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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.
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Attractive on the nose, with notes of cassis, raspberry and a subtle floral note. The palate is rich and concentrated, yet elegant, with a freshening acidity and structural tannins. Seamless and flowing, with a hint of minerality on the finish. Outstanding Hermitage.
A confident wind is blowing through the Rhône valley; Syrah, Grenache and Viognier are the grapes of the moment, and the Mediterranean diet has been adopted around the world as the mark of a good life, further energising sales of Rhône wines. From Côte-Rôtie through to the Châteauneuf-du-Pape, there is a sense of optimism and forward motion. While united by the presence of the river, the two halves of the region couldn’t be more different. The northern Rhône consists of a narrow band of vineyards that follow the course of the river as it heads south. The vineyards are dramatically steep in parts, and the climate is continental, similar to that of the southern extremes of Burgundy. In terms of the wines produced, Syrah reigns supreme as the only red varietal, while white wines invariably consist of a proportion of both Marsanne and Roussanne.Other than the river, the south shares very little with the north. Flatter and much more Mediterranean in climate, it is Grenache that features most heavily for red wine production, supported mainly by Syrah and Mourvèdre. White wine production is equally as varied; Grenache Blanc, Bourbelenc, Clairette, Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne are all found here. With such a wide base of varieties, styles and wines can and do vary dramatically.
When given the opportunity to taste the young 2006 châteauneuf-du-papes, it became clear that this vintage would represent another success for this region, albeit the wines seem far more accessible at this stage than their 2005 counterparts. Across the vast expanse of vineyard that isChâteauneuf-du-Pape, growers seemed quietly content with what they had achieved and rightly so – this is a remarkably appealing, harmonious vintage. The vintage is a fascinating one from a meteorological perspective; after a cold winter, spring was relatively late, rainy yet crucially free from frost. The move in to summer could hardly have delivered a greater contrast; remarkably hot to the extent that growers wondered if a replica of the dramatic and relentless temperatures of 2003 was in the offing. Fortunately the vines did not undergo anything like the water-stress of that vintage, on account of a timely rainstorm in mid July and welcome showers as we entered August. Indeed, when August arrived temperatures calmed, the days were cool serving to delay maturity and noticeably cooler night-time temperatures aided aroma retention in the berries. A fine September allowed the ripening period to continue unfettered, delivering a healthy ripe crop. As a consequence the wines are characterised by bright, vivid fruit and comparatively gentle acidity, which means that they flatter even when tasted from barrel. What sets them apart is the aromatic freshness that the month of August served to create. The balance that is struck is remarkable, and that kind of harmony will see the best of the vintage evolve in the bottle for the best part of ten to 15 years. At Château de Beaucastel, they allude to the 1988 vintage, which continues to drink well even today, after almost 20 years. There is an outside chance that the vintage may pass under the radar for some on account of its lightness of touch, which would prove a shame as the enjoyment will be there to be had at every stage of development; a rewarding contrast to the compact, tightly-knit and intensely structured 2005s.
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