Recent Arrivals

The following wines have become available during the last


Vint Description Cl ? Cs Bt Cs (£) Bt (£) +
Red Bordeaux
2012 Le Boscq 75 IB 0 6 - 15
2010 Pontet Canet 75 IB 1 0 1640 -
2009 Ducru Beaucaillou 75 IB 1 0 2325 -
2009 Le Crock 75 IB 1 0 225 -
2009

Pontet Canet

75 IB 1 0 1680 -
Tasting Notes for Pontet Canet, 2009:
ItÕs no surprise that proprietor Alfred Tesseron has produced a possibly perfect 2009. HeÕs been on a roll since 1994, and no other producer has done more work in the vineyard than Tesseron, who has moved to 100% bio-dynamic farming, reduced yields drastically, and instituted a draconian selection process. This vineyard, which sits on the high plateau of Pauillac adjacent to Mouton Rothschild, has produced a 2009 of extraordinary intensity and purity. It is outrageously concentrated, with silky tannin (the sweetest I have ever tasted in a Pontet-Canet as well as the highest measured), an opaque purple color, and copious notes of graphite, cassis, licorice, and subtle smoke and forest floor. Full-bodied and unctuously textured with striking purity and definition, it is a wine of colossal weight as well as elegance (in itself a poster boy for this paradox in 2009). This brilliant Pauillac requires a decade of cellaring despite its voluptuous texture. It should evolve for 50-75 years. (Tasted four times.)
Parker Points: 97-100
Drinking Period: 2020-2095
2009 Rouget 75 IB 1 0 350 -
2009 St Pierre 75 IB 0 6 - 57
2006

La Conseillante

75 IB 1 0 940 -
Tasting Notes for La Conseillante, 2006:
La Conseillante has been hitting on all cylinders over the last several vintages, and the 2006 may rival both the 2005 and 2000. Made in an atypical broad, fleshy style, it exhibits a dark ruby/purple hue, plenty of structure and tannin, but superb concentration. Usually a Burgundian-styled, elegant effort, the rich, well-textured 2006 is a bigger, more blockbuster example displaying a deep ruby/plum/purple color. It requires 2-4 years of cellaring, and should last for two decades. Bravo! Wine Advocate # 170 Apr 2007.
Parker Points: 92-95
Drinking Period: 2009-2027
2005

Bourgneuf

75 IB 1 0 420 -
Tasting Notes for Bourgneuf, 2005:
As I have said before, this is a wine for those with 19th century tastes. However, the rustic tannins and overwhelming earthiness seem to have taken over the fruit now that it is in bottle. Decidedly inferior to what barrel samples revealed, this wine exhibits a dark plum color as well as distinctive, loamy, forest floor, truffle, and new saddle leather notes interwoven with notions of plums and black currants. Medium-bodied and austere, harsh tannins and a streak of herbaceousness run through the flavors. It should last for 15 or more years, but I worry about the tannins always being intrusive.
Parker Points: 84
Drinking Period: 2008-2023
2005

Cantemerle

75 IB 0 6 - 27
Tasting Notes for Cantemerle, 2005:
A property on the rebound, Cantemerle has fashioned a fragrant 2005 offering up scents of dried herbs, sweet red cherries, spring flowers, spice box, and blueberries. Moderately tannic, medium-bodied, and elegant with good structure, purity, and balance, this blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, and 8% Cabernet Franc should be at its finest between 2011-2022. The Wine Advocate #170 Apr-07.
Parker Points: 90
Drinking Period: 2011-2022
2005

Chasse Spleen

75 IB 0 6 - 27
Tasting Notes for Chasse Spleen, 2005:
A beautiful offering from this top-notch Moulis estate, the deep ruby/purple-tinged 2005 Chasse Spleen offers up scents of cassis, minerals, and flowers. Medium-bodied, moderately tannic, rich, and potentially outstanding, it should be at its peak between 2012-2020+. The Wine Advocate #170 Apr-07.
Parker Points: 88
Drinking Period: 2012-2020
2005 La Gurgue 75 IB 1 0 220 -
2005

La Mission Haut Brion

75 IB 1 0 4650 -
Tasting Notes for La Mission Haut Brion, 2005:
Rated 100 points in a blind tasting by Robert Parker in October 2009. Sent to subscribers by email.
Parker Points: 100
Drinking Period: 2013-2038
2005

La Tour St Bonnet

75 IB 1 0 195 -
Tasting Notes for La Tour St Bonnet, 2005:
Reminiscent of a mini-Grand Puy Lacoste with its cassis fruit, attractive aromatics, lush, sweet, medium-bodied flavors, and inky/ruby/purple color, the 2005 Tour St.-Bonnet sells for a fraction of the price of the Grand-Puy-Lacoste. But beggars canÕt be that choosy, right? Drink it over the next 5-7 years. Wine Advocate # 176 Apr 2008
Parker Points: 88
Drinking Period: 2008-2015
2005 Moulin Riche 75 IB 1 0 240 -
2005

Patache d'Aux

75 IB 1 0 195 -
Tasting Notes for Patache d'Aux, 2005:
I have been following this estate since their beautiful 1982, and again, the Cabernet-dominated 2005 exhibits smoky, roasted herb, and black currant notes, medium body, a pleasant spicy character, and plenty of fruit as well as length. Drink it over the next 5-10 years. Wine Advocate # 176 Apr 2008
Parker Points: 87
Drinking Period: 2008-2018
2005 Reserve de Leoville Barton 75 IB 1 0 340 -
2004

Gruaud Larose

75 IB 1 0 535 -
Tasting Notes for Gruaud Larose, 2004:
This estate continues to under perform, particularly in view of what the previous owners accomplished. Nothing made today resembles the great vintages of the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, or even the top-flight 2000. Nearly every St.-Julien chateau is making better wine, and Gruaud Larose needs a wake-up call. A stricter selection might be a place to start. The dark ruby/garnet-colored 2004 reveals an herbal nose displaying hints of dirty saddle leather intermixed with roasted herbs, spice, black cherries, currants, and a green pepper-like character. It is a lightweight effort with medium body, superficial depth, crisp acidity, and sharp tannins in the finish. While it will keep for 10-15 years, and may become slightly more complex, it remains a major disappointment. The Wine Advocate #171 Jun-07.
Parker Points: 87
Drinking Period: 2007-2017
2004

Vraye Croix de Gay

75 IB 1 0 225 -
Tasting Notes for Vraye Croix de Gay, 2004:
This stern, muscular-styled Pomerol possesses little charm, finesse, or elegance. It exhibits a dark ruby color, plenty of earth, and decent fruit, but also excessive herbaceousness and hard tannins. Although it may last for 15 or more years, it will never be very charming.
Parker Points: 86
Drinking Period: 2008-2018
2003

Potensac

75 IB 1 0 215 -
Tasting Notes for Potensac, 2003:
The dark plum/purple-tinged 2003 Potensac is a sleeper of the vintage. Sweet, exotic scents of mincemeat, black currants, cherries, and crushed rocks are followed by an elegant, fleshy, forward, delicious claret to enjoy over the next 5-7 years, although this wine has a tendency to last longer. It is one of the finest Potensacs produced in several years. Wine Advocate #164 (Apr 2006)
Parker Points: 88
Drinking Period: 2006-2013
2003

Reserve de Leoville Barton

75 IB 1 0 250 -
Tasting Notes for Reserve de Leoville Barton, 2003:
The excellent value second wine of Leoville- & Langoa Barton; exemplary St-Julien. Rich, complex with excellent soft tannins for delicious drinking now on.
Parker Points: 
Drinking Period: 2007-2015
2002

Grand Puy Ducasse

75 DP 1 0 310 -
Tasting Notes for Grand Puy Ducasse, 2002:
This is a mainstream, medium-bodied, pleasantly concentrated, charming, evolved Pauillac. Composty, earthy notes intermixed with cedar wood, black currants and cherries jump from the glass of this fragrant, supple-textured wine. Drink it over the next 7-8 years. Wine Advocate # 158 Apr 2005
Parker Points: 88
Drinking Period: 2005-2013
2002

Gruaud Larose

75 IB 1 0 580 -
Tasting Notes for Gruaud Larose, 2002:
A sweet, fruity, medium-bodied, surprisingly forward effort, the deep plum/purple-colored 2002 Gruaud Larose exhibits ripe aromas revealing herbaceous as well as spice notes. There is some potentially worrisome astringent tannin in the finish, but the wineÕs depth augers well for this being ultimately resolved and integrated. Wine Advocate # 149 Oct 2003
Parker Points: 89
Drinking Period: 2007-2018
2001

Cantemerle

75 DP 2 0 330 -
Tasting Notes for Cantemerle, 2001:
Medium dark ruby-colored, with an elegant perfume of raisins, red currants, dried herbs, and melted licorice, CantemerleÕs 2001 possesses sweet tannin, medium body, and a light but nicely etched style. Enjoy it over the next 10-12 years. Wine Advocate # 153 Jun 2004
Parker Points: 87
Drinking Period: 2004-2016
2001

Duhart Milon

75 DP 1 0 720 -
Tasting Notes for Duhart Milon, 2001:
The Rothschilds are making enormous investments in this estate, so IÕm expecting a breakthrough effort to emerge (maybe the 2003 qualifies). The deep ruby-colored 2001 exhibits a moderately intense, noble bouquet of graphite, plums, and currants. Elegant (much in the style of Lafite) with medium body, sweet tannin, and a lively finish, it will be at its finest between 2007-2017.
Parker Points: 89
Drinking Period: 2007-2017
2001

Kirwan

75 DP 1 0 450 -
Tasting Notes for Kirwan, 2001:
The 2001 Kirwan is nearly as good as their splendid 2000. A dense purple color is accompanied by a bouquet of barbecue smoke, graphite, black cherries, creme de cassis, and a hint of espresso. Full-bodied and layered, with outstanding richness, purity, and sweetness on the palate, this firmly structured, well-delineated, impressively made, full throttle effort should hit its peak in 2-3 years, and last for 12-15. It will be one of the longest lived of the 2001 Medocs.
Parker Points: 90
Drinking Period: 2006-2019
2001

Langoa Barton

75 DP 1 0 395 -
Tasting Notes for Langoa Barton, 2001:
Tobacco, spice box, cedar, and black currants offer a perfumed, complex introduction to this structured, beefy, muscular St.-Julien. As usual, a battle between the fruit and structure is being waged in this 2001, which appears to be a bit broader and more charming than most young Langoa Bartons. Wine Advocate # 153 Jun 2004
Parker Points: 88
Drinking Period: 2008-2016
2001

Leoville Barton

75 IB 1 0 695 -
Tasting Notes for Leoville Barton, 2001:
My notes: Like Langoa an attractive glossy black cherry colour. Very good soft ripe nose full of red and black fruits with a hint of oak. A fleshy wine for the vintage. Very good integration of new oak giving just a hint of spiciness. Attractive black cherry fruit finish. Drink from 2007. Marcus Titley. Robert Parker: (87-89+) Wine will arrive in 2004.
Parker Points: 0
Drinking Period: 2008-2020
2001

Leoville Poyferre

75 IB 1 0 650 -
Tasting Notes for Leoville Poyferre, 2001:
Sweet notions of plums, black currants, caramel, and spicy oak are provocative and alluring. Subtle but substantial, layered, and textured, with medium body as well as sexy, up-front flavors, low acidity, and ripe tannin, this beauty is among the most evolved and flamboyant of the appellation. Nevertheless, it should age well. Robert Parker Wine Advocate
Parker Points: 90
Drinking Period: 2004-2016
2001

Pichon Lalande

75 DP 1 0 1200 -
Tasting Notes for Pichon Lalande, 2001:
The 2000 Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande is spectacular, and certainly a noteworthy rival to the 1996, 1995, and even the extraordinary 1982. A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot, and the rest Cabernet Franc, this effort has a dense saturated purple color, a singular/distinctive yet possibly controversial aromatic smorgasbord existing of creme de cassis, vanilla, and violets, but also tapenade and tree bark. No doubt the Petit Verdot has imparted a certain almost olive-like component to the wine's aromatic profile. In the mouth, it is a wine of extraordinary density, opulence, great presence, and richness. As the 2000 sits in the glass, notes of lavender and melted licorice emerge along with the distinctive tapenade aromas interwoven with creme de cassis, espresso roast, and cedar. The wine is full-bodied, with extraordinary purity and a tremendous texture. I suspect this wine will be relatively approachable young but evolve effortlessly. This is a dramatic, almost flamboyant style that is not classic Pauillac in one sense, but a classic wine.
Parker Points: 97
Drinking Period: 2007-2025
1998

Lafite Rothschild

75 DP 1 0 7200 -
Tasting Notes for Lafite Rothschild, 1998:
A blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon and 19% Merlot, this wine represents only 34% of Lafite's total harvest. In a less than perfect Medoc vintage, it has been spectacular since birth, putting on more weight and flesh over the last year. This opaque purple-colored 1998 is close to perfection. The spectacular nose of lead pencil, smoky, mineral, and black currant fruit soars majestically from the glass. The wine is elegant yet profoundly rich, revealing the essence of Lafite's character. The tannin is sweet, and the wine is spectacularly layered yet never heavy. The finish is sweet, super-rich, yet impeccably balanced and long (50+ seconds).Wine Advocate # 134 Apr 2001
Parker Points: 98
Drinking Period: 2007-2035
1998

Leoville Barton

75 IB 1 0 695 -
Tasting Notes for Leoville Barton, 1998:
This opaque purple-colored, muscular, full-bodied, classically made St.-Julien displays impressive concentration, chewy, highly-extracted flavors of black fruits, iron, earth, and spicy wood, and a powerful mouth-feel. A pure, uncompromising, traditionally-styled wine, it is to be admired for its authenticity, class, and quality Readers seeking classic, muscular, extremely long-lived Bordeaux should always keep this outstanding classified growth in mind. It continues to sell for a price well below its intrinsic value.Wine Advocate # 134 Apr 2001
Parker Points: 91
Drinking Period: 2007-2035
1982

Latour

75 DP 0 1 - 1100
Tasting Notes for Latour, 1982:
As I indicated in the review of the 1982 Bordeaux, this is an unusual Latour in the fact that it has always been precocious. It has been jammy, forward, and delicious no matter when the cork was pulled, in total contrast to its two first-growth siblings, Mouton Rothschild and Lafite-Rothschild. The dense, opaque garnet-colored 1982 Latour reveals slight amber at the edge. Sweet, smoky, roasted aromas in the nose combine with jammy levels of black currant, cherry, and prune-like fruit. It possesses extraordinary concentration and unctuosity, with a thick, fat texture oozing notes of cedar wood, tobacco, coffee, and over-ripe fruit. Low acidity as well as high alcohol (for Bordeaux) give the wine even more glycerin and textural chewiness. The finish lasts forever. The only Latour that remotely resembles the 1982 is the 1961, which has a similar texture and succulence. Wine Advocate # 129 Jun 2000
Parker Points: 100
Drinking Period: Now-2040
Red Burgundy
2015 Mazoyeres Chambertin - Fourrier, Jean Marie 75 IB 2 0 1700 -
2013 Clos Vougeot - Fourrier, Jean Marie 75 IB 1 0 1680 -
2013 Morey St Denis 1er Cru - Dujac 75 IB 0 6 - 85
2012 Aloxe Corton Les Fournieres - Tollot Beaut 75 IB 1 0 456 -
2012 Beaune Clos du Roi - Tollot Beaut 75 IB 1 6 456 38
2012 Gevrey Chambertin - Dujac Fils & Pere 75 IB 1 0 360 -
2012 Le Corton - Tollot Beaut 75 IB 1 0 750 -
2007 Chambolle Musigny - Roumier, Georges 75 DP 0 6 - 100
1999 Morey St Denis Les Chaffots - Lignier, Hubert 75 DP 1 0 2100 -
1995 Musigny - Mugnier, J F 75 DP 0 11 - 750
White Burgundy
2014 Meursault - Germain, Henri 75 IB 0 6 - 50
2014 Meursault Limozin - Germain, Henri 75 IB 0 6 - 80
2005 Chablis Fourchaume 'Vignoble de Vaulorent' - Fevre, William 75 IB 1 0 295 -
Red Rhone
2004 Chateauneuf du Pape, Magnums - Julienne, Domaine de La Vieille 150 DP 1 0 295 -
2001 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Cailloux - Brunel, Andre 75 DP 3 6 250 21
Italy
2009 Sassicaia - San Guido, Tenuta 75 IB 0 6 - 120
Spain
2002 Numanthia - Numanthia 75 IB 1 0 408 -
2000 Numanthia - Numanthia 75 IB 1 0 432 -
1999 Numanthia - Numanthia 75 IB 1 0 468 -
1973 Rioja Gran Reserva 904 - La Rioja Alta 75 DP 0 1 - 130
Germany
2015 Josephshofer Riesling Kabinett - Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt 75 IB 0 6 - 10
2015 Oberemmeler Hutte Riesling Kabinett - Von Hovel 75 IB 0 6 - 12
2015 Piesporter Goldtropfchen Riesling Kabinett - Haag, Willi 75 IB 0 6 - 10
2014 Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese - Haag, Willi 75 IB 0 6 - 12
2014 Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling Kabinett, Magnums - Von Schubert, Carl 150 IB 0 3 - 45
2014 Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling Spatlese, Magnums - Von Schubert, Carl 150 IB 0 3 - 50
2014 Oberemmel Hutte Riesling Spatlese - Von Hovel 75 IB 0 6 - 15
2014 Piesporter Goldtropfchen Riesling Spatlese - Kesselstatt, Reichsgraf von 75 IB 0 6 - 12
2013 Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling Spatlese #08, Magnums - Von Schubert, Carl 150 IB 0 3 - 55
2013 Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling Spatlese #08 14 - Von Schubert, Carl 75 IB 0 6 - 15
2013 Piesporter Goldtropfchen Riesling Spatlese #14 - Kesselstatt, Reichsgraf von 75 IB 0 6 - 15
2013 Scharzhofberger Riesling Spatlese #22 - Kesselstatt, Reichsgraf von 75 IB 0 6 - 15
2012 Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese - Haag, Willi 75 IB 0 6 - 12
2012 Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett, Magnums - Prum, Joh Jos 150 IB 1 0 240 -
2012 Scharzhofberg Riesling Spatlese - Von Hovel 75 IB 0 6 - 15
2011 Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling Kabinett, Magnums - Von Schubert, Carl 150 IB 0 1 - 45
2011 Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling Spatlese - Von Schubert, Carl 75 IB 0 6 - 13
2011 Saarburger Rausch Riesling Spatlese - Forstmeister Geltz-Zilliken 75 IB 0 6 - 20
2011 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett, Magnums - Prum, Joh Jos 150 IB 1 0 300 -
2010 Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese - Haag, Willi 75 IB 0 6 - 12
2010 Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spatlese - Prum, Joh Jos 75 IB 1 0 240 -
2005 Erdener Pralat Riesling Auslese - Loosen, Dr 75 IB 1 0 492 -
2001 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett - Prum, Joh Jos 75 DP 1 0 550 -
Wine List Last Updated: 16/08/2017 17:25:55