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Region Producer Vintage Name Qty Type Size Price Note Rating
White Bordeaux 2002 Rieussec - 12x375

1 Case Half bottle £160
  • Rating

    89

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2016 - 2035

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    31st Jan 2017

    Source

    Interim End of January 2017, The Wine Advocate

    The 2002 Rieussec is a blend of 85% Semillon, 8% Sauvignon Blanc And 7% Muscadelle. Picked between 12 September and 5 November the nose is a bit disappointing: dried honey, peach skin and lanolin, but lacking the freshness of the 2001 Rieussec. The palate is fresh on the entry and makes up for the nose, well balanced with fresh acidity, nicely poised with spice-tinged honeyed fruit with mango and clementine lingering on the finish. This is a Sauternes just hobbled by the aromatics, frustrating as the palate still has much to offer. Tasted April 2016.

Tasting Notes
89
Red Bordeaux 2002 Vieux Chateau Certan

1 Case 75cl £1,100
  • Wine Advocate

    93

    A terrific effort, this classic blend of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits a dark ruby/purple color as well as a complex bouquet of cedar, spice box, black cherries, and cassis. With impressive purity, medium body, moderate tannin, and a long finish (40 plus seconds), it will be at its finest between 2008-2018.

Tasting Notes
93
Red Bordeaux 2002 Ducru Beaucaillou

1 Case 75cl £1,150
  • Rating:

    89

    Price ($)

    $47

    Drink Date

    2005 - 2020

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    29th Apr 2005

    Source

    158, The Wine Advocate

    It is good to see this wine showing much better from bottle than it did from barrel, where it had a certain leanness and herbaceousness. There is still a hint of dried herbs in the classy nose of red and black currants, cedar wood, and spice box. The wine has a deep ruby/purple-tinged color, excellent density, and medium body in an elegant style with a hint of road tar and sweet fruit. It should drink well young but age nicely for 12-15 years. Make no mistake about it, it has nowhere near the size, dimension, power, and intensity of the 2003. Of course, this estate is now being run by Bruno Borie, the eldest son of the late Jean-Eugene Borie. He replaced his younger brother, Xavier Borie, who remains fully responsible for Grand-Puy-Lacoste and Haut-Batailley.

Tasting Notes
89
Red Bordeaux 2002 Lafite Rothschild - 6x75

1 Case 75cl £3,300
  • A brilliant offering and a candidate for wine of the vintage, this is classic Lafite that reminded me somewhat of the 1976, although the vintage conditions were completely different. This is a medium-weight, quintessentially elegant style of Lafite with notes of lead pencil shavings/graphite along with black currants, plums, and crushed rocks/mineral. Wonderfully pure, dense, with a deep ruby/purple color and loads of fruit, definition, and a long finish, this is a brilliant, elegant Lafite Rothschild that builds incrementally in the mouth and has more power and density than it initially seems. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2025.

    Score: 94 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (158), April 2005

Tasting Notes
94
Red Bordeaux 2003 Ducru Beaucaillou

1 Case 75cl £1,375
  • A hot, dry summer resulted in a tiny production of under 10,000 cases of 2003 Ducru Beaucaillou from yields of 35 hectoliters per hectare. This beauty boasts a deep plum/ruby/purple color with a touch of lightening at the edge. Aromas of licorice, creme de cassis, incense and spring flowers are followed by a full-bodied, opulent wine with loads of fruit and glycerin as well as a plush texture. It is just entering its plateau of maturity where it should remain for another 10-15 years.

     

Tasting Notes
94
Red Bordeaux 2000 Croix Canon

1 Case 75cl £190
  • Rating

    89

    Release Price

    $15 - 18

    Drink Date

    2003 - 2013

    Reviewed by

     Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    22nd Apr 2003

    Source

    146, The Wine Advocate

    This is the last vintage under the administration of Christian Moueix. A beauty, the 2000 is an elegant, fruity, sexy effort displaying a deep ruby/purple color along with a sweet nose of black cherries and black berries intermixed with mineral and underbrush. It achieved a lovely balance between acid, tannin, and alcohol. Enjoy it over the next decade.

Tasting Notes
89
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

Tasting Notes
96
Red Bordeaux 2005 Clos du Marquis

1 Case 75cl £475
  • Wine Journal
    Jan 2000 Neal Martin (90-91) Drink N/A $44-$88
    The nose takes some coaxing with faint raspberry and black cherry aromas emerging with time. The palate has a fine balance, firm and tannic. Medium rather than full-bodied. Quite rigid and tough, though there is some attractive sweet, floral, cassis fruit on the finish. Very fine. Tasted April 2005.

Tasting Notes
91
Red Bordeaux 2005 Calon Segur

1 Case 75cl £850
  • Tasted from an ex-château bottle at BI Wine & Spirits Calon-Segur dinner in London, the 2005 Calon Segur is on par with the wonderful 2000. The only real difference is that this needs more time in bottle. It has a captivating nose: blackberry and boysenberry fruit coming at you at full pelt; dried blood and bacon fat developing as secondary aromas just behind. There is fine delineation here - an underlying mineralité sure to surface with time. The palate is very intense and disarmingly youthful, almost ferrous on the entry with layers of ripe black fruit that segue into an earthy finish (with a curious light tang of Marmite on the aftertaste!). It is a fabulous Calon Ségur, though the millennial wine might ultimately possess greater precision. We will see. Tasted March 2015.

Tasting Notes
94
Red Bordeaux 2006 Leoville Las Cases - 6x75

1 Case 75cl £690
  • Not surprisingly, Leoville Las Cases has produced another classic, potentially long-lived wine in 2006. Among the St.-Juliens, it, Ducru Beaucaillou, and Leoville Barton possess the potential for the greatest longevity. Interestingly, when I visited this chateau in January, proprietor Jean-Hubert Delon offered me two samples, one where the cork had been pulled immediately prior to tasting, and another that had been decanted four hours earlier. Both were superb, but the wine that had had extended aeration was clearly the finer offering. The opaque purple-hued 2006- only 40% of the crop made it into the final blend- exhibits a personality that mimics the superb 1996. Classic aromas of sweet black raspberries, kirsch, cassis, and subtle toasty oak are followed by a full-bodied, concentrated wine displaying moderately high tannin. This cuvee can often resemble a Pauillac wrapped in the St.-Julien appellation, and the 2006 is no exception. A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14.5% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc, it will require significant cellaring before consumption. Anticipated maturity: 2019-2035+.

    Score: 95 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (181), February 2009

Tasting Notes
95
Red Burgundy Clos Frantin 2005 Grands Echezeaux - 6x75

1 Case 75cl £1,350
  • Domaine du Clos Frantin
    2005
    Grands Echézeaux
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 94
    Tasted: Jan 01, 2008
    Drink: 2017+
    Issue: 29
    Note: from a .4 ha parcel
    Producer note: This historic 13 ha domaine that owns some very impressive appellations was acquired by the Beaune négociant Albert Bichot in 1969. The wines are vinified in Nuits St. Georges. As the scores and comments suggest, the Clos Frantin '05s have really come together and to their credit, several of them exceeded the upper end of my initial projections. In particular, the Grands Echézeaux and the Clos de Vougeot are worth a search and all of the villages wines offer fine value if you're looking for cellar quality examples at that level that are built to age. Note that the '05 Malconsorts was unfortunately corked and no replacement bottle was immediately available. (Atherton Wine Imports, Atherton, CA and Southern Wine and Spirits, Miami, FL; Berry Bros & Rudd, Waverly Vintners and Alliance Wines, all of the UK).
    Tasting note: Very pure and seductive spiced cassis and black cherry aromas dissolve into delicious, classy and focused medium full flavors that offer good richness and ample finishing punch and power. This is sleekly muscled with a structured but balanced finish that is austere but impressively persistent. A true long distance runner that will require every bit of a decade to reveal its full potential and perhaps longer. The clear class of the range and one of those wines with the 'wow' factor built to age for decades.
     

Tasting Notes
94
Vintage Port 2000 Dow - 6x75

1 Case 75cl £225
Red Bordeaux 2005 Langoa Barton

1 Case 75cl £550
  • Rating

    86+?

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2015

    Reviewed by

     Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    28th Jun 2015

    Source

    219, The Wine Advocate

Tasting Notes
86
Red Bordeaux 2003 Pontet Canet

1 Case 75cl £875
  • The spectacular 2003 Pontet Canet is still incredibly young and vigorous. This full-bodied classic boasts a dense purple color as well as a superb nose of graphite, creme de cassis, forest floor, licorice and a hint of truffles, low acidity, and extravagant richness. Most of the tannins have been resolved in this superstar of the vintage. It should continue to drink well for 10-15+ years.

     

Tasting Notes
95
Red Bordeaux 2003 Latour - owc 6x75

1 Case 75cl £3,800
  • 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+.

Tasting Notes
100
Red Bordeaux 2003 Leoville Las Cases - 6x75

1 Case 75cl £795
  • An incredibly fresh, lively 2003 (the pH is only 3.6 and the alcohol is 13.1%), this wine offers a dense ruby/purple color along with full body and a remarkable nose of black currants, kirsch, lead pencil shavings and vanilla. Opulent, full-bodied and close to full maturity, it is a seamless classic that will age for 15-20 more years. Kudos to the Delon family for such a brilliant achievement in a tricky vintage.

Tasting Notes
96
Red Bordeaux 2003 Leoville Barton

1 Case 75cl £1,025
  • Score: 96 Robert Parker, Hedonists Gazette, May 2007

    A spectacular success, the opaque plum-colored 2003 Leoville Barton is still on the young side of its plateau of maturity. It exhibits a striking bouquet of forest floor and black currants as well as a full-bodied, exuberant, youthful style, an opaque plum/ruby color, a lot of complexity, and striking depth and richness. This is a profound, stunning effort from Anthony Barton and his team. Bravo! It should continue to provide immense pleasure for 20-30 years. Drink 2014-2044

    Score: 96 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (214), August 2014

    One cannot admire enough proprietor Anthony Barton and his classic, potentially long-lived wines that are models of power, elegance, and longevity – in short, these wines symbolize what makes Bordeaux so world-renowned! Probably capable of rivaling the 2000, the uncompromisingly made, formidably powerful, masculine, and highly extracted 2003 has an inky purple color to the rim, a big, deep personality with a tight but promising nose of forest floor, creme de cassis, smoke, charcoal, licorice, and perhaps even truffle. It is layered, rich, and set for an exceptionally long life, but don’t expect to get a lot of joy even in this somewhat overtly styled vintage for at least another 7-8 years. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2030+.

    Score: 95+ Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (164), April 2006

    This is a stunning inky purple-colored effort revealing a tight but promising bouquet of damp earth, forest floor, powerful ripe cassis and black raspberry notes intermixed with licorice and leather. Formidably-endowed, structured, dense, concentrated, and backward, this brawny 2003 should prove to be one of the vintage’s most enduring successes. It needs to be forgotten for 7-10 years. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2035. One of the classic wines of Bordeaux and still realistically priced, Leoville-Barton is becoming increasingly popular because of the extraordinary quality/price ratio it offers.

    Score: 93/95 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (158), April 2005

    One of the superstars of the vintage, Leoville-Barton’s 2003 (tasted four times with identical notes) is a powerfully rich, muscular offering possessing a saturated plum/purple color as well as high levels of tannin, low acidity, and inky flavors that have profound depth as well as penetration on the palate. It recalls the 2000 in color saturation and power, but has lower acidity, and a fleshier, fatter mouthfeel. I would assume the alcohol is also slightly high. This formidably endowed St.-Julien should prove to be one of the longest lived wines of the vintage. It will require 4-8 years of cellaring, and will keep for 25-30 years. It is a brilliant offering from proprietor Anthony Barton, who has demonstrated a Midas touch over the last 15 or so years.

    Score: 93/95+ Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (152), April 2004

    Score: 95 Neal Martin, eRobertParker.com, April 2008

    What a fabulous Léoville Barton this is turning into! The nose takes awhile to get going but reluctantly reveals some complex black fruits,minerals, a touch of cooked meats all with breathtaking definition.The palate has a lovely satin texture and is so harmonious andnatural. Blackberry, cedar, tobacco vie for attention, perhaps youcould argue lacking a little structure, but ultimately beguilingly elegant and wonderful poised on the finish. Completely seductive. Drink 2012-2025 [2012-2025] Tasted April 2008.

      Neal Martin, eRobertParker.com, April 2008

    Intense blackberry and cherry with hints of currant, toasted oak, sweet tobacco, roses and lilacs. Long and seductive.

    Score: 98 James Suckling, Wine Spectator, February 2006

    Very impressive licorice, blackberry and mint. Some pencil. Full-bodied with silky tannins. Super-long. Wonderful. Is it as good as 2000? Maybe.

    Score: 95/100 James Suckling, Wine Spectator (April 04), April 2004

    Score: 98 James Suckling, Wine Spectator Insider, March 2006

    Intense blackberry and cherry, with hints of currant. Toasted oak and sweet tobaco, too, with roses, lilacs and other flowers. Full-bodied, with masses of tannins yet incredibly long and seductive. Best after 2012.

      James Suckling, Wine Spectator Insider (25/1/6), January 2006

    Score: 16.5 Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com (April 04), April 2004

    Score: 16.5 Michael Schuster, The World of Fine Wine (1), April 2004

    Please note that these tasting notes/scores are not intended to be exhaustive and in some cases they may not be the most recently published figures. However, we always do our best to add latest scores and reviews when these come to our attention. We advise customers who wish to purchase wines based simply on critical reviews to carry out further research into the latest reports.

     

Tasting Notes
96
Red Bordeaux 2000 Grand Puy Lacoste

1 Case 75cl £1,025
  • Rating:

    95

    Price ($)

    NA

    Drink Date

    2020 - 2045

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    29th Jul 2016

    Source

    Interim End of July, The Wine Advocate

    The 2000 Château Grand Puy Lacoste is an exceptional wine from Xavier Borie. It has a brilliant nose of blackberry, crushed stone, graphite and cedar. Putting it to one side for ten to 15 minutes reveals subtle mint-like aromas that whisk you straight to Pauillac. The palate is smooth and silky, cloaking the tannic frame of this GPL so that you barely notice it. But that will stand it in good stead for the long-term, the cornerstone of all great wines from this estate. Then there is that hint of spice on the aftertaste—the show ain't over yet. Served alongside a magnum of Pichon Baron 2000, I would say that at the moment, it does not quite possess the same level of precision. However, it remains a magnificent Pauillac to cherish long-term. Tasted January 2016.

Tasting Notes
95
Red Bordeaux 2005 Rausan Segla

1 Case 75cl £995
  • Estate manager John Kolasa nailed the 2005 Château Rausan Segla. It's rapidly blossoming into one of the best wines from the estate in recent memory. Time has nurtured a gorgeous bouquet that leans slightly more to red berry fruit, intermingling with iris and rose petals, veins of cedar and fresh mint. It is bursting at the seams with fruité while all the time retaining wonderful delineation and control. The palate follows in a similar vein. It feels plush in the mouth, adorned with a satin texture, yet this is complemented by finesse and refinement. It gradually builds in the mouth to a sensual finish that epitomizes this great Margaux estate. You might well be able to broach this 2005 now. It has more approachability than some of its peers, though there is the substance to guarantee two decades and more of drinking pleasure. Tasted June 2015.

Tasting Notes
94
Red Bordeaux 2003 Mouton Rothschild - owc 6x75

1 Case 75cl £2,600
  • By no means the strongest of the first-growths in 2003, in fact, the 2003 Mouton is probably the weakest. The selection process that was implemented by new administrator Philippe Dhalluin a few years later had not yet gone into effect. The harvest took place between September 15-25, and the wine shows lots of opulent cassis, a hint of roasted coffee, and an evolved, fully mature style with light tannin in the finish. I wouldn’t push my luck, although it is certainly capable of lasting another decade. There may be a tendency for the tannins to give the wine a more desiccated overall impression five or six years from now.
    (WA#214, Aug 2014)

    Backward, powerful, and extremely tannic, the dense purple-colored 2003 Mouton-Rothschild, a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot, fashioned from yields of 28 hectoliters per hectare, with a finished alcohol of 12.9%, improves dramatically with aeration. With full-bodied, meaty, powerful, dry flavors as well as a huge finish, this high class wine should be at its finest between 2012-2040+. During its sojourn in barrel, it reminded me of a hypothetical blend of the 1982 and 1986 Moutons, but since bottling, it appears different, and even more tannic than those two vintages. I still believe the finest recent Mouton-Rothschild is the 2000.
    95+ pts (WA#164, Apr 2006)

Tasting Notes
93
Red Bordeaux 2000 Malartic Lagraviere

1 Case 75cl £485
  • Rating

    90

    Release Price

    $30 - 35

    Drink Date

    2006 - 2020

    Reviewed by

     Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    22nd Apr 2003

    Source

    146, The Wine Advocate

    A model of elegance, symmetry, and balanced power, the dense ruby/purple-colored 2000 displays sweet aromas of plums, currants, tobacco, and smoke. The wine possesses abundant power, concentration, extract, glycerin, and length. This elegant, expansive, juicy, layered, medium-bodied effort should prove reasonably long-lived. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2020.

Tasting Notes
90
Red Bordeaux 2008 Ducru Beaucaillou - 6x75

1 Case 75cl £590
  • One of the stars of the vintage, and a remarkable achievement in 2008, with impressive richness, this dense purple colored wine is almost as opaque as the 2010. Spring flowers, crushed rocks, creme de cassis and some subtle oak are followed by a full-bodied, concentrated wine that transcends the vintage character in its power, richness, and aging potential. It also exhibits tremendous precision, purity, and depth of character. It is more forward than the 2010 is likely to be, but probably not as sumptuous as the 2009 will turn out to be. This is a wine to buy. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2035.

Tasting Notes
95
Red Bordeaux 2006 La Mission Haut Brion

1 Case 75cl £1,870
  • A somewhat under-the-radar La Mission, the 2006 was generally overlooked following the brilliance of the 2005. A young, dense purple-hued wine that is developing beautifully, it exhibits notes of Asian plum sauce, charcoal, barbecue smoke, roasted meats, graphite and background oak. Full-bodied with good acidity, moderate tannin and a vigorous, powerful youthfulness, the 2006 will age more quickly than the 2005, but it still requires another 5-8 years of cellaring. Anticipated Maturity: 2014-2035.

    Score: 94Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (202), August 2012

Tasting Notes
94
Red Bordeaux 2005 Pontet Canet

1 Case 75cl £1,040
  • The work that Alfred Tesseron and his winemaking team have done at this estate since 1994 is remarkable. At this fabulous terroir just south of Mouton-Rothschild, Tesseron has made major investments, and instituted incredibly severe selections in both the vineyard and winery. The result is a succession of extraordinary wines. It is difficult to know whether the 2005 Pontet-Canet will ultimately eclipse the hedonism and density of the flamboyant 2003, but it is unquestionably a stunning effort. Inky/black-colored with a classic Pauillac perfume of licorice, black currant liqueur, graphite, cedar, and spice box, it is full-bodied, with magnificent concentration, formidable tannins, and an Arnold Schwartzenegger-like structure (when he was 25 years younger). This backward, formidably endowed 2005 will require patience. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2040.

     

Tasting Notes
96
Red Bordeaux 2005 Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux

1 Case 75cl £1,850
91
Red Bordeaux 2005 Gruaud Larose

1 Case 75cl £695
  • The 2005 Gruaud Larose has a deep ruby/purple color, excellent concentration, and clean, pure black and red currant fruit, licorice and spice. It is medium to full-bodied, lush, and very soft and round. I’m surprised how drinkable it is already, although it is certainly capable of lasting 15 or more years.

Tasting Notes
90
Red Bordeaux 2006 Lynch Bages

2 Case 75cl £1,050
  • This classic, powerful, firm Lynch Bages may be as concentrated (if not more so) than the 2005. It possesses a dense purple-tinged color, tell-tale cassis notes interwoven with hints of roast beef, savory herbs, spice box and subtle oak, good acidity and ripe tannin. The result is a full-bodied, fleshy Pauillac that will benefit from another 3-4 years of cellaring. It is capable of lasting 20-25 more years. Drink 2014-2039.

    Score: 94 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (196), August 2011

    1988 or 1995-ish in style, rather than 1996, which seems to be the vintage several 2006s recall, this dense purple-colored wine displays sweet notes of creme de cassis, tobacco leaf, licorice, and some cedar and graphite. The wine has plenty of structure a la 1995 and a backward, muscular personality, but beautiful fruit on the attack and alluring purity and a nicely textured mouthfeel. The finish suggests cellaring for 3-5 years and drinking over the following two decades.

    Score: 92 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (181), February 2009

Tasting Notes
94
Red Bordeaux 2006 Leoville Barton - 6x75

1 Case 75cl £340
  • Not surprisingly, this wine is closed, masculine, but super-rich, with a denser, more complete and full-bodied style than its sibling, Langoa Barton. Some toasty vanillin is apparent in the black currant aromas intermixed with tobacco leaf, cedar, and spice box. The wine is full-bodied and has a boatload of tannin, not unusual for this estate, as well as an impressively pure, long finish. Everything is here, but this wine, made with uncompromising vision, is meant to be cellared for an exceptionally long period of time. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2035.

Tasting Notes
91
Red Bordeaux 2005 Vieux Chateau Certan - owc 6x75

1 Case 75cl £970
  • A stunning effort from Alexander Thienpont, the 2005 Vieux Chateau Certan (a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc) reveals an inky/blue/purple color along with a rich, sumptuous perfume of black olives, lavender, roasted herbs, licorice, pain grille, and oodles of truffles as well as creme de cassis. In the mouth, hints of chocolate and charcoal also make an appearance along with good acidity, fabulous purity, and a full-bodied, powerful mouthfeel. In keeping with the style of this terroir, the wine is reserved and restrained, but deep. It should develop magnificently, and age for 30-40 years. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2035.

Tasting Notes
95
Red Bordeaux 2005 Giscours

1 Case 75cl £695
  • Rating

    92

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2015 - 2040

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    28th Jul 2016

    Source

    Interim End of July 2016, The Wine Advocate

    Tasted at the Château Giscours vertical, the 2005 Château Giscours is a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Merlot picked between September 22 and October 6. Conspicuously deep in color, both the aromatics and palate replicate the strong performance from earlier this year. The bouquet offers very fine intensity with blackberry and cedar, here a tinge of cassis that becomes accentuated with time. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, slightly grainy tannin. It is very well balanced and almost Saint Julien in style. It is clearly very focused with a sustained, mineral-rich finish that (as I said before) contains real energy. This is an excellent Giscours that will age nicely over the next 20-25 years. Tasted June 2015.

Tasting Notes
92
White Burgundy Lafon 2001 Meusault 1er Cru Perrieres - 6x75

1 Case 75cl £1,800
  • Tasting note: The nose offers an interesting contrast in that it is understated yet evidences intensely spicy fruit framed by toasted oak notes that lead to big, mineral laden flavors and a finish that emphasizes both green apples and a flinty quality that is somewhat reminiscent of a grand cru Chablis. There is really lovely purity here with beautifully elegant buffering acidity on the dazzlingly long finish. In sum, this is a great 2001.

Tasting Notes
93
White Burgundy Lafon 2001 Meusault 1er Cru Charmes - 6x75

1 Case 75cl £1,250
  • Tasting note: Rich and very powerful fruit framed by obvious pain grillé aromas explodes from the glass with rich, almost unctuous flavors offering ripe and very fresh peach notes plus a nice touch of finishing complexity and great persistence. Curiously, this is sweet and delicious with a bit more density but ultimately, the flavors are less precise and not quite as classy.

Tasting Notes
90
Red Bordeaux 1984 Palmer - owc

1 Case 75cl £1,800
Red Bordeaux 2005 Bellevue

1 Case 75cl £480
  • The first bottle of 2005 Bellevue that I tasted had a maderized, oxidized nose that was off-putting. This note is from a second bottle. This second bottle showed absolutely no trace of oxidation, but did offer plenty of crushed, chalky minerality, notes of plum, blueberry, black raspberry and cherry fruit, a dense purple color, a full-bodied mouthfeel, and fabulous structure, purity and length. It should drink well for at least another 20+ years. Drink 2015 - 2035.

    Score: 94 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (219), June 2015

Tasting Notes
94
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