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Region Vintage Name Qty Unit Case Format Price Note Rating
Red Bordeaux 1957 Haut Brion

1 Bottle 75cl £625
  •  

    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 1959 Margaux

4 Bottle 75cl £1,200
  • 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 1964 Latour a Pomerol

1 Bottle 75cl £320
Red Bordeaux 1982 Lafite Rothschild

1 Case 12 75cl £51,500£48,000
  • This is a denser version of the 1990 that stylistically reminds me of what the young 1959 probably tasted like. Still backward with a deep ruby/plum color revealing only a touch of lightening at the edge, the wine offers up an extraordinary nose of caramelized herbs, smoke, cedar, pen ink, black currants, and earth. The gorgeous aromatics are followed by a full-bodied, plump, rich, fleshy wine with low acidity. With 6-8 hours decanting in a closed decanter, it will offer beautiful drinking, but it needs another 5-8 years to reach full maturity. It is capable of lasting 50-60 years. This classic Lafite is not as fat and concentrated as the 1982 Latour, nor as complex or concentrated as the 1982 Mouton Rothschild, but it is a winner all the same. Parker 

Tasting Notes
97
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 1986 Smith Haut Lafitte

[Duty Paid]

1 Bottle 150cl £120
Red Bordeaux 1986 Lagrange

[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 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 Latour

1 Case 12 75cl £5,200
  • Wine Advocate #129
    Jun 2000 Robert M. Parker, Jr. 89 Drink: 2000 - 2020 $434-$1091
    This wine was tasted at a vertical tasting held in Charlotte, North Carolina several days before the Christie tasting. The Latour staff spoke far more highly of the 1989 than my experience has shown.

    It possesses many characteristics that make great vintages of Bordeaux so alluring - softness, overripeness, and sweet fruit. The problem is that there are insufficient quantities of these components. 

    An evolved dark ruby color reveals amber at the edge. The nose offers aromas of caramel, coffee, ripe black cherry and currant fruit, cedar, and spice box. Although medium-bodied, with low acidity, the wine lacks richness in the mid-palate, and is surprisingly abrupt in the finish. It is a very fine, delicious Latour, but it is hard to believe it will attain the weight and flavor dimensions its producers suggest. Anticipated maturity: now-2020.
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    Wine Advocate #109
    Feb 1997 Robert M. Parker, Jr. 89 Drink: 1998 - 2020 $434-$1091
    Neither the 1989 or 1990 wines has budged in quality or development since I first tasted them in cask. I am still disappointed by the 1989, wondering how this chateau produced an elegant, medium-weight wine that seems atypically restrained for Latour. The deep ruby color is followed by a wine with surprisingly high acidity and hard tannin, but not the depth, richness, and power expected from this great estate. This closed wine is admittedly in need of 5-6 years of cellaring, but what is so alarming is its lack of weight, ripeness, and intensity, particularly when compared to the 1990. I suspect there is more than what has been revealed in recent tastings, but this looks to be an excellent as opposed to outstanding wine. In the context of the vintage, it is a disappointment.
     

    Wine Advocate #88
    Aug 1993 Robert M. Parker, Jr. 90 Drink: 1998 - 2020 $434-$1091 (80)
    The 1989 Latour resembles the 1982, although it is not as concentrated, full-bodied, powerful, or unctuous. Deep ruby/purple, with a penetrating bouquet of cassis, this large-scaled, yet surprisingly approachable wine is bursting with fruit and extract. The finish is admirably long and persistent. The wine has a high tannin count, but the tannins are largely obscured by the wine's rich fruit and depth. Anticipated maturity: 1998-2020. Last tasted, 5/93.

Tasting Notes
90
Red Bordeaux 1989 La Mission Haut Brion

1 Case 12 75cl £20,000
  • Both La Mission-Haut-Brion and Haut-Brion hit home runs in this vintage, which did not produce as many profound wines as the Bordeaux publicity machine suggested. 1989, the 200th anniversary of the French revolution, was an incredibly hot year (surpassed only by 1990 and 2003). Even from barrel the seamless 1989 La Mission revealed a special elixir aspect, tasting like it had been designed by Chanel. It still possesses a blue/purple color with only a hint of garnet creeping in, and the explosive aromatics offer up notes of licorice, creme de cassis, blueberry liqueur, smoky barbecue meats, truffles and graphite. If that’s not enough to get one salivating, the palate has never disappointed either. Full-bodied with extraordinary opulence as well as sweet, well-integrated, velvety tannins, this fresh, lively, blockbuster La Mission appears to be one of those rare wines that never goes through a closed, unfriendly stage. It has been a compelling, multidimensional effort from barrel, in its infancy, and as it heads into late adolescence. A remarkable tour de force in winemaking, it is one of the all-time profound La Mission-Haut-Brions. Anticipated maturity: now-2050.

Tasting Notes
100
Red Bordeaux 1989 Haut Brion

1 Case 12 75cl £25,500
  • Neal Martin 100/100 - June 2018 - pristine case 12x75 owc 

    The 1989 Haut-Brion commenced one of the most spectacular dinners that I ever attended, this representing one of the best bottles of a dozen tasted over the years. Deep in color with thin bricking on the rim, the haunting bouquet has heart-rending delineation – as profound as it has ever been. Scents of black olives intermingle with graphite, clove and cherry liqueur, underneath subtle gravel scents becoming more vocal with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied and maybe not as powerful as it was a few years ago. Yet it is ineffably complex with layers of pure dark berry fruit, black olive, cloves and crushed violets. This particular example was one of the most youthful that I have encountered. The finish is so effortless and yet it changes constantly in the glass, revealing new facets, some attendees noticing a touch of greenness after 30 minutes although I could not detect that myself. It is an awe-inspiring Haut-Brion that is only just beginning to demonstrate the ethereal heights it can achieve. Tasted at the International Business & Wine First Growth Dinner at the Four Seasons. 2018 - 2060

    100
    Neal Martin, Vinous Table (vinous.com), June 2018

    Score: 100 Robert Parker, Hedonists Gazette

    Undeniably one of the greatest wines made in Bordeaux in the last 25 years is the 1989 Haut Brion. Jean Delmas gave a touching speech about how, in his lifetime, he had never produced such a wine, and it was literally off the charts. He made the point of saying that all the greatest vintages of Bordeaux drink well young, yet have such remarkable balance/equilibrium that they can age for decades. The 1989 is beginning to reveal hints of secondary nuances, but it is so sensuous, rich, opulent, and super-concentrated as to be almost unimaginable.

      Robert Parker, Hedonists Gazette, November 2005

    This continues to be one of the immortal wines and one of the greatest young Bordeaux wines of the last half century. Consistently prodigious and almost a sure bet to top the scoring card of any blind tasting of this vintage as well as other years, the 1989 Haut-Brion is a seamless, majestic classic and a tribute to this phenomenal terroir and its singular characteristics. The wine still has a very thick, viscous-looking ruby/purple colour, a spectacular, young but awesome smorgasbord of aromas ranging from scorched earth, liquid minerals, graphite, blackberry and black currant jam to toast licorice and spice box. The levels of fruit, extract and glycerin in this viscous, full-bodied, low-acid wine are awe-inspiring. The brilliant symmetry of the wine, extraordinary purity, and seamlessness are the hallmarks of a modern-day legend. It is still in its pre-adolescent stage of development, and I would not expect it to hit its full plateau of maturity for another 3-5 years, but this should be an Haut-Brion that rivals the greatest ever made at this estate. Life is too short not to drink this wine as many times as possible! A modern-day clone of the 1959? Anticipated maturity :2005-2030

    Score: 100 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

    There is no question that the 1989 is one of Bordeaux's great modern day classic and deserving a perfect score, which should not surprise anyone who has tasted the wine.

      Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (128), April 2000

Tasting Notes
100
Red Bordeaux 1989 Petrus

1 Case 12 75cl £49,000
  • Robert Parker Multi-millionaire collectors will have fun comparing the 1989 and 1990 Petrus. The 1989 has a slightly more saturated color, and seems more tightly knit both aromatically and on the palate. However, this is splitting hairs, as this is another stunningly opulent, rich, full-bodied, amazingly concentrated, exotic, flamboyant Petrus that remains remarkably youthful, and in need of 7-8 more years of bottle age. Additionally, the tannins are slightly more elevated, at least from a tactile impression. However, the 1989 looks to be another 30-year wine, with extraordinary equilibrium between all of its component parts. An amazing effort!

Tasting Notes
100
Red Bordeaux 1990 Mouton Rothschild

[Ex Chateau November 2021]

1 Case 3 150cl £2,310
  • 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 1990 Latour

1 Case 12 75cl £8,150
  • Powerful and dense to the core, the 1990 possesses superb density for a wine of its age. Despite its considerable depth, the 1990 remains light on its feet for such a big wine. I imagine the 1990 Latour will drink well for another thirty years. What a wine.

    98
    Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, November 2017

    Gala Dinners 1 & 2: After having had two so-so bottles of 1990 Latour from my cellar, I had a great one in, of all places, Seoul, Korea. This beautiful bottle renewed my confidence in this wine, but it does appear to be fully mature, which is unusual for a 20-year old Latour.

    95
    Robert Parker, Hedonists Gazette, May 2010

    This is one of the more perplexing Latours to evaluate. It has plenty of sweetness as well as a gorgeous, rich fruitiness, but it lacks the firmness one finds in more recent great vintages such as 1996, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, and 2008. There is plenty of sweet, ripe currant fruitiness, abundant glycerin, and full body, but I'm still waiting for that extra nuance of complexity to emerge. It's all there, but the wine still seems to be more monolithic than one would expect in a wine approaching 19 years of age. It is not the sure-fire winner I thought it was in its youth, but then again, I don't have any reason to doubt that more complexity will emerge. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2035.

    95+
    Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (183), June 2009

Tasting Notes
98
Red Bordeaux 1992 La Mission Haut Brion

1 Case 12 75cl £1,920
  • Score: 88 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

    The wine exhibits a dark ruby color, an intense, black currant-, mineral-, and floral-scented nose, and supple, medium-bodied flavors that cascade over the palate. The wine is soft and opulent, with plenty of glycerin and lusty alcohol in the gorgeous finish. Drink over the next 10-12 years. Don't be surprised if this wine turns out to merit an even higher rating a few years.

    Score: 89 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (96), December 1994

Tasting Notes
88
Red Bordeaux 1994 Leoville Barton

1 Case 12 75cl £620
  • Rating

    90

    Release Price

    $28 - 35

    Drink Date

    2007 - 2030

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    28th Feb 1997

    Source

    109, The Wine Advocate

    It is no secret that Anthony Barton's efforts over the last decade at his St.-Julien estate, Leoville-Barton, is resulting in terrific wines at still reasonable prices. This estate has been extremely successful in recent vintages. An impressive, serious, classic Bordeaux for collectors who are willing to forget about it for at least a decade, this well-endowed offering is a 30-year wine. The dense, murky, purple color, closed aromatics, massive flavor richness, and high tannin recall the old, non-compromised, beefy, blockbuster Medocs produced thirty years ago. However, this wine possesses sweeter tannin, and was made under far more sanitary conditions. It is a classic, but patience is definitely required. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2030.

Tasting Notes
90
Red Bordeaux 1994 Leoville Las Cases

2 Case 12 75cl £1,500
  • Rating

    93

    Release Price

    $45

    Drink Date

    2002 - 2025

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    28th Feb 1997

    Source

    109, The Wine Advocate

    Michel Delon, a great man, is the consummate proprietor, meticulously administering this vast estate spread out along the St.-Julien/Pauillac border, separated from Latour's finest vineyard by a mere ten feet. The 1993-95 vintages from Delon are brilliant wines. Leoville-Las-Cases remains one of the irrefutable reference points for high class Bordeaux. One of the more massive Medocs of the vintage, this opaque purple-colored wine exhibits fabulous richness and volume in the mouth. Layers of pure black-cherry and cassis fruit are intermixed with stony, mineral-like scents, as well as high quality toasty oak. Medium to full-bodied, with a sweet, rich entry, this wine possesses plenty of tannin, yet fabulous extract and length. Leoville-Las-Cases is one of the half-dozen great wines of the Medoc in 1994. Anticipated maturity: 2002-2025. This lion never falls asleep on the job!

Tasting Notes
93
Red Bordeaux 1995 Mouton Rothschild

[Ex Chateau 2021]

1 Bottle 500cl £3,575
  • Wine Advocate #115
    Feb 1998 Robert M. Parker, Jr. 95 Drink: 2004 - 2030 $401-$1033 (250)
    Bottled in June, 1997, this profound Mouton is more accessible than the more muscular 1996. A blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, and 19% Merlot, it reveals an opaque purple color, and reluctant aromas of cassis, truffles, coffee, licorice, and spice. In the mouth, the wine is "great stuff," with superb density, a full-bodied personality, rich mid-palate, and a layered, profound finish that lasts for 40+ seconds. There is outstanding purity and high tannin, but my instincts suggest this wine is lower in acidity and slightly fleshier than the brawnier, bigger 1996. Both are great efforts from Mouton-Rothschild. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2030.

Tasting Notes
95
Red Bordeaux 1995 Lynch Bages

1 Case 12 75cl £1,650
  • Rating

    89+

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    NA

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    31st Aug 2011

    Source

    196, The Wine Advocate

    A dense ruby/purple hue is accompanied by reticent, restrained aromatics suggesting earth, herbs and subtle fruit. The wine hits the palate with a brutal, tannic overlay, but behind that are impressive levels of black and red fruits. As is the case with many 1995s, the wine’s structural components still dominate, which makes one wonder if these cuvees will ever shed enough tannin to be charming and enjoyable to drink. Certainly depth, weight and richness are all present, but the tannins remain elevated and somewhat foreboding.

Tasting Notes
89
Red Bordeaux 1995 Pichon Lalande

3 Case 12 75cl £2,350
  • 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 Angelus

2 Case 12 75cl £3,200
  • Rating

    92+

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2017 - 2030

    Reviewed by

     Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    28th Aug 2015

    Source

    220, The Wine Advocate

    This is typical 1995 in that it’s young, tannic, masculine and still vigorous and foreboding. This vintage at age 20 seems reluctant to evolve in the most graceful manner possible, but it is still easily holding on to life and still has a fair amount of tannin left to resolve. The wine is concentrated, but will the tannin ever soften to the point where it is well-integrated? This can be drunk now, as the aromatics are enticing and complex. Although, be aware of the tannin clout the wine still possesses. Drink 2017-2030.

Tasting Notes
92
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 1996 Palmer

1 Case 12 75cl £2,800
  • Medium saturated color with the first hint of amber at the rim. Ripe fruit in the nose, supported by sweet spices, and forest floor. Harmonious, balanced, and altogether delicious on the palate. The 1996 Palmer, from a cooler vintage more favorable to Merlot, is youthfully fresh and clear with good acidity and noticeable fleshy tannins. We are left with a memorable finish, which is particularly long, fresh, delicate, and simply a thrill to taste.

Tasting Notes
95
Red Bordeaux 1997 Latour

1 Bottle 75cl £360
  • 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 £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 1998 First Growth Mixed Case

[2 bottles each Lafite, Latour & Margaux -'Wine Society' case]

2 Case 6 75cl £2,500
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 Talbot

6 Case 12 75cl £1,200
  • Rating

    93

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2010 - 2025

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    29th Jun 2010

    Source

    189, The Wine Advocate

    This was a strong performance (better than my original notes suggested) by the 2000 Talbot. Close to full maturity, it exhibits a dense ruby/plum/purple color in addition to a subtle herbaceousness intermixed with smoked meats, black currants, licorice, cedar, and foresty notes. Rich and full-bodied with light tannins, and a slightly richer, more savory, broader, deeper style than I remember, it should drink well for 10-15 years.

Tasting Notes
93
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 Ausone

1 Case 12 75cl £10,200
  • Rating

    100

    Release Price

    $400 - 800

    Drink Date

    2020 - 2075

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    23rd Apr 2003

    Source

    146, The Wine Advocate

    Proprietor Alain Vauthier has produced a prodigious wine that captures the essence of Ausone's terroir. A saturated black/purple color is followed by sensational aromas of ink, cherries, blackberries, blueberries, and that wet stones/liquid minerality characteristic. The wine has phenomenal presence on the palate as well as astonishing richness and purity. Despite its extract, power, and richness, it is remarkably light, with a surreal delicacy. It is a tour de force in winemaking and a compelling expression of this magical terroir. It should prove to be legendary, but sadly, anyone over the age of 50 will probably not live to see it come close to maturity. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2075.

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 Meyney

7 Case 12 75cl £325
Red Bordeaux 2001 Gruaud Larose

3 Case 12 75cl £850
  • Rating

    90

    Release Price

    $35 - 40

    Drink Date

    2004 - 2018

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    30th Jun 2004

    Source

    153, The Wine Advocate

    Surprisingly accessible as well as supple, this 2001 St.-Julien reveals a deep plum/purple color along with a rich bouquet of smoke, roasted vegetables, black currants, plums, licorice, and Asian spices. Velvety-textured and medium-bodied, with loads of fruit, and a plump, expansive, plush texture, this is an atypically forward Gruaud Larose to drink now and over the next 12-14 years.

Tasting Notes
90
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 2002 Talbot

3 Case 12 75cl £750£715
  • This fruity, up-front St.-Julien lacks the structure found in most 2002 Medocs, but it compensates for that with a supple, fruit-forward style, and excellent, herb-tinged, leathery, blackberry and cherry notes. Medium-bodied and pure, it will be at its finest between 2005-2015.

    88/90
    Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (149), October 2003

    Drink 2011-18 Solid and sturdy. Very thick and almost inky. Not charming but solid. When tasting it, I wondered if it were Clos du Marquis, Las Cases' second wine.

    16
    Jancis Robinson MW, October 2009

Tasting Notes
90
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 Chasse Spleen

[Duty Paid]

9 Bottle 75cl £30
  • Rating

    90

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2014 - 2017

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    28th Aug 2014

    Source

    214, The Wine Advocate

    Soft and voluptuous with plenty of red and black currant fruit notes intermixed with licorice, spice box and underbrush, this well-made, medium to full-bodied 2003 has good precision and freshness. Enjoy this beautiful Moulis over the next 2-3 years.

Tasting Notes
90
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 d'Issan

1 Case 12 75cl £850£750
  • Tasted on several occasions, the 2003 d'Issan has long been a commendable performer in a vintage that did not favour the southern Médoc. The nose is fully matured with black plum and raspberry preserve, the palate with better acidity than its peers with brown spices congregating on the rounded, easy-going finish. Maybe it has recently lost a bit of its luster but it still deserves consideration. Tasted at a private dinner in London.

    -- Neal Martin

Tasting Notes
89
Red Bordeaux 2003 Mouton Rothschild

[Ex Chateau November 2021]

2 Case 6 75cl £2,640
  • By no means the strongest of the first-growths in 2003, in fact, the 2003 Mouton is probably the weakest. The selection process that was implemented by new administrator Philippe Dhalluin a few years later had not yet gone into effect. The harvest took place between September 15-25, and the wine shows lots of opulent cassis, a hint of roasted coffee, and an evolved, fully mature style with light tannin in the finish. I wouldn’t push my luck, although it is certainly capable of lasting another decade. There may be a tendency for the tannins to give the wine a more desiccated overall impression five or six years from now.
    (WA#214, Aug 2014)

    Backward, powerful, and extremely tannic, the dense purple-colored 2003 Mouton-Rothschild, a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot, fashioned from yields of 28 hectoliters per hectare, with a finished alcohol of 12.9%, improves dramatically with aeration. With full-bodied, meaty, powerful, dry flavors as well as a huge finish, this high class wine should be at its finest between 2012-2040+. During its sojourn in barrel, it reminded me of a hypothetical blend of the 1982 and 1986 Moutons, but since bottling, it appears different, and even more tannic than those two vintages. I still believe the finest recent Mouton-Rothschild is the 2000.
    95+ pts (WA#164, Apr 2006)

Tasting Notes
93
Red Bordeaux 2005 Sociando Mallet

5 Case 12 75cl £550£520
  • It’s hard not to admire the brilliant Jean Gautreau, who has run this great terroir and estate (just to the north of St-Estèphe’s Château Montrose) with meticulous perfection for decades. The 2005 is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc. Offering beautifully sweet crème de cassis and blueberries, this is concentrated essence of blue and black fruits, with some underlying minerality, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, and stunning texture, length and purity. This is superb Sociando Mallet, with surprisingly sweet tannin, which is even more remarkable in this vintage of high and occasionally hard tannins. Give it another 4-5 years of cellaring, and drink it over the following 30 years.

    Score: 93

    Robert Parker, erobertparker.com Maturity: 2019-205001 June 2015

    Always one of the most ageworthy and backward wines of Bordeaux, Sociando Mallet could be described as the poor man’s version of Latour or Montrose. Based on the still painfully young bottles of the 1975 and 1982 in my cellar, the 2005 will undoubtedly last for 30-40 years. It exhibits graphite, black currant liqueur, smoke, and toast characteristics, zesty acidity, huge tannins, and equally massive concentration and extract. From a proprietor who consistently transcends his pedigree, it is a beauty of purity and symmetry. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2040.

Tasting Notes
93
Red Bordeaux 2005 Clinet

1 Case 12 75cl £1,350
  • Rating

    96

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2020 - 2050

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    29th Jun 2015

    Source

    219, The Wine Advocate

    The opaque ruby/purple 2005 Clinet offers incredibly fragrant aromatics, an opaque ruby/purple color, and a wonderfully sweet nose of flowers, blackberries, licorice, truffle and caramel. Full-bodied, powerful and rich, it is not as nuanced or complex as the top four or five Pomerols, but close. This is a broad, meaty, masculine, super-rich and concentrated wine, with lavish plum, blackcurrants and blackberries. Drink it five years from now, and over the following 30 or more years.

Tasting Notes
96
Red Bordeaux 2005 Pichon Lalande

1 Case 12 75cl £1,550
  • The Château Pichon-Lalande 2005 that was so divisive at birth but as I expected right from the beginning, this is maturing into a lovely Pauillac. It offers compelling tobacco and graphite scents on the nose, belying the Merlot content of this blend, reserved at first but opening gloriously in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin and well-judged acidity. There is an effortlessness quality about this Pichon-Lalande. ‘tis not the most powerful or decadent Pauillac but its is very sophisticated and refined.

    – eRobertParker.com, Feb 2015

Tasting Notes
95
Red Bordeaux 2005 Leoville Las Cases

5 Case 12 75cl £2,300
  • Rating

    98

    Release Price

    $295 - 368

    Drink Date

    2020 - 2060

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    30th Apr 2008

    Source

    176, The Wine Advocate

    Another titanic effort from the Delon family, the 2005 Leoville Las Cases is probably the greatest wine made at this estate since Jean-Hubert Delon’s father produced the 1986 and 1996. Only 37% of the production made it into the 2005, a blend of primarily Cabernet Sauvignon with less than 13% Merlot and Cabernet Franc. An inky/ruby/purple color is accompanied by reticent aromatics that, with considerable coaxing, offer up subtle notes of toasty vanillin intermixed with lead pencil shavings, wet rocks, and enormously ripe, intense black cherry and creme de cassis. The wine hits the palate with a full-bodied, layered mouthfeel as well as enormous extract, concentration, and purity. This ageless, monumental claret requires a minimum of 15-20 years to approach maturity, and should last for a half century. It is about as classic a Leoville Las Cases as one will find. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2060

Tasting Notes
98
Red Bordeaux 2005 Cheval Blanc

1 Case 6 150cl £7,800
  • The 2005 from Cheval Blanc is a quintessentially elegant, beautiful, deep bluish/ruby-colored wine from St.-Emilion, with raspberry, blueberry, and floral notes, impressive density, great precision, freshness and purity. Full-bodied, but extremely light on its feet, I don’t mean to gush, but it is super-intense, rich and just so meticulously crafted! This is another fabulous wine and a perfect expression for this vintage. It is difficult to forget the gorgeous blueberry and raspberry fruit, full body, sweet tannin, a multi-layered texture, and purity and palate presence of this stunning wine. Drink it over the next 20 years. P.S. In 2005, this was 50% Cabernet Franc and 50% Merlot. Drink 2015-2035.

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

Tasting Notes
100
Red Bordeaux 2006 Bienfaisance

[Duty Paid]

1 Case 12 75cl £150
Red Bordeaux 2006 Angelus

3 Case 12 75cl £2,895
  •  
    95 / 100 - ROBERT PARKER

    A spectacular effort (what’s new?), this brilliant offering from proprietor Hubert de Bouard is another classic. A blend of 62% Merlot and 38% Cabernet Franc, it boasts an inky/purple color as well as a sumptuous bouquet of creosote, blueberry pie, espresso roast, blackberries, and graphite. Extremely full-bodied and stunningly rich with a multi-layered texture, sweet tannin, and a 45-second finish, this exceptional 2006 is one of the great wines of St.-Emilion. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2028. Robert Parker, Wine Advocate # 181.

Tasting Notes
95
Red Bordeaux 2006 Latour

1 Case 12 75cl £5,350
  • Parker Score - 95 The 2006 Latour performed even better from bottle than from barrel. Only 38% of the production (10,000 cases) made it into the grand vin, a blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest primarily Merlot and a small amount of Cabernet Franc. From barrel, I thought it was a modern day version of the 1996 or 1986, and certainly the 1996 comparison still holds. I thought it was somewhat austere from barrel, but that is no longer an issue. This is a beautifully rich Chateau Latour boasting a dense ruby/purple color, a sweet, smoky, charcoal, cassis, graphite, and forest floor-scented nose, full body, an attractive freshness, and sweet, noble tannins. This layered Latour is one of the vintage's top dozen or so wines. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2030.

Tasting Notes
95
Red Bordeaux 2007 Les Forts de Latour

1 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 2008 La Lagune

1 Case 12 75cl £580
  • Rating

    93

    Release Price

    $45

    Drink Date

    2011 - 2026

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    2nd May 2011

    Source

    194, The Wine Advocate

    One of the most beautiful wines of the vintage, the dark ruby/purple-colored La Lagune exhibits sweet cassis, camphor, truffle and white chocolate notes presented in a dense, medium to full-bodied, silky textured personality. Filled with purity, finesse, elegance and authoritative flavor intensity, this 2008 is already drinkable and should continue to evolve for 15+ years.

Tasting Notes
93
Red Bordeaux 2008 Montrose

3 Case 12 75cl £850
  • One of the superstars of the vintage, this classic Montrose is not as showy or opulent as the 2010, 2009 or 2003, but it offers a dense purple color followed by gorgeously sweet black raspberry and black currant fruit intermixed with loamy, earthy, forest floor notes, a floral component and a long, full-bodied finish. The 2008 was fashioned from yields of 44 hectoliters per hectare which is slightly less than the 2010's 45 hectoliters per hectare. Forget it for 5-8 years and drink it over the following 20+. 95 Pts, Robert Parker Wine Advocate # 194, May 2011

Tasting Notes
95
Red Bordeaux 2009 Latour de Mons

2 Case 12 75cl £240
Red Bordeaux 2009 Nenin

3 Case 12 75cl £540
  • Rating

    92+

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2019 - 2033

    Reviewed by

     Lisa Perrotti-Brown

    Issue Date

    14th Mar 2019

    Source

    March 2019 Week 2, The Wine Advocate

    The 2009 Nenin is medium garnet colored and features notes of menthol, pencil lead and damp soil over a core of warm red and black currants, stewed plums and sautéed herbs. The palate is medium-bodied, restrained and refreshing in the mouth with a pleasantly chewy texture framing the red and black fruits, finishing with an herbal lift.

Tasting Notes
92
Red Bordeaux 2009 Batailley

1 Case 12 75cl £550
  • ROBERT PARKER

    The finest Batailley I have had in many years, the dense purple-colored 2009 exhibits a boatload of tannin as well as sweet, caramelized, black currant fruit intermixed with hints of charcoal, cedarwood and smoke, a full-bodied mouthfeel and the aforementioned high, but sweet, well-integrated tannin displaying no jaggedness. Batailley often requires considerable patience as it can be one of the longest-lived Pauillacs. Atypically for Batailley, the 2009 should be ready to drink in 5-7 years and keep for three decades. Wine Advocate.February, 2012

Tasting Notes
94
Red Bordeaux 2009 Armailhac

3 Case 12 75cl £600
  • The finest d'Armailhac I have tasted to date, the 2009 is largely Cabernet Sauvignon (60%) blended with a big wallop of Merlot (25%) and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Its dense purple color is followed by a big, sweet kiss of asphalt, black currants, mocha, barbecue smoke, cedar and spice. This medium to full-bodied, well-made, impressively endowed Pauillac should drink well for 20+ years. Drink: 2012 - 2032

    Score: 92 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (199), March 2012

    This may be the finest d'Armailhac I have ever tasted. Made in a textured, full-bodied, sumptuous style, it is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, and the balance primarily Cabernet Franc with a tiny dosage of Petit Verdot. It exhibits a deep ruby/purple hue along with floral, red and black currant, cedar, and spice characteristics. Deep, medium to full-bodied, and impressively pure as well as long, it should drink well for 25 years. (Tasted three times.) Drink 2010-2035. Robert Parker added an asterisk to this wine score to signify that it is a wine he considers has the finest potential of all the offerings he has ever tasted from this estate in nearly 32 years of barrel tasting samples in Bordeaux.

    Score: 90/93 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (188), April 2010

Tasting Notes
92
Red Bordeaux 2009 Prieure Lichine

2 Case 12 75cl £615
  • Rating

    93

    Release Price

    $45

    Drink Date

    2012 - 2032

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    23rd Dec 2011

    Source

    199, The Wine Advocate

    The soft, sexy 2009 exhibits a dense plum/purple color along with a big, sweet bouquet of raspberries, black cherries, black currants, smoke and forest floor. Opulent and round with an attractive viscosity as well as outstanding purity, depth and length, it should drink well for two decades. While not one of the longest lived wines of the vintage, it is among the most precocious, flattering and charming at present. Prieure-Lichine’s beautiful, seductive 2009 is one of the finest efforts yet made at this property that was rejuvenated under the late Alexis Lichine. Quality began improving dramatically about fifteen years ago and with the hiring of wine consultant Stephane Derenoncourt things have improved even further.

Tasting Notes
93
Red Bordeaux 2009 Lagrange

1 Case 12 75cl £620
  • ROBERT PARKER

    Tightly knit, oaky and rich, with formidable concentration, but broodingly backward and not showing the charm and concentration of the top wines of St.-Julien, this 2009 from Lagrange is still an outstanding effort that has length, richness and character. It should be cellared for a good 5-6 years and then consumed over the following 25 years. Wine Advocate.February, 2012

Tasting Notes
90
Red Bordeaux 2009 Gracia

1 Case 6 75cl £795
  • Rating

    98

    Release Price

    $125

    Drink Date

    2017 - 2057

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    23rd Dec 2011

    Source

    199, The Wine Advocate

    The 2009 Gracia competes handsomely with the spectacular 2005 and 2000 vintages. A slightly more evolved and fleshy effort, the inky/purple-hued 2009 (75 % Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon) is a massive, thick powerhouse with 14.5% natural alcohol. Proprietor Michel Gracia often makes a wine that is similar to that of his friend, the proprietor of Ausone. Blueberry, blackberry, licorice, forest floor, smoke and graphite aromas jump from the glass of this unctuously textured, layered, multidimensional St.-Emilion. Displaying an inner core of extract (yields were only 19 hectoliters per hectare) and not a hard edge to be found, this youthful 2009 tastes more like a barrel sample than a finished wine. It will benefit from 5-10 years of cellaring and should last for 3-4 decades.

Tasting Notes
98
Red Bordeaux 2009 Clerc Milon

4 Case 12 75cl £850
  • Rating
    90-92

    Robert Parker - The Wine Advocate

    Tasting Date: 20/11/2018

    Despite the fact there is 44% Merlot in this wine (blended with 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Carmenere), this is a tannic, structured, backward Clerc Milon, which is atypical for this estate. Perhaps I just caught it at a time when the structure was dominating. It is a deep ruby/purple-hued, concentrated, impressively endowed effort that requires serious cellar age, 4-5 years minimum. It should last for 20-25 years. (Tasted two times.)

Tasting Notes
92
Red Bordeaux 2009 Canon

1 Case 12 75cl £1,500
  • Wine Advocate: 94

    Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 29/02/2012

    The finest Canon since the 1982, the 2009 (75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc) reveals a dense blue/purple color along with a classic nose of chalk dust, blueberries, black raspberries, black currants and a touch of wood smoke. Medium to full-bodied, elegant and loaded with an inner framework of minerality and moderately high tannins, this backward, but stylish, concentrated Canon will benefit from 7-8 years of cellaring and last for three decades.

    This is the best Canon since 1982, and it is possibly capable of eclipsing that legendary vintage. It has taken a while for the proprietors, the Wertheimer brothers (the owners of Chanel and the Margaux estate Rauzan-Segla) to get Canon back to its former glory. Yields in 2009 were 35 hectoliters per hectare, and the harvest occurred between September 28 and October 5. The blend is 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc, with a natural alcohol level of 14%. Dense ruby/purple and full-bodied, with terrific blueberry and raspberry fruit intermixed with spring flower garden scents, with extraordinary density, purity, and a multi-layered texture, this is a prodigious Canon with sweet tannins and lots of viscosity. It should drink well for 30 or more years. Bravo! (Tasted three times.) (93-95)

Tasting Notes
94
Red Bordeaux 2009 Pichon Lalande

1 Case 12 75cl £1,600
  • Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 29/02/2012 A beautiful effort, the 2009 Pichon Lalande, a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot, possesses copious mocha, lead pencil, unsmoked, high class tobacco, black currant, forest floor and herbaceous characteristics. It is a deep purple-hued, charming, surprisingly open-knit Pauillac with wonderful freshness, a plump, fleshy mouthfeel, opulence and unctuosity, medium to full body and a well-delineated, luscious style. More elegant than its nearby neighbor, Pichon Longueville Baron, and not as massive in concentration and extract, it is one of the great Pichon Lalandes of the last twenty years. The blend for the 2009 Pichon Lalande is dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, somewhat unusual at this estate which usually has more Merlot in the blend. As stated previously, the Cabernet Sauvignon reached levels of ripeness and intensity of flavor in 2009 never seen before in Bordeaux! The final blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot and a pH of 3.8 combines the best of a vintage such as 1996, in terms of structure, freshness, and precision, with the best of 1982, in terms of opulence, power, unctuosity, and thickness. The opaque purple-colored 2009 exhibits an intoxicatingly intense nose of red and black fruits, subtle smoke, charcoal, forest floor, and a hint of flowers. Unusually full-bodied for a wine from this estate as well as unctuously textured, voluptuous, and incredibly pure and precise, this dazzling wine should be drinkable at an early age, and evolve for 30+ years. (Tasted once.) (96-98)

Tasting Notes
98
Red Bordeaux 2009 Lafleur

1 Case 6 75cl £6,200
  • JAMES SUCKLING: 100

     

    ROBERT PARKER: 99

     

    NEAL MARTIN: 98-100

    DECANTER: 19.5

     

    WINE SPECTATOR: 97-100

    JANCIS ROBINSON: 18.5

    This is a crazy nose of tangerines and blueberries, with raspberries and mushroom and berries. Full-bodied, with ultra fine tannins. This wine is all about texture, with phenomenal tannins and subtle fruits that just make you think. Evocative. It is layered, yet changes all the time. I can't believe it really. Speechless. Amazes me. Try in 2020. James Suckling, jamessuckling.com

Tasting Notes
100
Red Bordeaux 2010 Les Songes de Magdelaine

1 Case 12 75cl £300
Red Bordeaux 2010 Le Gay

2 Case 6 75cl £795
99
Red Bordeaux 2011 Lalande-Borie

1 Case 12 75cl £205
  • Rating

    86

    Release Price

    $23

    Drink Date

    2014 - 2020

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    30th Apr 2014

    Source

    212, The Wine Advocate

    Made in an attractive, broad, round style, this dark ruby-colored 2011 offers a fragrant perfume of red and black fruits and spice, medium body, and a silky finish. This medium-bodied wine should be consumed over the nex

Tasting Notes
86
Red Bordeaux 2011 Gruaud Larose

[Duty Paid]

1 Case 6 75cl £250
  • Rating

    89

    Release Price

    $58 - 79

    Drink Date

    2014 - 2029

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    30th Apr 2014

    Source

    212, The Wine Advocate

    Rich, evolved, cedary, black currant and cherry fruit are present in this dark ruby-colored 2011. With medium body, pleasant ripeness and fruitiness, good purity and depth but no herbaceousness or hardness, it has a precocious, flattering, up-front appeal that suggests it will drink well for 10-15 years.

Tasting Notes
89
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 2012 Vieux Chateau Certan

1 Case 6 75cl £680
  • A top success, the 2012 Vieux Chateau Certan is composed of 87% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon. Deep mulberry, plum and black cherry fruit notes intermixed with touches of graphite and subtle smoke lead to a medium-bodied wine with beautiful intensity, well-integrated oak, a velvety opulence and a long, impressively pure finish. A strong effort, it should drink well for 15 or more years. 

    Alexander Thienpont continues to turn out brilliant wines from this property situated on the high Plateau of Pomerol. The harvest took place between October 1 and 11, producing 33 hectoliters per hectare. The 2012 achieved 13.5% alcohol, a pH of 3.8 and an index of polyphenols as high as the 2010, which was somewhat surprising. It is not nearly as powerful or rich as the 2010 or the 2009. All the old vine parcels of Merlot made it into the final blend. Drink: 2013 - 2028 92-94 points – Robert Parker (Wine Advocate #206, April 2013)

    95-97 

    Neal Martin

    This is a Merlot year for Alexandre and his son Guillaume: the 2012 a blend o 87% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and just 1% Cabernet Sauvignon (the latter due to a parcel being replanted at the moment.) The nose is very well defined and lively, real “energy” coming from the glass. There are crisp scents of blackcurrant, wild strawberry and a tangible stoniness – very expressive of its terroir. The palate is superb: real tension and purity here, crisp acidity, tensile tannins that lend this VCC edginess and race. The fruit is black rather than red with a sense of poise and superbly assimilated oak on the nervous finish. What a great Pomerol for the vintage! Tasted April 2013. – eRobertParker.com, May 2013

     

Tasting Notes
94
Red Bordeaux 2013 du Tertre

1 Case 12 75cl £220
  • This is really excellent for the vintage. A beautiful wine with berry, hints of hazelnut and chocolate. Medium body, fine tannins and a savory finish. The warmer soils in Tertre helped in the coolness of 2013.

    Score: 91/92 James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2014

Tasting Notes
92

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