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En Primeur 
2009 
12 x 0.75L
In Bond 
£99.00 
2015 
2025 
Ch Beaumont, Haut Médoc
Ch Beaumont, Haut Médoc
Background Information
Located between Margaux and Saint Julien, Château Beaumont (114 hectares in a single block) overlooks the nearby Gironde Estuary.The Mansart-style Château was built in 1854. There have been twelve owners since then: a Breton aristocrat, a Honduran minister, a Parisian industrialist, a lieutenant-Colonel from Caracas, a Venezuelan senator and so on. Château Beaumont now belongs to Grands Millésimes de France (GMF-Suntory-Ethias). Recent replanting in the vineyard and a newly renovated vat room reflect the estate's successful combination of state-of-the-art techniques and traditional Médoc winemaking methods.The château earned both Agriculture Raisonnée ("Sustainable Agriculture") and "Terra Vitis" certification in 2004, epitomising their emphasis on environmental protection and health. ©ugcb
Tasting Notes
A consistent performer. Good, fresh, juicy currant fruit, well-managed silky tannins. Chocolate on palate. Plenty of silk and texture here. Attractive balance. Lovely lively wine. (AB/SM Apr 2010) Jancis Robinson MW : 16.5
Date Receipted
17th February 2011
En Primeur 
2009 
12 x 0.75L
In Bond 
£2,499.00 
2020 
2035 
Ch Cos d’Estournel, 2ème Cru Classé, St Estèphe
Ch Cos d’Estournel, 2ème Cru Classé, St Estèphe
Tasting Notes
As one would expect, in the same way as Montrose, this is not a wine for the faint-hearted! Glossy and perfumed with warm, barbeque spices. Almost Demerara nose. Mouthcoating tannins with opulent, dark mulberry fruit. With 14.5% alcohol this is not typical 20th century Bordeaux but with global warming it could become typical 21st century Bordeaux (and that?ǨѢs not a joke). 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc. (AB/SM Apr 2010) Jancis Robinson MW : 16.5+ Robert Parker: 98-100
Date Receipted
17th February 2011
Warehouse 
2005 
6 x 0.75L
In Bond 
£1,800.00 
2017 
2040 
Ch Haut Brion, 1er Cru Classé, Pessac Léognan
Ch Haut Brion, 1er Cru Classé, Pessac Léognan
Tasting Notes
"A dark ruby/purple color is followed by a nuanced, noble bouquet of blue and red fruits interwoven with wet stones, unsmoked cigar tobacco, scorched earth, and spring flowers. The wine is full-bodied, pure, and complex as well as exceptionally elegant with laser-like precision." Robert Parker: 98
Date Receipted
28th September 2010
Rotation Number
2011 34567
Warehouse 
2005 
12 x 0.75L
In Bond 
£5,000.00 
2020 
2050 
Ch Lafite Rothschild, 1er Cru Classé, Pauillac
Ch Lafite Rothschild, 1er Cru Classé, Pauillac
Background Information
The celebrated growth of Lafite is of remote origin and very ancient renown. It occupies the finest crests in Pauillac, a region the Latin poet Ausonius spoke of as early as the year 325 B.C. Throughout the Middle Ages, the Seigneurs of Lafite were the high administrators of justice in this country. It was through the officers of their choice that they exercised this right until 1789. The great qualities shown by their wines earned them the sobriquet “Princes of the Vines”. The bouquet of Lafite wines is very suave and of incomparable delicacy; its savor brings together at the same time the taste of almonds and the scent of violets without it being possible to distinguish whether the one dominates the other. Lafite was very fashionable at the king’s table in the time of Louis XV. It had a place of honor at the banquets held by marshal de Richelieu, and Mme de Pompadour always poured some at her little suppers. After having been the property of the de Ségur family, it belonged to Mr. de Pichard, president of the Parliament of Guienne, until the end of the 18th c. Unfortunately, he was not spared by the upheaval of the revolution and was guillotined in Paris on 12 Messidor in the year II (30 June 1794). After having been made a property of the state, the domain of Lafite was acquired by Dutch owners. In 1868, it was purchased by Baron James de Rothschild and still belongs to his heirs. The wines of Lafite have always been produced with the same zealous care. They keep their reputation untarnished and still dazzle the world as they once did the Court in Versailles. Château Lafite Rothschild also produces a second label called Carruades de Lafite. ©Conseil des Vins du Medoc
Tasting Notes
96+ Points, Robert Parker: "While the 2005 is another brilliantly classic Lafite Rothschild, for my taste, it comes in slightly behind their extraordinarily opulent 2003 as well as the dramatically powerful 2000. A blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Merlot, the 2005 boasts a dark ruby/purple color in addition to that exceptional Lafite perfume of graphite, spring flowers, crushed rocks, and sweet black cherry and black currant fruit that exudes class and nobility. The wine is medium-bodied with extremely high levels of tannin in addition to sensational purity, length, and overall harmony. However, it is exceptionally backward, and even more tannic than either the 1995 or 1996. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2050+"
Date Receipted
16th February 2011
Rotation Number
2011 98765
Warehouse 
2005 
6 x 1.50L
In Bond 
£499.00 
2015 
2040 
Ch Léoville Barton, 2ème Cru Classé, St Julien
Ch Léoville Barton, 2ème Cru Classé, St Julien
Background Information
In 1826, Hugh Barton, already proprietor of Château Langoa, purchased part of the big Léoville estate. His part then became known as Léoville Barton. Six generations of Bartons have since followed, and continued to preserve the quality of the wine, classified a 2nd growth in 1855. Ronald Barton inherited the property in 1927. He in turn donated it to his nephew Anthony in 1983. Today the vineyards are jointly owned by Anthony Barton, his daughter Lilian Barton-Sartorius and her children Mélanie and Damien, thus making eight generations ofBarton family at Léoville Barton. ©ugcb
Tasting Notes
"Looks very youthful. Tight, concentrated and very focused. Luscious texture and a wine that slides across the palate. There is masses of tannin on the finish but it is ripe enough." Jancis Robinson MW: 18
Date Receipted
17th February 2011
Rotation Number
2011 23456
Awaiting Arrival 
2002 
6 x 0.75L
In Bond 
£435.00 
2012 
2032 
Champagne Dom Perignon Vintage, Epernay
Champagne Dom Perignon Vintage, Epernay
Background Information
The prestige cuvee of Moet et Chandon, Eugene Mercier registered the brand name Dom Pérignon before Moët & Chandon acquired it and used it to launch the first champagne marketed as a prestige cuvée, a 1921 vintage launched in 1928. Only released in exceptional vintages.
Tasting Notes
20/20 Points, Jancis Robinson MW: "Extraordinarily firm, confident, intense nose. Definitely the savoury side of Dom. Nothing remotely sweet or fat - though it's as intense as a Montrachet. Wonderful quality of mousse - surely slightly less bubbly than it has been? More like a Montrachet with a bit of carbon dioxide laced into it than a typical champagne. Broad and long with a hint of orange peel. Great persistence. This already delivers but has such backbone and great acidity and light grip (only noticeable at the very end of the tasting experience) that it surely has a long life ahead of it. Really reaches every hidden cell of the palate. A very assured performance. LVMH at its very best?"
Date Receipted
17th February 2011
Warehouse 
2008 
12 x 0.75L
Duty Paid 
£380.70 
2011 
2015 
Puligny Montrachet, Etienne Sauzet
Puligny Montrachet, Etienne Sauzet
Tasting Notes
G?ɬrard likes to blend his seven parcels of Puligny lieux-dit as together they express the real essence of Puligny. Lovely degree of ripeness, fabulous texture. Exquisite. (AB/SM Nov 2009)
Date Receipted
17th February 2011
Rotation Number
2011 123456
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