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Region Vintage Name Qty Unit Case Format Price Note Rating
Red Bordeaux 2002 Vieux Chateau Certan

3 Bottle 75cl £105
  • Wine Advocate

    93

    A terrific effort, this classic blend of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits a dark ruby/purple color as well as a complex bouquet of cedar, spice box, black cherries, and cassis. With impressive purity, medium body, moderate tannin, and a long finish (40 plus seconds), it will be at its finest between 2008-2018.

Tasting Notes
93
Red Bordeaux 2002 Troplong Mondot

1 Case 12 75cl £595
  • Rating

    88

    Release Price

    $49

    Drink Date

    2008 - 2016

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    29th Apr 2005

    Source

    158, The Wine Advocate

    From bottle, the 2002 appears to have gone to sleep. Nevertheless, it is a fine effort exhibiting a dense ruby/purple color along with notes of roasted coffee intermixed with melted licorice, black currants, dried herbs, and earth. Spicy and medium-bodied, with moderate concentration, this beautifully made, elegant offering can be drunk early in life, but is capable of evolving for 10-13 years. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2016.

Tasting Notes
88
Red Bordeaux 2003 Lafite Rothschild

1 Bottle 75cl £700
  • 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

Tasting Notes
100
Red Bordeaux 2003 Talbot

[Duty Paid]

1 Case 6 75cl £370
  • Wine Advocate #214
    Aug 2014 Robert M. Parker, Jr. 90 Drink: 2014 - 2018 $54-$128
    Black olive tapenade intermixed with red and black currants, new saddle leather, licorice and spice aromas are followed by a medium-bodied, juicy, succulent, fully mature 2003. There is no reason to defer your gratification any longer. Drink it over the next 3-4 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 Cos d'Estournel

1 Case 12 75cl £1,675
  • Robert Parker, April 2005, Score: 97-99

    Potentially the finest Cos d'Estournel I have ever tasted, this wine seems to have put on evenmore weight and gained strength even after its formidable performance nine months ago. Eighty percent new oak was used and the wine was aged on its lees until early summer of last year. A brilliant effort that is super-concentrated, yet also elegant and harmonious, the wine has an inky/purple color to the rim and a glorious nose of classic creme de cassis intermixed with some smoke, graphite, licorice, fig, and vanilla. Full-bodied, opulently textured, and incredibly concentrated, it has surprising freshness and definition for a wine of such intensity and richness. Jean-Guillaume Prats told me that the finished pH is only 3.6, which is lower than I would have suspected given the wine's textural richness. Moreover, the alcohol is relatively high for aBordeaux at 13.5% (compare that to the 13.1% of the 1990). The finish goes on for almost a minute as this is a truly profound wine that should take its place in the pantheon of great Bordeaux wines for many decades to come. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2030+. 
    Robert Parker, April 2006, Score: 98
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    The prodigious, fantastic 2003 Cos d'Estournel is a candidate for “wine of the vintage.” A blend of68% Cabernet Sauvignon (unusually high for this chateau), 30% Merlot, and 2% Cabernet Franc, 17,500 cases were produced from low yields. An inky/blue/purple color is accompanied by a compelling perfume of black fruits, subtle smoke, pain grille, incense, and flowers. With extraordinary richness, full body, and remarkable freshness, elegance, and persistence, this is one of the finest wines ever made by this estate. The good news is that it will be drinkable at a young age yet evolve for three decades or more. Kudos to winemaker Jean-Guillaume Prats and owner Michel Reybier. Drink: Now-2030
    Robert Parker, August 2014, Score: 97
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    Two terrific efforts from this vintage, the 2003 Cos d’Estournel (70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc) remains one of the superstars of the vintage. It offers an opaque ruby/purple hue as well as notes of incense, camphor, licorice, creme de cassis and graphite. Full-bodied, opulent, incredibly fresh and well-delineated, it can be consumed now and over the next decade. Kudos to the team at Cos d’Estournel.
    James Suckling, April 2004, Score: 95-100
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    Intense wild blackberry, spice and licorice aromas. Full-bodied, with big, velvety tannins and a seductive, rich finish. Goes on and on. A very exotic Cos, with fabulous fruit and ripe tannins. The estate says it is the best wine they have ever made and I think they could be right. 15,000 cases made. -- J.S.
    Decanter, April 2004
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    Very deep ruby, very concentrated nose with exotic spice and firmer Cabernet Sauvignon than usual, rich and smooth, explodes with fruit on the palate, terrific length, very good indeed. Drink: Now-2030.

Tasting Notes
99
Red Bordeaux 2003 Cheval Blanc

1 Case 12 75cl £4,350£4,200
  • Rating

    92

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2014 - 2022

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    28th Aug 2014

    Source

    214, The Wine Advocate

    The 2003 Cheval Blanc, a blend of 56% Cabernet Franc and 44% Merlot, reveals an exquisite bouquet of mulberries, forest floor, new saddle leather, spice box and spring flowers. The first-growth quality aromatics are followed by a complex medium-bodied wine with more density than anticipated. The wine seems fully mature although there is an unexpected freshness and underlying depth of fruit. This beauty should continue to drink well for another 7-8 years. One of the principal theories of the bizarre, historically hot and dry summer of 2003 is that grapes planted in gravelly and sandy soils were the least successful. If that was true 100% of the time, Cheval Blanc would have made a horrible wine. In fact, both the grand vin and second wine at Cheval Blanc did well in this vintage. It was the earliest harvest in over 110 years at this estate, and the resulting wine is a beauty.

Tasting Notes
92
Red Bordeaux 2004 Palmer

2 Case 12 75cl £1,975£1,925
  • This stunning wine is one of the vintage’s great successes. Administrator Thomas Duroux has fashioned a modern day version of Palmer’s brilliant 1966. Displaying a rare combination of power and elegance, this dense purple-colored offering exhibits notes of blackberries, truffles, flowers, incense, and camphor. Long, classic, and medium to full-bodied with stunning texture and richness, this superb effort is a candidate for the finest Margaux of the vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2025+. Also tasted: 2004 Alter Ego de Palmer (88)

Tasting Notes
94
Red Bordeaux 2004 Haut Brion

1 Case 12 75cl £3,450
  • Rating

    93

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2020 - 2040

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    28th Feb 2017

    Source

    229, The Wine Advocate

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

Tasting Notes
93
Red Bordeaux 2005 Belair (Belair-Monange)

1 Case 12 75cl £600
Red Bordeaux 2005 Mouton Rothschild

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tasting Notes
97
Red Bordeaux 2006 L'Eglise Clinet

1 Case 12 75cl £1,450
  • One of the greatest wines of the vintage is, not surprisingly, from proprietor Denis Durantou. A remarkable effort in every sense, the 2006 l'Eglise Clinet is not far off the quality of the prodigious 2005. Its inky/ruby/purple color is accompanied by a powerful nose of mocha, caramelized red and black fruits, smoke, graphite, and truffle. Massive and rich with full-bodied power, excellent focus and definition, and moderately high tannin, this is an "outlier" for the vintage (as Malcolm Gladwell would say) with unbelievable length and richness. Unfortunately, patience will be essential as it needs a minimum of 5-6 years of cellaring. It will age effortlessly for three decades.

    Score: 96Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (181), February 2009

Tasting Notes
96
Red Bordeaux 2007 Les Forts de Latour

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

Tasting Notes
90
Red Bordeaux 2008 Clinet

[US Slip Labels]

1 Bottle 300cl £240
  • Another resounding success for the vintage, the opaque purple-colored 2008 Clinet (14.4% alcohol) is composed of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Yields of 38 hectoliters per hectare, while higher than in 2010, were still modest. Another powerful, big, large-scaled effort, the 2008 exhibits an inky/purple color as well as sweet creme de cassis, blackberry, plum, Asian spice, licorice and incense notes. Layered and full-bodied with stunning purity and a 40+ second finish, this beauty needs 3-5 years of bottle age and should keep for 25-30 years.

Tasting Notes
94
Red Bordeaux 2008 Clinet

[US Slip Labels]

2 Bottle 600cl £495
  • Another resounding success for the vintage, the opaque purple-colored 2008 Clinet (14.4% alcohol) is composed of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Yields of 38 hectoliters per hectare, while higher than in 2010, were still modest. Another powerful, big, large-scaled effort, the 2008 exhibits an inky/purple color as well as sweet creme de cassis, blackberry, plum, Asian spice, licorice and incense notes. Layered and full-bodied with stunning purity and a 40+ second finish, this beauty needs 3-5 years of bottle age and should keep for 25-30 years.

Tasting Notes
94
Red Bordeaux 2009 Fonbel

10 Bottle 75cl £35£20
  • Made by Ausone's proprietor, Alain Vauthier, this attractive, round, pretty wine is soft and generous, with loads of blueberry and raspberry fruit as well as hints of incense and crushed rock. It should drink well for a decade or more. Drink: 2010 - 2020

Tasting Notes
89
Red Bordeaux 2009 Bouscaut

[Duty Paid]

1 Case 12 75cl £300£250
Red Bordeaux 2009 Armailhac

1 Case 6 150cl £550
  • 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 Clos l'Eglise

1 Case 6 75cl £650
  • ROBERT PARKER: 98

     

    WINE SPECTATOR: 93-96

     

    NEAL MARTIN: 93-95

    JANCIS ROBINSON: 16.5

    The 2009 is one of the sexiest wines in Pomerol in this vintage, offering up notes of melted caramel, sweet mocha, blackberry and black cherry fruit, with hints of loamy soil and unsmoked cigar tobacco as well as a touch of white chocolate and some subtle toasty oak. Round, opulent and unctuously textured, with a full-bodied mouthfeel, fabulous purity, and no hard edges, this sumptuous, fleshy, lavishly rich Pomerol can be drunk now and over the next 25 years.||Starting with the resurrection of this property in 1998, I have long been a huge fan of Helene Garcin’s older vintages of Clos l’Eglise, so I am hard-pressed to say...

Tasting Notes
98
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 Clinet

[US Slip Labels]

6 Case 12 75cl £1,950£1,925
100
Red Bordeaux 2009 Clinet

1 Case 6 150cl £2,250£2,150
  • Clinet has been on a hote streak lately and the 2009 appears to be the greastest wine ever made at the estate, surpassing even the late Jean Michel Arcaute's monumental 1989. A blend of 85 % Merlot and tiny amounts of Cabernet Franc (12%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (3%), this big Pomerol boasts an opaque, moonless night inky/blue/purple color in addition to a gorgeous perfume of blueberry pie, incense, truffles, black raspberries, licorice and wood smoke. Viscous and multidimensional with silky, sweet tannin, massive fruit concentration and full-bodied power, there are nearly 4,000 cases of this thick, juicy, perfect Clinet. It should drink well in 3-5 years and keep for 25-30.

    Score: 100 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, March 2012

    The greatest Clinet since the incredible duo produced by the late Jean-Michel Arcaute in 1989 and 1990, the 2009 (tasted on 4 separate occasions) was off the charts in terms of quality and potential. Yields of 47 hectoliters per hectare were not particularly low, and the fruit used in the final blend (87% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon; 14% natural alcohol) was all harvested between September 21 and October 7. The wine boasts an opaque black/purple color in addition to a gorgeous bouquet of truffles, charcoal, asphalt, blackberries, blueberries, and meaty, smoky notes. This dense, unctuously-textured Pomerol is built like a skyscraper with multiple layers, sweet tannins, and enormous concentration as well as length. The good news is there will be 4,000 cases of this modern day legend in the making. It should drink well for 30-35 years. While it's hard to eclipse a 100-point wine (1989), the 2009 appears to be the finest Clinet has ever made. (Tasted four times.) Drink 2010-2045.

    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: 97/100 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (188), April 2010

    The 2009 Clinet has an impressive and complex bouquet with liquorice and truffle infused black fruit, hints of desiccated orange peel and even a dab of honey. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe, succulent, and fine tannins (although not as fine as the 2009 La Conseillante) with a dense, precocious and heady finish. There is hedonism here, but it is on a tight leash. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners’ 2009 Bordeaux tasting. 2021 - 2045

    Score: 95 Neal Martin, vinous.com, March 2019

Tasting Notes
100
Red Bordeaux 2009 Petrus

[US Slip Labels]

1 Case 6 75cl £16,100
  •  2009 Petrus reminds me of what the 1982 tasted like at a similar age.

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

    Score: 100 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, March 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tasting Notes
100
Red Bordeaux 2009 Le Pin

1 Case 6 75cl £18,000
  • Rating

    100

    Release Price

    $2000

    Drink Date

    2012 - 2037

    Reviewed by

     Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    23rd Dec 2011

    Source

    199, The Wine Advocate

    Exceptional purity and a blockbuster nose of mocha, black cherry liqueur, mulberries and plums are followed by an extravagantly rich wine that seems to have a nearly endless finish. Truly haute couture of Merlot, so to speak, this wine has a finish that goes well past a minute, with wonderfully sweet tannins and a provocative, concentrated, broad mouthfeel that is remarkably luxurious. This is amazing stuff! It should drink well for 20-25 years. This is undeniably the greatest Le Pin I have tasted at such an infantile age. There are about 500 cases of this wine, which is made by the Thienpont family, the owners of Vieux Chateau Certan. One hundred percent Merlot, it continues to possess the exoticism of previous vintages, but the oak at present is far better crafted and integrated than in the debut vintage of 1979.

Tasting Notes
100
Red Bordeaux 2010 De Fieuzal

1 Case 12 75cl £360
  • Rating

    91

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2020 - 2030

    Reviewed by

     Lisa Perrotti-Brown

    Issue Date

    5th Mar 2020

    Source

    March 2020 Week 1, The Wine Advocate

    Deep garnet in color, the 2010 de Fieuzal rocks up with bold, confident Black Forest cake and crème de cassis scents followed by nuances of cigar box, new leather and Chinese five spice plus a waft of potpourri. Full-bodied, rich, spicy and decadently fruited, it has a chewy texture and lively freshness lifting the spicy finish.

Tasting Notes
91
Red Bordeaux 2010 du Tertre

1 Case 12 75cl £400
  • Rating

    93

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2020 - 2045

    Reviewed by

     Lisa Perrotti-Brown

    Issue Date

    5th Mar 2020

    Source

    March 2020 Week 1, The Wine Advocate

    Deep garnet in color, the 2010 du Tertre sashays out of the glass with pretty notions of black tea, fragrant soil, wilted roses and kirsch over a cassis and blackberry pie core. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has bright, vibrant, crunchy fruit with a firm, grainy texture and bags of freshness, finishing with great length and energy.

Tasting Notes
93
Red Bordeaux 2010 Les Tourelles de Longueville

1 Case 6 150cl £450
  • Aromas of blueberries and spices with lots of fresh flowers. Full body, with a beautiful core of ripe fruit that balances beautifully with the tannins and bright acidity. A wine for the future yet so enjoyable now. Second wine of Pichon Baron.

    Score: 92 James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2013

    Dark, sleek and inviting, with gorgeous plum cake, fig and blackberry coulis notes mixing with melted licorice snap and tar on the finish. Not small by any stretch, with mouthwatering acidity and vivacity pulling you in now. Should develop with cellaring. Drink now through 2025.

    Score: 92 James Molesworth, WineSpectator.com, March 2013

    This has power, you can feel the alcohol from the Merlot in the blend. At the same time, the fruit drives through with great juiciness.

    Score: 91/93 Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, June 2011

Tasting Notes
92
Red Bordeaux 2010 Pape Clement

[US strips]

1 Case 6 75cl £770
  • I certainly underrated the 2010 Pape Clement from barrel, rating it only 93-95+. (Thank God I put a "plus" there!) Having tasted it four times in Bordeaux, and rating it perfect three times and 99 the fourth time, this final blend of 51% Merlot, 47.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 1.5% Petit Verdot is perfection in a bottle. Tipping the scales at 14.5% natural alcohol, there are 8,000 cases of it. Its sublime elegance, the power, the medium to full-bodied texture, the silky tannins, the subtle notes of smoke, lead pencil shavings, black currants, charcoal, camphor, blueberry and cassis fruit are all remarkable. It is a rich, full-throttle wine, but the elegance and the great terroir of Pape Clement come through in abundance. It is slightly more developed and evolved than the 2005 was at a similar point in its evolution, but it certainly needs another 5-7 years to develop further nuances, which it surely will. This wine will last 30-40+ years. Kudos to proprietor Bernard Magrez, who has built an empire based on high quality more than any other characteristic

    Score: 100 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (205), March 2013

Tasting Notes
100
Red Bordeaux 2010 Le Gay

2 Case 6 75cl £795
99
Red Bordeaux 2010 L'Evangile

1 Case 12 75cl £1,975
  • Another spectacular effort from L'Evangile, the 2010 is a close rival to the 2009 and should be fascinating to compare with that vintage over the next 30 or so years. Stunningly rich and black/purple in color, the 2010 L'Evangile offers up the tell-tale floral note as well as black raspberry jam intermixed with cassis and kirsch. There are also ethereal floral notes and a hint of background oak. The pH is slightly above average (3.7 versus the pH of 4.0 that the 2009 and 2000 possessed). This is a massive, rich, very impressive L'Evangile, and readers should take note of the "+" in my rating, which could certainly push this wine way up there. Remarkably, I was shocked when I learned that this wine was aged in 100% new oak, as the oak is a background element in this blockbuster l'Evangile. Forget it for 3-5 years, and drink it over the following 30-40. Drink 2016-2056. With an alcohol level hitting the scales at 14.8%, the 2,000 cases of 2010 L'Evangile come from a blend of 88% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Franc, which I assume is much less Cabernet Franc than what was used under the old administration of the Ducasse family versus what is being done now by Eric de Rothschild and his team. The new administrators have added some vineyard parcels from neighboring sites, particularly Le Croix de Gay, and they have also replanted part of this vineyard, which sits on the St.-Emilion border next to La Conseillante and facing Cheval Blanc and La Dominique.

    Score: 98+ Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (205), March 2013

Tasting Notes
98
Red Bordeaux 2010 Haut Brion

1 Case 12 75cl £6,600
100
Red Bordeaux 2011 Le Carre

20 Case 6 75cl £195
  •  

    Wine Advocate #212
    Apr 2014 Robert M. Parker, Jr. 91 Drink: 2014 - 2026 $49-$63 (135)
    This parcel, owned by Jonathan Maltus, was carved out of a premier grand cru classe, and the terroir consists of a thin layer of clay over compacted white limestone. The 2011 Le Carre (85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc) reveals good minerality interwoven with blueberry liqueur, white flower and chalk dust characteristics in its medium to full-bodied, pure, rich, concentrated personality. The tannins are supple, and like most successful 2011s, the wine is silky and forward. This impressively-endowed St.-Emilion should drink well for 10-12 years. Only 300 cases were produced.

     

Tasting Notes
91
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 Hospitalet de Gazin

1 Case 12 75cl £225
Red Bordeaux 2011 Vieux Chateau Mazerat

8 Case 6 75cl £250
  • Wine Advocate #212

    Apr 2014 Robert M. Parker, Jr. 93 Drink: 2014 - 2024 $91-$115 (130)
    A spectacular effort from Jonathan Maltus, this inky/purple-colored, complex 2011 (made from 60-year-old vines and a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc) offers up notes of graphite, sweet blackberry and cassis, and hints of earth, espresso, spice and chocolate. Already drinking well, this rich, layered, full-bodied St.-Emilion was cropped at a low 30 hectoliters per hectare. It can be enjoyed now and over the next decade.

     

Tasting Notes
93
Red Bordeaux 2011 Gruaud Larose

[Duty Paid]

1 Case 6 75cl £280
  • 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 2011 Leoville Barton

[Duty Paid]

1 Case 12 75cl £540
  • Tasting Date : 01 April 2014

    Firmly structured, dense and medium-bodied with moderate tannin, this austere and backward yet well-endowed 2011 needs 5-7 years of bottle age. Whether the fruit holds up to the tannic structure remains to be seen, but the dark ruby/purple color, purity and impressive depth as well as concentration augur well for future positive development. Forget this 2011 for 5-6 years and drink it over the following 15-20.

    Rating : 88+/100

Tasting Notes
88
Red Bordeaux 2011 Trotanoy

2 Case 6 75cl £560
  • Rating

    92+

    Release Price

    $185 - 275

    Drink Date

    2017 - 2037

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    30th Apr 2014

    Source

    212, The Wine Advocate

    Rich, dense, masculine and substantial, Trotanoy has produced a bigger wine than most 2011s. Similar to the masculinity and robustness of Gazin, with more mineral content, this medium to full-bodied, muscular effort will benefit from 3-4 years of cellaring and should keep for two decades. Think black cherries, earth, baking spices and serious extract!

Tasting Notes
92
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 Smith Haut Lafitte

1 Case 6 75cl £380
  • ROBERT PARKER

    The opaque bluish-purple 2012 Smith Haut Lafite offers up notes of licorice, graphite, blueberry and blackberry fruit, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, stunningly ripe, velvety tannins and a long, long finish. This is another sensational effort from the Cathiards that is perfectly balanced, complex, super-rich and pure. Drink it over the next 20-25 years.|||This is another great turn-around effort that dated from the acquisition of this once moribund estate in 1990, by Daniel and Florence Cathiard. They continue to do an exemplary job with both white and red. eRobertParker.com.April, 2015

Tasting Notes
95
Red Bordeaux 2013 Le Carre

20 Case 6 75cl £220
  • Rating

    (88 - 90)

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2014 - 2022

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    28th Aug 2014

    Source

    214, The Wine Advocate

    A blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc from limestone soils, the 2013 La Carre possesses good body and texture for the vintage as well as attractive aromas of chalk dust, blueberries, raspberries and a hint of background oak. Good purity, an enticing texture, decent acidity, and sweet, well-integrated tannin suggest it will drink well when released, and over the following 7-8 years.

Tasting Notes
89
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
Red Bordeaux 2013 Latour a Pomerol

2 Case 6 75cl £225
  • Rating

    89

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2018 - 2030

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    28th Oct 2016

    Source

    227, The Wine Advocate

    The 2013 Latour a Pomerol, a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, had a rather sultry, conservative, tertiary bouquet that seems to lack some fruit intensity. In some ways I found a little more aromatic pleasure in the La Grave à Pomerol. The palate is much better: nicely structured with supple tannin, a fine bead of acidity, crisp and crunchy blackberry and raspberry fruit with spice and bay leaf, segueing into a precise finish whose only intention is to give drinking pleasure. Give this a year for the aromatics to awaken and then drink over the next 10-15 years.

Tasting Notes
89
Red Bordeaux 2013 Les Asteries

18 Case 6 75cl £245
  • Rating

    (87 - 89)

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2014 - 2022

    Reviewed by

     Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    28th Aug 2014

    Source

    214, The Wine Advocate

    A blend of 83% Merlot and 17% Cabernet Franc, this 2013 offers intense minerality along with notes of crushed chalk, wet stones, red and black currants, and a spicy character. With crisp, zesty acids, medium body and good depth, this is an excellent effort from proprietor Jonathan Malthus. Drink it over the next 7-8 years.

Tasting Notes
89
Red Bordeaux 2013 La Grave a Pomerol, Trigant de Boisset

1 Case 12 75cl £260
  • Medium red. Aromas of red- and blackcurrant and loam are lifted by hints of flowers, licorice and tobacco. Smooth on the palate, offering flavors of red berries and dark plum. Not the last word in complexity but nicely balanced and devoid of the bitter or green tannins typical of many 2013s. Well done.

    -- Ian D'Agata86-89Ian D'AgataNot AvailableMay 2014

     

Tasting Notes
89
Red Bordeaux 2013 Trotte Vieille

1 Case 6 75cl £280
  • Rating

    89

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2017 - 2029

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    28th Oct 2016

    Source

    227, The Wine Advocate

    The 2013 Trottevieille has a light, slightly earthy, woodland-scented bouquet with fine definition. It might lack a bit of vigor, but there is charm here and a sense of personality. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp and perhaps slightly obtrusive tannin that should be abraded down with time. This Saint Emilion is nicely balanced, nonchalant and carefree with a smudged cherry and redcurrant finish. This is perfectly satisfying for the vintage and should give up to a decade's worth of drinking pleasure.

Tasting Notes
89
Red Bordeaux 2013 Vieux Chateau Mazerat

20 Case 6 75cl £295
  • Rating

    (90 - 92)

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2014 - 2026

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    28th Aug 2014

    Source

    214, The Wine Advocate

    Vieux Chateau Mazerat’s brilliant 2013 emerges from a tiny, clay and limestone-based vineyard near such stars as Chateau Angelus and Canon. Much of this vineyard was planted in 1947. The 2013, a blend of 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc, was made from tiny yields with no more than four bunches of grapes per vine, and even those showed a lot of shatter and millerandage (the falling of berries from poor weather during the flowering). This deep ruby/purple-colored 2013 reveals serious minerality as well as lots of dense mulberry and black cherry fruit, incense and graphite characteristics. Medium-bodied with excellent depth, texture and richness, it should be drinkable upon release, and last for 10-12 years thereafter.

Tasting Notes
91
Red Bordeaux 2013 Montrose

1 Case 6 75cl £315
  • Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    28th Oct 2016

    Source

    227, The Wine Advocate

    The 2013 Montrose has an understated, lilting bouquet with blackberry and briary scents and dried rose petals, gaining more intensity as it opens over 2-3 minutes in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin. It shows good weight in the mouth, quite linear and masculine (typical for Montrose) but there is respectable detail and mineralité coming through on the satisfying finish. Not a top tier Montrose, but then again, why would it be in this difficult vintage. It will still give pleasure over the next 12-15 years.

Tasting Notes
90
Red Bordeaux 2013 Le Dome

13 Case 6 75cl £325
  • Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    28th Oct 2016

    Source

    227, The Wine Advocate

    The 2013 Le Dôme is a very respectable Saint Emilion from Jonathan Maltus OBE, a wine that I appreciated from barrel and likewise in bottle. It has a crisp, focused bouquet with blackberry, wild hedgerow and subtle orange blossom notes. The palate is medium-bodied with quite firm tannin but they are cloaked in plenty of crisp, almost citrus-fresh fruit. It is still a tad masculine compared to recent vintages, but it will soften up and drink well for the next decade.

Tasting Notes
91
Red Bordeaux 2013 L'Evangile

1 Case 6 75cl £475
Red Bordeaux 2013 La Fleur-Petrus

1 Case 6 75cl £640
  • Rating

    91

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2018 - 2032

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    28th Oct 2016

    Source

    227, The Wine Advocate

    The 2013 La Fleur Petrus is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc and offers a more enticing bouquet than the Latour-à-Pomerol at this early stage, more depth of fruit on the nose thanks to that pure Merlot: small red cherries, crushed strawberry and just a hint of iodine. The palate is sweet on the entry with crushed red berries, sea salt, bay leaf and a pinch of black pepper. This is well balanced and with more rondeur than the comparatively masculine Latour-à-Pomerol, suave on the finish even if it does not bestow the same complexity as other vintages from this Pomerol estate. Give it just another year in bottle and then it should give 12-15 years drinking pleasure, possibly more.

     

Tasting Notes
91
Red Bordeaux 2014 La Fleur-Petrus

1 Bottle 300cl £420
  • The 2014 La Fleur Petrus is impressive out of barrel and it continues to evince quality now in bottle. It has a lovely, engaging bouquet with vivacious redcurrant and cranberry fruit, superb mineralité and energy, real focus and a sense of drive in situ. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, a sense of symmetry and poise from start to finish. It has perhaps turned into a slightly more elegant and feminine wine than I anticipated, less bullish than the Hosanna. But there is real complexity on the finish with black pepper and clove lingering on the aftertaste. This is superb. Drink Date 2020-2045

    Score: 94 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Interim En), April 2017

Tasting Notes
94
Red Bordeaux 2014 Le Carre

20 Case 6 75cl £210
  • Rating

    91

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2018 - 2028

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    31st Mar 2017

    Source

    Interim End of March 2017, The Wine Advocate

    The 2014 Le Carre has developed throughout its barrel maturation and now in bottle. It has a generous and perfumed bouquet with incense and iris scents permeating the black cherry and blueberry fruit. There is opulence here, for sure, but it is nicely controlled. The palate is medium-bodied with supple, lithe red cherry and raspberry fruit on the entry. This Le Carré has an über-smooth texture, not a hair out of place, becoming ever spicier as it swaggers towards its finish. There is a luscious quality to this Saint Emilion—a discrete wine within Jonathan Maltus' stable, but certainly one worth investigating.

Tasting Notes
91
Red Bordeaux 2014 L'Eveche (Pomerol)

1 Case 6 150cl £220
Red Bordeaux 2014 Lafon Rochet

4 Case 12 75cl £270
  • Rating

    90

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2019 - 2034

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    31st Mar 2017

    Source

    Interim End of March 2017, The Wine Advocate

    The 2014 Lafon Rochet has a very attractive, slightly floral bouquet with raspberry and crushed strawberry fruit, a touch of rose petals lending this a feminine allure. The palate is medium-bodied with supple, ripe tannins. This feels quite dense in the mouth, a welcome pinch of white pepper and cedar lending complexity to the finish with tart cherries on the aftertaste. This is probably more forward than other Saint Estephe wines, but it should give 15-20 years of pleasure.

Tasting Notes
90
Red Bordeaux 2014 Vieux Chateau Mazerat

20 Case 6 75cl £295
  • Rating

    93

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2019 - 2032

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    31st Mar 2017

    Source

    Interim End of March 2017, The Wine Advocate

    The 2014 Vieux Chateau Mazerat has evolved a really quite intriguing bouquet, quite potent and very perfumed, iris and crushed violets, red berry fruit and a touch of wild mint. There is a soupçon of something Burgundian here. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, a fine line of acidity, quite sophisticated spicy red fruit with a silky finish that conveys great tension. This has turned into really quite an outstanding wine from Jonathan Maltus.

Tasting Notes
93
Red Bordeaux 2014 Pontet Canet

1 Case 6 75cl £310
  • Neal Martin

    94

    The 2014 Pontet-Canet, now in bottle, was tasted twice during my trip to Bordeaux. It has an attractive bouquet: graphite tinged black fruit, incense and violets, perhaps a little more hedonistic than I envisaged when I tasted it from barrel. The palate is medium-bodied with tensile tannin thanks to the keen line of acidity. I like the precision of this Pontet-Canet. It feels linear and correct, pencil lead notes developing towards the second half, more quintessentially Pauillac than previous vintages, with what you might describe as a classic Pauillac finish that retains the focus that I remarked upon from barrel. Tasted February 2017.

    – eRobertParker.com, March 2017

Tasting Notes
94
Red Bordeaux 2014 Belair Monange

1 Case 6 75cl £315
  • Rating

    92

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2020 - 2038

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    31st Mar 2017

    Source

    Interim End of March 2017, The Wine Advocate

    The 2014 Belair-Monange was a slightly perplexing wine when I tasted it from barrel, so I was intrigued to discover how it would perform now in bottle. It has what you might describe as a "straight-laced" bouquet: very direct and nicely delineated, albeit without the frills and nuances of some of the best Saint Emilion wines this vintage. There is an attractive wilted rose petal aroma that emerges with aeration, but I was seeking more intensity. The palate is better than the aromatics: silky smooth in texture, well-judged acidity, genuine depth and gentle grip in the mouth. There is tangible mineralité here, great focus with a sense of tension and "bite" towards the finish. I was probably being parsimonious with my score in barrel, although that is partly vindicated by the nose that needs to get its act together and match the potential of the palate. Let's see how this develops over the next few years.

Tasting Notes
92
Red Bordeaux 2014 Les Asteries

20 Case 6 75cl £340
  • Rating

    91

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2018 - 2030

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    31st Mar 2017

    Source

    Interim End of March 2017, The Wine Advocate

    The 2014 Les Asteries has retained those complex aromatics that I remarked upon during primeur. Now in bottle, it offers red and black fruit: kirsch, cranberry jus, incense and potpourri aromas that are nicely defined, perhaps a little more opulent compared directly against the 2014 Le Carré. The palate is medium-bodied with supple red cherry and strawberry interlaced with orange rind and a light tang of Seville orange marmalade, finishing with a marine-influenced, quite lightly finish.

Tasting Notes
91
Red Bordeaux 2014 Le Dome

10 Case 6 75cl £360
  • Drink Date

    2019 - 2035

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    30th Apr 2015

    Source

    218, The Wine Advocate

    The Le Dôme 2014 is a blend of 80% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot picked on 17 October, the highest vintage of the former since 2008. It has a well-defined bouquet with hints of bell pepper infusing the black fruit, light flinty scents in the background, plus a touch of black truffle lending it a slight Pomerol-like personality. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, well balanced with good acidity and a silky texture. This is one of the more elegant vintages of Le Dôme that I have tasted at this juncture with a extended length that lingers in the mouth long after the wine has exited. The season favored Cabernet Franc on the Right Bank and this has the highest percentage, so there is a foundation for a great Saint Emilion. Maybe I would have opted for a shorter cuvaison to gain more precision on the finish, nevertheless, this should give 15 to 20 years of drinking pleasure, possibly longer.

Tasting Notes
94
Red Bordeaux 2014 Palmer Historical XIXth Century Blend

[US Slip Labels]

2 Case 3 75cl £550
Red Bordeaux 2014 L'Eglise Clinet

4 Case 6 75cl £550
  •  

    Rating 95 Drink Date 2020 - 2045 Reviewed by Neal Martin

     

    The 2014 L'Eglise Clinet was tasted from a single bottle but from two glasses, each poured at different times before I arrived for the tasting. They were almost identical on the nose but the one poured later was more compact. It has a very pure bouquet with blackberry, myrtle, a touch of iris and a touch of garrigue (actually reminiscent of fynbos, the wild South African shrubland). The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin, a silver bead of acidity, wonderful precision and beguiling purity. This is an outstanding Pomerol for the vintage from Denis Durantou, sophisticated and classy, yet the bottom line is quintessentially Pomerol. Bravo Denis.

     

Tasting Notes
95
Red Bordeaux 2014 Lafleur

1 Case 3 75cl £1,290
  • he 2014 Lafleur has a lucid hue. The bouquet bides its time, gradually unfolding with scents of raspberry coulis, blackberry, black truffle and just a faint hint of dark chocolate, all beautifully defined and yet you know it is keeping something in reserve. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin. There is that backbone, which of course you expect with this Pomerol, but also a sense of refinement and poise, a seam of spiciness that develops with time in the glass that prolongs the finish. No, it is not the greatest Lafleur that I have tasted. It's just a really great Pomerol that will give many years of pleasure.

    Score: 95

    Neal Martin, robertparker.com Maturity: 2024-205031 March 2017

Tasting Notes
95
Red Bordeaux 2014 Ausone

1 Case 3 150cl £2,050
  • Rating

    95

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2022 - 2045

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    31st Mar 2017

    Source

    Interim End of March 2017, The Wine Advocate

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

Tasting Notes
95
Red Bordeaux 2015 Soleil Le Rival

4 Case 6 75cl £125
Red Bordeaux 2015 Le Carre

20 Case 6 75cl £250
  • Rating

    92

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2018 - 2032

    Reviewed by

     Lisa Perrotti-Brown

    Issue Date

    27th Apr 2018

    Source

    236, The Wine Advocate

    A blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, the deep garnet-purple colored 2015 Le Carre opens with crème de cassis and blackberry preserves notes with touches of licorice, chocolate box and black soil plus a touch of cloves. Medium to full-bodied, concentrated and firm, it offers grainy tannins with lovely eclectic spice layers coming through on the long finish.

Tasting Notes
92
Red Bordeaux 2015 Les Asteries

16 Case 6 75cl £340
  • Rating

    94

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2018 - 2036

    Reviewed by

     Lisa Perrotti-Brown

    Issue Date

    27th Apr 2018

    Source

    236, The Wine Advocate

    Blended of 83% Merlot and 17% Cabernet Franc and displaying a deep garnet-purple color, the 2015 Les Asteries is scented of cast-iron pan, beef drippings and garrigue over a core of warm plums and black cherry compote with a waft of underbrush and truffles. Full-bodied, rich, concentrated and with a firm frame of velvety tannins, it has a refreshing backbone lifting the densely packed fruit to a long, earthy and mineral-laced finish.

Tasting Notes
94
Red Bordeaux 2015 Le Dome

14 Case 6 75cl £550
  • Rating 98+

    236, The Wine Advocate

    Composed of 80% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot, the deep garnet-purple colored 2015 Le Dome has a drop dead gorgeous perfume of violets, black forest cake, rose hip and red jelly with touches of lavender, spice cake and earth. The palate is medium to full-bodied and super intense with super ripe, super fine-grained tannins, wonderful freshness and a very long perfumed, mineral-laced finish.

Tasting Notes
98
Red Bordeaux 2015 Cos d'Estournel

2 Case 6 75cl £675
95
Red Bordeaux 2015 Chapelle d'Ausone

3 Case 6 75cl £890
95

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