A ‘delicate, impeccable’ white Burgundy: 2010 SAINT AUBIN 1er Cru Frionnes Domaine Hubert Lamy

2010 SAINT AUBIN 1er Cru Frionnes Domaine Hubert Lamy

‘The cooler side of St. Aubin emerges in the 2010 St. Aubin Les Frionnes. Precise mineral notes frame exquisite fruit in this delicate, impeccable Burgundy. There is an understated intensity in the Frionnes that is gorgeous. The rocky soils in this site trap the daytime heat, yet at the same time force the roots to grow deep into the soils for nourishment.’ 93 Antonio Galloni, www.vinousmedia.com

2010 SAINT AUBIN 1er Cru Frionnes Domaine Hubert Lamy

Grapes: Chardonnay Village: Saint Aubin  Classification: 1er Cru
Origin: France, Burgundy ABV: 13%  Sub-district: Côte de Beaune
Vineyard: Frionnes

Price:

75cl bottles: £30.75 Case price: £27.75*

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Reviews and comments

Racy and savoury and with lovely acidity and structure. Really racy. A fair price.‘ 2013-2017 16 Jancis Robinson MW OBE – www.JancisRobinson.com

17.5 Matthew Jukes

Olivier Lamy crafts some of the best wines in the under-rated village of St Aubin. This south-east facing site produces rich, concentrated wines with chalky minerality and attractive peachy fruit. 2013-18 (92/100) Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com

The Frionnes has a very crisp, almost Zen-like bouquet at the moment. The palate is crisp with lemon zest and orange rind on the entry, fanning out nicely across the palate with hints of ginger towards the finish.‘ 90-92 Neal Martin, www.erobertparker.com

Lively but subdued aromas of white peach, tangerine, flowers and crushed stone. In a fruity, supple style, with peach, grapefruit pith and tangerine flavors lifted by a note of orange blossom. Offers more intensity than complexity and comes across as a tad tart on the back end, and still a bit youthfully bound-up.‘ 89(+?)? Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

Domaine Hubert Lamy

Olivier Lamy, a gifted winemaker, has built on the solid foundations his father Hubert prepared with twenty years and more of work in the vineyards. Today the Domaine has 18.5 hectares of vines – 80% are Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir. The vines are in several appellations – Saint-Aubin, Puligny-Montrachet, Chassagne-Montrachet and Santenay.

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Olivier Lamy – see his full wine list here

The reputation of the domaine is now made, but the Saint Aubins, both red and white remain some of the bargains of Côte d’Or, and challenge the supposed superiority of the grander villages on a regular basis, both in terms of young and mature wines.

* Mix any 12 bottles from our website or shops to qualify for our case price discount. Free nationwide delivery on all orders over £100. Next day delivery to central London.

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Château Latour Autumn 2014 Release

The following wines have been released by Château Latour in small volumes. These wines represent the last releases from the property for these wines, and the last chance to buy ex-chateau stock. They come with proof-tags and back labels saying they are the 2014 release. All are available in very limited quantities so orders will have to be confirmed individually – speak now. Offered subject to stock remaining.

Prices are per case in bond:-

Château Latour

Latour

1 case 6 magnums of Château Latour 1988 at £4200 (RP 91)
1 case 6 magnums of Château Latour 1989 at £4200 (RP 89)
1 case 12 bottles of Château Latour 1996 at £5400 (RP 99)
2 cases 6 magnums of Château Latour 1997 at £3450 (RP 89)
1 case 6 magnums of Château Latour 1998 at £3750 (RP 90)
3 cases 12 bottles of Château Latour 2001 at £3650 (RP 95)
2 cases 6 magnums of Château Latour 2001 at £3750 (RP 95)
3 cases 12 bottles of Château Latour 2002 at £3600 (RP 94)

Les Forts de Latour

Forts

2 cases 6 magnums of Forts de Latour 2002 at £1450 (RP 92)
4 cases 12 bottles of Forts de Latour 2003 at £1480 (RP 92)
2 cases 6 magnums of Forts de Latour 2003 at £1480 (RP 92)
2 cases 12 bottles of Forts de Latour 2004 at £1350 (RP 90)

The prices of these wines show a very small premium over stock in the marketplace from earlier releases, but it is a very small premium, and is coherent for the perfect provenance. Prices, it has to be said, have been pretty soft over the last couple of years, but the release prices have followed the market down, and so these prices are now lower than you would have had to pay a couple of years ago. While is is a brave man who calls the bottom of a market, there is a point at which it starts to look at least imaginable to buy these wines to drink.

Orders by email to Primeurs@LeaandSandeman.co.uk please, we will respond as fast as we can.

This is a primeur offer and the wines will be delivered when shipped – if required by a certain date please let us know and we will confirm whether it is possible. The terms are ‘in bond London’. Delivery will be charged at £15 + VAT per order. All orders will be invoiced for immediate payment.

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Solaia 2011 – new release of one of Italy’s ‘first growths’

Solaia is the top wine made by the Antinori family. It has also proved a defining wine for Italy, proving, together with Sassicaia, that Italy is capable of producing world class wines from ‘international’ varieties. To begin with, in 1978 and 1979, it was made of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20%% Cabernet Franc. From the following vintage 20% Sangiovese was included, and the current blend is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc and 20% Sangiovese, all from Antinori’s Tignanello vineyard.

The 2011 is a true classic of the style, less tight and a bit more spicy than some vintages on release. Nevertheless slow to open up, it has penetrating concentration in a mid-weight body, a nose which in its tobacco and cedar-box aromas shows a perfect ripeness, but is in no way overbearing. A wine for European palates, perhaps, but it seems to appeal to everyone.

Solaia

2011 SOLAIA Marchesi Antinori £695.00 per wood case of six bottles in bond

also available:-
2011 SOLAIA Marchesi Antinori £250 per wood case of one magnum in bond
2011 SOLAIA Marchesi Antinori £550 per wood case of 1 double-magnum
2011 SOLAIA Marchesi Antinori £1100 per wood case of 1 imperial

This is a primeur offer, with the wine offered in bond London and subject to onward delivery charges if transfer to another bond is required. Delivery is included in the duty-paid prices subject to our normal terms.

To order please email primeurs@leaandsandeman.co.uk and you order will be confirmed by return. The wine will be shipped by the end of the year, but final delivery may not take place until early 2015.

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Last Parcel: 2008 CHÂTEAU LAURIOL – Côtes de Francs

Selected by Victoria Moore for her 2012 Christmas wine list, we’ve only 7 cases left of this very drinkable yet pleasingly priced claret worth snapping up.

2008 CHÂTEAU LAURIOL – Côtes de Francs

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Grapes: Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc  Appellation: Côtes de Francs
Region: France, Bordeaux  Sub-district: Saint Emilion & Satellites ABV: 13.5%

75cl bottles £12.50 Case price £10.95*

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Reviews and comments

A bottle full of smiles. This comes from a property that belongs to the family who own one of the most prestigious chateaux in Pomerol. I put this claret in the actual Christmas wines list I did for the Telegraph and like it even more as an option for please-can-it-be-spring-now. It has a pretty scent, all joyful red fruit – it’s the cabernet franc in the blend that gives you that – and a clean cut that reminds me of a crisp white shirt. Plus lamb is just lovely with red bordeaux, a classic (especially if you cook the lamb with a crispy herb crust). And I rather like wines from the 2008 Bordeaux vintage.Victoria Moore, Planet Victoria’s World of Wine

Château Puygueraud & Château Lauriol

The Côtes de Francs, an appellation dating only from 1967, is to the east of Saint Emilion, and is the smallest of the Bordeaux appellations at a mere 450 hectares.

Nicholas Thienpont

Georges Thienpont. who arrived here from Oudenaarde in Flanders in 1946, was responsible for the revival of the Côtes de Francs appellation which is dominated by Château Puygueraud. Georges began the replanting of the vineyards in the 1970s and the first wine was produced in 1983. Georges’ son Nicolas, who is also responsible for La Prade, Pavie Macquin, Larcis Ducasse and the white wine Les Charmes Godard, has made the wine here ever since. His cousins run Vieux Château Certan, Le Pin, and l’If, so this property is nothing if not well-connected.

Château Puygueraud is mainly Merlot with, however, a proportion of Cabernet that is quite high for the region as well as a touch of Malbec with its peppery character. In 2005, all the Cabernet Sauvignon was pulled up and Cabernet Franc was planted instead. This variety ripens earlier and is better suited to the terroir of the Cotes de Francs, and gives a distinctive aromatic brightness and definition to the wines.

Château Lauriol is principally the second wine of Château Puygueraud, made from the younger vines. It is also more gently oaked and is ready to drink younger, and very ‘digestible’ wine.

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