We always stock a wide range of mature red Bordeaux wines from excellent vintages, but for the approaching festive season we would like to highlight a few great wines currently available – all are drinking now and from our own stock.
Léoville-Barton, 2ème Cru Classé, St Julien 2001
£54.55 btl / £654.60 dzn ex VAT
Deep, dark, opaque ruby red colour. Aromas are of ripe red fruits vanilla cocoa butter and chocolate. Tannins are plentiful and silky, and fresh crispness lifts the cassis and redcurrant fruit on the mid palate. New oak notes predominate, but some fruit emerges from behind it to give a nice long finish. David Allen MW
An outstanding offering… Civilized and approachable for a young Leoville-Barton, it exhibits a saturated plum/purple color along with classic Bordelais aromas of damp earth, creme de cassis, smoke, vanillin, and tobacco. Medium to full-bodied and rich, with high but well-integrated tannin, and a long, 40+ second finish, it should turn out to be a brilliant effort, and one of the stars of the Medoc. However, patience is essential. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2020. Robert Parker Jnr 92/100
Lynch-Bages, 5ème Cru Classé, Pauillac 1995
£107.88 btl / £1294.60 dzn ex VAT
Deep, dark, ruby red colour. Very ripe cassis fruit and vivid cedar aromas on the nose. Velvety smooth tannic structure and weighty, quite warm and alcoholic, a touch more acidity would pep it up a little. The wine’s quite big fruit copes well with its plentiful oak elements. David Allen MW
This is a beautiful wine with an evolved personality and low acidity. The wine exhibits abundant quantities of earthy, smoke and tobacco-tinged, black currant fruit, rich, concentrated, medium to full-bodied flavors, and moderate tannin in the long finish. It is successful, but nowhere near full maturity. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2020.
Robert Parker Jnr 91/100
Lynch-Bages, 5ème Cru Classé, Pauillac 1996
£119.63 btl / £1435.60 dzn ex VAT
Deep ruby red in colour, but not opaque. Aromas are meaty at first over black fruit and then cedar – very rich on the nose. Medium to medium-full bodied with superb, lively acidity that lifts the concentrated black fruit flavours. The tannic structure is tight and concentrated, the finish has good length. David Allen MW
The 1996 exhibits a dark plum/ruby/purple color that is just beginning to lighten at the edge, surprisingly velvety tannins and a classic Pauillac bouquet of lead pencil shavings, cedarwood, black currants, sweet cherries and spice box. This medium to full-bodied, elegant, savory, broad wine is still five years away from full maturity. It should continue to drink well for another 10-15 years.
Robert Parker Jnr 93/100
Pichon-Lalande, 2ème Cru Classé, Pauillac 1995
£149.55 btl / £1794.60 dzn ex VAT
Deep, dark – almost opaque – ruby red. Intense aromas are earthy, with clean cassis perfume and cedar and tobacco notes. The wine has a lovely velvety smooth structure and good depth and intensity of fruit, that is meaty and almost tarry. Length is good acidity is perhaps a little soft. This is a big wine with plenty of potential to develop superbly.
David Allen MW
An exquisite example of Pichon-Lalande with the Merlot component giving the wine a coffee/chocolatey/cherry component to go along with the Cabernet Sauvignon’s and Cabernet Franc’s complex blackberry/cassis fruit. The wine possesses an opaque black/ruby/purple color, and sexy, flamboyant aromatics of pain grille, black fruits, and cedar. Exquisite on the palate, this full-bodied, layered, multidimensional wine should prove to be one of the vintage’s most extraordinary success stories. Anticipated maturity: 2001-2020. Robert Parker Jnr 96/100
Calon-Ségur, 3ème Cru Classé, St Estephe 1996
£67.07 btl / £804.82 dzn ex VAT
Medium intensity of dark ruby red pigmentation. Vividly dusty aromas with stalky notes and cedar overlaying black fruits. The fruit is tight and well defined, there is tobacco and cedar the fruit is medium bodied and quite lean black fruit with plenty of fine gripping tannins backed by good acidity, The finish is long but quite drying. David Allen MW
An exceptional wine. Dark ruby-colored, with a complex nose of dried herbs, Asian spices, and black cherry jam intermixed with cassis, it possesses outstanding purity, and considerable tannin in the finish. This classic, medium to full-bodied, traditionally made wine improves dramatically with airing, suggesting it will have a very long life. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2028. Robert Parker Jnr 92/100
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