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Purchase or express interest in the wines from the 2011 Burgundy vintage.
"Once again the Mistral and warm, late Indian summer has blessed us with a great vintage" - Marc Perrin, Beaucastel
Starting at just £11.50 a bottle in bond, the new releases of Bins 28, 150, 407 and 389 offer real value for money and, show immense potential for ageing - if you can resist.
With many lines of rare or old fine wines - and all available by the bottle.
Recent tastings have proved that it is, without a shadow of a doubt, a spectacular vintage and set to be seen as one of the great Port vintages of all time, creating wines of intensity, power and quite surprising poise.
Very lifted, fragrant Cabernet fruit, with wild violets and crushed hedgerow berries. Concentrated in the vineyard rather than the winery, with very fine tannins and crunchy acidity - it has an almost Burgundian feel. Very graceful, complex and long, this proves that there is still value to be found in Bordeaux.
£84 per Case
12 bottles In Bond
Fragrant on the nose, with notes of lime flower, lemongrass and citrus. The palate is crisp and zesty;
notes of lemon-peel, cut-grass and crushed stones melding to give an attractive, balanced character.
Only £99 per Case
12 bottles In Bond
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En Primeur is a French wine trade term for wine which is sold prior to being bottled,
for delivery at a future date.
Why buy En Primeur?
Bringing wine in from other merchants couldn't be easier! We provide drink dates,
tasting notes and market values where available. What's more, for sealed original cases, there is no RHD
While much of the wine sold today is designed for immediate drinking, a number of
wines improve with age. Storing in a professional wine storage facility is ideal for serious collectors and investors
From just £9.36 per case per year, our leading fine wine storage service offers:
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private customer reserves in the UK, we are ideally placed to operate a flourishing trading service for fine
Selling wines on our customers' behalf for many years, our proactive wine-trading team are fully attuned to
market conditions, and ready to provide up-to-the-minute advice about the wines in your cellar.
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The 2011 second wine from Comtesse Lalande exhibits a dark nose of rich fruit, lifted by fresh leafy notes, courtesy of a proportion of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot in the blend. This medium-bodied wine strikes a lovely balance on the palate between fresh fruity flavours and a slightly bitter chocolate edge that brings a certain complexity. This should be excellent for medium-term ageing.
Bordeaux is France's largest quality wine region, indeed producing almost as much wine as Australia. Its westerly position ensures a mild maritime climate, a long growing season and mild summers; rains in the autumn are the primary threat to the harvest, dampening expectations in around one year in three. Red wine predominates - indeed many white wine vines are being uprooted today - with Merlot the dominant variety. The region is dissected by the Gironde estuary, with on the Left Bank the district appellations of the Médoc and the Graves and on the Right Bank, those of Saint-Emilion and Pomerol amongst others. Sauternes is made in the south of the region. The notable red and sweet wines were classified in 1855 according to their then status. At that time not a single Pomerol or Saint-Emilion was deemed worthy despite their historic traditions, and only a single Graves wine. In the last few decades first Saint-Emilion and then Pomerol have become intensely fashionable, their usually small production guaranteeing a premium for scarcity.
A grape which has become immensely popular around the world in the last 20 years, initially as a purveyor of the flavours of claret in a fleshy, accessible and inexpensive form. Subsequently it has developed a following as a varietal in its own right and often finds itself the recipient of lavish winemaker attention. Most celebrated as the principal 'Right Bank' grape, underpinning most Pomerols and Saint Emilions with its sweet plum and currant fruit and fleshy, soft textures. These qualities have proved ideal as a foil to the drier, more astringent Cabernet Sauvignon and in the rest of Bordeaux, notably the Médoc, it is a contributor to the blend. Indeed so well does it 'round off' Cabernet Sauvignon that it is now rare to find a single Cabernet, even where marked only as such on the label, which does not include a small percentage of Merlot as compensation. The compliment is played the other way round and many varietal Merlots today are seasoned with a little Cabernet to give backbone. Merlot is a major player in Chilean wines, and plantings have overtaken those of Cabernet in California and indeed in Bordeaux, such is the popularity of this easy to admire variety.
An intensely deep, damson-perfumed variety which serves as a seasoning in top flight Bordeaux blends. Its use must be managed very carefully as if less than fully ripe its astringency can dominate, such that it rarely contributes more than a few percentage points to a blend. Its enigmatic nature has persuaded a handful of pioneers in the New World to experiment with Petit Verdot as the dominant variety. Here absolute ripeness remains the key.
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