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As the annual release of Tenuta San Guido’s star – Sassicaia – is upon us, as is always the way, the second and third wines: Guidalberto and Le Difese are released one vintage ahead.
Guidalberto is one of Italy’s best value wines offering a real insight into the Sassicaia-style; a wine that can be enjoyed at a younger age. It is named after the family member who planted the iconic cypress tree avenue which marks the entrance to the Bolgheri estate.
Le Difese is a Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon blend made for immediate drinking, featuring on the label and named after the tusks of the wild boars found roaming the extensive woodland and wildlife reserve on this revered estate.
Offered for sale in bond. Price shown is for one case 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..
2005 Gran Reserva 890 “Seleccion Especial” | La Rioja Alta’s best ever wine?
Is the 2005 Gran Reserva 890 “Seleccion Especial” from La Rioja Alta “the new 1964”? The Gran Reserva 890 is La Rioja Alta’s premier wine and is one of Spain’s top age-worthy wines. It is only made in the finest of vintages, happening around three times a decade. It is only released once La Rioja Alta consider it ready, and in the 2005 vintage they are so sure of its quality the producer have labelled it as ‘Seleccion Especial’, using this moniker for only the third time in their 130-year history! They consider this as one of the greatest wines they have ever made.
The 2005 vintage was officially rated as ‘Excellent’ in Rioja, and at just 15 years old this is only just beginning to drink, with surely a long and illustrious future in front of it.
The wine is offered at a price of £520 for a case of 6x75cl in bond.
Offered for sale in bond. Price shown is for one case (6x75cl bottles) 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..
2018 Bordeaux: some of our favourites from a wonderful vintage
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.
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….
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