Autumn Release Wine Icons – proposed release schedule

by Charles Lea
The Outsiders - pre-shipment offer

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.

There are many other either being released to us in drips and drabs, or set to be released over the next week or two. You can see the timetable for the releases below, and the offer page listing the wines here.

All these important wines are distributed via the ‘place de Bordeaux‘, rather than via regional distributors, even though only some of them have any obvious connection to Bordeaux, prompting us to label them ‘The Outsiders’ a couple of years ago. Here we list them with their proposed release dates:

Monday 4th September
2014 Opus One (Limited volume available £1250 per six bottles)

Tuesday 5th September
2014 Masseto 97JS 94 RP(on allocation, but it’s always worth asking)
2014 Clos Apalta 100 JS Limited volume available £395 per six bottles

Wednesday 6th September
2015 Almaviva 100 JS 96 V Limited volume available £520 per six bottles

Thursday 7th September
2014 Solaia 95 JS, 95 RP

Monday 11th September
2015 Hommage à Jacques Perrin, Beaucastel 93-95 Vinous, 97-99 WA
2015 Seña 96 WA, 100 JS

Tuesday 12th September
2014 Cardinale 98 RP
2014 Vérité La Jolie
97+ RP
2014 Vérité La Muse
100 RP
2014 Vérité Le Désir
98 RP

Wednesday 13th September
2015 Viñedo Chadwick

Monday 18th September
2015 Yquem (& 2016 Y d’Yquem)

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