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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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Showing a brick red hue in glass, the 1997 from Fattoria dei Barbi reveals tobacco leaf nuances as well as elements of fully ripe, evolving red berry fruit on the nose. The palate is pure natured and very textural – similar leafy, red fruit characters are in evidence. This is a very harmonious style that hinges on fragrant, lifted fruit. A well-poised Brunello, not as weighty as some 1997s – this will prove attractive in its youth, and in fact could be broached from 2006/7 but will evolve for a further five years.
Tuscany dominates the scene, and the wines of chianti remain, in most eyes, the archetypal winestyle. From a low point in the 1970s chianti has improved almost beyond recognition, through a combination of better clones of Sangiovese, more thoughtful blending (Cabernet Sauvignon is now officially sanctioned) - or stand-alone varietals -, reduced yields and better cellar techniques. Its smaller but more powerful brother Brunello di Montalcino has enjoyed immense popularity, and the 'other' Tuscan classic Vino Nobile is doing well. Times are once again good! To the west things are really moving, with almost every day a new winery, vineyard or label announced in Bolgheri or in the Maremma. These are often blends of Bordeaux varieties, serious and influential new-wave wines. Umbria has not shared quite the same limelight yet there are fascinating wines here. And in Abruzzo and Marches great strides for quality have been made.
Universally great, at least throughout Tuscany and Piemonte, where it was a challenge to grow grapes of less than magnificent quality. A precocious flowering heralded an early vintage, one which enjoyed fine weather from mid-summer to harvest, with occasional showers to refresh the grapes. In Piemonte, the Nebbiolo flourished in the sultry conditions, producing wines of dramatic intensity, flesh and flavour. There was early concern over acidity levels, however the wines are ageing well on account of their impressive extract. Barbera was picked at heroic alcohol levels and some monumental examples were made. Tuscany shared similar conditions, which permitted unblemished ripening and the harvest was bathed in sunshine, delivering Sangiovese of texture and bold richness. Conditions were equally favourable in Bolgheri and the Maremma. Merlot and Cabernet were immediately accessible, yet showed the structure necessary to age well.
The most important red grape of Tuscany where it provides the heart of chianti and vine nubile di montepulciano wines. Its Brunello clone is solely responsible for the brooding Brunello di Montalcino. Wines from Sangiovese are frequently medium-weight, relatively light in colour and with light tannins. Acidity is pronounced and the grape gives a cherry and herb note. Its lightness has encouraged many producers to add Cabernet sauvignon to beef it up, a practice now authorised for Chianti. Others have chosen to restrict yields to stiffen its resolve, often ageing in new oak barriques to add smoky complexity. The Brunello clone is solely responsible for the brooding Brunello di Montalcino. Unlike the medium-weight, relatively light chianti variant, Brunello packs a punch in terms of colour, depth and tannins. Acidity is pronounced and the grape gives a meaty note. Oak ageing adds complexity and the wines are famously long-lived.
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