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 2018 Bordeaux: some of our favourites from a wonderful vintage

Bordeaux 2018

The 2018 Bordeaux en-primeur campaign has now all but run its course. Neal Martin is due to taste the wines later this year and will likely add his notes and scores to the wines which will surely see interest re-ignited.

We would like to highlight a few outstanding wines which could prove tricky to get hold once they’ve sold out post en-primeur – at all levels and for all budgets. Production was massively reduced at Ch. Angludet who have produced a beautiful 2018, while the 2018 Ch. Beaumont is probably the best ever produced here; a couple of cases for the cellar seems a no-brainer. Ch. Fonplegade will no doubt look cheap at this price in the years to come – top scores, Grand Cru Classé and a reasonable price to boot, all in a vintage where St. Emilion performs admirably. Also in St. Emilion, Ch. Moulin St. Georges, under the same ownership as Ch. Ausone and looked after with the same great care, is once again one of the values of the vintage.

Our new addition, indeed, new Chateau, George 7 in Fronsac have created an exceptional 2018 with their inaugural vintage. Those that have been reading our reports will know how fond we are of St. Estephe in 2018, and it will be difficult to go far wrong with what is, for me, the best Ch. Lafon Rochet ever made. The second wine of Ch. Calon Segur, Marquis de Calon, adorned with the same heart on its sleeve as its bigger sibling, will be superb from the minute it arrives, while Ch. Lilian Ladouys punches well above its price-tag.

A few big hitters remarkably remain too: Ch. Lynch Bages, Cos d’Estournel and Ch. Troplong Mondot will all undoubtedly be harder to get hold of in a couple of years when bottled.

A full list of wines available is here.

Offered for sale ‘En Primeur’ under bond. Price shown is per case (12x75cl bottles unless stated) and excludes UK duty and VAT which will be charged at the prevailing rate when the wine is released from bond. Onward delivery from bond charges are not included, free delivery on orders above £100 does not apply. Reward Card points are not accruable or redeemable on ‘En Primeur’ or In Bond sales. Read more….

 Vintage Port 2017: New Release

Vintage Port 2017

The magnificent 2017 Port vintage from the Taylor Fladgate Partnership and the Symington Family. 2017 sees the first ever universally declared back to back vintages for the Douro. ‘Nothing less than a spectacular year would have justified the first general ‘back-to-back’ Vintage Port declaration by our family’, report the Symington Family. These are now available to purchase in bond.

The wines are due to arrive in the UK in Autumn 2019. Price shown excludes UK duty and VAT which will be charged at the prevailing rate when the wine is released from bond. Onward delivery from bond charges are not included, free delivery on orders above £100 does not apply. Reward Card points are not accruable or redeemable on ‘En Primeur’ or In Bond sales. Read more….

Fine Rioja: An In Bond Offer

La Rioja Alta

We are delighted to announce the latest vintage from one of our favourite wines: La Rioja Alta’s flagship 904 Gran Reserva Rioja, the 2010 ready to buy in bond.

La Rioja Alta need little introduction, as producers of some of the finest Rioja available at prices which are too good to turn down, the 904 is only produced in exceptional vintages. No vintage produced in the last 20 years has received Wine Advocate scores of lower than 95 Points – consistent quality at remarkably welcome prices.

With a history dating back to 1890, La Rioja Alta merged with Ardanza in 1904. The commemorative wines for both years (890 & 904) have developed a huge loyal following and demand now far outstrips supply for each release. Read more….

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