red bordeaux

Bordeaux (Red)

The great city of Bordeaux, with its extraordinary combination of narrow medieval streets and wide 18th and 19th century boulevards, gives its name to one of the greatest wine producing regions of the world. It is the historical capital of Aquitaine - whose most famous daughter, Eleanor, married firstly King Louis VII of France and secondly (following an annullment) King Henry II of England. Thus control of Aquitaine passed to the English Crown, where it remained until the end of the 100 Years War in 1453.

But while the formal ties between England and Aquitaine came to an end, the trade links established at the time have remained strong ever since. Much of the wine produced in the region, and further afield in South West France, was exported from Bordeaux to the great English ports of London, Southampton, Bristol and Liverpool. Many English and Irish families settled in the region - most famously the Talbots, Bartons, Lynches and Johnstones - names which still resonate, illustrating the enduring power of the links established through the wine trade over many centuries.

Today the great red wines of Bordeaux, known to the English speaking world as Claret, are among the most famous and sought after in the world. But though the stage may be dominated by the left bank properties classified in 1855, and the great châteaux of the right bank appellations of St Emilion and Pomerol, there are also a great many unsung heros producing wines of real class and style across the region and its satellites. 


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Château Angludet

2014 Château Angludet, Cru Bourgeois Margaux
 2019-2029
 12 Bottles
£156.00
TBA
 

Château Bourgneuf Vayron

A 9 hectare vineyard on the west side of Château Trotanoy, owned by the Vayron family and taken care of by Christian Moueix and his team - so there is a hint of reflected glory here from Pétrus!

 
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2010 Château Bourgneuf Vayron, Pomerol
 2013-2021
 12 Bottles
£300.00
£390.00
A lovely toasty-smokey character overlays the fruit scents. Well balanced on the palate, with very pronounced, succulent fruit. Fine tannins and a long, complex finish. A very fine Pomerol. 
2011 Château Bourgneuf Vayron, Pomerol
 2014-2020
 12 Bottles
£275.00
£360.00
Very fine, classic Pomerol aromas. Big and complex on the palate, with powerful extraction and very long, complex fruit flavours. Good wine. 
2012 Château Bourgneuf Vayron, Pomerol
 2015-2028
 12 Bottles
£275.00
£360.00
"This is a positive and forceful effort from Bourgneuf, which tends to produce tannic and rustic wines. The 2012 is neither astringent, earthy nor too rustic. Its deep ruby/purple color is accompanied by notes of black currants, black cherries, cola, forest floor and coffee beans. Fresh and medium to full-bodied with excellent concentration and a nicely textured, clean finish, it can be enjoyed over the next 10-15 years. 87-89" Robert Parker 

Château Campillot

2010 Château Campillot, Médoc
 2015-2022
 12 Bottles
£108.00
£159.60
Dense concentration of ripe dark fruits. Complex and long. Very fine, from this outstanding vintage. 

Château Caronne Sainte Gemme

The website for Château Caronne Sainte Gemme can be found at http://www.chateau-caronne-ste-gemme.com

 
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2008 Château Caronne Sainte Gemme, Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Haut Médoc Halves
 2011-2018
 24 Halves
£166.00
£228.00
Classic Claret on the nose - lovely dark fruits and cedarwood aromas. Full of delicious supple fruit on the palate, with fine, fresh acidity and ripe, well integrated tannins. Superb drinking now and over the coming years from this highly dependable property. 
2012 Château Caronne Sainte Gemme, Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Haut Médoc
 2015-2021
 12 Bottles
£155.00
£216.00
"I like the nose on the Caronne Ste Gemme this year: nicely composed with well-integrated oak, understated but unfolding in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins and there is a touch of greenness, which takes the edge of this wine. Hopefully will gain some weight and flesh in barrel because it does have potential. Tasted April 2013. 87-89" Neal Martin in Wine Journal May 2013 

Château Devise d'Ardilley

2010 Château Devise d'Ardilley, Cru Bourgeois Haut Médoc
 2013-2020
 12 Bottles
£160.00
£222.00
 
2010 Château Devise d'Ardilley, Cru Bourgeois Haut Médoc Magnums
 2013-2020
 6 Magnums
£182.50
£249.00
 

Château Doyenné

2010 Château Le Doyenné, 1ères Côtes de Bordeaux
 2013-2020
 12 Bottles
£140.00
£198.00
 

Château Ducru Beaucaillou

The website for Château Ducru Beaucaillou can be found at http://www.chateau-ducru-beaucaillou.com

 
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2016 Château Ducru Beaucaillou, 2ème Cru St Julien
 2026-2065
 12 Bottles
£1,695.00
TBA
"The 2016 Ducru Beaucaillou is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot cropped at 36 hectoliters per hectare between 24 September and 14 October and matured in 100% new oak barrels (for a total of 18 months). The alcohol level comes in at 13.63% with a pH of 3.71. The bouquet is very closed at first, and so I aerated the Grand Vin by transferring from one glass to another. It gradually unfurls to reveal scents of blackberry, bilberry, cedar and a touch of pencil lead. The palate is medium-bodied with a firm backbone cloaked in layers of black fruit. The new oak is probably more present here than some of its peers, but there is more than sufficient substance to absorb that. The mineralité surfaces right towards the persistent finish, completing what is a Ducru Beaucaillou built for the long term. 96-98" Neal Martin, RobertParker.com 

Château Grand Puy Lacoste

The website for Château Grand Puy Lacoste can be found at http://www.haut-batailley.fr/

 
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2016 Château Grand Puy Lacoste, 5ème Cru Pauillac
 2024-2050
 12 Bottles
£735.00
TBA
"The 2016 Grand-Puy-Lacoste is a blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon and 21% Merlot that matured in 75% new oak. It has 13.3% alcohol this year. It has an extraordinarily pure bouquet with blackberry, briary, touches of pencil shaving and cedar aromas--quintessential Grand-Puy-Lacoste, basically. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin. Gone are the days when this Pauillac was as hard as nails for the first decade. The tannins are nowadays much finer and the acidity lends this tension and plenty of freshness. There is an effortless quality to this Pauillac with wonderful length and such finesse on the finish that you immediately want to go back and re-taste it. Like so many others, this improved with aeration, gaining ever more harmony and precision. What a brilliant wine. It is classic Pauillac to its core. 95-97" Neal Martin, RobertParker.com 

Château Lafite Rothschild

The website for Château Lafite Rothschild can be found at http://www.lafite.com/eng/Bordeaux-Estates/Chateau-Lafite-Rothschild

 
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2011 Château Lafite Rothschild, 1er Cru Pauillac x 1
 2017-2037
 1 Bottle
£560.00
£675.00
"A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot (harvested between September 3-21), the 2011 Lafite Rothschild came in at 12.6% natural alcohol (considerably lower than in 2010 and 2009). Exhibiting a deep ruby/purple color, lots of crushed rock, red and black currant, forest floor and underbrush characteristics, moderate tannin and medium body, it is built somewhat along the lines of the 1999 and 2001. It should be a 20- to 25-year wine, but it is not at the level of the 2008, 2009 and 2010. Fresh acids give the wine a somewhat more clipped feeling than most great Lafites have exhibited. Nevertheless, there is a lot of freshness and vibrancy to this vintage. 90-93" Robert Parker 
2012 Château Lafite Rothschild, 1er Cru Pauillac x 1
 2018-2038
 1 Bottle
£456.00
£550.00
"The classically styled 2012 exhibits attractive elegance, medium body and outstanding concentration, but not the complexity and depth or prodigious qualities of many other recent Lafites. It is a relatively soft, spicy effort displaying notes of crushed rocks, white chocolate, black currants and graphite. It should be drinkable in 5-8 years and last for two decades. 92-95" Robert Parker 

Château Vieux Lartigue

2010 Château Vieux Lartigue, Grand Cru St Emilion
 2015-2022
 12 Bottles
£192.50
£261.00
 

Château Latour

The website for Château Latour can be found at http://www.chateau-latour.com/index_en.php#/home

 
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2011 Château Latour, 1er Cru Pauillac x 1
 2016-2036
 1 Bottle
£560.00
£675.00
"A blend of 84.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 0.5% Petit Verdot, the 2011 Latour represents only 34% of the crop. It hit 13.1% natural alcohol. One of the vintage's most compelling wines, it possesses a dense ruby/purple color as well as a sweet, open-knit personality with ripe tannin, superb intensity, good purity and harmony, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, and lots of crushed rock, floral and black as well as blue fruit notes in addition to hints of ink and forest floor. This beautifully rich, savory Latour will be surprisingly drinkable in 4-5 years, and should age easily for two decades or more. 93-95" Robert Parker 

Château Léoville Poyferré

The website for Château Léoville Poyferré can be found at http://www.leoville-poyferre.fr

 
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2016 Château Léoville Poyferré, 2ème Cru St Julien
 2024-2060
 12 Bottles
£785.00
TBA
"The 2016 Leoville-Poyferre is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Didier Cuvelier told me that color leeched out naturally and he conducted an 8 day pre-fermentation maceration. Matured in 80% new oak with some malolactic in barrel, it has a typical bouquet for this estate with opulent but neatly controlled, billowing scents of black cherries, black plum, crème de cassis and violets. The palate is beautifully balanced with fine tannin, a killer line of acidity and perhaps one of the most harmonious Poyferré that I have encountered at this juncture. It just glides across the mouth and slips down the throat with consummate ease. Superb. 95-97" Neal Martin, RobertParker.com 

Château Mathiot

2015 Château Mathiot, Bordeaux
 2017-2022
 12 Bottles
£69.00
£114.00
 

Château La Mission Haut Brion

The website for Château La Mission Haut Brion can be found at www.mission-haut-brion.com

 
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2016 Château La Mission Haut Brion Rouge, Cru Classé Graves x 6
 2026-2070
 6 Bottles
£1,950.00
TBA
"The 2016 La Mission Haut Brion is a blend of 57.5% Merlot and 42.5% Cabernet Sauvignon picked between 19 September and 14 October, one of the longest ever. "We had to be patient and wait for each plot," Jean-Philippe Delmas told me. "It took longer than usual." As is customary, I allowed my sample, and likewise all the wines poured at this tasting, around 40-45 minutes to open since they always transform in the glass. It has a clean and precise, quite understated bouquet with fine mineralité, cold stone aromas infusing the black fruit. This has incredible precision, perhaps even more pixelated than the "gaff over the road" Haut-Brion. The palate is medium-bodied with supple and lithe tannin. I appreciate the line of acidity here, the smoothness and harmony that takes your breath away. Every atom is infused with life-affirming freshness. It is a wine bridled with incredible focus and delineation. I thought that the 2015 La Mission Haut-Brion flirted with perfection. The 2016 has that extra edge, a "je ne sais quoi" that leaves you reaching for the thesaurus looking for superlatives. 98-100" Neal Martin, RobertParker.com 

Château Pontet Canet

The website for Château Pontet Canet can be found at http://www.pontet-canet.com

 
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2012 Château Pontet Canet, 5ème Cru Pauillac x 6
 2018-2038
 6 Bottles
£345.00
£429.00
"A softer, less powerful and less prodigiously endowed Pontet Canet, the 2012 exhibits notes of creme de cassis and new barrique vanillin followed by a medium-bodied, elegant wine with sweeter tannin (and less of it) than is found in the great vintages that immediately precede it. The 2012 is certainly outstanding and, in fact, many readers may prefer it to the blockbuster, out-of-this-world, over-sized 2010, 2009 and 2008. Medium-bodied, pure and expressive, this classic Pauillac should only require 5-6 years of cellaring. It should drink well for two decades thereafter. 91-94" Robert Parker 
2012 Château Pontet Canet, 5ème Cru Pauillac
 2018-2038
 12 Bottles
£690.00
£858.00
"A softer, less powerful and less prodigiously endowed Pontet Canet, the 2012 exhibits notes of creme de cassis and new barrique vanillin followed by a medium-bodied, elegant wine with sweeter tannin (and less of it) than is found in the great vintages that immediately precede it. The 2012 is certainly outstanding and, in fact, many readers may prefer it to the blockbuster, out-of-this-world, over-sized 2010, 2009 and 2008. Medium-bodied, pure and expressive, this classic Pauillac should only require 5-6 years of cellaring. It should drink well for two decades thereafter. 91-94" Robert Parker 

Château Sénéjac

The website for Château Sénéjac can be found at http://www.chateau-senejac.com

 
Chateau Senejac
2011 Château Sénéjac, Cru Bourgeois Haut Médoc
 2014-2021
 12 Bottles
£132.50
£189.00
"Senejac has been producing high quality wines over recent vintages, and their 2011 is a noteworthy success in this difficult year. It offers a dense ruby/plum color along with abundant notes of black currants, black cherries, earth and licorice. Medium-bodied, rich and well-endowed, this noteworthy sleeper of the vintage represents excellent value. 87" Robert Parker in Wine Advocate #212 

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