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Marchesi Antinori, Tignanello

The 2009 Tignanello is quite beautiful. Cedar, graphite, sweet herbs, licorice and leather add complexity to a core of highly expressive red fruits. The 2009 impresses for its energy, drive and focus. Today, the 2009 comes across as slightly understated relative to many recent vintages, especially 2007 and 2008. There is a silkiness and polish that is reminiscent of the 2004. Tignanello is 75% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc from vineyards in San Casciano Val di Pesa, one of the most evocative hillsides in all of Italy. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2029. The Wine Advocate.

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20 cases In Transit – Arriving Shortly

2009 6 x 75cl 20 IB
OC
£320.00
  • €372.80
  • $505.92
  • $HK3,924.48

(approx)

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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)

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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)

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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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13 cases In Stock

2011 6 x 75cl 13 IB
OWC
£220.00
  • €256.30
  • $347.82
  • $HK2,698.08

(approx)

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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

(approx)

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Domaine Leflaive Bourgogne Blanc

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1 case In Stock

2011 12 x 75cl 1 IB
OC
£320.00
  • €372.80
  • $505.92
  • $HK3,924.48

(approx)

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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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1 case In Stock

1998 12 x 37.5cl 1 IB
OC
£550.00
  • €640.75
  • $869.55
  • $HK6,745.20

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Château Malescot St Exupery

This wine may merit an outstanding rating. It offers a classic Margaux combination of elegance and richness. Medium-bodied, with delicate, beautifully ripe, black currant and floral aromas that compete with subtle new oak, the 1995 Malescot hits the palate with a lovely concoction of fruit, nicely integrated tannin and acidity, and a stylish, graceful feel. This quintessentially elegant Bordeaux should continue to improve in the bottle. A beauty!

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1 case In Transit – Arriving Shortly

1995 12 x 75cl 1 IB
OWC
£570.00
  • €664.05
  • $901.17
  • $HK6,990.48

(approx)

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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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1 case In Stock

2007 6 x 75cl 1 IB
OC
£390.00
  • €454.35
  • $616.59
  • $HK4,782.96

(approx)

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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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10 cases In Stock

2002 12 x 75cl 10 IB
OC
£262.00
  • €305.23
  • $414.22
  • $HK3,213.17

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Bodegas R. Lopez de Heredia, Vina Tondonia Gran Reserva

The 1994 Vina Tondonia Gran Reserva has an elegant bouquet with light red cherries, orange blossom, mahogany bureau and burnt buttered toast. The palate has a meaty, savory entry with crisp tannins and racy acidity. It displays superb structure towards the finish where one finds notes of bitter lemon, orange peel and sage. Delicious! Drink now-2030+ - Neal Martin, 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, Wine Advocate

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9 cases In Transit – Arriving Shortly

1994 6 x 75cl 9 IB
OC
£375.00
  • €436.88
  • $592.88
  • $HK4,599.00

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Billecart Salmon Rosé NV

The NV Brut Rose is a pretty, gracious wine. Freshly cut roses, red berries and spices take shape nicely in the glass as the wine shows off its understated, timeless personality. Billecart-Salmon’s NV Brut Rose is a reliably tasty wine. This is Lot L26712406690A. Disgorged September 2010. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2014 - Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate

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17 cases In Stock

N.V. 6 x 75cl 17 IB
OC
£210.00
  • €244.65
  • $332.01
  • $HK2,575.44

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Château Valandraud

A big time sleeper of the vintage, the dense purple-colored 2008 offers charcoal-infused blackberry and cassis fruit, sweet tannin, spicy oak and a full-bodied, concentrated, layered mouthfeel. Evolved and forward by Valandraud’s standards, it can be drunk now and over the next 15+ years. Bravo! - Robert Parker

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2 cases In Stock

2008 6 x 75cl 2 IB
OWC
£520.00
  • €605.80
  • $822.12
  • $HK6,377.28

(approx)

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Château Rauzan Segla

Rauzan-Segla’s finesse-styled 2004 offers raspberry, cherry, forest floor, and dried herb-like characteristics in its deep ruby/purple-hued, medium-bodied personality. With excellent purity, freshness, and precision, it is not a blockbuster claret, but rather a stylish, elegant, accessible effort with sweet tannin. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2022 - Robert Parker

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7 cases In Stock

2004 12 x 75cl 7 IB
OWC
£480.00
  • €559.20
  • $758.88
  • $HK5,886.72

(approx)

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Château La Mission Haut Brion

The 2007 La Mission Haut Brion, a candidate for wine of the vintage, exhibits a dense ruby/purple hue along with notes of melted licorice, blueberries, cassis, burning embers, and charcoal, sweet tannin, medium to full body, a fleshy mouthfeel, and an endearing succulence as well as lushness. Already appealing, it should continue to evolve and drink well for 15+ years. It is a great success for the vintage - Robert Parker

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1 case In Stock

2007 6 x 75cl 1 IB
OWC
£750.00
  • €873.75
  • $1,185.75
  • $HK9,198.00

(approx)

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Château La Conseillante

The dark ruby-colored 1999 is a beautifully complex, evolved, seductive style of La Conseillante. The wine exhibits sweet black raspberry and cherry liqueur notes intermixed with cedar, toasty oak, licorice, new saddle leather, and dried herbs. It is medium-bodied with no hard edges, extremely pure, and almost sweet (from ripe fruit, not sugar). This is a lush, delicious La Conseillante that merits its reputation as "a Burgundy from Bordeaux." Anticipated maturity: now-2012 - Robert Parker

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1999 12 x 75cl 3 IB
OWC
£815.00
  • €949.48
  • $1,288.52
  • $HK9,995.16

(approx)

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Domaine de Trevallon

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7 cases In Stock

2004 12 x 75cl 7 IB
OC
£420.00
  • €489.30
  • $664.02
  • $HK5,150.88

(approx)

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Louis-Benjamin Dagueneau, Pouilly Fumé 'Silex'

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2 cases In Stock

2010 6 x 75cl 2 IB
OC
£395.00
  • €460.18
  • $624.50
  • $HK4,844.28

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Romano Dal Forno, Vigna Seré Passito

'The 2004 Vigna Sere is the perfect conclusion to a vintage that will go down as one of Dal Forno’s most magical. Sweet, silky tannins support layers of super-refined, elegant fruit in this magical sweet red. Mocha, espresso, new leather, raspberry jam and spices emerge with time in the glass, but this is really a wine that shows off textural finesse more than anything else. I have tasted this wine many times since it was in barrel and later in bottle. It has never been anything less than spellbinding. It is one of the most magical sweet dessert wines I have ever tasted. At eight years of age the 2004 remains a an infant. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.' - Wine Advocate

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11 cases In Stock

2004 6 x 37.5cl 11 IB
OC
£503.00
  • €586.00
  • $795.24
  • $HK6,168.79

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Château Lafite-Rothschild

'A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot (harvested between September 3-21), the 2011 Lafite Rothschild came in at 12.6% natural alcohol (considerably lower than in 2010 and 2009). Exhibiting a deep ruby/purple color, lots of crushed rock, red and black currant, forest floor and underbrush characteristics, moderate tannin and medium body, it is built somewhat along the lines of the 1999 and 2001. It should be a 20- to 25-year wine, but it is not at the level of the 2008, 2009 and 2010. Fresh acids give the wine a somewhat more clipped feeling than most great Lafites have exhibited. Nevertheless, there is a lot of freshness and vibrancy to this vintage.' - Robert Parker

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3 cases Arriving Summer 2011

2011 12 x 75cl 3 IB
OWC
£4,700.00
  • €5,475.50
  • $7,430.70
  • $HK57,640.80

(approx)

90-93 Buy