Bas Armagnac, Domaine de Papolle, 1982, (42% Vol.) – 50cl
Bas Armagnac, Domaine de Papolle, 1982, (42% Vol.) – 50cl
Bas Armagnac, Domaine de Papolle, 1982, (42% Vol.) – 50cl

A strong amber color with brown reflections, a nose of dried fruit and toasted almonds. This Bas Armagnac boasts a strong finish with aromas of molten wood.

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Bas Armagnac, Domaine de Papolle, 1986, (45% Vol.) – 50cl
Bas Armagnac, Domaine de Papolle, 1986, (45% Vol.) – 50cl
Bas Armagnac, Domaine de Papolle, 1986, (45% Vol.) – 50cl

A reserved Bas Armagnac, “brut de fut”, which will satisfy lovers of unique Armagnacs.

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Bas Armagnac, Domaine de Papolle, Hors d’Age, (40% Vol.) – 70cl
Bas Armagnac, Domaine de Papolle, Hors d’Age, (40% Vol.) – 70cl
Bas Armagnac, Domaine de Papolle, Hors d’Age, (40% Vol.) – 70cl

Minimum age 10 years. Domaine de Papolle create this Armagnac to be elegant, round, smooth, and balanced. This Armagnac has a feminine spirit that will delight those who wish to discover the wonders of Armagnac as well as those who already know it well.

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Bergerac AC Vieilli en Fut de Chene Domaine de Mayat (Magnum), 2008
Bergerac AC Vieilli en Fut de Chene Domaine de Mayat (Magnum), 2008
Bergerac AC Vieilli en Fut de Chene Domaine de Mayat (Magnum), 2008

Made from 100% Merlot, deep garnet red wine with powerful aromas of black fruits. A round, velvet taste with a rich structure of tannins. Showing some bottle age and drinking very well now.

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Bodega Roda – Roda I, Rioja DOC, Spain 2006
Bodega Roda – Roda I, Rioja DOC, Spain 2006
Bodega Roda – Roda I, Rioja DOC, Spain 2006

Intense, deep, black cherry red background with bright red cherry red hues in the rim. On the nose their is great balance between the oak and the fruit, in particular black plums, with some dark chocolate and sweet spices on a background of stark minerality showing through, providing a very elegant and complex bouquet. Medium bodied but showing great lenght. Mouth filling without weighing you down. The ripe black plum fruit shines together with some cocoa and dark chocolate blending perfectly with the sweet tannins from the oak. A very elegant, pleasing wine to the palate. Beautifully balanced, silky smooth, arousing an inviting moreish feeling that makes it a great food companion

Aged in 50% brand new and 50% second use French oak barrels. 16 months in barrels and 20 months cellaring in bottle. Bottled April 2008.

 

 

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Casanova di Neri – Brunello di Montalcino 2011
Casanova di Neri – Brunello di Montalcino 2011
Casanova di Neri – Brunello di Montalcino 2011

Casanova di Neri’s Brunello di Montalcino 2010 is a beautiful wine, from one of the all-time great Brunello vintages. Refined and elegant with gorgeous aromas of ripe cherries, blackberry, smoke, leather and fresh floral notes. Focused and tightly wound with wonderful fine-grained tannins and a long lingering finish. This is younger brother of the 2010 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino ‘Tenuta Nuova’, which scored 100 points in Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.

96 Points James Suckling
“Gorgeous aromas of sea salt, savory, smoked meats and dried fruits follow through to a full body, with fine tannins and a long and intense finish. So beautiful and enticing. Goes on for minutes. Excellent quality for the standard bottling of this winery. Better in 2016.”

96 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.
“The outstanding 2010 Brunello di Montalcino gives you everything you want to see in a great wine, a great Tuscan wine. This monumental expression of Sangiovese delivers top-notch intensity with seamless integration of aromas. They span from dark fruit and Morello cherry to chocolate, spice, licorice, balsam herb and rosemary sprig. The energy and vitality of the vintage is locked perfectly within. This Brunello exhibits especially soft, silky tannins with long persistence and momentum. There is nothing out of place and the price tag is certainly not exaggerated for this level of excellence.”

Casanova di Neri
The Casanova di Neri Estate was founded by Giovanni Neri in 1971 and is now run by his son Giacomo. Giacomo has spent several years acquiring the best possible vineyards within the Brunello di Montalcino DOCG area. Most recently, he has re-developed the winemaking facilities at Casanova di Neri and has just completed an impressive underground winery and cellar. Giacomoâ??s passion and expertise, together with 55 hectares of vineyards, represent the ideal combination for producing wines with exceptional personality, uniqueness, and recognisable characteristics. The Casanova di Neri vineyards, set on the slopes of Montalcino, are influenced by radical differences in soil, microclimate and surrounding vegetation, whilst maintaining a maximum separation of just one kilometre. Although primarily an advocate of Brunello (a Sangiovese clone), Giacomo has recently experimented with international grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon for his Pietradonice DOC. The winery is now recognised as one of the finest producers in Italy. It has been awarded the Tre Bicchieri at the Gambero Rosso and received international recognition in the wine industry’s most important publications.

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Champagne Gruet Brut Cuvée Tradition (Magnum)
Champagne Gruet Brut Cuvée Tradition (Magnum)
Champagne Gruet Brut Cuvée Tradition (Magnum)

Mainly Pinot Noir. Generous and well structured, elegant with soft full flavour and very good length. A classic example of how a small Champagne house can produce a quality bubbly.

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Champagne Mandois – Blanc de Blancs Brut Premier Cru, 2010
Champagne Mandois – Blanc de Blancs Brut Premier Cru, 2010
Champagne Mandois – Blanc de Blancs Brut Premier Cru, 2010

100% Chardonnay, this is a crisp Champagne with fantastic depth of flavour and a long, biscuity finish. Light yellow with green tints. Refined, mature nose blending brioche, mineral and toast notes backed by delicate fruit. The palate shows seductively refined texture, ethereal fullness, freshness and minerality.

 

Product Information (2010 vintage)

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Champagne Mandois – Brut Rosé Grande Réserve, NV
Champagne Mandois – Brut Rosé Grande Réserve, NV
Champagne Mandois – Brut Rosé Grande Réserve, NV

Wonderful salmon colour, bouquet of red fruits with strawberries abundant, delicate but full on the palate.

Dressed in a white bottle, the Brut Rosé Grande Réserve is elaborated with a blending of “rosée de saignée” and traditional rosé.

On one side, the “rosée de saignée” adds an aromatic and generous bouquet to the red fruits’ notes on the palate. On the other side, the traditional rosé demonstrates the finesse and elegance of the greatest Champagne Rosés.

60% Pinot Noir,
30% Chardonnay,
10% Pinot Meunier.

Product Information.

Situated in Pierry, a village in the “Cote des Blancs” and classified as Premier Cru in Champagne, the Mandois estate vineyard is 35 hectares, and represents 70% of the fruit for production. The vineyards are spread among 12 villages, and include parcels in the Cote des Blancs, the slopes of Epernay, and the region around Sezanne. Sourced grapes come form such prestigiuos villages and terroirs as Chouilly, Vertus, Pierry, and Epernay. Mandois’ vineyard is comprised of 70% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Meunier and 15% Pinot Noir.

The property was established in 1735 by Jean Mandois. The estate is led by Claude Mandois (born in 1961), representing the 9th generation since Jean. Claude Mandois is now in charge of following the constant policy of the house and of the continuity of the family philosophy. Independent, Mandois can continue to take the right decisions over the long run, ensure the continuity and the consistency of the style and the quality of its wines. Bringing together tradition and modernity, the family Mandois is faithful to the values of the Champagne houses.

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Champagne Mandois – Cuvée Victor Vieilles Vignes, 2005/07
Champagne Mandois – Cuvée Victor Vieilles Vignes, 2005/07
Champagne Mandois – Cuvée Victor Vieilles Vignes, 2005/07

Flagship of the Mandois range, this “Cuvée” was made in the honour of Victor Mandois the founder of the Mandois Champagne House back in 1905. It is made exclusively from the Chardonnay grapes. Older vines, from 50 years and more are selected for this “Cuvée”. Naturally low yielding, these vines bring concentration which is also acquired by partial oak ageing. The nose is typically Chardonnay, with citrus notes, elegance and power. On the palate we find a good body with complexity, structure and the perfect balance. The length is simply amazing equalled by an incredible freshness.

Victor 2002, a 100% Chardonnay symphony to honour the old vines from Chouilly and Vertus. Vinified in oak casks, as Victor Mandois used to do more than a century ago. A Blanc de Blancs vintage with an extraordinary ageing potential.

93 Points Wine Enthusiast (2000 vintage).

“A Champagne that is very much wine. The structure and the richness are just right for a food wine, showing ripe acidity, flavors of plums and apricots, and balancing these primary fruits with a dense, complex structure that takes in yeast, maturity and a tight apple skin finish.” 12/1/2008

Product Information (2005 vintage)

 

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Champagne Mandois Brut Origine, NV
Champagne Mandois Brut Origine, NV
Champagne Mandois Brut Origine, NV

Fruity with fine bubbles give this classic champagne its special character, light on its feet but very expressive with notes of baked bread, lemon peel, roasted nuts. The finish is long and delicious.

90 Points Wine Enthusiast.

“Mandois seems to go for a creamy style. With its NV cuvée, this works well, the touch of richness and toast balancing attractively with the soft, mouth-filling texture. The wine shows some bottle age, giving a delicious, yeasty aftertaste.” 12/1/2008

Champagne Mandois.

Situated in Pierry, a village in the “Cote des Blancs” and classified as Premier Cru in Champagne, the Mandois estate vineyard is 35 hectares, and represents 70% of the fruit for production. The vineyards are spread among 12 villages, and include parcels in the Cote des Blancs, the slopes of Epernay, and the region around Sezanne. Sourced grapes come form such prestigiuos villages and terroirs as Chouilly, Vertus, Pierry, and Epernay. Mandois’ vineyard is comprised of 70% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Meunier and 15% Pinot Noir.

The property was established in 1735 by Jean Mandois. The estate is led by Claude Mandois (born in 1961), representing the 9th generation since Jean. Claude Mandois is now in charge of following the constant policy of the house and of the continuity of the family philosophy. Independent, Mandois can continue to take the right decisions over the long run, ensure the continuity and the consistency of the style and the quality of its wines. Bringing together tradition and modernity, the family Mandois is faithful to the values of the Champagne houses

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Château Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc, 2009
Château Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc, 2009
Château Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc, 2009

Soft and silky on the palate with an almost Right Bank feel, the 2009 Ch. Cantemerle is full if generous, mulberry fruit and supple tannins. The fruit is well balanced by the refreshing acidity, leading to a crisp, clean finish.

‘Gorgeous ripe fruit character, with loads of blueberries, blackberries and flowers. Full body, with velvety tannins and a fruity, fresh, grapefruit aftertaste. Really beautiful. Best ever from here. Best after 2018.’ – 95pts, James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2012.

The Estate
Cantemerle is a Cinquième Cru Classé (Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855) and has 94 hectares of vineyards, planted with Cabernet Sauvignon (60%), Merlot (30%), Cabernet Franc (6%) and Petit Verdot (4%). The wines are made under the guidance of consultant oenologist, Eric Boissenot, undergoing 12 months’ ageing in French oak, of which 40% is new.

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Château Carbonnieux, Grand Cru Classé, Pessac-Léognan, 2009
Château Carbonnieux, Grand Cru Classé, Pessac-Léognan, 2009
Château Carbonnieux, Grand Cru Classé, Pessac-Léognan, 2009

A classic Pessac-Leognan, the 2009 Carbonnieux possesses aromas of sweet black currants and cherries intermixed with hints of roasted herbs, unsmoked cigar tobacco, charcoal and licorice. Medium to full-bodied with more concentration than many vintages, this surprisingly fleshy effort has more poundage and glycerin than this normally light-styled Bordeaux has offered in the past. Harmonious sweet tannins and low acidity give the wine a fleshy mouthfeel and immediate appeal, but most of its aromatic complexity will not emerge for another 5-7 years. It should keep for two decades or more.

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Château Chasse-Spleen, Moulis en Médoc, 2008
Château Chasse-Spleen, Moulis en Médoc, 2008
Château Chasse-Spleen, Moulis en Médoc, 2008

Soft and approachable, this fruit forward claret has immediate appeal. Concentrated black cherry aromas dominate the nose alongside herb and sweet spice hints. The palate shows earthy and more savoury characters and is rounded with a pleasing mouthfeel, all very well balanced.

Château Chasse-Spleen

Château Chasse-Spleen is a leading estate in Moulis. Although classified as a Cru Bourgeois, it regularly outperforms many of the Médoc’s more renowned classed growths.

A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. It is matured in oak barriques (40% new) for 18 months and is bottled unfiltered.

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Château Chasse-Spleen, Moulis en Médoc, 2009
Château Chasse-Spleen, Moulis en Médoc, 2009
Château Chasse-Spleen, Moulis en Médoc, 2009

Beautiful blueberry, black raspberry and cassis fruit as well as incense and graphite jump from the glass of this inky ruby/purple-colored wine. Ripe, medium to full-bodied, dense and rich, this is one of the stars of Moulis in 2009.

Château Chasse-Spleen

Château Chasse-Spleen is a leading estate in Moulis. Although classified as a Cru Bourgeois, it regularly outperforms many of the Médoc’s more renowned classed growths.

A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. It is matured in oak barriques (40% new) for 18 months and is bottled unfiltered.

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Château Chasse-Spleen, Moulis en Médoc, 2010
Château Chasse-Spleen, Moulis en Médoc, 2010
Château Chasse-Spleen, Moulis en Médoc, 2010

A beautiful effort from Chasse-Spleen, this dense purple wine exhibits plenty of black currant and black cherry fruit with some licorice, roasted herbs and forest floor. Medium to full-bodied and supple, the final blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Merlot has produced a fleshy, succulent style of Chasse-Spleen to drink over the next 15+ years.

 

Château Chasse-Spleen

Château Chasse-Spleen is a leading estate in Moulis. Although classified as a Cru Bourgeois, it regularly outperforms many of the Médoc’s more renowned classed growths.

A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. It is matured in oak barriques (40% new) for 18 months and is bottled unfiltered.

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Château d’Aiguilhe, Comtes von Neipperg, Côtes de Castillon, 2010
Château d’Aiguilhe, Comtes von Neipperg, Côtes de Castillon, 2010
Château d’Aiguilhe, Comtes von Neipperg, Côtes de Castillon, 2010

One of the best-run estates in the underrated and undervalued appellation of Cotes de Castillon is Chateau d’Aiguilhe, which is owned by Stephan von Neipperg. As with all of von Neipperg’s wines, Stephane Derenoncourt is the consulting winemaker. The blend is usually 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, although I did not see the statistics on this particular vintage. The 2010 (10,000 cases produced) achieved 14% natural alcohol from modest yields of 34 hectoliters per hectare. It exhibits a deep ruby/purple hue, lots of cassis, crushed rock and floral characteristics, a round, generous, savory, broadly textured style and sweet tannins. Drink it over the next decade.

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Château Fourcas Hosten, Listrac Médoc, 2009
Château Fourcas Hosten, Listrac Médoc, 2009
Château Fourcas Hosten, Listrac Médoc, 2009

Fourcas-Hosten has long had a reputation as one of the best Châteaux in the commune of Listrac in the Médoc. This vintage is very classically profiled with a nose of cassis, cocoa, and cedar followed by a complex array of black and red fruits on the palate. Exceptionally well-balanced, this is a wine that can improve over the next couple of years, but is already a joy to drink. Jancis Robinson MW said “…quite an intriguing nose, full, firm and dramatic. Nicely balanced with polished tannins and very appetising, the type of wine that could be a pleasure to drink all its life.”

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Château la Tour Carnet, Grand Cru Classé, Haut-Médoc, 2009
Château la Tour Carnet, Grand Cru Classé, Haut-Médoc, 2009
Château la Tour Carnet, Grand Cru Classé, Haut-Médoc, 2009

Deeply-coloured. Powerful nose of ripe red fruits (strawberry) with slightly burnt oak presence. Power takes centre-stage on the palate with lovely fat at point of entry. A robust style with a good framework still showing pronounced oak. Slightly dry tannins on the finish. Wonderful potential.

‘This dense purple wine displays notes of charcoal, subtle toast and white chocolate as well as blueberry and blackberry liqueur intermixed with hints of graphite and licorice. Dense, full-bodied, unctuously textured, and quite long and thick, this concentrated, impressively endowed wine is silky-textured and already accessible. However, I suspect its best days are at least 5-7 years ahead of it. It should keep for a minimum of two decades.’92pts, Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (199), March 2012.

Château La Tour Carnet
Château La Tour Carnet is a 4emé Cru Classé property owned since by Bernard Magrez. ‘It is one of the most picturesque chateaux in Bordeaux, dating from the 12th century, with real towers and a Camelot-style moat surrounding it. A large estate, they have been making top-flight wines for well over a decade, yet the prices remain very realistic for a classified growth Bordeaux.’ – Robert Parker, Wine Critic.

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Château Lafon-Rochet, Grand Cru Classé, Saint Estèphe, 2008
Château Lafon-Rochet, Grand Cru Classé, Saint Estèphe, 2008
Château Lafon-Rochet, Grand Cru Classé, Saint Estèphe, 2008

A strong effort for this vintage, the 2008 exhibits a dark plum/purple color, plenty of firm, rugged, austere tannins, copious red and black fruits, admirable flavor intensity and medium body. Cellar it for 3-4 years and drink it over the following 15.

Château Lafon-Rochet

Château Lafon-Rochet is a 4ème Cru Classé St-Estèphe estate that has been owned by the Tesseron family since 1959. The property has one of the best terroirs in Bordeaux: its one block of 45 hectares is on a gravelly rise not far from Pauillac, and overlooks first growth Lafite Rothschild and second growth Cos d’Estournel.

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