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Last Call on Rosenthal’s 2015 Bordeaux- The Cream of the Crop!
If you read my e-mails regularly you’ll know what an enormous fan I am of the Bordeaux portfolio of legendary importer Neal Rosenthal. All are small, family run estates that don’t go through the usual Bordeaux sales channel of brokers and negociants known as ‘La Place’. They are under the radar wines, with no big scores or marketing machines behind them. They are the vanguard of real, authentic, terroir driven Bordeaux. Today I’m offering a ‘Last Call’ on the three finest of these wines from...Learn more
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Modern Legend Bordeaux Back Vintage: 2009 Haut-Médoc Downwind from Lafite
2009 remains, at least according to Robert Parker, the single highest rated Bordeaux vintage of all time. He gave a mind boggling nineteen wines the perfect one hundred points. As a comparison, the vintage that many still see as the ‘big dog’ in 1982, has four. The wonderful thing about these vintages is the enormous extent to which the standard of the ‘everyday’ wines is raised. The phrase always used is ‘a high tide raises all boats’, and it’s true. A $25 wine bought in 2011 as a future was almost bound to be...Learn more
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Ready, Set, Go: Perfect Aged, 1996 Haut-Médoc Drinking Beautifully
Fresh from a 2009 bargain last week, I’ve gone even further back into Bordeaux’s archives today for a ridiculously cool offer on another Haut-Médoc from a great vintage, this time 1996! A friend of mine in Bordeaux tipped me off that someone had a small parcel of this available. While it sounded great, and while I love old Bordeaux like nothing else, I always like to tread carefully. So, we went to the trouble of having a single sample bottle shipped here and letting it settle for a few days before opening it to...Learn more
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Bargain Mixed Case Verticals of the Less Rich Man’s Petrus
It’s hard to know where to start when writing about the wines of Francois and Louis Mitjavile. The best I can in one line comes from Joss Fowler. Joss is rather under the radar but is one of my favourite UK wine writers (see his site here). He describes Roc de Cambes, which in some ways is the ‘second’ wine here, as showing… “Like Château Petrus, just what you can do with Merlot on the right (cool) soil”. This is not an overstatement. All three of these, Tertre Roteboeuf, Roc de Cambes, and Domaine de Cambes, are among the most extraordinary wines being made anywhere in the world. One bottle of a...Learn more
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94 Pt 2010 Pauillac ‘Just a step below the first growths’
Whenever I describe the kinds of wines that I offer on our Bordeaux list- I almost always say that I’m looking for wines that ‘fell through the cracks’. Ones that for whatever reason aren’t as expensive as they should be. It could be that one critic or other wasn’t a big fan, or that it’s from an unfashionable area or vintage, or just that no one seems to have realized quite how good it is. Every now and then though, one of my contacts comes up with something that drops neatly into place that ticks every box, and I frankly have no real reason or justification for why it’s such good value.Learn more
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Taste the Tasting: Legendary First Growth Bordeaux for as Low as $32!!!
On June 27 we were incredibly lucky to be joined for a tasting by Candice Hunt, Export Director of legendary Sauternes First Growth Château Guiraud. Slightly delayed by the holiday, today I’m very pleased to be able to offer these magnificent wines. A point I made at the tasting is that I like to think that I’m not the ‘pushiest’ of people when It comes to sales, but for these wines I would do everything I can do strong arm everyone reading this e-mail into buying some of these. They are extraordinarily good and frankly...Learn more
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Ex Château 2005 Magnums of St Julien; Enough Said!
I’ll start simply and by stating the obvious. Well-priced and ready to drink ex château magnums of pedigree St Julien from remarkable terroir in legendary vintages and made by the team at Leoville Las Cases, do not exactly grow on trees. Aged at the Château since release, these could not possibly be in better condition and represent a remarkable buying opportunity. Take advantage! The Clos du Marquis 2005 is evolving into a little beauty. It has an opulent, downright sexy bouquet with macerated dark cherries, briary, mint interlaced with candied orange peel that is beautifully...Learn more
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CASE BUY ALERT!!! The Best Value of 2015? Neal Martin Thinks So - And We Agree!
Regular readers of our Bordeaux e-mails will know that I try not to make everything about points. I’m a huge believer that there’s so much more to great wine than can be expressed with a single rating, and particularly for mature wines, many of the best values out there are almost by definition the ones that don’t get those big scores. However, every now and then everything aligns. A château I love, a great vintage, an undervalued region, a brilliant wine, a low price, and a ridiculously good score.Learn more
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My Favourite Wine: Grand Puy Lacoste’s Best Value Vintage?
In the wine trade we’re not really supposed to play favourites. People often ask me my favourite vintage, style, region, producer, and I generally can’t answer. I like all sorts of wines for different purposes. For different times of year, at different price points, with different foods, or for different moods. However, if I’m being honest I do have one favourite. If you ask me for my number one château in my beloved Bordeaux, I won’t hesitate to say Grand-Puy-Lacoste. A photo of their barrel room is the background on my phone, a drawing of the château is my desktop background, and the only...Learn more
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Nearly Half Price Haut Médoc from Branaire Ducru
The rarely seen ‘Haut-Médoc’ wine made by St Julien superstar Château Branaire-Ducru. The Branaire team make this at the Château, from a small section of just 3.5 hectares of vines across the border from the St Julien appellation. Many of these ‘house’ wines made by the great Bordeaux estates simply come from young vines or fruit that for whatever reason just hasn’t delivered well enough to be used in the top wines of a particular vintage. This one benefits greatly from having its own vines and its own personality, while of course being made by the hands of masters.Learn more
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