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Region Vintage Name Qty Unit Case Format Price Note Rating
Red Bordeaux NV Cheval Blanc Assortment (1 each 2000, 2005, 2010, 2015)

1 Case 4 75cl £2,550
Red Bordeaux 1959 Margaux

2 Bottle 75cl £1,200£995
  • 1959 Margaux Margaux

    I was unprepared for the stunning showing of the 1959 Château Margaux to the extent that I wager I will never meet another bottle of the same quality. Without doubt this stands as the last great Margaux before the Mentzelopoulos family acquired the First Growth in 1978. The bouquet is entrancing: ineffable delineation and a spellbinding sense of mineralité that appears undiminished by the passing years. After 20-30 minutes I observed oyster shells and sea cave scents percolating through the veneer of black fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with filigree tannins fashioned by the finest chisel in the set: incredibly well balanced with hints of kirsch towards the crystalline finish. This is simply the apotheosis of Château Margaux predating Paul Pontallier’s reign. Tasted at the International Business & Wine First Growth Dinner at the Four Seasons. 

    -- Neal Martin 99 Neal Martin 2018 - 2040 Jun 2018

Tasting Notes
99
Red Bordeaux 1961 Calon Segur

2 Bottle 75cl £425£350
  • The 1961 Calon-Ségur has never really been the greatest Saint Estèphe and I have tended to prefer the 1959. Showing some bricking on the rim, it has a mature and rather bucolic bouquet, light cedar and forest floor aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with firm; grippy tannin, although you wish there was more fruit. It feels quite advanced towards the finish with a long mushroomy aftertaste. Bottles in larger formats and perfect provenance might be interesting but bottles should be consumed in the near future. Tasted at an off-line dinner in London.

    -- Neal Martin 86 Neal Martin 2019 - 2022 Not Available Oct 2019

Tasting Notes
86
Red Bordeaux 1966 Leoville Las Cases

1 Bottle 75cl £175
  • Rating

    89

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    NA

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    28th Oct 1995

    Source

    101, The Wine Advocate

    This may be the most successful wine produced by this estate during the decade of the sixties, although some bottles of the 1962 come close to offering as much pleasure as the 1966. The wine may have turned the corner and begun its decline. I have never tasted it out of larger format bottles, but I suspect magnums of this wine might merit an outstanding evaluation. The wine has always been a classic Bordeaux, with more fruit and body than many 1966s. There is a degree of austerity, but the wine's dominant characteristics include a complex, tobacco, cedar, and red currant-scented nose, medium body, excellent concentration and ripeness, and a spicy, long, moderately tannic finish. Drink it up as it is unlikely to improve.

Tasting Notes
89
Red Bordeaux 1970 Carbonnieux

1 Bottle 75cl £55
Red Bordeaux 1971 Talbot

2 Bottle 75cl £60£45
  • Rating

    86

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    1989

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    1st Jan 1998

    Source

    Bordeaux Book, 3rd Edition, The Wine Advocate

    One of the most stylish and complete wines of the vintage, the 1971 Talbot is now fully mature, but showing no signs of fading. It has good concentration, a lively, berryish, fruity quality, a deft touch of vanillin oakiness, and medium to full body. Very well structured for a 1971, it is without any brown color or soupy softness that afflicts many of the wines of this vintage. The 1971 Talbot is certainly a successful wine from this vintage.

Tasting Notes
86
Red Bordeaux 1976 Lynch Bages

1 Bottle 75cl £145£125
Red Bordeaux 1978 Lafite Rothschild

1 Bottle 500cl £4,600
Red Bordeaux 1981 Lascombes

2 Bottle 75cl £75£69
Red Bordeaux 1982 Mouton Cadet

1 Bottle 75cl £45£35
Red Bordeaux 1982 La Pointe

2 Bottle 75cl £65
Red Bordeaux 1982 Brane Cantenac

1 Bottle 75cl £115
Red Bordeaux 1982 Pichon Baron

4 Bottle 75cl £220
  • Rating

    92

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2009 - 2017

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    30th Jun 2009

    Source

    183, The Wine Advocate

    This wine turned out much better than I expected. At a young age, it was somewhat disjointed and seemingly lacked acidity, but there is no doubting its level of concentration. It has firmed up and lost some of its baby fat, and now reveals plenty of sweet, smoky, leathery black currant fruit, a plush, opulent mouthfeel, and has reached full maturity. The color is starting to brick at the edge of the glass. This complex, rich 1982 is best consumed over the next 5-8 years. Release price: ($105.00/case)

Tasting Notes
92
Red Bordeaux 1982 Gruaud Larose

1 Bottle 150cl £750
  • A massive wine that is clearly of first-growth quality in this vintage, the 1982 Gruaud Larose remains a youngster. A broodingly dense, thick, unctuously textured, inky/plum/garnet/purple color offers up scents of beef blood, steak tartare, cassis, herbs, tobacco, and underbrush. One of the most concentrated wines of the vintage (as well as one of the most concentrated Bordeaux’s I have ever tasted), it is a huge, full-bodied, weighty, rich wine whose tannins are getting silkier and silkier. It appears set for another 30-40 years of life. This behemoth is a singularly profound example of Gruaud Larose that continues to justify its legendary status. Anticipated maturity: now-2050. Release price: ($140.00/case) Wine Advocate.June, 2009 R Parker

Tasting Notes
98
Red Bordeaux 1982 Cos d'Estournel

1 Bottle 150cl £825
  • This 1982 is still displaying a beautiful deep ruby/purple hue as well as a stunning set of aromatics consisting of blue and black fruits, loamy earth, flowers, licorice, and spice box. The wine is medium to full-bodied with sweet tannins, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, and a silky finish. It appears to have hit full maturity, but it can easily be held in a cold cellar for another 10+ years. Parker

Tasting Notes
96
Red Bordeaux 1984 Pichon Lalande

2 Bottle 75cl £115£95
Red Bordeaux 1985 Domaine du l'Eglise

1 Bottle 75cl £39£32
Red Bordeaux 1985 Dauzac

4 Bottle 75cl £45£40
Red Bordeaux 1985 La Mission Haut Brion

3 Bottle 75cl £340
  • 92

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2012 - 2022

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    31st Aug 2012

    Source

    202, The Wine Advocate

    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.

Tasting Notes
92
Red Bordeaux 1985 Vieux Chateau Certan

1 Bottle 150cl £550
  • Rating

    90

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2017 - 2024

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    28th Feb 2017

    Source

    229, The Wine Advocate

    It has been several years since I last tasted the 1985 Vieux Chateau Certan. Back then I remarked that I would not cellar it too long, although this bottle suggests that there is some mileage left yet. Served blind, I remarked that it was a 1985 due to the fragrant perfume on the nose, still almost Burgundy-like, though the presence of the Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc lent it subtle earthiness. The palate is mellow, fully mature but very harmonious. Whilst it does not have the depth or the flamboyance of the top Pomerols from this vintage, there is a sensuality to this 31-year-old wine and there is beguiling purity on the finish. It is just a joy to drink. Tasted December 2016.

Tasting Notes
90
Red Bordeaux 1986 Desmirail

1 Bottle 75cl £45£42
Red Bordeaux 1986 Smith Haut Lafitte

3 Bottle 75cl £135£95
Red Bordeaux 1986 La Mission Haut Brion

5 Bottle 75cl £325
  • Apart from a couple of impressive bottles at the turn of the millennium, the 1986 La Mission Haut-Brion has always left me wanting more. Deep in color, it has a static, black-olive-tinged nose that requires more delineation and lacks a bit of charm – as does the palate, which is sinewy and dense, yet missing the comeliness of the 1985. The finish feels slightly hard and needs more soul. Tasted at a private dinner in Hong Kong.

    -- Neal Martin 88 Neal Martin 2021 - 2032 Not Available Sep 2021

Tasting Notes
88
Red Bordeaux 1986 Lagrange

[repack]

1 Case 12 75cl £880£840
  • 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 Clos du Clocher

1 Bottle 75cl £45£32
  • Rating

    85

    Release Price

    $25

    Drink Date

    1993 - 1999

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    28th Feb 1993

    Source

    85, The Wine Advocate

    The 1988 is a ripe, fleshy, chewy wine with some oak in evidence. For those looking for a forward, plump style of Pomerol, check it out.

Tasting Notes
85
Red Bordeaux 1988 Corbin Michotte

1 Bottle 75cl £45£32
  • Rating

    83

    Release Price

    $23

    Drink Date

    1993 - 1999

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    28th Feb 1993

    Source

    85, The Wine Advocate

    Corbin-Michotte's 1988 is a medium-bodied, pleasant, correct wine, with decent acidity and length.

Tasting Notes
83
Red Bordeaux 1988 La Mission Haut Brion

3 Bottle 75cl £220
  • Rating

    90

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2012 - 2032

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    31st Aug 2012

    Source

    202, The Wine Advocate

    Firm, masculine and tannic with plenty of earth, truffle, asphalt and volcanic characteristics, this burly La Mission-Haut-Brion is bordering on being monolithic/foursquare. It reveals good body as well as plenty of tannin, adequate acidity, a dark plum/garnet color, and classic La Mission terroir characteristics of smoke, scorched earth, spice, roasted meats and camphor. Neither big nor wimpish, it, like many wines of this vintage, appears to be aging nicely. While fully mature, it displays enough youthful characteristics, from its tannin to its vibrant, moderately intense fruit, to suggest it will hold up for another two decades.

Tasting Notes
90
Red Bordeaux 1989 d'Issan

1 Bottle 75cl £65£55
Red Bordeaux 1989 Batailley

1 Bottle 75cl £75£50
  • The 1989 Batailley is a wine that I have tasted several times. The quality is bunched up on the nose, still reminiscent of Pomerol with sloes and mocha, slightly herbaceous and loose-knit, yet attractive in its own way. The palate is medium-bodied with a slightly ferrous entry and good acidity. Typical of Batailley in this era, it is a little hard and has lost some of its vigor on a finish that some might find austere. To repeat my observation of the previous bottle, the 1989 never quite takes off. Tasted from a bottle in my personal cellar.

    -- Neal Martin 88 Neal Martin 2019 - 2025 Not Available Sep 2019

Tasting Notes
88
Red Bordeaux 1989 Ducru Beaucaillou

7 Bottle 75cl £150
  • The 1989 Ducru-Beaucaillou is showing some bricking on the rim, although the core remains quite dark. This has an attractive bouquet with lovely tobacco-infused black fruit and touches of black truffle and morels. There is something very gentle here but also intense. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin and a fine bead of acidity, a little meaty and bloody in style with maybe just a hint of brettanomyces toward the finish. But it seems to complement and enhance the wine. Tasted from an ex-cellar bottle at the château.

    -- Neal Martin 90 Neal Martin 2019 - 2025 Not Available Sep 2019

Tasting Notes
90
Red Bordeaux 1989 Angelus

2 Bottle 75cl £360
  • 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 1989 D'Issan

2 Case 12 75cl £780
Red Bordeaux 1989 Beychevelle

1 Case 12 75cl £1,350
  • The 1989 Beychevelle repeats its performance from a blind tasting in London earlier in 2018. It has an old-school bouquet of dusky black fruit, morels and that light seawater note. The palate is medium-bodied with quite sharp tannin and rustic in style, featuring leathery red fruit and iron ore, though as I noted before, it has faded in recent years and I cannot see much benefit in cellaring this longer. Tasted from an ex-cellar bottle at the château.

    -- Neal Martin 88 Neal Martin 2019 - 2025 Not Available Sep 2019

Tasting Notes
88
Red Bordeaux 1990 Duhart Milon

3 Case 12 75cl £1,440
  • Rating

    90

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2009 - 2019

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    30th Jun 2009

    Source

    183, The Wine Advocate

    The 1990 has turned out better than I expected. It offers a classic Lafite perfume of graphite/lead pencil shavings interwoven with red and black currants, fresh porcini mushrooms, smoke, and tobacco leaf. Medium to full-bodied, soft, and elegant, it is not as concentrated as the 1982, but is a luscious, round Pauillac to enjoy over the next 5-10 years. Release price: ($275.00/case)

Tasting Notes
90
Red Bordeaux 1990 Vieux Chateau Certan

1 Case 12 75cl £2,900
  • Wine Advocate #183
    Jun 2009 Robert M. Parker, Jr. 94 Drink: 2009 - 2024 $207-$251
    This was a very strong vintage for Vieux Chateau Certan. The 1990 reveals a deep garnet color to the rim along with a sweet bouquet of charcoal, licorice, roasted herbs, forest floor, and a meaty, truffle-like scent. A fleshy, full-bodied wine with exceptionally low acidity, plenty of melted tannin, and a long, layered finish, this beauty is close to full maturity, but it is in no danger of falling apart. It should keep for another 15+ years. Release price: ($590.00/case) 
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    Bordeaux Book, 4th Edition 
    Jan 2003 Robert M. Parker, Jr. 93 Drink: 2003 - 2025 $207-$251
    This wine continues to put on weight and is looking stronger and stronger every time I go back to it. The color is still a very deep ruby with some purple nuances. The wine seems young and just approaching adolescence, but still has the vintage’s hallmark of super-ripeness and low acidity. The wine exhibits a sweet, almost menthol-infused black currant nose, with a hint of licorice, truffle, and underbrush. It is full-bodied and relatively muscular for a Vieux Chateau Certan, with relatively high tannin but very sweet tannin and a long, very authoritative finish. This is a brilliant wine that balances elegance with authoritative flavor. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2025. Last tasted, 1/02.

Tasting Notes
94
Red Bordeaux 1994 Calon Segur

1 Bottle 75cl £65£60
  • Rating

    86

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2000 - 2012

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    1st Jan 1998

    Source

    Bordeaux Book, 3rd Edition, The Wine Advocate

    Dark ruby-colored, with a closed, truffle-like aroma, this is a concentrated, stern, tannic wine that appears to have more weight than the 1993, but also more astringent tannin. 

Tasting Notes
86
Red Bordeaux 1995 Ducru Beaucaillou

4 Bottle 75cl £160
  • This wine is of first-growth quality, not only from an intellectual perspective, but in its hedonistic characteristics. More open-knit and accessible than the extraordinary 1996, Ducru's 1995 exhibits a saturated ruby/purple color, followed by a knock-out nose of blueberry and black raspberry/cassis fruit intertwined with minerals, flowers, and subtle toasty new oak. Like its younger sibling, the wine possesses a sweet, rich mid-palate (from extract and ripeness, not sugar), layers of flavor, good delineation and grip, but generally unobtrusive tannin and acidity. It is a classic, compelling example of Ducru-Beaucaillou that should not be missed. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2025. It should be obvious to readers of my preliminary reports on both the 1995 and 1996 vintages that the family of Jean-Eugene Borie produced some of the greatest wines ever made at their respective chateaux - Ducru-Beaucaillou, Grand-Puy-Lacoste, and Haut-Batailley - in both 1995 and 1996. That has been confirmed once again in the bottled 1995s, and in the evolution of the powerhouse 1996s.

Tasting Notes
94
Red Bordeaux 1995 Pichon Lalande

5 Bottle 75cl £190
  • In 1995, fifty percent of the crop was cut off the vine in a vendange verte (the culling of fruit in order to lower production and increase the concentration of the remaining grapes). That resulted in one of the top dozen wines of the 1995 vintage. This wine was terrific on each of the four occasions I tasted it during the last two weeks of March. The color is an opaque purple. The knock-out set of aromatics offers up smoky, sweet, black-cherry and cassis scents intermingled with hints of coffee and herbs. This ripe, full-bodied wine exhibits outstanding texture, layers of flavor, and a low acid, firmly delineated, moderately tannic finish. I would rate this awesome example of Pichon-Lalande higher than both the outstanding 1989 and the uninspiring, light-weight 1990. Although it will be hard to resist its charms, give it 3-4 years of cellaring after its release and drink it over the subsequent 20+ years. It is a knock-out 1995! All of the wines in this segment were tasted between March 19 and March 28 in Bordeaux. Most of the important wines from both the 1994 and 1995 vintages were tasted three separate times during my ten-day stay in Bordeaux.

    Score: 95
     

Tasting Notes
95
Red Bordeaux 1995 Pavie

2 Bottle 150cl £320
  • 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

2 Bottle 75cl £370
  • 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 1995 Pavie

2 Bottle 300cl £640
  • 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 1996 Les Carmes Haut Brion

1 Case 6 75cl £390
  • Rating

    87

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2009

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    23rd Apr 1999

    Source

    122, The Wine Advocate

    A medium ruby-colored, sexy, seductive Graves, with loads of tobacco-tinged jammy cherry fruit intermixed with smoke and earth, this spicy, round, generous 1996 reveals no hard edges. It continues to be one of the most stylish, under-rated wines from the Pessac-Leognan region. Although it will not be long-lived, this wine offers plenty of appeal for drinking over the next decade.

Tasting Notes
87
Red Bordeaux 1996 Feytit Clinet

1 Case 12 75cl £650
Red Bordeaux 1997 Gruaud Larose

1 Bottle 75cl £75£55
  • Julien

    Red-ruby. High-toned aromas of plum and animal fur. Sappy and vinous, though not especially deep. Attractively silky texture, thanks to rather soft tannins. Notes of chocolate and leather in the middle palate and on the finish.

    -- Stephen Tanzer 87 Stephen Tanzer Not Available May 2000

Tasting Notes
87
Red Bordeaux 1998 L'Eglise Clinet

3 Bottle 75cl £340
  • This is the most sublime example of the 1998 l’Eglise-Clinet of many that I have tasted. The 1998 is a Pomerol that, after 23-years, has reached its zenith. It has a simply gorgeous bouquet of ebullient red fruit, black truffle, cedar and pressed rose petals, with exquisite delineation and harmony. That, follows through on the palate that has a fine bead of acidity, perfect balance, brilliant poise and ethereal purity. Whereas previous bottles have been tight and required longer cellaring, this indicates that Denis Durantou’s brilliant Pomerol is reaching its drinking plateau. Tasted at the Amos Bursary charity dinner at 67 Pall Mall. 2021 - 2050

    98
    Neal Martin, vinous.com, March 2022

    I was lucky to track this down at the very last minute before it was needed for a tasting (from a wine shop in St Emilion) because bottles of this vintage are now like gold dust. It is in the perfect drinking window, and is just a wonderful example of a year that was particularly kind to the best Pomerol estates. Full-on black truffles and smoked earth, fragrant cigar box and turmeric spices, atumnal brambled fruits and melted tannins that are finely-honed yet still muscular, showcasing the tightrope that L'Eglise Clinet so often manages to walk. Winemaker Denis Durantou in full brilliant flow.

    98
    Jane Anson, JaneAnson.com, March 2021

Tasting Notes
98
Red Bordeaux 1998 Lafite Rothschild

1 Case 3 150cl £4,250
  • A blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon and 19% Merlot, this wine represents only 34% of Lafite's total harvest. In a less than perfect Medoc vintage, it has been spectacular since birth, putting on more weight and flesh over the last year. This opaque purple-colored 1998 is close to perfection. The spectacular nose of lead pencil, smoky, mineral, and black currant fruit soars majestically from the glass. The wine is elegant yet profoundly rich, revealing the essence of Lafite's character. The tannin is sweet, and the wine is spectacularly layered yet never heavy. The finish is sweet, super-rich, yet impeccably balanced and long (50+ seconds). Anticipated maturity: 2007-2035.

Tasting Notes
98
Red Bordeaux 1999 Mouton Rothschild

3 Bottle 75cl £420
  • Rating

    92

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2017 - 2030

    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 1999 Mouton-Rothschild is a "useful," perhaps over-looked vintage from the First Growth estate. It has a clean and precise bouquet - you could almost describe this as dainty, which I mean in a positive sense. The fruit is beautifully delineated, almost pastille-like with subtle floral scents emerging with time. The palate is fresh on the entry with supple red berries pierced by a fine line of acidity. No, it is not complex and it has lost a little substance in recent years, yet it is well balanced with sufficient depth and body on the tobacco and cedar-tinged finish. If you can put its status aside, it boils down to nothing more than a well-made, easygoing and refined Pauillac to drink now and over the next decade. Tasted December 2016.

Tasting Notes
92
Red Bordeaux 1999 Lafite Rothschild

1 Case 3 150cl £3,750
  • Rating

    95

    Release Price

    $199

    Drink Date

    2007 - 2030

    Reviewed by

     Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    30th Apr 2002

    Source

    140, The Wine Advocate

    The 1999 Lafite Rothschild sports an engraved "1999" on the bottle along with an eclipse to mark that significant historical event of August, 1999. It is a quintessential offering from Lafite Rothschild. This prodigious wine is both elegant and intensely flavored, and almost diaphanous in its layers that unfold with no heaviness. An opaque ruby/purple color is accompanied by a complex bouquet of lead pencil, graphite, cedar, creme de cassis, toast, and vanilla. It is medium-bodied, with extravagant layers of richness yet little weight, and a finish that is all sweetness, ripeness, and harmony. This extraordinary Lafite increasingly appears to be a modern day clone of the majestic 1953. A mere one-third of the crop made it into the grand vin! Anticipated maturity: 2007-2030.

Tasting Notes
95
Red Bordeaux 2000 Parde de Haut Bailly

1 Bottle 150cl £135£95
  • Rating

    90

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2017 - 2027

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    28th Jul 2017

    Source

    Interim End of July 2017, The Wine Advocate

    The 2000 La Parde de Haut-Bailly is a blend of 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot and 22% Cabernet Franc, and it was the first vintage whereby some parcels hitherto used for the Grand Vin were blended into the Deuxième Vin to strengthen the quality. It has quite an intense bouquet with ample blackberry, boysenberry, freshly pressed flowers and a touch of melted tar. The palate is medium-bodied with crunchy, quite grippy black fruit. I appreciate the freshness and vigor here, maybe a little angular toward the finish. There is a fine linearity and masculinity to this La Parde de Haut-Bailly, and it should drink well for another decade. Tasted March 2017.

Tasting Notes
90
Red Bordeaux 2000 Le Plus de la Fleur de Bouard

4 Bottle 75cl £235
  • Rating

    99

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2010 - 2025

    Reviewed by

     Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    29th Jun 2010

    Source

    189, The Wine Advocate

    A tremendous achievement by Hubert de Bouard, the 2000 La Plus de la Fleur de Bouard (a 420-case luxury cuvee) is a blend of 80% Merlot and the rest primarily Cabernet Franc and a dollop of Cabernet Sauvignon. Filled with richness and intensity, with elegance, harmony, and poise, it is one of the top wines of the vintage. Sadly, very little is available. Approachable, with a velvety texture as well as abundant notes of blueberries, coffee, black currants, kirsch, smoke, and licorice, it is a massive, rich (but not heavy) wine that should drink well for another 10-15 years.

Tasting Notes
99
Red Bordeaux 2000 Pichon Lalande

11 Bottle 75cl £250
  • Sitting next to my former colleague, Pierre Antoine Rovani, at one of the tastings, he commented that he didn't like the striking green note in the aromatics of this wine, which I didn't detect at all, and a subsequent bottle at another tasting did not reveal it either. I do think there is a hint of bay leaf and a meatiness to it. In short, I find this to be a spectacular Pichon Lalande. Dense purple in color, with loads of coffee, mocha, creme de cassis, and chocolate notes, this is a somewhat unusual blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, and a whooping 10% Petit Verdot, with a little bit of Cabernet Franc. The Petit Verdot certainly gives the wine more of a tapenade, floral note, which I think can be interpreted by some as herbal. This is a rich, opulent, stunning Pichon Lalande that is beginning to drink beautifully, yet should continue to improve for at least another 10-15 years and last 30 or more years. Drink 2020-2050.

    96
    Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (189), June 2010

Tasting Notes
96
Red Bordeaux 2000 Le Plus de la Fleur de Bouard

1 Case 6 150cl £2,900
  • Rating

    99

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2010 - 2025

    Reviewed by

     Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    29th Jun 2010

    Source

    189, The Wine Advocate

    A tremendous achievement by Hubert de Bouard, the 2000 La Plus de la Fleur de Bouard (a 420-case luxury cuvee) is a blend of 80% Merlot and the rest primarily Cabernet Franc and a dollop of Cabernet Sauvignon. Filled with richness and intensity, with elegance, harmony, and poise, it is one of the top wines of the vintage. Sadly, very little is available. Approachable, with a velvety texture as well as abundant notes of blueberries, coffee, black currants, kirsch, smoke, and licorice, it is a massive, rich (but not heavy) wine that should drink well for another 10-15 years.

Tasting Notes
99
Red Bordeaux 2000 La Mission Haut Brion

1 Case 6 75cl £3,000
  • A superstar of this great vintage, the 2000 La Mission Haut-Brion is as profound as the 1989, 1982, and 1975. It is more structured and tannic than the 1989, more civilized and refined, but not as thick as the 1982, and sweeter as well as purer than the 1975. The 2000 is neither flamboyant nor accessible, but what upside potential it possesses! In time, one might have to return to the prodigious duo of 1959 and 1961 to find a La Mission with this much potential. While still tight from bottling, its inky purple color is accompanied by extravagantly sweet aromas of blackberries, blueberries, toast, scorched earth, coffee, asphalt, graphite, and smoke. Super-intense and unctuously-textured, with a sumptuous mid-palate and finish, this is an explosively rich, layered effort that possesses everything I could ever want from a terroir that has given me as much hedonistic and intellectual pleasure as any other wine in the world. It is an amazing achievement for administrator Jean-Bernard Delmas, his son, Jean-Phillipe, and the entire winemaking team. The phenomenal aftertaste goes on for over a minute. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2045. Robert Parker, Wine Advocate # 146. Drink 2011-2045

Tasting Notes
100
Red Bordeaux 2000 Mouton Rothschild

[Ex Chateau November 2021]

4 Case 6 75cl £11,000
  • Perhaps the most beautiful packaging ever on a Bordeaux bottle, Baroness Philippine de Rothschild literally produced a work of art in the gold-engraved bottle of 2000 Mouton Rothschild. Of course, one can’t drink the glass, but this is a top-flight Mouton Rothschild, eclipsed only by the 2006 and 2009. A rich, tannic, earthy style, with loads of creme de cassis and floral notes, the final blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Merlot is a full-bodied wine with plenty of coffee, earth, chocolatey notes, and still plenty of tannin to resolve. I gave it an anticipated maturity range of 2015-2050 back in 2003, and that looks on target.

    Score: 96

    Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, RobertParker.com  Maturity: 2015-205001 June 2010

    The 2000 Mouton Rothschild is at its best with about 24-48 hours of decanting. A blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Merlot, the wine offers a saturated ruby/purple color in addition to reticent but promising aromas of toast, coffee, licorice, creme de cassis, and roasted nuts. Dense, chewy, and backward, with tremendous purity and density in addition to obvious toasty oak, it is full-bodied, powerful, tannic, and backward. Twenty-four to 48 hours of aeration only hints at its ultimate potential. This blockbuster will be exceptionally long-lived. It is not as expressive as the other first-growth Medocs, but give it time. As I predicted in my first report on the millennium vintage (April, 2001), Philippine de Rothschild could be expected to do something special with her presentation of 2000. She has exceeded everyone's expectations with a work of art. Those who have seen the extraordinary packaging of the 2000 Mouton Rothschild must certainly realize this is a brilliant achievement. The bottle is extraordinary, and likely to have nearly as much value empty as full! Her genius is obvious, but it's what's inside that counts!

    Score: 97

    Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, RobertParker.com  Maturity: 2015-205030 April 2003

    The 2000 Mouton Rothschild is at its best with about 24-48 hours of decanting. A blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Merlot, the wine offers a saturated ruby/purple color in addition to reticent but promising aromas of toast, coffee, licorice, creme de cassis, and roasted nuts. Dense, chewy, and backward, with tremendous purity and density in addition to obvious toasty oak, it is full-bodied, powerful, tannic, and backward. Twenty-four to 48 hours of aeration only hints at its ultimate potential. This blockbuster will be exceptionally long-lived. It is not as expressive as the other first-growth Medocs, but give it time. As I predicted in my first report on the millennium vintage (April, 2001), Philippine de Rothschild could be expected to do something special with her presentation of 2000. She has exceeded everyone's expectations with a work of art. Those who have seen the extraordinary packaging of the 2000 Mouton Rothschild must certainly realize this is a brilliant achievement. The bottle is extraordinary, and likely to have nearly as much value empty as full! Her genius is obvious, but it's what's inside that counts! Anticipated maturity: 2015-2050+.

    Score: 97

    Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, RobertParker.com  Maturity: 2015-2050+01 April 2003

    A behemoth, the gigantic 2000 Mouton-Rothschild (86% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Merlot) boasts a saturated purple color as well as aromas of ink, cassis, licorice, damp earth, and sweet oak. It reveals a cassis liqueur-like flavor profile with a hint of truffles. This majestic effort will undoubtedly close down, but enjoy an exceptionally long life.

    Score: 96 - 98

    Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, RobertParker.com  Maturity: 2012-2050+01 February 2002

Tasting Notes
97
Red Bordeaux 2001 Duhart Milon

11 Bottle 75cl £75
  • Rating

    89

    Release Price

    $25 - 30

    Drink Date

    2007 - 2017

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    30th Jun 2004

    Source

    153, The Wine Advocate

    The Rothschilds are making enormous investments in this estate, so I’m expecting a breakthrough effort to emerge (maybe the 2003 qualifies). The deep ruby-colored 2001 exhibits a moderately intense, noble bouquet of graphite, plums, and currants. Elegant (much in the style of Lafite) with medium body, sweet tannin, and a lively finish, it will be at its finest between 2007-2017.

Tasting Notes
89
Red Bordeaux 2001 Trapaud, St Emilion Grand Cru

1 Bottle 150cl £75£65
Red Bordeaux 2001 Pontet Canet

1 Case 12 75cl £920
  • Rating

    89

    Release Price

    $25 - 27

    Drink Date

    2007 - 2017

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    30th Jun 2004

    Source

    153, The Wine Advocate

    One of the great estates of the Medoc, Pontet-Canet has enjoyed increasing attention as well as a draconian selection process by owner Albert Tesseron ever since his breakthrough vintage of 1994. The 2001 does not possess the power of the 2000 or the huge 2003, but it is still a very fine albeit tannic, lighter wine. A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, and small percentages of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, it was produced from modest yields of 37 hectoliters per hectare. Revealing classic cassis aromas, medium to full body, a firm structure with plenty of finesse, a closed personality, and dominant as well as intrusive tannin, it should age well for 12-20 years, but patience will be required. Certainly the concentration appears up to the level of the tannin. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2017.

Tasting Notes
89
Red Bordeaux 2001 Lafite Rothschild

1 Case 3 150cl £3,625
  • 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 2002 Sociando-Mallet

1 Case 12 75cl £340
  • Rating

    89

    Release Price

    $27

    Drink Date

    2013 - 2025

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    29th Apr 2005

    Source

    158, The Wine Advocate

    A striking minerality, copious quantities of black currants and plums, along with some dried herbs jump from the glass of this tannic, structured, somewhat severe but large-scaled, muscular wine that oozes testosterone. Virile, structured, and perhaps too tannic for its own good, but impressively built, pure, and a wine to admire (rather than possibly enjoy), this large-scaled 2002 requires 7-10 years of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2025+?. One of the cru bourgeois estates that always performs at classified growth quality levels, Sociando Mallet has, for 20 years, been the insider’s choice for top quality wine that will easily withstand two decades of cellaring. Bottles of the 1970, 1975, and 1982 from my cellar are still youthful and evolving!

Tasting Notes
89
Red Bordeaux 2002 Tertre Roteboeuf

1 Case 12 75cl £1,500
  • Rating

    (86 - 89)

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2003 - 2011

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    31st Oct 2003

    Source

    149, The Wine Advocate

    Low acidity as well as a distinct herbaceousness (or tapenade?) are found in the 2002 Tertre Roteboeuf along with fragrant aromas of licorice, cherries, and currants. Medium-bodied and soft, it is best consumed during its first 6-8 years of life. This is not one of the most inspiring efforts produced by the obsessive/compulsive proprietor, Francois Mitjavile.

Tasting Notes
89
Red Bordeaux 2003 Domaine de Chevalier

1 Case 12 75cl £605
  • Rating

    88

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2014 - 2019

    Reviewed by

     Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    28th Aug 2014

    Source

    214, The Wine Advocate

    This evolved 2003 exhibits lots of smoky barbecue spices intermixed with notes of cedarwood, underbrush, damp forest, plums and figs. Medium-bodied, fully mature and relatively complex, it requires consumption over the next 4-5 years.

Tasting Notes
88
Red Bordeaux 2003 L'Eglise Clinet

1 Case 12 75cl £1,100
  • Rating

    93

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2015 - 2028

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    29th Jul 2016

    Source

    Interim End of July 2016, The Wine Advocate

    The Château l'Eglise-Clinet 2003 was served ex-château from bottle and magnum. Alongside the 2003 Château Lafleur, it represents one of the best Pomerol wines of the vintage. Why? Because as Denis himself explained, the vineyard naturally produced low pH that counterbalanced the summer heat. It was actually the bottle that has the best bouquet, lively and vibrant for the vintage, extremely well defined and youthful after 12 years. Macerated dark cherries, red plum and incense all soar from the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, slightly savory red berry fruit that is very spicy, white pepper and cumin. There is fine delineation on the finish and great length. It does not quite deliver the brilliant showing of previous bottles, but it deserves a round of applause. This is one of the few recent wines from the estate that I would prefer to drink in its youth. Tasted March 2015

Tasting Notes
93
Red Bordeaux 2003 Pontet Canet

1 Case 12 75cl £1,100
  • The spectacular 2003 Pontet Canet is still incredibly young and vigorous. This full-bodied classic boasts a dense purple color as well as a superb nose of graphite, creme de cassis, forest floor, licorice and a hint of truffles, low acidity, and extravagant richness. Most of the tannins have been resolved in this superstar of the vintage. It should continue to drink well for 10-15+ years.

     

Tasting Notes
95
Red Bordeaux 2003 Lafite Rothschild

1 Case 6 75cl £4,650
  • The 2003 Lafite Rothschild comes as close to perfection as any of the great Lafites made over the past three decades (1982, 1986, 1996, 2000, 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2010). This sensational effort came in at 12.7% natural alcohol, it is made in the style of one of this estate's great classics, the 1959. Composed of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, it exhibits a dense ruby/purple color to the rim along with a luxurious bouquet of cedarwood, lead pencil shaving, white chocolate, cocoa and cassis. Fat, rich, opulent and full-bodied with low acidity and stunning seductiveness and complexity, this noble wine possesses a bountiful, generous, heady style. It is just coming into its plateau of maturity where it should hold for 20-25 years. This is one of the candidates for the wine of the vintage - make no mistake about that. Drink: 2014 - 2039

    Score: 100 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (214), August 2014

    A modern day version of the 1959 Lafite, the 2003 Lafite Rothschild was bottled in mid-May, 2005 after achieving 12.9% natural alcohol – hardly an astonishing figure given the vintage’s weather conditions. A combination of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot, it represents a ripe version of the essence of Lafite-Rothschild. Dense purple-colored, with classic notes of graphite intertwined with melted licorice, creme de cassis, smoke, and flowers, it reveals extraordinary richness, opulence, power, purity, intensity, and viscosity. Whether this wine will close down or not is questionable as it is somewhat atypical given its sweetness and softness. Analytically, there are extremely high tannins, which I suspect will assert themselves in the future. Production in 2003 was less than half of normal. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2050.

    Score: 100 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (164), April 2006

    One of the vintage’s most prodigious wines, the 2003 may be a modern day clone of the1959 Lafite Rothschild. Unusually opulent and viscous, with a dense purple color and an amazingly complex nose of scorched earth, Asian soy, balsamic vinegar, black currants, plums, and even some figs, Lafite tips the scales at 12.75% alcohol (less than they expected). The final blend is 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot. A wine of great intensity, tremendous viscosity and density with low acidity (the pH is pushing 4), and a magnificent finish, but all with great precision, purity, and freshness, this is a tour de force in winemaking and something that simply has to be tasted to be believed. I have never had another Lafite Rothschild anything like it, and those who would argue that the 1982 or 1959 are cut from the same mold may have some supportive evidence. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2050+.

    Score: 96/100 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (158), April 2005

    Revealing enormous richness, flesh, and succulence, the 2003 Lafite Rothschild is one of the candidates for “wine of the vintage.” A blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot (the Merlot was harvested between September 8 - 12, and the Cabernet Sauvignon between September 15 - 24), it possesses ethereal richness as well as perfume. Yields were a low 34 hectoliters per hectare, there is just under 13% natural alcohol, and the pH level is frightfully high at 3.9 with a total acidity of only 2.9. These figures are nearly identical to such ripe, concentrated vintages as 1982 and 1959. Inky/ruby/purple-colored with a spectacular, ripe perfume of black fruits, cedar, Asian soy, and balsamic vinegar, it exhibits massive richness yet is remarkably fresh and lively on the palate for such an unctuous effort (amazing levels of glycerin). In that sense, it is atypical, but like the 1982, I suspect the 2003 will become more delineated as the tannin emerges over the next 1-2 years. An amazing textural impression left me scratching my head as I have never tasted a Lafite Rothschild quite like this. This is one first-growth worth mortgaging the house for! Anticipated maturity: 2010-2035.

    Score: 98/100 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (152), April 2004

    Subtle, complex aromas of berrry, licorice and currant. Full-bodied and very well intergrated. Wonderful length and finesse.

    Score: 96 James Suckling, Wine Spectator, February 2006

    Exciting, yet polished and refined. This is a rich and structured Lafite. Very classic style.

    Score: 95/100 James Suckling, Wine Spectator (April 04), April 2004

    Deep lively purplish crimson. This is a very exciting wine which manages to be primarily a fine Lafite and only then an expression of the extreme ripeness of the vintage. There is no exaggeration here and most of all the dancing finesse of lafite on song. Deep and concentrated - and still introvert but it opened out to great delicacy. Pure Lafite with extra ripeness of 2003 and a little spike of leafiness on the edge to keep it lively. Round and opulent on the mid palate but never heavy. Sweeter than usual but there is sufficient acidity and a nice dry kick of dryness to keep it all in check and beautifully airbourne.

    Score: 18.5+ Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com (April 04), April 2004

    Deep crimson. Very rich indeed. Super opulent. Lots of alcohol and sweetness. A little California! But dry on the end. It does finish a little suddenly. Very obviously sweet. (Average group score: 18.1)

    Score: 17 Jane MacQuitty, JancisRobinson.com, October 2010

    Lovely gently spicy toasty oak but then all sorts of lovely complexity of dark fruit and savoury notes - at the end just a hint of raisiny ripeness. So so silky. tissue paper tannins, cool fresh length. Well formed and well dressed. Subtle and understated. Very long. Drink 2008-2028.Date tasted 23rd Jan 08

    Score: 18+ Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, January 2008

    Score: 18.5/19 Michael Schuster, The World of Fine Wine (1), April 2004

Tasting Notes
100
Red Bordeaux 2004 Le Dome

1 Case 12 75cl £850
  • Rating

    (90 - 92)

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2007 - 2022

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    29th Apr 2005

    Source

    158, The Wine Advocate

    A fragrant, ethereal-styled, dark ruby/purple-tinged effort, Le Dome’s 2004 offers a precise, pure nose of menthol, cranberries, raspberries, and cherries. This medium-bodied St.-Emilion, which obviously includes considerable Cabernet Franc in the blend, exhibits good ripeness, striking elegance, and potential complexity as well as purity. Although there is not a great deal of depth, it is a suave 2004 that should shed its tannin in 2-3 years, and drink well over the following 12-15.

Tasting Notes
91
Red Bordeaux 2005 Peby Faugeres

2 Bottle 150cl £660
  • A perfect wine in this vintage, the 2005 Péby Faugères has the classic liqueur of blueberries and spring flowers. Dense purple and full-bodied, with unbelievable richness, this tastes like a great Napa Cab from the Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard, even though there’s no Cabernet Sauvignon in it. This is a sensational wine – rich, full and multi-dimensional, with a skyscraper-like mid-palate and finish. Kudos to Péby Faugères for producing one of the perfect wines of the vintage. Drink it in about 3-4 years as well as over the following two decades. Drink 2018-2038.

    Score: 100 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (219), June 2015

Tasting Notes
100
Red Bordeaux 2005 du Tertre

1 Case 12 75cl £600
  • Rating

    90

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2015 - 2030

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    29th Jun 2015

    Source

    219, The Wine Advocate

    This attractive deep ruby/plum/purple wine is supple, with notes of loamy soil, earth, underbrush and black and red currants. Very fragrant and medium-bodied, with relatively sweet tannin, this wine should continue to drink well for another 10-15+ years.

Tasting Notes
90
Red Bordeaux 2005 Palmer

1 Case 6 75cl £1,680
  • Its bigger sister, the 2005 Château Palmer (53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot), is one of the great efforts of this superlative vintage. Floral notes mixed with blackberry, cassis, plum, licorice and spring flowers soar from the glass of this dense ruby/purple wine. It is medium to full-bodied, surprisingly opulent (it has a big percentage of Merlot), long, multi-dimensional and textured. This wonderfully pure, stunning wine once again performs as a first-growth. It should drink well for the next 20-25 years. Drink 2015-2040.

    Score: 98 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (219), June 2015

Tasting Notes
98
Red Bordeaux 2005 L'Eglise Clinet

[US labels]

1 Case 6 75cl £1,800
  • NEAL MARTIN, JULY 2019, SCORE: 97

    The 2005 l’Eglise-Clinet was picked 9 to 23 September. The bouquet races out of the blocks with red berry fruit, brown spices, black truffle and a whiff of smoke. Give it several minutes in the glass and it develops some gorgeous floral aromas, iris and violet, gaining precision with every swirl. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannin that frame layers of red fruit infused with tea leaf, bay leaf, a touch of white pepper and an almost ferrous finish that caresses gently. This has long been a deeply impressive l’Eglise-Clinet with a half-century lifespan. Tasted at the l’Eglise-Clinet vertical at the château in April 2018.

    [RP3]

    ROBERT PARKER, JUNE 2015, SCORE: 100

    Among the most saturated in color of all the 2005 Pomerols (which is saying something), this wine has a spectacular nose of licorice, mulberry, blackberry and sweet blue fruits. The new oak is completely hidden, the wine full-bodied, multi-layered and just stunning. The purity, richness and skyscraper-like mouthfeel are incredible. Give it another 5-10 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 30+ years. Drink 2020-2060

Tasting Notes
100
Red Bordeaux 2006 Bienfaisance

[Duty Paid]

1 Case 12 75cl £150

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