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Bahans Haut Brion20066×75cl£325188LessMore
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
Branaire Ducru199612×75cl£540189LessMore
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
Calon Segur199612×75cl£710492LessMore
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 Segur200112×75cl£520190LessMore
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£415190-92LessMore
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.
Carmes de Rieussec20116×75cl£656LessMore
(Notes not available)
Carmes de Rieussec201112×75cl£1406LessMore
(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.
Carruades de LafiteFEP20136×75cl£48020LessMore
(Notes not available)
Certan de May20076×75cl£180287LessMore
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
Chapelle d Ausone200312×75cl£1,300393LessMore
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
Chenade (Denis Durantou)20116×75cl£455LessMore
(Notes not available)
Cheval BlancF199812×75cl£3,700196LessMore
I seriously underestimated this wine, as I have often tended to do with Cheval Blanc. A potentially immortal example that has gained significant weight since it has been bottled, this blend of 55% Cabernet Franc and 45% Merlot has a saturated purple color and a glorious nose of menthol, plums, mulberries, new saddle leather, cocoa, and vanilla. Remarkably fuller-bodied than I ever remembered it young, with an amazingly seamless texture and tremendous concentration and extract, this full-bodied yet gorgeously pure and elegant wine is impeccably balanced and certainly one of the all-time great Cheval Blancs. If it continues to improve as much as it has over the last three years since bottling, this wine will certainly rival the 2000, 1990, and 1982. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2030. Last tasted, 1/03.
Clerc Milon201012×75cl£500491-93LessMore
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.
Clinet200112×75cl£690389LessMore
Always difficult to judge in its youth, the 2001 Clinet exhibits a dense plum/purple color along with a nose of Asian spices (particularly soy), blackberries, raisins, and a hint of prunes. Medium to full-bodied, with good expansiveness, moderate tannin, and an elegant finish, it should round into shape in 1-2 years, and evolve for a decade.
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.
Clou du Pin (Bordeaux Superieur)20106×75cl£3020LessMore
(Notes not available)
Conseillante20006×75cl£820896LessMore
La Conseillante made an excellent wine in 2001, another great one in 2005, and the estate hit home runs in both 2008 and, above all, in 2009. In fact, the latter vintage may well end up being the modern-day reference point for La Conseillante. Nevertheless, there’s a lot to be said for this 2000. An elegant, gentle style that is never a blockbuster, the 2000 La Conseillante has a deep ruby/plum/purple color and an unbelievably expressive nose of sweet kirsch liqueur intermixed with raspberries, incense, toast, and licorice. Full-bodied yet ethereal in the sense that it seems to combine power along with eloquence and delicacy, this is a beautifully pure wine that has just hit its plateau of full maturity, although ideally I think it would benefit strongly from another 4-5 years of bottle age and drink well for two to three decades.
Cos Estournel20066×75cl£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
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
Domaine de Chevalier200812×75cl£320193LessMore
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£745298LessMore
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£745390-92LessMore
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.
Duhart MilonF200612×75cl£530292LessMore
It is no longer an insider’s secret that the investments made by the Rothschild family (of Lafite) in Duhart Milon are paying big dividends. A shrewd Pauillac lover’s delight, it possesses exceptional quality, yet the price remains fair. This blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot, only 50% made it into the final blend, displays some of Lafite’s classic notes of lead pencil shavings, cedar, and black currants along with more earthy, roasted herb, and spice box characteristics. Rich, full-bodied, dense, and already approachable, it should evolve easily for two decades. Good value.
Eglise Clinet20116×75cl£525292-95LessMore
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£801187-90LessMore
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
Evangile20126×75cl£550490-94LessMore
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£750188LessMore
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
Gazin201212×75cl£430693-95LessMore
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.
Gazin20126×75cl£220193-95LessMore
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
Grand Puy Lacoste201012×75cl£5251095LessMore
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
Haut Bailly200812×75cl£5151096LessMore
A candidate for the -wine of the vintage,- the 2008 Haut-Bailly possesses incredible complexity. Tell-tale notes of lead pencil shavings, charcoal, damp earth, black cherries and black currants intermixed with a hint of subtle barbecue smoke are present in this classic, quintessential Graves. Medium-bodied with an emerging, precocious complexity, it is a super-pure, beautifully textured, long wine that can be drunk now or cellared for 20-25 years. Bravo!
Lafite RothschildF198612×75cl£8,700199LessMore
The 1986 possesses outstanding richness, a deep color, medium body, a graceful, harmonious texture, and superb length. The penetrating fragrance of cedar, chestnuts, minerals, and rich fruit is a hallmark of this wine. Powerful, dense, rich, and tannic, as well as medium to full-bodied, with awesome extraction of fruit, this Lafite has immense potential. Patience is required. Anticipated maturity: 2000-2030.
Lafite RothschildF199812×75cl£5,300198LessMore
A blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon and 19% Merlot, this wine represents only 34% of Lafite’s total harvest. In a less than perfect Medoc vintage, it has been spectacular since birth, putting on more weight and flesh over the last year. This opaque purple-colored 1998 is close to perfection. The spectacular nose of lead pencil, smoky, mineral, and black currant fruit soars majestically from the glass. The wine is elegant yet profoundly rich, revealing the essence of Lafite’s character. The tannin is sweet, and the wine is spectacularly layered yet never heavy. The finish is sweet, super-rich, yet impeccably balanced and long (50+ seconds). Anticipated maturity: 2007-2035.
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.
Lafite RothschildFEP20136×75cl£1,5904LessMore
(Notes not available)
Lagrange200012×75cl£575193LessMore
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
LatourF200712×38cl£1,715192LessMore
The 2007 Latour (the first wine made in the newly renovated cellars) exhibits a dense ruby/purple color as well as a sweet, expansive bouquet of black fruits and spring flowers interwoven with a striking minerality. The wine’s dense, medium to full-bodied flavors are surprisingly evolved, with soft tannins, an ample, generous mouthfeel, and an endearing texture. Undoubtedly one of the longest lived wines of the vintage, the 2007 Latour should last for two decades or more.
LatourF200824×38cl£3,750195LessMore
An extraordinary wine, the classic 2008 Latour (13.5% natural alcohol) is composed of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc (40% of the production made it into the grand vin). Its dense purple color is followed by hints of espresso roast, cassis, burning embers, truffles and graphite. Rich with full-bodied power, beautiful purity and graciousness allied to a voluminous, savory, broad mouthfeel, this beauty will be drinkable in 4-5 years and will keep for three decades.
Leoville Barton20001×75cl£75495LessMore
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
Leoville Las Cases199012×75cl£2,150196LessMore
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
Leoville LascasesF200912×75cl£1,650198LessMore
The 2009 Leoville Las Cases may be the most open-knit and forward Las Cases I have tasted to date. Analytically, it is high in tannin and the alcohol is 13.8%, nearly a record at this estate. This blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc was showing brilliantly at the 2009 tasting I did in Hong Kong and at a later tasting. It boasts an inky/purple color, monumental concentration and lots of sweet, jammy black currant, black cherry and kirsch fruit intermixed with crushed rock and mineral notes. As always, proprietor Jean-Hubert Delon has built a massive wine with exceptional precision, unbelievable purity and aging potential of 40-50 years. I was surprised by the lusciousness of this cuvee on several occasions, and how much more forward it is given the fact that Las Cases can often be forebodingly backward and in need of 10-15 years of cellaring (at age 30, the 1982 is still a baby in terms of development!). The super-concentrated 2009 needs another 5-7 years before additional nuances emerge. This is a brilliant, full-throttle St.-Julien.
Les Ormes de Pez201012×75cl£2001287-90LessMore
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.
Lynch BagesFEP201312×75cl£55010LessMore
(Notes not available)
MargauxF20126×75cl£1,400492-94LessMore
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£682088-90LessMore
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£1401087-88LessMore
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
MontroseF200012×75cl£1,125195LessMore
Originally rated 96, this wine confirmed its early rating, although again, the backwardness and still very obvious tannins suggest another 7- to 8-year wait. Dense ruby/purple, with a bouquet of blueberry, crushed rock, and some floral notes, the wine is medium to full-bodied , rich, powerful, but again very tannic and still strikingly youthful. For a wine that is already 10 years of age, it remains infantile. This blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot is indeed a special wine and should hit its prime in about 2020 and last at least 30 years afterward.
Mouton RothschildFEP20136×75cl£1,18010LessMore
(Notes not available)
Palmer199012×75cl£1,790192LessMore
This was the finest bottle of the 1990 Palmer I have yet tasted, and it appears I slightly underrated it in earlier reviews. A complex bouquet of earth, blue and black fruits, licorice, incense, and spice box is followed by a round, silky, voluptuous wine that falls just short of achieving the depth and richness found in such recent vintages as 2000, 2005, 2006, and 2008. A very strong, fully mature effort, its balance, purity, depth, and texture suggest it will provide plenty of pleasure over the next 10-12 years. Release price: ($1100.00/case)
PavieEP201112×75cl£1,4101095LessMore
The 2011 Pavie is composed of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon (14.3% alcohol). It possesses a certain approachability, which is somewhat disarming for the big, robust, super-concentrated and ageworthy style Pavie has favored since 1998. The opaque purple-hued, full-bodied 2011 offers a sweet kiss of kirsch, blackberry, cassis and licorice, but no evidence of toasty oak despite the fact it is bottled about six months after most other premier grand cru classes in St.-Emilion. One of the most complete wines of the vintage, this superstar possesses gorgeous texture and opulence, and can be drunk in 3-4 years, or cellared for two decades.
Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux20103×75cl£295194LessMore
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
Petit MoutonFEP20126×75cl£475490-92LessMore
The 2012 Le Petit Mouton represents 38% of the crop, which is much higher than the normal 25% that usually makes it into the second wine. Composed of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc, it reveals similar black currant liqueur notes, but they are less intense and pervasive. Administrator Philippe Dhalluin has fashioned a wonderfully opulent, round, juicy Petit Mouton exhibiting plenty of chocolaty notes intermixed with a subtle hint of oak offered in a lush, easily understood style. Enjoy this charming, endearing Le Petit Mouton over the next 15+ years.

Mouton Rothschild has produced one of the vintage-s most profound wines in 2012, and possibly the -wine of the Medoc.- About 49% of the production made it into the 2012 Mouton, which is a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc. The harvest took place during the middle two weeks of October. This may be one of the few 2012s that comes close to equaling what was achieved in both 2009 and 2010, two far superior vintages.
Phelan Segur200912×75cl£250490LessMore
Like many of the top 2009s, Phelan-Segur is a huge, full-bodied effort with massive fruit as well as good freshness, precision, and elegance. This is all rather paradoxical given previous great vintages that either lean toward cooler vintage characteristics or hot ones. This 2009 possesses both styles. It exhibits lots of mulberry, boysenberry, and crushed, jammy black fruits, abundant tannin, medium to full body, an opulent mouthfeel, and enough structure to evolve for two decades or more. This is a sleeper of the vintage. (Tasted two times.)
Pichon BaronFEP201312×75cl£57510LessMore
(Notes not available)
Pichon LalandeF200312×75cl£965295LessMore
The brilliant, opulent, fleshy 2003 Pichon Lalande (65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, and 4% Petit Verdot) possesses a high pH of 3.8 as well as 13% alcohol. Reminiscent of the 1982 Pichon Lalande (which never shut down and continues to go from strength to strength), the dense plum/purple-colored 2003 offers gorgeous aromas of blackberries, plum liqueur, sweet cherries, smoke, and melted licorice. Fleshy, full-bodied, and intense, displaying a seamless integration of wood, acidity, tannin, and alcohol, this beauty can be drunk now or cellared for 20 years or more.
Pontet CanetF200412×75cl£520190LessMore
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
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).
Rauzan Segla200912×75cl£740193LessMore
A classic Margaux, this blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon and 43% Merlot reveals a dense plum/blue/purple color in addition to a sumptuous perfume of subtle new oak interwoven with underbrush, black currants, black raspberries, spring flowers, and a hint of dusty, loamy soil. Medium to full-bodied with sweet but abundant tannin, and beautiful purity, texture and equilibrium, the 2009 Rauzan Segla will provide enjoyable drinking over the next three decades.

About the only thing controversial about the 2009 Rauzan Segla will be the label designed by Chanel’s artistic director, Karl Lagerfeld, for the estate’s 350th anniversary.
Raymond Lafon200912×75cl£220592-94LessMore
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.
Roc de Cambes, Cotes de Bourg20056×75cl£2601LessMore
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Ronan by Clinet201112×75cl£725LessMore
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Saint Pierre20106×75cl£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
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.
Sarget de Gruaud Larose200112×75cl£2501LessMore
(Notes not available)
Smith Haut Lafitte Rouge199812×75cl£595190LessMore
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
Sociando Mallet200412×75cl£2305LessMore
(Notes not available)
Suduiraut201012×75cl£375294-96LessMore
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
Talbot199012×75cl£750188LessMore
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
Tour Haut Brion200512×75cl£470289LessMore
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£3101089LessMore
Wine Spectator: 90-93
Jancis Robinson: 16.5
Troplong Mondot20106×75cl£540599LessMore
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£4620LessMore
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Yquem19671×75cl£650196LessMore
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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Beaune 1er Cru Clos de Ecu, Faiveley200512×75cl£3505LessMore
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Bienvenues Batard Montrachet Grand Cru, Carillon20051×75cl£2502LessMore
(Notes not available)
Bienvenues Batard Montrachet Grand Cru, Domaine Leflaive20106×75cl£1,2501LessMore
(Notes not available)
Bonnes Mares Grand Cru, de Vogue (tissue stained labels)20016×75cl£1,1501LessMore
(Notes not available)
Bourgogne Blanc, Comtes de Vogue20086×75cl£9001LessMore
(Notes not available)
Bourgogne Rouge, Janotsbos201012×75cl£1205LessMore
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 Butteaux, Raveneau200512×75cl£9001LessMore
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Chablis 1er Cru Butteaux, Raveneau200712×75cl£8502LessMore
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Chablis 1er Cru Mont de Milieu, Billaud-Simon200612×75cl£1701LessMore
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Chablis, Billaud-Simon201112×75cl£1052LessMore
(Notes not available)
Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru, Rousseau20051×75cl£9401LessMore
(Notes not available)
Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Baudes, Ghislaine-Barthod20106×75cl£5001LessMore
(Notes not available)
Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Charmes, Hudelot Noellat200012×75cl£4501LessMore
(Notes not available)
Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru, Rousseau20011×75cl£1803LessMore
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Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru, Rousseau20021×75cl£2001LessMore
(Notes not available)
Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru, Rousseau20041×75cl£1091LessMore
(Notes not available)
Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Champs Gains, P-Y Colin-Morey20116×75cl£2259LessMore
(Notes not available)
Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Chevenottes, Janotsbos20106×75cl£1745LessMore
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 Ancegnieres, P-Y Colin-Morey20116×75cl£1653LessMore
(Notes not available)
Chassagne Montrachet, Janotsbos20106×75cl£1385LessMore
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 de la Roche Grand Cru, Rousseau19951×75cl£1791LessMore
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Clos Vougeot Grand Cru, Jean Grivot20096×75cl£5751LessMore
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Clos Vougeot Grand Cru, Meo Camuzet20106×75cl£9251LessMore
(Notes not available)
Clos Vougeot VV Grand Cru, Chateau de la Tour20126×75cl£7501LessMore
(Notes not available)
Corton Rognet Grand Cru, Bruno Clavelier20126×75cl£3951LessMore
(Notes not available)
Echezeaux du Dessus Grand Cru, Jayer-Gilles200912×75cl£1,7002LessMore
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Echezeaux Grand Cru, Arnoux-Lachaux20106×75cl£6002LessMore
(Notes not available)
Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Clos St Jacques, Rousseau19901×75cl£8901LessMore
(Notes not available)
Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Clos St Jacques, Rousseau200812×75cl£3,2001LessMore
(Notes not available)
Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Lavaux St Jacques, Rousseau19951×75cl£1801LessMore
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Gevrey Chambertin, Dujac Fils et Pere201212×75cl£2603LessMore
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Gevrey Chambertin, Rousseau20031×75cl£901LessMore
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Mazis Chambertin Grand Cru, Rousseau20011×75cl£1503LessMore
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Mazis Chambertin Grand Cru, Rousseau20021×75cl£1853LessMore
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Mazis Chambertin Grand Cru, Rousseau20041×75cl£1052LessMore
(Notes not available)
Meursault 1er Cru Boucheres, Janotsbos20106×75cl£1835LessMore
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 1er Cru Genevrieres, Comtes Lafon200712×75cl£1,4501LessMore
(Notes not available)
Meursault Clos de la Barre, Comtes Lafon201112×75cl£7801LessMore
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Meursault Luchets, Domaine Roulot200812×75cl£8401LessMore
(Notes not available)
Meursault, Janotsbos20106×75cl£1294LessMore
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.
Morey St Denis, Dujac Fils et Pere201212×75cl£2605LessMore
(Notes not available)
Musigny VV Grand Cru, Vogue20091×75cl£4508LessMore
(Notes not available)
Nuits St Georges 1er Cru Cailles, Robert Chevillon20093×75cl£1651LessMore
(Notes not available)
Nuits St Georges, Jean Chauvenet20096×75cl£1251LessMore
(Notes not available)
Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Clos de la Mouchere, H Boillot20096×75cl£3001LessMore
(Notes not available)
Romanee Saint Vivant Grand Cru, Leroy20091×75cl£1,2003LessMore
(Notes not available)
Ruchottes Chambertin Grand Cru, Rousseau20051×75cl£2692LessMore
(Notes not available)
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£3001LessMore
(Notes not available)
Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Ducs, Marquis d’Angerville200612×75cl£7502LessMore
(Notes not available)
Vosne Romanee, Jean Grivot20096×75cl£1501LessMore
(Notes not available)
      

Champagne

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Barons de Rothschild Champagne Blanc de BlancsNV6×75cl£1804LessMore
(Notes not available)
Dom Perignon Oenotheque Rose19901×75cl£5451LessMore
(Notes not available)
Dom Perignon Rose20026×75cl£1,170598LessMore
Unfortunately there is only one new release from Dom Perignon on the market, but what a wine it is! The 2002 Brut Rose explodes from the glass with endless layers of huge, voluptuous fruit, A big, full-bodied wine, the 2002 is probably the most overly vinous, intense Rose ever made by long-time Chef de Caves Richard Geoffroy. Layers of cool, insistent minerality balance the fruit beautifully on the crystalline, vivid finish. The 2002 will be nearly impossible to resist young, but take my word for it; the wine is extremely closed right now. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2032.
Antonio Galloni
Dom Perignon Rose20033×75cl£4958LessMore
(Notes not available)
Dom Perignon Rose (Wooden Gift Box)20006×75cl£1,0452596LessMore
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 David Lynch20003×75cl£57010LessMore
(Notes not available)
Krug Grande Cuvee BrutNV6×75cl£48420LessMore
(Notes not available)
Louis Roederer Cristal20046×75cl£7605LessMore
(Notes not available)
Louis Roederer Cristal20066×75cl£56520LessMore
(Notes not available)
Perrier Jouet Belle Epoque Rose20046×75cl£72010LessMore
(Notes not available)
Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill20026×75cl£7502LessMore
(Notes not available)
Salon Le Mesnil19991×75cl£1552094LessMore
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
Salon le Mesnil20026×75cl£1,5505LessMore
(Notes not available)
      

Italy

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Barbaresco Ovello Riserva, Produttori del Barbaresco20076×75cl£1751095LessMore
The 2007 Barbaresco Riserva Ovello comes across as cool, inward and reticent. In other words, very Ovello. It is one of the most complete of these 2007s, as the freshness of the site works to counter some of the more extroverted qualities of the year. The Ovello possesses stunning depth in its fruit, expressive inner perfume and firm yet refined tannins that provide the backdrop for all of the elements to come together beautifully in the glass. The Ovello seems to combine the best qualities of the Montestefano and Montefico. The huge, building finish provides a glimpse as to what awaits those who can exercise a measure of patience. This is a stunning Barbaresco on all counts. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2032.

The 2007 Riservas saw a lengthy period of four or more weeks on the skins. The wines spent a total of three years in oak, the first year in 25-35 HL casks, an additional 12-18 months in larger 50-75 HL casks, and a final 6-12 months back in the smaller casks. When the 2007 Riservas were younger, the personality of the vintage was quite apparent, but as the wines have aged the site specificity of these great vineyards has begun to emerge. The 2007 Riservas are big wines that should drink well upon release, but they also appear to have enough structure to develop beautifully in the cellar.
Barbaresco Santo Stefano, Castello di Neive20076×75cl£1802LessMore
(Notes not available)
Barbaresco, Gaja20076×75cl£575194LessMore
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 Ciabot Mentin Ginestra, Domenico Clerico20076×75cl£325198LessMore
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 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£475197LessMore
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£625695LessMore
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£150393LessMore
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
Calvari, Miani20026×75cl£1,690196LessMore
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
Calvari, Miani20061×150cl£670198LessMore
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
Calvari, Miani20066×75cl£1,990198LessMore
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
Costa Russi, Gaja20076×75cl£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
Masseto20093×75cl£1,000194LessMore
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
Masseto20103×75cl£1,150198LessMore
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
Masseto20101×150cl£840298LessMore
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
Ornellaia20016×75cl£850996LessMore
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£5505LessMore
(Notes not available)
Pieropan Calvarino20106×75cl£704LessMore
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Pieropan Soave201212×75cl£855LessMore
(Notes not available)
Produttori del Barbaresco Riserva Mixed Case (9 bottles)20089×75cl£2751096LessMore
One of each of the below in a wooden presentation case
Drinking 2018 – 2050

Produttori Barbaresco Riserva Rabaja
96+ Points, AG
Produttori Barbaresco Riserva Asili
96 Points, AG
Produttori Barbaresco Riserva Montestefano
95+ Points, AG
Produttori Barbaresco Riserva Ovello
95+ Points, AG
Produttori Barbaresco Riserva Montefico
95 Points, AG
Produttori Barbaresco Riserva Pora
95 Points, AG
Produttori Barbaresco Riserva Paje
93 Points, AG
Produttori Barbaresco Riserva Moccagatta
93 Points, AG
Produttori Barbaresco Riserva Rio Sordo
92 Points, AG
Sassicaia200412×75cl£1,450393LessMore
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
Sassicaia20116×75cl£5405LessMore
(Notes not available)
Scrio, Le Macchiole20016×75cl£375195LessMore
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£350393LessMore
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
Solaia, Antinori20046×75cl£750196LessMore
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
      

other

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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
Almaviva20106×75cl£3558LessMore
(Notes not available)
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.
Ditton Wine Traders
Chateau des Karantes Rouge20106×75cl£5010LessMore
(Notes not available)
Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Centenaire, Cailloux, Brunel200312×75cl£590194LessMore
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£550195LessMore
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£1,100195LessMore
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 Rouge, Clos des Papes20096×75cl£240195LessMore
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 Barbarine, Gangloff200912×75cl£5501LessMore
(Notes not available)
Cote Rotie Barbarine, Gangloff201012×75cl£5152LessMore
(Notes not available)
Cote Rotie Mouline, Guigal20063×75cl£450294LessMore
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, Gangloff200912×75cl£7652LessMore
(Notes not available)
Cote Rotie Sereine, Gangloff201012×75cl£8453LessMore
(Notes not available)
Cote Rotie Turque, Guigal20073×75cl£500497LessMore
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)
Dominus20016×75cl£800298LessMore
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
Dominus20036×75cl£550895LessMore
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
Dominus20046×75cl£600297LessMore
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 Dofi, Alvaro Palacios201012×75cl£425393LessMore
The 2010 Finca Dofi is a blend of 80% Garnacha, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Syrah, sourced from 19- to 31-year-old vines and matured in 80% new French oak and 20% one year old for 16 months. The aromatics are still defined by that carapace of new oak, although underneath lies some fine dark cherry and raspberry fruit interlaced by Chinese five-spice, lavender and wild heather. The palate is powerful and full-bodied with a very intense entry of pure dark berries intermingled with balsamic and Asian spices, a core of ripe black currant and a dense, grippy finish. It displays impressive length and persistency, though it will remain impenetrable for the first 5-6 years of its life. Drink 2017-2030.
Finca La Emperatriz Reserva (Rioja)20076×75cl£652093LessMore
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£150294LessMore
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£5520LessMore
(Notes not available)
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
Hermitage Blanc, J L Chave19971×75cl£90194LessMore
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
Hermitage Rouge Tourettes, Delas20106×75cl£210796LessMore
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£4010LessMore
(Notes not available)
Opus One19946×75cl£1,150192LessMore
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
Opus One19956×75cl£1,200193LessMore
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
Opus One19966×75cl£1,200194LessMore
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
Penfolds Grange19956×75cl£1,500192LessMore
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
Pinot Noir La Bauge Au Dessus, Au Bon Climat200912×75cl£2493LessMore
(Notes not available)
Pinot Noir Sanford & Benedict, Au Bon Climat201112×75cl£3593LessMore
(Notes not available)
Pinteivera Touriga Nacional, Duoro, Chapoutier201112×75cl£125192-94LessMore
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
Pintia, Toro20096×75cl£140194LessMore
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£1,2508LessMore
(Notes not available)
Remy Martin XO ExcellenceNV6×70cl£5343LessMore
(Notes not available)
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 Bello20056×75cl£720197LessMore
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 Bello20053×150cl£720197LessMore
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£575294LessMore
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 Bello20096×75cl£600298LessMore
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£850296LessMore
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£125594LessMore
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£550399LessMore
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 Unico20043×75cl£480297LessMore
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£2102LessMore
(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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