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2018

Ata Rangi Martinborough Pinot Noir Available Later

6x75cl 10+ £231.61 IB

6x75cl 10+ £294.00 Inc VAT

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  • JS

    James Suckling, December 2020,
    Score: 96

    Aromas of red cherries, cedar, dry brown spices, forest berries and wood, as well as rose-like perfume. It opens and aromatically enriches with some air. The palate has all the trademark layering of smooth tannins and a smoothly ripe ball of fresh red cherries. Assertive drive to the finish.

  • VIN

    Vinous, November 2020,
    Score: 92

    A very pale-hued yet elegant style that displays bitter cherry, orange peel and potpourri aromas. The 35% whole bunch component is integrated, offering spice and drive. The acidity is gently refreshing while the tannins are elegant. This vintage perhaps doesn't have the stuffing of the best Ata Rangi's but it is deftly handled; the period the wine spent in barrel was reduced so this pretty style did not become oaky. If you have other recent vintages from Ata Rangi in your cellar, you might want to uncork and enjoy the 2018 first, as it's going to provide plenty of enjoyment in the first 3–8 years of its life. Drink 2022-2028.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, March 2020,
    Score: 17.5+

    Mid black-purple. Marked, spicy, chocolate oak with a bacon-fat toasty note. Blackberry and violet. Dense and compact, brooding fruit character. Some leafy lift and a touch of flint. Powerful and structured, with firm, polished tannins. Some smokiness and a long, clove finish. Will probably give backbone to a blend! Drink 2024-2034.

  • HH

    Huon Hooke, July 2021,
    Score: 94

    Medium to full red colour with a tint of purple and a smoky, earthy, almost graphite-like aroma, broodingly complex and promising to unfold more. The wine is medium to full-bodied yet backed up by abundant firm tannins, the finish imparts a trace of cleansing bitterness and the grip helps carry the finish long. It`s still emerging from its shell and promises more to come if cellared a couple of years.

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2018

Barbaresco Produttori del Barbaresco Available Later

6x75cl 10+ £138.00 IB

6x75cl 10+ £181.67 Inc VAT

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  • GDH

    Goedhuis, November 2021

    No single vineyards Crus made this year due to a bad hailstorm on the 15th July, in particular in the Ovello, Montestefano, Montefico vineyard sites. Putting your nose to the glass it’s shy at first, then slowly unfurls with seductive flavours and alluring aromatics. Smouldering darker fruits, plum, dark Griotte cherry, but with time in the glass hints of pretty red fruits and floral notes appear. Peonies, rose, wild strawberry and dark red cherry are wound into a fine structure atop the dark plum and savoury notes of forest floor and subtle warm spices. This certainly has concentration and power in the glass. Lots of complexity and broader shoulders than normal coming from the additional single Crus that have gone into this blend, but still everything is perfectly balanced and in harmony. Lovely freshness on the palate and a really wonderful body and texture with lots of fine tannins which are ripe and juicy. It’s as seductive as ever and utterly delicious. Highly recommended.

2017

Yjar by Telmo Rodriguez Available Later

3x75cl 3 £231.00 IB

3x75cl 3 £285.24 Inc VAT

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  • DC

    Decanter, August 2021,
    Score: 98

    The talented Telmo Rodriguez is launching this wine onto the Place with its first vintage for the entirety of its production. The grapes are from a 3.8ha limestone-dominant plot within the family’s Remelluri estate, found in the foothills of the Sierra de Tolono mountains. A sweet and smoky attack, with a ton of flavours and fragrant aromatics that grab hold and hang on, from dense liquorice root to crushed stones to blueberry, redcurrant, rose petals and tobacco, nothing too much or too overwhelming, but you also feel the herb-strewn call of the vineyard and you want to be there, among the vines where this is made. Get hold of it now, enjoy the brilliance of Telmo Rodriguez and the sense of place that he can bring to a wine. A field blend, as with the brilliant Remelluri Blanco, with just over 7,000 bottles in this inaugural vintage. An outstanding first outing that you should be following - believe me, this is a cult wine in the making.

2016

Roda I Rioja Reserva Bodegas Roda Available Later

6x75cl 10+ £228.00 IB

6x75cl 10+ £289.67 Inc VAT

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  • GDH

    Goedhuis, September 2021

    The 2016 is predominately Tempranillo with 4% Graciano. A warm Mediterranean vintage ensured perfect ripeness which is evident from the ripe and silky tannins. On the nose, fragrant dark fruits of blueberry, blackberry, and plum sit atop bright red cherry, dried flowers, smoke and freshly tilled earth. The palate is racy and fluid with plenty of detail, the sumptuous fruit spiked with clove, cedar and leather. There is wonderful freshness and lift, perhaps thanks to the added Graciano and beautiful spiced notes on the finish. This is flattering in its youth and drinking beautifully right now, but has pedigree to age beautifully. Drink Now -2035+

  • WA

    Wine Advocate, September 2021,
    Score: 93

    The 2016 Roda I, a red blend of Tempranillo and 4% Graciano, feels like a lighter vintage than the 2015 when tasted side by side. It has a combination of red and black fruit, fine spices and quality wood, quite integrated and without any excess. The wines are nicely crafted and polished and, in this case, given four years of bottle aging before it's sold, so it's even more polished. 129,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in July 2018.

  • JS

    James Suckling, September 2021,
    Score: 96

    A perfumed nose of plum, smoke, leather, dried flowers and cedar. Full-bodied with firm, fine tannins and lively acidity. So balanced and layered with a rich yet fresh feel. Long, spiced and delicious. Drink or hold.

  • DC

    Decanter, September 2021,
    Score: 95

    A perfumed nose of plum, smoke, leather, dried flowers and cedar. Full-bodied with firm, fine tannins and lively acidity. So balanced and layered with a rich yet fresh feel. Long, spiced and delicious. Drink or hold.

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, October 2021

    We have all had to wait an eternity for the new Bond film to be released, and I have had to sit tight for a slightly shorter period for my favourite ever Roda I to arrive on our shores, and, in truth, it has felt longer than the 007 delay. But, as the saying goes, good things come to those who wait, and the world’s most famous secret agent and this epic Rioja have both hit impossibly high notes with their respective performances! I have followed Bodegas Roda for all of its 34 years, and I have tasted virtually every wine this imperial estate has made, so when I say that this is the most impressive Roda I Reserva I have ever tasted, I hope it spurs you into action. The merchants listed have indicated their enthusiasm for selling this wine, and my price is a guess, but at give or take fifty quid, it is hard to think of a Spanish red to compare with this cosmic creation. Stunningly well-made, from the epic nose to the profound palate, the oak, fruit and depth of flavour is nothing short of astounding. While it is a baby, it is perfectly balanced and can be enjoyed right now, too. This is a prodigious wine that will run for a decade with ease, and it is a true vinous gem that deserves to strut its stuff on the very best dining room tables in the land.

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2015

Imperial Rioja Gran Reserva CVNE Available Later

6x75cl 10+ £215.00 IB

6x75cl 10+ £274.07 Inc VAT

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  • GDH

    Goedhuis, September 2021

    This beautiful Gran Reserva is aged for two years in French and American oak. Bright, earthy fruit is tinged with inviting notes of liquorice, cedar, vanilla, leather and dark chocolate. Classically balanced; it has smooth, enveloping tannins and a rich, luxurious texture. We love the layers of soft red and black cherry, plum, smoke and clove that flow onto the long finish. Brilliantly priced, it is a marvel.

  • JS

    James Suckling, September 2021,
    Score: 97

    This is very ripe with blackberries, dried fruit, toasted oak and black licorice on the nose. Full-bodied with ultra-fine, linear tannins and a racy, refined finish. This has fantastic structure and length. It goes on for minutes. It needs time to open and refine even more. One of the best Imperiale Gran Reservas in a very long time. Drink after 2023.

  • VIN

    Vinous, April 2021,
    Score: 95

    Deep, brilliant ruby. Offers sharply defined, mineral-inflected red and dark berries, cherry liqueur, pipe tobacco, vanilla and exotic spice scents. Chewy and penetrating in the mouth, offering concentrated black raspberry, bitter cherry, boysenberry and spicecake flavors that steadily become more lively on the back half. The strikingly persistent finish features polished tannins, repeating minerality and a touch of candied flowers. Drink 2025 - 2038. 95 points. Josh Raynolds, Vinous

  • TA

    Tim Atkin, February 2021,
    Score: 96

    Produced in CVNE’s bodega within a bodega, entirely dedicated to Imperial, this is a superb Gran Reserva that combines Tempranillo with 10% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo. Rich, dense and layered, with fine new French and American oak, wonderful focus, savoury tannins and the depth and concentration to age for a decade or more.

  • WS

    Wine Spectator, July 2021,
    Score: 94

    This vivid red shows good momentum, with solid tannins encasing cherry, cola, clove and balsamic notes, marked with cedar, anise and spice elements. The flavors are well-integrated, but this complex red has a long life ahead of it.

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2011

Taittinger Comtes De Champagne Blanc de Blancs Available Later

6x75cl 10+ £535.00 IB

6x75cl 10+ £662.58 Inc VAT

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  • GDH

    Goedhuis, August 2021

    Although not widely written about, 2011 was a vintage that excelled for Comte’s five Grand Cru vineyards in the Côte des Blancs. Many people picked too early, as they were scared that weather was too hot, but Taittinger decided to wait. They told us, “Those who picked early had green wines. Those that waited had wonderful results”. Very fresh and beautifully delicate on the nose, even in its youth this is so captivating. Hints of floral blossoms lead into gingerbread and almond pastry which give gorgeous depth to the youthful energetic nose. Echoing the nose, the palate shows a vibrant tension combined with a fresh generosity. White fruits, golden raisins, fresh biscuits, and hints of candied mandarin. The dense core is mineral driven, intermingled with some baking spice, citrus zest and a pleasing chalky structure. Its tense, energetic profile offers up charm and precision and as it unfurls it reveals a toasty, savoury richness, hints of iodine and coriander seeds. Creamy salted butter layers the palate and there is a seam of mouth-watering mineral salinity which imparts a bright refreshing finish. Long and very persistent, it is drinking beautifully now but certainly has the power and complexity to develop into a truly exciting wine.

  • WA

    Wine Advocate, October 2021,
    Score: 94

    After the tightly coiled, hyper-concentrated 2008, Taittinger's 2011 Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne represents a more immediate, charming rendition of this cuvée. Bursting from the glass with aromas of orchard and stone fruit mingled with notions of pastry cream, blanched almonds and mandarin, it's medium to full-bodied, pillowy and fleshy, with a soft and enveloping profile, lively acids and a pretty pinpoint mousse. Readers might think of the 2011 as a somewhat less reductive and less intense stylistic sibling of the 2006, and as it takes on more toasty complexity with bottle age, it will make for immensely seductive drinking. Drink 2021 - 2035

  • JS

    James Suckling, August 2021,
    Score: 97

    A firm, fresh Comtes with a tight and composed palate. It’s full-bodied with a racy mid-palate. Long and persistent. Very structured with phenolics and acidity. Minerally. Floral, too. Refreshing and energetic.

  • DC

    Decanter, September 2021,
    Score: 94

    100% Chardonnay sourced from five grand cru villages: Avize, Chouilly, Cramant, Mesnil-sur-Oger and Oger. Superb bouquet revealing scents of mirabelle plums, orchard fruits, brioche, pastry, and liquorice, complicated by classy autolytic notes. On the palate, this remarkable 2011 has a tauter and more fine-boned texture than usual, which is enhanced by bubbles of striking finesse and delicacy. This is indeed a very refined, chamber-music-like Comtes de Champagne that ends ethereally with airy harmonics and chalky notes infused with candied lemon. Dosage: 9g/L. Disgorged: April 2021. Drinking Window 2021 - 2040

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, September 2021,
    Score: 19.5++

    This epic wine is set for release on Thursday this week, so this is a sneaky preview. I imagine that hordes of merchants will be scrabbling for stock, so you should be able to track it down with ease. Let’s cut to the chase. By contrast to the Bollinger, Comte is not a one-off, nor anything out of the ordinary. It is a label that all committed Champagne lovers adore. Predictable perhaps. But, of course, one thing does vary, and that is the vintage. The ‘worst’ Comte I ever tasted was rather lovely. The ‘best’, and there have been many (1959, 1966, 1996, 2002, 2006) are all sublime and you can now add 2011 to this list. Taittinger always seems to shun the spotlight, unlike Dom Perignon and other more attention-seeking brands and this modesty rather suits this House. I did something that I never do after first tasting my sample bottle. I was so shocked with the sheer class that I sealed the bottle with a simple Champagne stopper and then tasted it again and again over two days. The stress-testing sorts the wheat from the chaff. It is unlikely that anyone who bought a bottle would do this. Still, I like to see how a potentially great wine evolves, opens up, sometimes falls over, and sometimes blossoms over a few days because it gives me an indication of its potential and its true baseline of quality. The fruit is so tense, grand and layered it is remarkable. The flavour, the fizz, the length, the momentum and the overall halo of greatness did not change one iota over nearly 60 hours of being open with no preservation whatsoever. This is a genius, B de B and while it tastes scintillating now, I am confident that it will amaze Comte fans for decades to come. Drink 2021-2050

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2018

Il Carbonaione Poggio Scalette Available Later

6x75cl 9 £201.61 IB

6x75cl 9 £258.00 Inc VAT

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  • GDH

    Goedhuis, October 2021

    The nose is packed with ripe red cherry fruit and earthy notes, followed by smoky french oak, liquorice and some kirsch hints with a bit of coaxing. The palate has a fleshy, almost brooding feel, with fresh, but firm acidity. All of the flavours from the nose are there with more juicy blackcurrant and plum, wrapped in fine grained tannins and a long warm finish, delicious.

  • AG

    Antonio Galloni, September 2021,
    Score: 96

    The 2018 Il Carbonaione is one of the most elegant editions of this flagship wine I can remember tasting. Il Carbonaione is usually a rich, bombastic wine, but the 2018 is sleek, gracious and remarkably refined. The fruit was picked a week later than originally planned because of a family emergency. That results in an exotic Carbonaione that is beguiling but not at all heavy. I can't wait to see how it ages.

  • JS

    James Suckling, August 2021,
    Score: 97

    Intense aromas of blue fruit, lavender and violets. Some sandalwood, too. Full-bodied with firm, silky tannins and beautiful fruit. Really racy and refined with excellent length. Drinkable now, but a few years of bottle age will make it even more beautiful. Try after 2023.

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2015

Imperial Rioja Gran Reserva CVNE Available Later

3x150cl 10+ £225.00 IB

3x150cl 10+ £286.07 Inc VAT

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  • GDH

    Goedhuis, September 2021

    This beautiful Gran Reserva is aged for two years in French and American oak. Bright, earthy fruit is tinged with inviting notes of liquorice, cedar, vanilla, leather and dark chocolate. Classically balanced; it has smooth, enveloping tannins and a rich, luxurious texture. We love the layers of soft red and black cherry, plum, smoke and clove that flow onto the long finish. Brilliantly priced, it is a marvel.

  • JS

    James Suckling, September 2021,
    Score: 97

    This is very ripe with blackberries, dried fruit, toasted oak and black licorice on the nose. Full-bodied with ultra-fine, linear tannins and a racy, refined finish. This has fantastic structure and length. It goes on for minutes. It needs time to open and refine even more. One of the best Imperiale Gran Reservas in a very long time. Drink after 2023.

  • VIN

    Vinous, April 2021,
    Score: 95

    Deep, brilliant ruby. Offers sharply defined, mineral-inflected red and dark berries, cherry liqueur, pipe tobacco, vanilla and exotic spice scents. Chewy and penetrating in the mouth, offering concentrated black raspberry, bitter cherry, boysenberry and spicecake flavors that steadily become more lively on the back half. The strikingly persistent finish features polished tannins, repeating minerality and a touch of candied flowers. Drink 2025 - 2038. 95 points. Josh Raynolds, Vinous

  • TA

    Tim Atkin, February 2021,
    Score: 96

    Produced in CVNE’s bodega within a bodega, entirely dedicated to Imperial, this is a superb Gran Reserva that combines Tempranillo with 10% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo. Rich, dense and layered, with fine new French and American oak, wonderful focus, savoury tannins and the depth and concentration to age for a decade or more.

  • WS

    Wine Spectator, July 2021,
    Score: 94

    This vivid red shows good momentum, with solid tannins encasing cherry, cola, clove and balsamic notes, marked with cedar, anise and spice elements. The flavors are well-integrated, but this complex red has a long life ahead of it.

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2017

Barolo Le Vigne Sandrone Available Later

6x75cl 1 £480.00 IB

6x75cl 1 £592.07 Inc VAT

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  • AG

    Antonio Galloni, January 2021,
    Score: 95+

    The 2017 Barolo Le Vigne is rich, pliant and so expressive. Even so, I imagine it will need a few years to open up fully. Bright red fruit, rose petal, blood orange and spice give the 2017 its distinctly red-toned profile. Elegant and translucent, the 2017 is very nicely balanced. Vineyard sources are Baudana, Villero, Vignane and Merli. Drink 2025-2037

  • JS

    James Suckling, January 2021,
    Score: 97

    Opulent and very sexy with perfume, cedar, dried flowers and dried strawberries and just a hint of nutmeg. It’s medium to full-bodied with round and finely velvety tannins and a flavorful finish. So seductive. Drink after 2025.

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2020

Bolgheri Rosso Podere Grattamacco Available Later

6x75cl 10+ £95.00 IB

6x75cl 10+ £130.07 Inc VAT

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  • GDH

    Goedhuis, October 2021

    50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot, 10% Sangiovese. With its core of dark cherry, plum and blackcurrant, the Bolgheri Rosso, bearing many of the hallmarks of the Grattamacco, is also elegant and full with fresh balsamic notes that come from the Sangiovese grape. Dense and powerful wine with ripe tannins, this juicy and rich 2020 is a really lovely example and certainly punches way above its ‘entry level’ status.

2017

Grattamacco Bolgheri Superiore Podere Grattamacco Available Later

6x75cl 2 £285.00 IB

6x75cl 2 £358.07 Inc VAT

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  • GDH

    Goedhuis, October 2021

    Concentrated and powerful the Grattamacco 2017 exudes dark blue and red fruits, violet and wild Mediterranean herb flavour. There is such a wonderful sense of energy and freshness to the perfectly balanced palate it would be difficult to place this wine hails from such warm conditions. Although tempting to open now we would recommend 2-3 more years in the cellar to reach its drinking plateau. What a wonderful wine to celebrate Grattamacco’s 35th release

  • AG

    Antonio Galloni, January 2021,
    Score: 95

    The 2017 Grattamacco is a wine of breadth and power. Wild cherry, spice, sage, mint rose petal, cedar, licorice, sweet pipe tobacco and dried herbs all give the 2017 striking aromatic depth to play off its grand scale. The 2017 is rich and deep, and yet retains striking translucence and wonderful detail. Drink 2025 - 2037

  • WA

    Wine Advocate, December 2020,
    Score: 95

    Congratulations to Grattamacco on the 35th anniversary of this iconic wine. The 2017 Bolgheri Superiore Grattamacco is an organic blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 15% Sangiovese fermented in open-top oak vats with ambient yeasts and aged in oak for 18 months. The fruit represents a special selection from over 25 hectares of vines planted in a mix of soils with clay, sandstone, limestone marl and flysch. In fact, the territorial impact on the wine's bouquet is strong with dusty or salty notes that frame dark fruit, dried cherry and toasted spice. This wine shows polished elegance, and that's something that was not easy to achieve in this hot vintage.

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2015

Imperial Rioja Gran Reserva CVNE Available Later

1x300cl 10+ £165.00 IB

1x300cl 10+ £208.72 Inc VAT

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  • GDH

    Goedhuis, September 2021

    This beautiful Gran Reserva is aged for two years in French and American oak. Bright, earthy fruit is tinged with inviting notes of liquorice, cedar, vanilla, leather and dark chocolate. Classically balanced; it has smooth, enveloping tannins and a rich, luxurious texture. We love the layers of soft red and black cherry, plum, smoke and clove that flow onto the long finish. Brilliantly priced, it is a marvel.

  • JS

    James Suckling, September 2021,
    Score: 97

    This is very ripe with blackberries, dried fruit, toasted oak and black licorice on the nose. Full-bodied with ultra-fine, linear tannins and a racy, refined finish. This has fantastic structure and length. It goes on for minutes. It needs time to open and refine even more. One of the best Imperiale Gran Reservas in a very long time. Drink after 2023.

  • VIN

    Vinous, April 2021,
    Score: 95

    Deep, brilliant ruby. Offers sharply defined, mineral-inflected red and dark berries, cherry liqueur, pipe tobacco, vanilla and exotic spice scents. Chewy and penetrating in the mouth, offering concentrated black raspberry, bitter cherry, boysenberry and spicecake flavors that steadily become more lively on the back half. The strikingly persistent finish features polished tannins, repeating minerality and a touch of candied flowers. Drink 2025 - 2038. 95 points. Josh Raynolds, Vinous

  • TA

    Tim Atkin, February 2021,
    Score: 96

    Produced in CVNE’s bodega within a bodega, entirely dedicated to Imperial, this is a superb Gran Reserva that combines Tempranillo with 10% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo. Rich, dense and layered, with fine new French and American oak, wonderful focus, savoury tannins and the depth and concentration to age for a decade or more.

  • WS

    Wine Spectator, July 2021,
    Score: 94

    This vivid red shows good momentum, with solid tannins encasing cherry, cola, clove and balsamic notes, marked with cedar, anise and spice elements. The flavors are well-integrated, but this complex red has a long life ahead of it.

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2018

Overture Mondavi Napa Valley 2021 Release Available Later

6x75cl 10+ £595.00 IB

6x75cl 10+ £730.07 Inc VAT

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  • GDH

    Goedhuis, August '21

    A superb expression of the two combined vintages which form the composition of this beautiful wine. A classical blend of Bordeaux’s five famous varieties, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot, petit Verdot and malbec. Radiant purple colour, this combines fresh raspberry and summer berry scents. The initial sensation in the palate is a bright purity of fruit, the tannins provide a round harmonious feel, whilst also contributing to a feeling of structured weight with their characterful granular like texture coming through on the finish. This combination of ripe, juicy sweetness and a feeling of intensity and power reflect a new era for Overture, this is a class act in its own right. Superb.

2000

Ch Branaire Ducru 4ème Cru St Julien Available Later

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  • GDH

    Goedhuis, April 2001

    Another excellent offering from arguably 2000s most successful commune. Full bodiedwith massive reserves of rich, slightly exotic late autumn blackberry fruit.Very well knit. The best Branaire for years.

  • NM

    Neal Martin

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  • RP1

    Robert Parker, June 2010,
    Score: 94

    A beautiful wine from Branaire, the 2000 is close to full maturity, and should offer plenty of pleasure over the next 15-20 years. Its deep ruby/purple hue is accompanied by scents of boysenberries, black currants, and spring flowers. This medium to full-bodied, pure St.-Julien hits the palate with authority, displaying silky tannins as well as wonderful richness, depth, and texture.

  • RP

    Robert Parker, April 2003,
    Score: 93

    A saturated purple color offers up notes of graphite, plum, raspberry, and blueberry fruit in that distinctive Branaire style. Always a singular wine, even for St.-Julien, the wine boasts superb purity, rich, medium to full-bodied flavors, with loads of sweetness, some subtle toasty oak, and strength and richness that builds incrementally on the palate. A top-flight Branaire, this is the finest wine made at this property since the 1996 and 1982. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2025.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson,
    Score: 16

    Very good colour, silky and scented but an odd oak chip smell (not that I am suggesting for a moment it was caused by oak chips). Full but chunky with rather rustic tannins.

  • CC

    Clive Coates, June 2001

    78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc. 52% in the grand vin. 48 hl/ha. Very good colour. Lovely ripe, concentrated, substantial Cabernet fruit on the nose. This iscontinued on the palate. Fullish body. Quite tannic. Not too sturdy. This is the best Branaire-Ducru for years, for as well as the usual volume, there is a level of finesse that the château doesn't normally attain. Very good grip. And this extra elegance. Long. Fine. From 2010.

  • NM

    Neal Martin, March 2020,
    Score: 91

    The 2000 Branaire-Ducru has an attractive earthy bouquet with touches of cedar and oyster shell, well defined and perhaps with more horsepower than the 2001. It still feels youthful. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannin, blackberry, cedar, sage and a touch of black olive developing with time. Then halfway through it takes its foot off the accelerator and becomes much more elegant, to wit, a Saint-Julien with “gentle swagger”. This comes recommended and whilst you could drink it now, it will benefit from two or three more years in bottle. Tasted at the Branaire-Ducru dinner. Drink 2020-2040. 91/100.

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2019

Bodegas Aalto Ribera del Duero Available Later

6x75cl 10+ £161.61 IB

6x75cl 10+ £210.00 Inc VAT

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  • GDH

    Goedhuis, October 2021

    This 2019 has an astonishing nose of vibrant blueberry and plum tinged with spice and minerals that draws you in. There is some powerful concentration here, but the tannins are sleek, ripe and the finish so fresh. The fruit has a lifted elegance, keeping everything in perfect balance. It will age majestically for another ten years at least, further harmonising the power of the fruit.

2017

Barolo Aleste Sandrone Available Later

6x75cl 1 £580.00 IB

6x75cl 1 £712.07 Inc VAT

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  • AG

    Antonio Galloni, November 2021,
    Score: 95

    The 2017 Barolo Aleste is a dark, ample wine. Dark cherry, plum, new leather, spice and licorice bring out darker tones of Nebbiolo. All the natural power of these parcels come through effortlessly. Best of all, the 2017 will drink well with minimal cellaring. Drink 2025-2037.

  • JS

    James Suckling, November 2021,
    Score: 96

    The purity and brightness of nebbiolo is so impressive here. Strawberries and blue fruit abound. Full-bodied, yet tight and very polished with a long, persistent finish. Very transparent and appealing. Drink 2025+.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, November 2021,
    Score: 17.5

    Lustrous mid ruby. Still a little compact but already showing great depth of fruit with hints of fresh mint, iron and oatmeal. Gorgeous juicy, full, red fruit with a rich layer of powdery tannins. Still a little embryonic, but sensationally balanced for this challenging year. Drink 2022-2036.

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2019

Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore Sandrone Available Later

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    ML, June 2021,
    Score: 93

    The Luciano Sandrone 2019 Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore is a beautiful expression of this mighty red grape from the north of Italy. The Valmaggiore vineyard in Roero offers a spicy and accessible interpretation with plenty of wild cherry and blue flower. This vintage also offers pretty layer of crushed white peppercorn. You get terrific complexity and a very food-friendly ensemble at a competitive price.

2018

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    Goedhuis, November 2021

    No single vineyards Crus made this year due to a bad hailstorm on the 15th July, in particular in the Ovello, Montestefano, Montefico vineyard sites. Putting your nose to the glass it’s shy at first, then slowly unfurls with seductive flavours and alluring aromatics. Smouldering darker fruits, plum, dark Griotte cherry, but with time in the glass hints of pretty red fruits and floral notes appear. Peonies, rose, wild strawberry and dark red cherry are wound into a fine structure atop the dark plum and savoury notes of forest floor and subtle warm spices. This certainly has concentration and power in the glass. Lots of complexity and broader shoulders than normal coming from the additional single Crus that have gone into this blend, but still everything is perfectly balanced and in harmony. Lovely freshness on the palate and a really wonderful body and texture with lots of fine tannins which are ripe and juicy. It’s as seductive as ever and utterly delicious. Highly recommended.

2018

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  • GDH

    Goedhuis, November 2021

    No single vineyards Crus made this year due to a bad hailstorm on the 15th July, in particular in the Ovello, Montestefano, Montefico vineyard sites. Putting your nose to the glass it’s shy at first, then slowly unfurls with seductive flavours and alluring aromatics. Smouldering darker fruits, plum, dark Griotte cherry, but with time in the glass hints of pretty red fruits and floral notes appear. Peonies, rose, wild strawberry and dark red cherry are wound into a fine structure atop the dark plum and savoury notes of forest floor and subtle warm spices. This certainly has concentration and power in the glass. Lots of complexity and broader shoulders than normal coming from the additional single Crus that have gone into this blend, but still everything is perfectly balanced and in harmony. Lovely freshness on the palate and a really wonderful body and texture with lots of fine tannins which are ripe and juicy. It’s as seductive as ever and utterly delicious. Highly recommended.

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Châteauneuf du Pape Ch de Beaucastel Oenotheque 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009 Available Later

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  • WA

    Wine Advocate, February 2014,
    Score: 94

    2004. Showing brilliantly, with a deep, rich and layered profile, the straight 2004 Chateauneuf du Pape has gorgeous black cherry, earth, underbrush and background meatiness that gives way to a full-bodied, concentrated and pure feel on the palate. A foudre-aged blend of 30% Mourvedre, 30% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 5% Cinsault, with the balance a mix of the other permitted varieties, this knockout Chateauneuf du Pape will have another 10-15 years of prime drinking. Drink 2014-2029. 94 points. Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate.

  • WA

    Wine Advocate, October 2008,
    Score: 95

    2006. As I stated last year, there is no Hommage a Jacques Perrin in 2006, but Beaucastel’s 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape is performing even better from bottle than it did last year. Its dense plum/ruby/purple color is followed by a big, sweet perfume of black truffles, camphor, earth, incense, new saddle leather, and loads of peppery, blackberry, and herb-infused, meaty, black cherry fruit. Deep, full-bodied, and dense, with sweet tannin, this explosively rich Chateauneuf is a stronger effort than the 2005. Drink 2012-2028. 95 points. Robert Parker, Wine Advocate.

  • WA

    Wine Advocate, October 2009,
    Score: 96

    2007. Beaucastel’s 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape has turned out even better out of bottle than I predicted. An inky/ruby/purple color is followed by a glorious nose of blue and black fruits, truffles, pen ink, licorice, and meat juices as well as glorious levels of acidity and sweet tannin, buttressing the fruit’s fabulous freshness and vibrancy. This full-bodied effort still displays considerable tannin, no doubt because of the relatively high Mourvedre content. It should resolve its tannins in 2-4 years, and last for 25 or more. Drink 2012-2032. 96 points. Rober Parker, Wine Advocate.

  • WA

    Wine Advocate, October 2011,
    Score: 94

    2009. The 2009 Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape is reminiscent of their brilliant 1985. It will be one of the rare Beaucastels that is drinkable upon release. Made from this estate’s classic blend, it possesses soft tannins as well as a silky, open-knit seductiveness, a dense plum/purple color and a beautiful perfume of smoky Provencal herbs intermixed with grilled steak juices, garrigue, kirsch and blue as well as black fruits. The wine is full-bodied, unctuously textured, and silky smooth (the latter characteristic being somewhat atypical for a young Beaucastel). If it performs like the 1985, it will drink well young and continue to do so for 25 or more years. Drink 2011-2036. 94 points. Robert Parker, Wine Advocate.

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