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Domaine Leflaive, Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru 'Folatieres'

'This is also notably riper but slightly fresher with its aromas of acacia blossom, lemon zest and mineral reduction. There is both good energy and volume to the stony medium-bodied flavors that are relatively generous yet retain a good sense of detail on the naturally sweet, intense and lingering finish. I like the complexity and this should age well over the mid-term.' - Allen Meadows

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5 cases In Stock

2011 6 x 75cl 5 IB
OC
£680.00
  • €792.20
  • $1,075.08
  • $HK8,339.52

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90-92 Buy
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Château de Beaucastel, Hommage à 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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2 cases In Stock

2009 3 x 75cl 2 IB
OWC
£840.00
  • €978.60
  • $1,328.04
  • $HK10,301.76

(approx)

99 Buy
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Penfolds Grange

'The 2007 Penfolds Grange is comprised of 97% Shiraz and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon coming predominately from Barossa vineyards with smaller proportions from Magill Estate and McLaren Vale. It was matured for 21 months in 100% new American oak hogsheads. Very deep garnet-purple in color, the nose is intensely scented of vibrant blueberry preserve, mulberry and kirsch aromas over hints of cedar, mocha, vanilla and anise. The full bodied palate is richly fruited with pure black berry and baking spice flavors offset by crisp acidity and a firm level of velvety tannins, finishing long. This is quite an opulent, forward Grange, which is very tempting to drink now, though of course will reward at least 5-10 years of cellaring and should keep to 2030+.' - Wine Advocate

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1 case In Stock

2007 6 x 150cl 1 IB
OWC
£4,000.00
  • €4,660.00
  • $6,324.00
  • $HK49,056.00

(approx)

95 Buy
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Château Léoville-Las-Cases

'Not surprisingly, Leoville Las Cases has produced another classic, potentially long-lived wine in 2006. Among the St.-Juliens, it, Ducru Beaucaillou, and Leoville Barton possess the potential for the greatest longevity. Interestingly, when I visited this chateau in January, proprietor Jean-Hubert Delon offered me two samples, one where the cork had been pulled immediately prior to tasting, and another that had been decanted four hours earlier. Both were superb, but the wine that had had extended aeration was clearly the finer offering. The opaque purple-hued 2006- only 40% of the crop made it into the final blend- exhibits a personality that mimics the superb 1996. Classic aromas of sweet black raspberries, kirsch, cassis, and subtle toasty oak are followed by a full-bodied, concentrated wine displaying moderately high tannin. This cuvee can often resemble a Pauillac wrapped in the St.-Julien appellation, and the 2006 is no exception. A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14.5% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc, it will require significant cellaring before consumption. Anticipated maturity: 2019-2035+.' - Robert Parker

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6 cases In Stock

2006 12 x 75cl 6 IB
OWC
£1,365.00
  • €1,590.23
  • $2,158.07
  • $HK16,740.36

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95 Buy
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Louis Roederer, Cuvée Cristal Rosé

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1 case In Stock

2005 3 x 75cl 1 IB
OC
£894.00
  • €1,041.51
  • $1,413.41
  • $HK10,964.02

(approx)

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Maison Deux Montille, Meursault 1er Boucheres

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1 case In Stock

2007 12 x 75cl 1 IB
OC
£335.00
  • €390.28
  • $529.64
  • $HK4,108.44

(approx)

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PY Colin-Morey St Aubin 'Les Ebaupins'

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3 cases In Stock

2011 12 x 75cl 3 IB
OC
£210.00
  • €244.65
  • $332.01
  • $HK2,575.44

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La Spinetta Barbaresco 'Vigneto Starderi'

La Spinetta’s 2009 Barbaresco Vigneto Starderi is bursting with energy, even if it doesn’t quite have the sheer richness or pure depth of the very best vintages. Still, the Starderi is a hugely appealing wine that only needs time to shed some tannin. Raspberry jam, flowers, mint and cloves are followed by darker, more brooding aromas and flavors. As always, the Starderi is the richest and most imposing of the Spinetta Barbareschi. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2027. Antonio Galloni, eRobertParker.com.

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1 case In Stock

2009 6 x 75cl 1 IB
OC
£350.00
  • €407.75
  • $553.35
  • $HK4,292.40

(approx)

93+ Buy
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Château de Beaucastel, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

The 2011 Beaucastel, which is an identical blend, is the result of an incredibly severe triage because of the irregularity of ripening essentially across all varieties in 2011. The wine displays some tannin, is medium to full-bodied, with lots of Provencal herbs, pepper, incense, blueberry and black currant fruit. It seemed to me that the Mourvedre was showing through strongly when I tasted it. The wine is long, rich, not one of the great vintages by any means, but still very well-made. This wine will need 2-3 years of cellaring and drink well for 15 or more. Robert Parker.

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15 cases In Stock

2011 6 x 75cl 15 IB
OWC
£220.00
  • €256.30
  • $347.82
  • $HK2,698.08

(approx)

89-92 Buy
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Domaine Vaudoisey, Pommard

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1 case In Stock

2010 12 x 75cl 1 IB
OC
£230.00
  • €267.95
  • $363.63
  • $HK2,820.72

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La Spinetta, Barbaresco 'Vigneto Gallina'

A sweet, floral bouquet leads to expressive layers of fruit in the 2009 Barbaresco Vigneto Gallina. There is an immediacy to the Gallina that is quite appealing. White truffles, red berries and spices emerge over time, adding further complexity. I am surprised by how well the 2009 is showing today, even if it starts to shut down a bit in the glass. The tannins are firm, yet there is more than enough fruit to fill out the wine’s frame. This is one of the better young Gallinas I remember tasting. A rich, textured finish rounds things out in style. There is a lot to like and love in the Gallina. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.
Antonio Galloni, eRobertParker.com

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1 case In Stock

2009 6 x 75cl 1 IB
OC
£380.00
  • €442.70
  • $600.78
  • $HK4,660.32

(approx)

94 Buy
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Domaine Leflaive Bourgogne Blanc

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3 cases In Stock

2011 12 x 75cl 3 IB
OC
£320.00
  • €372.80
  • $505.92
  • $HK3,924.48

(approx)

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Domaine Leflaive Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru 'Les Pucelles'

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4 cases In Stock

2011 6 x 75cl 4 IB
OWC
£780.00
  • €908.70
  • $1,233.18
  • $HK9,565.92

(approx)

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Domaine Leflaive Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru 'Les Combettes'

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2 cases In Stock

2011 6 x 75cl 2 IB
OWC
£738.00
  • €859.77
  • $1,166.78
  • $HK9,050.83

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Ridge, Monte Bello

The 1998 Monte Bello Proprietary Red (a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, and 1% Cabernet Franc) exhibits a ripe nose of sweet oak intermixed with blackberries and cassis. It is firm and medium-bodied, with astringent tannin in the finish. Winemaker Paul Draper's comments on the back label are usually modest, but it would appear he is much higher on this vintage than my notes suggest. The 1998 Monte Bello needs 4-5 years of cellaring, and should develop along the lines of an austere Bordeaux vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2020+. Robert Parker.

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1998 12 x 37.5cl 2 IB
OC
£550.00
  • €640.75
  • $869.55
  • $HK6,745.20

(approx)

88 Buy
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Château Canon La Gaffeliere

A massive wine, with a cigar box, chocolatey, thick, black currant and cherry-scented nose, this full-bodied wine is crammed with layers of fruit, extract, glycerin, and alcohol. Spicy yet rich, with high tannin, the 1995 Canon-La-Gaffeliere will need a minimum of 5-6 years of cellaring. The finish is long and rich, and the tannin sweet rather than astringent. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2020. Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

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3 cases In Stock

1995 6 x 75cl 3 IB
OWC
£340.00
  • €396.10
  • $537.54
  • $HK4,169.76

(approx)

91 Buy
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Château Climens

The 1990 continues to develop exceptionally well (better than I thought), and now looks to be a worthy rival of the dazzling 1988. The superb aromatics (pineapple, acacia, vanilla, and honey) are followed by a rich, full-bodied, atypically powerful Climens that possesses adequate acidity, high alcohol, and even higher levels of extract and fruit. Anticipated maturity: 2000-2030. Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate.

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1 case In Stock

1990 12 x 75cl 1 DP
OWC
£1,224.60
  • €1,426.66
  • $1,936.09
  • $HK15,018.49

(approx)

95 Buy
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Bodegas Vega Sicilia, Valbuena

The 2007 Valbuena is rounded and warmer than the 2006 with lush dark berry fruits interlaced with scents of espresso and bay leaf. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, crisp acidity with a composed, focused finish of black cherries, raspberry, cedar and mocha. The 2007 has great precision and focus. It is more feminine and assured than the 2006, but one senses that it is holding something back to charm consumers in five or six year’s time. This is very impressive. Drink 2017-2030 - Neal Martin, Wine Advocate

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6 cases In Stock

2007 6 x 75cl 6 IB
OC
£390.00
  • €454.35
  • $616.59
  • $HK4,782.96

(approx)

92 Buy
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Bernard Defaix et Fils, Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons

Decidedly more expressive with floral, spicy, pure, relatively powerful and quite ripe aromas of orchard fruit, especially peach followed by delicious, round, supple flavors of good fat and excellent volume if not the sheer class of the Les Lys. A solid effort and with good finishing precision - Allen Meadows, Burghound

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19 cases In Stock

2002 12 x 75cl 19 IB
OC
£262.00
  • €305.23
  • $414.22
  • $HK3,213.17

(approx)

89 Buy
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Bodegas R. Lopez de Heredia, Vina Tondonia Reserva

The 2001 Vina Tondonia Reserva is bridled with a lovely nose of decayed red fruit, fireside hearth, a touch of mulberry and small red cherry. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, crisp red fruits (wild strawberry and cranberry) with a sharp, vibrant, tense, tannic finish that has immense precision. There is a slight saline note lingering in the mouth after the wine has (regretfully) departed. Drink now-2030+ - Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate

I have adored, indeed occasionally worshiped, the wines of Lopez de Heredia for many years, so I am not ashamed to admit that visiting both their vineyard and their winery was a pilgrimage. Founded by Rafael Lopez de Heredia y Landeta in 1877, it has withstood the tide of corporatization and homogeneity, and epitomizes timeless, artisan winemaking in their own individual, almost solipsistic manner. Technology is noticeable by its absence here. For example, to quote her sister Maria-Jose at a tasting that I subsequently attended in London: “Indigenous yeasts have adapted to high temperatures. To control the temperature during fermentation, we open doors and windows” and “malolactic is the invention of modern winemakers.” I had to check whether this was 2012 or 1912. If you were to award points for charisma, then this producer would be in a league of its own. That would count for nothing if their wines were not distinguished, individual, long-lived and above all, delicious. It is commonly known that if you are seeking bags of fruit and lashings of oak, this is not the place to come. My views and these scores might be irrational to someone with a penchant for lush, voluptuous Rioja. Lopez de Heredia is the apotheosis of traditional, classic wines: taut, fresh, bucolic, utterly charming and amazingly long-lived. I spent two or three hours with winemaker Mercedes Lopez de Heredia, who was celebrating her birthday with, appropriately enough, a bottle of Tondonia Gran Reserva from her year of birth. I urge readers to access the video I took of Mercedes explaining the vineyard in her own breathless style. In the meantime, I will crack on with the wines “Wines should talk by themselves,” Maria-Jose enthused to her enraptured audience at a tasting in London. “My father was a vine maker, not a winemaker. Each wine is a reflection of a different land that my great-grandfather bought. Our wines respond to the history of Rioja.” I would add to her comments that since these are mainly aged wines, a bottle of Lopez de Heredia is an individual and each time you meet, you may see a different side to its personality. So treat these reviews as they are: snapshots at a given moment. We commence with their white wines and indeed, I know of several connoisseurs who rate these even better than their reds and I can sympathize with that view. “The white wines were made as a copy of Graves and were made to be aged,” Marie-Jose continued. “So they are made like reds and are harvested at the same time. They undergo skin contact for one, two or three days to absorb the preservative from the skins and pips. Viura gives complexity as it ages.” - Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate

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2 cases In Stock

2001 6 x 75cl 2 IB
OC
£120.00
  • €139.80
  • $189.72
  • $HK1,471.68

(approx)

95 Buy