckling, Wine Spectator (Mar 2002), March 2002

    Score: 90/94 James Suckling, Wine Spectator

    Score: 19/25 Andrew Jefford, Decanter Magazine (Jun 2000), June 2000

    Transparent and lively. Fresh, appetising and already swallowable. So direct and frank! This is not one of Lafite's finest, most intense productions but it's well balanced and racy. Drink 2010-2025. Date tasted 25th June 09.

    Score: 18

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Rhone Jaboulet-Aine 1998 Hermitage La Chapelle - owc 6x75

1 Case 75cl £325
  • This was the first vintage in the vertical tasting of La Chapelle that is beginning to reveal considerable secondary nuances and color development. Opaque purple/garnet with a touch of amber at the edge, this sexy, rich effort is more pleasurable aromatically than on the palate. However, it possesses multiple dimensions as well as abundant aromas of cedar, damp forest, spice box, and Asian spices. The soaring bouquet suggested the wine was more mature in flavor than it turned out to be. The wine is dense, with a firm, noticeably tannic edge, full body, and concentrated, powerful flavors. It is a classy, understated La Chapelle that requires another 5-6 years of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2025

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Red Bordeaux 1996 Mouton Rothschild

[faint damp damaged labels]

5 Bottle 75cl £395
  • This estate's staff believes that the 1996 Mouton Rothschild is far more complex than the 1995, but less massive. I agree that among the first growths, this wine is exuberant, flamboyant bouquet of roasted coffee, cassis, smoky oak, and soy sauce. The 1996 Mouton Rothschild offers impressive aromas of black currants, framboise, coffee, and new saddle leather. This full-bodied, ripe, rich, concentrated, superbly balanced wine is paradoxical in the sense that the aromatics suggest a far more evolved wine than the flavours reveal. Anticipated: 2007-2030.

    Score: 94+ Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

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Vintage Port 1994 Fonseca

6 Bottle 75cl £110
  • One of the most spectacular 1994s, this opaque purple-colored wine is an exotic, flamboyant, ostentatious port. Extremely fragrant and pungent, with a flashy display of jammy cassis, pepper, licorice, and truffles, this port is an attention-grabber. Awesomely rich, and full-bodied, with superb length, richness, and overall balance, it possesses a huge mid-palate, layers of flavor, an unctuous texture, and a blockbuster finish. Everything is in place, with the brandy and tannin well-integrated, even concealed by the masses of fruit and glycerin. This wine will drink fabulously well at age ten, but keep for up to thirty years.

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Vintage Port 1994 Taylor's

6 Bottle 75cl £99
  • When tasting young vintage ports, Taylor is always the most backward. Yet potentially, it has the capability to be the most majestic. This classically made, opaque purple-colored wine is crammed with black fruits (blueberries and cassis). It reveals high tannin and a reserved style, but it is enormously constituted with massive body, a formidable mid-palate, and exceptional length. It is a young, rich, powerful Taylor that will require 10-15 years of aging. Compared to the more flashy, forward style of the 1992, the 1994 has more in common with such vintages as 1977 and 1970. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2045.

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Red Bordeaux 1990 Mouton Rothschild

2 Bottle Jeroboam £2,500
  • Wine Journal
    May 2009 Neal Martin 90 Drink 2009 - 2015 $273-$916
    This has always been a disappointing Mouton considering the vintage, although this is probably the best bottle, poured at La Paulee in Meursault. It remains rather lean and stalky on the nose, dry on the palate entry with notes of blackberry leaf and mulberry, with touches of tobacco. It is better balanced than I recall, yet it lacks vigour and backbone, as if it is unwilling to go that extra mile and reach the level one expects of Mouton. Not as hollow as other bottles but remaining leafy on the foursquare finish with moderate length, I would definitely opt for the superior ’89. Drink now-2015. Tasted November 2008.

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Red Bordeaux 1989 Mouton Rothschild

1 Bottle Mag £625
  • Considering the vintages and the estate, Mouton's performances in 1989 and 1990 are puzzling. I have tasted these wines multiple times since my last reviews appeared in print. The 1989 Mouton-Rothschild is the superior wine, but in no sense is this a compelling wine if compared to the Moutons produced in 1995, 1986, and 1982. The 1989 displays a dark ruby color that is already beginning to reveal significant lightening at the edge. The bouquet is surprisingly evolved, offering up scents of cedar, sweet black fruits, lead pencil, and toasty oak. This elegant, medium-bodied restrained wine is beautifully made, stylish, and not dissimilar to the 1985. It is an excellent to outstanding Mouton that should be close to full maturity in 4-5 years; it will drink well for 15-20.

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Red Bordeaux 2010 Pontet Canet

1 Case 75cl £1,625
  • An absolutely amazing wine, from grapes harvested between the end of September and October 17, this blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot has close to 15% natural alcohol. It comes from one of the few biodynamic vineyards in Bordeaux, but you are likely to see many more, given the success that Tesseron seems to be having at all levels, both in his vineyards and in his fermentation/winemaking. An astounding, compelling wine with the classic Pauillac nose more often associated with its cross-street neighbor, Mouton-Rothschild, creme de cassis, there are also some violets and other assorted floral notes. The wine has off-the-charts massiveness and intensity but never comes across as heavy, overbearing or astringent. The freshness, laser-like precision, and full-bodied, massive richness and extract are simply remarkable to behold and experience. It is very easy, to become jaded tasting such great wines from a great vintage, but it is really a privilege to taste something as amazing as this. Unfortunately, it needs a good decade of cellaring, and that’s assuming it doesn’t close down over the next few years. This is a 50- to 75-year wine from one of the half-dozen or so most compulsive and obsessive proprietors in all of Bordeaux. Is there anything that proprietor Alfred Tesseron is not doing right? Talk about an estate that is on top of its game! Pontet-Canet’s 2010 is a more structured, tannic and restrained version of their most recent perfect wine, the 2009. Kudos to Pontet-Canet!
    -Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #205 Feb 2013

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Red Bordeaux 2008 Pontet Canet

1 Case 75cl £695
  • Wine Advocate #194

    May 2011             Robert M. Parker, Jr.      96          

    A candidate for the “wine of the vintage,” Pontet Canet’s 2008 boasts an opaque purple color as well as copious aromas of sweet blueberries, blackberries and black currant fruit intertwined with lead pencil shavings, subtle barbecue smoke and a hint of forest floor. Full-bodied, with fabulous richness, texture and tremendous freshness, this first-growth-like effort is more developed than the uber-powerful 2010. Give it 5-8 years of cellaring and drink it over the following three decades. Bravo!


    Wine Advocate #182

    Apr 2009              Robert M. Parker, Jr.      (96-98+)                              

    A wine for our children’s children. Nobody in Bordeaux is more attentive to detail than Alfred Tesseron is at Pontet-Canet. Fashioned from incredibly low yields, a very late harvest, and a Draconian selection, the 2008 will not be close to drinkability for at least a decade, and it should still be in superb form circa 2060. An absolutely amazing effort, it boasts an inky/black/purple color as well as an extraordinary bouquet of creme de cassis, graphite, charcoal, and incense, blockbuster depth, and full-bodied power. The tannins are high, but they are remarkably velvety as well as well-integrated. Sensational acidity gives the wine precision and vibrancy, but the impression is one of massive concentration and power. The 2008 Pontet-Canet, a candidate for the wine of the vintage, is a tour de force in viticultural precision and winemaking savoir faire.

    A sleeper of the vintage, the 2008 Pichon Longueville Baron is one of the densest, most concentrated wines of Pauillac in 2008. An inky/purple color is followed by aromas and flavors of creme de cassis, blackberries, charcoal, coffee and licorice. Exceptionally full-bodied with velvety tannins and undeniable appeal, this gorgeous, well-proportioned, larger than life 2008 should age effortlessly for two decades or more. With the realistic pricing that remains for many 2008s, this is a no-brainer. Score: 95

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Red Bordeaux 2005 Forts de Latour

1 Case 75cl £1,800
  • The 2005 Forts de Latour (10,000 cases produced) possesses much of the same character as Latour, but sweeter tannins, more obvious and forward fruit, medium to full body, and a more seductive, plusher style, but not the great stature, richness, and architectural precision of its bigger brother. Nevertheless, it is a gorgeous Pauillac that should drink well for two decades or more Score: 92

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Red Bordeaux 2009 L'Eglise Clinet - owc 6x75

1 Case 75cl £1,425
  • Proprietor Denis Durantou has produced a blockbuster Pomerol from a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, tipping the scales at just over 14.5% natural alcohol. A riveting wine, pure, elegant, but at the same time, extremely powerful and concentrated, with stunning texture, opulence and density, the tannins are abundant, and the wine certainly in need of a decade of cellaring. Fabulous creme de cassis and cherry liqueur notes are intertwined with hints of licorice, truffle, and graphite. Full and rich, but still in an infantile state of development, this wine needs to be cellared for 10 years but should keep for five decades or more. This 2009 is absolutely profound. Score: 99+ Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, March 2012 The 2009 l'Eglise Clinet may eclipse some of the other efforts made by proprietor Denis Durantou over the years. Harvested between September 14 and 28, this blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc is a powerful, almost uber-concentrated wine that tastes like an elixir of Pomerol with an incredibly unctuous feel. This dense purple-colored 2009 (which achieved 14.5% natural alcohol) is extremely powerful, but that power is concealed beneath a mountain of glycerin, fruit, concentration, and body. The purity and richness are off the charts, and the silkiness of the tannins is ethereal. This extraordinary wine possesses extremely high levels of tannin, but according to Durantou, they have almost disappeared because of the wine's amazing depth and richness. It will undoubtedly need a decade of aging after bottling, but it should last for 50+. It is a modern day legend in the making. (Tasted two times.) Drink 2020-2070. Score: 98/100 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (188), April 2010 Picked between 14th and 28th September, a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, from a fresh sample opened half an hour before with the final assemblage, the L'Eglise-Clinet is adorned with a supremely intense bouquet, with ripe black fruits, black plum, black olive tapenade, a hint of liquorice and black truffle. Wonderful definition and sense of controlled power. The palate is full-bodied, voluminous in the mouth, an awesome structure, layers of mineral-rich black fruits counterpoised by a sense of weightless power towards the finish. In its own unique way, a monumental wine. Tasted April 2010. Score: 96/98 Neal Martin, eRobertParker.com, April 2010

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Red Bordeaux 2008 L'Eglise Clinet - owc 6x75

1 Case 75cl £625
  • So many great wines have emerged from this property administered with meticulous care and obvious passion by proprietor Denis Durantou that it hard to say the 2008 is better than some of the previous wines produced over the last decade. It is more backward and less evolved than some of the other Pomerols in this vintage, but the wine boasts an inky/ruby/purple color as well as an exceptionally pure bouquet of creme de cassis, black raspberry liqueur, charcoal, and a hint of black truffles. Dense and pure with massive concentration yet undeniable elegance and precision (because of the fresh acids), this full-bodied effort, despite the high level of Merlot in the blend, requires 7-10 years of patience. It should evolve for 30-40 years after bottling, and will be fascinating to compare with some of the legends produced here over the last ten years. Score: 94-96+

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Red Bordeaux 2005 L'Eglise Clinet

1 Case 75cl £4,350
  • A sensational effort from proprietor Denis Durantou, this 2005 is a compelling wine, but purchasers should wait at least a decade to begin the magical liquid tour. One of the monumental wines of the vintage, it boasts a dense purple color as well as a glorious perfume of caramelized blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries, a hint of toast in the backward, fully integrated oak, full body, and exceptional density and richness. Prodigiously concentrated, this layered, broad Pomerol reveals a seamless integration of acidity, tannin, alcohol, and wood. It is a massive, yet remarkably elegant wine that is as singular as it is exhilarating. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2040

    Score: 100 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (176), April 2008

    Along with Petrus, l’Eglise-Clinet is the superstar of Pomerol in 2005. Proprietor Denis Durantou has produced one of this estate’s most monumental wines. Adding weight and richness since last year, this inky/purple-colored effort offers up a phenomenal bouquet of melted tar, truffle oil, black cherry liqueur, blackberries, caramel, and espresso roast. Powerful, full-bodied, amazingly rich, huge, and dense flavors are accompanied by a boatload of sweet tannin and glycerin. This wine will need considerable bottle age before it reaches full maturity, and it should last for 3-4 decades. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2035+.

    Score: 96/100 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (170), April 2007

    A spectacular offering from proprietor Denis Durantou, the 2005 ranks alongside the 2000 and 1998 l’Eglise-Clinets. An inky/ruby/purple color is followed by a sumptuous bouquet of violets, melted licorice, creosote, black cherries, blackberries, and espresso. Boasting super intensity, huge, full-bodied opulence and power, and plenty of sweet tannin and glycerin, I would not be surprised to see this 2005 shut down after bottling. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2035.

    Score: 96/98+ Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (164), April 2006

    Score: 98 James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, February 2008

    Subtle and fascinating with gorgeous floral and fruity aromas that follow through to a solid palate, full body, ultrafine tannins and a long, long finish. This has class and complexity.

    Score: 95/100 James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, March 2006

    Saturated ruby-red. Superripe, deep aromas of black cherry, mocha, bitter chocolate, licorice pastille and menthol; almost porty in its ripeness. Hugely concentrated and sweet, with perfectly integrated acidity giving shape and verve to the dark berry, violet and licorice flavors. A very powerful, ageworthy wine with terrific grip and flavor definition. The serious but fine tannins arrive very late and coat the front teeth. It will be fascinating to taste this alongside the great 1998 in a decade or so.

    Score: 95+ Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar

    Incredibly dense, powerful wine. Huge tannic content, perhaps a little robust at this stage but coated in velvety fruit. Maintains freshness. Violet aromas. Owner Denis Durantou compares to his benchmark 1989. Drink 2015-2040.

    Score: 19 James Lawther MW, Decanter Magazine, April 2006

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Red Bordeaux 2003 Latour

1 Case 75cl £7,150
  • There are only 10,800 cases (rather than the normal 15,000-20,000) of the 2003 Latour, a blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, and 1% Petit Verdot (13.3% finished alcohol). A prodigious effort, it boasts a saturated purple color as well as a gorgeous perfume of smoke, cedar, creme de cassis, flowers, crushed rocks, and blackberries. Massive and multi-layered, with huge richness and low acidity, it is about as unctuous as a young Latour can be. It could be compared to the 1982, but it may be even more pure, at least at this early stage, than that monumental wine. The level of intensity builds prodigiously in the mouth, and the finish lasts nearly a minute. Disarmingly accessible (although analytically the tannin level is high), I suspect it will ultimately shut down, but it was performing impeccably when I tasted it. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2040+.

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Red Bordeaux 2005 Lascombes

1 Case 75cl £820



    Dark in color, with an impressive nose of licorice, toasty oak, chocolate and blackberry. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a long, caressing finish. Very pretty and structured. Best after 2012. 25,000 cases made. James Suckling,Wine Spectator 2008

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Red Bordeaux 2005 Larcis Ducasse

1 Case 75cl £1,675



    With an unbelievable nose of licorice, tapenade, black cherry and blackcurrant liqueur, as well as full body, super-sweet tannin, and astonishing richness and length, this prodigious effort in 2005 announced the resurrection of this great terroir on the slopes near Château Pavie. Dark garnet/plum/purple, this is compelling stuff and drinkable already, but capable of lasting another 25-30 years. This beauty is not to be missed! Only 3,000 cases were produced, from a blend of 78% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon.| eRobertParker.com.June, 2015

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Red Bordeaux 2009 Lagrange

1 Case 75cl £425

    Tightly knit, oaky and rich, with formidable concentration, but broodingly backward and not showing the charm and concentration of the top wines of St.-Julien, this 2009 from Lagrange is still an outstanding effort that has length, richness and character. It should be cellared for a good 5-6 years and then consumed over the following 25 years. Wine Advocate.February, 2012

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Red Bordeaux 1982 Lafite Rothschild - owc

[some damp damaged capsules and labels]

1 Case 75cl £30,000
  • Score: 100 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

    Score: 100 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (3), November 1998

    This is a denser version of the 1990 that stylistically reminds me of what the young 1959 probably tasted like. Still backward with a deep ruby/plum color revealing only a touch of lightening at the edge, the wine offers up an extraordinary nose of caramelized herbs, smoke, cedar, pen ink, black currants, and earth. The gorgeous aromatics are followed by a full-bodied, plump, rich, fleshy wine with low acidity. With 6-8 hours decanting in a closed decanter, it will offer beautiful drinking, but it needs another 5-8 years to reach full maturity. It is capable of lasting 50-60 years. This classic Lafite is not as fat and concentrated as the 1982 Latour, nor as complex or concentrated as the 1982 Mouton Rothschild, but it is a winner all the same.

    Score: 97+ Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (183), June 2010

    All three 1982 first-growth Pauillacs have turned out to be wines of extraordinary complexity, richness, and aging potential. To no one's surprise, they are all different. The two most backward wines are Lafite-Rothschild and Mouton-Rothschild. The 1982 Lafite possesses a dark, dense ruby/purple colour with only a subtle lightening at the rim. Spectacular aromatics offer jammy cherry and black fruits intertwined with lead pencil, mineral, and smoky wood scents. Powerful for a Lafite, this wine unfolds to reveal extraordinary richness, purity, and overall symmetry in addition to stunning flavour, depth and persistence. The finish lasts for nearly a minute. Plenty of tannin remains, and the wine displays a vibrancy and youthfulness that belie its 18 years of age. The modern day equivalent of Lafite-Rothschild's immortal 1959, the 1982 will enjoy another 30-70 years of life! An amazing achievement! Anticipated maturity: 2007-2070.

    Score: 100 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (129), June 2000

    Still extraordinarily backward and youthful, this large-scaled wine should prove to be the greatest Lafite made after the 1953 and 1959. It continues to offer an exceptionally intense, compelling bouquet of herbs, black currants, vanilla, lead pencil, and cedar. The wine reveals considerable tannin as well as amazing, atypical power and concentration for Lafite. The hallmark elegance of this wine has not been compromised because of the vintage's tendency to turn out powerful and unctuously textured , thick, juicy wines. Rich, full, and still youthful and unyielding, this should prove to be a fabulous Lafite-Rothschild, but only for those prepared to wait until 2003-2005. It should easily last through decades of the next century.

    Score: 98 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (102), December 1995

    Still a little crimson though slowly fading. Light nose but great nobility and race on the palate. Dry finish but really together and spirited. Very fine indeed. Appetisingly dry, as opposed to sweet, finish but not drying out uncomfortably. Lovely life. Seriously vibrant, clean and refreshing.Drink 2000-2025.Date tasted 15th Aug 07.

    Score: 19 Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, August 2007

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Red Burgundy Dujac 2001 Clos de la Roche

1 Bottle 75cl £450
  • Domaine Dujac
    Clos de la Roche
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 93
    Tasted: May 29, 2010
    Drink: Try from 2013+
    Tasting note: My original note still accurately characterizes this impressive wine and it's developing nicely save for the fact that I believe that it will require another 2 to 3 years beyond my original cask estimate to arrive at full maturity. Still, this is a very impressive wine and a Clos de la Roche with perhaps a bit more elegance and finesse than usual. Otherwise, the original note, reproduced here, stands: Powerful and dense aromas of earth, black and red fruit plus subtle notes of soy, coffee and hoisin explode from the glass that merge seamlessly into bigger, richer, rounder and more muscular flavors. Authoritative, gorgeously textured and very stylish with pronounced tannic structure and plenty of buffering sap. Impressive and extremely long, this will require at least a decade of bottle age to reach maturity.

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