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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
Red Bordeaux NV Belle-Brise Assortment

[1bt each 2003, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015]

2 Case 6 75cl £565
  • This enigmatic Pomerol cru has a small cult following...[and its] 800-odd cases [are sold] directly to restaurants all over the world...Locating bottles of Château Belle Brise is difficult not only because of the small production, but because everything is sold directly to [these] clients...recent vintages are very well crafted, often demonstrating a Burgundy-like allure (indeed, Monsieur de Coincy apparently aspires a cross between Le Pin and Chambolle-Musigny...[the] wines are well worth seeking, so keep your eyes peeled...[as this is] Pomerol’s most mysterious cru.”   – Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate

Tasting Notes
Champagne NV Taittinger Prelude Grands Crus

2 Case 6 75cl £175
90
Vintage Port NV Graham's 40 Year Old Tawny

2 Case 6 75cl £480
96
Champagne NV Salon Le Mesnil Oenotheque Assortment

[1 magnum 2008; 2 bottles 2007; 2 bottles 2006; 2 bottles 2004]

1 Case 1 600cl £5,250
  • [1 magnum 2008; 2 bottles 2007; 2 bottles 2006; 2 bottles 2004]

Tasting Notes
Vintage Port 1924 Warre's

[excellent level into neck]

1 Bottle 75cl £950
Vintage Port 1927 Sandeman

2 Bottle 75cl £1,250
Spain 1931 Toro Albala, Pedro Ximenez Don PX Convento Seleccion,

1 Case 6 75cl £1,050
  • If someone told you they kept a wine for 84 years in barrel before bottling, you'd think they are nuts, right? Well, that's what the folks at Toro Albalá in Aguilar de la Frontera - in the province of Cordoba, part of the Montilla Moriles appellation - did with their 1931 Don PX Convento Selección. This is part of what they call 'vinos olvidados,' which means 'forgotten wines.' The border is amber, with green tints that denote very old age. Such old age provides an array of unusual aromas and flavors, including iodine and salt that compensate the sweetness (403 grams) and even the alcohol (18%). It's terribly balsamic, with notes of dry herbs and spices, cigar ash, carob beans (algarrobas), incense and noble woods. The palate is very, very sweet and concentrated, unctuous, dense, with a chewy texture. This goes beyond a glass of wine, a drop of it is like having a piece of cake. I don't think this reaches the complexity and depth of the 1946, which remains the benchmark for these old sweet PX, but it's truly terrific! 9,650 bottles were filled in June 2015.

    Score: 98 Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (224), April 2016

Tasting Notes
98
White Bordeaux 1956 Yquem

1 Bottle 75cl £1,250
Red Bordeaux 1957 Haut Brion

2 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 1960 Sandeman

2 Bottle 75cl £120
Vintage Port 1963 Graham’s Single Harvest Tawny

2 Case 4 75cl £1,115
98
Vintage Port 1963 Fonseca

5 Bottle 75cl £225
  • Rating

    96

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2013 - 2030

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    28th Feb 2013

    Source

    205, The Wine Advocate

    This example was bottled in Porto and remained in the house’s bin until this tasting. The 1963 Vintage Port has a dark russet color. The nose is beautifully defined, perhaps this particular bottle less exuberant than other that I have encountered. It offers walnut, small cherries, juniper berries and a touch of spirit that expands in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with wonderful balance and fine tannins. It has tremendous weight matched by nigh perfect acidity. It is very harmonious, almost honeyed towards the finish with hazelnut and cloves infusing the decayed fruit and hints of menthol on the spicy aftertaste. This is a sublime Fonseca that will last another two or three decades with ease. Drink now-2030+.

Tasting Notes
96
Vintage Port 1963 Croft

4 Bottle 75cl £115
Vintage Port 1963 Warre's

5 Bottle 75cl £130
Vintage Port 1963 Graham

3 Bottle 75cl £175
Vintage Port 1963 Graham

5 Bottle 75cl £150
Red Bordeaux 1964 Latour a Pomerol

1 Bottle 75cl £320
Vintage Port 1970 Croft

4 Bottle 75cl £75
  • A similar russet core, though a little clearer than the ’66. The nose has good definition and focus with an attractive bouquet of cooked meats, mulberry, spice and leather. Light and feminine, although it never really develops the nuance that I was hoping for in the glass. The palate is vigorous, note quite as elegant as the ’66, a little more alcoholic and unrefined, the finish more linear with liquorice, burnt toffee and raisin. Moderate length. Drinking now. Very fine yet not in the same league as Taylors or for that matter, Fonseca. Tasted November 2007.

Tasting Notes
91
Vintage Port 1970 Fonseca

2 Bottle 75cl £150
Vintage Port 1970 Fonseca

2 Case 12 75cl £1,890
Madeira 1977 Blandy's Bual

[original gift box]

1 Bottle 75cl £95
Vintage Port 1977 Sandeman

3 Case 12 75cl £850
Vintage Port 1977 Graham's

[Duty Paid]

1 Case 6 75cl £390
  • 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.

    Score: 93Robert Parker, RobertParker.com, January 1989

Tasting Notes
93
Vintage Port 1977 Warre's

3 Case 12 75cl £725
  • 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 Offley Boa Vista

8 Bottle 75cl £60
Vintage Port 1977 Fonseca

2 Case 12 75cl £1,550
  • 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 1977 has developed magnificently in the bottle, and while it clearly needs another decade to reach its summit, it is the best Fonseca since the 1970 and 1963.

Tasting Notes
93
Red Bordeaux 1978 Lafite Rothschild

[Duty Paid]

2 Bottle 75cl £425
Red Bordeaux 1978 Lafite Rothschild

1 Bottle 500cl £3,200
Rhone Jaboulet-Aine 1978 Hermitage La Chapelle

1 Bottle 75cl £950£850
  • Robert Parker''s Wine Advocate 26/06/2000 Opaque plum/garnet-colored, with a fabulously sweet, youthful bouquet of licorice, incense, smoked meats, pepper, and blackberry/cassis fruit, the full-bodied 1978 La Chapelle is extremely young with astonishing vigor, velvety tannin, and a full-bodied, multi-dimensional, layered personality. The finish lasts for over 60 seconds. Remarkably fresh and not yet fully mature, the super-concentrated 1978 should continue to age well for another three decades. Anticipated maturity: now-2030 Opaque plum/garnet colouredm with a fabulously sweet, youthful bouquet of licquorice, incense, smoked meats, pepper, and blackberry/cassis fruit, the full bodied 1978 La Chapelle is extremely young with astonishing vigour, velvety tannins, and a full-bodied, multi-dimensional, layered personality. The finish lasts for over 60 seconds. Remarkably fresh and not yet fully mature, the super-concentrated 1978 should continue to age well for another 25 years. Anticipated maturity: Now-2030. (100)

Tasting Notes
100
Vintage Port 1980 Fonseca

8 Case 12 75cl £825
Vintage Port 1980 Graham's

2 Case 12 75cl £850
White Bordeaux 1981 Yquem

1 Case 12 75cl £2,800
Red Bordeaux 1982 Leoville Las Cases

2 Bottle 500cl £3,600
  • 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 Lynch Bages

[Duty Paid]

8 Bottle 75cl £275
  • Beautifully mature with sweet, sun-drenched black currant, fig, roasted herb and loamy soil characteristics, the dark plum/garnet-colored 1982 possesses opulent, fleshy flavors and a full-bodied finish. All the tannins are resolved, the acidity is low and this deliciously savory, rich wine is in full bloom. Drink the complex, beautiful 1982 now and over the next decade.
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    Wine Advocate #183
    Jun 2009 Robert M. Parker, Jr. 94 Drink: 2009 - 2024 $202-$548
    One of the most drinkable, complex, and tasty 1982s of the northern Medoc, this wine is beginning to reach its plateau of full maturity. Still a dense ruby/purple color with some lightening at the edge, it offers up classic aromas of cedar wood, fruitcake, tobacco leaf, and creme de cassis. This full-bodied, opulent, fleshy, sexy Pauillac can be drunk now with great pleasure and complexity, or cellared for another 10-15 years. Release price: ($150.00/case)

    Wine Advocate #129
    Jun 2000 Robert M. Parker, Jr. 94 Drink: 2000 - 2015 $202-$548
    This is another Lynch Bages that has never gone through an awkward, disjointed stage where it completely shut down. The color remains a dense ruby with some lightening at the edge. Thick, juicy, succulent notes of creme de cassis intermixed with dried herbs, vanillin, minerals, and anise leap from the glass. Fleshy and full-bodied, with the vintage's voluptuous texture and low acid, fruit/glycerin-dominated flavors well-displayed in its full-bodied personality, this wine tastes young, but isalso ready to drink. Anticipated maturity: now-2015.

Tasting Notes
93
Red Bordeaux 1982 Palmer

1 Case 12 75cl £3,900
  • Tasted at Pebbles/Zachy’s 1982 dinner in Hong Kong. At thirty years of age, the Palmer 1982 still remains in the shadow of the 1983, although this is one of the best bottles that I have encountered. Yes, it remains a little fatigued on the nose but it is harmonious and nicely defined with that tincture of brine amongst the undergrowth. The palate is medium bodied and missing a little cohesion with age. But there is a pleasant sweet decayed core with a simple but fresh finish that would benefit from more vigour and persistency. Tasted November 2012.

Tasting Notes
89
Red Bordeaux 1982 Mouton Rothschild

2 Case 12 75cl £14,000
  • This wine remains one of the legends of Bordeaux. It has thrown off the backward, youthful style that existed during its first 25 years of life, and over the last 4-5 years has developed such secondary nuances as cedar and spice box. The creme de cassis, underlying floral note, full-bodied power, extraordinary purity, multilayered texture, and finish of over a minute are a showcase for what this Chateau accomplished in 1982. The wine is still amazingly youthful, vibrant, and pure. It appears capable of remaining fruity and vibrant in 2082! Thank God it is beginning to budge, as I would like to drink most of my supply before I kick the bucket. This is a great, still youthful wine, and, on occasion, one does understand the hierarchy of Bordeaux chateaux when you see the complexity and brilliance of this first-growth. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2050+

Tasting Notes
100
Red Bordeaux 1983 Latour

3 Bottle 75cl £360
  • 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
Red Bordeaux 1983 Cheval Blanc

3 Bottle 75cl £420
  • Rating

    94

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2015 - 2030

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    29th Jul 2016

    Source

    Interim End of July, The Wine Advocate

    The 1983 Cheval Blanc, which incidentally was served from magnum, has consistently been one of the standout wines of the vintage. Here is one of the finest examples that I have encountered. Sure, its age can no longer be disguised thanks to its tawny-rimmed hue, but the aromatics burst full of red fruit, cigar box, beef stock and tobacco scents that immediately capture your senses. The palate is medium-bodied and very well balanced, underpinned by a keen line of acidity. There is so much freshness here after 30 years and yet it does not begrudge or disguise its age. Even from magnum, you feel that it is approaching the end of its drinking plateau, however there is still so much pleasure to be gained. Maintaining its savory core of fruit and meatiness, this remains a wonderful Cheval Blanc. Tasted March 2015.

     

     

     

    This is a strong performance from the Cheval 1983, almost reaching the heights of the 1982. It retains that engaging, savory bouquet, the Cabernet Franc so expressive with mulberry, cloves and warm leather. Compared to the previous vintage it feels rustic, but it possesses the same degree of charm. The palate is medium-bodied with melted tannins. It feels very harmonious in the mouth, what you might describe as an "old school" Saint Emilion with a tobacco and game-inspired finish. Just a wonderful Cheval Blanc that is still drinking extremely well. Tasted February 2014.

    Wine Journal
    Sep 2011 Neal Martin 94 Drink 2011 - 2025 $424-$800
    Tasted at Cheval Blanc dinner at The Ledbury. This has long been one of my favourite vintages of Cheval Blanc, though recent bottles have not quite attained the ethereal heights of six or seven years ago. It has retained that complex nose with savoury fruit, fig, roasted chestnuts on a winter hearth and with time, there is a hint of iodine. The palate is medium-bodied, with raspberry, pomegranate, autumn leaves and a touch of Chinese tea. Very cohesive and impressive weight on a finish that I can only describe as ‘charismatic’. Drink now-2025. Tasted November 2010.

    Wine Journal
    May 2009 Neal Martin 96 Drink N/A $424-$800
    Tasted single blind at the Fine Wine Experience horizontal in London. A deep garnet core. A very well defined, herbaceous nose, with tobacco, chestnut, savoury fruit and a touch of dates. Quite complex and with very good vigour, the Cabernet Franc right in the (slightly bretty?) saddle. After thirty minutes, a lovely menthol character coming through. The palate is medium-bodied, very well balanced with fine tannins and superb acidity. Very well poised with great tension. Pure blackberry, raspberry, Chinese tea, tobacco and dried leaves. Lovely, elegant, very focused finish. Superb Cheval, multi-faceted if not as sophisticated as the ‘85. Tasted October 2008.

    Wine Journal
    Jan 2000 Neal Martin 95-97 Drink N/A $424-$800
    First tasted at Chez Nico with "BK Vik" in December 2001: lucid amber rim. Rich, roasted chestnuts and herbs on nose. Forward with mature expressive tannins. Very open and expressive. Less depth and structure than the 1982 but more sophisticated. Moderate acidity with a bitter cherry/leathery finish. Drink now. Certainly a lovely wine. Even better in May 2004 - a show stopping nose of herbs, chestnuts and leather. Very intense aromas which just builds in the glass. The palate is pure cabernet franc: quite meaty, savory with a touch of fig. Very harmonious and smooth. Probably approaching its peak. Irresistible wine. In December 2004: a rich, fleshy, sumptuous nose. Meaty with roasted chestnuts. Dominated by the Cabernet Franc. Very complex. Becoming more herbal with hints of espresso coffee. Very harmonious on the palate. Smooth texture. Lovely balance. Suave, quite ostentatious, fleshy and meaty. Very savory with mocha, leather and a touch of soy. Fabulous Cheval drinking perfectly now. July 2005 A deep garnet core with ruby rim. The nose is wonderful: very intense, very Cabernet Franc with roasted herbs and undergrowth. The palate is full-bodied and beautifully balanced, as warm an inviting as a log-fire on a winters night. Open-knit, slightly grainy in texture with notes of mocha, dried herbs and cooked meats. Faded a little in the glass. Probably at its peak, this is still one of my favourite Cheval Blancs of the 1980's. Tasted July 2005.

Tasting Notes
94
Red Bordeaux 1983 Latour

1 Case 12 75cl £4,500
  • 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
Red Bordeaux 1983 Mouton Rothschild

1 Bottle 75cl £290
  • 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
Vintage Port 1983 Fonseca

4 Case 12 75cl £650
  • 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 1983 Haut Brion

2 Bottle 75cl £285
  • Tasted at lunch at La Trompette. I have always had a soft spot for the Haut-Brion 1983 as one of the “friendliest” of the First Growths. Though not a top-tier Haut-Brion, the 1983 has developed a fine earthy, leathery bouquet that is similar to the ’86 but without the same vigour or complexity. The palate is very harmonious with a citrus-tinged entry, its lack of depth and length compensated by poise and tension. Sandalwood, cedar and a touch of truffle and smoke towards the finish. Lovely. A point. Drink now-2010. Tasted July 2010.

    Wine Journal
    May 2009 NEAL MARTIN 92 Drink 2009 - 2015 $288-$477
    Tasted at the “First Growth” lunch in London. Compared to Latour, Haut-Brion wins hands down. Similar to the bottles back in 2003, it has lots of dried herbs on the nose: thyme and a touch of rosemary. Cedar and pencil-lead, then with time an unusual scent of peppermint emerges (indeed, it has semblances to a Pauillac.) The palate is medium-bodied with good vigour, notes of blackberry and leather coupled with a smooth, harmonious texture. A touch of dryness creeping in towards the finish, perhaps just a little leafy and not great depth, but it does have some lovely smoked meat flavours towards the finish and it lingers quite seductively. It is one of those wines where less is more. Drink now-2015+ Tasted October 2008.

    Wine Journal
    May 2009 NEAL MARTIN 89 Drink 2009 - 2012 $288-$477
    Tasted single blind at the Fine Wine Experience horizontal in London. This has a moderate garnet core. Good lift on the nose, if not particularly complex upon acquaintance. Deserves some time, notes of briary, a touch of black olive, a hint of dark chocolate but all quite restrained and tightly coiled, lacking the complexity of Gruaud ‘83. The palate is medium-bodied, good acidity, very natural and elegant. Fully mature, vibrant, nice poise once again and very fresh – this wine really begs you to take another sip. Not a great deal of depth but the tannins seem very fine on the finish with a touch of sour cherry on the aftertaste. Fades a little in the glass. Drink now-2012. Tasted October 2008.

    Wine Journal
    NEAL MARTIN 91-93 Drink 2003 $288-$477
    First tasted in March 2001: mature expressive savory nose with notes of cedar and pencil-lead. Quite sharp acidity - quite a "kick" on the palate. Not as complex as say 1975: its quality above Latour but below Mouton for this vintage. Cranberry and spice on the finish. Drinking very well now. A lovely bottle at Braidwoods in October 2003: This bottle on the other hand was singing. A spicy, slightly bretty nose that complements the wine rather than dominates it. The palate is open and expressive, well-balanced and vigorous. It lacks the complexity of the 1982 or the structure of the 1986, but it is harmonious and classic Bordeaux: pencil-lead and cigar-box with a smoky finish. Drinking now.

Tasting Notes
91
Red Bordeaux 1984 Haut Brion

1 Bottle 75cl £275£225
  • Rating

    84

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    1988

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    1st Jan 1998

    Source

    Bordeaux Book, 3rd Edition, The Wine Advocate

    The medium-bodied 1984 Haut-Brion is attractively perfumed with mineral scents, tobacco, and ripe fruit, and has surprisingly good depth and length. It is not at all a big wine, but is soft, creamy, and ideal for drinking young.

Tasting Notes
84
Red Bordeaux 1985 Latour

1 Bottle 75cl £390
  • Score: 88 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

    Score: 87 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (3), November 1998

    Score: 88 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (129), June 2000

    This wine was tasted from my personal collection, following the Latour tasting. The 1985 Latour is a soft, open-knit example, without much structure, delineation, and depth. The dark ruby color displays amber at the edge. The bouquet of tobacco, black fruits, herbs, earth, and new oak is pleasant, but neither intense nor persistent. The wine is medium-bodied, with sweet fruit on the attack, but it narrows out to reveal dry tannin and herbaceous notes. Anticipated maturity: now-2012.

    Score: 88 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (129), April 2000

    Score: 94 James Suckling, Wine Spectator, August 2000

    Almost as great as the 1982. Dense and luscious with amazingly deep plum, blackberry and chocolate aromas and flavors. Full-bodied and full tannins. A wine with a terrific future. Try after 1998.--The Bordeaux 50. (JS) 95points

      James Suckling, Wine Spectator

Tasting Notes
88
Red Bordeaux 1985 La Mission Haut Brion

[Duty Paid]

1 Bottle 75cl £240
  • As this wine sat in the glass aerating, I began having some doubts about whether it merited a low-90s point score. I think it does, but the fact that it deteriorated more quickly than some of its siblings (even those from more challenging vintages) gave me pause. Nevertheless, I have to assume that most people will decant all of these wines (as I did) and consume them within an hour of opening. On that basis, this 1985 is clearly a low-90 point wine. The problem is that for the most part, 1985 does not have that extra level of concentration possessed by the great vintages. However, it offers a softness to go along with the fragility of the wines as most 1985s, including this La Mission-Haut-Brion, are fully mature. A dark plum/garnet color reveals a pinkish lightening at the edge, and the bouquet reveals plenty of smoke, camphor, charcoal, graphite, sweet kirsch and blacker fruit aromas intermixed with meaty, sauteed mushroom, cedar and spicy notes. The lovely aromatics are followed by flavors that do not quite match the intensity of the bouquet, a sign of a fully mature wine. This medium-bodied effort has plenty of glycerin, low acidity and not a trace of tannin. While not terribly generous, it is a soft, round, charming, delicious, very good La Mission, but not a great one. Drink it over the next decade.

    Score: 92 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (202), August 2012

Tasting Notes
92
Red Bordeaux 1985 Pape Clement

[Duty Paid]

2 Bottle 150cl £180
  • Rating

    87

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    1st Jan 1998

    Source

    Bordeaux Book, 3rd Edition, The Wine Advocate

    The 1985, the best Pape-Clement since the 1975, is a fragrant, supple, tasty wine with a great deal of finesse and charm. It is deeply concentrated, medium bodied, long, and complex. 

Tasting Notes
87
Vintage Port 1985 Dow's

2 Case 12 75cl £550
  • A fine, classic Dow nose with notes of cloves, raisin and a touch of fig. Not incredibly complex but refined and inviting. The palate is sweet and fleshy, again cloves, red-berried fruit, a touch of spice and dates towards the finish. Moderate weight, certainly not and imposing, alcoholic Dow, but refined with great elegance and refinement. Drink now-2035 Tasted September 2007.

Tasting Notes
92
Vintage Port 1985 Offley Boa Vista

1 Case 12 75cl £320
Italy 1985 Solaia

1 Bottle 75cl £225£190
  • The 1985 Solaia kicks off a flight of Early Classics. I have had the 1985 twice recently and it has always been impressive. It is also very much a wine of its era, which is to say if anything, it is too polished. This was an era in which wines were squeaky-clean. Well-stored bottles still have plenty of fruit although further upside appears to be limited.

    -- Antonio Galloni94Antonio Galloni2013 - 2023Not AvailableDec 2013

     

Tasting Notes
94
Champagne 1985 Bollinger Grande Annee

2 Bottle 75cl £195
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
White Bordeaux 1986 Yquem

1 Case 12 75cl £2,800
  • ROBERT PARKER: 98

     

    NEAL MARTIN: 95

     

    JANCIS ROBINSON: 17.5

     

    WINE SPECTATOR: 83

    DECANTER:

    With greater evidence of botrytis than the colossal 1983, but less power and alcohol, the 1986 d'Yquem tastes reminiscent of the 1975, only more precocious. Several highly respected Bordeaux negociants who are d'Yquem enthusiasts had claimed the 1986 d'Yquem was the greatest wine produced at the property since the legendary 1937. However, after the release of the 1988 they concluded that the 1988 surpassed even the 1986. The 1986's enthralling bouquet of pineapples, sauteed hazelnuts, vanillin, and ripe apricots is breathtaking. Compellingly concentrated, its breadth as well as depth of flavor seemingly know no limits. This full-bodied, powerful, yet impeccably elegant d'Yquem should provide memorable drinking for 40-55 more years. Anticipated maturity: 2000-2040. Last tasted, 7/93.| Wine Advocate.August, 1993

Tasting Notes
98
Red Bordeaux 1986 Lafite Rothschild

1 Bottle 75cl £800
  • Parker The 1986 possesses outstanding richness, a deep color, medium body, a graceful, harmonious texture, and superb length. The penetrating fragrance of cedar, chestnuts, minerals, and rich fruit is a hallmark of this wine. Powerful, dense, rich, and tannic, as well as medium to full-bodied, with awesome extraction of fruit, this Lafite has immense potential. Patience is required. Anticipated maturity: 2000-2030

  • The 1986 possesses outstanding richness, a deep color, medium body, a graceful, harmonious texture, and superb length. The penetrating fragrance of cedar, chestnuts, minerals, and rich fruit is a hallmark of this wine. Powerful, dense, rich, and tannic, as well as medium to full-bodied, with awesome extraction of fruit, this Lafite has immense potential. Patience is required. (Taken from the Bordeaux Book, 3rd Edition)

    Score: 100

    Robert Parker, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2000-203001 January 1998

    The 1986 possesses outstanding richness, a deep color, medium body, a graceful, harmonious texture, and superb length. The penetrating fragrance of cedar, chestnuts, minerals, and rich fruit is a hallmark of this wine. Powerful, dense, rich, and tannic, as well as medium to full-bodied, with awesome extraction of fruit, this Lafite has immense potential. Patience is required.

    Score: 100

    Robert Parker, 'Bordeaux' 3rd Ed. Maturity: 2000-203001 January 1998

Tasting Notes
100
Australia 1986 Penfolds Grange

3 Bottle 75cl £425
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    One of my favorite wines from Penfolds, the 1986 (a blend of 87% Shiraz and 13% Cabernet Sauvignon) is one of the most powerful Granges produced (14+% alcohol). At age 23, it reminds me of the way it tasted around 9 years of age. Inky/purple to the rim with an extraordinary perfume of sweet licorice, crushed pepper, blackberry liqueur, camphor, and barbecue spices, this sensationally full-bodied, concentrated, layered 1986 is still an infant in terms of its ultimate potential. It is remarkable how this wine has aged, and it’s hard to believe how certain wine geeks will subscribe to the aging ability of the Grange, but don’t believe the same is true for other old vine Shiraz wines from the Barossa and McLaren Vale. It just doesn’t make any sense. The 1986 is one of the greatest Granges for my palate, and it appears to still have 25-30 years of upside. (98+ points)

    Score: 98

    Robert Parker, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2009-2039

Tasting Notes
98
Red Bordeaux 1986 Lagrange

[Duty Paid repack]

4 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 Lagrange

11 Bottle 75cl £75
  • 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
Red Bordeaux 1986 Leoville Las Cases

1 Case 12 75cl £3,400
  • Tasting Notes

    The late Michel Delon always thought that this was the greatest vintage he had produced. We often tasted it side by side with the 1982, because I always preferred the latter vintage. Of course, the two vintages are quite different in style, with the 1986 a monument to classicism, with great tannin, extraordinary delineation, and a huge, full-bodied nose of sweet, ripe cassis fruit intermixed with vanilla, melon, fruitcake, and a multitude of spices. The wine has always been phenomenally concentrated, yet wonderfully fresh and vigorous. The wine still seems young, yet it is hard to believe it is not close to full maturity. It is a great example of Leoville Las Cases, and another compelling reason to take a serious look at the top Cabernet Sauvignon-based Medocs of 1986. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2035. Last tasted, 9/02.

Tasting Notes
100
White Bordeaux 1986 Coutet Cuvee Madame

[Duty Paid]

1 Bottle 75cl £130
  • Rating

    96

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    1997 - 2020

    Reviewed by

     Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    1st Jan 1998

    Source

    Bordeaux Book, 3rd Edition, The Wine Advocate

    This unbelievably decadent, unctuous Cuvee Madame has the type of extract (but without the overlay of heavy, toasty oak) that one normally finds only in a great vintage of d’Yquem. The wine is much less evolved than the regular cuvee of Coutet. At the moment, it is crammed with honeyed tropical fruit that comes across in a powerful format. This is an enormously rich, almost overwhelmingly intense Barsac that needs another decade to begin to reveal its subtleties and complexities. It is mind-blowing! Anticipated maturity: Now-2020. Last tasted, 3/97

Tasting Notes
96
White Bordeaux 1987 Yquem

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1 Bottle 300cl £750£725
  • Rating

    88

    Release Price

    $125

    Drink Date

    1993 - 2010

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    23rd Aug 1993

    Source

    88, The Wine Advocate

Tasting Notes
88
Red Bordeaux 1988 Latour

1 Bottle 75cl £375
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    The best showing yet for a wine from this under-rated vintage, the dark garnet-colored 1988 Latour reveals slight amber at the edge. A bouquet of melted tar, plums, black currants, cedar, and underbrush is followed by a sweet entry, with medium to full body, excellent ripeness, and mature tannin. It is a classic, elegant Latour with more meaty, vegetable-like flavors than are found in a riper year, such as 1989 and 1990. The 1988 has just begun to enter its plateau of maturity, where it should remain for 25 years. Anticipated maturity: now-2025

     

Tasting Notes
91
White Bordeaux 1989 Yquem

1 Case 12 75cl £2,650
  • Score: 98 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003 The favorite sweet wine of millionaires, Chateau d'Yquem has, not unexpectedly, turned in a brilliant effort with their newly released 1989. It is a large-scaled, massively rich, unctuously-textured wine that should evolve effortlessly for a half century or more. It does not reveal the compelling finesse and complexity of the 1988 or 1986, but it is a far heavier, richer wine than either of those vintages. It is reminiscent of the 1976, with additional fat and glycerin. The wine is extremely alcoholic and rich, with a huge nose of smoky, honey-covered coconuts and overripe pineapples and apricots. As with most young vintages of Yquem, the wine's structure is barely noticeable. These wines are so highly extracted and rich yet approachable young, it is difficult to believe they will last for 50 or more years. The 1989 is the richest Yquem made in the eighties, and it has an edge in complexity over the powerhouse 1983. It remains to be seen whether this wine will develop the extraordinary aromatic complexity possessed by the promising 1988 and 1986 Yquems. Last tasted 11/97 Score: 97

Tasting Notes
98
Red Bordeaux 1989 Angelus

1 Case 6 75cl £2,200
  • A great Angélus and one of the two or three best wines of the vintage made under the talented young Hubert de Bouard, this wine still has a youthful, saturated ruby/purple color and a sweet nose of melted licorice intermixed with crème de cassis, tapenade, cedar, spice box, and vanilla. Very full-bodied, opulent, and rich, it is one of the 1989s that justifies the lofty reputation of the vintage. Extremely thick, this wine can be drunk now or cellared for at least another 10-15 years.

    Score: 96 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

    The 1989 possesses a huge finish, with more noticeable tannin than in the 1990. Picking a favorite between these two fabulous examples of their respective vintages is - for me - presently impossible. I will probably end up drinking the 1990 before the 1989, but both are 25-30 year wines, with the 1989 possibly reaching full maturity in 5-6 years and the 1990 needing several more years of cellaring. Last tasted, 11/96.

    Score: 96 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (3), November 1998

    Tasted at Farr Vintners’ vertical from ex-chateau magnum. One of the finest vintages made at the estate, the Chateau Angelus 1989 has a very intense, powerful bouquet with blackberry, cedar, cooked meat and a little Christmas cake. Whereas the 1990 gives you everything up front, the 1989 is far more coquettish and takes time to unfold. The palate is very smooth on the entry, beautifully balanced with filigree tannins. There is an edginess to the 1989, much more feminine with a touch of truffle, coca and pepper on the finish. Wonderful, a wine at its peak, although it shows no signs of flagging. Tasted October 2011. Drink 2015-2035.

    Score: 97
     

Tasting Notes
97
Red Bordeaux 1989 Angelus

[Duty Paid]

5 Bottle 75cl £360
  • A great Angélus and one of the two or three best wines of the vintage made under the talented young Hubert de Bouard, this wine still has a youthful, saturated ruby/purple color and a sweet nose of melted licorice intermixed with crème de cassis, tapenade, cedar, spice box, and vanilla. Very full-bodied, opulent, and rich, it is one of the 1989s that justifies the lofty reputation of the vintage. Extremely thick, this wine can be drunk now or cellared for at least another 10-15 years.

    Score: 96 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

    The 1989 possesses a huge finish, with more noticeable tannin than in the 1990. Picking a favorite between these two fabulous examples of their respective vintages is - for me - presently impossible. I will probably end up drinking the 1990 before the 1989, but both are 25-30 year wines, with the 1989 possibly reaching full maturity in 5-6 years and the 1990 needing several more years of cellaring. Last tasted, 11/96.

    Score: 96 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (3), November 1998

    Tasted at Farr Vintners’ vertical from ex-chateau magnum. One of the finest vintages made at the estate, the Chateau Angelus 1989 has a very intense, powerful bouquet with blackberry, cedar, cooked meat and a little Christmas cake. Whereas the 1990 gives you everything up front, the 1989 is far more coquettish and takes time to unfold. The palate is very smooth on the entry, beautifully balanced with filigree tannins. There is an edginess to the 1989, much more feminine with a touch of truffle, coca and pepper on the finish. Wonderful, a wine at its peak, although it shows no signs of flagging. Tasted October 2011. Drink 2015-2035.

    Score: 97
     

Tasting Notes
97
Red Bordeaux 1989 Talbot

2 Case 6 75cl £475
  • The 1989 Talbot has fine attack on the nose: red cherries, bergamot tea and pressed rose petals developing from the glass, maybe they just miss the cohesion and sophistication of the 1986. The palate is medium-bodied with rather harsh, edgy tannin. Notes of black tea and tobacco infused the red fruit with a grainy -textured finish that shows just a touch of dryness on the aftertaste that makes me think it might be better to crack this open sooner rather than later.

    -- Neal Martin 88 Neal Martin 2019 - 2030 Not Available Oct 2019

Tasting Notes
88
Rhone Avril 1990 CNDP Clos des Papes

[Duty Paid]

1 Case 12 75cl £2,400
  • From a fabulous vintage, the 1990 is one of the greatest offerings from Clos des Papes. This was the last vintage vinified with 100% stems, and the result is a full-bodied, opulent, sweet, multidimensional, expansive Chateauneuf du Pape. It has hit its plateau of maturity, where it should rest for 10-15 years. Terrific! 

    Importer: Alain Junguenet, Wines of France, Mountainside, NJ; tel. (908) 654-6173
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    Jan 1997 Robert M. Parker, Jr. 94 Drink: 2000 - 2015 $270-$588
    The 1990 is Avril's finest wine since his terrific 1978. It exhibits an impressive opaque, dark ruby/purple color, a pronounced nose of sweet cassis and black-cherry fruit, an attractive, expansive sweetness and ripeness on the palate, and a powerful, long finish, with plenty of tannin, glycerin, and alcohol. This wine, a classic, authoritatively flavored wine, is much more backward than many 1990s. Anticipated maturity: 2000-2015. Last tasted 6/96.

    Wine Advocate #103
    Feb 1996 Robert M. Parker, Jr. 93 Drink: 1996 - 2007 $270-$588
    These classic Chateauneuf du Papes need considerable cellaring. I always like to challenge my own opinions and, yes, both wines require 4-6 more years of patience. They may be impressive, but they are, but they are

    Wine Advocate #83
    Oct 1992 Robert M. Parker, Jr. 92 Drink: 1996 - 2007 $270-$588 (25)
    The 1990 red Chateauneuf du Pape is Avril's finest wine since his terrific 1978. It exhibits an impressive opaque, dark ruby/purple color, a pronounced nose of sweet cassis and black-cherry fruit, an attractive, expansive, sweetness and ripeness on the palate, and a powerful, long finish, with plenty of tannin, glycerin, and alcohol. This wine is much more backward than many 1990s, and would benefit from 4-5 years of cellaring. A classic, authoritatively flavored wine, it should age gracefully for 12-15 years.

    Proprietor Paul Avril is one of Chateauneuf du Pape's most visible and articulate winemakers. While his wines are among the most classic examples of the appellation, they are also among the least flattering to taste when young. In top years, such as 1989 and 1990, they are meant to last for 15-20 years. 

Tasting Notes
96
Red Bordeaux 1990 Beychevelle

1 Case 12 75cl £875
  • Rating

    84

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    NA

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    30th Jun 2009

    Source

    183, The Wine Advocate

    Although better than I initially rated it, the 1990 Beychevelle remains an insipid wine, exhibiting a certain dilution and shallow character. It offers herbal, earthy, raspberry, and red currant fruit followed by elevated tannins in the austere finish. It is an atypical effort for the 1990 vintage. Release price: ($215.00/case)

Tasting Notes
84
Rhone Brunel, Andre 1990 CNDP Les Cailloux Cuvee Centenaire

[Duty Paid]

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
Italy 1990 Biondi Santi, Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Greppo

1 Bottle 75cl £650

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