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Ausone200312×75cl£7,7001100LessMore
90-100 is equivalent to an A and is given only for an outstanding or special effort. Wines in this category are the very best produced of their type. There is a big difference between a 90 and 99, but both are top marks. As you will note through the text, there are few wines that actually make it into this top category because there are not many great wines
Ausone20056×75cl£4,9001100LessMore
90-100 is equivalent to an A and is given only for an outstanding or special effort. Wines in this category are the very best produced of their type. There is a big difference between a 90 and 99, but both are top marks. As you will note through the text, there are few wines that actually make it into this top category because there are not many great wines
Calon Segur201012×75cl£670594LessMore
90-100 is equivalent to an A and is given only for an outstanding or special effort. Wines in this category are the very best produced of their type. There is a big difference between a 90 and 99, but both are top marks. As you will note through the text, there are few wines that actually make it into this top category because there are not many great wines
Calon Segur201212×75cl£430190-92LessMore
The 2012 reveals an opaque ruby/purple color along with sweet tannins, low acidity, medium to full body, and abundant cedary, foresty notes intermixed with black cherries, black currants, caramel and spice box. This medium to full-bodied St.-Estephe should drink well in 4-5 years (atypical for a Calon Segur), and last for two decades.

Calon Segur has one of the top dozen terroirs in all of Bordeaux, so I’m waiting to see how spectacular it can become under its new ownership. Certainly the team brought in to push the quality is the right one. I don’t know what the final blend of the relatively soft 2012 was, but I suspect it includes a copious percentage of Merlot, although Cabernet Sauvignon has dominated over recent years.
Camensac200912×75cl£172789LessMore
One of the finest, if not the very best Camensac I have ever tasted, this wine possesses loads of black currants, black cherries, cedar wood and spice box as well as a bit of earth and underbrush. It is medium to full-bodied, very generously endowed and quite long. Anticipated maturity: now-2025.
Carmes de Rieussec201112×75cl£1205LessMore
(Notes not available)
Carmes de Rieussec20116×75cl£606LessMore
(Notes not available)
Carruades de LafiteF20126×75cl£570387-89LessMore
The second wine, the 2012 Carruades de Lafite is composed of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Soft, round, accessible and delicious, but uninspiring, it possesses a dark ruby/plum color, medium body and hints of lead pencil shavings intermixed with red and black currants and vanillin. Drink it over the next 7-8 years.

Charles Chevalier was candid in saying that the tropical heat wave, along with the poor flowering resulted in intense labor in the vineyard and during the harvest where triage was the operative word, and had to be done thoroughly and consistently. The 2012 Lafite Rothschild, a blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8.5% Merlot and 0.5% Petit Verdot, was the result of a harvest that took place between September 28 and October 9 for the Merlot, October 9-16 for the Cabernet Sauvignon. The small amount of Cabernet Franc included in the Carruades de Lafite was harvested on October 11 – 12. Only 38% of the production made it into the grand vin. If the 2012 fills out completely it could turn out similar to the 1998 Lafite.
Certan de May20076×75cl£160287LessMore
80-89 is equivalent to a B in school and such a wine, particularly in the 85-89 range, is very, very good; many of the wines that fall into this range often are great values as well. I have many of these wines in my personal collection
Chenade20116×75cl£453LessMore
(Notes not available)
Clerc Milon201012×75cl£480491-93LessMore
RP: 91-93
2010: The powerful 2010 is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc and the balance mostly Merlot except for dollops of Petit Verdot and Carmenere that achieved 14.5% natural alcohol – a record at Clerc Milon. An intense purple color is followed by notes of incense, creme de cassis and flowers and a broad, rich wine with superb purity, concentration and depth. This layered, expansive effort could turn out to be one of the finest this estate has ever made. Give it 3-5 years of cellaring and drink it over the following two decades.

JR: 17
Still some purple in the crimson. Less obvious nose than the Armailhac 1995. Hint of mint, solid and sweetly polished. Good effort to cover what must have bene pretty dry tannins, but less flavour than the Armailhac. Fresh and bracing and clean – a good palate cleanser.

Decanter: 18
Rich blackcurrant fruit with some dry herbs/coffee spice nose, very good middle fruit and a firm, elegant structure and class, a château on top form. Drink 2018-35.

Neil Martin: 91-93
A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Camenere is a little reticent at first, but after 2 minutes of rigorous coaxing evolves a very pure nose of macerated black cherries, blueberry and cassis with very fine delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with a compact entry that seems to expand as it remain in the mouth. The tannins are a little more prominent than the d’Armailhac with a citrus-like freshness on the finish. It has a little more alcohol (14.5%) thanks to the Merlot compared to the others, but there it is what you might describe as a joyous Clerc-Milon. Drink 2015- Tasted April 2011.
Clinet201212×75cl£490592-94LessMore
Although hardly comparable to what Clinet achieved in both 2009 and 2010, the 2012 Clinet is another star of the vintage. A powerful, full-bodied, muscular Pomerol, it reveals a dense purple color in addition to lots of opulence, a layered, full-bodied richness (somewhat atypical for the vintage), beautiful density and plenty of mocha, black cherry, truffle and graphite notes. It is a surprisingly full yet accessible Clinet that will be drinkable long before the 2009 and 2010 hit their plateaus of maturity. Drink the 2012 over the next 15 years.
Croix Mouton (Bordeaux Superieur)201212×75cl£661087-89LessMore
80-89 is equivalent to a B in school and such a wine, particularly in the 85-89 range, is very, very good; many of the wines that fall into this range often are great values as well. I have many of these wines in my personal collection
Cruzelles20126×75cl£70490-92LessMore
90-100 is equivalent to an A and is given only for an outstanding or special effort. Wines in this category are the very best produced of their type. There is a big difference between a 90 and 99, but both are top marks. As you will note through the text, there are few wines that actually make it into this top category because there are not many great wines
Ducru Beaucaillou20106×75cl£650298LessMore
With loads of minerality, a terrific opaque purple color, and slightly more structure and tannin than either Poyferre or St.-Pierre (and that’s saying something), this is a blockbuster, fabulous Ducru Beaucaillou that should be at its best a good decade from now and last 40-50 years. The proprietor is not alone in thinking this is the finest Ducru Beaucaillou since the 1961. The classic wet rock, creme de cassis, subtle oak and gravelly stoniness of the vineyard come through in this spectacular, full-bodied, gorgeously pure and intense effort. This is wine for the ages that should be forgotten for at least a decade.

Proprietor Bruno Borie thinks this wine is as superb as their 2009. Slightly more structured and less flamboyant than its older sibling, it is a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot from the very best parcels of the vineyard. This wine tips the scales at 14% natural alcohol but has a normal pH of 3.6, which is one of the characteristics of this vintage (high alcohol, normal pH), which thus accounts for the freshness and precision found in most 2010s.
Ducru Beaucaillou201212×75cl£720290-92LessMore
Saint Julien 2éme Cru Classé
The color is a healthy deep ruby/purple and the wine smells beautiful, exhibiting lots of floral, creme de cassis, licorice and graphite notes. Medium-bodied but slightly deficient in the mid-palate at present, it picks up speed and finishes with serious authority and power. This 2012 should be outstanding, but it is difficult to favorably compare the 2012 to the prodigious wines produced at Ducru in 2009 and 2010. The 2012 will require 4-6 years of cellaring and should drink well for 15-20 years.
The charismatic Bruno Borie has produced a 2012 Ducru Beaucaillou made from 81% Cabernet Sauvignon and 19% Merlot (about 50% of the total production). The harvest began right after the deluge that occurred the weekend of October 7, 8 and 9. A lot of dry tannins were present the day I tasted this wine, but I think they will soften and become manageable as the wine continues its upbringing in barrel for another 12-14 months.
Duo de Conseillante20126×75cl£135Sold outLessMore
(Notes not available)
Eglise Clinet20116×75cl£490192-95LessMore
Another brilliant wine from proprietor Denis Durantou, the powerhouse 2011 l’Eglise Clinet is one of the most densely packed and stacked wines of Pomerol. Inky ruby/purple-colored with a classic bouquet of black currants, black cherries, creme caramel and vanillin, it reveals great fruit on the attack and mid-palate, medium to full body, lavish extraction, no bitterness, sweet, well-integrated tannins, and enough acidity for vibrancy and definition. It should be drinkable in 3-5 years and last for two decades or more.
Estang (Cotes de Castillon)200912×75cl£72787-90LessMore
80-89 is equivalent to a B in school and such a wine, particularly in the 85-89 range, is very, very good; many of the wines that fall into this range often are great values as well. I have many of these wines in my personal collection
Evangile200412×75cl£750193LessMore
90-100 is equivalent to an A and is given only for an outstanding or special effort. Wines in this category are the very best produced of their type. There is a big difference between a 90 and 99, but both are top marks. As you will note through the text, there are few wines that actually make it into this top category because there are not many great wines
Evangile20126×75cl£520490-94LessMore
The 2012 is an outstanding effort displaying copious quantities of black raspberry and blackberry fruit intermixed with hints of camphor, black truffles and subtle new oak. Opulent, round and generously endowed with impressive purity as well as a forward style, it should drink well young yet age for 12-15 years.

Administrator Pascal Vazart told me the rain that occurred at the end of September broke the hydric stress and drought-like conditions that had existed in this vineyard since mid-July. During that period, there was no rain, but lots of sunshine, which was beginning to cause serious issues with vineyards planted on sand and gravelly soils. The fruit for the 2012 l’Evangile was harvested between September 20 and October 9. It is composed of 93% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc that achieved a lofty 14.3% alcohol level. The finished pH is 3.7, which no doubt accounts for the wine’s smooth, velvety personality. No one will confuse the 2012 with their 2009 or 2010.
Fleur Petrus20026×75cl£700188LessMore
80-89 is equivalent to a B in school and such a wine, particularly in the 85-89 range, is very, very good; many of the wines that fall into this range often are great values as well. I have many of these wines in my personal collection
Fleur St Emilion201112×75cl£1491089-91LessMore
80-89 is equivalent to a B in school and such a wine, particularly in the 85-89 range, is very, very good; many of the wines that fall into this range often are great values as well. I have many of these wines in my personal collection
Gazin20126×75cl£210193-95LessMore
90-100 is equivalent to an A and is given only for an outstanding or special effort. Wines in this category are the very best produced of their type. There is a big difference between a 90 and 99, but both are top marks. As you will note through the text, there are few wines that actually make it into this top category because there are not many great wines
Gazin201212×75cl£420793-95LessMore
This may be the first time in the history of this estate that Gazin has been made from 100% Merlot. That was the favored cepage (grape varietal) in 2012, and Gazin has produced a powerful, concentrated, dark plum/purple-hued wine displaying notes of balsam wood, forest floor, camphor, blackberries and cassis. As the wine sits in the glass, hints of white chocolate and espresso roast (no doubt from the barrels used) emerge. Full, rich and intense, this impressive 2012 reminds me of the 2001, only slightly more masculine. Give it 2-3 years of cellaring and drink it over the following two decades.
Grand Pontet200012×75cl£400192LessMore
90-100 is equivalent to an A and is given only for an outstanding or special effort. Wines in this category are the very best produced of their type. There is a big difference between a 90 and 99, but both are top marks. As you will note through the text, there are few wines that actually make it into this top category because there are not many great wines
Lafite RothschildF199612×75cl£6,9501100LessMore
Tasted three times since bottling, the 1996 Lafite-Rothschild is unquestionably this renowned estate’s greatest wine. As I indicated last year, only 38% of the crop was deemed grand enough to be put into the final blend, which is atypically high in Cabernet Sauvignon (83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot, and 3% Petit Verdot). This massive wine may be the biggest, largest-scaled Lafite I have ever tasted. It will require many years to come around, so I suspect all of us past the age of fifty might want to give serious consideration as to whether we should be laying away multiple cases of this wine. It is also the first Lafite-Rothschild to be put into a new engraved bottle (designed to prevent fraudulent imitations). The wine exhibits a thick-looking, ruby/purple color, and a knock-out nose of lead pencil, minerals, flowers, and black currant scents. Extremely powerful and full-bodied, with remarkable complexity for such a young wine, this huge Lafite is oozing with extract and richness, yet has managed to preserve its quintessentially elegant personality. This wine is even richer than it was prior to bottling. It should unquestionably last for 40-50 years. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2050. The wine of the vintage?
Lafite RothschildF20126×75cl£1,900192-95LessMore
The classically styled 2012 exhibits attractive elegance, medium body and outstanding concentration, but not the complexity and depth or prodigious qualities of many other recent Lafites. It is a relatively soft, spicy effort displaying notes of crushed rocks, white chocolate, black currants and graphite. It should be drinkable in 5-8 years and last for two decades.

Charles Chevalier was candid in saying that the tropical heat wave, along with the poor flowering resulted in intense labor in the vineyard and during the harvest where triage was the operative word, and had to be done thoroughly and consistently. The 2012 Lafite Rothschild, a blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8.5% Merlot and 0.5% Petit Verdot, was the result of a harvest that took place between September 28 and October 9 for the Merlot, October 9-16 for the Cabernet Sauvignon. The small amount of Cabernet Franc included in the Carruades de Lafite was harvested on October 11 – 12. Only 38% of the production made it into the grand vin. If the 2012 fills out completely it could turn out similar to the 1998 Lafite.
Lafleur19996×75cl£1,350293LessMore
90-100 is equivalent to an A and is given only for an outstanding or special effort. Wines in this category are the very best produced of their type. There is a big difference between a 90 and 99, but both are top marks. As you will note through the text, there are few wines that actually make it into this top category because there are not many great wines
Lynch BagesFEP201312×75cl£55010LessMore
(Notes not available)
MargauxF20126×75cl£1,375492-94LessMore
This quintessentially finesse-styled Margaux exhibits notes of pure black currants, spring flowers, graphite and forest floor. With supple tannins and medium body, this pretty, stylish effort reminds me of the 2001 or perhaps a modern day, improved version of their 1979. The lovely 2012 should be drinkable in 4-5 years and last for two decades.

Only about one-third of the total production made it into the 2012 Chateau Margaux, which is a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Like many Medoc first-growths in this vintage, this estate-s aim was to make an elegant, supple-styled 2012 that emphasized the fruit, charm and delicacy of this terroir rather than pushing extraction and going for a powerhouse, which would have been difficult to produce in a vintage like 2012. The natural alcohol is 13%.
Montlandrie (Denis Durantou)20116×75cl£652088-90LessMore
80-89 is equivalent to a B in school and such a wine, particularly in the 85-89 range, is very, very good; many of the wines that fall into this range often are great values as well. I have many of these wines in my personal collection
Montlandrie (Denis Durantou)201212×75cl£1301087-88LessMore
80-89 is equivalent to a B in school and such a wine, particularly in the 85-89 range, is very, very good; many of the wines that fall into this range often are great values as well. I have many of these wines in my personal collection
Mouton RothschildF19931×500cl£1,600190LessMore
90-100 is equivalent to an A and is given only for an outstanding or special effort. Wines in this category are the very best produced of their type. There is a big difference between a 90 and 99, but both are top marks. As you will note through the text, there are few wines that actually make it into this top category because there are not many great wines
Mouton RothschildF200112×75cl£2,995389LessMore
80-89 is equivalent to a B in school and such a wine, particularly in the 85-89 range, is very, very good; many of the wines that fall into this range often are great values as well. I have many of these wines in my personal collection
Ormes de Pez201012×75cl£1951287-90LessMore
RP: 87-90
This dense purple-colored 2010 exhibits dark raspberry and blueberry fruit notes, less power and structure than its neighbor De Pez, but more finesse, elegance and fruit forwardness. This impressively endowed effort should drink nicely for 10-15 years.

JR: 17
Healthy crimson. Ripe and robust. Big and bold without much care for seduction. Very solid but it will take a lot of time to settle down.

Neil Martin: 92-94
Tasted at Lynch-Bages and the UGC, the vineyard suffered some hail damage and some parcels lost as much as 30-40% of the crop and the yield which is 44hl/ha. The Les Ormes de Pez is a blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot raised in 45% new oak. It has a very sensual, very pure bouquet with dark cherries, boysenberry, wild hedgerow, mint and a touch of vanilla, much more feminine than the wines of the past. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent tannins on the entry, very good ripeness here and the Cabernet Sauvignon is really in harmony with the ripe Merlot. Voluminous and silky smooth towards the finish, this is an outstanding Les Ormes de Pez. Drink 2015- Tasted March 2011.
Pape Clement Rouge200912×75cl£810295LessMore
90-100 is equivalent to an A and is given only for an outstanding or special effort. Wines in this category are the very best produced of their type. There is a big difference between a 90 and 99, but both are top marks. As you will note through the text, there are few wines that actually make it into this top category because there are not many great wines
PetrusF20013×75cl£4,200195LessMore
90-100 is equivalent to an A and is given only for an outstanding or special effort. Wines in this category are the very best produced of their type. There is a big difference between a 90 and 99, but both are top marks. As you will note through the text, there are few wines that actually make it into this top category because there are not many great wines
PetrusF20116×75cl£6,300395LessMore
90-100 is equivalent to an A and is given only for an outstanding or special effort. Wines in this category are the very best produced of their type. There is a big difference between a 90 and 99, but both are top marks. As you will note through the text, there are few wines that actually make it into this top category because there are not many great wines
Pichon BaronFEP201312×75cl£57510LessMore
(Notes not available)
Pontet CanetF201212×75cl£6601091-94LessMore
A softer, less powerful and less prodigiously endowed Pontet Canet, the 2012 exhibits notes of creme de cassis and new barrique vanillin followed by a medium-bodied, elegant wine with sweeter tannin (and less of it) than is found in the great vintages that immediately precede it. The 2012 is certainly outstanding and, in fact, many readers may prefer it to the blockbuster, out-of-this-world, over-sized 2010, 2009 and 2008. Medium-bodied, pure and expressive, this classic Pauillac should only require 5-6 years of cellaring. It should drink well for two decades thereafter.
No one will confuse the 2012 Pontet Canet with the 2008, 2009 or 2010, but proprietor Alfred Tesseron has turned in another high level performance in this more challenging vintage (especially true in the Medoc).
Raymond Lafon200912×75cl£180392-94LessMore
There is a little SO2 on the nose at the moment. The palate is well balanced with a citric entry, touches of apricot and lime, tightly coiled towards the finish with the acidity slicing through the viscous honey fruit with a touch of Tropicana. Again, this is a very focused, tensile Sauternes with beguiling clarity.
Rieussec201012×75cl£280496LessMore
90-100 is equivalent to an A and is given only for an outstanding or special effort. Wines in this category are the very best produced of their type. There is a big difference between a 90 and 99, but both are top marks. As you will note through the text, there are few wines that actually make it into this top category because there are not many great wines
Roc de Cambes, Cotes de Bourg20056×75cl£2401LessMore
(Notes not available)
Ronan by Clinet201112×75cl£7220LessMore
(Notes not available)
Saint Pierre20106×75cl£275197LessMore
90-100 is equivalent to an A and is given only for an outstanding or special effort. Wines in this category are the very best produced of their type. There is a big difference between a 90 and 99, but both are top marks. As you will note through the text, there are few wines that actually make it into this top category because there are not many great wines
Saint Pierre201012×75cl£550597LessMore
The final blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Merlot has resulted in a wine of great power, stature, gravitas and density. The wine has a black purple color and a brilliant nose of scorched earth, creme de cassis, espresso roast, blackberries, truffles and licorice. Full-bodied, extremely powerful, yet with abundant sweet tannin, this stunning effort should prove sensational if given 7-10 years of cellaring. It should also last for 30-40 years.

This is another brilliant wine from Jean-Louis Triaud, who is also responsible for the brilliant resurrection of the cru bourgeois, Gloria. This is one of the smallest estates in St.-Julien, with only about 6,000 cases produced, and even less were produced in 2010 than in 2009.
Sociando Mallet200412×75cl£230490LessMore
90-100 is equivalent to an A and is given only for an outstanding or special effort. Wines in this category are the very best produced of their type. There is a big difference between a 90 and 99, but both are top marks. As you will note through the text, there are few wines that actually make it into this top category because there are not many great wines
Tour Haut Brion200512×75cl£470189LessMore
80-89 is equivalent to a B in school and such a wine, particularly in the 85-89 range, is very, very good; many of the wines that fall into this range often are great values as well. I have many of these wines in my personal collection
Tourelles de Longueville201012×75cl£3301089LessMore
Wine Spectator: 90-93
Jancis Robinson: 16.5
Troplong Mondot20106×75cl£450599LessMore
90-100 is equivalent to an A and is given only for an outstanding or special effort. Wines in this category are the very best produced of their type. There is a big difference between a 90 and 99, but both are top marks. As you will note through the text, there are few wines that actually make it into this top category because there are not many great wines
Trotanoy199812×75cl£2,500196LessMore
The finest Trotanoy since the 1961, this structured, formidably-endowed, deep ruby/purple-colored, full-bodied, super-rich wine exhibits notes of toffee, truffles, and abundant blackberry, cherry, and currant fruit. It cuts a large swath across the palate, and possesses copious but sweet tannin as well as a chewy, muscular mid-palate and finish. This is a compelling effort from one of the great vineyards of Pomerol. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2035. Last tasted, 11/02.
Trotanoy20096×75cl£1,050198LessMore
90-100 is equivalent to an A and is given only for an outstanding or special effort. Wines in this category are the very best produced of their type. There is a big difference between a 90 and 99, but both are top marks. As you will note through the text, there are few wines that actually make it into this top category because there are not many great wines
Trottevieille200512×75cl£520192LessMore
90-100 is equivalent to an A and is given only for an outstanding or special effort. Wines in this category are the very best produced of their type. There is a big difference between a 90 and 99, but both are top marks. As you will note through the text, there are few wines that actually make it into this top category because there are not many great wines
Verdignan (Haut Medoc)19986×75cl£4614LessMore
(Notes not available)
Yquem19671×75cl£500196LessMore
90-100 is equivalent to an A and is given only for an outstanding or special effort. Wines in this category are the very best produced of their type. There is a big difference between a 90 and 99, but both are top marks. As you will note through the text, there are few wines that actually make it into this top category because there are not many great wines
      

Burgundy

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Auxey Duresses Rouge 1er Cru, Boisson-Vadot201012×75cl£3003LessMore
(Notes not available)
Beaune 1er Cru Clos de Ecu, Faiveley200512×75cl£3505LessMore
(Notes not available)
Bienvenues Batard Montrachet Grand Cru, Carillon20051×75cl£2502LessMore
(Notes not available)
Bonnes Mares Grand Cru, de Vogue (tissue stained labels)20016×75cl£1,0751LessMore
(Notes not available)
Bourgogne Blanc, Boisson-Vadot201112×75cl£17510LessMore
(Notes not available)
Bourgogne Rouge, Janotsbos201012×75cl£12010LessMore
Stunningly fruit driven, pure Pinot delicacy on the nose, with just a hint of earthy terroir. Lovely floral tones to the nose with some spice and backed by light red fruit on the palate. This is a great introduction to the reds of the 2010 vintage.
Chablis 1er Cru Mont de Milieu, Billaud-Simon200612×75cl£1701LessMore
(Notes not available)
Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru, Rousseau20001×75cl£4501LessMore
(Notes not available)
Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru, Rousseau200112×75cl£7,4001LessMore
(Notes not available)
Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru, Rousseau20051×75cl£9001LessMore
(Notes not available)
Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Baudes, Ghislaine-Barthod20096×75cl£4201LessMore
(Notes not available)
Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Cras, Ghislaine-Barthod20076×75cl£3751LessMore
(Notes not available)
Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Cras, Roumier20116×75cl£6601LessMore
(Notes not available)
Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru, Rousseau20021×75cl£1701LessMore
(Notes not available)
Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru, Rousseau20041×75cl£1001LessMore
(Notes not available)
Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Chenevottes, Janotsbos20106×75cl£17411LessMore
Lovely battle between fruit and acidity going on here, with some spice in the background. Excitingly complex, with a light but lasting finish.
Chassagne Montrachet, Janotsbos20106×75cl£1389LessMore
A hint of citrus to the nose, and followed with nectarine and honey on the palate. This is a lovely Chassagne that will reward a couple of years in the cellar.
Clos Vougeot Grand Cru, Jean Grivot20096×75cl£5501LessMore
(Notes not available)
Clos Vougeot Grand Cru, Meo Camuzet20106×75cl£9001LessMore
(Notes not available)
Clos Vougeot VV Grand Cru, Chateau de la Tour20126×75cl£7001LessMore
(Notes not available)
Echezeaux du Dessus Grand Cru, Jayer-Gilles200912×75cl£1,6002LessMore
(Notes not available)
Echezeaux Grand Cru, Arnoux-Lachaux20106×75cl£5501LessMore
(Notes not available)
Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Champeaux, Dugat Py20056×75cl£1,0002LessMore
(Notes not available)
Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Clos St Jacques, Rousseau19901×75cl£8001LessMore
(Notes not available)
Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru, Dugat Py20056×75cl£9002LessMore
(Notes not available)
Latricieres Chambertin Grand Cru, Collection Bellenum20076×75cl£1801LessMore
(Notes not available)
Mazis Chambertin Grand Cru, Rousseau20021×75cl£1853LessMore
(Notes not available)
Meursault 1er Cru Boucheres, Janotsbos20106×75cl£18311LessMore
Alongside the Saint Aubin, this was the top choice. Such class and refinement – a nigh impossibly well made wine for the price! Floral notes on the nose, and an almost weightlessness to the feel of this wine – stone fruit, some spice, and a lovely intensity that simply makes you smile!
Meursault Genevrieres 1e Cru, Comtes Lafon200712×75cl£1,4501LessMore
(Notes not available)
Meursault Grands Charrons, Boisson-Vadot201212×75cl£5203LessMore
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Meursault, Boisson-Vadot201212×75cl£4502LessMore
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Meursault, Janotsbos20106×75cl£1291LessMore
Inviting nose of stone fruit, and a hint of smoke. Rich fruit on the palate, but a lovely "minerality" running through it keeps it perfectly balanced.
Musigny VV Grand Cru, Vogue20091×75cl£4407LessMore
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Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Pucelles, Domaine Leflaive20116×75cl£6751LessMore
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Romanee St Vivant Grand Cru, DRC20053×75cl£3,3501LessMore
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Ruchottes Chambertin Grand Cru, Rousseau20051×75cl£2502LessMore
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Saint Aubin 1er Cru En Creot, Janotsbos20106×75cl£1157LessMore
Never considered a fashionable spot, this is a real bargain. The Saint- Aubin is showing wonderfully well at the moment – our tasters joint wine of the night! Brilliantly expressive nose, which leads to a complete and balanced palate. Wonderfully rounded fruit, floral notes and a great lasting acidity on the finish. Incredible quality for the price here.
Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Chenes, Bouchard200612×75cl£2401LessMore
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Volnay 1er Cru Taillepieds, Angerville199912×75cl£1,2001LessMore
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Vosne Romanee 1er Cru Chaumes, Robert Arnoux200012×75cl£4802LessMore
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Armand de Brignac Blanc de BlancsNV6×75cl£1,40010LessMore
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Armand de Brignac Blanc de BlancsNV1×150cl£5506LessMore
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Armand de Brignac Brut GoldNV1×150cl£39010LessMore
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Armand de Brignac Brut RoseNV1×150cl£47510LessMore
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Armand de Brignac Brut RoseNV6×75cl£1,38010LessMore
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Barons de Rothschild Champagne Blanc de BlancsNV6×75cl£1204LessMore
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Dom Perignon Rose19966×75cl£1,300197LessMore
90-100 is equivalent to an A and is given only for an outstanding or special effort. Wines in this category are the very best produced of their type. There is a big difference between a 90 and 99, but both are top marks. As you will note through the text, there are few wines that actually make it into this top category because there are not many great wines
Dom Perignon Rose (Wooden Gift Box)20006×75cl£1,0451096LessMore
90-100 is equivalent to an A and is given only for an outstanding or special effort. Wines in this category are the very best produced of their type. There is a big difference between a 90 and 99, but both are top marks. As you will note through the text, there are few wines that actually make it into this top category because there are not many great wines
Jacques Selosse Brut InitialNV6×75cl£4754LessMore
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Jacques Selosse CarellesNV2×75cl£4151LessMore
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Jacques Selosse Sous Le MontNV6×75cl£1,2452LessMore
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Jacques Selosse SubstanceNV6×75cl£1,0202LessMore
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Krug Grande Cuvee BrutNV6×75cl£48420LessMore
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Louis Roederer Cristal20046×75cl£7008LessMore
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Louis Roederer Cristal20051×300cl£1,4005LessMore
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Louis Roederer Cristal20066×75cl£55015LessMore
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Louis Roederer Cristal20061×150cl£32510LessMore
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Perrier Jouet Belle Epoque Rose20046×75cl£72010LessMore
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Pol RogerNV6×75cl£12311LessMore
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Taittinger Comtes de Champagne20046×75cl£370996LessMore
90-100 is equivalent to an A and is given only for an outstanding or special effort. Wines in this category are the very best produced of their type. There is a big difference between a 90 and 99, but both are top marks. As you will note through the text, there are few wines that actually make it into this top category because there are not many great wines
      

Italy

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Barbaresco Santo Stefano, Castello di Neive20076×75cl£1802LessMore
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Barbaresco, Gaja20076×75cl£535194LessMore
90-100 is equivalent to an A and is given only for an outstanding or special effort. Wines in this category are the very best produced of their type. There is a big difference between a 90 and 99, but both are top marks. As you will note through the text, there are few wines that actually make it into this top category because there are not many great wines
Barbaresco, Produttori del Barbaresco200812×75cl£1701091LessMore
The Produttori’s 2008 Barbaresco is simply fabulous. A sweet bouquet melds into expressive fruit in a Barbaresco that is exceptionally polished and refined. The 2008 boasts striking sweetness and inner perfume to match its understated, elegant personality. Quite frankly, the 2008 is very hard to resist today, as the tannins are quite polished. Unusually sweet, silky and refined, the 2008 will take the better part of a decade to show the full breadth of its pedigree. At $37, it is one of the very finest values in ageworthy wine from anywhere in the world. This is a magnificent showing from the Produttori and a great introduction to the 2008 harvest at this historic house. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2038.

Produttori del Barbaresco, one of the world’s top cooperatives, has been making terrific wines for five decades. As good as the wines were in the past, my feeling was that at times the full potential of these sites – widely considered among the very best in Barbaresco – wasn’t being fully captured. The Produttori must have thought the same thing. Beginning in 2001, the Produttori began incentivizing their member growers to cultivate higher quality grapes. At the same time, the winery began a gradual process of rotating out their large 100-hectoliter casks and replacing them with smaller 50 and 75-hectoliter casks. The 2008 Riservas are the culmination of all of that work. I have been anxiously waiting to taste the Produttori’s 2008 Riservas since the end of that year’s harvest, when Managing Director Aldo Vacca told me the Riservas would almost certainly be bottled. Two recent tastings of the entire lineup were more than worth the wait. Simply put, these are the very best young Riservas I have ever tasted from the Produttori. The wines will require considerable patience, but they are stacked and packed with tremendous concentration of fruit allied to structure. It is a vintage Piedmont drinkers love to love, where the individual signatures of each terroir are clearly delineated. Best of all, the Riservas remain exceedingly fairly priced considering the quality of what is in the bottle. Congratulations to Aldo Vacca, longtime oenologist Gianni Testa and the entire team at Produttori del Barbaresco for this magnificent collection of 2008 Barbareschi.
Barolo La Serra, Roberto Voerzio200112×75cl£995194LessMore
90-100 is equivalent to an A and is given only for an outstanding or special effort. Wines in this category are the very best produced of their type. There is a big difference between a 90 and 99, but both are top marks. As you will note through the text, there are few wines that actually make it into this top category because there are not many great wines
Barolo Monprivato, Mascarello20076×75cl£440197LessMore
90-100 is equivalent to an A and is given only for an outstanding or special effort. Wines in this category are the very best produced of their type. There is a big difference between a 90 and 99, but both are top marks. As you will note through the text, there are few wines that actually make it into this top category because there are not many great wines
Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto, Casanova di Neri20066×75cl£595495LessMore
The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto emerges from the glass with layers of beautifully delineated dark fruit, flowers, mint, licorice and violets. It possesses terrific richness and nuance in a full-bodied, structured style that captures the essence of this great vintage. Big, powerful tannins provide the backdrop for expressive, super-ripe aromas and flavors. The 2006 needs time to soften, but it is immensely promising. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2026.

Giacomo Neri describes 2007 as a year with a warm spring followed by a cold, dry summer. Neri is one of the few growers who considers 2007 cooler than 2006, showing just how diverse Montalcino is. Temperatures were unusually warm during the spring, but then moderated over a coolish summer that saw very little rain. Acidities are a bit higher in 2007 than 2006. All that said, my tastings of the 2007s reveal them to be silkier and more polished young than the firmer 2006s. Needless to say, it will be fascinating to follow the evolution of both vintages over the coming years. Readers who want to learn more about Casanova di Neri should check out my video interview with Giacomo Neri on www.erobertparker.com
Brunello di Montalcino Potazzine, Gorelli20076×75cl£135393LessMore
90-100 is equivalent to an A and is given only for an outstanding or special effort. Wines in this category are the very best produced of their type. There is a big difference between a 90 and 99, but both are top marks. As you will note through the text, there are few wines that actually make it into this top category because there are not many great wines
Brunello di Montalcino, Cerbaiona20086×75cl£4351093LessMore
Succulent red cherries, dried roses, violets, tar and spices are some of the many notes that are woven together in the 2008 Brunello di Montalcino. Intensely perfumed, the 2008 shows many of the classic Cerbaiona signatures, even if it is a touch less polished than some of the recent vintages. At the same time, the 2008 has come together nicely over the last few years, so it will be interesting to watch what happens with further time in bottle. Dried rose petals and spices add complexity to the subtle, layered flavors. This is one of the stronger wines of the year. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2026. 93+ AG
Costa Russi, Gaja20076×75cl£900198LessMore
90-100 is equivalent to an A and is given only for an outstanding or special effort. Wines in this category are the very best produced of their type. There is a big difference between a 90 and 99, but both are top marks. As you will note through the text, there are few wines that actually make it into this top category because there are not many great wines
Masseto20093×75cl£950194LessMore
90-100 is equivalent to an A and is given only for an outstanding or special effort. Wines in this category are the very best produced of their type. There is a big difference between a 90 and 99, but both are top marks. As you will note through the text, there are few wines that actually make it into this top category because there are not many great wines
Ornellaia20086×75cl£600497LessMore
90-100 is equivalent to an A and is given only for an outstanding or special effort. Wines in this category are the very best produced of their type. There is a big difference between a 90 and 99, but both are top marks. As you will note through the text, there are few wines that actually make it into this top category because there are not many great wines
Ornellaia20116×75cl£550594LessMore
90-100 is equivalent to an A and is given only for an outstanding or special effort. Wines in this category are the very best produced of their type. There is a big difference between a 90 and 99, but both are top marks. As you will note through the text, there are few wines that actually make it into this top category because there are not many great wines
Pieropan Calvarino20106×75cl£604LessMore
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Pieropan Soave201212×75cl£855LessMore
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Redigaffi20116×75cl£600196LessMore
90-100 is equivalent to an A and is given only for an outstanding or special effort. Wines in this category are the very best produced of their type. There is a big difference between a 90 and 99, but both are top marks. As you will note through the text, there are few wines that actually make it into this top category because there are not many great wines
Sassicaia201012×38cl£500196LessMore
90-100 is equivalent to an A and is given only for an outstanding or special effort. Wines in this category are the very best produced of their type. There is a big difference between a 90 and 99, but both are top marks. As you will note through the text, there are few wines that actually make it into this top category because there are not many great wines
Scrio, Le Macchiole20016×75cl£325195LessMore
90-100 is equivalent to an A and is given only for an outstanding or special effort. Wines in this category are the very best produced of their type. There is a big difference between a 90 and 99, but both are top marks. As you will note through the text, there are few wines that actually make it into this top category because there are not many great wines
Scrio, Le Macchiole20106×75cl£325393LessMore
90-100 is equivalent to an A and is given only for an outstanding or special effort. Wines in this category are the very best produced of their type. There is a big difference between a 90 and 99, but both are top marks. As you will note through the text, there are few wines that actually make it into this top category because there are not many great wines
Serre Nuove, Tenuta dell’Ornellaia20126×75cl£15510LessMore
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Achaval Ferrer Quimera20086×75cl£125192LessMore
90-100 is equivalent to an A and is given only for an outstanding or special effort. Wines in this category are the very best produced of their type. There is a big difference between a 90 and 99, but both are top marks. As you will note through the text, there are few wines that actually make it into this top category because there are not many great wines
Artadi El Pison20066×75cl£650497LessMore
90-100 is equivalent to an A and is given only for an outstanding or special effort. Wines in this category are the very best produced of their type. There is a big difference between a 90 and 99, but both are top marks. As you will note through the text, there are few wines that actually make it into this top category because there are not many great wines
Blanquette de Limoux Le Moulin, J LaurensNV6×75cl£4520LessMore
Pretty nose with a little bit of development on it. Tight bead. Bone dry. I suppose I like it because it is not so obviously Mauzac as, say, the Delmas. Tut, tut. Very, very clean though. Jancis Robinson
Chateau des Karantes Bergerie Rouge20116×75cl£355LessMore
“Voluptuous, silky-textured style with terrific aromatics of ripe dark fruit, citrus, liquorice and jasmine. Perfumed notes follow to a spicy, leathery palate of blackcurrant and pencil lead, with a hint of fresh mint, eucalyptus and coffee.”
5 Stars, Regional Trophy, Decanter World Wine Awards 2012
Chateau des Karantes Blanc20116×75cl£457LessMore
While the 2010 took a “Commended” award from Decanter, we much prefer the 2011, a silver medal winner at the Concours des Grands Vin de Macon. Beautifully light gold in colour, the nose is fantastically fresh, slightly floral, with aromas of white fruit – stone fruit on the palate, with apricot, peach, and an excellent minerality throughout. The finish is long, zesty and brilliantly balanced. 50% Bourboulenc, 17% Roussanne, 17% Vermentino, 16% Grenache Blanc.
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Chateau des Karantes Rouge20106×75cl£5010LessMore
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Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Centenaire, Cailloux, Brunel200312×75cl£500194LessMore
90-100 is equivalent to an A and is given only for an outstanding or special effort. Wines in this category are the very best produced of their type. There is a big difference between a 90 and 99, but both are top marks. As you will note through the text, there are few wines that actually make it into this top category because there are not many great wines
Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Centenaire, Cailloux, Brunel20056×75cl£350195LessMore
90-100 is equivalent to an A and is given only for an outstanding or special effort. Wines in this category are the very best produced of their type. There is a big difference between a 90 and 99, but both are top marks. As you will note through the text, there are few wines that actually make it into this top category because there are not many great wines
Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Centenaire, Les Cailloux, Brunel200512×75cl£700195LessMore
90-100 is equivalent to an A and is given only for an outstanding or special effort. Wines in this category are the very best produced of their type. There is a big difference between a 90 and 99, but both are top marks. As you will note through the text, there are few wines that actually make it into this top category because there are not many great wines
Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge, Beaucastel20096×75cl£215194LessMore
90-100 is equivalent to an A and is given only for an outstanding or special effort. Wines in this category are the very best produced of their type. There is a big difference between a 90 and 99, but both are top marks. As you will note through the text, there are few wines that actually make it into this top category because there are not many great wines
Chateauneuf du Pape VV Rouge, Marcoux201012×75cl£900296LessMore
90-100 is equivalent to an A and is given only for an outstanding or special effort. Wines in this category are the very best produced of their type. There is a big difference between a 90 and 99, but both are top marks. As you will note through the text, there are few wines that actually make it into this top category because there are not many great wines
Cornas, Auguste Clape20116×75cl£340195LessMore
90-100 is equivalent to an A and is given only for an outstanding or special effort. Wines in this category are the very best produced of their type. There is a big difference between a 90 and 99, but both are top marks. As you will note through the text, there are few wines that actually make it into this top category because there are not many great wines
Cote Rotie Mouline, Guigal20063×75cl£400294LessMore
90-100 is equivalent to an A and is given only for an outstanding or special effort. Wines in this category are the very best produced of their type. There is a big difference between a 90 and 99, but both are top marks. As you will note through the text, there are few wines that actually make it into this top category because there are not many great wines
Cote Rotie Sereine, Gangloff201012×75cl£8453LessMore
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Cote Rotie Turque, Guigal200412×75cl£1,500189LessMore
80-89 is equivalent to a B in school and such a wine, particularly in the 85-89 range, is very, very good; many of the wines that fall into this range often are great values as well. I have many of these wines in my personal collection
Cote Rotie Turque, Guigal200512×75cl£3,6001100LessMore
90-100 is equivalent to an A and is given only for an outstanding or special effort. Wines in this category are the very best produced of their type. There is a big difference between a 90 and 99, but both are top marks. As you will note through the text, there are few wines that actually make it into this top category because there are not many great wines
Cote Rotie Turque, Guigal20073×75cl£475497LessMore
The 2007 Cote Rotie La Turque’s inky/blue/purple color is followed by aromas of asphalt, charcoal, graphite, barbecue smoke, roasted meats/aged beef, blackberries, cassis and violets. With huge body, massive concentration, silky tannins, sweet glycerin and a layered, multidimensional mouthfeel, it can be drunk now or cellared for 25 years.
Crozes Hermitage Cuvee Gaby, Domaine du Colombier20106×75cl£80192LessMore
90-100 is equivalent to an A and is given only for an outstanding or special effort. Wines in this category are the very best produced of their type. There is a big difference between a 90 and 99, but both are top marks. As you will note through the text, there are few wines that actually make it into this top category because there are not many great wines
Domaine de Trevallon Rouge20096×75cl£1451LessMore
(Notes not available)
Finca La Emperatriz Reserva (Rioja)20076×75cl£652193LessMore
The 2007 Finca La Emperatriz Reserva comes from 60-year-old bush vines. It has a melted, sensual nose of macerated red cherries, a hint of sloes and eau-de-vie. There is just the right amount of volatility to lend it lift without diminishing the freshness. The palate is rounded and sumptuous in the mouth with cranberry, wild strawberry and red currant mingling with Asian spices and tobacco. The finish is very composed, with impressive weight and length, but does not outstay its welcome. This is a very fine Reserva that should age well over the next decade. Drink now-2022. Neal Martin
Finca Villacreces Pruno (Ribera del Duero)201012×75cl£150194LessMore
90-100 is equivalent to an A and is given only for an outstanding or special effort. Wines in this category are the very best produced of their type. There is a big difference between a 90 and 99, but both are top marks. As you will note through the text, there are few wines that actually make it into this top category because there are not many great wines
Finca Villacreces Pruno (Ribera del Duero)20116×75cl£5517LessMore
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Guigal Mixed Case (1 x Turque, 1 x Landonne, 1 x Mouline)20073×75cl£6501100LessMore
90-100 is equivalent to an A and is given only for an outstanding or special effort. Wines in this category are the very best produced of their type. There is a big difference between a 90 and 99, but both are top marks. As you will note through the text, there are few wines that actually make it into this top category because there are not many great wines
Hennessy ParadisNV1×70cl£40020LessMore
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Hermitage Rouge Tourettes, Delas20106×75cl£200896LessMore
One of the finest Hermitage Domaine des Tourettes I have ever tasted is the 2010, which comes close to rivaling their prodigious 2009. A wine of great intensity, it possesses an inky/purple color, plenty of creme de cassis, licorice, lead pencil shavings, camphor, flint and barbecue smoke characteristics, and a thickness and viscosity that eclipse that of the 2009. Full-bodied and powerful with sweet tannins, a striking floral/mineral component in the mid-palate, and a huge, massive finish, this brilliant Hermitage should be consumed between 2018-2035.

Over the last 10-15 years, Delas Freres, which had muddled along with no great distinction for many years, has hit full stride under the ownership of the Louis Roederer-Deutz Champagne firm and the management of Jacques Grange, who continues to push the envelope of quality for both the Northern and Southern Rhone selections. The top single vineyard wines are world class in every sense, often flirting with perfection. Moreover, readers should realize this is also an impressive source for value. Delas’s top St.-Joseph cuvee comes from the hillside vineyards overlooking the small commune of St.-Jean de Muzols. The Delas firm owns 25 acres in Hermitage from which they make a basic cuvee, called Domaine des Tourettes, and, in the greatest vintages, a luxury cuvee, Les Bessards, which comes entirely from the great lieu-dit of the same name. Delas has long had a reputation for making outstanding Condrieu, of which he makes two cuvees.
Olabarri Bikandi Rioja Crianza20046×75cl£4014LessMore
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Pinot Noir La Bauge Au Dessus, Au Bon Climat200912×75cl£2353LessMore
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Pinot Noir Sanford & Benedict, Au Bon Climat201112×75cl£3593LessMore
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Pinteivera Touriga Nacional, Duoro, Chapoutier201112×75cl£125392-94LessMore
90-100 is equivalent to an A and is given only for an outstanding or special effort. Wines in this category are the very best produced of their type. There is a big difference between a 90 and 99, but both are top marks. As you will note through the text, there are few wines that actually make it into this top category because there are not many great wines
Remy Martin Louis XIIINV1×70cl£1,2502LessMore
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Ridge Monte Bello199412×75cl£1,600190-92LessMore
90-100 is equivalent to an A and is given only for an outstanding or special effort. Wines in this category are the very best produced of their type. There is a big difference between a 90 and 99, but both are top marks. As you will note through the text, there are few wines that actually make it into this top category because there are not many great wines
Ridge Monte Bello20066×75cl£570194LessMore
90-100 is equivalent to an A and is given only for an outstanding or special effort. Wines in this category are the very best produced of their type. There is a big difference between a 90 and 99, but both are top marks. As you will note through the text, there are few wines that actually make it into this top category because there are not many great wines
Ridge Monte Bello20073×150cl£675192LessMore
90-100 is equivalent to an A and is given only for an outstanding or special effort. Wines in this category are the very best produced of their type. There is a big difference between a 90 and 99, but both are top marks. As you will note through the text, there are few wines that actually make it into this top category because there are not many great wines
Ridge Monte Bello20076×75cl£675192LessMore
90-100 is equivalent to an A and is given only for an outstanding or special effort. Wines in this category are the very best produced of their type. There is a big difference between a 90 and 99, but both are top marks. As you will note through the text, there are few wines that actually make it into this top category because there are not many great wines
Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 89020016×75cl£360395LessMore
90-100 is equivalent to an A and is given only for an outstanding or special effort. Wines in this category are the very best produced of their type. There is a big difference between a 90 and 99, but both are top marks. As you will note through the text, there are few wines that actually make it into this top category because there are not many great wines
Shafer Hillside Select20066×75cl£750296LessMore
90-100 is equivalent to an A and is given only for an outstanding or special effort. Wines in this category are the very best produced of their type. There is a big difference between a 90 and 99, but both are top marks. As you will note through the text, there are few wines that actually make it into this top category because there are not many great wines
Tournon Mathilda Shiraz, Chapoutier201112×75cl£125394LessMore
90-100 is equivalent to an A and is given only for an outstanding or special effort. Wines in this category are the very best produced of their type. There is a big difference between a 90 and 99, but both are top marks. As you will note through the text, there are few wines that actually make it into this top category because there are not many great wines
Vega Sicilia Reserva Especial (2014)NV3×75cl£540399LessMore
90-100 is equivalent to an A and is given only for an outstanding or special effort. Wines in this category are the very best produced of their type. There is a big difference between a 90 and 99, but both are top marks. As you will note through the text, there are few wines that actually make it into this top category because there are not many great wines
Vega Sicilia Valbuena20093×75cl£2002LessMore
(Notes not available)
Zambujeiro, Alentejo, Portugal20076×75cl£285196LessMore
90-100 is equivalent to an A and is given only for an outstanding or special effort. Wines in this category are the very best produced of their type. There is a big difference between a 90 and 99, but both are top marks. As you will note through the text, there are few wines that actually make it into this top category because there are not many great wines
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