Our latest fine wine offer:
Often overshadowed by the 2009s and downplayed by the trade at their launch, there are plenty of excellent wines from the 2008 vintage. Those of you without the patience to wait 2 years for 2010 en primeur wines to arrive would be well advised to look at the superb selection of 2008 clarets we have recently shipped. Our selection includes plenty of top flight clarets from the 2008 vintage, ranging from great value cru classé wines right up to two of the first growth stars of the vintage. With the exception of the first growths we have good availability of all these wines.
While I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend any of the wines in the selection, I would particularly draw people’s attention to the exceptionally well-priced Domaine de Chevalier, a beautifully poised, fresh, elegant wine offering vibrant clean fruit and good structure – at an incredible price for a wine that has been so highly rated. Those with a preference for powerful concentrated wines should look at the excellent Chateau Kirwan, an atypically muscular Margaux. The Chateau Haut Batailley offers classic Pauillac flavours in an approachable style at a great price, offering a (duty and VAT paid) case price per Parker point ratio of just £3.30! Finally there is Junior’s top tip for the 2008 vintage, Chateau Calon Ségur, normally a reliable wine but in this vintage manages to combine great richness with incredible poise and elegance.
Offer wines listed below
La Chapelle de la Mission Haut Brion RP: 87-88
The sought-after second wine of La Mission Haut Brion, whose quality is rising fast, especially now it is incorporating fruit previously used in La Tour Haut Brion.
Duty paid (case 12): £620.45 Single bottle price: £51.70 Under Bond (case 12):£495.00
*Domaine de Chevalier Rouge RP: 92-94
Really lovely and fresh with some tannic bite and structure balancing supple red fruit,
this has lovely acidity, giving it classic balance.
Duty paid (case 12):£530.05 Under Bond (case 12):£420.00
Chateau Kirwan, 3eme Cru Classe Margaux RP: 88-90
Kirwan is a chateau which is increasingly producing concentrated, rich wines offering brilliant value for money. This is an impressive wine with aromas of new oak, cassis, graphite and herbs.
Duty paid (case 12): £416.05 Single bottle price: £34.67 Under Bond (case 12): £325.00
*Chateau Lascombes, 2eme Cru Classe Margaux RP: 91-94
Very harmonious on the palate with a milky smooth texture on the attack supported by lovely fresh soft red fruit flavours. The finish has a tannic grip, but is not astringent. Good freshness means the clean finish lasts well.
RP: Duty paid £590.05 (case 12) Under Bond £470.00 (case 12):
*Chateau Rauzan Ségla, 2eme Cru Classe Margaux RP: 91-93
Lovely, fresh and harmonious – very well put together in a delicate style, finishes with a lovely fresh length.
Duty paid £632.05 (case 12) Under Bond £502.00 (case 12)
*Chateau Margaux, 1er Cru Classe Margaux RP: 95-97
A superb vintage for Chateau Margaux, “the 2008 appears superior to the 2007 2006 2004, 2003, 2002 and 2001.” – Robert Parker Jnr. Need I say more?
Duty paid £6,686.05 (case 12) Under Bond £5,550.00 (case 12)
Chateau Beychevelle, 4eme Cru Classe St Julien RP: 88-90
A soft, smooth and enticing wine with lively red and black fruits combining on the palate. Supple tannins and fresh fruit characteristics make this a very accessible wine offering attractive drinking now.
Duty paid £980.05 (case 12) Single bottle price: £81.67 Under Bond £795.00 (case 12)
*Chateau Haut Batailley, 5eme Cru Classe Pauillac RP: 88-90
A nicely made wine – this relatively delicate, medium-bodied Pauillac seamlessly combines vivid raspberry and blackcherry fruit aromas with an enticing ripe, rounded structure and lively freshness.
RP: Duty paid £290.05 (case 12) Under Bond £220.00 (case 12)
*Chateau Pichon Baron, 2eme Cru Classe Pauillac RP: 92-94
Deep dark, almost opaque in colour with well defined blackcurrant aromas and lively red fruits on the palate, The structure is quite tight. The wine lasts well despite its closed nature – this could be a classic Pichon Baron.
RP: Duty paid £987.05 (case 12) Under Bond £850.00 (case 12)
*Chateau Lafite Rothschild, 1er Cru Classe Pauillac RP: 98-100
Leading American wine critic Robert Parker rates this as a great, great wine, saying it was one of the most profound young wines he’s ever tasted. He describes it as combining massive richness with freshness, delineation, nuance, delicacy, and mind-boggling density.
RP: Duty paid £14,972.05 (case 12) Under Bond £14,500.00 (case 12):
*Chateau Calon Ségur, 3eme Cru Classe St Estèphe RP: 90-93
A rich, elegant wine with ripe aromas of blackcurrants, tobacco and liquorice. The full-bodied palate demonstrates superb fruit purity and ripe supple tannins, while excellent freshness gives a long finish.
RP: Duty paid £547.04 (case 12) Under Bond £499.00 (case 12)
* = Wines sold as unsplit cases of 12 bottles only
RP = Scores by Robert Parker – The WineAdvocate/eRobertParker.com
All wines are offered subject to availability and final confirmation – Offer ends 30th April 2011 E&OE
Bottle prices are offered for information only