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Château Mouton Rothschild

"Tasted from magnum and presented by Baron Philippe Sereys de Rothschild, the 1989 Château Mouton-Rothschild might not reach the ethereal heights of the 1982 or 1986, but it is certainly a lovely Claret. It has an attractive, slightly leafy bouquet armed with cedar and pencil lead. There is less fruit concentration than I expected, resolutely classic, slightly austere Bordeaux. The palate follows suit. What it lacks in substance it compensates with in balance and personality. This is an understated Mouton-Rothschild that is probably at its peak, although I envisage this offering another two decades of pleasure. Whilst this showing did not replicate some glorious bottles in the past, it remains a very fine Claret that may not be inclined to improve any further. Tasted February 2016." - Neal Martin

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1 case in transit – arriving shortly

1989 12 x 75cl 1 IB
OWC
£4,275.00
  • €5,061.60
  • $5,322.38
  • $HK41,300.78

(approx)

93 NM Buy
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Domaine Leflaive, Bienvenues Batard Montrachet Grand Cru

"This notches up the ripeness just a touch more yet there are only the barest hints of exoticism to the peach, apricot, pear and acacia blossom aromas that display a top note of citrus zest. This is a classic Bâtard in the sense of being big, bold and powerful with imposingly-scaled flavors that coat the palate with dry extract before terminating in a massively long and borderline painfully intense finish. To be sure, this is a big wine yet it remains light on its feet with no undue sense of being top heavy. Indeed the balance is perfect though note that patience will be required. Marvelous." - Allen Meadows

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1 case in stock
2 cases in transit – arriving shortly

2010 6 x 75cl 3 IB
OWC
£2,175.00
  • €2,575.20
  • $2,707.88
  • $HK21,012.68

(approx)

96 AM Buy
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Château Hosanna

"This is an absolutely spectacular effort from Christian Moueix’s tiny jewel in Pomerol – Hosanna. An extraordinary nose of blue and black fruits, floral notes, licorice, and truffle soars from the glass of this dense purple wine. A blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, this wine often has the most complex set of aromatics of any Pomerol. Velvety tannins, a multi-dimensional mouthfeel, and stunning finish give this full-bodied, extravagantly rich wine accessibility now, but it is certainly capable of lasting 25 or more years. Sadly, there are only 1,200 cases of this." - Robert Parker

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2 cases in stock

2005 6 x 75cl 2 IB
OWC
£950.00
  • €1,124.80
  • $1,182.75
  • $HK9,177.95

(approx)

98 RP Buy
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Opus One

"The 2006 comes across as a bigger, more structured wine than the 2007. The tannins are bolder, more dramatic, and more present. The wine displays impressive depth, not the velvety elegance of the 2007, but is a more muscular wine that begs for 2-3 years of cellaring and should drink well for 20-25 years." - Robert Parker

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2 cases in stock

2006 6 x 75cl 2 IB
OWC
£1,500.00
  • €1,776.00
  • $1,867.50
  • $HK14,491.50

(approx)

93+ RP Buy
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Château de Beaucastel, Hommage a Jacques Perrin

'Potentially the wine of the vintage, the 2009 Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape Hommage a Jacques Perrin had just been bottled two weeks before my visit. A wine of extraordinary density, richness, precision and unreal flavor intensity, it reveals abundant gamey, meaty notes intermixed with smoked duck, Provencal herbs, blueberries, blackberries, kirsch and licorice. This loaded, multidimensional, massively concentrated 2009 is much softer than most Hommages. It should be drinkable in 3-4 years and keep for 30-40 years thereafter. Kudos to one of the world’s great winemaking families! ' - Robert Parker

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1 case in stock

2009 3 x 75cl 1 IB
OWC
£790.00
  • €935.36
  • $983.55
  • $HK7,632.19

(approx)

99 RP Buy
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Château Pichon Lalande

"What sumptuous pleasures await those who purchase either the 1996 or 1995 Pichon-Lalande. It is hard to choose a favorite, although the 1995 is a smoother, more immediately sexy and accessible wine. It is an exquisite example of Pichon-Lalande with the Merlot component giving the wine a coffee/chocolatey/cherry component to go along with the Cabernet Sauvignon's and Cabernet Franc's complex blackberry/cassis fruit. The wine possesses an opaque black/ruby/purple color, and sexy, flamboyant aromatics of pain grille, black fruits, and cedar. Exquisite on the palate, this full-bodied, layered, multidimensional wine should prove to be one of the vintage's most extraordinary success stories. Anticipated maturity: 2001-2020.

The 1995/1996 vintages are two of the greatest back to back efforts Pichon-Lalande has ever produced, including the 1982/1983 vintages." - Robert Parker

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1 case in stock

1995 12 x 75cl 1 IB
OWC
£2,100.00
  • €2,486.40
  • $2,614.50
  • $HK20,288.10

(approx)

96 RP Buy
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Château Ducru Beaucaillou

"The 1996 Ducru Beaucaillou was picked from 23 September until 8 October, a blend of 25% Merlot and 75% Cabernet Sauvignon. It has evolved a very pure bouquet, almost Burgundy-like, with macerated red cherries and red plum, tobacco, leather and bay leaf. This 1996 seems a little more forward than others, perhaps more 1995 in style, but it is bestowed one of the most seductive and sensual aromatics of the vintage. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, crisp acidity, moving firmly into secondary stage with hints of leather, game and allspice. This is a Ducru Beaucaillou that has resolved to give pleasure at 20 years and not sooner. Hints of Hoisin develop on the finish with Chinese Five-Spice and leave you wanting more. Enjoy this now and over the next 15-20 years. (Incidentally, Bruno Borie poured another bottle that had been decanted and it was astonishingly different. The decanted version, perhaps against expectation, seemed firmer, sharper and more masculine, more "1996" if you like, perhaps revealing the true Ducru Beaucaillou.) Tasted July 2016." - Neal Martin

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1 case in stock

1996 12 x 75cl 1 IB
OWC
£2,000.00
  • €2,368.00
  • $2,490.00
  • $HK19,322.00

(approx)

93 NM Buy
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Château Margaux

"The 1988 Chateau Margaux is a wine that was always overshadowed by the succeeding pair of vintages and like many 1988s, appeared rather conservative and lacked flair. However, I was gobsmacked by the performance of this wine at 28 years of age. Deep and clean in color, the bouquet is quintessentially Chateau Margaux with blackberry, potpourri, cedar and violets. It has wonderful clarity. The palate is medium-bodied, fresh as a daisy on the entry with a killer line of acidity that offsets those vibrant black and red fruits. There is energy here, vivacity, as if this Château Margaux suddenly realized its true potential after all these years. While it does not possess the length of the 1989 or 1990, there is such pleasure bound into this wine that you care little about that. Maybe I underestimated this wine for many years or perhaps it is a simple case of a "late bloomer." While the 1988 might not belong in the top echelons of releases from this First Growth, it might be considered the undiscovered gem of that prosperous decade for the chateau. Tasted May 2016." - Neal Martin

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1 case in stock

1988 12 x 75cl 1 IB
OWC
£3,900.00
  • €4,617.60
  • $4,855.50
  • $HK37,677.90

(approx)

93 NM Buy
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Château Cos d'Estournel

"A beautiful effort, the 2001 Cos d’Estournel (65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot) exhibits a poised, noble bouquet of black currants, cedar, spice box, and licorice. A hint of truffles emerges as it sits in the glass. Medium-bodied with sweet fruit (mostly black) and nicely integrated wood, it builds incrementally in the mouth, ending with a 50-second finish. Drink this stylish, restrained yet substantial claret over the next 15+ years." - Robert Parker.

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2 cases in stock

2001 12 x 75cl 2 IB
OWC
£1,225.00
  • €1,450.40
  • $1,525.13
  • $HK11,834.73

(approx)

93 RP Buy
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Sassicaia

"Ample, sweet and expansive, the 2003 Sassicaia offers generous notes of sweet dark fruit intermingled with notes of spices, herbs, earthiness and smoke in a full-bodied, opulent expression of this wine. It is an outstanding effort for the vintage. Some cellaring is suggested although with air this wine is drinking beautifully right now. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2023." - Antonio Galloni

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3 cases in stock

2003 12 x 75cl 3 IB
OC
£1,675.00
  • €1,983.20
  • $2,085.38
  • $HK16,182.18

(approx)

93 AG Buy
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Tignanello

'The 2008 Tignanello is unquestionably one of the wines of the vintage. The 2008 isn’t a huge or obvious Tignanello, rather it is a wine that impresses for its sublime elegance and precision. Understated layers of fruit caress the palate like cashmere in this impeccable, soft wine. There is not a hard edge to be found. Black cherries, tobacco, smoke and licorice are some of the notes that come through on the finish. The flavor profile is decidedly on the dark side, but the wine’s structure is medium in body and intensity. In 2008 the Tignanello has more energy, focus and length than the Solaia. It is a fabulous achievement! The 2008 Tignanello is 80% Sangiovese aged in 300-liter French oak barrels (1/3rd new), 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc, both aged in 100% new 225-liter French oak barriques. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.

Antinori seems to do everything well these days, from churning out millions of bottles of supermarket wines all the way to turning out superb versions of their many flagship bottlings. This is another impressive set of new releases with a number of highlights. Over the years oenologist Renzo Cotarella has moved away from the super-late harvests of the late 1990s/early 2000s in favor of picking slightly earlier, a decision that has paid off handsomely, especially over the last few years. Antinori’s 2008s, from a vintage that is quite inconsistent across the board, are superb. I remember spending a few days near the estate’s Tignanello and Badia a Passignano estates in mid-August 2008. The days were very hot, but the nights were so cool that a sweater or light jacket was a necessity'. - Antonio Galloni

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1 case in stock

2008 6 x 75cl 1 IB
OC
£410.00
  • €485.44
  • $510.45
  • $HK3,961.01

(approx)

94 AG Buy
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Château Pichon Lalande

"The brilliant, opulent, fleshy 2003 Pichon Lalande (65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, and 4% Petit Verdot) possesses a high pH of 3.8 as well as 13% alcohol. Reminiscent of the 1982 Pichon Lalande (which never shut down and continues to go from strength to strength), the dense plum/purple-colored 2003 offers gorgeous aromas of blackberries, plum liqueur, sweet cherries, smoke, and melted licorice. Fleshy, full-bodied, and intense, displaying a seamless integration of wood, acidity, tannin, and alcohol, this beauty can be drunk now or cellared for 20 years or more." - Robert Parker

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2003 12 x 75cl 1 IB
OWC
£1,225.00
  • €1,450.40
  • $1,525.13
  • $HK11,834.73

(approx)

95 RP Buy
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Sine Qua Non 11 Confessions Patine Box Set

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5 cases in stock

2011 6 x 75cl 5 IB
OWC
£2,000.00
  • €2,368.00
  • $2,490.00
  • $HK19,322.00

(approx)

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Domaine Drouhin Laroze, Bonnes Mares Grand Cru

"A reserved and openly taciturn nose reluctantly reveals notes of a cool and exceptionally fresh mélange of plum and red berries that are freely cut with stone and warm earth nuances. The mouth feel is unusually refined and while there is excellent size, weight and concentration to the large-scaled flavors, the tannins are quite fine though dense and it's clear that this markedly persistent and youthfully austere effort will require plenty of cellar time. Note that while it's a minor distinction, this is not quite as austere as the Latricières. In a word, terrific." - Allen Meadows, Burghound

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1 case in stock

2010 12 x 75cl 1 IB
OC
£1,225.00
  • €1,450.40
  • $1,525.13
  • $HK11,834.73

(approx)

92-95 AM Buy
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Château Haut Brion Blanc

"It is always interesting to taste this wine next to its stablemate, Laville Haut-Brion. While Laville has 80% Semillon in it, giving it more fat and concentration, Haut-Brion is 55% Sauvignon Blanc and 45% Semillon. This is a crisp yet powerful wine, full-bodied, with great minerality and a subtle smokiness intermixed with hints of quince, white currant, orange skin, and lemon custard. Long, rich, and tightly knit, with good acidity and no evidence of any oak whatsoever despite the use of 100% new French oak, this wine is set for a long life as well. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2035." - Robert Parker

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1 case in stock

2006 6 x 75cl 1 IB
OWC
£2,950.00
  • €3,492.80
  • $3,672.75
  • $HK28,499.95

(approx)

95 RP Buy
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Château Palmer

"Tasted at the Château Palmer vertical in London, the 1996 Château Palmer is a wine that never quite fulfilled its potential. There is satisfactory fruit intensity on the nose, blackberry and truffle, a touch of vanilla and violet developing with time in the glass. The palate still feels a little backward, but there is good grip and freshness. This is a harmonious 1996 Margaux and yet it feels conservative and straight-laced on the tobacco-infused finish. It is quite a "serious" Palmer, yet it does not quite back it up in terms of complexity or, for want of a better word, "soul." Good...but you end up wanting more, especially having tasted the likes of 2000, 2005 and 2010 alongside. Tasted May 2015." - Neal Martin

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1 case in stock

1996 12 x 75cl 1 IB
OWC
£2,000.00
  • €2,368.00
  • $2,490.00
  • $HK19,322.00

(approx)

91 NM Buy
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Château d'Yquem

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4 cases in stock

2002 6 x 75cl 4 IB
OWC
£1,075.00
  • €1,272.80
  • $1,338.38
  • $HK10,385.58

(approx)

  Buy