Ryst Dupeyron Reserve Joseph Millesime vintage Armagnac
The 2001 Dupeyron Armagnac is the expression of a single year and has a unique character associated with the year and the cask in which it has been stored. These vintages are bottled at the alcohol level in which they naturally come out of the cask. There is a wonderful contrast between the sweet and sour flavours of wood, amplified by the strong alcoholic degree. Rich palate feeling the alcohol and the concentration of dry plums, spicy with persistent flavour of rancio and of spices, but round, soft and long in the finish. The tannins are very present, but full-bodied and round.
The Maison Ryst-Dupeyon was founded by Joseph Dupeyron in 1905.
Price: £59.95 (6 in Stock)
Pessac Leognan the 2nd wine of Ch. Haut Brion
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good medium ruby-red. Expressive nose combines red cherry, raspberry, minerals and flowers. Minerally and firm, with sound acids giving the flavors good definition. Fresh and lively wine, finishing with substantial tongue-dusting tannins. (5/2003)
Price: £99.00 (4 in Stock)
Teo Costa - Lancaia
Barbaresco is one of the great wines of Italy's north-western Piedmont region. This aristocratic red has its vineyards situated in the Langhe, on the right-hand side of the Tanaro river and extending from the area north-east of Alba to the communes of Barbaresco, Nieve and Treiso. The dominant variety grown is Nebbiolo, but Dolcetto and Barbera also play a part. The vines are generally grown on limestone-rich marl soils. similar to the Tortonium soils of the Barolo and La Morra areas in Barolo. Similar to its more famous sibling Barolo, Barbaresco is made from 100% Nebbiolo and shares its cult status as one of the finest wines in the world.
Price: £69.05 (1 in Stock)
Medoc, Cru Bourgeois
A 2001 vintage Bordeaux wine. The 2001 has a good rich colour - browning just a little at the rim. This bottle demands patience when opening as it needs time to develop. Good blackcurrant nose. Plum, damson on the palate with balancing blackcurrant acidity. Dusty tannins on the end palate at first but the tannin softened in the glass, even without food.
With food it is excellent. Rich fruit, good acidity, a good partner. This is the beauty of decent Cru Bourgeois Bordeaux - it makes demands on the taster (patience and consideration).
Price: £79.95 (4 in Stock)
Margaux 2nd Growth Classification
From the outstanding 2001 vintage, the Durfort Vivens has a wonderful bouquet on opening. It needs some time in the decanter to find its balance. Lovely fruit and depth of flavour with a good long finish. Still has a tannic backbone and has a long life ahead of it.
Price: £79.95 (5 in Stock)
Pauillac 5me Cru Classe
*** 93 Points - Wine Journal ***
Tasted at the chateau, the 2001 at ten years of age has superb intensity on the nose with black cherries, melted tar, graphite and cold black tea all with fine vigour and vivacity. The palate is medium-bodied with a cohesive, quite powerful entry that sets the stage for a very poised, focused GPL. From its rather awkward showings out of barrel, the 2001 is blossoming into a sublime expression of Pauillac in this vintage. I would still afford it more time though. Tasted March 2011. Neil Martin Wine journal.
Price: £89.95 (8 in Stock)
Graves Grand Cru Classe
** 92 Points (Outstanding ) Neil Martin ***
"Tasted at Berry Brother & Rudd’s vertical. The 2001 is more expressive and generous on the nose than the 2000 and for me, it exudes more Graves-like character thanks to the 65% Cabernet Sauvignon. There are scents of blackberry, pencil shaving, a touch of fresh black olive with tertiary aromas developing with time. The palate is medium-bodied but rounder, perhaps fatter than the previous vintage. Blackberry, graphite, a saline tang and touches of white pepper towards the finish that fans out nicely. Tasted October 2011.
92 Neal Martin, RobertParker.
Price: £99.00 (4 in Stock)
St Julien 2eme Cru Classe
** 92 points - Robert Parker ***
Reviews"Consistent from bottle (I tasted it three times), this is an outstanding offering, although not quite at the prodigious level of the 2000. Civilized and approachable for a young Leoville-Barton, it exhibits a saturated plum/purple color along with classic Bordelais aromas of damp earth, creme de cassis, smoke, vanillin, and tobacco. Medium to full-bodied and rich, with high but well-integrated tannin, and a long, 40+ second finish, it should turn out to be a brilliant effort, and one of the stars of the Medoc. However, patience is essential. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2020.
Price: £99.00 (2 in Stock)
The Chateau Potensac 2001 has Always impressively made by Jean-Hubert Delon (the proprietor of Leoville Las Cases and Nenin), Potensac’s 2001 is an elegant, medium-bodied Medoc offering dried herb and berry fruit characteristics in an open-knit, attractively fruity, pure style. A beautiful mature older Medoc.
Price: £59.95 (2 in Stock)
A native black grape variety of Northern Italy grown almost exclusively in the provinces of Cuneo and Alessandria in Piedmont. It is relatively easy to cultivate, although it is susceptible to fungal diseases. It ripens before Barbera and Nebbiolo and is often grown in high north-facing sites which would be unsuitable for Nebbiolo. The finest Dolcetto wines come from grapes grown on soils rich with white marls, especially those found on the right bank of the River Tauro. The wines generally are low in tannins and acidity and are usually fruity and fragrant, often with hints of almonds.
Price: £39.00 (3 in Stock)