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Region Producer Vintagesort descending Name Qty Unit Case Format Price Note Rating
Champagne NV Taittinger Prelude Grands Crus

3 Case 6 75cl £175
90
California Jonata NV Miel Jonata

4 Bottle 50cl £30
Champagne NV Salon Le Mesnil Oenotheque Assortment

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

1 Case 7 75cl £5,850
  • [1 magnum 2008; 2 bottles 2007; 2 bottles 2006; 2 bottles 2004]

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English GIN NV Linden Leaf Gin '88' 43% abv - IWSC SILVER

[In Bond]

10 Case 6 50cl £147
  • International Wine & Spirits Competition - SILVER Medal Winner!

    Gin 88 is an organic, molecular gin with a superb, layered perfume and an immensely long flavour profile.

    Gin 88 demonstrates the complex end of our molecular approach to flavour crafting. It has 88 separate molecular notes derived from 28 key botanicals, including yuzu, calamansi, grains of paradise and Aztec sweet herb, all built around a core of subtle, organic juniper.

    The result is an incredible, multi-layered perfume: from heady high notes of lemon zest and blossoms, through middle notes of pine and juniper and finally a warm, rich base of berries and citrus peppers, with hints of winter spice.

    Gin 88 is exceptionally flexible: enjoy it neat, on ice, paired with a gentle tonic, or in the very finest cocktails. 

    Linden Leaf
    Founded by three Cambridge scientists and engineers who share a passion for food and drink, Linden Leaf Botanicals makes award-winning organic gins and essences which are crafted and tuned at the molecular level.

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English GIN NV Linden Leaf Gin '8' 43% abv - IWSC GOLD

[In Bond]

10 Case 6 70cl £111
  • International Wine & Spirits Competition - GOLD Medal Winner 'Outstanding' !

    Gin 8 an organic molecular gin which is refreshing and summery, with a complex citrus perfume.

    Gin 8 demonstrates how molecular flavour tuning can make a harmonious blend of just 8 separate molecular notes. These are derived from 8 exotic botanicals, including Kaffir lime, yuzu and grains of paradise, layered over a core of subtle, organic juniper.

    The flavour and scent profile is led by lively kaffir lime and citrus zest, following through middle notes of juniper and watermelon and onto a base of warm orange flavours. Gin 8 is a very flexible spirit: enjoy it neat, on ice, paired with your favourite tonic, or in the very finest cocktails.

     

    Linden Leaf
    Founded by three Cambridge scientists and engineers who share a passion for food and drink, Linden Leaf Botanicals makes award-winning organic gins and essences which are crafted and tuned at the molecular level.

    SEE MORE INFO ON THIS SUPERB GIN HERE

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Champagne NV Bollinger PN VZ15

5 Case 6 75cl £350
  • A brand new 100% Pinot Noir cuvée, the first new wine from Bollinger since it went into rosé in 2008. Based on the 2015 vintage with reserve wines back to 2009. The principal cru is Verzenay although there are also wines from Aÿ, Bouzy and Tauxières in the blend. Each new edition will focus on a different cru. Good information on the back label. Very Bollinger (even more than Pinot Noir) on the nose, but livelier than the regular NV. Very fine texture and bead indeed on the palate. A little (not excessive) oaky note on the end. A very fine, elegant, well-integrated interpretation of Pinot Noir. Long peacock's-tail finish. Very accomplished. Though it's arguably too complex to be a suitable aperitif. A champagne for geeks?

    Score: 17+

    Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2020-202408 July 2020

    The presentation is brilliant and is reminiscent of the house's legendary blanc de noirs Bollinger ’Vieilles Vignes Françaises’….. A Verzenay blanc de noirs with sprinkles of Aÿ, Bouzy and Tauxières, where 50% of the wine comes from 2015 with reserve wines on magnum dating from 2009. Verzenay and Aÿ are, as you know, the dominant villages in Bollinger's vintage wines. Verzenay is often the chalky and mineral-rich backbone of Bollinger's vintage build-up. The wine is vibrantly fresh, mineral-driven and extremely pure. There is a clarity and sharpness that is outstanding, where gunpowder notes and aroma of grilled meat develop as the glass warms up slightly. I love this wine as it is a perfect creation from one of the most important villages in the whole of Champagne dominated by the aforementioned minerality, but also with notes of violet and red grapefruit so typical of Verzenay of the highest class. On aeration the scent develops more and more notes of pears, figs and freshly baked baguette and the taste develops towards peach and apricot jam. Personally, though, I will wait as long as I can before opening my own bottles to get the increasing depth of caramel and grilled hazelnut flavour that only time in the cellar can provide.

    Score: 95

    Richard Juhlin, Champagne Club 01 July 2020

    A fabulous Champagne, the NV PN VZ 15 is a new wine from Bollinger and the first addition to the range in over a decade. As the name implies, it is a 100% Pinot Noir built on a core of fruit from Verzenay and based on the 2015 vintage. Bollinger’s most iconic wine is of course the super-rare and expensive 100% Pinot Noir Vielles Vignes Françaises. A few years ago, Bollinger set out on a path to exalt the unique characteristics of their Pinot. For this project, the four leads of the winemaking team headed by Cellar Master Gilles Descôtes and Deputy Cellar Master Denis Bunner were tasked with each creating a new cuvée. The conditions: the wine had to be non-vintage, 100% Pinot Noir and possible to offer at both an affordable price and with some scale. The four wines were tasted blind and the winner is the new PN VZ 15, the first in a series of upcoming releases that will explore the many shades of Pinot at Bollinger. I tasted it recently with Bunner and General Manager Charles-Armand de Belenet and was super impressed. Bright and vibrant on the palate, the PN VZ 15 captures all of the Pinot richness that is such a Bollinger signature but with the freshness and verve that make Pinots from Verzenay so distinctive. Rich red fruit, mint, dried flower and spice notes play off bright acids and veins of saline-drenched minerals in a display of aromas, flavors and textures that dazzle all the senses. Think of it as a baby VVF, but with the tension of Verzenay. The blend is approximately 50% Verzenay and 50% Aÿ, Bouzy and Louvois, done about half in steel and half in oak. This release is based on the 2015 vintage (50% of the blend), with reserve wines that go back to 2009, including 20% from the reserve magnums Bollinger is so famous for. This bottle was disgorged in November 2019 and dosage is 7 grams per liter, about average for Bollinger today. As I have written before, many of Champagne’s big houses have embraced the ambitious spirit of grower Champagne with their recent bottlings, wines that often place more emphasis on variety and place than the flagship blended cuvées that are the core of what Champagne has represented in the past. This is yet another example. The new PN VZ 15 is superb, and sharply priced as well, something that is not often the case with new grande marque Champagnes these days. Don’t miss it.

    Score: 94

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com Maturity: 2020-2030

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95
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

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Vintage Port 1924 Warre

[excellent level - 1cm above join of neck - Duty Paid]

1 Bottle 75cl £1,100£950
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

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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
Red Burgundy Remoissenet Pere & Fils 1959 Clos Vougeot

[owc - library release]

1 Case 3 150cl £2,850
  • Remoissenet Père et Fils
    1959
    Clos de Vougeot
    Grand Cru Red Magnum
    Score: 92
    Tasted: May 02, 2012
    Drink: Now
     
    Tasting note: A fully mature but not post-mature nose that is clearly very ripe offers up aromas warm earth, sous-bois, very subtle spice hints and an interesting sauvage note that also infuses the rich, full, delicious and relatively powerful broad-shouldered flavors that possess good mid-palate density and natural sweetness yet finish with outstanding intensity and just a bit of the classic austerity of a typical Clos de Vougeot. Note that because the reviews of this wine from 750 ml format (see herein) were recently released by Remoissenet, they actually drank as well as the same wine from magnum that had not been as pristinely stored.
     

Tasting Notes
92
Vintage Port 1963 Dow's

1 Bottle 75cl £150£135
Red Bordeaux 1964 Latour a Pomerol

1 Bottle 75cl £320
Vintage Port 1969 Graham's Single Harvest Tawny Port

2 Case 4 75cl £850
  • Rating

    91

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2014

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    28th Aug 2014

    Source

    214, The Wine Advocate

    The 1969 Single Harvest Tawny is a small release of just six casks. Despite being older than the 1982, here it actually exhibits more intensity on the nose with leather, mandarin, white pepper, chlorophyll and lightly oxidative aromas. The palate is very well-balanced and focused, with a pleasant viscosity and a lightly honeyed, walnut and balsamic-tinged finish. This is a little gem. Drink now.

     

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91
Red Bordeaux 1970 Haut Brion

1 Bottle 150cl £850
  • MAGNUM Rating 92 Drink Date 2015 - 2025

    Neal Martin Issue Date 29th Jul 2016

    The 1970 Château Haut-Brion is a First Growth that has probably been over-shadowed by the Latour 1970 during its lifetime. However, this bottle proves that it is not to be underestimated; it highlights the glaring gap that exists between itself and another First Growth, the 1970 Château Margaux that I tasted alongside. There is plenty of vigor on the nose with dashing red berry fruit, cedar and black olive - just very Haut-Brion.The palate is medium-bodied, well balanced and fresh, nothing over-ambitious, just a Claret in the traditional sense of the word that gently builds towards a sous-bois dominated finish. This is an excellent showing, stout and a little austere, and you could argue an Haut-Brion with its peak in its wing-mirrors. Yet good bottles such as this will continue to offer pleasure for another decade. Tasted June 2015.

Tasting Notes
92
Red Bordeaux 1975 Palmer

1 Bottle 150cl £390
  • Rating

    90

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2001 - 2016

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    23rd Feb 1996

    Source

    103, The Wine Advocate

    The 1975 Palmer has consistently been one of the top wines of the vintage. The color remains a dark ruby with no signs of amber. The wine reveals plenty of sweet fruit in the fragrant bouquet. Although more tannic than most top vintages of Palmer, this is a full-bodied, rich, concentrated wine with the vintage's toughness and high tannin well-displayed. Yet I believe it possesses enough sweet fruit and extract to stand up to the tannin. Shockingly, the most developed bottle of 1975 Palmer I have tasted was from an Imperial several years ago. From my cellar, the wine is still very young, and in need of another 5-7 years of cellaring. It has another 20+ years of evolution.

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90
Vintage Port 1977 Fonseca

[Duty Paid]

1 Case 12 75cl £1,695
  • 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.

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93
Vintage Port 1977 Croft

[Duty Paid]

1 Case 12 75cl £790£750
Madeira 1977 Blandy's Bual

[original gift box]

1 Bottle 75cl £95
Red Bordeaux 1978 Lafite Rothschild

[Duty Paid]

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

2 Bottle 75cl £950
  • 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)

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100
Red Burgundy Leroy 1978 Vosne Romanee 1er Cru

1 Case 6 75cl £5,850
  • Maison Leroy release: Bricked completely through to the center. Despite the total bricking, there is still a sense of freshness to the wonderfully spicy and expressive nose that is now largely dominated by sous bois-infused aromas and this sense of vibrancy continues onto the minerally and beautifully detailed flavors that finish with first rate complexity and excellent length. If there is a nit, it's that the is a very subtle touch of dryness that does not pose a problem over the next few years but probably will in time. This is a really impressive effort that is very Vosne in character. Tasted three times with consistent results.

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93
Champagne 1979 Krug

2 Bottle 75cl £925
Champagne 1979 Henriot Reserve Baron Philippe de Rothschild

2 Bottle 75cl £275
White Bordeaux 1981 Yquem

1 Case 12 75cl £2,800
Champagne 1981 Henriot Reserve Baron Philippe de Rothschild

2 Bottle 75cl £275£225
Champagne 1982 Salon Le Mesnil

1 Bottle 75cl £1,100
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.

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100
Red Bordeaux 1984 Haut Brion

1 Bottle 75cl £275
  • 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.

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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 Lafite Rothschild

[Duty Paid]

1 Bottle 75cl £550
  • The 1985 Lafite should be better, but for followers of fashion, its star-studded price will fetch you a moderately intense, cedary, woody, herb-and-leather-scented bouquet, and attractive, very forward and developed flavors displayed in a medium-bodied format. The finish is softly tannic and after a pensive sip, one is likely to ask, Is this all there is?

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87
Red Bordeaux 1985 La Mission Haut Brion

[Duty Paid]

1 Bottle 75cl £220
  • 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

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92
Champagne 1985 Bollinger Grande Annee

2 Bottle 75cl £215
Champagne 1985 Dom Perignon Rose

1 Bottle 150cl £1,450

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