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Region Vintage Name Qtysort descending Unit Case Size Format Price Note Rating
Red Bordeaux 1985 Latour 1 Bottle 75cl £390
  • Score: 88 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

    Score: 87 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (3), November 1998

    Score: 88 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (129), June 2000

    This wine was tasted from my personal collection, following the Latour tasting. The 1985 Latour is a soft, open-knit example, without much structure, delineation, and depth. The dark ruby color displays amber at the edge. The bouquet of tobacco, black fruits, herbs, earth, and new oak is pleasant, but neither intense nor persistent. The wine is medium-bodied, with sweet fruit on the attack, but it narrows out to reveal dry tannin and herbaceous notes. Anticipated maturity: now-2012.

    Score: 88 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (129), April 2000

    Score: 94 James Suckling, Wine Spectator, August 2000

    Almost as great as the 1982. Dense and luscious with amazingly deep plum, blackberry and chocolate aromas and flavors. Full-bodied and full tannins. A wine with a terrific future. Try after 1998.--The Bordeaux 50. (JS) 95points

      James Suckling, Wine Spectator

Tasting Notes
88
Red Bordeaux 1993 Margaux 1 Bottle 150cl £585
  • Rating

    88

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2003 - 2010

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    1st Jan 2003

    Source

    Bordeaux Book, 4th Edition, The Wine Advocate

    In a difficult vintage, Chateau Margaux produced a relatively mid-weight, soft, richly fruit wine with some hints of weedy tobacco in the aromas and flavors of this dark plum-colored wine. The wine is medium-bodied, reaching full maturity, and has surprising depth, ripeness, and sweetness for a wine from such a horrific year. Anticipated maturity: Now-2010. Last tasted, 10/02.

Tasting Notes
88
Red Bordeaux 1997 Latour 1 Bottle 75cl £350
  • Rating:

    89

    Price ($)

    $180

    Drink Date

    2000 - 2014

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    21st Apr 2000

    Source

    128, The Wine Advocate

Tasting Notes
89
Red Bordeaux 1986 Lafite Rothschild 1 Bottle 75cl £800
  • Parker The 1986 possesses outstanding richness, a deep color, medium body, a graceful, harmonious texture, and superb length. The penetrating fragrance of cedar, chestnuts, minerals, and rich fruit is a hallmark of this wine. Powerful, dense, rich, and tannic, as well as medium to full-bodied, with awesome extraction of fruit, this Lafite has immense potential. Patience is required. Anticipated maturity: 2000-2030

  • The 1986 possesses outstanding richness, a deep color, medium body, a graceful, harmonious texture, and superb length. The penetrating fragrance of cedar, chestnuts, minerals, and rich fruit is a hallmark of this wine. Powerful, dense, rich, and tannic, as well as medium to full-bodied, with awesome extraction of fruit, this Lafite has immense potential. Patience is required. (Taken from the Bordeaux Book, 3rd Edition)

    Score: 100

    Robert Parker, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2000-203001 January 1998

    The 1986 possesses outstanding richness, a deep color, medium body, a graceful, harmonious texture, and superb length. The penetrating fragrance of cedar, chestnuts, minerals, and rich fruit is a hallmark of this wine. Powerful, dense, rich, and tannic, as well as medium to full-bodied, with awesome extraction of fruit, this Lafite has immense potential. Patience is required.

    Score: 100

    Robert Parker, 'Bordeaux' 3rd Ed. Maturity: 2000-203001 January 1998

Tasting Notes
100
Red Bordeaux 1988 Latour 1 Bottle 75cl £375
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    The best showing yet for a wine from this under-rated vintage, the dark garnet-colored 1988 Latour reveals slight amber at the edge. A bouquet of melted tar, plums, black currants, cedar, and underbrush is followed by a sweet entry, with medium to full body, excellent ripeness, and mature tannin. It is a classic, elegant Latour with more meaty, vegetable-like flavors than are found in a riper year, such as 1989 and 1990. The 1988 has just begun to enter its plateau of maturity, where it should remain for 25 years. Anticipated maturity: now-2025

     

Tasting Notes
91
Red Bordeaux 2010 Haut Brion 1 Case 12 75cl £6,600
100
Red Bordeaux 2009 Petrus 1 Case 6 75cl £16,100
  •  2009 Petrus reminds me of what the 1982 tasted like at a similar age.

    This is one of the larger productions of Petrus over recent years, with nearly 3,000 cases of this vintage turned out by proprietor Jean Moueix. An opulent Petrus very much in the stylistic family of the 1990, this 100% Merlot has a dense plum / purple colour and a sweet nose of mulberries, black cherries, some subtle toast and licorice as well as a floral element. A wine of great intensity, a multidimensional mouthfeel and full-bodied, stunning concentration, the 2009 Petrus  is everything one would expect of it. Given the sweetness of its tannin, much like the 1990. I sustpect this wine will always be "open for business," appealing even in it youth. Anticipated marturity: 2016-2050+

    Score: 100 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, March 2012

    Harvested between September 17 and the beginning of October, the 2009 Petrus reminds me of what the 1982 tasted like at a similar age. Sweet tannins along with extraordinarily pure mulberry and black cherry fruit intermixed with hints of licorice and truffle are found in this 2009 in addition to a voluptuous mouthfeel, an unctuous texture, and, for Petrus, relatively high alcohol of 14.2%. Stuffed, rich, and creamy-textured with a full-bodied, powerful, exuberant personality, it should be approachable in a decade, and last for 40-50 years. (Tasted once). Drink 2020-2070.

    Score: 96/100 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (188), April 2010

    Tasted at Chateau Petrus. A bright purple colour. The nose is warm and inviting, very concentrated with raspberry, wild strawberry and more glycerine than I have encountered in previous vintages. The palate is full-bodied and very supple in texture, beautifully balanced and very sensuous, more a Petrus of texture than tautness or delineation, building on the palate, very good weight with a touch of citrus peel and a sprinkle of white pepper towards the finish. Long, long length with that hint of Schezhuan pepper on the aftertaste. Tasted April 2010.

    Score: 94/96 Neal Martin, eRobertParker.com, April 2010

    Amazing aromas of blackberries, dark chocolate and hazelnut. Full body, with super velvety tannins, yet reserved and all in check. Fresh acidity and an orangy, lemon and chanterelle mushroom aftertaste. Then turns to black olives. Minerals and blueberries. Incredible. Still think 2010 is slightly better. Try in 2020.

    Score: 99 James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2012

Tasting Notes
100
Red Bordeaux 1995 Margaux 1 Case 12 75cl £4,600
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    May 2009 Lisa Perrotti-Brown 95 Drink: 2009 - 2030 $461-$1140
    Medium garnet colour going brick at the rim. The nose is beginning to showing signs of evolution with aromas of leather, game, warm cassis, dried plums and cloves. Medium to high acidity, medium body and medium to firm, fine tannins support earthy, blackcurrant-preserve fruit. Long finish. Drink now – 2030+. Tasted February 2009.
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    Feb 1998 Robert M. Parker, Jr. 95 Drink: 2005 - 2040 $461-$1140 (300)
    Bottled very late (November, 1997), the 1995 has continued to flesh out, developing into one of the great classics made under the Mentzelopoulos regime. The color is opaque ruby/purple. The nose offers aromas of licorice and sweet smoky new oak intermixed with jammy black fruits, licorice, and minerals. The wine is medium to full-bodied, with extraordinary richness, fabulous equilibrium, and hefty tannin in the finish. In spite of its large size and youthfulness, this wine is user-friendly and accessible. This is a thrilling Margaux that will always be softer and more evolved than its broader-shouldered sibling, the 1996. How fascinating it will be to follow the evolution of both of these vintages over the next half century. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2040.
     

    Bordeaux Book, 3rd Edition 
    Jan 1998 Robert M. Parker, Jr. 95 Drink: 2005 - 2025 $461-$1140
    The 1995 has fleshed out, developed more intensity, in addition to some stunning aromatics since I tasted it last spring. It appears to be a sensational Chateau Margaux that should take its place alongside some of the great wines produced at this estate under the Mentzelopoulos regime. Will this vintage ultimately rival the 1990, 1986, 1983, or 1982? I doubt it, but this majestic wine is not far off the mark of those classics. The wine's opaque purple color is followed by a fabulously sweet nose of black fruits, licorice, smoke, and the alluring floral scents that are so typical of Chateau Margaux. There is admirable flavor intensity and presence on the palate, as well as layers of black fruits, full body, and well-integrated toasty oak, acidity, and tannin. In comparison with other great vintages, it is not as creamy-textured and flattering as the 1990, but neither is it as backward and tannic as the 1986. Given the fact that it has developed so spectacularly in cask, this should be a Chateau Margaux to drink between 2005-2025. Last tasted 1/97

Tasting Notes
95
Red Bordeaux 1990 Mouton Rothschild 1 Bottle 75cl £325
  • Wine Journal
    May 2009 Neal Martin 90 
    This has always been a disappointing Mouton considering the vintage, although this is probably the best bottle, poured at La Paulee in Meursault. It remains rather lean and stalky on the nose, dry on the palate entry with notes of blackberry leaf and mulberry, with touches of tobacco. It is better balanced than I recall, yet it lacks vigour and backbone, as if it is unwilling to go that extra mile and reach the level one expects of Mouton. Not as hollow as other bottles but remaining leafy on the foursquare finish with moderate length, I would definitely opt for the superior ’89. Drink now-2015. Tasted November 2008.

Tasting Notes
90
Red Bordeaux 2017 Petrus 1 Case 3 75cl £6,500£6,200
  • Rating

    98+

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2023 - 2063

    Reviewed by

     Lisa Perrotti-Brown

    Issue Date

    16th Mar 2020

    Source

    March 2020 Week 3, The Wine Advocate

    Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2017 Petrus comes galloping out of the glass with bold, expressive notions of Black Forest cake, blueberry preserves and Christmas pudding with nuances of molten chocolate, Chinese five spice, candied violets, licorice and kirsch plus wafts of roses and cinnamon stick. Full-bodied, rich, spicy and fantastically concentrated, the palate has compelling freshness and a solid base of wonderfully ripe, velvety tannins, finishing very long and opulent. The aromatics at this youthful stage are atypical for Petrus and quite stunning—this 2017 is a bombshell! Furthermore, it is a unique style for this estate and one avid collectors should seek out!

    I asked Pétrus winemaker Olivier Berrouet what he felt had changed about this 2017 since I last tasted it from barrel. "During primeurs the wine was based on its aromatic side. With further time in barrel, the structure came through." He hit the nail on the head. I remember clearly how forward the wine appeared when I tasted it from barrel—a little blousy even. Now in bottle, it has gained backbone, layers and that underlying gravitas that makes Pétrus what it is. And yet, this is an exotic, downright flamboyant expression of the vineyard. I don't generally like surprises, but I loved this one!

Tasting Notes
98
Red Bordeaux 1978 Lafite Rothschild 1 Bottle 500cl £3,200
Red Bordeaux 1991 Lafite Rothschild 1 Bottle 75cl £500
Red Bordeaux 2016 Haut Brion 1 Case 3 150cl £2,450
  • The 2016 Haut-Brion has a beguiling sense of purity on the nose, which features scents of blackberry, crushed violet petals, hints of dark chocolate and even a suggestion of fresh fig. Underneath all this is a seam of mineralité that becomes more conspicuous with aeration, tightening everything up. The palate is medium-bodied with filigreed tannin, a satiny texture, perfect acidity and incredible harmony. Everything here is in the right place. Quite sensual in style, conveying an enthralling sense of delineation on the long finish. About as good as you will find in this vintage. Drink 2026-2080

    Score: 99 Neal Martin, vinous.com (Jan 2019), January 2019

    The 2016 Haut-Brion is blended of 56% Merlot, 37.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6.5% Cabernet Franc. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the nose is at once profound and arresting, offering drop-dead gorgeous Morello cherries, lilacs and red rose scents with a core of Black Forest cake, warm blackcurrants and blueberry preserves plus wafts of sandalwood and underbrush. Medium-bodied, the elegantly crafted palate is completely packed with intense floral, mineral and cassis-laced flavors with a firm frame of very finely pixelated tannins and seamless freshness, finishing very long and achingly stunning.

    Score: 100 Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate, November 2018

    The 2016 Haut-Brion is quite possibly even more magnificent from bottle than it was from barrel. Powerful and rich, yet not at all heavy, the 2016 is a wine of nearly indescribable beauty. Haut-Brion is often a thrilling wine, but it is rarely this finessed in its youth. Gravel, cure meat, tobacco and cedar are some of the many nuances that develop with air, but it is an extraordinary sense of harmony that really stands out. What a wine!

    2026 - 2066

    Score: 100 Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, January 2019

    This is a monument for Haut-Brion and reminds me of the great 1998 but in a modern and bright style. Full-bodied, very tannic and superbly structured yet always agile and vivid. Its energy and dynamic nature grabs you by the shoulder and tells you it’s great. Staggeringly precise. It can’t get better than this, can it?

    Score: 100 James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2017

    Even deeper colour than La Mission. Broad and spicy and very rich and a compote of warm bricks. (La Mission is more muscular and obviously tannic.) Firm and not over the top. Prances. Transparent and very much Haut-Brion.
    Drink 2028-2050

    Score: 19 Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2017

    This has a little more reticence initially on the nose than La Mission, but after a few minutes the rich texture begins to reveal itself, with charcoal, tobacco, dark plum and damson fruits that are straining at the leash. It has hidden power and subtle oak toasting - this clearly feels no need to shout about its presence, but there will be plenty to discover over time. You can feel those tannins licking around your teeth, building up one layer at a time. A great wine En primeur that has settled into greatness. Drinking Window 2026 - 2046.

    Score: 100 Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine, December 2018

    Tasted blind. Relatively pale garnet. Light and fresh on the nose. Just a tad simple. Lots of acidity and freshness but no great concentration of fruit. Though it’s deceptive as it really opens out on the end. Very refined.
    Drink 2026 – 2046

    Score: 18 Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2020

    Without doubt one of the world's greatest and most individual wine estates. The family traditions continue here with Jean-Philippe Delmas running the wine-making as his father and grandfather did before him and Clarence Dillon's great-grandson Robert de Luxembourg in overall charge of this wonderful property. Haut Brion - unlike the other First Growths - has never had a bad period and, for our money, is the most consistently great wine of Bordeaux. Since 1958 it has been bottled in the unique and iconic Haut Brion bottle. Deep colour with a tight, brooding nose of clove, cassis and wood smoke. The palate is tightly wound, with layers of fine tannin holding a dense core of brooding fruit. The lifted acidity gives great finesse to the texture of the wine, which is svelte, precise and fine on a very long, pure cassis finish. Currently more backward than many wines this year, it may take time to reveal its true qualities.

    Score: 18 Farr Vintners, April 2017

    Brooding richness the nose has depth the palate has concentrated black fruits. Sweet in the middle the tannins are fine and integrated supple fleshy rich fruit. At the back fresher fruit gives a lighter feel fragrant stylish but there is sweetness rich fruit on the finish. 2028-48

    Score: 95/98 Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2017

    Ambitious, concentrated and built for the long haul, this is a superb Haut-Brion that’s combines density and concentration with grace and fine balance. Scented, grassy and floral, it shifts into another gear on the palate, with layers of fine tannins, dark, savoury fruit and refreshing acidity. 2028-40

    Score: 97 Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2017

    This stunning wine is flexing its muscles, showing off its power and depth. Perfectly placed, so precise and utterly gorgeous with a hand-in-glove power. The texture is satin, silky and velvety, each strand providing a different take on charcoal, slate, menthol and bilberry, with mouthwatering acidity that suspends the finish for several minutes. Harvesting took place between 19th September and 13th October. 56% Merlot, 37.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6.5% Cabernet Franc aged in 78% new oak.
    Drinking Window 2027 - 2050

    Score: 98 Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2017

    Immensely tannic, this is a great Haut-Brion, one of the finest for many years. It shows the severe side of this estate, with a dense structure to match the powerful black fruits. Rich with berry flavors and lifted by enough acidity, the wine will age for many years. Drink from 2026.

    Score: 100 Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, January 2019

Tasting Notes
100
Red Bordeaux 2005 Mouton Rothschild 1 Case 12 75cl £5,400
  • The 2005 Mouton Rothschild (85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc) has a sensational nose of crème de cassis and incense as well as a touch of lead pencil shavings and forest floor. Dense purple, this is one of the biggest, richest wines I tasted from the Médoc. It is full-bodied, pure, and impressively endowed. Certainly the selection process and the vineyard have come through in admirable form. This wine has a certain accessibility due to the sweetness of the tannin, but it is multidimensional, with a majestic mouthfeel and length. Drink it over the next 30+ years. Drink 2015-2045.

    Score: 97 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (219), June 2015

    The 2005 Mouton-Rothschild has developed magnificently, and is even better than I remember. The final blend was 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc. Stunning notes of crème de cassis, melted asphalt, roasted espresso and cedarwood are present in this young, full-bodied, powerful, concentrated Mouton. Just beginning to enter its adolescence, it should hit full maturity in 10-15 years and last for 50 or more. The greatness of this vintage is increasingly apparent as the wines throw off their cloaks of tannin. Drink 2024-2065.

    Score: 99+ Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (216), December 2014

    The 2005 Mouton Rothschild will have to take a back seat to the prodigious 2006, but administrator Philippe Dalhuin deserves considerable credit for pushing Mouton to higher quality levels over recent years. A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest mostly Merlot, the dark purple-hued 2005 exhibits a restrained but promising nose of cedar, tobacco leaf, creme de cassis, and toasty oak. Full-bodied, tannic, and extremely backward, with the vintage’s tell-tale acidity, it appears to be even more closed in the bottle than it was from barrel. It does possess a long finish and multilayered mouthfeel. This is an undeniably outstanding, yet restrained, shy wine for a Mouton Rothschild. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2040+

    Score: 96 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (176), April 2008

Tasting Notes
97
Red Bordeaux 1984 Haut Brion 1 Bottle 75cl £275£225
  • Rating

    84

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    1988

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    1st Jan 1998

    Source

    Bordeaux Book, 3rd Edition, The Wine Advocate

    The medium-bodied 1984 Haut-Brion is attractively perfumed with mineral scents, tobacco, and ripe fruit, and has surprisingly good depth and length. It is not at all a big wine, but is soft, creamy, and ideal for drinking young.

Tasting Notes
84
Red Bordeaux 1983 Latour 1 Case 12 75cl £4,500
  • Tasted from my cellar, this wine is fully mature, not terribly concentrated, and slightly herbaceous, exhibiting aromas of sweaty saddle leather, melted asphalt, tobacco, and red as well as black fruits. Notions of caramel and roasted nuts also emerge. A medium-bodied effort with soft tannin, but little persistence and length, it requires consumption over the next decade.

     

Tasting Notes
88
Red Bordeaux 1983 Mouton Rothschild 1 Bottle 75cl £290
  • Rating

    90

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    1990 - 2015

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    1st Jan 1998

    Source

    Bordeaux Book, 3rd Edition, The Wine Advocate

    The classic Mouton lead-pencil, cedary nose has begun to emerge. This medium dark ruby, elegant, medium-bodied wine will never be a great or legendary Mouton. The flavors are ripe and moderately rich. With good depth and some firm tannins to resolve, this offering from Mouton is bigger and richer than the 1981, 1979, or 1978. Austere by the standards of Mouton and the vintage, the 1983 resembles the chateau's fine 1966. Anticipated maturity: Now-2015. Last tasted, 10/90.

Tasting Notes
90
Red Bordeaux 2004 Haut Brion 1 Case 12 75cl £3,450
  • Rating

    93

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2020 - 2040

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    28th Feb 2017

    Source

    229, The Wine Advocate

    It has been a few years since I last tasted the 2004 Haut-Brion. Now at 12 years of age, it retains its deep color. The bouquet is "pleasant" if not as complex as the 2004 Latour, yet it's possibly just biding its time as it gradually opens with black fruit, black olive, even a touch of mint that might dupe you into thinking Pauillac. The palate is medium-bodied and very harmonious, almost caressing thanks to the Merlot lending that velvety texture. The second half changes tack, the Cabernet nudging the Merlot off the stage and delivering a more structured, possibly foursquare finish that is linear and correct. It is an excellent wine for the vintage although it will always be overshadowed by the 2005 inter alia. Maybe more personality just needs to develop? Tasted September 2016.

Tasting Notes
93
Red Bordeaux 1996 Haut Brion 1 Case 12 75cl £4,350
  • Rating

    95

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2016 - 2050

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    28th Oct 2016

    Source

    227, The Wine Advocate

    While in some vintages La Mission Haut-Brion and Haut-Brion can be close in quality, that is not the case in this vintage. The 1996 Haut-Brion, a blend of 50% Merlot, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Cabernet Franc is clearly on a higher plane than the La Mission. There is something much more expansive and complete on the nose: greater depth of fruit, more harmonious with scents of underbrush, tar, black olive and this bottle perhaps less "feral" than I have noticed on previous examples. The palate is very well balanced with dark cherries, sous-bois and cedar. This is one vintage where I think the Cabernet Franc plays an important role and lends more complexity. This is a 1996 that has retained and built upon beguiling fleshiness and it will continue to evolve with style and panache. Tasted July 2016.

Tasting Notes
95
Red Bordeaux 2001 Lafite Rothschild 1 Bottle 150cl £1,050
  • Now this is a serious nose; very complex and well defined with blackberry, briary, cedar, graphite and just a touch of leather, beautifully defined and focused. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins and simply wonderful poise. Very strict at the moment, concentrated on balancing on its tip-toes, the elegant, bay-leaf-tinged finish yet to develop that complexity that will surely come. The breeding is just so obvious here. Tasted March 2011.

    Score: 96

    Neal Martin, erobertparker.com  01 May 2011

    A very different wine from the rest. Muted and tight and very mineral on the nose. Graphite? Dry finish. Just a bit too introvert for pleasure? Where’s the fruit? Astringent finish. Very tart too.

    Score: 16

    JancisRobinson.com, Jancisrobinson.com  Maturity: 2012-202013 February 2008

    The 2001 Lafite Rothschild’s deep, saturated plum/purple color is accompanied by lead pencil liqueur-like notes intermixed with sweet red and black currants, plums, and cedar. This blend of 86.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13.5% Merlot is a classic example of Lafite. Extremely elegant, medium-bodied, with intense concentration, richness, and sweet tannin, it appears to be on a rapid evolutionary track, at least in comparison to recent Lafite vintages that have been far more backward and powerful. The classy 2001 should be at its finest between 2007-2020.

    Score: 94

    Robert Parker, Wine Advocate  Maturity: 2007-202030 June 2004

    A classic Lafite Rothschild, with a good 40 years of potential aging ahead of it, this wine tastes like a juiced-up 1999. A blend of 86.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13.5% Merlot (only 43% of the crop was deemed worthy enough for this wine), the 2001 shows the classic Lafite nose of lead pencil shavings (graphite), plum, cherry, and black currant, with a hint of tobacco leaf, cedar, and spice box. Medium-bodied, with loads of tannin, this intensely concentrated Lafite is somehow restrained, with extraordinary precision and purity. It is a beauty and seems to be putting on a bit of weight.

    Score: 92 - 94

    Robert Parker, Wine Advocate  Maturity: 2012-204001 April 2003

    The 2001 Lafite Rothschild is a wine of concentrated elegance, finesse, and delicacy. This blend of 86.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13.5% Merlot (only 43% of the crop was acceptable) is reminiscent of the 1999, but it reveals additional tannin as well as a more austere finish. An impressive deep ruby/purple color is followed by sweet aromas of cedar, black currants, lead pencil shavings, and subtle toasty oak. It is medium-bodied, with a nicely-layered mid-palate (something many 2001s are not yet revealing), admirable delicacy and precision, and a long finish. It will be drinkable at an early age, yet will last two decades.

    Score: 92 - 94

    Robert Parker, Wine Advocate  Maturity: 2008-202201 April 2002

    Bright red-ruby. Sexy aromas of raspberry, cedar, coconut, minerals, lead pencil, chocolate and tobacco leaf. Juicy, lively and penetrating, with sharply delineated flavors of blackberry, raspberry and rose petal. Boasts the classic inner-mouth energy of this great first growth, but also grew increasingly silky with extended aeration. Finishes with tongue-coating tannins and superb lift.

    Score: 93

    Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar  01 May 2004

    Stick your nose in this and it says something - "I am special." Deep and generous aromas of blackberries, fresh tobacco and minerals. It's full-bodied, with big velvety tannins and a superlong finish. Like a fine cashmere sweater. Best after 2010. 22,000 cases made.

    Score: 96

    James Suckling, Wine Spectator  Maturity: 2010

Tasting Notes
96
Red Bordeaux 1993 Lafite Rothschild 1 Bottle 150cl £850
  • Rating

    85

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2017 - 2021

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    28th Feb 2017

    Source

    229, The Wine Advocate

    Tasted blind as a vintage comparison at the Valandraud vertical, the 1993 Lafite-Rothschild is a vintage that has never really appealed to me and this bottle did nothing to alter that view. It has a very austere, foursquare bouquet that leaves you wondering where the fruit went. The palate actually starts well with crisp acidity that leads into what feels like the vestiges of fruit that feel a little raw and green. Then it feels rather hollow in the middle, the finish a husk of what it might once have been. Not a successful wine for the estate, I would consume bottles in the near future. Tasted December 2016.

Tasting Notes
85
Red Bordeaux 1993 Lafite Rothschild 1 Case 3 150cl £2,700
  • Rating

    85

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2017 - 2021

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    28th Feb 2017

    Source

    229, The Wine Advocate

    Tasted blind as a vintage comparison at the Valandraud vertical, the 1993 Lafite-Rothschild is a vintage that has never really appealed to me and this bottle did nothing to alter that view. It has a very austere, foursquare bouquet that leaves you wondering where the fruit went. The palate actually starts well with crisp acidity that leads into what feels like the vestiges of fruit that feel a little raw and green. Then it feels rather hollow in the middle, the finish a husk of what it might once have been. Not a successful wine for the estate, I would consume bottles in the near future. Tasted December 2016.

Tasting Notes
85
Red Bordeaux 2016 Le Petit Mouton de Mouton Rothschild 2 Case 3 150cl £1,100
  • Neal Martin

    93

    The 2016 Le Petit-Mouton has a classic blackberry, graphite and smoke bouquet that perhaps feels a little stricter than it did out of barrel. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, very pure black fruit and a precise, quite minerally finish that is pure class. This might be the best Le Petit Mouton since it debuted in 1993. - vinous.com, Jan 2019

    James Suckling

    95-96

    This is a very powerful Petit Mouton with so much rich fruit and power. Full-bodied, tannic yet polished and long. Muscular for the second wine of Mouton. - March 2017

Tasting Notes
93
Red Bordeaux 1957 Haut Brion 2 Bottle 75cl £625
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    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    In January, 1997, I had the exceptionally smoky, sweet, rich, impressively endowed 1957 Haut-Brion. The wine was fully mature, as evidenced by its dark garnet color with considerable rust. The wine was very aromatic, plump, and succulently textured, with fleshy flavors, plenty of glycerin, and sweet fruit. It is another example of an unheralded vintage producing a top flight wine. 

Tasting Notes
90
Red Bordeaux 2015 Cheval Blanc 2 Case 6 75cl £2,900
100
Red Bordeaux 2007 Les Forts de Latour 2 Bottle 75cl £140
  • The outstanding 2007 Les Forts de Latour reveals a touch of graphite and black currant fruit intermixed with an unmistakable minerality. It is a generous, silky textured, medium to full-bodied, evolved, elegant, and pure offering that is ideal for drinking over the next 10-12+ years. Drink 2010-2022. Score: 90

Tasting Notes
90
Red Bordeaux 1978 Lafite Rothschild 2 Bottle 75cl £425
Red Bordeaux 1996 Mouton Rothschild 2 Case 6 75cl £2,550
  • This estate's staff believes that the 1996 Mouton Rothschild is far more complex than the 1995, but less massive. I agree that among the first growths, this wine is exuberant, flamboyant bouquet of roasted coffee, cassis, smoky oak, and soy sauce. The 1996 Mouton Rothschild offers impressive aromas of black currants, framboise, coffee, and new saddle leather. This full-bodied, ripe, rich, concentrated, superbly balanced wine is paradoxical in the sense that the aromatics suggest a far more evolved wine than the flavours reveal. Anticipated: 2007-2030.

    Score: 94+ Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

Tasting Notes
94
Red Bordeaux 1982 Mouton Rothschild 2 Case 12 75cl £14,000
  • This wine remains one of the legends of Bordeaux. It has thrown off the backward, youthful style that existed during its first 25 years of life, and over the last 4-5 years has developed such secondary nuances as cedar and spice box. The creme de cassis, underlying floral note, full-bodied power, extraordinary purity, multilayered texture, and finish of over a minute are a showcase for what this Chateau accomplished in 1982. The wine is still amazingly youthful, vibrant, and pure. It appears capable of remaining fruity and vibrant in 2082! Thank God it is beginning to budge, as I would like to drink most of my supply before I kick the bucket. This is a great, still youthful wine, and, on occasion, one does understand the hierarchy of Bordeaux chateaux when you see the complexity and brilliance of this first-growth. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2050+

Tasting Notes
100
Red Bordeaux 2007 Lafite Rothschild 2 Bottle 150cl £1,100
  • A candidate for the wine of the vintage, the 2007 Lafite Rothschild (84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, and 1% Petit Verdot) reveals classic Lafite aromas of graphite, unsmoked cigar tobacco, black currants, cherries, and a hint of truffles. The complex aromatics are followed by a round, medium to full-bodied wine with silky tannins, an overall subtle smoky component, and a rich, round, generous, plump finish. Already evolved and delicious, it should continue to drink well for two decades. Drink 2010-2030.

    Score: 94Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (188), April 2010

Tasting Notes
94
Red Bordeaux 1983 Haut Brion 2 Bottle 75cl £285
  • Tasted at lunch at La Trompette. I have always had a soft spot for the Haut-Brion 1983 as one of the “friendliest” of the First Growths. Though not a top-tier Haut-Brion, the 1983 has developed a fine earthy, leathery bouquet that is similar to the ’86 but without the same vigour or complexity. The palate is very harmonious with a citrus-tinged entry, its lack of depth and length compensated by poise and tension. Sandalwood, cedar and a touch of truffle and smoke towards the finish. Lovely. A point. Drink now-2010. Tasted July 2010.

    Wine Journal
    May 2009 NEAL MARTIN 92 Drink 2009 - 2015 $288-$477
    Tasted at the “First Growth” lunch in London. Compared to Latour, Haut-Brion wins hands down. Similar to the bottles back in 2003, it has lots of dried herbs on the nose: thyme and a touch of rosemary. Cedar and pencil-lead, then with time an unusual scent of peppermint emerges (indeed, it has semblances to a Pauillac.) The palate is medium-bodied with good vigour, notes of blackberry and leather coupled with a smooth, harmonious texture. A touch of dryness creeping in towards the finish, perhaps just a little leafy and not great depth, but it does have some lovely smoked meat flavours towards the finish and it lingers quite seductively. It is one of those wines where less is more. Drink now-2015+ Tasted October 2008.

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    May 2009 NEAL MARTIN 89 Drink 2009 - 2012 $288-$477
    Tasted single blind at the Fine Wine Experience horizontal in London. This has a moderate garnet core. Good lift on the nose, if not particularly complex upon acquaintance. Deserves some time, notes of briary, a touch of black olive, a hint of dark chocolate but all quite restrained and tightly coiled, lacking the complexity of Gruaud ‘83. The palate is medium-bodied, good acidity, very natural and elegant. Fully mature, vibrant, nice poise once again and very fresh – this wine really begs you to take another sip. Not a great deal of depth but the tannins seem very fine on the finish with a touch of sour cherry on the aftertaste. Fades a little in the glass. Drink now-2012. Tasted October 2008.

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    NEAL MARTIN 91-93 Drink 2003 $288-$477
    First tasted in March 2001: mature expressive savory nose with notes of cedar and pencil-lead. Quite sharp acidity - quite a "kick" on the palate. Not as complex as say 1975: its quality above Latour but below Mouton for this vintage. Cranberry and spice on the finish. Drinking very well now. A lovely bottle at Braidwoods in October 2003: This bottle on the other hand was singing. A spicy, slightly bretty nose that complements the wine rather than dominates it. The palate is open and expressive, well-balanced and vigorous. It lacks the complexity of the 1982 or the structure of the 1986, but it is harmonious and classic Bordeaux: pencil-lead and cigar-box with a smoky finish. Drinking now.

Tasting Notes
91
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 1998 Les Forts de Latour 3 Bottle 75cl £150
  • Score: 88 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

    Score: 86/87+ Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (128), April 2000

    Consistently Bordeaux's best "second" wine, a star in its own right. This is a very open, blackcurrant fruit wine with elegance and harmony and good weight on the palate with quite a sweet, oaky finish. FV15.5.

    Score: 15.5 Farr Vintners, June 1999

Tasting Notes
88
Red Bordeaux 1983 Latour 3 Bottle 75cl £360
  • Tasted from my cellar, this wine is fully mature, not terribly concentrated, and slightly herbaceous, exhibiting aromas of sweaty saddle leather, melted asphalt, tobacco, and red as well as black fruits. Notions of caramel and roasted nuts also emerge. A medium-bodied effort with soft tannin, but little persistence and length, it requires consumption over the next decade.

     

Tasting Notes
88
Red Bordeaux 1983 Cheval Blanc 3 Bottle 75cl £420
  • Rating

    94

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2015 - 2030

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    29th Jul 2016

    Source

    Interim End of July, The Wine Advocate

    The 1983 Cheval Blanc, which incidentally was served from magnum, has consistently been one of the standout wines of the vintage. Here is one of the finest examples that I have encountered. Sure, its age can no longer be disguised thanks to its tawny-rimmed hue, but the aromatics burst full of red fruit, cigar box, beef stock and tobacco scents that immediately capture your senses. The palate is medium-bodied and very well balanced, underpinned by a keen line of acidity. There is so much freshness here after 30 years and yet it does not begrudge or disguise its age. Even from magnum, you feel that it is approaching the end of its drinking plateau, however there is still so much pleasure to be gained. Maintaining its savory core of fruit and meatiness, this remains a wonderful Cheval Blanc. Tasted March 2015.

     

     

     

    This is a strong performance from the Cheval 1983, almost reaching the heights of the 1982. It retains that engaging, savory bouquet, the Cabernet Franc so expressive with mulberry, cloves and warm leather. Compared to the previous vintage it feels rustic, but it possesses the same degree of charm. The palate is medium-bodied with melted tannins. It feels very harmonious in the mouth, what you might describe as an "old school" Saint Emilion with a tobacco and game-inspired finish. Just a wonderful Cheval Blanc that is still drinking extremely well. Tasted February 2014.

    Wine Journal
    Sep 2011 Neal Martin 94 Drink 2011 - 2025 $424-$800
    Tasted at Cheval Blanc dinner at The Ledbury. This has long been one of my favourite vintages of Cheval Blanc, though recent bottles have not quite attained the ethereal heights of six or seven years ago. It has retained that complex nose with savoury fruit, fig, roasted chestnuts on a winter hearth and with time, there is a hint of iodine. The palate is medium-bodied, with raspberry, pomegranate, autumn leaves and a touch of Chinese tea. Very cohesive and impressive weight on a finish that I can only describe as ‘charismatic’. Drink now-2025. Tasted November 2010.

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    May 2009 Neal Martin 96 Drink N/A $424-$800
    Tasted single blind at the Fine Wine Experience horizontal in London. A deep garnet core. A very well defined, herbaceous nose, with tobacco, chestnut, savoury fruit and a touch of dates. Quite complex and with very good vigour, the Cabernet Franc right in the (slightly bretty?) saddle. After thirty minutes, a lovely menthol character coming through. The palate is medium-bodied, very well balanced with fine tannins and superb acidity. Very well poised with great tension. Pure blackberry, raspberry, Chinese tea, tobacco and dried leaves. Lovely, elegant, very focused finish. Superb Cheval, multi-faceted if not as sophisticated as the ‘85. Tasted October 2008.

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    Jan 2000 Neal Martin 95-97 Drink N/A $424-$800
    First tasted at Chez Nico with "BK Vik" in December 2001: lucid amber rim. Rich, roasted chestnuts and herbs on nose. Forward with mature expressive tannins. Very open and expressive. Less depth and structure than the 1982 but more sophisticated. Moderate acidity with a bitter cherry/leathery finish. Drink now. Certainly a lovely wine. Even better in May 2004 - a show stopping nose of herbs, chestnuts and leather. Very intense aromas which just builds in the glass. The palate is pure cabernet franc: quite meaty, savory with a touch of fig. Very harmonious and smooth. Probably approaching its peak. Irresistible wine. In December 2004: a rich, fleshy, sumptuous nose. Meaty with roasted chestnuts. Dominated by the Cabernet Franc. Very complex. Becoming more herbal with hints of espresso coffee. Very harmonious on the palate. Smooth texture. Lovely balance. Suave, quite ostentatious, fleshy and meaty. Very savory with mocha, leather and a touch of soy. Fabulous Cheval drinking perfectly now. July 2005 A deep garnet core with ruby rim. The nose is wonderful: very intense, very Cabernet Franc with roasted herbs and undergrowth. The palate is full-bodied and beautifully balanced, as warm an inviting as a log-fire on a winters night. Open-knit, slightly grainy in texture with notes of mocha, dried herbs and cooked meats. Faded a little in the glass. Probably at its peak, this is still one of my favourite Cheval Blancs of the 1980's. Tasted July 2005.

Tasting Notes
94
Red Bordeaux 2002 Lafite Rothschild 3 Bottle 150cl £1,150
  • 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

    As I have indicated in the past, under the administration of Charles Chevalier, Lafite-Rothschild has produced a tremendous succession of historic, possibly monumental wines since 1995. The 2002 will only add to Chevalier’s illustrious resume. Forty-seven percent of the crop made it into the grand vin, a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9.5% Merlot, and 3.5% Cabernet Franc. It smells and tastes like liqueur of lead pencil intermixed with cassis and cherry jam. Opaque purple to the rim, relatively light on its feet, but super-concentrated and intense, it is reminiscent of a lighter-weight 1996, a wine that merited a perfect score. More forward than the 1996, the 2002 is extraordinarily concentrated, riveting juice that has impeccable harmony. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2038

    Score: 94/96 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (149), October 2003

Tasting Notes
94
Red Bordeaux 1997 Lafite Rothschild 4 Bottle 150cl £1,050
  • Rating

    92

    Release Price

    $165

    Drink Date

    2000 - 2015

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    21st Apr 2000

    Source

    128, The Wine Advocate

    Only 26% of the crop made it into the final blend, resulting in only 15,000 cases of the 1997 Lafite-Rothschild. Readers should not ignore this wine because of the negative press surrounding the 1997 vintage. It boasts an opaque dense purple color in addition to a gorgeously sweet, expansive perfume of cedar wood, black currants, lead pencil, and minerals. What follows is a fat mid-palate, medium body, explosive fruit and richness, soft tannin, and a velvety texture. It is a beautiful, compelling Lafite-Rothschild that can be drunk young, yet promises to evolve for 15+ years. Although one of the most forward Lafites ever tasted, it is all the more captivating because of this characteristic. Don't miss it!

Tasting Notes
92
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