Category Archives: Tasting notes

Outstanding mature Cru Classé Bordeaux offer

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, … Continue reading

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The other side of 2013 – Sauternes & Barsac

The campaign to sell 2013 Bordeaux wines en-primeur was the most disastrous for 20 years, and possibly longer, but one group with more to be upset about than most are the producers of Sauternes. The damp conditions that blighted red … Continue reading

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En Primeur 2013 – the story so far…

LATEST RELEASES – 14th April 2014 Two recent releases from of Bordeaux are both top second growth wines. The two wines are from different ends of the Medoc but also take diametrically different approaches to pricing. St Estephe’s Cos d’Estournel … Continue reading

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2011 Vintage Port – A Brilliant Opportunity

One last bite at the Cherry – In a year when the 2012 Claret en primeur campaign failed to engage wine lovers, people did manage to get excited about the 2011 Ports that were released on sale, for delivery at … Continue reading

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A Vintage Year – 2011 Burmester Port en primeur

Most Port producers have declared that they will release a 2011 Vintage, the first to be universally declared since 2007. The quality is excellent, showing great fruit purity, yet built for the long term as the fine quality tannins are silky and well integrated – indeed some … Continue reading

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En Primeur 2012 – Vieux Chateau Certan – under £1000 a case

This beautiful small estate in the heart of Pomerol consistently crafts one of Bordeaux’s most elegant wines and again in 2012 Vieux Chateau Certan excelled, producing one of the vintage’s most beautiful wines. The estate benefits from a high proportion … Continue reading

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En Primeur 2012 – Léoville-Las-Cases 2012 – cheapest vintage on the market

Arguably one of the best, if not the finest wines made in St.-Julien in 2012, certainly this is one of Robert Parker’s potential top scorers of the vintage. The brief price comparison in the table below shows this not only … Continue reading

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En Primeur 2012 – A new dawn at Figeac

Château Figeac, St Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé Price £ 525 IBFigeac brings a little cheer to the en primeur Market after a rather drab set of releases. The high point was the wonderful Chateau Figeac releasing @ £525 was … Continue reading

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En Primeur 2012 – A Pauillac snip!

Grand Puy Lacoste 5eme Cru Classé, Pauillac just £365 per dzn IB When first pricing this offer I forgot to convert Euros to Pounds and thought the price was OK, BUT once I’d noticed my error and made the conversion … Continue reading

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Bordeaux 2011 – St Estèphe

Tasting notes by David Allen MW, April 2012

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