Following on from our successful offer of Louis Roederer's excellent non-vintage in June, we can now offer a special pre-release allocation of Roederer's superb Prestige Cuvée, 2009 Cristal. The warm year of 2009 has in general made generous, relatively rich Champagnes, but as none of the usual critics have tried the 2009 Cristal, this offer is based on the marque and the glowing tasting notefrom Roederer's own Chef de Cave.
A favourite of Robert Parker and Allen Meadows, Daniel Barraud makes some of the best wine in Maçon, a fact recognised by some of the biggest noses including Robert Parker: ‘Barraud is unquestionably in the very top echelon of producers in Pouilly-Fuissé. [He] is crafting superlative wines that equal or surpass the finest offerings of the Cote de Beaune’s grand cru vineyards.’
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.eRobertParker.com
With another great weekend of tennis lined up and with any luck continued fine weather, we've put together this mixed case of some of our favourite summer wines to sit back and enjoy whilst watching the action or share with friends: 2 x 2012 GUSBOURNE Brut Reserve Brut English Sparkling Wine Gusbourne Estate 2 x 2014 SAINT VÉRAN Domaine de la Denante 2 x 2014 CASA DA SENRA VINHO VERDE LOUREIRO Lima Quinta dos Abrigueiros 2 x 2015 MIP* Made in Provence Classic Rosé Domaine Sainte Lucie 2 x 2015 FLEURIE Clos de La Roilette Domaine Coudert 2 x 2014 PUY-DE-DÔME PINOT NOIR Cave de Verny Just £160 inc.
They say it takes 30 days to acquire a habit so we’re joining in with 'Wines of Germanys’ celebration of German Riesling during July. We have made all of these wines available by the single bottle at our usual case price so you can get to know the different styles of Riesling that we are really pleased to have discovered over the past couple of years.
To continue this month's focus on German Riesling, today we will be opening two of our favourites from our popular Discover Riesling Mixed Case (just £150), so do drop by from 4pm onwards and say hello and taste these two lovely wines which we are offering at our usual case on single bottles for the month of July.
At the beginning of the 2015 campaign, we advised those who thought we'd Leave to pile in before the pound plummeted, and those who thought we'd Remain to hold their fire until after the referendum as the subsequent bounce in sterling might result in the remaining primeurs looking cheaper now.
Without doubt, Glastonbury is the best festival in Britain and quite probably the world. The quality of music and the all-out entertainment is unrivalled. To get the most out of the Festival, you really need to be staying in luxurious accommodation and that is what I was lucky enough to do last week when I held a tasting at Pennard Hill Farm for 170 prestigious guests.
Poggerino - Chianti, Tuscany Piero Lanza is one of Chianti's greatest young ambassadors. A qualified oenologist, a very competent agronomist and a brilliant winemaker, his wines have improved immeasurably over the past few vintages. Located in the heart of Chianti Classico district the estate consists of 106 acres of vineyards, olive groves and woodlands.
As we near the end of this season's en primeurs, we have more top right bank wines, including 2015 CHÂTEAU AUSONE , (£2800 per six) a stupendous wine made in microscopic quantities which has a real rarity value. Order now if interested.
2015 CHÂTEAU LAFITE has now been released. 'an excellent Lafite-Rothschild in the making and it often "finds its voice" only after bottling, so it could ultimately end with a higher score.' 94-96 Neal Martin, www.
This afternoon will apparently see the release of Château Lafite, the most regal of all the firsts. Before that we have the release of Pomerol belonging to the Rothchilds of Lafite, 2015 CHÂTEAU L'ÉVANGILE, and Lafite's second wine, darling of the Asian market, 2015 CARRUADES DE CHÂTEAU LAFITE.
This morning we can offer one of the greatest Pomerols and one of the acknowledged great wines of the vintage 2015 CHÂTEAU L'ÉGLISE CLINET . Denis Durantou's flagship wine is another classic; 'a quite magical 2015 L'Eglise-Clinet' 96-98 Neal Martin, 'Don't miss it', 95-97 Antonio Galloni, 'a great L'Église-Clinet' 18-19 The Wine Doctor.
This morning sees the releases of two of the Médoc greats, in the shape of Mouton Rothschild and Ducru Beaucaillou. 2015 CHÂTEAU MOUTON ROTHSCHILD (£2130 per six bottles) is highly-rated, as one might expect, with 19 from Jancis Robinson 'Very fine.
This Friday, we will be opening two wines from the Loire Valley - a superb sparkling wine for under £15 & a refreshing white from Eric Chevalier. Do pop in on your way home from work and join us for a glass from 4pm.
'Time to wake up to the joys of Pessac-Léognan, because this appellation nailed it in 2015. Forever playing the bridesmaid to Pauillac or Saint Julien, but never the bride, Pessac-Léognan should be one of the first areas of Bordeaux at which you look.' Neal Martin, www.
The Delons have now released 2015 CHÂTEAU LÉOVILLE LAS CASES at £1475 per dozen, £737.50 per six. 'superlative Léoville Las-Cases with the substance to suggest long-term ageing will be repaid. 95 - 97/100' Neal Martin. 'Grabs the attention. 17.5' Jancis Robinson. 'This will be a very great wine.' 96 Steven Spurrier.
This morning sees the release of some of the big names in Saint Emilion, including Gérard Perse's 2015 CHÂTEAU PAVIE, Hubert de Bouard's 2015 CHÂTEAU ANGÉLUS and the one that missed out on the move up to Premier Grand Cru Classé 'A', 2015 CHÂTEAU TROPLONG MONDOT.
Château Montrose is out this afternoon with the price ambitiously set at £570 per 6-pack. Their second wine - Dame de Montrose is also out, yours for £145 per 6-pack. We had an interesting tasting at the Châteaux of these wines.
Château Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, everyone's favourite with its run of fabulous vintages spanning the seventies to the early nineties, definitely stumbled through under-investment over the turn of the millennium.
Bordeaux can be a rather confusing and confounding market and never more so than at 'primeur' time. It is very easy to switch off, and many of us do, with just some of the big names and wild prices making the headlines.