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Region Producer Vintage Name Qty Unit Case Format Price Note Rating
Chile Errazuriz 2018 Vinedo Chadwick

1 Bottle 300cl £930
  • “Viñedo Chadwick is a little warmer as a zone than the vineyards of Seña, but the wine is still very fresh, with moderate alcohol, perfectly ripe fruit and super integrated oak, coming through as elegant within the powerful style of the zone, with red and black fruit, some aromatic herbs, the cedary and spicy notes of the variety and the signature tannins of Cabernet, keeping the juiciness of the last few years. The little bit of Petit Verdot in the blend gives it a spicy touch. It’s vibrant, balanced and intense, still a little young and creamy, and I’d wait a little bit longer before pulling the cork. This can surely age in bottle, as it has the ingredients and the balance to do so; it has the elegance of 2016 with a little more structure and depth—and a little more clout too.” (97 points - Luis Gutiérrez, August 2020)

    “The aromas show blackcurrant, pine-tree, violet and light spearmint character. Full-bodied, yet reserved and tight with fine, creamy tannins. Hints of currants and fresh herbs. Extremely long and layered.” (98 points - James Suckling, April 2020)

    “... the 2018 Chadwick is the best release yet from this polo-field turned world class vineyard. Elegant and ethereal, with no sign of tell-tale Chilean eucalyptus, it’s a red that could easily be slipped incognito into tasting of top Bordeaux crus classés. More Margaux than Pauillac in style, with raspberry and red cherry fruit and supple, fine-grained tannins...” (99 points - Tim Atkin MW, September 2020)

Tasting Notes
99
Chile Errazuriz 2018 Las Pizarras Chardonnay

1 Case 6 75cl £245
  • Rating

    96+

    Drink Date

    2019 - 2028

    Reviewed by

     Luis Gutiérrez

    Issue Date

    30th Aug 2019

    Source

    Issue 244 End of August 2019, The Wine Advocate

    2017 was not an easy act to follow, but the 2018 Aconcagua Costa "Las Pizarras" Chardonnay managed nicely. From a cool year, it has notes of white flowers and nuts and is a little lighter than the 2017, which was more structured. It doesn't have the depth and sharpness of the 2017, but it has very good freshness. It's vertical and mineral and has nice tension, following the path of the 2015 and 2017. This is now matured mostly in 300- and 400-liter oak barrels, and the oak is nicely integrated. Only 50% of the wine went through malolactic. 6,557 bottles and 60 magnums were filled in February 2019.

    James Suckling - 99/100

Tasting Notes
96
Chile Errazuriz 2018 Las Pizarras Pinot Noir

2 Case 6 75cl £275
  • Rating

    96

    Drink Date

    2019 - 2028

    Reviewed by

     Luis Gutiérrez

    Issue Date

    30th Aug 2019

    Source

    Issue 244 End of August 2019, The Wine Advocate

    There is a jump in quality in the 2018 Aconcagua Costa "Las Pizarras" Pinot Noir, from what was a cold year in Aconcagua Costa, slightly drier and slightly cooler than 2016. So, I'm not surprised this cool-climate variety behaved quite well. The wine has great purity and transparency and is very clean and expressive, with good complexity and aromas of blood orange and sour cherries, a note of iron and a touch of cinnamon. They used some full clusters in the fermentation, which seems to have added some grip, and the wine matured mostly in 300- and 500-liter oak barrels. It has abundant, fine-grained tannins, good weight and juicy fruit and comes through as nicely textured, balanced and elegant, but not heavy or ripe. The wine is a lot more elegant, and I think it's the best vintage so far of a wine that can now be the benchmark for the variety in Chile. 

    James Suckling - 99/100 

Tasting Notes
96
Chile Errazuriz 2018 Vinedo Chadwick

4 Case 3 75cl £679
  • “Viñedo Chadwick is a little warmer as a zone than the vineyards of Seña, but the wine is still very fresh, with moderate alcohol, perfectly ripe fruit and super integrated oak, coming through as elegant within the powerful style of the zone, with red and black fruit, some aromatic herbs, the cedary and spicy notes of the variety and the signature tannins of Cabernet, keeping the juiciness of the last few years. The little bit of Petit Verdot in the blend gives it a spicy touch. It’s vibrant, balanced and intense, still a little young and creamy, and I’d wait a little bit longer before pulling the cork. This can surely age in bottle, as it has the ingredients and the balance to do so; it has the elegance of 2016 with a little more structure and depth—and a little more clout too.” (97 points - Luis Gutiérrez, August 2020)

    “The aromas show blackcurrant, pine-tree, violet and light spearmint character. Full-bodied, yet reserved and tight with fine, creamy tannins. Hints of currants and fresh herbs. Extremely long and layered.” (98 points - James Suckling, April 2020)

    “... the 2018 Chadwick is the best release yet from this polo-field turned world class vineyard. Elegant and ethereal, with no sign of tell-tale Chilean eucalyptus, it’s a red that could easily be slipped incognito into tasting of top Bordeaux crus classés. More Margaux than Pauillac in style, with raspberry and red cherry fruit and supple, fine-grained tannins...” (99 points - Tim Atkin MW, September 2020)

Tasting Notes
99
Chile Errazuriz 2018 Vinedo Chadwick

2 Case 3 150cl £1,398
  • “Viñedo Chadwick is a little warmer as a zone than the vineyards of Seña, but the wine is still very fresh, with moderate alcohol, perfectly ripe fruit and super integrated oak, coming through as elegant within the powerful style of the zone, with red and black fruit, some aromatic herbs, the cedary and spicy notes of the variety and the signature tannins of Cabernet, keeping the juiciness of the last few years. The little bit of Petit Verdot in the blend gives it a spicy touch. It’s vibrant, balanced and intense, still a little young and creamy, and I’d wait a little bit longer before pulling the cork. This can surely age in bottle, as it has the ingredients and the balance to do so; it has the elegance of 2016 with a little more structure and depth—and a little more clout too.” (97 points - Luis Gutiérrez, August 2020)

    “The aromas show blackcurrant, pine-tree, violet and light spearmint character. Full-bodied, yet reserved and tight with fine, creamy tannins. Hints of currants and fresh herbs. Extremely long and layered.” (98 points - James Suckling, April 2020)

    “... the 2018 Chadwick is the best release yet from this polo-field turned world class vineyard. Elegant and ethereal, with no sign of tell-tale Chilean eucalyptus, it’s a red that could easily be slipped incognito into tasting of top Bordeaux crus classés. More Margaux than Pauillac in style, with raspberry and red cherry fruit and supple, fine-grained tannins...” (99 points - Tim Atkin MW, September 2020)

Tasting Notes
99
Chile Errazuriz 2019 Vinedo Chadwick

[Due Feb 2022]

5 Case 3 75cl £659
99
Chile Errazuriz 2019 Vinedo Chadwick

[Due Feb 2022]

3 Case 3 150cl £1,369
99
Chile Mondavi & Chadwick 2012 Sena

1 Case 6 150cl £780
92
Chile Mondavi & Chadwick 2015 Sena

2 Bottle 150cl £150
96
Chile Mondavi & Chadwick 2015 Sena

2 Bottle 300cl £340
96
Chile Mondavi & Chadwick 2015 Sena

3 Case 3 150cl £450
96
Chile Mondavi & Chadwick 2015 Sena

3 Case 6 75cl £450
96
Chile Mondavi & Chadwick 2019 Sena

[Due Feb 2022]

5 Case 6 75cl £479
  •  Such beautiful aromas of crushed berries, currants, walnuts, allspice and nutmeg follow through to a full body with tight, ultra fine tannins that provide length and intensity. A finish of slightly dried cherries with wet earth, slate and stone. Chewy and fine-grained. A wine with soul and length. Give it time. Drink after 2025/ 98 Points James Suckiling

     

    **** 

    Continuing a recent run of Seña releases that have prioritised finesse over power, the 2019 shows that the coastal influence was important in this part of the Aconcagua Valley... Fresh, sappy and taut, it’s a seamless blend that’s driven by acidity, with notes of tobacco leaf and coffee bean, a hint of good reduction, blackcurrant leaf, plum and red berry flavours, fine-grained, detailed tannins and deftly integrated oak. One to keep for a while. 

    96 Points Tim Atkin  August 2021

Tasting Notes
98
Chile Mondavi & Chadwick 2019 Sena

[Due Feb 2022]

3 Case 3 150cl £515
  •  Such beautiful aromas of crushed berries, currants, walnuts, allspice and nutmeg follow through to a full body with tight, ultra fine tannins that provide length and intensity. A finish of slightly dried cherries with wet earth, slate and stone. Chewy and fine-grained. A wine with soul and length. Give it time. Drink after 2025/ 98 Points James Suckiling

     

    **** 

    Continuing a recent run of Seña releases that have prioritised finesse over power, the 2019 shows that the coastal influence was important in this part of the Aconcagua Valley... Fresh, sappy and taut, it’s a seamless blend that’s driven by acidity, with notes of tobacco leaf and coffee bean, a hint of good reduction, blackcurrant leaf, plum and red berry flavours, fine-grained, detailed tannins and deftly integrated oak. One to keep for a while. 

    96 Points Tim Atkin  August 2021

Tasting Notes
98
Spain 1995 Vega Sicilia Unico

1 Bottle 300cl £2,300
  • Rating

    96

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2020 - 2040

    Reviewed by

     Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    31st Aug 2012

    Source

    202, The Wine Advocate

    Pablo Alvarez quipped that in 1996, the growing season was so benevolent, that the winemaker was not even necessary! The 1996 Unico has a very pure, pastille-like bouquet with raspberry, wild strawberry, crushed stone and a touch of Chinese tea. It has impressive delineation and linearity. The palate is medium-bodied with filigree tannins. The fruit profile is shimmering in the glass with black cherries, cassis and blueberry notes. It is very feminine and powerful towards the poised, tensile finish that is long and seductive. One of the finest recent vintages, suffused with sensuality and opulence, the 1996 Unico is destined to be a great wine, one that might unfairly be over-shadowed by the 1994. 99,480 bottles produced. Drink 2020-2040+.

Tasting Notes
96
Spain 2013 Terroir Al Limit Priorat Les Tosses

2 Case 6 75cl £800
  • Rating

    96

    Release Price

    $290

    Drink Date

    2016 - 2023

    Reviewed by

     Luis Gutiérrez

    Issue Date

    28th Oct 2016

    Source

    227, The Wine Advocate

    The top Cariñena is the 2013 Les Tosses, which for Dominik Huber is the pure expression of graphite and cherries, from an ancient plot on black slate soils fermented with full clusters and a short maceration and matured in oak foudres for two years. There was a volatile whiff and that sensation of warm slate that really transported me to the character of the roads in Priorat. There's also something that made me think of iron and raw meat. It's all relative of course, because compared to most other Priorats, this would feel extremely elegant and floral. The palate has even more of that tactile sensation of the graphite, with abundant, albeit extremely fine tannins and showing great balance. Some 1,000 bottles were filled in August 2015.

Tasting Notes
96
Spain 2014 Flor de Pingus

2 Case 12 75cl £650
  • Rating

    94

    Release Price

    $80

    Drink Date

    2017 - 2022

    Reviewed by

     Luis Gutiérrez

    Issue Date

    28th Feb 2017

    Source

    229, The Wine Advocate

    The 2014 Flor de Pingus could very well be the finest vintage of this cuvée ever. It could be considered their 'village' wine, as all the grapes come from La Horra, from four different quarters (El Pino, Fuentearriba, Fuentenarro and Castillo); they are mostly old vines, as they have some 25 hectares of those in the village, mostly from the 1950s. In the future it will also have some grapes from younger vineyards they planted 'à l'ancien', with a massale selection of Amelia, riparia rootstocks, etc. The wine is very aromatic and expressive, floral and spicy, with the oak nicely folded into the fruit, which is ripe without excess, and the alcohol is also nicely disguised, as it's high but does not show. It's a powerful and full-bodied vintage for this cuvée, but keeping its approachability and appeal. The tannins are very fine and the finish quite remarkable. A mini-Pingus at a very different price. 92,000 bottles were filled in July 2016.

Tasting Notes
94
Spain 2014 Terroir Al Limit Priorat Manyes

1 Case 6 75cl £840
  • Rating 98

    Drink Date

    2016 - 2023

    Reviewed by

     Luis Gutiérrez

    Issue Date

    28th Oct 2016

    Source

    227, The Wine Advocate

    The 2014 Les Manyes was bottled a little earlier, in June 2016. In many wineries in Priorat, 2013 is clearly better than 2014, but it's not that clear in the case here, and you have to take it wine by wine. In the case of this Les Manyes, I think 2014 was the big surprise, with a combination of depth, perfume, subtleness and power difficult to achieve. The clay and chalky soils provide for an extraordinary texture of tannins, a lot less coarse than those from slate soils. It distills all the Mediterranean herbs and flowers, the essence of ripe red cherries and wild strawberries with some chalky minerality in a nose and palate that is close to perfection. This is a tour de force Garnacha from... chalky soils in Priorat! There are 1,008 bottles produced.

Tasting Notes
98
Spain 2015 Flor de Pingus

1 Case 12 75cl £625
  • Rating

    94

    Release Price

    $80

    Drink Date

    2018 - 2028

    Reviewed by

     Luis Gutiérrez

    Issue Date

    31st Aug 2018

    Source

    238, The Wine Advocate

    The 2015 Flor de Pingus is produced with a majority of grapes from vineyards in La Horra, a total of 30.8 hectares of vineyards in different zones of the village, so it's their village bottling from different soils. The different quarters (El Pino, Fuentearriba, Fuentenarro and Castillo) are fermented separately. Sisseck has replanted some plots as they were done before: with riparia roots planted earlier and grafted to a massal selection two years after. He was able to do this in Hacienda Monasterio when he arrived, but these new plantings are not yet in production. So, Flor de Pingus is all old vines fermented in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts (he hasn't needed to use selected yeasts since 2001 or so, and always in special circumstances) and matured in oak barrels, mostly used and some of different sizes. 2015 is a powerful, warm and ripe year, where the secret was to be able to harvest early to keep the freshness; Sisseck feared the year could have been another 2011, but he managed much fresher wines. The nose is very harmonious and shows no heat, and the palate is terribly balanced, with refined tannins, silky and in a way exuberant (rather than rough), ripe but suave and with enough freshness. It has the Ribera del Duero character and is also faithful to the vintage and grape, with great precision. All in all, a great vintage of Flor de Pingus, with power and elegance. Some 90,000 bottles were filled in June 2017. This should age effortlessly in bottle.

Tasting Notes
94
Spain 2017 Flor de Pingus

1 Case 12 75cl £600
  • Rating

    93

    Release Price

    $80

    Drink Date

    2020 - 2025

    Reviewed by

     Luis Gutiérrez

    Issue Date

    30th Dec 2019

    Source

    Issue 246 End of December 2019, The Wine Advocate

    Because of very low yields and a warm and dry season, the 2017 Flor de Pingus was produced from very concentrated grapes with lots of tannin, so they had to do a very soft vinification and an extended élevage, being very careful not to dry out the wine. So, they used less new oak barrels, and the wine was alternatively in barrique and stainless steel, trying to polish the tannins and keep the juiciness and avoid excessive tannins. So, the wine is polished, more than it usually is. It's ripe but without the perfect ripeness of a great vintage. It has character, in a somehow more baroque way. Peter Sisseck compared it to other vintages finished in seven: 1997, 2007. They only produced some 60,000 bottles, when the normal production should have been around 100,000 bottles, which means they lost some 40% of the crop because of the frost. It was bottled in July 2019, later than in other vintages.

Tasting Notes
93
Spain 2018 Flor de Pingus

1 Case 12 75cl £680
  • Rating

    94+

    Release Price

    $105

    Drink Date

    2021 - 2032

    Reviewed by

     Luis Gutiérrez

    Issue Date

    30th Jun 2021

    Source

    Issue 255 End of June 2021, The Wine Advocate

    Like the rest of the wines, I tasted the bottled 2018 Flor de Pingus—which I tasted unbottled last year—next to the 2019 that will be bottled in June 2021, and it was great to see how the wines reflected the character of the two vintages. All of the estate vineyards are certified organic, and this is pure Tinta del País, the local strain of Tempranillo, from 40 hectares in five different locations (parajes) of the village of La Horra where the Pingus vineyards are also located. It fermented with natural yeasts and also natural malolactic and matured for 18 months in French oak barrels, 25% new. The day I tasted it, the wine was oakier than normal, but the amount of new oak is not higher than normal. The palate showed much better, with very fine and polished tannins. There is freshness, even red fruit and good balance. The oak should integrate with a little more time in bottle. 120,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in July 2020.

Tasting Notes
94
Southern France 2009 Puech-Haut, Prestige Rouge

2 Case 6 75cl £60
  • Rating

    93

    Release Price

    $18

    Drink Date

    NA

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    31st Aug 2010

    Source

    190, The Wine Advocate

    I’m infringing on David Schildknecht’s territory, but he has not yet tasted this wine. From a bio-dynamically farmed estate, this 2009 is a blend of 55% Grenache (from 60- to 75-year-old vines) and 45% Syrah (from 40-year-old vines), all planted in limestone soils, and aged completely in concrete tanks. This remarkable offering is a naked expression of the vivid terroir and excellent fruit found in this region. The incredible aromatics consist of forest floor, spring flowers, sweet black currants, raspberries, licorice, and incense. With a pure, velvety, seamless, full-bodied texture and a finish that lasts 30+ seconds, this wine possesses a stunning integration of acidity, tannin, and alcohol, suggesting this 2009 will age nicely for 3-5 years, possibly as long as a decade. However, it will be hard to resist given its current performance. Bravo! I have followed Chateau Puech Haut for a number of years, and met proprietor Gerald Bru over a decade ago. Bru has employed some extraordinarily talented winemakers, beginning with Michel Rolland, followed by Claude Gros (of Chateau Negly). His current consultant is Philippe Cambie. 

Tasting Notes
93
Loire 2015 Huet Clos du Bourg Vouvray Demi-Sec

1 Case 6 75cl £155
Loire 1985 Huet Vouvray 'Clos du Bourg' Moelleux 1er Trie

1 Bottle 75cl £125
Loire 1989 Huet Vouvray 'Le Haut Lieu' Moelleux 1er Trie

1 Bottle 75cl £75
Loire 1990 Huet Vouvray 'Le Haut Lieu' Moelleux

1 Bottle 75cl £75
Loire 2012 Dagueneau Pouilly Fume Pur Sang

1 Case 6 75cl £475
  • Pur Sang is French for thoroughbred and is a joke that reflects Dagueneau’s annoyance at repeated references to the fact (by journalists) that he uses a horse to till some of vineyards.  This is produced primarily from a vineyard north of Saint Andelain called La Folie. The soil here is deep clay with some limestone. The vineyard is gently sloped and has perfect south/southeast exposure. Some smaller parcels on the Saint Andelain hill occasionally also make it into this cuvée. Barrel fermented and aged. This is always a rich and powerful cuvée, enormously textural and complex. It is a wine that can live and live.

Tasting Notes
Vintage Port 1882 Graham's 'Ne Oublie' Colheita Port & Decanter

[Smythson box]

1 Bottle 75cl £6,100
  • Graham's,'Ne Oublie', Colheita Port & Decanter

Tasting Notes
100
Vintage Port 1963 Warre's

3 Bottle 150cl £285
Vintage Port 1963 Graham’s Single Harvest Tawny

2 Case 4 75cl £1,115
98
Vintage Port 1968 Taylor's Very Old Single Harvest

1 Case 6 75cl £750
  • This draws you in, with aromas of warm halva and toasted pistachio giving way to a wide range of buckwheat, toasted sesame, walnut husk, menthol and licorice root notes that refuse to break down in the mouth. Exhibits remarkable length, with ample viscosity matched by steely tension, putting this in rarefied air. Drink now. 580 cases made

    Score: 98

    James Molesworth, Wine Spectator 28 February 2017

Tasting Notes
Vintage Port 1974 Graham's Single Harvest Tawny

2 Case 4 75cl £1,120
  • Vintage Port - 1974 - Graham's Single Harvest Tawny - £1120 per 4 bottles in bond - £373 per bottle 

     

    On the 25th of April 1974, a military-led coup overthrew the dictatorship which had governed Portugal for half a century. In its immediate aftermath it unleashed social and political tensions, in the prevailing turbulent climate the family elected not to bottle Vintage Port. Nonetheless, many of the year’s wines were so exquisite that they were selected for maturing in cask. For Peter Symington, this was just his fifth vintage in the Douro, but as he gradually took on the position of head winemaker, taster and blender, it became his responsibility to nurture the development of this wine during its prolonged ageing in cask, before passing that responsibility to his son Charles.

    PROVENANCE · GRAPE VARIETIES

    The Graham’s 1974 Single Harvest Tawny, originating almost entirely from field blends in the Malvedos vineyard, has reached us in outstanding condition and Charles has selected the finest casks for bottling, almost half a century after the wine was made.

    STORAGE · SERVING · FOOD PAIRING

    Graham’s 1974 Single Harvest pairs perfectly with creamy or nutty desserts or savoured on its own as a dessert in its own right. Serve chilled and consume within 6-8 weeks of opening.

    TASTING NOTE

    Coppery centre with a pale bronze
    edge. The broad range of aromas
    reveals sultanas, quince preserve and a combination of subtle caramel, vanilla and ginger notes. The palate is silky
    and sensual, with a zest of soft, tingling tannins which continue to underpin the structure and the wine’s vitality. The long finish provides reminiscences of peppery spice, tea leaf and thyme.

    WINE SPECIFICATION

    Alcohol: 20% vol (20oC)
    Total acidity: 5.1 g/l tartaric acid Baumé: 4.8
    pH: 3.35
    Total sugars (glu+fru): 124g/l Allergy advice: Contains sulphites

Tasting Notes
Vintage Port 1977 Warre's

8 Bottle 75cl £60
  • This house makes rather restrained yet rich, flavorful vintage port and a very good tawny called Nimrod. Their vintage ports seem slow to develop, and while they never quite have the voluptuous richness of a Dow, Graham, or Fonseca, they have a unique mineral-scented character that gives them their own complexity and style. The 1977 is quite powerful, very deep and intense, particularly for Warre

Tasting Notes
92
Vintage Port 1977 Dow

3 Bottle 150cl £190
  • This is an extraordinary house that seems to have been particularly successful with its vintage port since 1977.The 1977, still a baby, is fabulously scented, very rich and concentrated, and has a potential longevity of at least another 30-50 years.

Tasting Notes
93
Vintage Port 1977 Taylor

1 Case 6 75cl £600
  • This house must certainly be the Latour of Portugal. Their ports are remarkably backward yet still impressive when young. Of all the vintage ports, those of Taylor need the longest time to mature and even when fully mature seem to have an inner strength and firmness that keep them going for decades. Their tawnys are also among the very best, though somewhat expensive. The 1977 has consistently been at the top of my list of vintage ports in this great vintage, although the Dow, Graham, and Fonseca are equally splendid. It is a mammoth, opaque, statuesque vintage port of remarkable depth and power, but is should not be touched before 2000.

Tasting Notes
96
Vintage Port 1977 Sandeman

3 Case 12 75cl £850
Vintage Port 1980 Fonseca

3 Case 12 75cl £650
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Tasting Notes
Vintage Port 1980 Graham's

2 Case 12 75cl £750
  • Rating

    87

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    NA

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    1st Jan 1989

    Source

    Buying Guide, 2nd Edition, The Wine Advocate

    Graham is another great port house, producing one of the deepest-colored and sweetest styles of vintage port. Along with Taylor and Fonseca, Graham has probably been the most consistent producer of great port in the post- World War II era. Their tawnys are quite good rather than exceptional, but their vintage ports are truly sublime and sumptuous.

Tasting Notes
87
Vintage Port 1983 Fonseca

3 Case 12 75cl £620
  • Fonseca is one of the great port lodges, producing the most exotic and most complex port. If Fonseca lacks the sheer weight and power of a Taylor, Dow or Warre, or the opulent sweetness and intensity of a Graham, it excels in its magnificently complex, intense bouquet of plummy, cedary, spicy fruit and long, broad, expansive flavors. With its lush, seductive character, one might call it the Pomerol of Vintage ports. When it is young, it often loses out in blind tastings to the heavier, weightier, more tannic wines, but I always find myself upgrading my opinion of Fonseca after it has had 7-10 years of age. The 1983 is magnificently scented, full-bodied, creamy, rather forward, but showing great length and character.

Tasting Notes
92
Vintage Port 1985 Warre's

2 Case 12 75cl £560
  • Rating

    90

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    NA

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    1st Jan 1989

    Source

    Buying Guide, 2nd Edition, The Wine Advocate

    This house makes rather restrained yet rich, flavorful vintage port and a very good tawny called Nimrod. Their vintage ports seem slow to develop, and while they never quite have the voluptuous richness of a Dow, Graham, or Fonseca, they have a unique mineral-scented character that gives them their own complexity and style. The 1985 is the sweetest and richest of the recent Warre vintages. Extremely concentrated, rich, even luscious, this full-bodied, intense, opulent wine has layers of fruit, a full-blown bouquet, and impeccable balance. The soft tannins and precocious appeal of the 1985 suggest rapid maturation.

Tasting Notes
90
Vintage Port 1994 Graham’s Single Harvest Tawny

2 Case 4 75cl £315
97
Vintage Port 1995 Taylor's Vargellas Vinha Velha

[Duty Paid]

1 Case 3 75cl £375
Vintage Port 1997 Quinta do Vesuvio

3 Case 6 75cl £270
  • Rating

    90

    Release Price

    $70

    Drink Date

    2020

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    1st Jan 2000

    Source

    126, The Wine Advocate

    A delicious, forward, dark saturated ruby/purple-colored port, this 1997 reveals copious quantities of jammy, grapy, black fruit flavors intermixed with earth and spice, full body, and silky tannin. It should drink well soon, but last for two decades.

     

Tasting Notes
90
Vintage Port 2011 Quinta do Noval Nacional

2 Bottle 75cl £1,250
  • Rating

    100

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2020 - 2060

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    30th Apr 2014

    Source

    212, The Wine Advocate

    The 2011 Quinta do Noval Nacional has an entrancing bouquet that unfolds with time. It is extraordinarily concentrated with black currant pastilles, baked earth, a touch of terracotta and bay leaf that gains more dimension with time. Yet there is undeniable purity and elegance here, a seductive chorus of aromas perfectly in tune. The palate has a wondrous symmetry and focus, perfect acidity and immense purity. Everything here is so precise and at the same time, unassuming, as if this Nacional is aware of its breeding without the impulse to brag about it. It has closed down just a little since last year, but I take this as a positive sign that this legendary Nacional will delight for decades rather than years. This is the kind of elixir that leaves you speechless – surely the finest Nacional since the ethereal 1963. Drink 2020-2060. Tasted January 2014.

Tasting Notes
100
Vintage Port 2011 Croft

2 Case 6 75cl £180
  • Rating

    (92 - 95)

    Release Price

    $85

    Drink Date

    NA

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    28th Jun 2013

    Source

    207, The Wine Advocate

    The 2011 Croft is initially taciturn on the nose, even after allowing it 20 minutes in my glass. A light swirling immediately awakens the aromatics to offer blackberry, Seville orange marmalade, blueberries and dried fig – complex and quite compelling. There is real mineralite within this bouquet that, returning after 30 minutes, offers alluring ocean spray scents rolling in off the ocean. The palate is medium-bodied with a velvety-smooth opening that belies the fine, structured tannins underneath. It clams up a little towards the finish, shuts the lid tight and consequently there is the sensation of less persistency here compared to the Taylor’s or Fonseca. But Croft has a knack of filling out with bottle age and becomes both gentle and generous with the passing years. Tasted May 2013. 

Tasting Notes
95
Vintage Port 2011 Warre's

2 Case 6 75cl £250
Vintage Port 2011 Graham's

3 Case 6 75cl £300
  • Rating

    (95 - 97)

    Release Price

    $100

    Drink Date

    NA

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    28th Jun 2013

    Source

    207, The Wine Advocate

    The 2011 Graham’s comes from the five quintas that have been the source for many years (Malvedos, Tua, Vila Velha, das Lages and Vale de Malhadas). It represents a selection of the 131 pipes from a total production of 1,454 and is a blend of 40% Touriga Nacional, 31% Touriga Franca, 6% Sousao and 23% mixture of very old vines. It has a more “serious” bouquet compared to the Dow, with beguiling scents of blackberry, wild hedgerow, tobacco and cloves. Straight-laced, very well-defined and compelling, the palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins and supremely well-judged acidity. It is utterly harmonious, with a pure core of ripe black cherries, damson, marmalade, clove and spices, and the finish lingers long in the mouth. The separation of “The Stone Terraces” vines certainly does not appear to have detracted from a great Graham’s. 5,000 cases declared. Tasted May 2013.  

Tasting Notes
97
Vintage Port 2011 Quinta do Noval Nacional

4 Case 3 75cl £3,750
  • Rating

    100

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2020 - 2060

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    30th Apr 2014

    Source

    212, The Wine Advocate

    The 2011 Quinta do Noval Nacional has an entrancing bouquet that unfolds with time. It is extraordinarily concentrated with black currant pastilles, baked earth, a touch of terracotta and bay leaf that gains more dimension with time. Yet there is undeniable purity and elegance here, a seductive chorus of aromas perfectly in tune. The palate has a wondrous symmetry and focus, perfect acidity and immense purity. Everything here is so precise and at the same time, unassuming, as if this Nacional is aware of its breeding without the impulse to brag about it. It has closed down just a little since last year, but I take this as a positive sign that this legendary Nacional will delight for decades rather than years. This is the kind of elixir that leaves you speechless – surely the finest Nacional since the ethereal 1963. Drink 2020-2060. Tasted January 2014.

Tasting Notes
100
Vintage Port 2018 Taylor's

10 Case 6 75cl £325
  • “It has a classy, aristocratic bouquet, a signature note apropos Taylor’s Vintage: dense black fruit with touches of melted tar, cloves and white pepper. This just builds and builds in the glass. The palate is very harmonious with fine tannins, perfect acidity and very pure with a gentle, almost caressing second half. White pepper interlaces the black fruit with a very precise finish. Pure class.” Drinking window: 2032 – 2075 - Neal Martin

Tasting Notes
97
Vintage Port 2018 Taylor's

3 Case 3 150cl £330
  • “It has a classy, aristocratic bouquet, a signature note apropos Taylor’s Vintage: dense black fruit with touches of melted tar, cloves and white pepper. This just builds and builds in the glass. The palate is very harmonious with fine tannins, perfect acidity and very pure with a gentle, almost caressing second half. White pepper interlaces the black fruit with a very precise finish. Pure class.” Drinking window: 2032 – 2075 - Neal Martin

Tasting Notes
97
Hungary 2003 Royal Tokaji Essencia Tokaj

[individual gift boxes]

2 Case 6 37.5cl £2,250
  • The 2003 Essencia has a fabulous bouquet with profound scents of lemon curd, frangipane, apple crumble, dandelion, wild mushroom and a slight adhesive note. The palate is extraordinarily pure with perfect acidity. It is perfectly focused with a crescendo of honey, quince, and Seville orange marmalade with lemon peel. This is out of this world.

    Score: 98 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (210), December 2013

Tasting Notes
98
Hungary 2007 Royal Tokaji, Betsek 6 Puttonyos, Tokaj

3 Case 6 50cl £275
  • Rating

    91

    Release Price

    $115

    Drink Date

    NA

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    30th Dec 2013

    Source

    210, The Wine Advocate

    The 2007 Tokaji Aszu Betsek 6-Puttonyos is nicely defined on the nose with scents of orange-blossom, Clementine, creme brulee and just a hint of jasmine. The palate is very well-balanced with a viscous core of honeyed fruit pierced by perfectly judged acidity that counterbalances the 183 grams per liter of residual sugar. It segues into a spicy, animated finish with hints of white pepper lingering on the aftertaste. Excellent.  

Tasting Notes
91
Hungary 2007 Royal Tokaji, Birsalmas 5 Puttonyos Tokaj

2 Case 6 50cl £450
Armagnac 1910 Bas-Armagnac Dumoureau, Ets Alexander

2 Bottle 75cl £1,600

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