This is one of those noses where you can keep going back and finding things you think it smells like. I really like that. A bit punchy initially with it's alcohol, the finish is where this wine really shines. Starts off as fresh popcorn, turning hazelnuts and honey, then granola and brown sugar..... off into a 40-second long finish with various evolution in which I am sure different people would find different things. Truly delicious. This wine is very, very good. I love it when a wine forces you to think about it, and this does just that. Captivating, complex, intense and delicious.
Price: £79.95 (15 in Stock)
Barbaresco is one of the great wines of Italy's north-western Piedmont region. This aristocratic red has its vineyards situated in the Langhe, on the right-hand side of the Tanaro river and extending from the area north-east of Alba to the communes of Barbaresco, Nieve and Treiso. The dominant variety grown is Nebbiolo, but Dolcetto and Barbera also play a part. The vines are generally grown on limestone-rich marl soils. similar to the Tortonium soils of the Barolo and La Morra areas in Barolo. Similar to its more famous sibling Barolo, Barbaresco is made from 100% Nebbiolo and shares its cult status as one of the finest wines in the world.
Price: £89.00 (1 in Stock)
Vintage Armagnac (Comes in original Lustrac Box as illustrated)
Baron de Lustrac is a small traditional éleveur specialising in fine old Armagnac vintages. Their extensive range is sourced from neighbouring estates in the Tenereze and Mas Armagnac regions and they keep an ageing and bottling chais near Magnan, in the Bas Armagnac region.
All Armagnacs are aged in 420ltr oak barrels and sold as single vintages. The grapes used are all harvested from the one particular year, and will only be distilled if the conditions were particularly good. Perfect for big birthdays or as a special drink for the connoisseur as they truly are a fine example of the very best Armagnacs around.
Price: £95.00 (1 in Stock)
Du Chateau Lacaze , Vintage Armagnac (Price includes a dark mocha leather effect gift box with silk liner as illustrated)
Thick and exotic nose with rich vanilla notes, lavender syrup, marzipan coated stewed apples. Sweet orange cordial and Jaffa Cake jelly.
The palate is filled with plenty of floral notes (lavender) but after this has subsided there is a smooth spice and rich dark chocolate and cherry note like eating a huge chunk of Black Forest gateaux. With its depth of floral flavour this can best be described as a gentle giant.
Price: £79.95 (2 in Stock)
The 1983 is an interesting wine, with tertiary notes just starting to come through. Believe it or not, there was some fruit that began to sneak out after the wine was open and in a decanter for about an hour and a half. The fruit involved includes dusty black cherries carried over a mushroom, forest floor, and pencil lead background.
Price: £34.95 (5 in Stock)
one of the most famous sweet wines from Barsac: Chateau Coutet. The 1983 will be fully mature, and matches well with cheeses.
Price: £89.95 (1 in Stock)
Pessac-Leognan First Growth Classification
"The fully mature 1983 is a very good wine that has fine depth, rich, soft, fat, lush fruit, and a good measure of soft tannins in the finish. The overall impression is of a forward, ripe, and voluptuous wine". Robert Parker 3rd Edition
Price: £345.00 (1 in Stock)
The 1983 chateau Lannessan is still holding on with a fair amount of life in it. Wonderful nose with cedar and tobacco notes at the forefront. Classic Bordeaux flavors - still a beautiful color, nice fruit, lots of graphite and cassis and a lingering finish.
Price: £44.95 (4 in Stock)
Margaux 1er Grand Cru Classe
*** 96 points Robert Parker ***
*** 96 Points Wine Journal ***
"As I have noted consistently, this can be a breathtaking wine, but having tasted it close to a dozen times since the last edition of this book, over half the bottles were marred by tainted corks. In fact, one would almost wonder if there was TCA problem in part of the wine storage area. The percentage of corked half-bottles is even higher than in the regular format. However, when clean this 1983, which has seemingly reached full maturity far faster than I would have guessed a mere four years ago, has a dense, murky plum/purple color and a gorgeous nose of smoked herbs, …
Price: £475.00 (2 in Stock)
Pauillac 2eme Cru Classe
Nose clearly spoke of a ripe year - clearly Bordeaux left-bank, but it was almost modern in its rich cassis tones, little touch of oak alongside tobacco and cigar smoke, with a little whiff of crushed flowers. The palate showed sweet but pure cassis tones, still surprisingly simple and primary with the fruit punctuated with some smoky cigar tones at the finish. It had great balance though, very clean and clear, with a nice plush feel. Ready to drink, yummy, but it could clearly develop more.
Price: £119.00 (6 in Stock)