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Region Producer Vintage Name Qty Unit Case Format Price Note Rating
Red Bordeaux 2012 Clarence de Haut Brion

3 Bottle 300cl £320
  • ROBERT PARKER

    A wonderfully expansive, velvety textured, rich, full-bodied mouthfeel, are super and very impressive in the 2012 Le Clarence de Haut Brion. This is far higher quality than what most people would consider a second wine, even when coming from a first-growth chateau. Mulberry, spice box and expansive, rich flavors backed up by velvety tannins characterize this medium to full-bodied beautiful wine to drink now and over the next 15-20 years. Bravo.| eRobertParker.com.April, 2015

Tasting Notes
90
Red Bordeaux 2014 Ausone

1 Case 3 150cl £1,950
  • Rating

    95

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2022 - 2045

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    31st Mar 2017

    Source

    Interim End of March 2017, The Wine Advocate

    The 2014 Ausone, a blend of 60% Cabernet Franc and 40% Merlot, was matured in barrel for 20 months with 85% new oak. Compared to the Chapelle d'Ausone, this Grand Vin demanded gentle coaxing from the glass. It eventually unfurls to reveal mineral-rich red berry fruit, oregano, orange blossom and later on blackcurrant winegums. It displays superb delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with filigree tannin. There is an almost sorbet-like freshness conferred upon this Saint Emilion by the growing season, very harmonious and poised with one of the most precise and tensile finishes that you will find this vintage. One of the stars of the vintage, this may merit a higher score with bottle age. This is a great success.

Tasting Notes
95
Red Bordeaux 2015 Chapelle d'Ausone

1 Case 3 150cl £890
  • Rating

    94

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2022 - 2040

    Reviewed by

     Lisa Perrotti-Brown

    Issue Date

    21st Feb 2018

    Source

    Interim Issue Mid-February 2018, The Wine Advocate

    A second label produced mainly from the younger vines at Château Ausone, the 2015 Chapelle d'Ausone is a blend of 45% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in French oak barrels, 85% new, for 20 months. Deep garnet-purple in color, it appears broody to begin, offering glimpses at black berry preserves and crème de cassis notions with nuances of cigar box, Chinese five spice, menthol and chocolate box. Full-bodied, firm and grainy with a taut structure and packed with youthful, muscular fruit, it finishes on a compelling mineral note.

Tasting Notes
94
Red Bordeaux 2016 Ormes de Pez

1 Case 3 150cl £140
  • The 2016 Les Ormes de Pez has a tightly wound, graphite-scented bouquet that needs a little coaxing from the glass but eventually reveals discreet minerally scents mixed with sous-bois. The palate is medium-bodied with quite succulent tannin, and certainly more approachable than the Les Ormes de Pez of the past, delivering gentle grip toward the tarry finish. This is a finely crafted Saint-Estèphe from team Cazes. Drink 2020-2045.

    Score: 92 Neal Martin, vinous.com (Jan 2019), January 2019

    The 2016 Ormes de Pez is deep garnet-purple in color with red and black currants, earth, sage and chargrill on the nose. The palate is medium-bodied, refreshing and chewy with an herbal lift. Drink 2019-2031.

    Score: 91 Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (Interim En), November 2018

    The 2016 Les Ormes de Pez is a blend of 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 52% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot picked from 28 September until 12 October. It has an impressive bouquet: blackcurrants, boysenberry and crème de cassis, all with very well integrated new oak. There is a lot of panache here, a word perhaps I have not associated with this Saint Estèphe in recent years. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, a lovely grainy texture, quite pure with lovely blackberry, melted tar and slightly savory, almost meaty notes. Harmonious right to the end, this is an excellent Les Ormes de Pez that seems to revel in the 2016 vintage. This might be one of the best wines from the estate. Drink 2022 - 2045.

    Score: 92/94 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (230), April 2017

Tasting Notes
92
Red Bordeaux 2016 Grand Puy Ducasse

1 Case 3 150cl £180
  • The 2016 Grand-Puy-Ducasse is definitely one of the best in recent years. The attractive bouquet features blackberry, bilberry, light floral notes and a subtle marine scent. The palate is medium-bodied with juicy ripe black fruit laced with tar and tobacco. Quite harmonious, if not complex, and reassuringly long on the tertiary finish. Enjoy this well-crafted Pauillac over the next 15 to 20 years. Drink 2022-2042

    Score: 92 Neal Martin, vinous.com (Jan 2019), January 2019

Tasting Notes
92
Red Bordeaux 2016 Saint Pierre

4 Case 3 150cl £250
  • The 2016 Saint-Pierre has plenty of fruit intensity on the nose but maintains a sense of control and class. Blackberry, briar, cedar and light pencil shaving aromas develop in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, good depth and more substance and vigor than the Gloria. The saline, structured finish exerts impressive grip. A fantastic Saint-Julien. Drink 2022-2048

    Score: 94 Neal Martin, vinous.com (Jan 2019), January 2019

    The 2016 Chateau Saint-Pierre is a blend of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc picked between 29 September and 3 October for the Merlot and 5-17 October for the Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine is matured is 50% new oak. The Cabernet comes through strongly on the nose as you would expect: quite intense black fruit, graphite and just a touch of dried herbs. There is lovely definition and focus on display. The palate is well balanced with grainy tannin, a crisp line of acidity, classic in style in keeping with the style of the vintage with very fine mineralité and tension towards the sprightly finish. It is one of the most Pauillac-like Château Saint-Pierres that I have tasted, a very well crafted, almost understated but sophisticated wine that will age for 20 to 30 years. This is a fantastic Saint Julien that may well rest at the top of my banded score. Drink 2022 - 2050.

    Score: 94/96 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (230), April 2017

Tasting Notes
94
Red Bordeaux 2016 Gruaud Larose

1 Case 3 150cl £320
  • Rating

    94

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2021 - 2043

    Reviewed by

     Lisa Perrotti-Brown

    Issue Date

    30th Nov 2018

    Source

    Interim End of November 2018, The Wine Advocate

    The 2016 Gruaud Larose is blended of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it leaps from the glass with notes of red and black cherries, warm plums and freshly crushed blackcurrants plus hints of violets, oolong tea, aniseed and tilled soil with a waft of garrigue. Medium-bodied, the palate struts tons of elegantly fragrant red and black fruit flavors with a firm backbone of ripe, grainy tannins and loads of freshness, finishing long and perfumed.

Tasting Notes
94
Red Bordeaux 2016 Le Carillon de l'Angelus

2 Case 6 75cl £410
  • Rating

    93

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2020 - 2035

    Reviewed by

     Lisa Perrotti-Brown

    Issue Date

    29th Mar 2019

    Source

    End of March 2019, The Wine Advocate

    The 2016 Le Carillon d'Angélus is blended of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc, aged 16 months in 50% new French oak. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it strides confidently out of the glass with pure, polished black cherries, fresh blackberries and black raspberry scents with nuances of unsmoked cigars, hoisin, black truffles and wet stones plus a waft of pencil shavings. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has great elegance and sophistication, with the lively red and black fruit flavors adeptly structured with soft, fine-grained tannins and seamless freshness, finishing on a lingering earthy note.

Tasting Notes
93
Red Bordeaux 2016 Le Carillon de l'Angelus

3 Case 3 150cl £430
  • Rating

    93

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2020 - 2035

    Reviewed by

     Lisa Perrotti-Brown

    Issue Date

    29th Mar 2019

    Source

    End of March 2019, The Wine Advocate

    The 2016 Le Carillon d'Angélus is blended of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc, aged 16 months in 50% new French oak. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it strides confidently out of the glass with pure, polished black cherries, fresh blackberries and black raspberry scents with nuances of unsmoked cigars, hoisin, black truffles and wet stones plus a waft of pencil shavings. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has great elegance and sophistication, with the lively red and black fruit flavors adeptly structured with soft, fine-grained tannins and seamless freshness, finishing on a lingering earthy note.

Tasting Notes
93
Red Bordeaux 2016 Clarence de Haut Brion

2 Case 3 150cl £525
  • Blended of 51.3% Merlot, 13.1% Cabernet Franc, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2.6% Petit Verdot, the medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Le Clarence de Haut-Brion features beautiful rose hip tea, fallen leaves and black olives scents over a core of redcurrant jelly, cassis and pencil shavings plus touches of menthol and pencil lead. Medium-bodied, the palate is finely crafted with delicate red and black fruits laced with loads of earthy accents, framed by grainy tannins and finishing on a lingering mineral note. Drink 2019-2034.

    Score: 93 Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (Interim), November 2018

    The 2016 Le Clarence de Haut Brion is a tad more open on the nose compared to the La Chapelle de la Mission, offering red cherries, wild strawberry and just a touch of bergamot tea. The palate is well balanced, with fine-grained tannin framing the black fruit, exhibiting more grip than its La Mission counterpart and more complexity on the lightly spiced, persistent finish. Excellent. Drink 2022-2038.

    Score: 91 Neal Martin, vinous.com (Jan 2019), January 2019

    The 2016 Le Clarence de Haut-Brion is a blend of 51.3% Merlot, 13.1% Cabernet Franc, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2.6% Petit Verdot. It has a little more fruité compared to the La Chapelle de la Mission Haut Brion, yet not quite the same mineral tension or complexity. The palate is medium-bodied with supple black fruit, a fine line of acidity and gentle grip, but I would be seeking a little more personality and depth towards the finish. That said, it does have commendable freshness, but my money would be on the La Chapelle this year. Drink 2020-2032.

    Score: 89/91 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (230), April 2017

Tasting Notes
93
Red Bordeaux 2016 Belle-Brise, Pomerol

2 Case 6 75cl £650
Red Bordeaux 2016 Belle-Brise, Pomerol

1 Case 3 150cl £670
Red Bordeaux 2016 Valandraud

2 Case 3 150cl £715
  • Rating

    (93 - 95)

    Reviewed by

     Lisa Perrotti-Brown

    Issue Date

    27th Apr 2018

    Source

    236, The Wine Advocate

    The deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Valandraud gives up crushed blackcurrants, chocolate-covered cherries and espresso on the nose with hints of licorice, tar and smoked meats. The palate is medium-bodied with a solid frame of ripe, sweet tannins and just enough freshness to contain the bombastic fruit, finishing long and berry-laced.

Tasting Notes
95
Red Bordeaux 2016 Chapelle d'Ausone

1 Case 6 75cl £825
  • A blend of 56% Cabernet Franc, 22% Merlot and 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, the deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Chapelle d'Ausone sings of black raspberries, kirsch and plum preserves with hints of unsmoked cigars, pencil lead, lavender and chocolate box plus a waft of garrigue. Medium-bodied and fantastically elegant in the mouth, the elegant red and black fruit layers are beautifully framed by firm yet fine-grained tannins and lovely freshness, finishing long and minerally. 2020 - 2040

    Score: 94+ Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (Interim No), November 2018

    The 2016 Chapelle d’Ausone has a pure, seductive bouquet, offering scents of black cherries, cassis and violet petals that soar from the glass while maintaining wonderful precision. Perhaps compared to the 2016 La Clotte, the new oak (80%) will need longer to fully assimilate, but there is great density and grip to this Chapelle d’Ausone, and the very long and quite intense finish bodes well for the future. One of the best ever made. Drink 2022-2045

    Score: 94 Neal Martin, vinous.com (Jan 2019), January 2019

    The 2016 Chapelle d'Ausone has the highest proportion of Cabernet Franc at 56% this year, complemented by 22% Merlot and 22% Cabernet Sauvignon. Matured in 80% new oak, it has a very floral, incense and rose petal-scented bouquet that blossoms from the glass. There is an underlying mineral vein here, but it may take a few years to come out. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, crisp acidity, cohesive with good backbone, with fine salinité on the finish. It is just a fabulous Deuxième Vin. 
    Drink Date 2022 - 2045

    Score: 93/95 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (230), April 2017

Tasting Notes
94
Red Bordeaux 2017 La Clotte

1 Case 6 75cl £240
  • Rating  91

    Drink Date 2020 - 2037

    Reviewed by  Lisa Perrotti-Brown

    Issue Date 16th Mar 2020

    Source March 2020 Week 3, The Wine Advocate

    A blend of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc, the 2017 La Clotte displays a medium to deep garnet-purple color. It charges out of the gate with bold cassis, plum preserves and kirsch scents plus nuances of mocha, cardamom and tar with a waft of aniseed. Medium-bodied, the palate delivers plenty of invigorating, energetic fruit with very well-managed, plush tannins and a nice, long spicy finish.

Tasting Notes
91
Red Bordeaux 2017 La Clotte

1 Case 3 150cl £240
  • Rating  91

    Drink Date 2020 - 2037

    Reviewed by  Lisa Perrotti-Brown

    Issue Date 16th Mar 2020

    Source March 2020 Week 3, The Wine Advocate

    A blend of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc, the 2017 La Clotte displays a medium to deep garnet-purple color. It charges out of the gate with bold cassis, plum preserves and kirsch scents plus nuances of mocha, cardamom and tar with a waft of aniseed. Medium-bodied, the palate delivers plenty of invigorating, energetic fruit with very well-managed, plush tannins and a nice, long spicy finish.

Tasting Notes
91
Red Bordeaux 2017 L'Eglise Clinet

2 Case 6 75cl £910
  • medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 l'eglise clinet begins a little closed and broody, soon unfurling to reveal powerful notes of baked black plums, chocolate-covered cherries and blueberry preserves with hints of chargrill, mocha and aniseed plus a touch of tar. medium to full-bodied, the palate is a powerhouse of crunchy, vibrant black fruit, framed by wonderfully ripe, rounded tannins and oodles of freshness, finishing long and savory. bravo! 2024-2054.

    Score: 98 Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (March 2020), March 2020

    The 2017 L’Eglise-Clinet was picked from 12 to 22 September for the Merlot and on 22 September for the Cabernet Franc. Denis Durantou told me that it is matured in 70% new oak. This has a stunning, mineral-driven bouquet with tightly packed blackcurrant and raspberry fruit, and hints of black truffle that emerge with time. The palate has a satin-like texture on the entry with a fine bead of acidity. This defies the growing season in terms of its concentration with layers of black fruit on the saline finish. It does not quite have the length of the 2018 - but it will give 30 years of drinking pleasure. 2025-2050.

    Score: 95 Neal Martin, vinous.com, February 2020

    The 2017 L’Eglise-Clinet was picked between 12 and 22 September, the Cabernet Franc coming in on the last day. Nothing was touched by the frost. It is matured in 70% new oak. Denis Durantou did not specify the exact quantity produced, “Just enough for my friends” according to his spec sheet! The bouquet is very succinct, perhaps more open than either the 2015 or 2016 at this early stage, extraordinarily pure with blackberry, wild strawberry, smoke and truffle. It just gets better and better as it opens in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, linear and focused, very fresh with pointed acidity. This is full of tension and poise, a touch of graphite emerging towards the finish that lingers in the mouth with superb salinité at the end. It completes a triumvirate for Denis Durantou after the 2015 and 2016s. Drink 2024 - 2050.

    Score: 95/97 Neal Martin, vinous.com, May 2018

    A blend of 90% Merlot with 10% Cabernet Franc, the deep garnet-purple colored 2017 L'Eglise Clinet opens with crème de cassis, black forest cake and preserved plums notes with suggestions of underbrush, lilacs and star anise plus an invigorating spark of Bing cherries. Medium to full-bodied and built like a brick house with very firm, ripe tannins and very refreshing acidity supporting the tightly wound muscular fruit, it finishes with epic persistence and bags of energy. This will be extremely long lived!

    Score: 96/98+ Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (236), April 2018

Tasting Notes
98
Red Bordeaux 2017 Cos d'Estournel

1 Case 12 75cl £1,100
  • Composed of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc, yields for the grand vin in 2017 were 43 hectoliters per hectare, and it was aged in 60% new oak. It came in at an alcohol of 13% and an IPT of 68. Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Cos d'Estournel needs a little coaxing to unfurl, revealing beautiful expressions of preserved plums, boysenberries, blackcurrant pastilles and wild blueberries with hints of Indian spices, menthol, lilacs and mossy tree bark plus a compelling suggestion of iron ore. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has a solid backbone of firm, grainy tannins and well-knit freshness supporting the tightly wound blue and black fruits layers, finishing long and fragrant. This wine will need a good 5-7 years in bottle before it begins to blossom and should go on for at least another 40 years. I expect this wine to be a blockbuster of a head-turner when I come back and taste it at 10 years of age!

    Score: 98+ Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, RobertParker.com, March 2020

    The 2017 Cos d’Estournel showed extremely well from barrel and likewise in bottle, continuing this estate’s strong run of form since the 2014 vintage. You instantaneously fall in love with the nose that bursts forth with blackberry, raspberry coulis, crushed stone, iodine and pressed iris petal. The 60% new oak is beautifully integrated. Quintessentially Cos d’Estournel. The palate is medium-bodied with supple black fruit laced with black truffle and graphite, quite Pauillac-like in style, which is no surprise given its location. This is very focused and perhaps understated compared to the 2016, yet its freshness and vivacity are undeniable. "Streamlined, cool and linear" I wrote at en primeur... I have no reason to alter that sentiment. 2025-2060.

    Score: 95 Neal Martin, vinous.com, February 2020

    The 2017 Cos d’Estournel is matured in 60% new oak and comprises 13% alcohol, approximately the same as the 2016. It has a more expressive and welcoming bouquet than usual, maybe more indicative of how this wine will mature in bottle, less opaque than the 2016. A common theme throughout the range from Cos d’Estournel is a Pauillac-inspired backbone/tannic structure coupled with an attractive scent wafting over from the estuary...think mudflats, oyster shells and the tang of sea spray. It gains a little intensity with aeration but never fully lets go. The palate is very well balanced with filigree tannin, rendering this one of the most approachable barrel samples from the estate in recent years. The coolness of the latter part of the season defines this Saint-Estèphe more than the precocity of June: streamlined, cool and linear with a velvety finish that feels sleek, to the point of being understated, though that belies its length and focus. This is simply a very classy wine in the making and typical of the more recent sophisticated style pursued by the property in recent years. Drink 2022-2045.

    Score: 94/96 Neal Martin, vinous.com, May 2018

    The final blend of the 2017 Cos d'Estournel is 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc. Very deep purple-black in color, it offers up intense scents of crushed blackcurrants, blackberries and black cherries with touches of incense, spice cake, star anise and plum preserves plus a perfumed hint of potpourri. The palate is medium-bodied with very firm yet wonderfully ripe, "sweet", fine-grained tannins at just 13% alcohol—something of a miracle in our modern times. The palate sports fantastic freshness and tons of energy emitted from the intensely perfumed black fruit layers, finishing on an epically long-lingering mineral note. Truly profound.

    Score: 97/100 Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (236), April 2018

    Quite the bottle here! Spices, such as nutmeg and cinnamon, as well as dried meat and plums with cedar and sandalwood. Full body. Deep and dense in the center palate and a long, long finish. Shows finesse and tightness. Very polished tannins. Long and ethereal. Try after 2023.

    Score: 98 James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, January 2020

    Love tasting this wine. You almost want to drink it for its harmony and balance. Full-bodied and so complete with cloves, spices, dark berries and hints of chocolate. Wonderful integration on the finish.

    Score: 97/98 James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2018

    A bold, dramatic wine, the 2017 Cos d'Estournel is seriously impressive today. Time in barrel has done wonders for the 2017, a wine that has really gained depth in élevage. Black cherry, chocolate, spice, new leather, licorice, smoke and incense infuse the 2017 with tons of character, with the 60% new oak very well judged. In 2017, Cos has a level of textural resonance that eludes many Saint-Estèphes. The blend is 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc. Drink 2027-2057.

    Score: 95 Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, March 2020

    The 2017 Cos d'Estournel is a sleek, polished wine built on finesse more than power. Sweet, perfumed aromatics and silky tannins add to that impression. In 2017 the Grand Vin shows a distinctly red-fruit and floral character that matches its mid-weight personality nicely. The blend is 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc. New oak is around 60%.

    Score: 92/95 Antonio Galloni, vinous.com (236), May 2018

    Inky with black core and purple rim. Dark-fruited and lightly charry to give a savoury/fruit complexity. Extremely pure cassis. A little more chewy than the Pagodes but still remarkably silky, with clarity, precision and length but without excess richness. Deep and long. Amazing balance already. Great precision, helped by a decade of experience in the new chai, says technical director Dominique Arangoits. Opens in the glass to reveal a hint of something floral. Plenty of depth but no excess weight, and modest alcohol.
    Drink 2025-2040

    Score: 17.5+ Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2018

    There was no frost at Cos. After a cool, dry summer the grapes were picked between 12th and 30th September from a yield of 43 hl/ha. 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc. Maturation in 60% new oak. Medium deep purple, the nose here offers liquorice, spice and black fruit after a little coaxing from the glass. Despite the reticence on the nose, the palate offers plump black cherry fruit and a glossy texture thanks to the ultra refined and quite delicately extracted tannins. The wood smoke and pencil shavings come through more on the finish, where there are some lingering and drying tannins for now. This is succulent and bright on the finish, but not one of the blockbuster, powerhouse wines from Cos d'Estournel.

    Score: 16 Farr Vintners, April 2018

    The nose is firm the start of the palate tight but it opens up in the middle with a rich mix of black fruits black cherry backed by cassis. The concentrated fruit is supported by fine tannins depth of flavour the fruit at the back rich and ripe. Drink 2025-2041.

    Score: 91/94 Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, May 2018

    This is exceptional, if a touch below the intensity and harmony of 2016. I love the density that's displayed in this wine, showcasing luxurious, well-enrobed tannins. The complexity steals up on you little by little, the dark cassis and plum fruit character deepening through the palate with flashes of sage, charcoal, cigar box, graphite and taut tannins. The colour difference is marked between the grand vin and second wine, with the Cos extremely deep damson in colour following a one-month maceration at 30 degrees and clever use of the press. Harvested 12- 30 September. 40% of production went into the grand vin. 3.7pH. IPT68. 60% new oak.
    Drinking Window 2026 - 2040

    Score: 94 Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2018

    Tasted with owner Michel Reybier and winemaker Dominique Arangoïts. After a dry winter, the clay soils were not quite fully replenished with water. March saw good weather and an early bud break. There was no frost damage in April, because of their proximity to the Gironde. In June there were some warm conditions – above 30C during the day and even above 20C during the night. The vines started to suffer a little – a month earlier than this might happen in a normal vintage. From the 26 - 30 June 95mm rain fell and the vineyards recovered. July and August was a little cooler
    and not too sunny and ripening continued like clockwork. At the end of August, the growing slowed again, with the vegetal growth stopping but the grapes continued to ripen their tannins. Cool weather and some rain came in September and the skins ripened even faster and they started picking on 12th September. The grapes were perfectly ripe and the balance between skin ripeness, acidity and sugar was perfectly ‘Bordelaise’ according to Dominique. He said that the vintage ended up being a strange hybrid of 2003 heat and 2005 / 2010 coolness. The colour alone is incredible in this wine and this is the first signal to its intensity. The ripe skins gave up absolutely everything for this wine. There is trademark exoticism here found in the scent, but it is tempered by control and detail. There is exquisite balance here, too, and the tannins are sensational - mouth-watering but not too astringent. There are dark chocolate and plum notes on the palate and there is serious length here, but nothing is too hurried or over-extracted. There is no trace of oak – it is in perfect balance from all aspects of its make-up. This seems like a new dawn for Cos – it is a terroir vintage and the terroir has spoken.

    Score: 18.5+ Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2018

Tasting Notes
98
Red Bordeaux 2018 Les Pagodes de Cos

4 Case 6 75cl £200
  • Rating

    93+

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2022 - 2036

    Reviewed by

     Lisa Perrotti-Brown

    Issue Date

    31st Mar 2021

    Source

    End of March 2021, The Wine Advocate

    The 2018 Les Pagodes de Cos (14.51% alcohol) is a blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc, aging in 20% new barriques. Deep garnet-purple in color, it bursts from the glass with bold notions of Morello cherries, blackcurrant pastilles, plum preserves and spice cake with suggestions of pencil shavings and bouquet garni. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is jam-packed with spicy black fruits, framed by velvety tannins and seamless freshness, finishing on a lingering savory note.

Tasting Notes
93
White Bordeaux 2007 Laville Haut Brion

4 Case 6 75cl £1,080
  • 93-96 RPRobert Parker, Wine Advocate # 176 93 WSRich, powerful, perfumed aromas of lemon pie, cooked apple and melon lead to a full body, with a fabulous density that persists. Gorgeous, with lovely richness and balance. Best after 2011. James Suckling,Wine Spectator 2010

Tasting Notes
96
Red Burgundy Lignier-Michelot 2008 Clos de la Roche

1 Case 12 75cl £1,800
  • Note: from a .27 ha parcel, most of which is young vines of 15 years though there is a parcel approximating 15% of the total with <40 years of age
    Producer note: Virgile Lignier told me that 2008 was a vintage where "the saving grace was the north wind, which is also responsible for forming its character, much as it did in 1996 and 2002. As such, it was primarily maturation through evaporation rather than through the more typical heat and light. Having seen this phenomenon before, I waited as long as I could so that my fruit could benefit from what sunshine and luminosity that there was. I began picking on the 2nd of October because I could see that there was no photosynthesis going on and there was nothing to be gained by waiting any longer. Waiting though had its price as it was necessary to eliminate a lot of fruit. In fact, I would estimate my average loss at 30%. Sugars were better than I thought they would be at between 11.5 and 12.5% and I had one parcel at 13%. I limited the chaptalization to no more than half a degree. The '08s are extremely transparent and I was positive that boosting the alcohols would immediately, and permanently, mark the wines. As I did in 2007, I elected to use some whole clusters, which varied between 10 and 20% though for the old vines Morey, it was 30%, the Clos St. Denis saw 50% and for the Charmes-Chambertin, it was 100%. The '08 vintage is not really to my taste but I have to say that it's certainly better than I anticipated that it would be. And in tasting the wines, it's immediately apparent that 2008 respected the hierarchy of appellations as there are big quality differences between each level." Note: Lignier has a small négociant activity and the wines are sold under Maison Virgile Lignier. 
    Tasting note: Like all of these grands crus, this is a very ripe '08 with a layered, elegant and nuanced nose that combines red pinot fruit, oak, warm earth and wet stone notes that seamlessly give way to round, rich and full-bodied flavors that possess a sleek muscularity on the beautifully textured and mineral-driven finish. This is a big wine in the context of the vintage and offers a completely different personality than does the Clos St. Denis.
     

Tasting Notes
92
Red Burgundy Romanee Conti 1993 Romanee Saint Vivant

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1 Case 6 75cl £19,500
  • Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
    1993
    Romanée St. Vivant
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 94
    Tasted: Oct 14, 2013
    Drink: Try from 2018+
     
    Tasting note: A classic and explosive RSV nose with superbly elegant black fruit aromas that also display hints of dried flowers and stem hints along with the usually Asian spice nuances is followed by still tight, pure, concentrated and intense flavors of outstanding complexity and length. This is dense and still relatively young though not so much that it can't be enjoyed. That said, I would continue to cellar this for another few years though if you're going to try one now it would not be a crime provided that it was decanted for an hour or so first. In sum, this is a dramatic and extremely impressive wine that has it all. Multiple, and mostly consistent, notes though a few bottles have displayed a more pronounced stemminess on the nose that some may find mildly off-putting.
     

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy Roumier, Georges 2004 Musigny

2 Bottle 75cl £9,500
  • Domaine Georges Roumier
    2004
    Musigny
    Grand Cru Red barrel
    Score: 93-96
    Tasted: Jan 01, 2006
    Drink: 2019+
    Issue: 21
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    Note: one and one-half barrels made; the half barrel was new
    Producer note: Christophe Roumier describes the 2004 vintage as "an excellent surprise. It's a very Burgundian vintage as it is highly transparent and each wine tastes distinctly different from its neighbor. The growing season was tough, tough, tough because there was hail and oidium. Thankfully, the parcel of Musigny was spared any hail damage but that was just luck. Careful triage work was absolutely imperative; for example, in some parcels I threw out as much as 25% of the crop whereas in others, the losses were minimal. Treating against rot and oidium may have also caused the very long and slow malos because of the all the sulfur we sprayed with. Despite the less than idea conditions in August, we had a great September and sugars climbed like a rocket. I didn't chaptalize anything and we still had sugars that came in over 13% to as high as 14.2%, which I think is more than adequate. Phenolic ripeness though was just sufficient and thus I used very little of the stems with the exception of the Musigny where I used more. I fermented at relatively low temperatures until the very end where I let them spike for a day or so to be sure the sugars were completely finished. The wines continue to add weight and body and given how fresh they are, I'm in no hurry to bottle. At this point, though we will see, I am thinking that February or March will be a good time for them to go into bottle." As the scores and comments suggest, Roumier's '04s are really lovely and while they don't rival his '01s or '02s, I definitely prefer them to his '03s, which I found largely disappointing. To be sure, there is nothing wrong with them, it's just that Roumier has a habit of outperforming by far the quality of any given vintage yet I found these '03s to be only slightly better than average. (Diageo/Château and Estate Wine Company, New York, NY; John Armit Wines, Domaine Direct, Howard Ripley, Morris & Verdin and The Wine Society, all UK).
    Burhound Tasting note: A perfumed and airy nose of lavender, spice and distinct floral notes highlight the intense, structured and quite powerful full-bodied flavors that culminate in huge and mouth coating length. This is a big wine yet impeccably refined, pure and classy and the length is just flat out incredible. This should live for years and will prove to be unusually long-lived for the vintage.
     

Tasting Notes
96
Red Burgundy Rousseau 1993 Clos de Beze

1 Bottle 75cl £3,800
  • Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils
    1993
    Chambertin-Clos de Bèze
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 96
    Tasted: Jun 01, 2016
    Drink: Now+
     
    Tasting note: (opened from personal storage and with thanks to Bruce Khouri). This remains one of the greatest wines of the '93 vintage with a simply dazzling breadth of aromas. The highly layered nose is perfumed and lovely yet at the same time powerful and penetrating as it introduces detailed, driving and still very fresh flavors that display astounding depth on the stunningly persistent finish. I very much like the way the flavors do a slow build from the mid-palate onto the harmonious finish and overall this is a complete wine with class and breed to burn. For my taste this has arrived at its peak though the balance is so fine that it should age effortlessly well for years to come. Reference standard Clos de Bèze. Multiple, and consistent, notes. I would further observe however that in all of the times that I have tasted the '93 Cham and Bèze side by side the Clos de Bèze has been the more interesting of the two. That said, in this most recent comparison the Chambertin was the better wine if only by a nose if you'll excuse the pun. Based on only one comparison I'm not prepared to aver that the Chambertin has surpassed the Clos de Bèze but it did in this one match up.
     

Tasting Notes
96
Red Burgundy Rousseau 1996 Clos de Beze

1 Bottle 75cl £3,200
  • Wine Review

    Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils
    1996
    Chambertin-Clos de Bèze
    Grand Cru Red Magnum
    Score: 94
    Tasted: Nov 17, 2015
    Drink: Try from 2026+
     
    Tasting note: (from a magnum opened by Eric Rousseau at a function in Burgundy). Like the same wine in 750 ml (see the review herein), initially mild reduction knocks down the expressiveness of the otherwise pure, pretty, notably fresh and exquisitely complex aromas of secondary dark fruit, spices and earth, indeed this is positively kaleidoscopic in breadth. The still moderately tannic, sappy, intense and equally complex flavors deliver a refined mouth feel on the notably vibrant, explosive and gorgeously long finish that displays just a hint of dryness that will probably eventually dissipate though that is not a given, particularly given the large format bottling. As such my score offers the benefit of the doubt in this regard. As to drinkability as one might reasonably assume with the magnum format this is nowhere near ready and I would not be inclined to touch this for at least another 10 years and 15 wouldn't surprise me.

Tasting Notes
94
Red Burgundy Rousseau 2001 Gevrey Chambertin Clos Saint Jacques

1 Bottle 75cl £1,500
  • Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils
    2001
    Gevrey-Chambertin "Clos St. Jacques"
    1er Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 92
    Tasted: Mar 03, 2019
    Drink: Now+
     
    Tasting note: Very mild bricking. There is a hint of menthol to the beautifully spicy and airy aromas that have transformed into entirely secondary fruit notes (though no sous-bois) that are nuanced by soil and game-inflected nuances. The medium-bodied, sweet and vibrant flavors are underpinned by evident minerality on the delineated, pure and saline finish where a hint of acid tang appears. For my preference this has peaked though it should have no trouble holding at this level for another decade, perhaps even a bit longer. I do worry that it may eventually begin to dry out but that should not be a short-term concern. Tasted several times over the years with largely consistent results.
     

Tasting Notes
92
White Burgundy Bouzereau 2012 Corton Clos des Fietres Blanc

2 Case 6 75cl £330
White Burgundy Mischief & Mayhem 2015 Corton Charlemagne

1 Case 6 75cl £650
Rhone Chapoutier 2015 Ermitage de l'Oree

1 Bottle 150cl £195
  • Rating

    98

    Release Price

    $337

    Drink Date

    2016 - 2046

    Reviewed by

    Jeb Dunnuck

    Issue Date

    30th Dec 2016

    Source

    228, The Wine Advocate

    Of the three sélection parcellaire whites, the 2015 Ermitage de l’Orée is the most fresh and lively, with full-bodied richness and depth in its pineapple, mint, tropical fruits, toasted bread, brioche and liquid rock-styled aromas and flavors. It has good acidity, a stacked mid-palate and one seriously long finish.

Tasting Notes
98
Rhone Chapoutier 2016 Ermitage de l'Oree

1 Bottle 150cl £225
  • Rating

    97

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2018 - 2035

    Reviewed by

     Joe Czerwinski

    Issue Date

    29th Dec 2017

    Source

    234, The Wine Advocate

    As usual, Chapoutier's sélections parcellaires are stunning. The 2016 Ermitage de l'Oree from Les Murets' clay soils combines hints of honey and toast with tangerine zest and melon. It's 100% Marsanne, yet shows exuberant, nearly tropical flavors and absolutely no bitterness. It's full-bodied, completely mouth coating and rich, yet it finishes with zesty vitality and sherbet-like cleanliness. It should drink well for at least two decades.

Tasting Notes
97
Rhone Beaucastel 2015 CNDP Hommage Jacques Perrin

1 Bottle 300cl £800
  • A classic blend of mostly Mourvèdre, the 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Hommage A Jacques Perrin is a blockbuster that’s certainly the wine of the vintage. Possessing an inky purple color to go with an incredible bouquet of blueberries, garrigue, olive tapenade, beef blood and pepper. Rich, full-bodied, powerful and layered, with sweet, ripe tannin, it's a more approachable example of this cuvée that past vintage, yet will keep for 3 decades or more.

    Score: 99 Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, October 2017

    A well-endowed wine, dripping with cassis, plum sauce and raspberry puree flavors supported by notes of warmed apple wood, black tea and melted licorice. Dense yet remarkably polished, and almost supple in feel, with a bolt of warm earth scoring the very end of the finish. Best from 2025 through 2050. 170 cases made.

    Score: 98 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator Advance, June 2018

    Inky ruby. Potent blackberry, cassis, potpourri and garrigue aromas expand with air, picking up Indian spice and mineral nuances and a hint of smokiness. Sweet and seamless in texture, offering wonderfully concentrated yet lively dark fruit liqueur, spicecake and floral pastille flavors and a touch of candied licorice. Deftly blends richness and vivacity and finishes spicy, focused and extremely long; pliant tannins add shape and closing grip.

    Score: 95/97 Josh Raynolds, vinous.com, March 2017

Tasting Notes
99
Rhone Chapoutier 2010 Ermitage Vin de Paille

1 Case 3 37.5cl £335
  • Because of a change in French laws, the 2010 Ermitage Vin de Paille will be the last sweet wine made by Chapoutier. Made from 100% Marsanne, this perfect wine exhibits an incredible perfume of truffles, apricot jam and caramelized tangerines. This noble, surgically precise classic can be drunk now or cellared for over 100 years. It is a remarkable wine, and it’s a shame to see this cuvee discontinued. For the technical minded, this wine has 120 grams of residual sugar. 

    In November of this year, Michel Chapoutier finally made the cover of The Wine Spectator. The accompanying article said essentially the same things I had written about over twenty years ago. More importantly, I am thrilled that Chapoutier received this attention because it has long been deserved. History will record that Michel Chapoutier is a revolutionary. He is also a highly emotional man whose infectious love of primitive art, historic books, classical music and, of course, terroir and winemaking are seemingly impossible to harness. Michel Chapoutier was among the first in France to embrace the radical biodynamic agricultural teachings, for which he was initially criticized, but is now praised. He was also the first to print all his labels in Braille, something that cynics considered to be a gimmick, but ask the National Association for the Blind what they think. Coming from a famous family, but moving in a direction unlike any of its previous members, Michel Chapoutier is self-taught. What he has accomplished over the last two decades or more is one of the great wine stories of the modern era. With all his outgoing, boisterous, machine-gun-speed prose that can sometimes sound shockingly cocky, and at other times reminiscent of the famous Lebanese poet Khalil Gibran, there is never a dull moment around Chapoutier., who makes comments such as “Filtering wine is like making love with a condom,” and “Acidifying wine is like putting a suit of armor on the vineyard’s terroir, vintage character and the cepage.” Don’t blame him if his brilliant intellect and shocking vocabulary put his visitors on the defensive. Michel Chapoutier has proven through his genius, the faith of his convictions and backbreaking attention to detail in his vineyards and in the winery that a once moribund negociant (yet with significant vineyard holdings) could become a beacon of inspiration and quality for the entire world. In short, every wine consumer in the world should admire his accomplishments. All of Chapoutier’s lower level 2010 whites and basic reds have long been sold out, so to keep the tasting somewhat limited during my visit, we focused on the more recently released 2010 white and red selections parcellaires and nearly all the 2011s. As for the 2010 selection parcellaire whites, they are spectacular. Le Pavillon, once called Rochefine and owned by Jaboulet-Verchere, consists of 10 acres of pure granite in the famed Les Bessards, which is considered by many to be the single greatest terroir of Hermitage. The Ermitage Le Pavillon, which is meant to age for 50+ years, is Michel Chapoutier’s legacy, and he is confident that history will support his belief in this extraordinary wine. Michel Chapoutier is not alone in believing the 2011s may resemble a more modern day version of 1991. That vintage was largely underrated by just about everybody (except yours truly) because all the accolades and hyperbole were largely bestowed on both 1989 and 1990 (deservedly), but in the Northern Rhone 1991 turned out to be a strikingly superb vintage for Cote Rotie, Hermitage, Cornas and Condrieu. In the Southern Rhone, the vintage was largely a disaster. Following is an overview of what to expect with the inexpensive 2011 whites and reds. Most of these wines do not have the weight, power or tannic structure of the 2010s, but they are by no means diluted or wimpish wines. They tend to be charming, fruit-forward and seductive, and thus may be preferred by consumers looking for immediate gratification. Although the first few wines reviewed are Southern Rhones, they need to be covered because they are in bottle, and I did not review them in issue 203. Along with several other producers, Michel Chapoutier has helped increase the world’s attention to the long-forgotten, microscopic appellation of St.-Peray. Chapoutier produces a bevy of St.-Perays under his own name as well as in partnership with two three-star chefs, Sophie Pic, of the Restaurant Pic in Valence (as well as several culinary branches in Paris and Lausanne, Switzerland), and Yannick Alleno, the brilliant chef at the Hotel Le Meurice’s in Paris. I did not review the two rose offerings from the Southern Rhone in issue 203, but both are excellent. Rose drinking season in the Mid-Atlantic and northeast regions is largely shut down until warm weather returns next spring. People in other, warmer climates of our country can still enjoy these wines. The red 2011 selections parcellaires are already fruit-forward and seductive. Readers should love them as they are much more evolved than the more structured, powerful, dense, tannic 2010s.

Tasting Notes
100
Rhone Grand Veneur 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes

1 Case 6 150cl £1,850£1,800
  • Rating

    100

    Release Price

    $75 - 90

    Drink Date

    2017 - 2047

    Reviewed by

     Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    31st Oct 2012

    Source

    203, The Wine Advocate

    A monumental effort meriting a perfect score, the super-rich 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is a 4,000-bottle blend of 50% Grenache, 40% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah from 55- to 105-year-old vines and was aged for 18 months in small oak. The wine offers majestic blackberry and cassis fruit intermixed with kirsch, licorice and subtle Provencal herbs in the background. It is akin to chewing meat in the mouth given its viscosity and thickness. This utterly amazing wine comes close to being over the top, but it pulls back just in time. A massive Chateauneuf du Pape (even for a 2010), it needs 5-6 years of cellaring and should age effortlessly for 25-30 years. Bravo!  

Tasting Notes
100
Rhone Jaboulet-Aine 1998 Hermitage La Chapelle

1 Case 6 75cl £800
  • Rating:

    92

    Price ($)

    NA

    Drink Date

    2005 - 2025

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    26th Jun 2000

    Source

    129, The Wine Advocate

    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

Tasting Notes
92
Rhone Mas de Boislauzon 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Quet

2 Bottle 150cl £390
  • 93 points

    75% grenache and 25% mourvedre): Glass-staining purple. Heady, spice-accented aromas of dark fruit liqueur, cola, licorice and candied violet. Broad-shouldered and deeply concentrated, offering sweet cassis and blueberry flavors that show a distinctly ripe character. Tannins build with air and carry through an impressively long, smoky finish that strongly echoes the blueberry and licorice notes. This masculine, brawny wine has shaped up very nicely since last year but it will never impress with finesse.

    -- Josh Raynolds

     

     

Tasting Notes
93
Champagne NV Gosset Grande Reserve

1 Case 6 75cl £140
  • (43% chardonnay, 42% pinot noir, 15% pinot meunier). A discreet, even restrained nose is comprised by notes of petrol, yeast, Meyer lemon, apple and a lovely floral hint. The rounded, delicious and caressing flavors are shaped by a relatively soft (though not flabby) mousse before culminating in a clean, vibrant and moderately dry finale. I like the delivery though this could use just a bit more complexity which could develop if this was given a few more years of cellar time. 91/2020+

    Score: 91 Allen Meadows, Burghound.com (65), January 2017

     

Tasting Notes
91