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Region Vintage Name Qty Unit Case Format Price Note Rating
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 1964 Latour a Pomerol

1 Bottle 75cl £320
Red Bordeaux 1970 Haut Brion

1 Bottle 150cl £850
  • MAGNUM Rating 92 Drink Date 2015 - 2025

    Neal Martin Issue Date 29th Jul 2016

    The 1970 Château Haut-Brion is a First Growth that has probably been over-shadowed by the Latour 1970 during its lifetime. However, this bottle proves that it is not to be underestimated; it highlights the glaring gap that exists between itself and another First Growth, the 1970 Château Margaux that I tasted alongside. There is plenty of vigor on the nose with dashing red berry fruit, cedar and black olive - just very Haut-Brion.The palate is medium-bodied, well balanced and fresh, nothing over-ambitious, just a Claret in the traditional sense of the word that gently builds towards a sous-bois dominated finish. This is an excellent showing, stout and a little austere, and you could argue an Haut-Brion with its peak in its wing-mirrors. Yet good bottles such as this will continue to offer pleasure for another decade. Tasted June 2015.

Tasting Notes
92
Red Bordeaux 1975 Palmer

1 Bottle 150cl £390
  • Rating

    90

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2001 - 2016

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    23rd Feb 1996

    Source

    103, The Wine Advocate

    The 1975 Palmer has consistently been one of the top wines of the vintage. The color remains a dark ruby with no signs of amber. The wine reveals plenty of sweet fruit in the fragrant bouquet. Although more tannic than most top vintages of Palmer, this is a full-bodied, rich, concentrated wine with the vintage's toughness and high tannin well-displayed. Yet I believe it possesses enough sweet fruit and extract to stand up to the tannin. Shockingly, the most developed bottle of 1975 Palmer I have tasted was from an Imperial several years ago. From my cellar, the wine is still very young, and in need of another 5-7 years of cellaring. It has another 20+ years of evolution.

Tasting Notes
90
Red Bordeaux 1978 Lafite Rothschild

[Duty Paid]

1 Bottle 500cl £3,200
Red Bordeaux 1982 Leoville Las Cases

2 Bottle 500cl £3,600
  • This huge wine is, in many ways, just as massive as Leoville Barton, but it possesses a greater degree of elegance as well as unreal concentration.

    100 Points, Drink Date 2003 - 2035, Reviewed by Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Still stubbornly backward, yet beginning to budge from its pre-adolescent stage, this dense, murky ruby/purple-colored wine offers up notes of graphite, sweet caramel, black cherry jam, cassis, and minerals. The nose takes some coaxing, and the decanting of 2-4 hours prior to service is highly recommended. For such a low acid wine, it is huge, well-delineated, extremely concentrated, and surprisingly fresh. Perhaps because I lean more toward the hedonistic view of wine than the late Michel Delon, I have always preferred this to the 1986, but the truth is that any lover of classic Medoc should have both vintages in their cellar. This wine has monstrous levels of glycerin, extract, and density, but still seems very youthful, and tastes more like a 7 to 8-year-old Bordeaux than one that is past its twentieth birthday. A monumental effort. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2035. Last tasted, 9/02.

Tasting Notes
100
Red Bordeaux 1984 Haut Brion

1 Bottle 75cl £275
  • 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 1985 La Mission Haut Brion

[Duty Paid]

1 Bottle 75cl £220
  • As this wine sat in the glass aerating, I began having some doubts about whether it merited a low-90s point score. I think it does, but the fact that it deteriorated more quickly than some of its siblings (even those from more challenging vintages) gave me pause. Nevertheless, I have to assume that most people will decant all of these wines (as I did) and consume them within an hour of opening. On that basis, this 1985 is clearly a low-90 point wine. The problem is that for the most part, 1985 does not have that extra level of concentration possessed by the great vintages. However, it offers a softness to go along with the fragility of the wines as most 1985s, including this La Mission-Haut-Brion, are fully mature. A dark plum/garnet color reveals a pinkish lightening at the edge, and the bouquet reveals plenty of smoke, camphor, charcoal, graphite, sweet kirsch and blacker fruit aromas intermixed with meaty, sauteed mushroom, cedar and spicy notes. The lovely aromatics are followed by flavors that do not quite match the intensity of the bouquet, a sign of a fully mature wine. This medium-bodied effort has plenty of glycerin, low acidity and not a trace of tannin. While not terribly generous, it is a soft, round, charming, delicious, very good La Mission, but not a great one. Drink it over the next decade.

    Score: 92 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (202), August 2012

Tasting Notes
92
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 1985 Lafite Rothschild

[Duty Paid]

1 Bottle 75cl £550
  • The 1985 Lafite should be better, but for followers of fashion, its star-studded price will fetch you a moderately intense, cedary, woody, herb-and-leather-scented bouquet, and attractive, very forward and developed flavors displayed in a medium-bodied format. The finish is softly tannic and after a pensive sip, one is likely to ask, Is this all there is?

Tasting Notes
87
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 1986 Lagrange

[Duty Paid repack]

5 Case 12 75cl £900
  • Rating

    92

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2003 - 2025

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    1st Jan 2003

    Source

    Bordeaux Book, 4th Edition, The Wine Advocate

    Here is a classic example of a wine that is showing significantly more complexity and richness from the bottle than out of cask, although it was certainly a potentially outstanding wine when tasted from the barrel. In a vintage that produced a number of enormously structured, rich, concentrated wines, Lagrange is another of the blockbuster wines that seems capable of lasting 30-35 years. Black/ruby in color, with a closed but burgeoning bouquet of spicy new oak, black fruits, and flowers, this muscular, full-bodied, tannic wine is packed with fruit and is clearly one of the great long-distance runners from this vintage. I admire how the significant investment made by the Japanese owners in this property has paid off with a thrilling, albeit amazingly backward, wine. The finest Lagrange to date! Anticipated maturity: Now-2025. Last tasted, 1/97.

Tasting Notes
92
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 1989 Lafleur

2 Bottle 75cl £890
  • The 1989 Lafleur, tasted side by side with the 1990 on two occasions in 2002, plays it closer to the vest. The wine needs far more coaxing to produce the licorice, black cherry liqueur, earth, and truffle notes from the nose. In the mouth, the wine is full-bodied, tannic, backward, and very tightly knit, with mouth-searing levels of tannin and extremely high extract. The tannins are firmer, the fruit seemingly less sweet, but still extremely ripe, and the evolutionary process is far slower in the 1989 than the 1990. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2045. Last tasted, 8/02.

Tasting Notes
95
Red Bordeaux 1989 Angelus

1 Case 6 75cl £2,200
  • A great Angélus and one of the two or three best wines of the vintage made under the talented young Hubert de Bouard, this wine still has a youthful, saturated ruby/purple color and a sweet nose of melted licorice intermixed with crème de cassis, tapenade, cedar, spice box, and vanilla. Very full-bodied, opulent, and rich, it is one of the 1989s that justifies the lofty reputation of the vintage. Extremely thick, this wine can be drunk now or cellared for at least another 10-15 years.

    Score: 96 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

    The 1989 possesses a huge finish, with more noticeable tannin than in the 1990. Picking a favorite between these two fabulous examples of their respective vintages is - for me - presently impossible. I will probably end up drinking the 1990 before the 1989, but both are 25-30 year wines, with the 1989 possibly reaching full maturity in 5-6 years and the 1990 needing several more years of cellaring. Last tasted, 11/96.

    Score: 96 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (3), November 1998

    Tasted at Farr Vintners’ vertical from ex-chateau magnum. One of the finest vintages made at the estate, the Chateau Angelus 1989 has a very intense, powerful bouquet with blackberry, cedar, cooked meat and a little Christmas cake. Whereas the 1990 gives you everything up front, the 1989 is far more coquettish and takes time to unfold. The palate is very smooth on the entry, beautifully balanced with filigree tannins. There is an edginess to the 1989, much more feminine with a touch of truffle, coca and pepper on the finish. Wonderful, a wine at its peak, although it shows no signs of flagging. Tasted October 2011. Drink 2015-2035.

    Score: 97
     

Tasting Notes
97
Red Bordeaux 1990 Margaux

1 Bottle 75cl £850
  • I had this wine both in Seoul, Korea in February, and from my cellar in December, 2008, and it was remarkable how identical the wines smelled and tasted. It offers an extraordinary aromatic display of spring flowers, camphor, sweet red and black fruits, a hint of licorice, and no evidence of its 100% new oak cask aging. Round and generous with low acidity, but an opulent, full-bodied richness that is fresh with laser-like precision, this stunning wine is just beginning to reach its plateau of full maturity, where it should remain for another three decades. A sensational effort, it is one of the legendary wines made at Chateau Margaux.

Tasting Notes
100
Red Bordeaux 1990 Cheval Blanc

4 Bottle 75cl £875
  • One of my favorite Cheval Blancs, it remains to be seen if the 1998, 2000, and 2008 will live up to this offering. It is the ripest wine of the aforementioned vintages, with a complex bouquet of tobacco leaf, Christmas fruitcake, sweet black fruits, bordering on fig and plum, but no hint of overripeness, and notions of new saddle leather, mint, and incense. The gorgeously expressive aromatics are followed by a full-bodied wine revealing abundant glycerin as well as elevated alcohol, but it is not hot, and nothing is out of place. Expansive, rich, and revealing the nuances and complexity that come from bottle age, it is at its peak of maturity where it should remain for another 10-15 years. Robert Parker, Wine Advocate June 2009

Tasting Notes
98
Red Bordeaux 1991 Lafite Rothschild

[Duty Paid]

1 Bottle 75cl £500
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 1993 Lafite Rothschild

1 Bottle 150cl £950
  • 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

[Direct ex Chateau]

1 Case 3 150cl £2,925
  • 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 1994 Trotanoy

1 Bottle 150cl £225
  • Rating

    88

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2003 - 2016

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    1st Jan 2003

    Source

    Bordeaux Book, 4th Edition, The Wine Advocate

    Beginning to show some evolution, the dark plum/garnet-colored 1994 Trotanoy has a certain herbaceousness and an interesting beef bouillon smell intermixed with some sweet cherries and earth. On the palate, it is a medium-bodied wine with sweet fruit, good brightness, but some relatively hard and slightly astringent tannins in the finish. That latter characteristic may become worrisome if they do not melt away

Tasting Notes
88
Red Bordeaux 1995 Palmer

9 Bottle 75cl £200£160
  • This is one of the best Palmer’s of the decade. The nose is generous with raspberry, strawberry and that touch of lemongrass noted on previous occasions. The palate is full-bodied and precocious, fleshy, lots of stuffing and rounded in texture. Good depth with a savoury second half, nice grippy tannins with a raspberry and cooked meats towards the finish. On this showing the wine could actually benefit from further bottle ageing, but this remains a “solid” long-term Palmer. Impressive, but pleasure will come later. Drink 2010-2020+ Tasted March 2008.

    Wine Journal
    Nov 2008 Neal Martin 95 Drink 2008 - 2025 $192-$375
    This Palmer has a fresh, lively nose with blackberry, freshly rolled tobacco and gravel. Very good definition. The palate is medium-bodied, very fresh with fine tannins. Like other 1995s it is has more masculinity than it showed in its youth, but has great delineation and poise with cedar and a touch of graphite towards the slightly foursquare (for Palmer) finish. Drink now-2025. Tasted June 2008.

    Wine Journal
    Jan 2000 Neal Martin 94-96 Drink N/A $192-$375
    Did nothing for me the first time I tasted this but a far superior bottle in February 2004: a similar colour to the 1996. Nose is more open and has evolved with some lovely morello cherry, savory and lemongrass notes. The palate is complex, very smooth with pain grille and roasted herbs. I under-estimated this wine last time and it has developed far better than expected. Excellent. Then a blind bottle in April 2005. A muted nose, perhaps a bit "fluffy" and lacking definition. But the palate is very concentrated, tannic with ripe liquorice tinged fruit. Good acidity though still quite austere and masculine. Real depth and persistency here. Superb.

Tasting Notes
95
Red Bordeaux 1995 Pavie

2 Bottle 150cl £225
  • 1995 Pavie: Medium color. Cherry fruit suppressed by high-toned wood; notes of minerals and shellac. Fruity and fresh but on the lean side, with spicy black fruit flavor and a stony edge. A rather restrained, dryer style of Bordeaux with a structure and shape more typical of the left bank. 

Tasting Notes
88
Red Bordeaux 1995 Cos d'Estournel

4 Bottle 150cl £295
  • Wine Advocate #115
    Feb 1998 Robert M. Parker, Jr. 95 Drink: 2001 - 2025 $215-$343 (65)
    A wine of extraordinary intensity and accessibility, the 1995 Cos d'Estournel is a sexier, more hedonistic offering than the muscular, backward 1996. Opulent, with forward aromatics (gobs of black fruits intermixed with toasty pain grille scents and a boatload of spice), this terrific Cos possesses remarkable intensity, full body, and layers of jammy fruit nicely framed by the wine's new oak. Because of low acidity and sweet tannin, the 1995 will be difficult to resist young, although it will age for 2-3 decades. Anticipated maturity: 2001-2025.

     

Tasting Notes
95
Red Bordeaux 1995 Montrose

1 Bottle 300cl £405£375
  • Rating

    92

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2016 - 2035

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    31st Mar 2017

    Source

    Interim End of March 2017, The Wine Advocate

    Tasted at the vertical in London, I had never really warmed to the 1995 Montrose despite tasting its many times. However, this bottle seemed closed to Robert Parker's remarks from 2014. It is a blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot that was harvested from 13 to 26 September. The bouquet is less vigorous and more approachable than the 1996 Montrose, initially quite taciturn, but gaining vigor with time and offering blackberry, briary and undergrowth scents, later just a touch of bay leaf and sandalwood. The palate is driven by the higher Merlot content, rendering this a relatively plush and comely Saint Estèphe, well balanced with very good depth, perhaps a Montrose for those with a penchant for headier and opulent styles of wine. Whilst the 1996 has the class and sophistication, the greatest virtue of the 1995 is the most fundamental: enjoyment. Tasted June 2016.

Tasting Notes
92
Red Bordeaux 1995 Pavie

2 Bottle 300cl £520£475
  • 1995 Pavie: Medium color. Cherry fruit suppressed by high-toned wood; notes of minerals and shellac. Fruity and fresh but on the lean side, with spicy black fruit flavor and a stony edge. A rather restrained, dryer style of Bordeaux with a structure and shape more typical of the left bank. 

Tasting Notes
88
Red Bordeaux 1995 Pavie

1 Case 12 75cl £1,545
  • 1995 Pavie: Medium color. Cherry fruit suppressed by high-toned wood; notes of minerals and shellac. Fruity and fresh but on the lean side, with spicy black fruit flavor and a stony edge. A rather restrained, dryer style of Bordeaux with a structure and shape more typical of the left bank. 

Tasting Notes
88
Red Bordeaux 1995 Cheval Blanc

1 Case 6 150cl £4,400
  • Rating

    92

    Release Price

    $200 - 225

    Drink Date

    2002 - 2020

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    23rd Feb 1998

    Source

    115, The Wine Advocate

    A pretty, attractive Cheval Blanc, the 1995 contains a higher percentage of Merlot in the final blend than usual (50% Merlot/50% Cabernet Franc). This wine has not developed as much fat or weight as its younger sibling, the 1996, but it appears to be an outstanding Cheval Blanc with an enthralling smoky, black currant, coffee, and exotic bouquet. Complex, rich, medium to full-bodied flavors are well-endowed and pure, with surprisingly firm tannin in the finish. Unlike the sweeter, riper 1996, the 1995 may be more structured and potentially longer-lived. Anticipated maturity: 2002-2020.

Tasting Notes
92
Red Bordeaux 1996 Talbot

2 Bottle 75cl £65
  • RP I tasted this wine three times in January, rating it 88, 89, and 90 with similar tasting notes. The wine is close to being outstanding, exhibiting a saturated dark ruby color, and excellent aromatics, consisting of black fruits intermixed with licorice, dried herbs, and roasted meat smells. It is full, with impressive extract, a fleshy texture, low acidity, excellent purity, and a long, deep, chewy finish. This 1996 will be drinkable at a young age, yet keep for 15-20 years. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2017.
     

Tasting Notes
89
Red Bordeaux 1996 Ducru Beaucaillou

1 Case 6 75cl £875
  • Score: 96 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

    I tasted the 1996 Ducru Beaucaillou on four separate occasions from bottle in January. The 1996 is long, with a deep mid-palate. It also reveals tannin in the finish. This wine is remarkable. It is muscular, concentrated, and classic. Bottled in late June, 1998, it exhibits a saturated ruby/purple color, as well as a knock-out nose of minerals, licorice, cassis, and an unmistakable lead pencil smell that I often associate with top vintages of Lafite-Rothschild. It is sweet and full-bodied, yet unbelievably rich with no sense of heaviness or flabbiness. The wine possesses high tannin, but it is extremely ripe, and the sweetness of the black currant, spice-tinged Cabernet Sauvignon fruit is pronounced. This profound, backward Ducru-Beaucaillou is a must purchase. It will be fascinating for readers who own the 1996 to follow the evolution of this exceptional vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2035.

    Score: 96 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (122), April 1999

Tasting Notes
96
Red Bordeaux 1996 Leoville Las Cases

[Late Ex Chateau Release]

1 Case 12 75cl £2,300
  • Rating

    98

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2020 - 2050

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    28th Oct 2016

    Source

    227, The Wine Advocate

    The 1996 Leoville-Las Cases is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot and 16% Cabernet Franc picked between 25 September and 10 October (for fascinating insight, read Robert Parker's remarks about the blend with Michel Delon in the original tasting note). Now at 20 years, it has evolved into an absolutely stunning Saint Julien, clearly one of the best wines from the estate this decade. The bouquet is beautifully defined with intense black cherries, cedar, mint and a touch of oyster shell that seems to gain intensity in the glass. The palate is seamless from start to finish, extraordinarily pure, the 70% new oak totally assimilated of course, impressive weight and power allied with genuine finesse and tension towards the silky smooth finish. It stands as one of the best wines of the vintage without one iota of doubt and it will last 30-40 years without problem. You might call it "proper Claret." You might call it "delicious." Tasted July 2016.

Tasting Notes
98
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 1998 Les Forts de Latour

3 Bottle 75cl £140
  • 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 1998 L'Evangile

1 Bottle 75cl £170
  • Tasted from an ex-château bottle in London, the 1998 L'Evangile is turning into a splendid Pomerol. It has a very expressive bouquet with Cabernet Franc sitting prominently above the blackberry and dark cherry fruit, hints of tobacco and black truffle developing nicely. The palate is medium-bodied and just like the aromatics, beautifully defined. There is something sensual about this L'Evangile, which is normally one of the most structured wines from the Pomerol plateau. That initial burst of fruit is replaced by earthier Cabernet Franc notes towards the finish and these become more accentuated after 20-30 minutes in the glass. This is a Château L'Evangile that has more to give, so allow it another 4-5 years in the cellar. Tasted February 2016.

Tasting Notes
94

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