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Region Producer Vintagesort descending Name Qty Type Size Price Note Rating
White Bordeaux 1971 Yquem

[no label]

1 Bottle 75cl £320
Red Bordeaux 1988 Haut Brion

[some creased labels, repacked]

2 Case 75cl £3,500
  • A more firmly structured Haut-Brion, built somewhat along the lines of the 1996, this dark garnet-colored wine is showing notes of licorice, underbrush, compost, truffles, dried herbs, creosote, and sweet black cherries and currants. Medium-bodied, rich, but still structured, this wine unfolds incrementally on the palate, showing superb density and a lot of complex Graves elements. It is just beginning to hit its plateau of full maturity. Anticipated maturity: Now-2025. Last tasted, 11/02.

Tasting Notes
92
Italy 1995 Masseto - owc 6x75

1 Case 75cl £2,950
  • Time has also been kind to the 1995 Masseto. Still quite rich, deep and pliant, the 1995 offers up a compelling fabric of sweet dark cherry, plum, licorice and mocha. Now gently softened by the slow passage of the years, the 1995 is mature but also has enough depth to drink well for another decade or so.

    -- Antonio Galloni 95 Antonio Galloni 2016 - 2026

Tasting Notes
95
Red Burgundy Rousseau 1995 Gevry 1er Cru Cazetiers

2 Bottle 75cl £295
White Bordeaux 1995 Yquem

1 Bottle 75cl £95
  • Served from an ex-chateau bottle. The 1995 Chateau d'Yquem is moving into its secondary aroma phase. A deep golden color, it has a dense and almost Barsac-like bouquet with tangerine, apricot, acacia and melted candle wax. It displays good intensity, unfolding beautifully in the glass. The palate has a strident opening, with a slight bitter edge that lends this Yquem great tension. One can discern layers of marmalade infused with honey fruit, with a powerful, spicy finish that lingers long in the mouth. This is drinking perfectly now, but will surely age with style over many years. Tasted March 2014.

    Score: 95 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (213), June 2014

Tasting Notes
95
Red Bordeaux 1996 Pichon Lalande - owc

1 Case 75cl £2,400
  • Just starting to drink really well. Great balance and medium body with real finesse, subtlety and maturity on the nose. Very well mannered and rewarding.

    Score: 18

    JancisRobinson.com, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2009-202019 April 2011

    Wonderful perfumes of blackberry, Indian spice and eucalyptus. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and firm tannins. Needs some time to loosen up.--'95/'96 Bordeaux retrospective. Best after 2008.

    Score: 92

    James Suckling, Wine Spectator Maturity: 2008+01 January 2007

    Deep ruby-red. Very sexy aromas of currant, blackberry and brown sugar, all lifted by an ineffable floral quality from the thoroughly ripe cabernet sauvignon that comprises three-quarters of the blend. Dense, fresh and thick with extract; a wonderful combination of texture and guts. Has a core of steel and a powerful structure I haven't found in more recent vintages from this chateau. A very serious style of Pichon-Lalande, with much less merlot than usual. Finishes with terrific length and grip. Drink between 2005 and 2025. (95+ points)

    Score: 95

    Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar Maturity: 2005-202501 July 2002

    The 1996 Pichon-Lalande is just as awesome from bottle as it was from multiple cask tastings. For Pichon-Lalande, the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon is atypically high. This wine normally contains 35-50% Merlot in the blend, but the 1996 is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petit Verdot. Only 50% of the estate's production made it into the grand vin. The color is a saturated ruby/purple. The nose suggests sweet, nearly overripe Cabernet Sauvignon, with its blueberry/blackberry/cassis scents intermixed with high quality, subtle, toasty new oak. Deep and full-bodied, with fabulous concentration and a sweet, opulent texture, this wine was singing in full harmony when I tasted it in January. Given the wine's abnormally high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon, I would suspect it will close down. It possesses plenty of tannin, but the wine's overwhelming fruit richness dominates its personality.

    Score: 96

    Robert Parker, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2004-202501 April 1999

Tasting Notes
96
Red Bordeaux 1996 Margaux - owc 6x75

1 Case 75cl £3,600
  • The 1996 Chateau Margaux, a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc, must be a strong contender for wine of the vintage. It offers everything you desire from this First Growth. It is blessed with breathtaking delineation and freshness on the nose, understated at first and then blossoming with mineral-infused black fruit, hints of blueberry, crushed stone and violet. The palate is perfectly balanced with filigree tannin, perfect acidity, a wine where everything seems to be in its right place. Blackberry, crushed stone at the front of the mouth, just a touch of spice towards the finish that shows supreme control. This is a Margaux that seems to light up the senses. It was outstanding in its youth...something that has not changed one bit over the intervening two decades. This may well turn out to be the Left Bank pinnacle of the 1990s. Tasted July 2016.

    Score: 100 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (227), October 2016

Tasting Notes
100
White Burgundy Raveneau 1999 Chablis Grand Cru Clos

1 Bottle 75cl £520
White Burgundy Raveneau 2002 Chablis Grand Cru Blanchot

2 Bottle 75cl £395
Red Burgundy Rousseau 2003 Chambertin

2 Bottle 75cl £1,995
  • Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils
    2003
    Chambertin
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 93
    Tasted: Apr 15, 2017
    Drink: Try from 2023+
     
    Tasting note: (opened from personal storage). Somewhat curiously given the natural coolness of Chambertin, this seems noticeably riper than the '03 Clos de Bèze (see herein) with notes of mocha, spice, earth and markedly ripe black currant aromas. There is excellent size, weight, concentration and power to the big-bodied and extract-rich flavors that coat the mouth before culminating in a lightly mineral-inflected, velvety and as the nose suggests, mocha-tinged finish. This is more 2003 in basic character than the Bèze though as is usually the case, it's more structured as well though with 45 minutes in a decanter, this too could be drunk now with pleasure. That said, I would be inclined to give this at least 6 to 10 more years first though please be aware that this will be capable of holding for decades. Multiple, and consistent, notes save for the fact that some examples seem to display more prominent wood than others.
     

Tasting Notes
93
Red Bordeaux 2004 Malescot St Exupery

1 Case 75cl £500
  • Rating

    90

    Release Price

    $28 - 49

    Drink Date

    2009 - 2029

    Reviewed by

     Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    29th Jun 2007

    Source

    171, The Wine Advocate

    Although one of the appellation’s more tannic 2004s, the tannin is beautifully balanced by sweet black currant fruit, spring flower, camphor, and licorice notes. This impeccably well-made, medium-bodied Margaux reveals a lovely integration of acidity, tannin, and wood. Give it 2-3 years of bottle age, and drink it over the following two decades. This estate appears to be performing at a high quality level over recent vintages.

Tasting Notes
90
White Burgundy Raveneau 2004 Chablis 1er Cru Chapelot

3 Bottle 75cl £135
White Burgundy Raveneau 2004 Chablis 1er Cru Foret

2 Bottle 75cl £135
White Burgundy Raveneau 2004 Chablis 1er Cru Montee de Tonnerre

2 Bottle 75cl £185
Champagne 2004 Bollinger Vieilles Vignes Francaises

2 Bottle 75cl £575
Champagne 2004 Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs

1 Case 75cl £975
  • Antonio Galloni

    97

    The 2004 Dom Ruinart is just as brilliant and viscerally thrilling as it has always been. If anything, the 2004 has shut down considerably over the last six months. Tightly coiled and exceptionally beautiful, the 2004 boasts fabulous intensity, class and pedigree. The flavors are vibrant, chiseled and crystalline in their precision. Time in bottle is doing wonders for the 2004. This is a tremendous showing. Disgorged June 2013.

    – vinous.com, November 2014

Tasting Notes
97
Red Bordeaux 2005 Margaux - 6x75

1 Case 75cl £3,100
100
Red Burgundy Rousseau 2005 Clos Saint Jacques

3 Bottle 75cl £1,350
  • Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils
    2005
    Gevrey-Chambertin "Clos St. Jacques"
    1er Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 94
    Tasted: Jun 14, 2015
    Drink: Try from 2020+
    Issue:
    Tasting note: A ripe yet cool and wonderfully fresh nose is composed of mostly red berry fruit, discreet spice and earth, all of which is trimmed in an extremely subtle touch of oak. There is fine delineation and plenty of minerality on the utterly delicious middle weight flavors that are perhaps a bit less powerful than one might expect in the context of the vintage on the impeccably well-balanced and gorgeously long finish. This is a wonderfully harmonious effort that is very much still on the way up but among the 3 Rousseau "big boys", this is the closest one to being able to enjoy now. That said, another 5 to 8 years will certainly return benefits.
     

Tasting Notes
94
Red Bordeaux 2005 Beychevelle

2 Case 75cl £1,025
  •  

    While this is a strong effort from a property that too often does not live up to its pedigree, I had hoped the 2005 Beychevelle would merit an even higher score. A deep ruby/purple hue is accompanied by a sweet perfume of roasted herbs, black cherries, and even blacker fruits. The wine is medium to full-bodied with sweet tannin, good acidity, and a fruitcake-like spiciness and earthiness. Pure and long with a tannic clout that is neither intrusive nor excessive, this elegant, powerful effort should be at its finest between 2017-2030.

     

Tasting Notes
90
Red Bordeaux 2005 Lynch Bages

2 Case 75cl £1,350
  • 93 / 100 - WINE SPECTATOR

    Displays very beautiful aromas of crushed blackberry and dark chocolate, with a hint of coffee. Full-bodied, with a tightly wound palate of ripe tannins. Long and caressing. Best after 2015. 35,000 cases made. James Suckling, Wine Spectator 2015

Tasting Notes
93
Red Bordeaux 2005 Leoville Barton

1 Case 75cl £950
  • Wine Advocate: 94

    Another prodigious, but brutally tannic, offering from the affable Anthony Barton, the inky/blue/black-hued 2005 Leoville Barton exhibits a sensational perfume of charcoal, burning embers, underbrush, cedar, creme de cassis, and subtle toasty oak. Painfully concentrated (much like the 2000 was at the same stage), with full body, admirable purity, and several boatloads of muscular tannin, this St.-Julien is built for 50-60 years of cellaring. Its purity and precision are typical of today’s winemaking, but Barton is certainly not making a wine for near-term gratification. This is another 2005 that will require enormous patience. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2065.

Tasting Notes
94
Red Bordeaux 2005 Clerc Milon

1 Case 75cl £825
  • Fine and impressive even in this vintage, Clerc Milon’s 2005 has a dense purple color and a beautifully sweet, creamy blackcurrant nose of cedar wood and flowers. Spicy, earthy, rich, and medium to full-bodied, it will probably be at its best between 2020 and 2035.

    Score: 93 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (219), June 2015

    Clerc-Milon’s 2005 has moved ahead of its stablemate, d’Armailhac. A blend of nearly equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon (48%) and Merlot (40%), and the rest Cabernet Franc, it exhibits plenty of charcoal, roasted coffee, smoke, blackberry, and cassis notes along with a meaty-like character to its flavors and texture. Full-bodied with surprisingly high tannin as well as gorgeous depth and a multidimensional mouthfeel, this stunning Pauillac should be at its finest between 2014-2030

    Score: 92 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (176), April 2008

Tasting Notes
93
Red Bordeaux 2005 Lagrave a Pomerol

1 Case 75cl £475
  • Tasting Notes

    Tasted single blind at Southwold. There is little on the nose, save for traces of blackberry leaf and hedgerow. But the palate is showing a good level of ripeness, a little sharp and abrasive on the entry, but maintaining a good level of freshness. The main problems is that is seems a little astringent on the earthy finish. Drink now-2012.

    Score: 86

    Neal Martin, RobertParker.com Maturity: 2009-201231 July 2009

    Stylish and elegant, this 2005 has as much in common with a Cote de Beaune premier cru as it does with a Pomerol. Kirsch, raspberry, seaweed, and loamy soil aromas lead to a medium-bodied, finesse-styled claret possessing sweet tannin, pure fruit, and a sensual personality. It begs to be consumed over the next decade.

    Score: 88

    Robert Parker, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2008-201830 April 2008

Tasting Notes
88
Red Bordeaux 2005 Providence - 6x75

1 Case 75cl £425
  • Rating

    93+

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2019 - 2040

    Reviewed by

     Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    29th Jun 2015

    Source

    219, The Wine Advocate

    A dark, almost primordial style of Pomerol, the 2005 Providence has notes of new saddle leather, licorice, truffle, loamy soil, forest floor and earth, with plenty of rich blackcurrant and black cherry fruit behind all of these nuances. It is a big, masculine, full-bodied, intense Pomerol to cellar for another 4-5 years, and drink over the following two decades

Tasting Notes
93
California 2005 Dominus

1 Case 75cl £2,000
  • Rating:

    98

    Price ($)

    $137 - 175

    Drink Date

    2019 - 2040

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    29th Jun 2015

    Source

    219, The Wine Advocate

    This blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot (note that rarely is any Merlot utilized at the historic Napanook Estate in Yountville). The alcohol, by California standards, is a relatively modest 14.1%. Blending the best of French savoir faire with the brilliant fruit purity and ripeness of Napa Valley, Moueix has turned in another tour de force that seems far superior today than it did when it was first released. This is one of the vintage’s greatest wines. Dense purple and youthful, with a glorious nose of earth, blackcurrants, sweet black cherries and incense, the oak is pushed way in the background, as it is in all of the Moueix wines, and the result is a wine of terroir, of great originality and authenticity. This full-bodied classic from Dominus can be drunk now, but really won’t hit its prime for another 4-5 years and last at least another two decades or more.

Tasting Notes
98
Red Bordeaux 2005 Madelaine

1 Case 75cl £750
  • Rating

    93+

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2015 - 2040

    Reviewed by

     Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    29th Jun 2015

    Source

    219, The Wine Advocate

    From the stable of Jean-Pierre Moueix, this estate has now been absorbed by the nearby Belair (renamed Belair-Monange). Exhibiting gorgeous kirsch liqueur notes with some plum and Asian spice and dense ruby/garnet to the rim, this 2005 is full-bodied, rich, and bigger and more masculine than this wine tends to be. It is a beauty, with loads of fruit, great purity and texture. Drink it over the next 20-25 years.

Tasting Notes
93
Red Bordeaux 2005 Duclot Prestige Case - 9x75

[Laf Lat Cheval Mgx Pet LMHB Mout HB Yq]

2 Case 75cl £7,200
Red Bordeaux 2006 Margaux

1 Case 75cl £3,900
  • It is worth noting that when the bottled 2006 Chateau Margaux, which appeared closed and less impressive than I had predicted from barrel, was retasted alongside the remarkable 2008, I elevated my score to 94+. It does not possess the size or power of the 2008 or 2005, but the 2006 exhibits impressive density, a deeper color, and the beautifully textured, pure style that is a hallmark of this estate. Moreover, it is relatively precocious, and can be drunk now or cellared for 25+ years.

    Score: 94+ Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (182), April 2009

Tasting Notes
94
White Burgundy Raveneau 2006 Chablis Grand Cru Clos

[chipped capsule]

1 Bottle Mag £1,250
White Burgundy Raveneau 2006 Chablis 1er Cru Chapelot

3 Bottle 75cl £135
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 

Tasting Notes
White Burgundy Raveneau 2007 Chablis Grand Cru Clos

1 Bottle 75cl £540
White Burgundy Raveneau 2007 Chablis Grand Cru Valmur

1 Bottle 75cl £320
Rhone Chapoutier 2008 Ermitage l'Ermite

2 Case 75cl £1,125
94
Red Bordeaux 2008 Magdelaine - 6x75

1 Case 75cl £525
  • Rating

    92

    Release Price

    $60

    Drink Date

    2011 - 2026

    Reviewed by

     Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    2nd May 2011

    Source

    194, The Wine Advocate

    A sleeper of the vintage, this well-executed 2008 St.-Emilion exhibits a dark plum/ruby/purple-tinged color as well as a glorious bouquet of sweet black cherries, licorice and powdered limestone, a good texture, medium to full body and a pure style. Combining substance with finesse, it should age effortlessly for 15+ years.

Tasting Notes
92

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