This week sees the release of Château Clarke, (£115 per six) a Listrac-Médoc which belongs to the Rothschilds of Mouton, and which has had a lot of investment since they bought it in 1973. Neal Martin gives it 90-92 points, and suggests that this should drink well from 2020 for another 10 to 12 years.
Join us for Tio Pepe sherry this Friday, and a must book Tuscan Treasures tasting on 22nd June. As the sun (mostly) continues to shine, we thought why not crack some 2016 En Rama Tio Pepe open for all of you this Friday.
'an outstanding, classic, drop-dead gorgeous Léoville Barton that is destined to give immense pleasure over the coming years'. Neal Martin, erobertparker.com The big one out this morning is Château Léoville Barton, always a decisive moment in any en primeur campaign.
The visit to Ducru Beaucaillou this year was another great tasting, with all the wines singing and showing lovely real Saint Julien character - a fine well-knit delicacy of expression, while certainly not lacking oomph. These two 'lesser' wines are good examples, Lalande Borie should be a good drink from the moment it is delivered ('Very sweet and perfumed.
Just as we were thinking that the big names would all wait until after Vinexpo Hong Kong to release, along comes Alfred Tesseron with Château Pontet Canet at £795, one of the real big beasts, and a wine with universally high scores across the board - 97 - 98/100 James Suckling, 94 - 96/100 Neal Martin, 17 Jancis Robinson, 94 Tim Atkin etc.
Undecided as to what bottle size you want? Do something different and order a 'multiformat' case. These cases are available for only a few wines, but they are rather fun. You get 4 normal 75cl bottles, 2 magnums and one double-magnum all the the same wooden case.
For the month of May we're offering a special price of £28.50 a bottle on one of our favourite 'Grand Marque' champagnes - Louis Roederer Brut. In the words of Jane Macquitty in The Times last summer: '.
Pre-shipment offer 2016 sees the release of two new great vintages of En Rama sherry from these two renown Sherry producers. Drawn from the center of the barrel 'En Rama' sherry offers the chance to taste sherry at it's very youngest and freshest and this year's releases are proving to be noteworthy examples.
Domaine Tempier Tasting Menu at Bandol Restaurant - Chelsea 6 Hollywood Rd, London SW10 9HY [Map] May 23rd - 28th If your summer holiday in the South of France feels a little bit far away, we have some good news… For the duration of next week, local neighbourhood restaurant Bandol, will be running a special 5 course tasting menu paired with the beautiful wines of Lea and Sandeman favourite - Domaine Tempier.
Albert Jané Ubeda, Bodegas Acustic 'Acustic is establishing itself as one of the finer producers in the up-and- coming region of Montsant. The wines are made from the indigenous varieties of the region with vine age ranging from 40-100 years'. Jay Miller, eRobertParker.
Out this morning are the single vineyard wines from Jonathan Maltus, Vieux Château Mazerat (£630) and Les Astéries. These Saint Emilions have have rave reviews and are worth a look.
'Yet another ridiculously fine wine to load up on, courtesy of Denis Durantou.' So said Neal Martin of 2015 CHÂTEAU LES CRUZELLES, Denis Durantou's lead wine from his Lalande de Pomerol property. And this is another cracker and great value at £180 a dozen. 91-93 Neal Martin, 92-93 James Suckling.
A sunny start in London is matched by a surge of activity in Bordeaux with releases of some good wines this morning, they're coming thick and fast now. Amongst these are some of the more interesting wines that we tasted during 'primeur week' in Bordeaux. The headline release is probably Château Clerc Milon from the Rothschilds of Mouton.
This Saturday, we will be trying a selection from the Nyetimber range, with Nyetimber's own Stephan Griffiths leading the tasting. It will be in a similar informal format to our Friday evening tastings. There is no need to let us know, simply pop in anytime between 14:00 & 17:00 and enjoy a glass with us.
Today's releases all have firm advocates. We think du Tertre looks the best buy - from the village in the Médoc which many think has produced the vintage's most consistent success. 2015 CHÂTEAU DU TERTRE , as Neal Martin says, giving it 91-93, 'Alexandre Van Beek might have produced his best du Tertre to date'.
‘…the best value you will find across entire Bordeaux’. Neal Martin in The Wine Advocate – erobertparker,com.
On the market this afternoon are the first two wines from the Denis Durantou ‘Église Clinet’ stable.
Yesterday and this morning have seen a few of the more serious crus classés being released - the primeur season is getting into gear. 2015 CHÂTEAU PAPE CLEMENT (£625) is a big wine with a mass of rich dark concentration. For us it seems a little forced, but Neal Martin (95-97) and James Suckling (96-97) clearly loved it.
There is a wealth of choice of critical reporting on Bordeaux 2015. Maybe too much for any one voice to be heard. Perhaps the merchant's view is becoming more important again in the absence of the absolute arbiter that has been Robert Parker - but in the end it is your casting vote - 'is it worth a punt?' - that matters.