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Chateau Clerc Milon, 5eme CC, Pauillac, 2015 (1x75cl)

** THIS WINE IS NOT HELD IN STOCK BUT QUICKLY BROUGHT IN TO ORDER. ORDERS PLACED BY 9am EACH MONDAY WILL BE WITH US FOR IMMEDIATE DESPATCH ON THE WEDNESDAY. **

 

Awarded 96 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in November 2018 (see link below).

Chateau Clerc Milon, 5eme CC, Pauillac, 2015 - Nov 2018 Decanter review

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"Extremely floral with blackberry and blueberry character plus hints of violets. Full-bodied yet always in check and reserve with fine tannins and bright acidity that goes on for minutes. Limestone undertones. The finish is particularly long this vintage. Super Clerc. Try in 2021. 95 pointsJames Suckling, www.jamesauckling.com, February 2018.

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 "Tasted blind. Dark crimson. Muted, but well-behaved nose. Rather sumptuous texture and fine tannins. A fine-boned wine offering real enjoyment quite early. Drink 2023-2040. 17 points". Jancis Robinson, www.JancisRobinson.com, February 2019.

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A legendary terroir, prestigious neighbours, a providential encounter: the history and the success of Château Clerc Milon are summed up in these three words. The terroir is that of Pauillac, where some of the world’s finest wines are made. The neighbours are Château Mouton Rothschild and Château Lafite Rothschild, illustrious First Growths whose nearby vines can be seen from the terrace of the Château. The encounter was with Baron Philippe Rothschild, who in 1970 acquired the then badly neglected estate and decided to restore Château Clerc Milon to its status as a Cru Classe.

A wine with considerable ageing potential made in the traditional Médoc way, Château Clerc Milon is the result of a particularly successful marriage between gravel and clay-limestone terroirs and Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes. Powerful, tannic, full-bodied and rich in fruit, it also has all the typical elegance of the finest Pauillac wines.

In terms of the weather, although 2015 was slightly warmer than average, it was above all very dry (706 mm of rain, compared with an annual average of 862 mm), especially between February and July, from budbreak to veraison. As a result the berries remained small, which explains why the yield was rather low. Rainfall in August and September was higher than average, which helped to prevent the ripening process from coming to a halt in a vineyard already stressed by the lack of water. As a result, the grapes matured at rather different rates from one plot to another, according to the variety, the age of the vines and the terroir. In order to ensure that each grape variety and each plot was picked at optimum maturity, the harvest period was the longest in living memory. It lasted 23 days between the Chateau's three estates, from the first Merlot clusters on 14 September to the last Cabernet Sauvignon grapes on 6 October.

Maturation was in oak casks (30% new) for 18 months.

According to the Château, the 2015 vintage in Pauillac is very similar in its heft and opulence to the 2005 vintage. They say: "the tannins are generally very well-rounded, dense and seamlessly smooth. After blending, the wines still have the same aromatic intensity and complex, full-bodied structures which barrel-maturing should further enhance".

Cabernet Sauvignon 51%, Merlot 34%, Cabernet Franc 13%, Petit Verdot 1% and Carmenere 1%.

The wine is a crystal-clear garnet red with violet highlights. The fresh and elegant nose exudes ripe morello cherry aromas, followed by subtle notes of liquorice and toast to complete a rich and complex yet light and airy bouquet. Initially refined and silky, the palate gathers power on finely chiselled tannins wrapped in crisp flavours of red fruit, dark chocolate and dried flowers. The rich and harmonious palate leads into a stylish and succulent finish with a slightly minty freshness.

ABV = 13.5%.

£84.20

Chateau de Pez, Cru Bourgeois, St-Estephe 2014 (1x75cl)

Created in the 15th century, Château de Pez is the oldest domain in Saint-Estèphe. The Pontac family, who also created Haut-Brion, gave Pez its vineyards. The domain was sold as a property of the state after the French Revolution and was owned by a succession of families before Champagne Louis Roederer purchased it in 1995.

The Château de Pez estate covers more than 26 hectares. The wines are left to ferment in traditional oak vats before being blended, and left to develop for a period of 16 to 18 months in oak barrels, 40 percent of them new.

The month of June saw ideal conditions for ripening although July and August were much more dreary. September, on the other hand, brought a glorious and endless Indian Summer. These weather conditions, much appreciated in Bordeaux, laid the foundations for this classic and highly promising vintage. The harvesting lasted 5 long weeks as we harvested each parcel at optimum ripeness. This vintage gave powerful, generous and very expressive Merlots, distinctive and elegant Cabernet Sauvignons and exceptionally complex Cabernet Francs and Petit Verdots. The wines are powerful, voluptuous, rich and well-balanced.

The Château de Pez winery remains resolutely faithful to wood. The blend is composed in December, then the wine is stored in barrels (40% new wood, 40% in “premier vin” casks and 20% in “deuxième vin” casks) and racked every three months. Vatting: 22-30 days. It is to be noted that the wine undergoes absolutely no filtration. The wines of Château de Pez have an attractive tannic structure worthy of further ageing. They are sometimes referred to as the ‘Pomerols’ of St-Estèphe, in part due to the smooth roundness brought to the wine by the Merlot vines grown on the exceptional soils. They tend to be dark in colour and have great length, body and distinction and are best appreciated after 5+ years.

This wine is 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot.

Complex nose of spice and red fruits. Long palate with smooth, elegant tannins and notes of black fruits and ripe, juicy strawberries. Pairs well with lamb, red meats, cheese, truffle, chocolate.

ABV = 13.5%.

£33.65

Chateau De Pibarnon Bandol Rouge 2014 (1x75cl)

The 2012 vintage was awarded 96 points/Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their September 2016 edition review of Provence and 93 points/Highly Recommended status in their September 2017 edition review of Provence Reds (see blue links below). 

Pibarnon 2012 - Sept 2016 Decanter review

Pibarnon 2012 - Sept 2017 Decanter review

The vineyards overlook the valley, facing the sea, covering terraces upon terraces up to 300 metres altitude, on slopes forming a vast amphitheatre, sheltered from the mistral. The high altitude of the vineyards means cool nights and slow ripening of the grapes. The Château de Pibarnon vineyard is planted on very old and highly calcareous, Triassic ground. This limestone enhances the bouquet in the wine. It also allows the extraction of very fine and elegant tannins. Moreover it is this which causes the freshness and minerality, giving an exemplary type and flavour. Château de Pibarnon focuses on 12 main plots, all located at the summit of the estate including Bel Air, Jourdan, Pointes-Blanches and le Cirque.

After more than 35 years of winemaking at the Domaine, it's still surprising to experience an unprecedented situation at each harvest. In appearance, it is a rather mild year, not very hot, and perfectly regulated from a hydration point of view. Beautiful, but not excessive, rains in winter and spring pave the way to a mild and dry summer. There was even a thunderstorm on 15th August, which revives the foliar activity and the cold hardening process. The makers were therefore calmly expecting rather late maturities. In fact, the vintage was earlier than they imagined: El Nino woke up: very good. Beautiful maturity and tannins, the first vats are harvested at perfect maturity. An unprecedented hail storm just before the harvest scared them out of our minds. But fortunately, the leaves of Mourvèdre are like helmets and there is was harm done.

90% Mourvedre, 10% Grenache. 

The 2014 red is typically southern, dense, spicy, abundantly liquorice and fruity. Its 'Pibarnon' style is present from the outset, long and energetic with both density and finesse. It is a wine that will open up in spring for 2 or 3 years. To be tasted again later on with its secondary bouquets.

 ABV = 14.0%. 

£34.40

Chateau de Rouillac, Pessac-Leognan 2012 (1x75cl)

Based in Pessac-Leognan on the left bank of Bordeaux, the elegant and noble Château de Rouillac is imbued with a historic past. In the 19th century Château de Rouillac was owned by Baron Haussmann, who produced a delicious wine which is said to have delighted Napoleon III. The current proprietor Laurent Cisneros and his family took up the reins of this magnificent property in 2009, passionately championing sustainable and environmental practices. The property has had a long association with horses and possesses beautiful stables; Titan their huge and impressive horse is still used today to plough the exceptional gravel soils in the vineyard. Renowned oenologist Eric Boissenot produces wines which are delicately blended with the utmost precision to reveal their optimum expression.

The property is located in the Pessac-Léognan appellation and is right at the entrance to the city of Bordeaux. The vineyard sits on an exceptional terroir of gravel. The estate covers 36 hectares of which 26 hectares are planted with vines. The vines are cultivated sustainably, with respect for the environment and the biodiversity on the estate. Herbicides are not employed; instead the vineyard is cultivated in the traditional manner. The grapes are manually harvested.

2012 was a challenging vintage characterised by high rainfall. However, a hot, dry period during the summer promoted the growth cycle and ripening of the grapes. 2012 was a grower’s vintage; meticulous work in the vineyard reduced the risks of disease pressure and allowed for a harvest of good quality. Harvest dates were carefully chosen, resulting in good quality fruit with silky tannins. Harvest took place 1st to 12th October 2012.

Fermentation and maceration of the skins took place in temperature controlled stainless steel vats, lasting for 20 to 25 days. During vinification daily pump-overs and punching down of the cap took place in order to extract colour and tannins; and impart structure and flavour. 100% of the wine was transferred to French oak barrels, one third of which was new and the wine underwent malolactic fermentation; two thirds of the wine were aged in barrels of one year.

Cabernet Sauvignon 58%, Merlot 42%.

A concentrated deep red wine, with ripe red and black fruit flavours enhanced by spicy notes of cloves and subtle truffle flavours. Silky smooth on the palate with fine and elegant tannins and a long, succulent finish.

ABV = 13.5%.

£29.35

Chateau de Santenay Mercurey Rouge (Vielles Vignes) 2017 (1x75cl)

The 2016 vintage was awarded 94 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their November 2018 edition tasting of Best Buy Red Burgundy (see blue link below).

Chateau De Santenay Mercurey Rouge (Vielles Vignes) 2016 - Nov 2018 Decanter review

This magnificent property, which dates back to the 9th century, is also known as Château Philippe le Hardi, as it was once owned by the first Duc of Burgundy. Philippe le Hardi is famous as the person who banned the cultivation of Gamay in the Côte d'Or, saying in his edict of 1395 that only Pinot Noir could be used in the production of red wines from the already fabled slopes. Despite its long history, the property had fallen on hard times until it was taken over by the French bank Crédit Agricole in recent years. They have invested heavily, bringing in a new team to support the general manager, Gérard Fagnoni, and putting the emphasis on quality. The property has 98 hectares of vineyard, 72 of which are in Mercurey. These are remarkably well made and good value wines from the Côte d'Or and Côte Chalonnaise.

The fruit for the Mercurey Rouge comes from Chateau de Santenay's 72 hectares of vines planted across the Mercurey appellation. The soils are rich in clay, but the limestone is still very present as well as some areas of marl. These characteristics give the red wines of Mercurey finesse and structure.

Upon arrival at the winery, the grapes were cold soaked for seven days at 8°C to extract colour and flavour from the skins. Temperature-controlled fermentation lasted 12 to 14 days with daily pumping over, finishing with a rack and return, or 'délestage', to impart the grainy tannins that give the wines a lovely structure and length. The wine was then aged in oak barrels for 13 months, of which 20% were new.

100% Pinot Noir.

This wine is dark ruby in colour, it is bright and lifted with excellent concentration. the nose is elegant with aromas of ripe red fruit including cherries, and a touch of oak. The palate is full with great structure and an attractive chewy and grainy character. The finish is long and fresh.

ABV = 13.0%.

** See also Chateau de Santenay's excellent Premier Cru Mercurey - the 2014 vintage was rated as a DWWA 2017 Best in Category Wine **

£22.65

Chateau Fourcas-Dupre, Cru Bourgeois, Listrac 2015 (1x75cl)

** THIS WINE IS NOT HELD IN STOCK BUT QUICKLY BROUGHT IN TO ORDER. ORDERS PLACED BY 9am EACH MONDAY WILL BE WITH US FOR IMMEDIATE DESPATCH ON THE WEDNESDAY. **

Awarded 88 points and Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in May 2018 (see link below).

Chateau Fourcas-Dupre, Cru Bourgeois, Listrac 2015 - May 2018 Decanter review

Château Fourcas-Dupré is is a 44-hectare property located in the Listrac commune of Bordeaux, which is well-known as an area rich in hidden gems that rival higher-priced bottles from the Left Bank of the Gironde. 

Château  Fourcas-Dupré was started in 1843 by Jean Baptiste Dupre, attorney of the Court of Bordeaux, upon the site of an old vineyard originally established in the middle ages crossed by the ancient Roman road known as la levade. In the early 20th century, it was a Premier Cru de Listrac. In 2006, a new classification system was made official forcing all wineries in the area into the 'simple' Cru Bourgeois. This resulted in the best Crus Bourgeois wineries leaving the classification in favor of the Union des Grands Crus which currently includes 85% of the classified growths. The estate vineyard has one of the highest concentrates of gravel from the Pyrenees, (80%). You find these soil compositions in Moulis, Margaux, and Pessac Leognan. The vineyard is planted to Cabernet Sauvignon (44%), Merlot (44%), Cabernet Franc (10%) and Petit Verdot (2%). The average age of the vines is over 30 years and the density of the planting is 8300 per hectare. The wine making is done by the chateau owners, the Pages brothers, with consulting from Eric Boissenot, whose other clients include Lafite, Mouton, Haut Brion and Latour.

Its premier wine is a blend of 44% each Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with 10% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot contributing complexity and structure.

The wine pours a deep garnet color, with aromatics of blackberry, spice, cigar box and fresh asphalt. The palate currently shows ripe fruits such as plum and currant, with well-integrated oak influences. This main estate wine has a complex mineral style with touches of ruby. Its personality develops with balance and smoothness. With time the sweetness and elegance of its tannins gives a remarkable balance and harmony. One finds traces of roasted coffee beans and toast that develop with time.

ABV = 13.5%.

£19.40

Chateau Grezan Les Schistes Dores Faugeres 2017 (1x75cl)

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Awarded a Platinum medal and 97 points at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (click link for details).

For other 2019 DWWA winners, click here.

We also highly recommend Chateau Grezan's excellent (and excellent-value) unoaked Chardonnay.

The viticultural history of the Cros-Pujol family began five generations ago, in 1877, on a very small parcel of Carignan between Autignac and Laurens. It was worked with a donkey and a horse, the harvests were vinified at the back of the family home by Jules-Anatole Cros, known as Costant, and his wife Anna, the first winemakers of the family. For the past 30 years, Château Grézan has expressed the very essence of Faugères wines. Produced from selected grapes, the Château Grézan wines combine respect for ancestral wine traditions and an open-mindedness to modernity.

The vineyards of Château Grézan and the Cros-Pujol family now cover nearly 110 hectares in both AOP Faugères and IGP Pays d’Oc. Their grape varieties in AOP Faugères are the classics of the region: Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvèdre and Carignan. The Schists Dorés here is (most) unusual in Faugères for its almost exclusive use of Syrah

The soil in Faugères consists essentially of shale(s) - golden and slatey: the former gives the name to this wine. This stone is characterized by its remarkable capacity to retain water and its ability to store daytime heat and then release it at night. This is how the grapes continue to ripen at night. The climate is Mediterranean with a mountain influence. It is characterized by mild winters with rare frosts and hot and dry summers with infrequent but heavy rainfall.

See blue link below for the fiche technique/technical note on this (highly medalled/awarded) wine from the team at Chateau Grézan.

Chateau Grezan Les Schistes Dorés, Faugeres 2017 - fiche technique

90% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre.

For our tasting note, we hand over to the DWWA19 judges:

"This is very classy stuff. Blackcurrant jam is the dominant flavour, but is flanked on either side by toasted cinnamon and vanilla, the superlatively integrated oak adding yet another layer to this already complex, ravishing wine. Delicious weight of rounded, brushed cotton tannins, and lush super-ripe black fruits – totally delicious, persistent and racy! Perfect with food".

ABV = 14.5%.

£19.25

Chateau La Fleur Grands Landes, Montagne St-Emilion 2015 (1x75cl)

Awarded 88 points and Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their April 2018 edition review of the St-Emilion satellite appellations 2015 vintage (see blue link below).

Château La Fleur Grands-Landes Montagne St. Emilion 2015 - April 2018 Decanter review

The Durand family has owned the seven hectare estate in the Montagne district since the 18th century. In 1969, M. Carrère, Mme Durand's husband took over the estate, shaping it to its current form. Since 1997, his daughter Isabelle Carrère, oenologist from Michel Rolland's team, has been running the estate having taught viticulture and oenology for 10 years.

The vines are grown on slopes in clay soils. The vineyards are carefully managed throughout the year, with debudding, manual removal of the vine-shoots, leafthinning and green harvesting all being carefully performed. Chemical fertilisers are not used; instead vegetal based compost is added moderately to the soil having monitored its equilibrium. A manual harvest takes place when the grapes are slightly overripe to get a better phenolic maturity of the skins and the pips.

Generous flowering took place followed by a hot, dry early summer. August was slightly cooler and damper, followed by good weather in September enabling the grapes to reach full maturity. Generally the harvest took place earlier than the previous year. 2015 has been cited as a great modern Bordeaux vintage of excellent quality.

The grapes were carefully sorted by hand after a total destemming on the sorting table. 20% of the wine was bled off. A cold maceration took place prior to fermentation, which lasted three to four days. The fermentation was carried out in temperature controlled stainless steel vats, with daily pump-overs and lasted for three weeks. The wine was then matured, with 80% aged in vats and 20% in oak barrels.

Merlot 80%, Cabernet Franc 15%, Cabernet Sauvignon 5%.

A medium bodied Bordeaux , with spicy, dark fruits and herbal notes combined with earthy hints. A beautifully balanced wine with silky tannins and a light finish. A lovely match for beef wellington or barbequed chicken.

This wine is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

ABV = 14.0%.

£14.60

Chateau Lagrange, 3eme CC, St-Julien 2010 (1x75cl)

** THIS WINE IS NOT HELD IN STOCK BUT QUICKLY BROUGHT IN TO ORDER. ORDERS PLACED BY 9am EACH MONDAY WILL BE WITH US FOR IMMEDIATE DESPATCH ON THE WEDNESDAY. **

 

Awarded 94 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in January 2020 (see link below).

Chateau Lagrange, 3eme CC, St-Julien 2010 - Jan 2020 Decanter review

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“Lagrange’s relatively new winemaking team appears to have backed off the aggressive oak regime and the result is a wine with better overall balance. Still a backward, muscular/ masculine style of St Julien, it reveals abundant tannin along with a subtle hint of vanillin intermixed with lead pencil shaving, white chocolate, black currant and cassis characteristics. Although less expressive than some of its 2010 peers, it is a big, powerful, rich wine that needs a decade of cellaring. It should last for 30 yearsDrink: 2021-2051. 89-92 points". Wine Advocate, 5th Jan, 2011.

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"Loads of tension and form. It can be cellared for decades, but it's balanced and beautiful already. Lots of blueberry, licorice and blackberry character. Try in 2018. 96 points". James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, July 2014.

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The estate was classified a third growth in 1855 thanks to the efforts and the vision of Count Dûchatel, who owned Lagrange from 1842 to 1874. He built a network of drains and extended the estate to 280 hectares, including 120 of vines. As Minister of the Interior during the reign of King Louis-Philippe and a member of the Academy of Fine Arts, he spread Lagrange’s reputation far and wide.

In 1983, the Suntory group, the leading Japanese wine and spirits firm, acquired Lagrange and invested heavily in a spectacular renovation. Priority was given to the vineyard, followed by refurbishing and modernising the vat room and cellars. The efforts undertaken in the 1980s continue to the present day: work in the vineyard is done with great attention to detail and each plot is treated individually. The grapes are then fermented separately in order to fine tune and obtain the best possible final blend. The resulting wine is powerful, elegant, and the epitome of a great Saint-Julien.

Vintage: An unusual combination of dryness and cold. Outstanding sunshine from May to the end of October. The growth cycle slowed down over the last weeks due to the drought, which led to a late picking. A vintage is hallmarked by an outstanding concentration of tannins of great finesse.

Harvest: from 29th September to 20th October 2010.

Winemaking: fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats, and then aged in French oak barrels, 50% of which were new, for c 20 months before bottling.

Cabernet Sauvignon 75%, Merlot 25%.

Deep and intense colour, red and black fruits aromas, toasted and vanilla notes. In the nose, impression of freshness. Attack very firm in the mouth and increasing with an exceptional tannic richness. Powerful, smooth and harmonious tannins.

ABV = 13.0%.

£67.85

Chateau Lamothe-Bouscaut, Pessac-Leognan 2012 (1x75cl)

Château Lamothe-Bouscaut is located in the village of Cadaujac and dates back to the 12th century. In 1999 it was acquired by its neighbour, Château Bouscaut, owned by Sophie Lurton and Laurent Cogombles. The Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon vines grown on the deep gravelly soils are on average 35 years old. The vineyards are sustainably managed and pruning is carried out by hand by five vineyard workers on the nine-hectare estate.

The rich, plush palate of Château Lamothe-Bouscaut is a result of a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine is fermented in stainless steel and concrete tanks and then aged for 12 months in oak, 45% of which is new.

Surprisingly approachable for its age, this Pessac-Léognan is ripe, generous, and an excellent example of a fruit-forward modern Bordeaux that is delicious to drink.

Surprisingly approachable for its age, this Pessac-Léognan is ripe and generous and an excellent example of a fruit forward modern Bordeaux that is delicious to drink.

ABV = 13.0%.

£22.90

Chateau Lamothe-Bouscaut, Pessac-Leognan 2013 (1x75cl)

Château Lamothe-Bouscaut is located in the village of Cadaujac and dates back to the 12th century. In 1999 it was acquired by its neighbour, Château Bouscaut, owned by Sophie Lurton and Laurent Cogombles. The Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon vines grown on the deep gravelly soils are on average 35 years old. The vineyards are sustainably managed and pruning is carried out by hand by five vineyard workers on the nine-hectare estate.

The rich, plush palate of Château Lamothe-Bouscaut is a result of a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine is fermented in stainless steel and concrete tanks and then aged for 12 months in oak, 45% of which is new.

Surprisingly approachable for its age, this Pessac-Léognan is ripe, generous, and an excellent example of a fruit-forward modern Bordeaux that is delicious to drink.

Surprisingly approachable for its age, this Pessac-Léognan is ripe and generous and an excellent example of a fruit forward modern Bordeaux that is delicious to drink.

ABV = 13.0%.

£22.00

Chateau Lamothe-Bouscaut, Pessac-Leognan 2016 (1x75cl)

Château Lamothe-Bouscaut is located in the village of Cadaujac and dates back to the 12th century. In 1999 it was acquired by its neighbour, Château Bouscaut, owned by Sophie Lurton and Laurent Cogombles. The vineyards measure a total of nine hectares and are mainly comprised of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc.

The Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon vines are planted on well draining, deep gravelly soils and are on average 40 years old. The vineyards are farmed sustainably and pruning is carried out by hand by five vineyard workers. Vines are trained using the simple Guyot system and fruit is harvested manually.

The 2016 vintage began with a rainy winter which replenished water reserves in the soil. Flowering and fruit set occurred without issue and the bunches were well distributed. The soil water reserves sustained the vines through what was a very warm and dry summer, with record temperatures in August. However, temperatures cooled off in September and the grapes underwent a slow ripening during the final stages of the growing cycle and the harvest was slightly later than usual. The grapes harvested were of excellent quality with great concentration of flavour balanced by a vibrant acidity.

The grapes were gently de-stemmed and crushed before fermentation took place temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks with regular punch downs and pump overs. After fermentation the wine was then transferred to French oak barrels, 45% of which were new, where it was aged for 12 months.

53% Merlot, 47% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Deep ruby in colour. On the nose intense aromas of plum, blackcurrant and bramble are married with notes of cedar and spice. Firm but velvety tannins on the palate and a well-integrated acidity carry the flavours onto the long finish and give this wine great potential for ageing.

ABV = 14.0%.

£26.70

Chateau Langoa Barton, 3eme CC, St-Julien 2010 (1x75cl)

** THIS WINE IS NOT HELD IN STOCK BUT QUICKLY BROUGHT IN TO ORDER. ORDERS PLACED BY 9am EACH MONDAY WILL BE WITH US FOR IMMEDIATE DESPATCH ON THE WEDNESDAY. **

 

Awarded 94 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in January 2020 (see link below).

Chateau Langoa Barton, 3eme CC, St-Julien 2010 - Dec 2017 Decanter review

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"Another wine showing better from bottle than it did from barrel, the 2010 Langoa Barton has the typical structured, dense style, but just as I thought earlier on, it is a much softer and more developed wine than one ordinarily expects from proprietor Anthony Barton. It is full-bodied and impressively endowed with subtle oak, rich cassis fruit and notes of new saddle leather, forest floor, cedar wood and spice box. Full, authoritative and dense, this wine should be at its best between 2018 and 2035" 93+ points". Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, February 2013.

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Château  Langoa Barton is a Classified 3rd Growth (3eme Cru Classe) estate in the appellation of St. Julien, situated on the Left Bank of Bordeaux.

In 1826, Hugh Barton, already proprietor of Château Langoa, purchased part of the big Leoville estate. His part then became known as Léoville Barton. Six generations of Bartons have since followed, and continued to preserve the quality of the wine, classified as a Second Growth/Deuxieme Cru Classe in 1855.

In 1983, Anthony Barton, the present owner, was given the property by his uncle Ronald Barton who had himself inherited it in 1929. Anthony Barton's daughter Lilian Barton Sartorius now helps her father in managing the estate. Together, they maintain the traditional methods of winemaking, producing a typical Saint-Julien of elegance and distinction.

Château Langoa Barton covers some 25 hectares of vineyards, planted with ~60% Cabernet Sauvignon, ~30% Merlot and ~10% Cabernet Franc. The vines have an average age of 35 years; the Langoa Barton terroir comprises mainly gravel and clay soils.

Château Langoa Barton's wines are made by traditional vinification: alcoholic and malolactic fermentation (generally combined) take place in large (200-hectolitre) wooden vats. The wines are aged in French oak 225-litre barriques - some 60% typically being new - for around 16 to 18 months, varying with the vintage.

Each year, some 90,000 bottles of the Château Langoa Barton Grand Vin wine are produced, along with the Chateau's second wine, the  Lady Langoa. The wines of Château Langoa Barton are famed for their formidable ageing potential, reaching a peak maturity some 12 to 25  years from vintage.

Harvested from 28 September to 8 October 2010. 

Cabernet Sauvignon 73%, Merlot 17%, Cabernet Franc 10%.

To quote Decanter: The top class oak is still present for the moment, with floral notes and a touch of acacia peeking through. Perfect balance, full and lush, rounded off with long, tasty tannins.

ABV = 13.0%.

£81.15

Chateau Larose-Trintaudon, Cru Bourgeois, Haut-Medoc 2014 (1x75cl)

Reviewed by Decanter in their July 2019 Bordeaux supplement, in the article "My favourite Everyday Claret" (see blue link below).

Chateau Larose-Trintaudon Haut-Medoc 2014 - July 2019 Decanter review

Château Larose-Trintaudon dates back to 1719, but it wasn't until 1838 when Henry Delaroze, Mayor of Saint-Laurent, planted a vineyard on a gravelly mound in a place called 'Trintaudon' that its winemaking history began. The history remained the same as its sibling Larose Perganson, because it formed part of Jean-Pierre du Pontent's, acquisitions in 1719, when he was Counselor to the King of France. During the subsequent years, the property fell victim to phylloxera and neglect and it wasn't until 1963, when Professor Emile Peynaud was brought in to replant the vineyards, that the Château achieved the reputation that it has today.

Nestled between the communes of Saint-Julien-de-Beychevelle and Pauillac, the 190-hectare vineyard of Château Larose Trintaudon is planted upon one of the oldest layers of Médoc gravel, called the 'Pyrenean layer'. Situated on the borders of the Pauillac and Saint-Julien Appellations, it benefits from very similar growing conditions as its neighbour Château Latour. The soil is mainly composed of fine and sandy gravels on top of a clay-based limestone soil. The vines are 28 years old on average with a planting density of 6,600 vines per hectare. The team green harvests every Spring to ensure that grape bunches hang separately, allowing air to circulate around each one, and to control yields.

An exceptionally cold and damp summer threatened the 2014 vintage. However, an unseasonably warm and dry autumn brought fruit back on track, which resulted in perfumed and high acidity in the wines. The reds are fresh, medium bodied with supple tannins and perfect for both early drinking and cellaring.

The wine, a blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 51% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot, was fermented in stainless steel tanks to retain the primary fruit aromas. It was then aged in oak for 12 to 16 months of which 50% was new, adding complexity and roundness to this structured and elegant wine.

This wine is very deep, intense ruby in colour with violet hues. On the palate, sweet spices of vanilla, cinnamon and ginger entwine with flavours of dates and dried figs. A racy, incredibly full-bodied and wellstructured wine with enormous density and power. Infinite length on the palate with excellent balance between fruit, tannins and acidity.

ABV = 13.5%.

£20.55

Chateau Lascombes, 2eme CC, Margaux 2010 (1x75cl)

** THIS WINE IS NOT HELD IN STOCK BUT QUICKLY BROUGHT IN TO ORDER. ORDERS PLACED BY 9am EACH MONDAY WILL BE WITH US FOR IMMEDIATE DESPATCH ON THE WEDNESDAY. **

 

Awarded 94 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in January 2020 (see link below).

Chateau Lascombes, 2eme CC, Margaux 2010 - Jan 2020 Decanter review

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"The wine hits all cylinders in 2010. The average alcohol for the bottled wine is 14%. It has a gorgeously sweet nose of creme de cassis, spring flowers, subtle barbecue smoke and charcoal followed by full body, beautiful intensity, great purity, stature and length. The influence of any oak is minimal, despite the fact that 90% new French oak was used. Needless to say, this is an example of modern-styled winemaking at it's finest, and arguments that such wines will not age well, do not represent their terroir , and are soul-less, are totally groundless. Give it 5 or so years of cellaring and drink it over the following 25-30 years. This is one of the great Margaux wines of the vintage. Probably the greatest Lascombes made to date. 96 points". Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, March 2013.

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From the 17th century to the modern day, ten generations of owners have succeeded each other and left their stamp upon the history of Château Lascombes. A destiny paved along its way with colourful characters, who all contributed to the excellence of the wines of  Château Lascombes.  

Combining power and elegance, smoothness and tannins, Château Lascombes is a wine of great complexity. In its youth, its depth of colour never fails to impress. Finesse and softness on the palate are complemented by stylish, fine-grained tannins. Château Lascombes should be enjoyed as it ages over the years to enable full appreciation of its aromatic complexity and the development of its ever-more suave structure in the bottle.

The wine is aged in French oak barriques (typically 60% new oak) for 18 months.

Cabernet Sauvignon 55%, Merlot 40%, Petit Verdot 5%.

At first discreet, the nose bursts with black fruit aromas after swirling the glass. A wonderful array of very ripe fruit, such as blackberries, sun-drenched cherries with chocolate and mocha notes coming through. Great aromatic complexity and lovely finesse. A fresh, soft entry on the palate. All the power and structure is counter-balanced by the roundness, flesh, vivacity and elegance of the flavours. Against its velvet backdrop the fullness of the wine comes immediately centre-stage, showcasing its tight-knit, fine-grained tannic structure, the hallmark of this 2010 vintage. Black fruit and spice flavours follow, and the finish is amazingly long.

Cellaring: the Château say 2020-2047.

ABV = 14.0%.

£115.90
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