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Red Bordeaux 2015 Ausone - 3x75

1 Case 75cl £2,025
  • Very intense and aromatic Ausone with rose petals, fresh herbs, dark berries and raspberries. Full body and great intensity and brightness. Purity and focus reminiscent of crushed grapes. Such beauty, greatness and elegance to this wine. Goes on for minutes. Needs four or five years to come completely together but so long and beautiful. Try drinking in 2021.

    Score: 99

    James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com Maturity: 2021+01 February 2018

    A mindbinder of a wine with pure fruit and so much fine tannins and mineral character. It’s hyper tight and super polished. The palate starts off slowly and ends with a bang. Amazing endless finish. What an energy.

    Score: 100

    James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com 01 April 2016

Tasting Notes
99
Red Bordeaux 2015 Belair Monange

3 Case 75cl £1,600
  • Rating

    98+

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2022 - 2053

    Reviewed by

     Lisa Perrotti-Brown

    Issue Date

    21st Feb 2018

    Source

    Interim Issue Mid-February 2018, The Wine Advocate

    This perhaps somewhat controversial marriage between the estates of Chateau Belair and Chateau Magdelaine—both Premier Grand Cru Classé Saint-Emilion estates—to form Chateau Bélair Monange hits pay-dirt with this spectacular 2015 release. Composed of 88% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Franc, the medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2015 Belair Monange has the most singular nose of grilled meats, smoked game, iron ore and fallen leaves over a slowly unfurling ripe fruit core of crushed black plums, blackberry preserves and cassis with fragrant touches of star anise and potpourri. Full-bodied, rich and opulent in the mouth, the palate reveals an arresting backbone of exquisitely ripe, very firm tannins and sparks of background acidity lifting and defining the rich, densely packed layers, culminating in an epically long and multifaceted finish. Possessing its own compellingly beautiful signature, this is a remarkably riveting wine that should not be missed.

Tasting Notes
98
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
Champagne 2004 Bollinger Vieilles Vignes Francaises

2 Bottle 75cl £575
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
Red Burgundy Vogue 2014 Bonnes Mares

2 Case 75cl £3,400
  • Tasting note: A completely different aromatic profile is present with its much earthier array of notably fresh red berries and discreet sauvage aromas. There is excellent richness to the muscular and full-bodied flavors that also possess fine mid-palate concentration that coats the mouth and helps to buffer the very firm tannic spine on the seamlessly proportioned finale. This very firmly structured effort is clearly going to require 15 to 20 years to arrive at its peak.
     

Tasting Notes
94
Red Bordeaux 2016 Calon Segur - 6x75

3 Case 75cl £550
  • Rating

    (95 - 97)

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2026 - 2060

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    28th Apr 2017

    Source

    230, The Wine Advocate

    The 2016 Calon Segur is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot cropped at 42 hectoliters per hectare between 29 September and 15 October (finishing with the Cabernets and the Petit Verdot). Notice that Cabernet Franc, which excelled not just here but around Saint Estèphe in this vintage, given that there was not a drop in the 2015. It has a very elegant bouquet, very pure with small macerated black cherries, blueberry, a hint of licorices and juniper berries, all effortlessly detailed and exuding what I term "controlled opulence." The palate is medium-bodied with a sense of symmetry on the entry, the acidity very well judged and the tannins far less rustic than the Calon-Ségurs of old. What I like about this Calon-Ségur is that it could not come from anywhere apart from Saint Estèphe: that structure, that obduracy counterbalanced by the opulence bestowed by the growing season. There is freshness locked in here from start to finish, with a subtle tang of seaweed and black pepper on the long aftertaste. For me this is a serious step up from the 2015, and the structure augurs a Calon-Ségur destined to last as long as those legendary wines from the 1920s and 1940s. Chapeau to winemaker Vincent Millet and estate director Laurent Dufau. This is easily the best Calon-Ségur that I have tasted from barrel.

Tasting Notes
97
Red Bordeaux 2016 Canon - 6x75

1 Case 75cl £795
  • The 2016 Canon makes it a double slam-dunk for head winemaker Nicolas Audebert and his team, as it is the second of two ethereal wines that will put the estate right at the top of the Saint Emilion tree. This year is a blend of 74% Merlot and 26% Cabernet Franc picked from 22 September until 10 October at 45 hectoliters per hectare. It delivers 14.02% alcohol and an IPT of 65. Matured in 65% new oak, it has a compelling bouquet with intense black cherry and blueberry fruit, a tincture of oyster shell, all with exquisite definition. The palate is medium-bodied with filigree tannin, and again, there is stunning, almost ineffable precision. It is attired in a seamless texture with real density yet weightlessness on the finish. The persistence on the aftertaste is extraordinary. I composed this entire tasting note after spitting out the wine, but I can still feel my mouth tingling now. The 2015 was magnificent, but could this 2016 surpass that? "The 2016 is more Canon in style, more classic," commented Nicolas, and he could be right, although intuition tells me that the 2015 might be a hair's breadth better. I would not refuse either if they were opened before me. Drink 2026 - 2060

    Score: 97/99 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (230), April 2017

Tasting Notes
99
White Burgundy Raveneau 2004 Chablis 1er Cru Chapelot

3 Bottle 75cl £135
White Burgundy Raveneau 2006 Chablis 1er Cru Chapelot

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

2 Bottle 75cl £135
White Burgundy Raveneau 2012 Chablis 1er Cru Foret

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

2 Bottle 75cl £185
White Burgundy Raveneau 2012 Chablis 1er Cru Montee de Tonnerre

3 Bottle 75cl £220
White Burgundy Raveneau 2015 Chablis 1er Cru Montee de Tonnerre

2 Bottle 75cl £190
White Burgundy Raveneau 2002 Chablis Grand Cru Blanchot

2 Bottle 75cl £395
White Burgundy Raveneau 2006 Chablis Grand Cru Clos

[chipped capsule]

1 Bottle Mag £1,250
White Burgundy Raveneau 2007 Chablis Grand Cru Clos

1 Bottle 75cl £540
White Burgundy Raveneau 1999 Chablis Grand Cru Clos

1 Bottle 75cl £520
White Burgundy Raveneau 2007 Chablis Grand Cru Valmur

1 Bottle 75cl £320
White Burgundy Raveneau 2015 Chablis Grand Cru Valmur

1 Bottle 75cl £320
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 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 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
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
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 Duclot Prestige Case - 9x75

[Laf Lat Cheval Mgx Pet LMHB Mout HB Yq]

2 Case 75cl £7,200
Rhone Chapoutier 2008 Ermitage l'Ermite

2 Case 75cl £1,125
94
Red Burgundy Rousseau 1995 Gevry 1er Cru Cazetiers

2 Bottle 75cl £295
Red Bordeaux 2009 Haut Brion

1 Case 75cl £6,500
  • What a blockbuster effort! Atypically powerful, one day, the 2009 Haut-Brion may be considered to be the 21st century version of the 1959. It is an extraordinarily complex, concentrated effort made from a blend of 46% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Cabernet Franc with the highest alcohol ever achieved at this estate, 14.3%. Even richer than the perfect 1989, with similar technical numbers although slightly higher extract and alcohol, it offers up a sensational perfume of subtle burning embers, unsmoked cigar tobacco, charcoal, black raspberries, wet gravel, plums, figs and blueberries. There is so much going on in the aromatics that one almost hesitates to stop smelling it. However, when it hits the palate, it is hardly a letdown. This unctuously textured, full-bodied 2009 possesses low acidity along with stunning extract and remarkable clarity for a wine with a pH close to 4.0. The good news is that there are 10,500 cases of the 2009, one of the most compelling examples of Haut-Brion ever made. It requires a decade of cellaring and should last a half century or more. Readers who have loved the complexity of Haut-Brion should be prepared for a bigger, richer, more massive wine, but one that does not lose any of its prodigious aromatic attractions. Robert Parker, Wine Advocate February 2012

Tasting Notes
100
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
Red Bordeaux 2011 La Fleur-Petrus

2 Case 75cl £1,500
  • Rating

    91

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2017 - 2030

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    29th Jul 2016

    Source

    Interim End of July 2016, The Wine Advocate

    The 2011 Château La Fleur-Petrus is surprisingly forward and as someone that bangs Bordeaux, I would not begrudge anyone for opening this now. It has plenty of fruit on the nose: raspberry coulis, truffle and just a touch of menthol that evolves after an hour the bottle has been opened. This is precocious in the context of the vintage. The palate is soft and fleshy on the entry, quite saline with sappy black fruit, fruit-forward for the first hour, but then seeming to run out of ideas after an hour and thinning out (whereas the 2012 fans out). As a consequence, it just feels a little grainy and hard, in contrast to the more comely bouquet. Tasted February 2016.

Tasting Notes
91
Red Bordeaux 2009 La Fleur-Petrus

1 Case 75cl £2,150
Red Bordeaux 2014 La Fleur-Petrus

15 Case 75cl £1,500
  • The 2014 La Fleur Petrus is impressive out of barrel and it continues to evince quality now in bottle. It has a lovely, engaging bouquet with vivacious redcurrant and cranberry fruit, superb mineralité and energy, real focus and a sense of drive in situ. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, a sense of symmetry and poise from start to finish. It has perhaps turned into a slightly more elegant and feminine wine than I anticipated, less bullish than the Hosanna. But there is real complexity on the finish with black pepper and clove lingering on the aftertaste. This is superb. Drink Date 2020-2045

    Score: 94 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Interim En), April 2017

Tasting Notes
94
Red Bordeaux 2015 La Fleur-Petrus

13 Case 75cl £1,750
  • The aromas to this are stunning with lavender, rose petals, walnut skin, strawberries and raspberries. Captivating. Full body, layers of polished tannins and perfectly ripe fruit. Dense and very long. Breathtaking classicism. Try in 2021 and onwards.

    Score: 99 James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2018

    The 2015 la Fleur-Petrus has tightened up since I tasted it in barrel, now a more linear, very focused, not austere but maybe conservative bouquet that may already be shutting up shop after bottling. But there is purity here and wonderful mineralité. The palate is more open: concentrated blackberry and boysenberry fruit, white pepper, clove and a touch of curry leaf. This has substance in spades, enormous depth with a persistent and satisfying finish. This is destined to be a great la Fleur-Petrus. Anticipated maturity: 2023 - 2050.

    Score: 95 Neal Martin, -, March 2018

Tasting Notes
99

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