Autumn Release Wine Icons: 'The Outsiders' 2018

Recent tradition dictates that a number of top global brands are offered through the Bordeaux 'Place' at this time of year - what the French call 'la rentrée', or 'back to school' time.

Opus One leads off the pack but see below for the full schedule:

  • 2015 Opus One (03/09)
  • 2015 Clos Apalta (04/09)
  • 2015 Masseto (04/09)
  • 2016 Almaviva (05/09)
  • 2016 Hommage á Jacques Perrin (06/09)
  • 2016 Seña (10/09)
  • 2015 Solaia (12/09)
  • 2016 Viñedo Chadwick (13/09)
  • 2015 Cardinale (TBA)
  • 2015 Vérité (TBA)

Allocations of these famous names are often very small and these are likely to be highly sought-after vintages so please send us your wishlists as soon as possible.


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2016 VIÑEDO CHADWICK

2016 VIÑEDO CHADWICK

Release date: 13/9/2018

97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot. 22 months in French oak (80% new). This vintage was substantially cooler than 2015 - the harvest was more than two weeks later. You feel that in the wine's97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot. 22 months in French oak (80% new). This vintage was substantially cooler than 2015 - the harvest was more than two weeks later. You feel that in the wine's aromatic freshness and elegant weight. The nose is full of zippy red and black fruit, with a lick of green pepper. The entry is very slick indeed and the rich dark fruit is framed by new oak sweetness and spice. Some forest floor too. The energy and tension builds in the cheeks - there is excellent balance between weight and acidity. This is an excellent Viñedo Chadwick that should develop nicely over two the next two decades. Drinking range: 2022 - 2040 Rating: 95 L&S(Sep 2018)

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2015 SOLAIA Marchesi Antinori

2015 SOLAIA Marchesi Antinori

Release date: 12/9/2018

Floral, mint and medicinal herb aromas introduce this rich, black currant–infused red. Firm and compact, with vibrant structure, youthful harmony and a lingering, fruit-, herb- and spice-tingedFloral, mint and medicinal herb aromas introduce this rich, black currant–infused red. Firm and compact, with vibrant structure, youthful harmony and a lingering, fruit-, herb- and spice-tinged finish. Shows terrific balance and length, with the best yet to come. Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Cabernet Franc. Drinking range: 2022 - 2038 Rating: 98-98 Bruce Sanderson, The Wine Spectator(Feb 2019)

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2016 SEÑA

2016 SEÑA

Release date: 10/9/2018

55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Malbec, 12% Petit Verdot, 8% Carménère, 5% Cabernet Franc. The wine is aged 22 months in 73% new French oak. 2016 was a cool vintage that was poor for volume but very good55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Malbec, 12% Petit Verdot, 8% Carménère, 5% Cabernet Franc. The wine is aged 22 months in 73% new French oak. 2016 was a cool vintage that was poor for volume but very good for quality. Lots of primary red fruit on the nose. A little whiff of green pepper too. Very inviting. Intensity and concentration on the palate, the oak is not overdone - lots of attractive sweet fruit, some mineral grip and bright acidity. This wine has an 'old world' feel to it with the best of Chile thrown in. Drinking range: 2022 - 2035 Rating: 94 L&S(Sep 2018)

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2016 CHÂTEAUNEUF DU PAPE Hommage à Jacques Perrin Château de Beaucastel

2016 CHÂTEAUNEUF DU PAPE Hommage à Jacques Perrin Château de Beaucastel

Release date: 6/9/2018

A tasting of the Courrieux vineyard, a single parcel of Mourvèdre planted in 1909 that always makes up around 70% of the blend. It's a wine that makes you inhale deeply. It has a wonderful, regal,A tasting of the Courrieux vineyard, a single parcel of Mourvèdre planted in 1909 that always makes up around 70% of the blend. It's a wine that makes you inhale deeply. It has a wonderful, regal, stunning nose of violets, blueberries, and blackcurrant almost. It's seamless on the palate, with some camphor, menthol and rosemary notes to the fruit. There's sublime freshness, and the tannins are full and dense but very ripe. A mouth-filling, mouth coating and very intense wine, with a saline finish. Potentially worthy of a perfect score. Drinking range: 2027 - 2050 Rating: 99 Decanter Magazine(Oct 2017)

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2016 ALMAVIVA

2016 ALMAVIVA

Release date: 5/9/2018

A very fine and elegant Almaviva with fresh fruit and herb character. Medium-to-full body, tight and focused with very fine, linear tannins and a chocolate and light cedar undertone to the wholeA very fine and elegant Almaviva with fresh fruit and herb character. Medium-to-full body, tight and focused with very fine, linear tannins and a chocolate and light cedar undertone to the whole thing. Savory, too. Smoked meat and succulent. It's tight but opens with air. Classicism here. 66% cabernet sauvignon, 24% carmenere, 8% cabernet franc and 2% petit verdot. Drink in 2021. Rating: 97 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Mar 2018)

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2015 CLOS APALTA Clos Apalta - Casa Lapostolle

2015 CLOS APALTA Clos Apalta - Casa Lapostolle

Release date: 4/9/2018

There is a subtle complexity on the nose with currant, berry, fresh herb and wet earth aromas. Cut fresh flowers, too. Full body, dense and powerful. Incredible character here with such purity andThere is a subtle complexity on the nose with currant, berry, fresh herb and wet earth aromas. Cut fresh flowers, too. Full body, dense and powerful. Incredible character here with such purity and polish. It goes on for minutes. Formed, sculptured yet soulful. A monumental wine for Chile. Unbelievable. More powerful than the 2014 which was 100 points. A blend of 46% carmenere, 30% cabernet sauvignon, 19% merlot and 5% cabernet franc. Made from biodynamically grown grapes. Better in 2022. Rating: 100 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Apr 2018)

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2015 MASSETO

2015 MASSETO

Release date: 4/9/2018

This red leads off with exquisite notes of vanilla and toast framing black cherry, blackberry, cedar and iron flavors. Ripe and powerful, yet polished and silky, with dense tannins well-integratedThis red leads off with exquisite notes of vanilla and toast framing black cherry, blackberry, cedar and iron flavors. Ripe and powerful, yet polished and silky, with dense tannins well-integrated into the structure. The fruit returns in the end, along with a licorice note. A superb young version, showing fine potential. Drinking range: 2021 - 2035 Rating: 98-98 Bruce Sanderson, The Wine Spectator(Aug 2018)

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2015 OPUS ONE

2015 OPUS ONE

Release date: 3/9/2018

Purity and brilliance on the nose with so much currant and flower character. Roses, currant bush and fresh leaves, too. Brightness is the word that comes to mind. Full-bodied and broad-shouldered.Purity and brilliance on the nose with so much currant and flower character. Roses, currant bush and fresh leaves, too. Brightness is the word that comes to mind. Full-bodied and broad-shouldered. Juicy and so gorgeous now. Balance is so wonderful here. All about harmonious fruit and tannin balance. I like it slightly better than the excellent 2014. 81% cabernet sauvignon, 4% petit verdot, 7% cabernet franc, 6% merlot and 2% malbec. Drink or hold. Rating: 98 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Jul 2018)

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2015 CARDINALE

2015 CARDINALE

90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot. Lots of rich dark fruit on the nose. Sweet black & blue fruit on the palate with supporting role by the oak. Blackcurrant, plum, blueberry and violet flavours90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot. Lots of rich dark fruit on the nose. Sweet black & blue fruit on the palate with supporting role by the oak. Blackcurrant, plum, blueberry and violet flavours dominate. The impressive tannin emerges at the end and is slightly masked by the slick feel to the wine. It is relatively one dimensional at this stage but will surely develop into something impressive. Drinking range: 2020 - 2035 Rating: 92 L&S(Sep 2018)

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2015 LA JOIE Vérité

2015 LA JOIE Vérité

Seillan said that 2015 (which was still in barrel at the time of my tasting) was the finest vintage of his lifetime, which is strong praise indeed. Certainly, he has three titanic wines aging in theSeillan said that 2015 (which was still in barrel at the time of my tasting) was the finest vintage of his lifetime, which is strong praise indeed. Certainly, he has three titanic wines aging in the wine cellars. The 2015 La Joie (75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot) has an intensity that is off the charts, and that’s saying something, given how concentrated these wines tend to be. An enormous, colossal example of wine, with an opaque purple color and an intense nose of black fruits, camphor, forest floor and graphite, the wine is super-pure, very full-bodied, with intense levels of glycerin and richness. The finish goes on for a good 60+ seconds. This should turn out to be utterly profound. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2050+. Rating: 98-100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com(Oct 2016)

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2015 LA MUSE Vérité

2015 LA MUSE Vérité

The 2015 La Muse is developing beautifully. Ripe, ample and voluptuous in the glass, the 2015 exudes character. Even with all of its obvious intensity, the 2015 has quite a bit of freshness toThe 2015 La Muse is developing beautifully. Ripe, ample and voluptuous in the glass, the 2015 exudes character. Even with all of its obvious intensity, the 2015 has quite a bit of freshness to balance out the ripe, racy Merlot-based fruit. Super-ripe red cherry, plum, mocha and spice notes build into the racy, inviting finish. Drinking range: 2020 - 2035 Rating: 95 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com(Apr 2018)

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2015 LE DÉSIR Vérité

2015 LE DÉSIR Vérité

The 2015 Le Désir, Vérité's Cabernet Franc-based red, is racy and sumptuous in the glass. Bright floral notes give lift to the red-toned fruit as this silky yet powerful wine shows off its alluringThe 2015 Le Désir, Vérité's Cabernet Franc-based red, is racy and sumptuous in the glass. Bright floral notes give lift to the red-toned fruit as this silky yet powerful wine shows off its alluring personality. Rating: 96-98 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com(Apr 2018)

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