Bas Armagnac, Domaine de Papolle, 1973, (44% Vol.) – 50cl
Grapes harvested in 1973 on the estate. An eau-de-vie for the connoisseur who knows to take the time needed to gently warm in the hand before discovering the subtlety of a great Bas-Armagnac. The most honored in competitions.
Bas Armagnac, Domaine de Papolle, 1974, (45% Vol.) – 50cl
Grapes harvested in 1974 on the estate. A well-balanced Bas-Armagnac, at its peak. Character is further enhanced by gentle warming in the hand.
Bas Armagnac, Domaine de Papolle, 1975, (43% Vol.) – 50cl
Golden colour and a nose of stewed orange and black plum. Additional fruit aromas of mature apricot, black plum and apple give smoothness in the mouth.
Bas Armagnac, Domaine de Papolle, 1977, (43% Vol.) – 50cl
A sweet, slightly oxidized nose with caramel and chocolate notes, to be savored by connoisseurs.
Bas Armagnac, Domaine de Papolle, 1978, (45% Vol.) – 50cl
A soft nose with hints of stone fruits, specifically yellow peach and apricot. Elegant, fruity and feminine on the tongue.
Château Brane-Cantenac, Margaux, Grand Cru Classé, 2005
This wine (a blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc) has a stunning nose of forest floor, licorice, blackcurrants, plums and spring flowers. Soft tannin, full-bodied opulence and beautifully textured, lush richness, make for a brilliant wine from this large, 180-acre vineyard. In spite of the wine’s stunning forward fragrance and lushness, the color still looks as if it is 3-4 years old, rather than a decade. This is a big-time winner in 2005 and should drink well for at least another 25+ years.
Château d’Issan, Margaux, 2005
From 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, the wine was aged in 55% new oak. Still deep in color, the wine opens with floral, black cherry, forest floor, cassis, tobacco and spicy aromas. With supple, refined textures, concentration of fruit and a long, elegant, blackberry finish, this continues to develop perfectly.
Château Kirwan, Margaux, Grand Cru Classé, 2009
After bottling, wine often goes through a difficult period of weak aromatic expression and/or imbalance, with a sensation of hollowness. This stage is called “Bottle Shock”. In the case of Kirwan 2009, this phase is over and the fruit dominates, with robust notes of black cherry. The attack is soft, round and juicy in the mouth. The flesh has a velvety character that blankets the palate while aromas of pepper, cedar, cocoa and light roasted coffee complement the pervasive fruit. Even young, Kirwan 2009 already presents remarkable complexity. The months to come will further accentuate these perceptions of volume and smoothness. As for the bouquet, it will continue to develop for many years…..patience.
Moulin Touchais, AC Coteaux du Layon, 1971
Deep orange gold. This has an attractive and complex baked apple nose with hints if spice and caramel. The palate is complex, powerful and concentrate and is distinguished by the high level of acidity. Highly textured, with a russet-apple and quince like presence, this is still positively youthful.It has been preserved by the acidity and will continue to hold for years to come. It deserves to be in the cellar of all true Chenin lovers.
Taylor’s 1863 Single Harvest Port
An incredible single harvest port, produced in 1863 and bottled after more than 150 years in oak. Presented in a bespoke Italian crystal decanter and maple burl veneer box, this is a real piece of history.
98 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
“And what it is, is a time-defying pre-phylloxera humdinger that’ll knock your socks off. Simply pouring the wine, I noticed how deep and clear the color was, the intoxicating sumptuous aromas filling the room long before I had put nose near glass. We find extravagant and luscious aromas of blackberries, black plum, camphor, rosemary, iris, caraway seed and walnut, fig jam, a quite extraordinary and heady bouquet. The palate follows suit with a sumptuous, quasi-viscous texture that instantly seduces the senses. It comes armed with a sweet and candied core of black and red fruit, yes fruit, because there is astonishingly little degradation here. It is a powerful and flamboyant tawny with quince and marmalade, later cloves, raisin and dried fig on the long flowing finish.” Neil Martin 2014-09-01
1863 was a year that changed the world. Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg address and signed the Emancipation Proclamation, the first step to the abolition of slavery. In London the first underground train ran, the Football Association met for the first time, the International Red Cross was founded, and notable births included car manufacturers Henry Ford & Henry Royce, painter Edvard Munch, Pierre Coubertin (father of the modern Olympic movement) & Archduke Franz Ferdinand.
Taylor Fladgate & Yeatman was founded over three centuries ago in 1692 and has been family owned and run throughout its history. The most famous of all Port houses, Taylor’s is regarded as the benchmark for Vintage Port and its declared vintages attract the highest scores and auction prices. Taylor’s Ports are noted for their elegance and restrained power, their longevity and their distinctive scented character.
Taylor’s is currently bottling its two casks of Single Harvest 1863 into 1,600 crystal decanters and will be releasing the Port worldwide over the next couple of months.
We could go on and on about how wonderful this Port is like various wine merchants on the internet, but I think Taylor’s Managing Director, Andrew Bridge’s words below say it all.
“This remarkable Port is like a time capsule, offering a fascinating glimpse into a distant past…The 1863 has been in wood for over a century-and-a-half and is a piece of wine history. Thanks to the perfect ageing environment of the lodges in Oporto it is perfectly balanced and shows an extraordinary vitality.” Andrew Bridge
An authentic piece of wine history, the Taylor’s 1863 Single Harvest Port is delivered in a specially produced Italian Crystal decanter with an individually fitted glass stopper engraved and polished by hand in Scotland.
The decanter is presented in a superb luxury box finished in maple burl veneer. Each box contains a certificate individually signed by Taylor’s Managing Director, Adrian Bridge.
There were only two casks of wine remaining from this vintage, so the 1863 Taylor’s Single Harvest port truly is a very Limited Edition – a rare and exclusive collector’s item!
Due to the limited supplies, a total of 1600 have been made available worldwide and only 240 for the U.K.
Veuve Clicquot – “La Grande Dame” Brut, 2004
Named after the ‘Grand Lady’ as a tribute to Madame Clicquot, ‘La Grand Dame’ is the flagship and pinnacle of Veuve Clicquot’s style. Elegant, refined and delicate, Grand Dame is the utmost homage to the role she played in the formative years of the Champagne house.
94 points James Suckling
“I drank this in Antibes, France today with some friends and I was pleasantly surprised. I have been pretty underwhelmed with Le Grand Dame recently but the 2004 shows a return to the finesse and balance of the cuvée. A balanced yet dense Champagne with dried apple, pear and hints of bread dough. Very appley and lemony. Pretty strawberry undertones. Full body, bright acidity and a round texture. Refined and flavorful. A little sweeter than some tête de cuvée Champagnes but delicious. One of the more balanced vintages of La Grande Dame. Drink now.” (7/2015)
94 points Wine Enthusiast
*Cellar Selection* “This is a rich and creamy Champagne with a lively mousse, giving it a forward fruit character. Slowly the depth and concentration of the wine come through, with a white fruit flavor and hints of grapefruit and toasty yeast, which all promising good aging.” (9/2012)
94 points Wine Spectator
“Sleek, with mouthwatering acidity and an aromatic base note of chalky minerality, this features well-meshed flavors of black currant pâte de fruit, pastry, candied ginger and almond skin. The finely detailed, creamy mousse lends lasting finesse to the finish. Drink now through 2025.” (11/2013)
93 points Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
(made from fruit grown in eight different grand crus, mostly Verzenay and Avize; lot 5122815): “Vivid gold. Heady aromas of orange, white peach and smoky minerals, with a note of buttered toast adding depth. Densely packed citrus and pit fruit flavors show chewy texture and a bright mineral quality that adds vivacity. Rich but lively and precise, finishing very long, with notes of candied fig and toasty lees.” (12/2013)
91 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
“As with the corresponding (and varietally identical) rose, Clicquot’s 2004 Brut La Grande Dame is vivacious and buoyant, with lemon and grapefruit set in entertaining counterpoint to almond paste and vanilla-tinged, tart-edged baked apple. Saline oyster liquor adds another, savory dimension in a lingering finish, while hints of chamomile and jasmine serve for aromatic allure. This delightful bottling might well achieve genuine profundity over the next two or three years.” (DS) (11/2013)
17/20 Jancis Robinson
“61% Pinot Noir, 29% Chardonnay. Six years on lees. Lovely biscuit and brioche richness. Very pure. Laser-like. Quite saline and taut. Still very simple on the palate, but undeniably super quality. Not heavy, but has strength.” (7/2012)