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Gloria! The Best Value 2010 St Julien There Is?
Château Gloria is one of the hidden gems of Bordeaux. Located right in the heart of St Julien, there is frankly no way that it wouldn’t be a classified growth if not for the fact that it didn’t exist at the time Bordeaux’s classification was made. More on that below, but the end result is that their spectacular 2010, at nearly a decade old and with all sorts of praise and points thrown at it from all directions, is way cheaper than it should be. Even accounting for Gloria’s usual excellence and value, this is punching above its weight. Three tasting notes below from Messrs Parker and Martin below from three different...Learn more
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Lynch Bages’ Showstopping, Best Ever, 2016.
Lynch Bages is a name that makes me go weak at the knees, and I am far from alone. Perhaps the most memorable, and certainly the most personally impactful bottle I’ve ever drunk was their 1985- tasted just as I was getting into wine. It really crystalised the idea that this stuff was more than just something to drink, and I was absolutely blown away. I’ve heard all sorts of other stories like this and it’s no surprise, as this is a château capable of making wine that’s about as good as wine gets. Importantly, while it’s certainly more expensive than it was in the 80s, it’s also still a fifth of the price of a first growth, and I genuinely...Learn more
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2009’s Ultimate ‘Sleeper’: Poujeaux’s Best Ever?
This morning I’m excited to offer a sharp price on perhaps the best ever wine from the brilliant Château Poujeaux in Moulis. As Jane Anson writes below, their magnificent 2009 is totally open for business and ready to go, and it’s tough to beat this for quality for under $50. Drink it now or drink it in a decade, either way a case of this is absolutely perfect to have on hand. Outrageously delicious, serious enough to be special, and not so expensive that you have to call the accountant before you open a bottle…The final blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot...Learn more
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It’s Back: 2015 Baby Haut Brion. $16, 91 Points.
Clarendelle speaks for itself. $19 Bordeaux made by the team behind the legendary Haut Brion and La Mission Haut Brion, including declassified fruit both of these sacred estates is never going to be a hard sell. However, throw in a stupidly good vintage like 2015 and the fact that unusually even for Clarendelle I’m told that 100% of the fruit this year comes from Pessac Leognan itself. Top it off with a 91 point score from James Suckling and a recommendation from Neal Martin that… “This is well worth seeking out in terms of value and pleasure”. Highly recommended declassified Pessac Leognan...Learn more
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Carbonnieux Blanc 2016- In House Summer Special on a Store Favourite

One of the most reliable, excellent value and well-loved names in the field is Chateau Carbonnieux, located in the heart of Bordeaux’s best spot for whites in Pessac Leognan. Neighboured by superstar chateaux Haut Bailly and Smith Haut Lafitte, Carbonnieux is a large (90 hectare) estate- giving it enough volume to be selective, and still make consistently excellent stuff. They’re also family owned with a focus on quality and character, so there’s no corporate pressure...Learn more

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Get it While You Can! First Growth Busting, Blind Tasting Winning, 2015 Hidden Superstar
Each January back home in London, a group of the top tasters in the Bordeaux trade and press get together for a blind tasting of the most recent ‘in bottle’ vintage. The critic notes and scores are out for the 2015s, and I could not be more excited by the performance of one wine in particular. One that outscored not only all the other wines in its appellation, but all sorts of other superstars including Château Lafite and Château Latour. Wonderfully- a wine that is yours today for $38. It’s a...Learn more
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MULTIPLE CASE BUY ALERT:  2010 Right Bank Bordeaux - Outrageous $15 Value
2010 is a vintage almost beyond belief for Bordeaux. Described at the time by one of the world’s foremost experts on the region, Steven Spurrier, as ‘the best vintage of my lifetime’. Personally I think the very young 2016 will at least give it a good run for its money, but other than that, I would agree with Mr Spurrier, 2010 is the finest vintage of Bordeaux that I have seen. While the top wines are still improving, I’ve written before that this is the time to be loading up on ‘value’ 2010s. Almost certainly the last time...Learn more
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But, Wait, There’s More: Château Le Puy’s 2016 Release -  'One of the Finest "Emilien" of the Past 50 Years' - Pascal Amoreau
Another ‘Now In House’ special today- the last bits and pieces of our annual allocation of Chateau Le Puy’s ever glorious and ever in demand ‘Emilien’, at the store and ready to go. Brilliant stuff, and one of the hottest wines on the planet, we have about 10 cases of 750ml bottles left, two Magnums, and one Jeroboam. This might be your last chance- don’t miss them. Le Puy is a legend. Bordeaux’s trailblazer for the Biodynamic movement and one of the hottest wines anywhere in the world. The attention has been building for...Learn more
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Pomerol’s Hidden Gem: 2016 Clos Saint Andre Release
Time for the annual release of Clos Saint Andre, as ever a small quantity of a big favourite! We’ve been following this miniscule (we’re talking 0.6 hectares) family run Pomerol for a few years now and we haven’t had a disappointed customer yet. Consistently outrageously delicious and oozing heart and soul, it is one of my favourite wines in the world. Of course, 2016 is an astonishingly good vintage and this is not a vintage to miss. As usual we’ve bought as much as we could, which as usual is a small quantity, and yet still not a negligible percentage of the entire production of the ‘estate’.Learn more
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Stunning Value 2009 Bordeaux Hidden Gem: Right Bank, Right Price!
As I return from a week tasting the 2018s (watch this space for my initial vintage report), it’s my pleasure today to go ten years back to the vintage that could be said to have launched the modern era of Bordeaux. When we talk about how good a young vintage like 2016 or 2018 is and can be- 2009 remains the standard against which to compare. Widely acclaimed straight off the bat, the fervor really started in December 2011 when Robert Parker gave a staggering eighteen wines the perfect...Learn more
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