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Region Producer Vintagesort descending Name Qty Unit Case Format Price Note Rating
California Jonata NV Miel Jonata

4 Bottle 50cl £30
Champagne NV Gosset Grand Blanc de Blancs

1 Case 6 75cl £220
  • Rating

    93

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2016 - 2024

    Reviewed by

     Stephan Reinhardt

    Issue Date

    30th Jun 2016

    Source

    225, The Wine Advocate

    Gosset's lemon-yellow NV Grand Blanc de Blancs – 100% Chardonnay blend sourced in Avize, Chouilly, Cramant, Villers-Marmery and Trépailopens – opens with a very clear, precise and concentrated bouquet. It is also pure and pretty coolish/greenish with chalk, herbs and lemon peels – really exciting! Very mineral and complex on the palate, this is a pure and finesse-full, but firmly structured and persistent Champagne with marjoram flavors in the long, stringent, tension-filled finish. This is a young and vital but serious, tightly woven and expressive, medium-bodied Champagne. It has an intense and deep taste, with excellent ageing potential. Impressive.

Tasting Notes
93
California Stag's Leap Wine Cellars NV Fay Golden Rectangle

2 Bottle 75cl £100
Champagne NV Gosset Grande Reserve

1 Case 6 75cl £140
  • (43% chardonnay, 42% pinot noir, 15% pinot meunier). A discreet, even restrained nose is comprised by notes of petrol, yeast, Meyer lemon, apple and a lovely floral hint. The rounded, delicious and caressing flavors are shaped by a relatively soft (though not flabby) mousse before culminating in a clean, vibrant and moderately dry finale. I like the delivery though this could use just a bit more complexity which could develop if this was given a few more years of cellar time. 91/2020+

    Score: 91 Allen Meadows, Burghound.com (65), January 2017

     

Tasting Notes
91
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
Armagnac 1910 Bas-Armagnac Dumoureau, Ets Alexander

2 Bottle 75cl £1,600
White Bordeaux 1953 Yquem

1 Bottle 75cl £600
White Bordeaux 1956 Yquem

1 Bottle 75cl £975£825
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
Vintage Port 1963 Graham’s Single Harvest Tawny

2 Case 4 75cl £1,115
98
Vintage Port 1963 Warre's

3 Bottle 150cl £285
Red Bordeaux 1964 Latour a Pomerol

1 Bottle 75cl £320
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 Sandeman

3 Case 12 75cl £850
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
Red Bordeaux 1978 Lafite Rothschild

1 Bottle 500cl £3,200
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
White Bordeaux 1981 Yquem

1 Case 12 75cl £3,200
Red Bordeaux 1982 Leoville Las Cases

2 Bottle 500cl £3,300
  • This huge wine is, in many ways, just as massive as Leoville Barton, but it possesses a greater degree of elegance as well as unreal concentration.

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

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

Tasting Notes
100
Red Bordeaux 1982 Cheval Blanc

1 Bottle 75cl £675
  • This wine displays lots of garnet and bricking at the edge, plenty of cedar wood and underbrush, a touch of herbs, sweet cherries and black currants, and a round, juicy, full-bodied mouthfeel with just a touch of fading fruit and drying out in the finish. Drink it up.

    Score: 96 Robert Parker, Hedonists Gazette, March 2017

Tasting Notes
96
Red Bordeaux 1983 Mouton Rothschild

1 Bottle 75cl £295
  • Rating

    90

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    1990 - 2015

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    1st Jan 1998

    Source

    Bordeaux Book, 3rd Edition, The Wine Advocate

    The classic Mouton lead-pencil, cedary nose has begun to emerge. This medium dark ruby, elegant, medium-bodied wine will never be a great or legendary Mouton. The flavors are ripe and moderately rich. With good depth and some firm tannins to resolve, this offering from Mouton is bigger and richer than the 1981, 1979, or 1978. Austere by the standards of Mouton and the vintage, the 1983 resembles the chateau's fine 1966. Anticipated maturity: Now-2015. Last tasted, 10/90.

Tasting Notes
90
Red Bordeaux 1983 Latour

[upper shoulder level]

1 Bottle 75cl £325
  • Tasted from my cellar, this wine is fully mature, not terribly concentrated, and slightly herbaceous, exhibiting aromas of sweaty saddle leather, melted asphalt, tobacco, and red as well as black fruits. Notions of caramel and roasted nuts also emerge. A medium-bodied effort with soft tannin, but little persistence and length, it requires consumption over the next decade.

     

Tasting Notes
88
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
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
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
Italy 1985 Giuseppe Mascarello e Figlio Barbaresco Marcarini

1 Bottle 75cl £385
Italy 1985 Conterno Fantino Barolo Sori Ginestra

1 Bottle 75cl £175
Loire 1985 Huet Vouvray 'Clos du Bourg' Moelleux 1er Trie

1 Bottle 75cl £125
Red Bordeaux 1985 Mouton Rothschild

[Ex Chateau November 2021]

2 Case 6 75cl £2,750
  • Wine Journal
    May 2010 Neal Martin 93+ Drink N/A $226-$718
    Tasted from an Imperiale at the Claret Club -85 Dinner at -The Square-. Interesting this: one of the best -85s but rendered far more reticent and backward in this large Imperiale format. It does have a gorgeous nose if you can wait for an hour and even so, much more generous and expressive than Lafite -85. Touches of pencil box, redcurrant and black truffle here. The palate is tannic, full-bodied and masculine, easing up with aeration, beautifully poised with a touch of black tea and tobacco towards the finish. This seems to be 10-years behind the regular bottle format! Tasted December 2009.

    Wine Journal
    Sep 2009 Neal Martin 94 Drink N/A $226-$718
    Tasted at Roberson’s in London. This bottle was not quite as spellbinding as the one opened with Bob last year but it remains a sublime Claret. The nose here has more graphite/pencil box signature, wonderful definition, the cigar box aromas then intensifying with aeration with red-berried fruit, bergamot and redcurrant. The palate is imbued with wonderful poise and elegance, not a powerful or tannic Mouton like the ’86, but still very harmonious and exuding freshness from start until finish with hints of tobacco and a hint of Lapsang Souchong lacing aftertaste. Drinking perfectly now. Tasted April 2009.

Tasting Notes
93
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 1986 Smith Haut Lafitte

[Duty Paid]

1 Bottle 150cl £120
Australia 1986 Penfolds Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon

2 Bottle 75cl £325
White Bordeaux 1988 Yquem

1 Case 12 75cl £2,900
  • This remarkable wine is much more backward, less flamboyant, and more gentelemanly than the 1990 or 1989. Its light-goldern color is more youthful than its younger siblings, the bouquet powerful but restrained, with subtle yet intense notes of coconut, orange marmalade, crème brulée, peach, and white corn emerging very gently but authoritatively. In the mouth it builds incrementally, as this is a wine of enormous richness, power, but far higher acidity than the 1990 or 1989. The wine is relatively light of its feet for such a powerful, highly extracted, and sennsational effort. This is certainly one of the great Yquems, and probably more along the style of the 1975 than more recent vintages. Anticipated maturity 2010-2070

    Score: 99Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

Tasting Notes
99
Australia 1989 Penfolds Grange

3 Bottle 75cl £375
  • A very hedonistic, almost decadent style of Grange, this blend of 91% Shiraz and 9% Cabernet Sauvignon from three grape sources - Kalimna in the Barossa, Penfolds' other sources in the Barossa, and McLaren Vale - is a gorgeously opulent, almost Pomerol-like Grange with an over-ripe characteristic to the fruit. Cherry liqueur intermixed with cranberry and cassis presented in a seductive, full-bodied, very soft, forward style is truly not the classic Grange in the sense of having huge structure and massive concentration, but this wine is loaded, very corpulent, and fleshy. The wine is going to last for up to two decades, but it will be uncommonly succulent and delicious to drink young, as it was several months ago. Among the young vintages of Grange, this is perhaps the most flattering wine that they have produced over the last 20 years, at least for such a relatively young wine. Anticipated maturity: now-2018.

Tasting Notes
93
Rhone Beaucastel 1989 CNDP Hommage Jacques Perrin

1 Bottle 75cl £650£620
  • Rating

    100

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2014 - 2030

    Reviewed by

    Jeb Dunnuck

    Issue Date

    28th Feb 2015

    Source

    217, The Wine Advocate

    The first vintage for this cuvee, the still inky colored 1989 Châteauneuf du Pape Hommage À Jacques Perrin is deeper, richer and more powerful than the 1990, yet slightly less evolved and exuberant. From a scorching hot and dry year, this incredible cuvee is massive on all counts, with classic dark fruits, roasted herbs, charred meats, melted licorice and truffle aromas and flavors, full-bodied richness, a dense, layered, multidimensional texture and a blockbuster finish that just wouldn’t quit. Like the 1990, there’s certainly some evolution here, and it’s a gorgeous drink today, but it should easily continue to evolve through 2030+.

Tasting Notes
100
Loire 1989 Huet Vouvray 'Le Haut Lieu' Moelleux 1er Trie

1 Bottle 75cl £75
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 Burgundy de Vogue 1989 Chambolle Musigny

1 Bottle 75cl £290
Italy 1990 Solaia

1 Case 6 75cl £1,680
  • Rating

    94

    Release Price

    $75

    Drink Date

    2014

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    31st Oct 1994

    Source

    95, The Wine Advocate

    The 1990 Solaia is slightly more concentrated than the 1990 Tignanello, with a saturated purple color, and a classic, international nose of cassis, lead pencil, vanillin, and smoke. It is gorgeously rich, with a fat, unctuous texture, and a long, highly extracted finish. Well-balanced and already delicious, it remains unevolved and is potentially a 12-20 year wine. In the context of recent Solaias, I would rate it a worthy competitor to the other-worldly 1985. It is certainly much more opulent, with sweeter, jammier, richer fruit than the 1988 (most recently rated 88 points).  

Tasting Notes
94
Rhone Guigal 1990 Cote Rotie La Landonne

1 Bottle 75cl £575
  • The 1990 La Landonne is a perfect wine! Fortunately, more than 800 cases were produced. It possesses an opaque black color, and a huge, truffle, licorice, cassis, and peppery-scented nose. While it is one of the most concentrated wines I have ever poured across my palate, it is perfectly balanced, with adequate underlying acidity, huge extraction of ripe fruit and tannin, and a phenomenal 70-second or longer finish. This is the essence of Syrah! Give this monumental wine 7-10 years of cellaring; it will last for 40-45 + years. 

Tasting Notes
100
Red Burgundy Rousseau 1990 Clos Saint Jacques

1 Bottle 75cl £1,850
  • Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils
    1990
    Gevrey-Chambertin "Clos St. Jacques"
    1er Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 93
    Tasted: Mar 02, 2019
    Drink: Now+
     
    Tasting note: This was a wine that I was quite curious to try because while I had the good fortune to have enjoyed it several times in the 1990s, it had not come my way since 2001. I'm happy to report that it did not disappoint with its ripe yet airy aromas of sous-bois, spice, earth, game and beautifully well-layered secondary fruit. There is fine richness as well as very good power to the delicious and attractively textured medium-bodied flavors that exhibit equally good layering on the impressively persistent finale. This is not a particularly elegant vintage for the Rousseau CSJ and there remains enough tannin to notice on the slightly warm finish but overall, I found this to have aged out extremely well.
     

Tasting Notes
93
Champagne 1990 Taittinger Brut

2 Bottle 150cl £425£375
  • Rating

    90

    Release Price

    $30 - 32

    Drink Date

    NA

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    28th Feb 1997

    Source

    109, The Wine Advocate

    Taittinger's 1990 Brut may be the finest vintage Champagne I have tasted at this level for Taittinger (keep in mind that their luxury cuvee, Comtes de Champagnes, is not yet released). It seems obvious that the quality of the 1990 Champagne vintage is going to be remarkable, and the world-wide demand will be unprecedented. The message - buy them now!

Tasting Notes
90
Italy 1990 Poderi Aldo Conterno Bussia Cicala Barolo

1 Bottle 75cl £195
  • Rating

    (94 - 96)

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    NA

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    30th Apr 1994

    Source

    92, The Wine Advocate

    The super-concentrated 1990 Barolo Vigna Cicala Bussia is an outstanding wine. When I tasted it, it appeared more structured, tannic, and backward than the 1989. Perhaps it is just the one year difference in age, but the advantage the 1989 enjoys over the 1990 at present is that its fruit is sweeter and more evolved. Every Italian wine authority, from the late Sheldon Wasserman, to Burton Anderson, to Victor Hazan, to Roberto Parkero, considers Aldo Conterno to be one of the great masters of his craft. The staggering display of wines he produced in 1989 and 1990 confirmed that no one in Piedmont is making greater Barolo than Aldo Conterno and his sons. If you love great wine, these are must purchases; if you love Barolo, a pilgrimage to your favorite Italian wine shop is in order! It is virtually impossible to pick a favorite among Conterno's 1989s and 1990s. However, the 1990s, which are not yet bottled, appear even more massive, structured, and tannic than the flamboyant, super-concentrated, flashy 1989s. Readers should keep in mind that the Barolo-Riserva Gran Bussia is released a year later than the other Barolos, so the 1989 will not appear in the marketplace until spring, 1995, and the 1990 a year later. Wine enthusiasts throughout the world should be beating a path to their retailers to buy the 1989s and to reserve the 1990s when they arrive next year. By the way, Aldo Conterno is one of Piedmont's sweetest people, proving that sometimes nice guys do finish first!

Tasting Notes
96
Rhone Chapoutier 1990 Ermitage Le Pavillon

1 Bottle 75cl £375
  • Rating

    100

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2002 - 2035

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    1st Jan 1997

    Source

    Rhone Book, The Wine Advocate

    The 1990 Le Pavilion is as compelling as the 1989. It exhibits slightly less opulence, but more power and weight. Black colored, with an extraordinary perfume of licorice, sweet blackcurrants, smoke, and minerals, it coats the palate with layer upon layer of decadently rich, superconcentrated, nearly viscous Syrah flavors. There is amazing glycerin, a chewy, unctuous texture, and phenomenal length. The tannins, which are considerable when analyzed, are virtually obscured by the massive quantities of fruit. I hope I live to see the day when Chapoutier's 1990 Ermitage Le Pavilion, Chave's 1990 Hermitage, and Jaboulet's 1990 Hermitage La Chapelle are fully mature! What a trio of wines these three producers have produced from this historic appellation! My best guess for the aging potential of the Ermitage Le Pavilion is that it is more forward than both the Chave and Jaboulet Hermitages, but should you have the good fortune to find a bottle or two, do not open it for at least 7-10 years. It should last for 30-40 years.

Tasting Notes
100
Loire 1990 Huet Vouvray 'Le Haut Lieu' Moelleux

1 Bottle 75cl £75
Australia 1990 Penfolds Grange Bin 95

1 Bottle 75cl £495
  • The 1990 is loosely knit, seems to border on overripeness with its jammy character, and has a slightly more aggressive style of tannin ... or are the acids more pronounced? It is certainly outstanding, displaying full body along with a classic smoky, blackberry, cassis, pepper, and forest floor-scented bouquet. Of all these wines, it appears to be the most evolved.

     

Tasting Notes
94
Red Bordeaux 1990 Ducru Beaucaillou

2 Case 12 75cl £1,350£1,250
  • Rating

    91

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2020 - 2028

    Reviewed by

     Lisa Perrotti-Brown

    Issue Date

    13th Aug 2020

    Source

    August 2020 Week 2, The Wine Advocate

    Harvest took place this year from 23rd September to 8th October. The wine was aged for around 12 months in two-thirds new oak. Medium brick-brown in color, the 1990 Ducru-Beaucaillou is quite evolved, offering notions of incense, tree bark, tilled soil and tobacco with nuances of preserved plums, kirsch, tapenade and leather. Medium to full-bodied, the palate still possesses a good amount of earth-laced savory fruit with a bit of chew to the texture and a stewed tea finish.

     

    Wine Journal
    Jan 2009 Neal Martin 86 Drink N/A $120-$200
    Always a bit of Russian Roulette when it comes to Ducru born at a time when one of their storage houses was infected. I do not think this bottle was compromised but neither it is a patch on what I would expect. Tobacco, cedar and green leaves on the nose, well defined and showing a modicum of freshness. The palate is simple, lacking some definition with an attenuated finish. Fails to launch. Drink now. Tasted August 2008.

    Wine Journal
    Jan 2000 Neal Martin 90-92 Drink 1999 - 2015 $120-$200
    One tainted bottles, then in May 2006 an untainted one. A refined tobacco-infused nose, fresh and vigorous with a touch of graphite. The medium-bodied palate has good acidity, cedary black fruit, and a little savory, autumnal with an almost Pomerol-like finish. Tasted May 2006.

Tasting Notes
91
Red Bordeaux 1990 Mouton Rothschild

[Ex Chateau November 2021]

1 Case 3 150cl £2,500
  • 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
Rhone Brunel, Andre 1990 CNDP Les Cailloux Cuvee Centenaire

1 Bottle 75cl £360
  • Rating

    100

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2003 - 2020

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    1st Jan 2003

    Source

    E2003, The Wine Advocate

    One of the greatest vintages for Andre Brunel, aside from his extraordinary succession of vintages from 1998-2001 is 1990. The perfect Cuvee Centenaire is still dense ruby/purple-colored with a sumptuous nose of white flowers, raspberry and cherry liqueur, smoke, and mineral scents. The gorgeous aromatics are followed by an unctuously-textured, pure wine that combines the best of Chateauneuf du Pape with the floral, earthy complexity of a great grand cru red Burgundy. This is a riveting tour de force in winemaking. Don’t miss it. Anticipated maturity: now-2020. From this impeccably run estate, Andre Brunel produces 7,000 cases of a traditionally made regular Chateauneuf du Pape, and, when possible, about 500 cases of Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Centenaire. The Cuvee Centenaire emerges from 114-year old Grenache vines (about 80-85% of the blend), which is combined with younger-vine Syrah and Mourvedre. Approximately half of the blend spends time in new oak casks, and half in neutral foudres or vats. Brunel, who is one of the most articulate spokespersons of Chateauneuf du Pape, continues to fine tune his winemaking, always trying to enhance the fruit and texture. That has been apparent over recent vintages, although some of the old classics are not to be missed.

     

Tasting Notes
100
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 1993 Le Petit Mouton de Mouton Rothschild

[Ex Chateau November 2021]

1 Case 6 75cl £1,375
Red Bordeaux 1993 Mouton Rothschild

[Ex Chateau November 2021]

2 Case 6 75cl £2,250
  • Wine Advocate #109
    Feb 1997 Robert M. Parker, Jr. 90 Drink: 2004 - 2015 $344-$798 (65)
    After less than persuasive performances in two potentially great years, 1989 and 1990, Mouton-Rothschild appears to have settled down, producing fine efforts in recent vintages, culminating with the enormously promising, unquestionably profound 1995. The 1993 is a beautifully made wine which could be considered a sleeper of the vintage. The wine boasts a dark purple color, followed by a sweet, pain grillee, roasted nut, and cassis-scented bouquet that is just beginning to open. In the mouth, the wine may not possess the body and volume of a vintage such as 1990 or 1989, but there is more richness of fruit, a sweet, ripe, pureness to the wine, as well as medium body and outstanding balance. This moderately tannic, well-focused, surprisingly rich 1993 is capable of 15-20 years of evolution. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2015.

    Readers should note that this wine comes with two labels. The original label, with its delicate yet unprovocative portrait nude of a pre-teenager by Balthus, was banned as a result of protests from America's neo-puritans. What has resulted is considerable speculation in the original label, which is selling at $50 more than the blank creamy white-colored label that is "officially" sported by those bottles of Mouton-Rothschild imported to America. Although Mouton-Rothschild can be among the most inconsistent first-growths, when this estate gets everything right, the wine can be as compelling as any produced in Bordeaux.

Tasting Notes
90
California Colgin 1994 Cabernet Sauvignon Herb Lamb Vineyard

3 Bottle 75cl £380
96
White Bordeaux 1994 Yquem

1 Case 12 75cl £2,400
90
Vintage Port 1994 Graham’s Single Harvest Tawny

2 Case 4 75cl £315
97
Rhone Vieux Telegraphe 1994 Chateauneuf du Pape

1 Case 12 75cl £690£625
  • Rating

    93

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2003 - 2013

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    1st Jan 2003

    Source

    E2003, The Wine Advocate

    A sleeper vintage for Vieux-Telegraphe is 1994. Because this vineyard tends to mature quickly, the extraordinarily hot, dry summer allowed this estate to harvest in late August and early September, long before many other properties could, and before the rain began. The 1994 offers sweet floral, blue and black fruits intermixed with dried Provencal herbs, tree bark, and earth. Powerful, concentrated, and close to full maturity, it will last for another decade. Moreover, this wine sells for a song since the vintage does not have a reputation such as 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2001.   

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy Grivot 1995 Richebourg

2 Bottle 75cl £625
Vintage Port 1995 Taylor's Vargellas Vinha Velha

[Duty Paid]

1 Case 3 75cl £375
Italy 1995 Umani Ronchi Cumaro

1 Bottle 150cl £100
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
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 Mouton Rothschild

[Ex Chateau 2021]

1 Bottle 500cl £4,200
  • 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 Mouton Rothschild

[Ex Chateau November 2021]

4 Bottle 150cl £990
  • 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 Mouton Rothschild

[Ex Chateau November 2021]

4 Bottle 75cl £460
  • 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
Australia 1996 Magpie Estate The Malcolm Shiraz

[Duty Paid]

5 Bottle 75cl £350
  • Rating

    99

    Release Price

    $100

    Drink Date

    1998 - 2038

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    26th Jun 1998

    Source

    117, The Wine Advocate

    An Austrian winemaker named Rolf Binder, who is also the winemaker for Veritas, has produced this intriguing wine. It takes winemaking to the extreme, yet manages to pull it off without producing a total freak.. How do you describe a wine such as this? Yields were a minuscule one ton of fruit per acre from 60-year old vines, production was 100 cases, and the wine's alcohol content is a mammoth 16.5%. This wine, which lasted four days in the bottle before I decided to pass the balance through my bowels, displays an opaque black/purple color, and exotic, coffee, chocolate, Asian spice, roast duck, and blackberry and prune liqueur-like aromas. To say the wine is unctuously-textured is an understatement. This wine looks like 10-W-40 motor oil. Very thick and dry, yet remarkably balanced, with fabulous purity, and a finish that goes on for nearly a minute, this spectacular Shiraz will become more civilized with each year of aging. It is the type of wine some Pomerol estates produced in such vintages as 1947, 1949, and 1950, but would not dare to fashion today because modern oenologists refuse to let the grapes become this ripe. A winemaking tour de force, The Malcolm Shiraz should age effortlessly for 40 or more years. 

Tasting Notes
99
NV La Grande Rue

7 Bottle 75cl £400

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