of Horsham, West Sussex

 

established 2000

 

 

 

 

Fine & Rare Wines

Summer 2014

 

 

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Introduction

 

When buying fine wine, one should consider how the bottles have been stored by the merchant. Too many are kept standing upright on high shelves near to bright lighting in warm temperatures for months, sometimes years, on end. This is no way to treat such treasures. All my stock slumbers in an underground cellar, providing the ideal conditions for slow maturation. I deal only in small parcels of fine wine, so you may find that some of the wines are in limited supply. Sometimes I have a few cases, sometimes just the odd bottle. The caption ‘limited stock’ usually means that less than six bottles remain.

 

I offer a 5% discount on six bottles or more, which may be mixed.

 

If you require a particular wine or vintage not listed here, just ask and I will endeavour to locate it for you.

 

 

About Me

 

Every wine has been hand picked by me, a professional in the trade for fifteen years and holder of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust Diploma with Honours. In 2003 I passed the notoriously rigorous Master of Wine tasting examination.

 

So read on, and indulge yourself in some of the best that the wine world has to offer …

 

Michael Arditti

 

 

How to Order

 

Simply contact me by email or phone with your desired quantities (please leave a message if I am not around). I offer free delivery within 10 miles of Horsham, or 20 miles for orders over £100.

 

Red Bordeaux

My specialist region. Nowhere else on earth does red wine achieve such balance between power and elegance, opulence and austerity. The list that follows covers up-and-coming producers among the lesser known areas, to the world-famous cru classé of Saint Emilion, Graves and the Médoc.

 

2010

A very dry year producing small, concentrated berries with lots of everything – a vintage for the long term.

 

Château Beaumont 2010, Haut Médoc                                                                 Halves            £10

 

Château Ormes de Pez 2010, Saint Estèphe                                                      Halves            £22

 

Château Cantemerle 2010, 5ème cru classé, Haut Médoc                                Halves            £22

 

Château Ferrière 2010, 3ème cru classé, Margaux                                                                    £40

Fragrant, classic and beautifully balanced Margaux.

 

Château Cantemerle 2010, 5ème cru classé, Haut Médoc                                                        £42

A cracker, this has the density to age for twenty years.

 

Réserve de la Comtesse 2010, Pauillac                                                                                      £50

The plush and silky fruit that we have come to expect has added stuffing and backbone in this vintage; it promises to age well. Very good.

 

2009

Glorious weather throughout September and well into mid-October gave the bunches very long hang times, producing lovely ripe and fruit-filled wines. Comparable to 1990 or possibly 1982.

 

Château Cantemerle 2009, 5ème cru classé, Haut Médoc                                 Halves            £22

 

Château Picque-Caillou 2009, Pessac Léognan                                                                         £25

Dense, structured, to lay down.

 

Sarget de Gruaud Larose 2009, Saint Julien                                                                                £27

 

Château Batailley 2009, 5ème cru classé, Pauillac                                             Halves            £27

 

Château de Fonbel 2009, grand cru, Saint Emilion                                                                      £31

From the Ausone stable, this always offers high quality at a fair price.

 

Goulée 2009, Médoc                                                                                                                        £32

Limited stock.

 

Château Le Crock 2009, Saint Estèphe                                                                                        £32

The best vintage of this ageworthy cru bourgeois to date, start drinking from 2017.

 

Les Fiefs de Lagrange 2009, Saint Julien                                                                                     £32

Another surefire value, this will age for fifteen years plus.

 

Château Moulin Riche 2009, Saint Julien                                                                                      £35

An irresistible mouthful of St Julien, elegant and harmonious.

 

Château Chasse Spleen 2009, Moulis                                                                                          £38

Limited stock.

 

Château Angludet 2009, Margaux                                                                                                  £38

Ripe and seductive, drink young or keep until 2023.

 

Château Phélan Ségur 2009, Saint Estèphe                                                                                £44

 

Reserve de la Comtesse 2009, Pauillac                                                                                       £45

 

Château Durfort-Vivens 2009, 2ème cru classé, Margaux                                                          £45

 

Château Pichon-Longueville Baron 2009, 2ème cru classé, Pauillac                                            £176

Magnificent! This is the best Pichon Longueville in a long time. 2025 – 2040+

 

2008

A successful year in a somewhat leaner style as defined by the cool growing season, not dissimilar to 1988.

 

Winemaker’s Collection 4 – Stephan Derenoncourt, Haut Médoc                                                    £35

An innovative concept – the terroir remains constant (Ch d’Arsac) but the winemaker changes each vintage.

 

Château Beauregard 2008, Pomerol                                                                                             £39

 

Château Langoa Barton 2008, 3ème cru classé, Saint Julien                                                    £46

Packed full of smooth berry fruit but with the structure to last a generation, this is a most impressive Langoa.

 

Château Pichon-Longueville Lalande 2008, 2ème cru classé, Pauillac                                    £99

Limited stock.

 

Château Lynch Bages 2008, 5ème cru classé, Pauillac                                                              £125

Spectacular stuff, one of the best wines of the vintage! Beautiful definition, concentration and ripeness. 2020 – 2030+.

 

Les Forts de Latour 2008, Pauillac                                                                                                £219

Limited stock.

 

2007

Cool and very wet summer, I recall sheltering under Anthony Barton’s umbrella. Some good wines were made however, for drinking in the medium term. (A great vintage in Sauternes though, see later section.)

 

Winemaker’s Collection 3 – Andrea Franchetti, Haut Médoc                                                          £28

Limited stock.

 

2006

A very good year producing tight, ageworthy wines despite the damp conditions in September.

 

Winemaker’s Collection 2 – Denis Dubourdieu, Haut-Médoc                                                     £32

Limited stock.

 

Château La Pointe 2006, Pomerol                                                                                                 £33

Good quality pomerol that won’t break the bank. Just ready but will be best between 2015 and 2020.

 

Château Cantemerle 2006, 5ème cru classé, Haut Médoc                                                         £36

Fragrant and floral; always keen value. 90pts Robert Parker.

 

Château Haut Bages Libéral 2006, 5ème cru classé, Pauillac                                                   £37

“Profound spice and fruit notes, initially restrained, but opening into a chorus of aromas. Has a succulent intensity, a carpet of red and black fruits, fully textured and long. Hugely impressive, hugely rewarding. Drink from 2016,” Decanter Magazine.

 

Château Beychevelle 2006, 4ème cru classé, St Julien                                          Halves            £42

A gorgeous Beychevelle, silky and seductive.

 

Château Talbot 2006, 4ème cru classé, St Julien                                                                        £47

A super example of Talbot this year, combining density with elegance and poise. “A red with a solid core of blueberry and currant aromas, with spices too.  Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a balanced finish. Very pretty. 92-95pts” James Suckling, Wine Spectator.

 

Château d’Armailhac 2006, 5ème cru classé, Pauillac                                                               £50

A very successful vintage for the Rothschild stable, this is one of the finest d’Armailhacs made. Drink 2014 – 2025. 91pts RP.

 

Clos Fourtet 2006, 1er grand cru classé, St Emilion                                                                    £55

This walled vineyard on the plateau, immediately above the medieval town, produces a most wonderful expression of the Saint Emilion terroir  - concentrated yet composed, with exquisite balance. Drink from 2015. 91pts RP

 

Le Petit Mouton 2006, Pauillac                                                                                                           £155

From the great terroir of Mouton Rothschild (best wine of the vintage), this is the second wine made from young vines. Powerful and opulent with obvious class, echoing the grand vin but at a fraction of the price. Approachable already but with the ability to age for another ten plus years. Limited stock.

 

2005

Low rainfall and perfect weather throughout the year produced fine quality at all levels. I tasted most of these from barrel in the spring of 2006 and cherry picked. The wines are ripe, concentrated and tannic – true vins de gardes.

 

Château Tour St Bonnet 2005, Médoc                                                                                               £17.50

A well-loved, traditional northern Médoc with a touch of austerity, to drink from 2012. 88pts RP.

 

Château Haut Bages Libéral 2005, 5ème cru classé, Pauillac                           Halves           £24

A mini Latour! (and just next door to it) Firm, archetypal Pauillac that will age effortlessly. Drink from 2017.

 

Château Labégorce 2005, Margaux                                                                                              £33

“True Margaux quality,” as Hugh Johnson puts it. I could not agree more - an absolute delight.

 

Goulée 2005, Médoc                                                                                                                            £35

I was blown away by this new wine from the team at Cos d’Estournel. Limited stock.

 

Winemaker’s Collection 1 – Michel Rolland, Haut Médoc                                                               £38

Limited stock.

 

Château Berliquet 2005, grand cru classé, St Emilion                                                                 £38

This is a château to watch - quality is soaring but prices have yet to catch up.

 

Château Chasse Spleen 2005, Moulis                                                                                          £39

 

Château Cos Labory 2005, 5ème cru classé, Saint Estèphe                                                     £39

The finest wine from this estate I have ever tasted. Tannic, will reward patience. Drink from 2017.

 

Château Lagrange 2005, 3ème cru classé, St Julien                                                                      £59

Wines of purity are the hallmark of Lagrange, good even in lesser vintages, and in a year like this – stunning.

 

Château Langoa Barton 2005, 3ème cru classé, St Julien                                                             £60

The finest young Langoa I have ever tasted. Limited stock.

 

Château Clinet 2005, Pomerol                                                                                                        £95

Powerful, muscular Pomerol built for the long term, this is my pick of the commune.

 

Château Figeac 2005, 1er grand cru classé, St Emilion                                                             £135

Full of freshness and elegance, this is St Emilion in the classic mode. Approach from 2015.

 

Château Pontet Canet 2005, 5ème cru classé, Pauillac                                                             £170

A true Pauillac and a giant in the making, this is of first growth stature. 96+ pts RP.

 

2004

After 2003 the vine naturally wanted to overproduce - the best wines were made by properties that managed to control their yields.

 

Château Quinault l’Enclos 2004, grand cru, Saint Emilion                                                           £38

Hail naturally reduced the crop at this garagiste property. “An elegant, pretty Quinault, the 2004 displays a dense ruby/purple color along with a big, rich nose of licorice, black raspberries, cherries, and spice. This blend of 71% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec possesses an excellent texture, beautiful elegance and complexity, and no hard edges. A seamlessly made, supple-textured, evolved, forward effort, it can be drunk now or cellared for 12-15 years. This is a very strong effort in a challenging vintage.” 91pts RP.

 

Clos du Marquis 2004, St Julien                                                                                                     £40

So good is the second wine of Léoville Las Cases, it is highly sought after in itself. Now to 2015+. Limited stock.

 

Château Beau-Séjour Bécot 2004, 1er grand cru classé, Saint Emilion                                   £58

Concentrated, modern St Emilion aged in 100% new oak. Drink now to 2019. Rated ***** Decanter Magazine. Limited stock.

 

2003

The heatwave reduced the crop but produced some super-rich wines in the northern Médoc.

 

Château Marbuzet 2003, Saint Estèphe                                                                                        £39

This small 7ha plot is under the same ownership as Cos d’Estournel and benefits from the same care and attention. Good value, this is seriously good claret. Drink from 2012. 17 / 20 Jancis Robinson MW. Limited stock.

 

Château Duhart Milon Rothschild 2003, 4ème cru classé, Pauillac                                           £95

“Consumers should take note as this estate is clearly benefiting from increased attention from the Rothschilds. The 2003 may be the finest Duhart-Milon made ... ever! A blend of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon and 27% Merlot, it boasts a deep ruby/purple hue in addition to a big, sweet perfume of black fruits interwoven with roasted herbs and meat juice offered in a muscular, full-bodied style. Full-bodied, dense, and well-structured, this stunning cuvee is best consumed between 2010-2030. 92+pts” RP.

 

Château Léoville Barton 2003, 2ème cru classé, Saint Julien                                                        £99

Unlike many Bordelais, Anthony Barton (the proprietor) is not one to exaggerate, so when he says that this is the greatest wine he has ever produced … Best from 2015. 98pts Wine Spectator

 

Carruades de Lafite 2003, Pauillac                                                                                                £320

“A spectacular value as well as a sleeper of the vintage is the 135,000-bottle cuvee of 2003 Carruades de Lafite (50% Merlot, 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2% Cabernet Franc). This amazing effort rivals such superb second wines as the 1989 Bahans-Haut-Brion and 1982 Forts de Latour. A serious red, it is sexy, opulent, rich, and luscious with silky tannin, enormous body, and wave after wave of mocha-infused black cherry and cassis fruit. It is almost too good to be believed. 93pts” Robert Parker. 2008+ to 2020. Limited stock. (Only 1 bottle remaining)

 

2002

A forgotten vintage and one that is often misunderstood. Climatic conditions favoured the left bank, indeed the Médoc cru classé made wines of real depth and structure very much in the classic mold; wines destined to age gracefully.

 

Château Langoa Barton 2002, 3ème cru classé, St Julien                                 Halves            £26

Sister château to Léoville Barton producing sturdy, traditional claret worthy of extended ageing and good value to boot. Approach from 2012, but will probably not hit its stride until 2017. “Nose dominated by sweet toasty oak, but has elegance. Rich, pure, stylish, very concentrated Cabernet, tight, toasty finish and exceptional length.” **** Decanter Magazine, April ’05. 90pts RP

 

Château Moulin Riche 2002, St Julien                                                                                           £28

Superbly made 2nd wine of Léoville Poyferré, choc full of bramble fruit, classy oak and tobacco nuances with impressive density and firm structure. Enjoy now. Limited stock.

 

Château Rauzan-Ségla 2002, 2ème cru classé, Margaux                                                          £55

“53% of the crop made it into this blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, and 2% Cabernet Franc. An outstanding wine with a dark ruby/purple colour and more power, richness, and concentration than its younger sibling, the 2002 reveals outstanding potential, exhibiting plenty of concentrated black currant fruit with some vanilla, herbs, and liquorice. It has about the same level of tannin as the 2003, but seems to have sweeter fruit and more mid-palate and length. 90 pts” Robert Parker. Limited stock.

 

Château Léoville Barton 2002, 2ème cru classé, St Julien                                                                     £74

One of the top wines of the vintage! Drink 2014 to 2025. “Closed in with only hints of fruit in evidence now. Brilliantly crafted modern style. Rich carpet of fruit with encompassing fine tannins. Serious wine.” ***** Decanter Magazine, April ‘05. 92pts RP

 

Château Léoville Poyferré 2002, 2ème cru classé, St Julien                                                                  £75

Tasted Nov ‘06 my notes read, “deeply coloured and seductively scented with sweet cherry on the nose. A lovely palate, pure and concentrated with supple but firm tannic structure and real power.” At its peak between 2011 and 2019. 90pts RP

 

Château Cos d'Estournel 2002, 2ème cru classé, Saint Estèphe                                              £125

93pts RP. Expected apogee 2017 – 2028. Limited stock.

 

2000

A hugely successful year with great consistency across the region.

 

Château Cantemerle 2000, 5ème cru classé, Haut Médoc                                 Halves            £25

Elegant and complex this has matured to a silky soft texture. Drinking well now. Limited stock.

 

Château Belgrave 2000, 5ème cru classé, Haut Médoc                                                             £39

A lesser known fifth growth that has been improving for some time, it offers real value for money. Now to 2020. Limited stock.

 

Sarget de Gruaud Larose 2000, Saint Julien                                                                                £40

The 2nd wine of Château Gruaud Larose. A terrific, ageworthy claret and cracking value. Drinking to 2017.

“This château made a classic grand vin and the second wine is outstanding. Very rich and plummy on the nose. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and plenty of fruit on the finish. 91pts” James Suckling, Wine Spectator. Limited stock.

 

Château La Tour Figeac 2000, grand cru classé, Saint Emilion                                                £63

An estate to watch. 91pts RP. Limited stock.

 

Château Lafon-Rochet 2000, 4ème cru classé, Saint Estèphe                                                  £65

A classically long-lived St Estèphe. 90pts Robert Parker. Limited stock.

 

Château Lascombes 2000, 2ème cru classé, Margaux                                                              £95

The best Lascombes for thirty years. 2013 on. 90pts RP

 

Château Calon-Ségur 2000, 3ème cru classé, Saint Estèphe                                                   £97

From one of the finest terroirs in Bordeaux, this château is back on form and has produced one of the wines of the vintage.

To drink from 2014 to 2030+. 92pts RP. 95-100pts Wine Spectator.

 

Château Gruaud Larose 2000, 2ème cru classé, Saint Julien                                                    £130

This estate consistently produces great wines of class and structure. Another star from this stellar vintage. 2015 to 2030+. 94+pts RP. "Absolutely wonderful aromas of flowers, currants and citrus. Full-bodied, yet very, very refined, with a center core of fruit that tastes like crushed raspberries and goes on and on. Greatest wine from this estate since 1945. Best after 2010." 95pts WS

 

Château d'Armailhac 2000, 5ème cru classé, Pauillac                            Magnum (1.5L)          £150

This property, owned by the Rothschilds of Mouton, is going from strength to strength. This should be starting to drink beautifully. 91pts RP.

 

Château Léoville Poyferré 2000, 2ème cru classé, Saint Julien                                                 £155

This property has improved over the last ten years and now ranks among the top second growths. A stunning claret to enjoy from 2014. 95pts RP. Limited stock.

 

Château Pichon-Longueville Baron 2000, 2ème cru classé, Pauillac                                            £225

“A spectacular effort, this is a profound Pichon Baron and clearly my favourite vintage of this wine since the 1989 and 1990. An inky purple colour offers up notes of barbecue spices intermixed with new saddle leather, crème de cassis, melted liquorice, creosote, and a hint of vanilla. The wine is full-bodied, tremendously concentrated, with sweet tannin and a seamless finish that goes on for close to one minute. This wine has great purity, tremendous texture, and fabulous upside potential. This is a prodigious 2000! Anticipated maturity: 2008-2028. 97 points,” Robert Parker. Limited stock.

 

Château Lynch Bages 2000, 5ème cru classé, Pauillac                                                              £230

A tour de force. Regularly performing like a second growth, many believe this is the best Lynch Bages ever made. 95+pts RP. Enjoy 2015 to 2025+.

 

1999

A challenging year, but a handful of estates excelled. I have selected some of the best that managed to produce ripe, supple claret.

 

Château Lynch Bages 1999, 5ème cru classé, Pauillac                                                              £98

Ripe and rounded, this plump claret is always a joy to drink but has enough structure and weight to mature for another ten years. 90pts RP. Limited stock.

 

Château Mouton-Rothschild 1999, 1er cru classé, Pauillac                                                        £355

At a tasting of the ’99 crus classés this was my top wine, showing all the fabulous opulence of classic Mouton. Decant a few hours before serving and drink until 2025. Label by Raymond Savignac, wrapped in original tissue. Limited stock.

 
1998

This remains an undervalued vintage compared to 2000. A hot, dry August ensured the grapes ripened well. The regions of Saint Emilion, Pomerol and the Graves saw perfect conditions for the harvest and have given truly great wines, as good or even better than the 2000s. The top estates in the Médoc made a rigorous selection and also produced some delicious wines.

 

Château Lagrange 1998, 3ème cru classé, Saint Julien                                                             £55

This property produced a gorgeous ’98 with real staying power. At peak 2016 to 2028. “Rich, perfumed, pure black fruits, touch of sweet creaminess. Sweet fruit on palate, lovely melting tannins, refreshing acidity, effortless. Top class,” Richard Bampfield MW, Decanter Magazine Jan ’06.

 

Château Kirwan 1998, 3ème cru classé, Margaux                                                                       £56

In ascendance, and a great success in this vintage. Michel Rolland consults. 90pts RP. “Very good earthy, wild violets, gamey Cabernet bouquet, complex. Very fine length and excellent ripeness, proper structure and superb tannins,” Steven Spurrier, Decanter Magazine Jan ’06.

 

Château La Gaffelière 1998, 1er grand cru classé, Saint Emilion                                              £66
A fine vintage for this estate, will drink beautifully from 2014.

 

Château Calon-Ségur 1998, 3ème cru classé, Saint Estèphe                                                   £75

Sumptuous fruit with plenty of ‘gras’ and firm but ripe tannins. Best from 2012 to 2026. “This has class and personality and very good fruit. The best Calon Ségur since 1959. Fine,” 17.5 / 20 Clive Coates MW. 92pts RP.

 

Château Léoville Barton 1998, 2ème cru classé, Saint Julien                                                    £75

Traditional claret from one of the finest and best loved St Juliens. Real breed and concentration here. 2018 to 2025. 91pts RP.

 

Château Monbousquet 1998, grand cru, Saint Emilion                                                                £80

Gerard Perse has transformed this estate and now produces opulent wines of great depth. Yields are kept very low – 30hl/ha and the wine spends 18 months in 100% new French oak. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. Drink this stunning vintage through to 2015. 94pts RP.

 

Château Cos d'Estournel 1998, 2ème cru classé, Saint Estèphe                                              £99

Rich and exotic, this is one of my very favourite châteaux and makes wines close to first growth quality. Ready now, will drink well to 2015+. Limited stock.

 

Château Troplong Mondot 1998, grand cru classé, Saint Emilion                                              £110

A powerful Saint Emilion built for the long haul. Recently promoted to premier grand cru classé. 2012 to 2020+. 93pts RP.

 

Château Pape Clément 1998, grand cru classé, Pessac Léognan                                           £130

19 / 20 Stephen Spurrier. 93pts RP

 

Château La Mission Haut Brion 1998, grand cru classé, Pessac Léognan                              £350

Almost as famous as its neighbour (below), La Mission produces tannic wines that require patience. From 2014 to 2030.

 

Château Haut Brion 1998, 1er cru classé, Pessac Léognan                                                      £495

From the oldest of the great growths, comes arguably the top wine of the vintage. Drinking now to 2030+. 96+pts RP.

 

1996

A very fine vintage for the left bank communes of the Médoc and Graves.

 

Château Lagrange 1996, 3ème cru classé, Saint Julien                                                             £85

Always one of my favourites. 92pts RP. Limited stock.

 

Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste 1996, 5ème cru classé, Pauillac                                                  £110

Outperforming its classification by miles, Clive Coates MW rates it as “the best and most consistent Pauillac outside the first growths.” Ready now, this sumptuous claret will drink to 2020 and possibly beyond. 93+ from RP.

 

Château Pichon-Longueville Baron 1996, 2ème cru classé, Pauillac                                        £160

"Pichon Longueville Baron's 1996 has turned out to be even better than I thought from cask. The high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend (about 80%) resulted in a wine that has put on weight in the bottle. An opaque purple color is accompanied by beautiful aromas of tobacco, new saddle leather, roasted coffee, and cassis. It is dense, medium to full-bodied, and backward, with moderately high tannin, but plenty of sweet fruit, glycerin, and extract to balance out the wine's structure. This well-endowed, classic Pauillac should be at its finest between 2006-2022." 91 points Robert Parker Limited stock.

 

Château Cos d'Estournel 1996, 2ème cru classé, Saint Estèphe                                              £180

I have tasted this several times, and there is no doubt about it, it is top notch. Will age magnificently. 95pts RP. Limited stock.

 

Carruades de Lafite 1996, Pauillac                                                                                                £220

2nd wine of first growth Château Lafite in a vintage where Parker gave 100pts to the grand vin. The family resemblance is unmistakable - understated elegance allied to richness and complexity. Drink now. Limited stock. (Only 1 bottle remaining)

 

Château Léoville-Las-Cases 1996, 2ème cru classé, Saint Julien                                            £250

The most expensive second-growth, but Las Cases produces one of the finest of all clarets, and since the mid ‘70s has been at first growth level. 98+pts RP. Surely one of the greatest clarets of the 20th century; this can be broached now, but would benefit from another five years ageing and drink well for at least another ten years after that. Limited stock.

 

1995

A very good year in Bordeaux, combining ripe fruit with structure, these are just starting to drink at their best.

 

Château Calon-Ségur 1995, 3ème cru classé, Saint Estèphe                                                   £115

“An absolutely amazing red, this third-growth Bordeaux is remarkable for its layers of berry, violets and perfume. It's full-bodied and very velvety on the palate, with masses of character and an ultralong finish. 96pts” Wine Spectator. Drink to 2025.

 

Château Léoville-Las-Cases 1995, 2ème cru classé, Saint Julien                                            £170

Considering this is at first growth quality, it seems a relative bargain. 95pts RP. Now to 2025. Limited stock.

 

Older Vintages

 

Château Léoville-Las-Cases 1994, 2ème cru classé, Saint Julien                                            £140

Las Cases produces masterpieces even in lesser years – the mark of a top-level estate. 93pts RP. Limited stock.

 

Château Canon 1990, 1er grand cru classé, Saint Emilion                                                         £85

In full maturity, drinking now. Limited stock.

 

Château Léoville-Las-Cases 1990, 2ème cru classé, Saint Julien                                            £300

A supreme claret at peak. 97pts RP. Limited stock.

 

White Bordeaux

 

Domaine de Chevalier blanc 2004, grand cru classé, Pessac Léognan                                   £75

White Graves doesn’t get better than this. Can be drunk with pleasure now, but will repay cellaring for another ten years. 95pts RP.

 

 

Sauternes & Barsac

If vintage is important for red Bordeaux, it is crucial for Sauternes where annual climatic conditions dictate the presence of the beneficial fungus botrytis cinerea. I am very selective in the sweeties that I list; only the best will do.

 

Château Rayne Vigneau 2007, 1er cru classé, Sauternes                                      Halves            £22

Really impressive this year. Quite lovely, combining richness with raciness giving it the ability to age for many years.

 

Château Doisy-Daëne 2007, 2ème cru classé, Barsac                                          Halves            £23

A terrific vintage for Barsac, the wines positively scintillate, and this is an absolute classic.

 

Château Suduiraut 2003, 1er cru classé, Sauternes                                                Halves            £26

Christian Seely is clearly intent on pushing the quality at Suduiraut higher than it has ever been. I tasted this from barrel and it was one of the greatest young Sauternes I have ever experienced. Limited stock.

 

Château Rieussec 2003, 1er cru classé, Sauternes                                                Halves            £26

“This is a bodybuilder of a wine. Massive. Full-bodied, very sweet, yet you don't feel it. It seems almost tannic, but there is great sweetness and power. Ginger and honey. Fantastic wine,” James Suckling, Wine Spectator. Limited stock.

 

Château La Tour Blanche 2003, 1er cru classé, Sauternes                                    Halves            £30

Dark gold in color already, with intense aromas of dried apricots, citrus, honey and maple syrup with lots of spice. Full bodied, with lovely sweetness and a long, creamy peach tart, tobacco, honey aftertaste. This is pure botrytis. Best ever from here. Has an incredible finish. Best after 2010, 97pts” James Suckling, Wine Spectator. Limited stock.

 

Château de Myrat 2007, 2ème cru classé, Barsac                                                                              £37

A real find, I was impressed by the quality at this resurgent château. Clearly so was Mr Parker awarding it 92pts.

 

Château Raymond Lafon 2009, Sauternes                                                                                          £45

This is the best of the non-classed growths, though it undoubtedly matches their level. 19/20 Jancis Robinson MW.

 

Château Rieussec 2003, 1er cru classé, Sauternes                                                                    £47

96pts RP.

 

Château Rieussec 1997, 1er cru classé, Sauternes                                                                            £52

 

 

Red Burgundy

 

Côte de Beaune

 

Pommard ‘En Brescul’ 2008, Domaine Jean-Luc Joillot                                                             £29

Should make for delicious drinking between 2013 and 2018. Limited stock.

 

Volnay 2005, Domaine Michel Lafarge                                                                                          £37

Lafarge is renowned as one of the great traditionalists. Can be drunk in its youth or aged for ten years.

 

Volnay 1er cru Fremiet 2005, Domaine Marquis d'Angerville                                                         £75

 

Côte de Nuits

 

Gevrey-Chambertin 2009, Domaine Frédéric Esmonin                                                              £31

Juicy red fruit with the underlying firmness of the village, this is natural and unforced. Delicious! Drink from 2013. Limited stock.

 

Marsonnay ‘Les Longeroies’ 2010, Domaine Bruno Clair                                                          £32

 

Nuits St Georges 1er cru Les Bousselots 2005, Domaine Remoriquet                                    £40

A rising star in (the) Nuits. Classic, structured burgundy for laying down.

 

Nuits St Georges 1er cru Les Bousselots 1999, Domaine Remoriquet                                    £42

A powerful vintage, drinking beautifully now and for some years to come. Limited stock.

 

Vosne-Romanée 2009, Domaine Mugneret-Gibourg                                                                  £53

Absolutely lovely expression; fragrant and feminine but with underlying power and richness. Top quality. Limited stock.

 

Nuits St Georges 1er cru Les Pruliers 2009, Domaine Henri Gouges                                       £60

From the best domaine in Nuits (in my opinion) this has all the steeliness associated with the village. Will be outstanding but needs time. 2020 - 2030. Limited stock.

 

 

White Burgundy

 

Chablis ‘La Sereine’ 2004, La Chablisienne                                                                                £13

Mature Chablis like this, sourced direct from the producer, is a treat to be savoured. Limited stock.

 

Chablis 1er cru Beauregard 2006, La Chablisienne                                                                    £19

Beautifully rounded and complex. Limited stock.

 

Chassagne-Montrachet ‘Vieilles Vignes’ 2008, Domaine Borgeot                                            £25

A floral, mineral style with the merest hint of oak. Bottled unfiltered.

 

Meursault ‘Les Tessons’ 2006, Domaine Michel Bouzereau                                                      £25

Now at its peak, this ripe vintage has attractive balance and charm.

 

Puligny Montrachet 1er cru Les Champs Gains 2004, Domaine Michel Bouzereau                £32

Limited stock.

 

Meursault ‘Sous la Velle’ 2006, Domaine Michelot                                                                      £35

I love the wines of Michelot. Elegance, richness and complexity - all that Meursault should be. They age well too.

Limited stock.

 

Chassagne-Montrachet 2009, Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard                                                       £37

Serious example of chassagne with finely crafted citrus fruit allied to more savoury notes and beautifully integrated oak. Great length in the mouth. Limited stock.

 

Corton-Charlemagne grand cru 2005, Domaine Bonneau du Martray                                       £110

Arguably the best example of this grand burgundy, it ages with grace for twenty years or more.

 

 

Rhône Valley

 

Hermitage ‘La Chapelle’ 1996, Jaboulet Ainé                                                                              £79

One of the true greats of the Northern Rhône with its powerful aromas of leather and spice. Now to 2025+. “Really deep, thick and black. Unbelievable legs. This has a real cassis nose. Intense, classic, spicily scented. Crushed blackcurrants. Damp leaves. Massive wine. Huge tannic structure. Strong acidity, which augurs well for the future. Has everything. Will last for 50 years. Could this be like the ’61? The formidable arrangement of fruit, acidity and tannin gives it superpower status,” Serena Sutcliffe MW. Limited stock.

 

Château de Beaucastel 2001, Châteauneuf-du-Pape                                                                 £80

A stunning vintage of this top estate, arguably the best in the last twenty years, will mature for many years to come. 96pts RP. Limited stock.

 

 

Germany

Purity, elegance and longevity. Riesling doesn’t get better than this.

 

Veldenzer Elisenberg Riesling Kabinett 2012, Max Ferdinand Richter                                     £12

Limited stock.

 

Urziger Würzgarten Riesling Kabinett Feinherb 2011, J J Christoffel Erben                            £14

Limited stock.

 

Maximin Grünhäuser Herrenberg Riesling Spätlese 2001, von Schubert          Halves            £16

 

Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese 2009, Fritz Haag                  Halves            £17

Limited stock.

 

Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Kabinett 2006, Fritz Haag                                                             £18

Napoleon named this one of his ‘pearls of the Mosel’. Juffer is one of the finest vineyards in Brauneberg (it faces due south across the Mosel) and Haag the best proponent. Delish already but can mature further. Limited stock.

 

Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Riesling Kabinett 2009, Reinhold Haart                                            £19

This has the depth and richness of a spätlese - super stuff. Limited stock.

 

Maximin Grünhäuser Abtsberg Riesling Kabinett 2001, von Schubert                                       £20

Top estate of the Ruwer and a top vintage. Ready now, this will continue to mature over the next five to ten years.

 

Urziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese 2012, Dr Loosen                                                            £21

Limited stock.

 

Serriger Schloss Saarstein Riesling Spätlese 2012, Schloss Saarstein                                 £21

Limited stock.

 

Maximin Grünhäuser Abtsberg Riesling Spätlese 2006, von Schubert                                    £25

The considerable richness here is clasped by minerally acidity in a vice-like grip creating a thrilling tension between fruit and structure. Drinking from 2014 and over the following decade or two (there really is no hurry). Limited stock.

 

Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese 2011, Willi Schaefer                                                   £26

Very long lived, this will benefit from ten to twenty years in the cellar. Limited stock.

 

Schlossböckelheimer Felsen Turmchen Riesling Spätlese 2006, Helmut Dönnhoff                £29

From a tiny 1ha enclave surrounding the ‘turmchen’ (tower) within the great Felsenberg vineyard. Limited stock.

 

Kreuznacher Krötenpfuhl Riesling Spätlese 2006, Helmut Dönnhoff                                          £30

The undisputed maestro of the Nahe does it again. Limited stock.

 

Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Riesling Auslese 2006, Reinhold Haart                                             £34

Not to be confused with the mass-produced dross that is Piesporter Michelsberg, this is from one of the great Mosel vineyards that made Piesport famous in the first place. Haart is the finest producer in this village and this beauty will age effortlessly. Limited stock.

 

Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese 2006, J J Prüm                                                             £36

A legendary estate and one of the best in Germany. Expect this to blossom after ten to twenty years in bottle. Limited stock.

 

Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese 2006, J J Prüm                                                                £36

Will take time to reach its apogee, but will be worth the wait. 2018 to 2030+ Limited stock.

 

Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese 2010, J J Prüm                                                             £36

Limited stock.

 

Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese 2001, J J Prüm                                                             £75

A great vintage - drinking from 2015 on, and on and on!

 

 

Australia

 

Wynns ‘Black Label’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2000, Coonawarra                                                   £26

Possessing a satin-like texture and beginning to develop secondary complexity, this is drinking well. Limited stock.

 

Wynns ‘Black Label’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2001, Coonawarra                                                   £26

Limited stock.

 

Wynns ‘Black Label’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2002, Coonawarra                                                   £26

Limited stock.

 

Wynns John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon 1996, Coonawarra                                                  £50

Intensely concentrated, this impressive brew is built to last. Now to 2015+.

 

d'Arenberg 'The Dead Arm' Shiraz 2005, McLaren Vale                                                             £37

After its debut vintage in ‘94, this has rapidly gained cult status. ‘Dead Arm’ refers to the disease that affects these old vines and reduces their yield with a corresponding increase in fruit concentration. “The 2005 The Dead Arm Shiraz is sourced from ancient head-pruned vines. It was aged for 22 months in a mix of new and used French and American oak. It is opaque purple/black with an expansive perfume of toast, smoke, spice box, mineral, pencil lead, tar, licorice, blueberry, and blackberry. Full-bodied, opulent, and super-concentrated, this structured, lengthy wine will benefit from 3-5 years of cellaring and drink well through 2025.” 95pts Wine Advocate. Limited stock.

 

d'Arenberg 'The Dead Arm' Shiraz 2004, McLaren Vale                                                             £39

 “An inky / purple color is accompanied by a glorious perfume of creosote / melted road tar, blackberry and cassis liqueur, pepper and spice. This deep, rich, full-bodied, tannic shiraz should be drinkable in 2-3 years and will last for two decades or more. It is the finest Dead Arm since the 2001,” 95pts Robert Parker, Oct ‘06.

 

d'Arenberg 'The Dead Arm' Shiraz 2003, McLaren Vale                                                             £43

95pts RP.

 

d'Arenberg 'The Dead Arm' Shiraz 2002, McLaren Vale                                                             £39

A structured vintage, this should be just about ready. 92+pts RP.

 

d'Arenberg 'The Dead Arm' Shiraz 2000, McLaren Vale                                                             £50

Limited stock.

 

d'Arenberg 'The Dead Arm' Shiraz 1999, McLaren Vale                                                             £60

Limited stock.

 

d'Arenberg 'The Dead Arm' Shiraz 1998, McLaren Vale                                                             £69

“The 1998 The Dead Arm Shiraz (from a vineyard planted prior to 1890) is outrageously rich, spectacular stuff, the likes of which only Australia seems capable of making. Whiners may complain that it is too big, too rich, too flavorful, and too damn good, but this opaque purple-colored offering is loaded with blackberry liqueur, smoke, charcoal, pepper, cassis, and licorice. Unctuously-textured and full-bodied, but neither heavy nor overbearing, the wine's sweet tannin and low acidity are hidden in the cascade of fruit and glycerin that melt on the palate. This riveting, compelling effort can be drunk now, but promises to age well for two decades or more,” 98pts Robert Parker. Limited stock.

 

d'Arenberg 'The Dead Arm' Shiraz 1996, McLaren Vale                                                             £75

“Year in and year out d'Arenberg's finest cuvee is their spectacular Shiraz made from 100+ year old, head-pruned vines. It is an exquisite, multi-dimensional wine that is sure to make a formidable impression with readers. It is aged in 100% new oak, tipping the scales at a whopping 14.9% alcohol, yet has a glorious level of fruit and extract. The full-bodied, port-like 1996 Dead Arm Shiraz displays scents of black fruits, prunes, licorice, and pepper. Thick, rich, and unctuously-textured, this is a dazzling old vine Shiraz that can be drunk now, or cellared for 15-20 years,” 96pts Robert Parker. Limited stock.

 

 

Vintage Port

Ready to drink

 

Niepoort Vintage Port 1994                                                                                                            £60

One of the few top quality port shippers that is not British owned. Can lay down for another five to ten years.

 

Niepoort Vintage Port 1992                                                                                                            £65

Full throttle port capable of maturing further until at least 2020.

 

Dow Vintage Port 1994                                                                                                                   £70

96pts RP. One of the stars of the vintage. Limited stock.

 

 

For laying down

 

Fonseca Vintage Port 2000                                                                                                            £79

A fantastic young vintage to lay down for between ten and forty years. 95+pts from Mr Parker. Limited stock.

 

 

Madeira

 

Cossart Gordon Bual Vintage Madeira 1969                                                                                £145

Sublime dessert wine with immense complexity, aged in the traditional manner spending 35 years in cask. Complete with wooden gift box and certificate of age. Limited stock.

 

  

Note on Lead Capsules

Fine wines prior to the mid eighties were often bottled with lead foils. After removing the foil capsule and before decanting, the rim of the bottle should be wiped with a damp cloth to remove any possible traces of contaminant.

 

Conditions of Sale

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Sale is to persons within the UK only, over 18 years of age.

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