Autumn Release Wine Icons: 'The Outsiders' 2017

We hesitate to use the word 'icon' in connection with wine ever since Jancis Robinson came up with the question 'is that one word or two?', but it is appropriate for some of the wines launched onto the market via the Bordeaux 'place' at this time of year.

Some of these wines are on such tight allocations that it is difficult to offer them outside the group who buy every year, but there is always a small shift in who takes what, so it's always worth asking.

  • Solaia,
  • Masseto,
  • Opus One,
  • Cardinale,
  • Vérité,
  • Clos Apalta,
  • Almaviva,
  • Seña,
  • Viñedo Chadwick,
  • Hommage a Jacques Perrin

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2015 ALMAVIVA

2015 ALMAVIVA

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

A glorious and complex nose of tobacco, blackberries and hints of stones and flowers. Hints of bitter chocolate. Full-bodied, very tight and compacted. Linear backbone gives this form and tension. It A glorious and complex nose of tobacco, blackberries and hints of stones and flowers. Hints of bitter chocolate. Full-bodied, very tight and compacted. Linear backbone gives this form and tension. It has the same character on the palate as well as cayenne and other spice. Loved the 2014 but this shows more fine-grained tannins. So balanced and harmonious. A blend of 69% cabernet sauvignon, 24% carmenere, 5% cabernet franc and 2% petit verdot. Needs four or five years in bottle but a joy to taste now. Rating: 100-100 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (May 2017)

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2014 CARDINALE

2014 CARDINALE

75cl bottles, wood case of 3

Mountain terroir is essential to Cardinale’s character. While the rocky soils, steep aspects and exposed conditions are among the most challenging in California, they also produce the most Mountain terroir is essential to Cardinale’s character. While the rocky soils, steep aspects and exposed conditions are among the most challenging in California, they also produce the most structured, masculine and complex wines. Winemaker's notes (Sep 2017)

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2015 CHÂTEAUNEUF DU PAPE Hommage à Jacques Perrin Château de Beaucastel

2015 CHÂTEAUNEUF DU PAPE Hommage à Jacques Perrin Château de Beaucastel

75cl bottles, wood case of 3

Inky ruby. An exotically perfumed bouquet evokes mineral-tinged dark fruit preserves and incense, and a sexy floral element gains power with air. Fleshy, seamless and sweet, offering intense Inky ruby. An exotically perfumed bouquet evokes mineral-tinged dark fruit preserves and incense, and a sexy floral element gains power with air. Fleshy, seamless and sweet, offering intense blueberry, cherry liqueur and floral pastille flavors enlivened by juicy acidity. The floral note comes back emphatically with air and carries through an impressively long, youthfully tannic finish, which leaves a smoky mineral note behind. The alcohol here is quite low for the region, clocking in at 14.3% Rating: 93-95 Josh Raynolds, www.vinousmedia.com (Sep 2017)

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2014 CLOS APALTA Casa Lapostolle

2014 CLOS APALTA Casa Lapostolle

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

An extremely aromatic and focused Clos Apalta with blackberry, blueberry, floral and hot stone character. Full body, very linear and ultra-fine tannins. Focused and tight. Precise and long. This is An extremely aromatic and focused Clos Apalta with blackberry, blueberry, floral and hot stone character. Full body, very linear and ultra-fine tannins. Focused and tight. Precise and long. This is the most polished and beautiful definition of this wine ever. You want to drink it now but better in 2020. A blend of Carmenere, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Rating: 100-100 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (May 2017)

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2014 LA JOIE Vérité

2014 LA JOIE Vérité

75cl bottles, wood case of 3

La Joie exhibits the structure, depth and power of Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, and takes inspiration from the lauded reds France's Pauillac. We couldn't be more proud to share that four of La Joie exhibits the structure, depth and power of Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, and takes inspiration from the lauded reds France's Pauillac. We couldn't be more proud to share that four of the last five vintages of this lushly textured wine have achieved scores of 95 or higher from premier critical voices. Winemaker's notes (Sep 2016)

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2014 LA MUSE Vérité

2014 LA MUSE Vérité

75cl bottles, wood case of 3

The 2014 La Muse (2,800 cases ) is a legendary effort. The wine offers an opaque purple color and a gorgeous nose of lead pencil shavings, blackberry, incense, Asian spice, cocoa, plum, and a touch The 2014 La Muse (2,800 cases ) is a legendary effort. The wine offers an opaque purple color and a gorgeous nose of lead pencil shavings, blackberry, incense, Asian spice, cocoa, plum, and a touch of chocolate and barrique. On the palate, more cassis and blackberry come to the forefront. The wine is unctuous, with adequate acidity and a stunning energy underneath the massive fruit and body. This is a spectacularly fragrant and, at the same time, dense wine, with enough structure (somewhat surprising in this vintage) to last 35-45+ years. The final blend was 88% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 2% Malbec. Drinking range: 2016 - 2061 Rating: 100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (Oct 2016)

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2014 LE DÉSIR Vérité

2014 LE DÉSIR Vérité

75cl bottles, wood case of 3

The 2014 Le Désir (53% Cabernet Franc, 21% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Malbec) has an inky purple color and a sweet kiss of chocolate, black truffle, forest floor, black raspberry and black The 2014 Le Désir (53% Cabernet Franc, 21% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Malbec) has an inky purple color and a sweet kiss of chocolate, black truffle, forest floor, black raspberry and black currants. Opulent, but again structured and super-dense and pure, this is another massively concentrated wine meant for the long haul (and for our grandchildren). Give it 4-6 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 35-40 years. Remarkably, Pierre Seillan told me that 2014, while a drought year, was not actually that hot in the micro-terroirs he was working, but in terms of quality, it turned out to be the most surprisingly positive vintage he’s ever witnessed. Drinking range: 2020 - 2060 Rating: 98 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (Oct 2016)

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2014 MASSETO

2014 MASSETO

75cl bottles, wood case of 3

The 2014 Masseto has developed beautifully over the past few years of its oak and bottle evolution. This is a very distinctive edition of the iconic Italian Merlot that delivers a silky and The 2014 Masseto has developed beautifully over the past few years of its oak and bottle evolution. This is a very distinctive edition of the iconic Italian Merlot that delivers a silky and streamlined approach. As bold and opulent as Masseto is in the warm vintages, I personally find those wines difficult to finish because the extract, concentration and intensity are so over the top. The best vintages of Masseto usually overpower any food dish you put before them. This is a subdued and downplayed expression instead. The cool summer season has shaped fresh berry notes of wild blackberry and cassis with drying mineral, tobacco, licorice and tar. There is evident sweetness here in terms of the wine's fruit flavors and its tannins, but there also is a cooling vein of acidity that makes the difference. The alcohol feels integrated and light. If you are hankering for a less massive and less muscular Masseto, this vintage is for you. Drinking range: 2019 - 2035 Rating: 94 Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate (www.robertparker.com) (Apr 2017)

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2014 OPUS ONE

2014 OPUS ONE

Release date: 4/9/2017

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

Mesmerizing aromas of flowers, bark, currants and blackberries. So perfumed. You just want to smell it. Exquisite tension and finesse with an almost Burgundian texture, yet it’s Napa in its soul with Mesmerizing aromas of flowers, bark, currants and blackberries. So perfumed. You just want to smell it. Exquisite tension and finesse with an almost Burgundian texture, yet it’s Napa in its soul with ripe fruit, stones, spices and Chinese tea leaf flavors. Savory and delicious. Drinkable but better in 2020. Rating: 97-97 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Jun 2017)

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2015 SEÑA

2015 SEÑA

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

Stunning aromas of blackcurrant, stone, blueberry and licorice. Also iodine. Floral. Perfumed. Full body, fantastic density of fruit and ripe tannins. It goes on for minutes on the palate with such Stunning aromas of blackcurrant, stone, blueberry and licorice. Also iodine. Floral. Perfumed. Full body, fantastic density of fruit and ripe tannins. It goes on for minutes on the palate with such energy and focus. Touch of chewiness on the finish. A complex and complete wine that delivers a generosity with firmness. Drink in 2021 but already a classic to drink. Drinking range: 2017 - 2025 Rating: 100-100 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (May 2017)

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2014 SOLAIA Marchesi Antinori

2014 SOLAIA Marchesi Antinori

75cl bottles, wood case of 6

Solaia is produced from a 20 hectare plot next to the Tignanello estate. The vines are on hard limestone at around 400m above sea level. First produced in the 1978 vintage; the original blend was Solaia is produced from a 20 hectare plot next to the Tignanello estate. The vines are on hard limestone at around 400m above sea level. First produced in the 1978 vintage; the original blend was 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Cabernet Franc. In subsequent years 20% of Sangiovese has been added and the Cabernet Sauvignon-Cabernet Franc ratio was altered slightly. It is not produced every year, but only when the quality is deemed exceptional. L&S (Sep 2016)

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2015 VIÑEDO CHADWICK

2015 VIÑEDO CHADWICK

75cl bottles, case of 3

I also tasted the 2015 Viñedo Chadwick from a warm and dry vintage that resulted in very healthy grapes that were picked earlier than ever. The parameters are remarkably similar to the 2014, and the I also tasted the 2015 Viñedo Chadwick from a warm and dry vintage that resulted in very healthy grapes that were picked earlier than ever. The parameters are remarkably similar to the 2014, and the winemaking and élevage were also virtually the same, fermentation in stainless steel and aging in French barriques (73% new) and with some 15% matured in a Stockinger oak foudre. As I saw in many other 2015s, this is the most elegant and refined vintage I have seen of this wine. With ultra-refined tannin, the wine is dry, very clean, not minty at all, with very good tension and length, with a chalky, tasty, almost salty finish. Of course, the classical notes of cedar wood, black peppercorns and tobacco are there, but in a very subtle way. Super elegant. 11,493 bottles were filled in February 2017. Drinking range: 2017 - 2027 Rating: 95 Luis Gutierrez, www.robertparker.com (Sep 2017)

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