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

I tasted the base—from the estate's oldest Mourvèdre—of what will become the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Hommage a Jacques Perrin. Expectations were high, and they were fully met by this wine, whichI tasted the base—from the estate's oldest Mourvèdre—of what will become the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Hommage a Jacques Perrin. Expectations were high, and they were fully met by this wine, which packs in incredible intensity, rich tannins and a finish that doesn't quit. This is a wine that will certainly live for many decades. Drinking range: 2020 - 2050 Rating: 98-100 Joe Czerwinski, www.robertparker.com(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

The release of this wine comes at a very happy time for the Masseto brand. The stunning 2015 Masseto is hitting the market just as the final touches are being made to the new Masseto winery. I'm toldThe release of this wine comes at a very happy time for the Masseto brand. The stunning 2015 Masseto is hitting the market just as the final touches are being made to the new Masseto winery. I'm told that Masseto might one day see other wines made under that same roof, so we can't exclude a future enlargement of the Masseto portfolio. The Masseto vineyard now covers seven hectares (divided into three plots), and the vines range from 30 to 40 years old. The wine is absolutely teeming with sensorial spirit that is transmitted through the bounty of the bouquet and the solid tannins of the mouthfeel. Nothing about the wine goes unnoticed or unchecked. Its many working pieces fit together with precision like a well-oiled machine. The 2015 vintage is characterized by a level of sheer exuberance that also defined the 2004 and 2007 vintages. Yet, it also reveals similar power, directness and linearity that we saw in the 2010 vintage. The 2015 Masseto takes the best of all those past vintages and confines those qualities to this single, spectacular bottle. Drinking range: 2020 - 2050 Rating: 100 Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate (www.robertparker.com)(Sep 2018)

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2015 OPUS ONE

2015 OPUS ONE

Release date: 3/9/2018

Composed of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot and 2% Malbec, Opus One's 2015 Proprietary Red Wine is truly an iron fist in a velvet glove, delivering a powerhouseComposed of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot and 2% Malbec, Opus One's 2015 Proprietary Red Wine is truly an iron fist in a velvet glove, delivering a powerhouse of flavors and structure with a seductively plush texture. It opens with a deep garnet-purple color and wonderfully spicy notes of cinnamon stick, cloves and fenugreek with a core of cherry preserves, redcurrant jelly, blackberry pie and warm plums plus hints of camphor, lavender and cigar box. Full-bodied, rich and bold in the mouth, it fills the palate with exotic spice-laced black and red fruits, framed by firm, beautifully ripe, grainy tannins and great freshness, finishing with epic persistence. Although it is already approachable, allow it another 3-5 years in bottle for its myriad of subtle accents to fully blossom and then drink it over the next 30+ years. Drinking range: 2021 - 2051 Rating: 97+ Lisa Perrotti-Brown, RobertParker.com(Sep 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

Vérité's 2015 La Joie is deep, powerful and structured, with tons of Cabernet savoriness running through a core of intense, dark fruit. Grilled herbs, leather, menthol and licorice all develop in theVérité's 2015 La Joie is deep, powerful and structured, with tons of Cabernet savoriness running through a core of intense, dark fruit. Grilled herbs, leather, menthol and licorice all develop in the glass. Sumptuous and yet also structured, La Joie is another winner from Vérité. Drinking range: 2020 - 2035 Rating: 96 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com(Apr 2018)

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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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