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Region Producer Vintage Name Qty Type Size Price Note Ratingsort descending
Champagne 2006 Bollinger Vieilles Vignes Francaises

1 Bottle 75cl £425
  • The 2006 vintage has been one of the most successful in Champagne’s modern era, is superb now but also has decades of aging ahead. It is a perfect follow-up to the outstanding 2005 and despite a less than favourable FX rate we have held pricing.  

    With a total production down and just 3,300 bottles produced, quantities are limited 

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NV Leoville Barton (1)

test bulk

1 Case 75cl £1,200
Champagne NV Krug Grande Cuvee - 6x75

1 Case 75cl £650
Red Burgundy Lamarche, Francois 2005 Clos de Vougeot - 6x75

2 Case 75cl £750
  • Domaine François Lamarche
    Clos de Vougeot
    Grand Cru Red barrel
    Score: 91-93
    Tasted: Jan 01, 2007
    Drink: 2015+
    Issue: 25
    Note: from 3 different parcels, one at the bottom and two at the top but on opposite sides
    Producer note: François Lamarche told me that "2005 was about as ideal a growing season as one could reasonably hope for. Yes there was a bit of early season hail that touched certain of our parcels, particularly the Echézeaux but it was so early that it was a quantity issue, not quality. Overall yields were about normal because there were no sorting losses with excellent sugars and we chaptalized nothing. The fermentations were easy as the yeasts ate the sugar quickly and the extractions were also easy as the skins were thick. Essentially, it was almost a cruise control vintage where everything went as planned. I think the style of the vintage will please everyone from the casual burgundy lover to the hard core enthusiast plus the wines will age well." Lamarche said that he would probably start bottling in December for the lower level wines and continue through February for the grands crus, without fining or filtration." (Jeanne-Marie de Champs - Domaines et Saveurs Collection, Beaune, France - fax 011 33 80 22 58 25 is the agent with many regional importers, including Burgundy Wine Company, New York, NY, Glazer's Wholesale, Dallas, TX and Grand Cru Imports, PA; Bibendum, Goedhuis & Co., Laytons, Richards Walford, The Wine Society, Seckford Wines and Raeburn Fine Wines, all UK).
    Tasting note: Surprisingly this is quite expressive with bright and elegant red berry fruit, earth and a hint of the sauvage that merges into sweet, rich and full-bodied flavors that also display an intense earthiness on the sweet, precise and driving finish supported by firm and dusty tannins that are chewy but not aggressive, all wrapped in plenty of sap and less youthful austerity than one would typically expect.

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Red Burgundy de Montille 2005 Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens - 6x75

1 Case 75cl £690
  • Domaine de Montille
    Pommard "Les Rugiens"
    1er Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 93
    Tasted: Jun 14, 2015
    Drink: Try from 2025+
    Tasting note: A cool, elegant and admirably pure nose features notes of airy red berry fruit that is still displaying zero signs of secondary character where added nuance is present in the form of pretty floral, spice and soft earth elements. There is terrific intensity to the mineral-driven and robust broad-shouldered flavors that exude a fine bead of minerality onto the very firmly tannic finale that delivers excellent persistence. This is going to require at least another 10 years of cellaring and perhaps even 15 before it is completely ready for prime time.

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Red Burgundy Lamarche, Francois 2005 La Grande Rue - 6x75

2 Case 75cl £3,125
  • Tasting note: A hint of menthol adds nuance to the mostly highly-spiced red berry fruit nose that is quite reserved if beautifully complex while leading to sweet, delicious, generous and round medium full flavors that are classy and refined, all wrapped in a strikingly persistent and explosive finish. This offers excellent cellar potential and at this early stage the wood, which is normally fairly prominent, is already well integrated but note that this will need every bit of 15 years, perhaps even slightly longer, to arrive at its prime as it's very structured. A really beautiful LGR that showed even a bit better than it had only three weeks earlier as it was given the benefit of an hour's worth of air.

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Red Bordeaux 2000 Mouton Rothschild - owc

1 Bottle Jeroboam £12,750
  • Perhaps the most beautiful packaging ever on a Bordeaux bottle, Baroness Philippine de Rothschild literally produced a work of art in the gold-engraved bottle of 2000 Mouton Rothschild. Of course, one can’t drink the glass, but this is a top-flight Mouton Rothschild, eclipsed only by the 2006 and 2009. A rich, tannic, earthy style, with loads of creme de cassis and floral notes, the final blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Merlot is a full-bodied wine with plenty of coffee, earth, chocolatey notes, and still plenty of tannin to resolve. I gave it an anticipated maturity range of 2015-2050 back in 2003, and that looks on target. Robert Parker, Wine Advocate June 2010

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Red Bordeaux 1996 Lafite Rothschild

1 Case 75cl £9,400
  • Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 23/04/1999 Tasted three times since bottling, the 1996 Lafite-Rothschild is unquestionably this renowned estate's greatest wine. As I indicated last year, only 38% of the crop was deemed grand enough to be put into the final blend, which is atypically high in Cabernet Sauvignon (83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot, and 3% Petit Verdot). This massive wine may be the biggest, largest-scaled Lafite I have ever tasted. It will require many years to come around, so I suspect all of us past the age of fifty might want to give serious consideration as to whether we should be laying away multiple cases of this wine. It is also the first Lafite-Rothschild to be put into a new engraved bottle (designed to prevent fraudulent imitations). The wine exhibits a thick-looking, ruby/purple color, and a knock-out nose of lead pencil, minerals, flowers, and black currant scents. Extremely powerful and full-bodied, with remarkable complexity for such a young wine, this huge Lafite is oozing with extract and richness, yet has managed to preserve its quintessentially elegant personality. This wine is even richer than it was prior to bottling. Iunquestionably last for 40-50 years. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2050. The wine of the vintage? The 1996 Lafite-Rothschild is unquestionably this renowned estate's greatest wine. As I indicated last year, only 38% of the crop was deemed grand enough to be put into the final blend, which is atypically high in Cabernet Sauvignon (83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot, and 3% Petit Verdot). 

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