The Outsiders 2019: Modern Greats From Across The World

At this time of year, a group of highly sought-after wines from Italy, France, South Africa, Chile and California are now offered through the Place de Bordeaux. We've christened this group of modern greats 'The Outsiders'. While these wines hail from all corners of the world, many retain close links with the Bordeaux through ownership, winemaking expertise, or simply to tap into the global reach of the Place.

Interest in the Outsider releases continues to grow and many wines are attracting huge scores from the critics. The 2016s from California and Tuscany have caused a particular stir this year and we are also offering Klein Constantia on a pre-shipment basis for the first time. So, whether you intend to put away a case for a special occasion or buy with some speculative intent, this year's Outsider releases are worthy of careful consideration.

Many of these wines are highly sought-after and allocations can be very small so please send us your wishlists as soon as possible. Inevitably some wines will need to be allocated but don't let that deter you from asking if they are of interest.


This is a pre-shipment/primeur offer. All orders are accepted under the TERMS of this offer which differ from the terms of the rest of the site.

2017 CHÂTEAU YQUEM 1er Cru Classé Sauternes

2017 CHÂTEAU YQUEM 1er Cru Classé Sauternes

Release date: 16/9/2019

The tannins and phenolic tension are very impressive to this. Dried-lemon undertones and burning botrytis. Full-to medium-bodied, linear and racy. Beautiful fruit and intensity. Such clarity. ExtremeThe tannins and phenolic tension are very impressive to this. Dried-lemon undertones and burning botrytis. Full-to medium-bodied, linear and racy. Beautiful fruit and intensity. Such clarity. Extreme but wonderful style. Rating: 98-99 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Sep 2019)

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2016 CARDINALE

2016 CARDINALE

Release date: 10/9/2019

89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot. This has a ripe nose of blackberry, plum and redcurrant. It's very decadent, almost lavish in style with apparent new wood influence. There's more acidity and89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot. This has a ripe nose of blackberry, plum and redcurrant. It's very decadent, almost lavish in style with apparent new wood influence. There's more acidity and freshness on the palate than the nose implies. The tannins do need time to mellow but there's a plump, fruit-forward mid-palate that should delight lovers of rich, spicy, 'full-throttle' Napa Cabernet. Drinking range: 2023 - 2035L&S(Sep 2019)

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2017 VIÑEDO CHADWICK

2017 VIÑEDO CHADWICK

Release date: 10/9/2019

This is more restrained than its stablemate Seña. There's less obvious ripeness and more definition to the fruit. It has more dry extract and savoury character too. You definitely feel the extraThis is more restrained than its stablemate Seña. There's less obvious ripeness and more definition to the fruit. It has more dry extract and savoury character too. You definitely feel the extra Cabernet. The refinement, balance and length of finish put this Chadwick a cut above. Drinking range: 2024 - 2040L&S(Sep 2019)

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2017 CHÂTEAUNEUF DU PAPE Hommage à Jacques Perrin Château de Beaucastel

2017 CHÂTEAUNEUF DU PAPE Hommage à Jacques Perrin Château de Beaucastel

Release date: 6/9/2019

The preliminary blend of the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape Hommage à Jacques Perrin is about 75% Mourvèdre, which performed exceptionally well in the heat of the vintage, according to Marc Perrin. It'sThe preliminary blend of the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape Hommage à Jacques Perrin is about 75% Mourvèdre, which performed exceptionally well in the heat of the vintage, according to Marc Perrin. It's the second consecutive potentially perfect vintage of this cuvée, which never misses the mark, in any event. Licorice and red berries mark the nose, while the wine is full-bodied and concentrated yet almost weightless, delivering remarkable savory, spicy nuances and a long, long, long finish. Yes, I did indeed write "long" three times in my notebook. Drinking range: 2025 - 2045 Rating: 98-100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com(Aug 2018)

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2017 SEÑA

2017 SEÑA

Release date: 5/9/2019

Fragrant nose of sweet berry fruit with a leafy, herbal undertone. You really sense the 10% Cabernet Franc. It's lithe on the palate too. The fruit has a lovely prickle of acidity despite the warmthFragrant nose of sweet berry fruit with a leafy, herbal undertone. You really sense the 10% Cabernet Franc. It's lithe on the palate too. The fruit has a lovely prickle of acidity despite the warmth of the vintage. There's lots of easy appeal here and the tannins are very well managed so it will be approachable after a few years of cellaring. Hats off to the Seña team, this is very good. Drinking range: 2023 - 2035L&S(Sep 2019)

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2017 ALMAVIVA

2017 ALMAVIVA

Release date: 4/9/2019

This is Chilean Cabernet in a serious mould. The nose is restrained with the primary fruit supported by an earthy, herbal, cedary backbone. There's real complexity and depth here. A wine to cogitateThis is Chilean Cabernet in a serious mould. The nose is restrained with the primary fruit supported by an earthy, herbal, cedary backbone. There's real complexity and depth here. A wine to cogitate over. The tannins are still grippy so this will need five years in bottle to integrate but it shows great potential. It's not as plush or easy as its Chilean cousin Seña but there is arguably more drive and complexity to this - more traditional Cabernet character. Drinking range: 2024 - 2040L&S(Sep 2019)

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2016 MASSETO

2016 MASSETO

Release date: 3/9/2019

Masseto has pulled off back-to-back home runs. This is the first time that an Italian wine has earned 100 points in successive vintages. The 2016 Masseto is a thunderstorm of emotions, but it managesMasseto has pulled off back-to-back home runs. This is the first time that an Italian wine has earned 100 points in successive vintages. The 2016 Masseto is a thunderstorm of emotions, but it manages to keep them under perfect control. Like the 2015 Masseto before it, this vintage is a seamless wine of the highest pedigree. It represents an encore performance, continuing the string of successes that is bringing Italy to the forefront of the wine world. The first thing you'll notice is the thickness and concentration of the fruit that makes an immediate impact on all the senses, in terms of appearance, aroma and mouthfeel. There is no overstating the sheer power and richness of this iconic vintage of Italy's groundbreaking Merlot. Despite that considerable mass, this Masseto remains delicate and graceful. You gain better perspective as the wine opens in the glass and reveals deeper layers that were not immediately apparent on first nose: dark fruit, spice, sweet tobacco and black cherry. There is great tightness and laser focus to the fruit. I tasted the 2016 and 2015 vintages together for comparison when I scored this wine, and then I tasted this 2016 edition alone about a month later to confirm my impressions. These vintages are identical twins, two perfect wines. Drinking range: 2022 - 2050 Rating: 100 Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate (www.robertparker.com)(Apr 2019)

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2016 CLOS APALTA Casa Lapostolle

2016 CLOS APALTA Casa Lapostolle

Release date: 3/9/2019

This year there is 64% Carménère in the blend, quite a bit more than previous years as the warmer vintage was good for Chile's adopted red variety. The dark berry fruit is deep and intense. There isThis year there is 64% Carménère in the blend, quite a bit more than previous years as the warmer vintage was good for Chile's adopted red variety. The dark berry fruit is deep and intense. There is an impressive balance between the sweet fruit extract and the savoury elements of spice, dried herbs and earth. The mid-palate is velvet soft and there's no shortage of concentration. It's certainly not a shy wine but you hardly notice the 15% alcohol and there's plenty of acidity to make it work and the finish is impressively long. This is Carménère at its rich, rewarding best. Drinking range: 2022 - 2035L&S(Sep 2019)

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2016 PETIT CLOS Casa Lapostolle

2016 PETIT CLOS Casa Lapostolle

Release date: 3/9/2019

If you are expecting a mini version of the Clos Apalta then this is not it. The blend and style are completely different. This is almost all Cabernet Sauvignon and it's made in a fresh, bright,If you are expecting a mini version of the Clos Apalta then this is not it. The blend and style are completely different. This is almost all Cabernet Sauvignon and it's made in a fresh, bright, super-juicy style for early drinking. There's less oak and concentration but it's packed with varietal character and there's a lovely clean finish. This is not hugely profound but it's a very well made and good value Cabernet. Certified organic and biodynamic. Drinking range: 2019 - 2025L&S(Sep 2019)

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2016 OPUS ONE

2016 OPUS ONE

Release date: 2/9/2019

Fantastic aromas that are complex and complete with blackcurrants, blueberries and herbs, such as basil and bay leaf. But always subtle. Full-bodied yet linear and very refined with a very persistentFantastic aromas that are complex and complete with blackcurrants, blueberries and herbs, such as basil and bay leaf. But always subtle. Full-bodied yet linear and very refined with a very persistent finish. It shows drive and brightness. So refined at the end. Needs at least three to five years to come together. Rating: 99 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(May 2019)

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2016 VIN DE CONSTANCE Klein Constantia

2016 VIN DE CONSTANCE Klein Constantia

Rating: 98 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com(Sep 2019)

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2018 'Y' YGREC DE CHÂTEAU D'YQUEM Château Yquem

2018 'Y' YGREC DE CHÂTEAU D'YQUEM Château Yquem

Very ripe tropical nose of pineapple and apricot. Some slightly candied citrus too. On the palate it's very textured and mouth-filling. There is nothing shy about this! The lingering finishVery ripe tropical nose of pineapple and apricot. Some slightly candied citrus too. On the palate it's very textured and mouth-filling. There is nothing shy about this! The lingering finish is fresher and cleaner than most 2018 white Bordeaux but make no mistake this is a ripe, heady, voluptuous vintage. Drinking range: 2019 - 2024L&S(Sep 2019)

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2016 SOLAIA Marchesi Antinori

2016 SOLAIA Marchesi Antinori

After the exceptional 2015, expectations are high for this more 'aerial' and 'linear' vintage. The 2016 does not disappoint. It is dark fruited, cool, focused, pure and effortlessly smooth. Few SuperAfter the exceptional 2015, expectations are high for this more 'aerial' and 'linear' vintage. The 2016 does not disappoint. It is dark fruited, cool, focused, pure and effortlessly smooth. Few Super Tuscans manage to combine this level of concentration and poise. It's still a pup of course, the 2015 was arguably showing more development and complexity at this very early stage but that will come. All the ingredients are here for this to be a truly profound Solaia. It deserves at least five years, possibly more, in the cellar to show its best. A real beauty in the making. Drinking range: 2025 - 2045L&S(Sep 2019)

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