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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:
As one of the largest managers of
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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For years Chablis suffered from being the most abused generic term used in the whole of the wine industry with many new world countries using the name as a general term for dry, crisp white wine. Today things are different, and in some ways this fabulous appellation has benefited from the abuses of the past. Chablis is rightly recognised as one of the great homes of white wine and its vignerons are now fully aware that they are producers of something very special indeed. Styles vary but quality variations are not the same issue they once were. The key to understanding Chablis today is to search not only for its true, steely mineral structure but more importantly the style of vinification. Whether the wine goes through its élevage in barrel or stainless steel results in very different wines. Some producers are seeking almost Côte de Beaune-styled wines; rich and full, encouraging toasted barrel-matured characteristics in the finished wines. Others encourage a natural steeliness by actively avoiding any barrel contact, thereby expressing the strength of the soil and producing firm, driven wines, which are perfect for shellfish. Chablis is so much more than a style of dry white wine and is now the region producing great quality at prices long forgotten in certain other parts of Burtgundy.
What was a fine year for white burgundy in general turned out exceptional for Chablis. A frost-free spring (a rarity so far north) was followed by a perfect June, a cool summer but a magnificent September of long, sunny days with great luminosity. Grapes were gathered in ideal conditions with a fine match between sugar and acidity. The wines have the 'nervosity' and race so essential for their character and are blessed with a fine concentration. With such all-round qualities this is a vintage to enjoy in both youth and maturity.
For long little known outside Burgundy, as a result of public acclaim Chardonnay has just about conquered the world. Whilst not always the most planted white variety, there can be few countries where it is not a feature - from California to China taking in Italy and even Israel on the way. Undoubtedly the main attraction is the magical association with the great white wines of Burgundy; but it is relatively easy to grow and its neutral flavours and soft acidity present no barrier to opportunity. Whether an inexpensive country wine or a hand-crafted high-ender, Chardonnay finds a ready audience of eager consumers. Inevitably its personality varies according to location, ranging from almost watery white and fragrant to near golden and pungent, with fruit notes in a spectrum from green apple (the Loire) to pineapple and oranges (Australia). Oak ageing is almost de-rigueur, and in the cheapest examples the flavours of oak are often simulated by the addition of wood chips or essence. White Burgundy is complex and thrilling and can live for many years if cellared correctly.
Established in 1854, Lay & wheeler is an international fine wine merchant specialising in en primeur, in bond and fine wine sales, cellerage and broking.
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