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The principal international red grape varieties which age successfully are cabernet sauvignon, merlot, syrah/shiraz, nebbiolo, sangiovese and, to a lesser extent, pinot noir. White varieties would be riesling, chardonnay and Loire chenin blanc. Add to them the botrytised dessert wine (like Sauternes) and Vintage Port. Other good keeping varieties include Italian aglianico, and the tannat of Madiran and the dry white semillons of Australia. ##

In addition to the wines listed below, The Society makes regular en primeur offers of Claret, Bordeaux, Rhône and, occasionally, Port. Find out more about En Primeur Offers here.

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Rasteau Côtes-du-Rhône Villages, Domaine de la Soumade 2010

With less grenache this year, André Roméro has included a little more syrah into the blend which brings more colour and fragrance. This has wonderful fruit flavours and great length. Bravo André! More »

£11.95
Bottle

£143
Case of 12
Out of stock
Sold out
No Longer Available
Product Code
RH30231
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.5%
Dominant Grape
Grenache Syrah Mourvedre

Erbacher Marcobrunn Kabinett, Langwerth von Simmern 2014

The famous Marcobrunn vineyard (on loess and loam over limestone) makes excellent long-living wine. This is proper Rheingau with full rounded palate and plenty of spicy flavour. Rather richer in body though drier than More »

£12.95
Bottle

£155
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
GE8851
Product Type
White Wine
Style
4 (of 9): Medium/off dry
Alcohol Level
9.0%
Dominant Grape
Riesling

Wiltinger Kupp Riesling Kabinett von Othegraven 2014

The television personality, Gunther Jauch, inherited this great estate and has been able to contribute investment. Von Othegraven has some of the best sites on the Saar. Outstanding pure, lime-like fruit and length of More »

£13.50
Bottle

£162
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
GE8861
Product Type
White Wine
Style
3 (of 9): Dry, rich
Alcohol Level
8.0%
Dominant Grape
Riesling

Nierstein Oelberg Riesling Trocken, Louis Guntrum 2014

Oelberg is at the heart of Nierstein on its famous red slate soil, which gives wines of splendid fruit and depth capable of lasting for 10 years plus. Konstantin Guntrum has revitalised this famous estate which is once More »

£13.95
Bottle

£83.50
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
GE8821
Product Type
White Wine
Style
2 (of 9): Dry
Alcohol Level
13.0%
Dominant Grape
Riesling

Maximin Grünhauser Abtsberg Riesling Kabinett, von Schubert 2014

In the days of monastic ownership the abbot had the heart of the best bit of the great Grünhaus vineyard and its wine always has a distinctive haunting fragrance, enhanced by the wild yeasts special to the estate. This More »

£14.50
Bottle

£174
Case of 12
Out of stock
Sold out
No Longer Available
Product Code
GE8951
Product Type
White Wine
Style
3 (of 9): Dry, rich
Alcohol Level
7.5%
Dominant Grape
Riesling

Château Fourcas Dupré, Listrac-Médoc 2010

A classically honed wine in an excellent vintage. Remarkably approachable now, especially if decanted, but better allowed to mature a few years yet for greater complexity and reward, not least as it may soon close up More »

£14.95
Bottle

£179
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
CM18691
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
13.0%
Dominant Grape
Cabernet Merlot

Eitelsbacher Karthäuserhofberger Kabinett, Tyrell 2014

Authentic , distinctive crab-apple bouquet, followed by whistle-clean, long-lasting, fresh and dry flavour which it will retain over many years. More »

£16
Bottle

£192
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
GE8971
Product Type
White Wine
Style
2 (of 9): Dry
Alcohol Level
8.0%
Dominant Grape
Riesling

Rodney Strong Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Bright blackcurrant and mocha notes on the nose, intense black fruit and vanilla core, ripe chewy tannins and pure fresh acidity. This wine has elegance as well as power, which should allow it to age beautifully if you More »

£20
Bottle

£240
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
US5691
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.5%
Dominant Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon
Reviews (1) >

Cullen Margaret River Cabernet-Merlot 2013

Classic Cullen - an elegant Western Australian Bordeaux blend. Plum and iron filings on the nose, herbal, complex, fine but grippy tannins and a long finish. Fresh and fruit driven now, this will age beautifully for 10 More »

£20
Bottle

£120
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
AU18121
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
12.5%
Dominant Grape
Cabernet Merlot

Susana Balbo Brioso Mendoza 2013

NEW Brioso is Argentine winemaker Susana Balbo's top Bordeaux-style red, a blend of 45% cabernet sauvignon, 25% malbec, 25% cabernet franc and 5% petit verdot matured 15 months in new French oak. Riper than Bordeaux, with More »

£21
Bottle

£126
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
AR3411
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.5%
Dominant Grape
Cabernet Merlot
Reviews (5) >

Bishop Shiraz, 2012, Barossa

The Glaetzer family have a long heritage in Barossa dating back to 1888. Today Ben Glaetzer oversees the winemaking with the sole aim of producing high quality, distinctive wines that represent the classic style of More »

£21
Bottle

£126
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
AU16151
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.5%
Dominant Grape
Syrah / Shiraz

Half bottle of Château Langoa Barton, Saint-Julien 2006

Patrician claret from the Bartons’ home property with sweet blackberry fruit and that unmistakable touch of Saint-Julien class. Plenty of time in hand but already lovely if decanted for an hour. A small but perfectly More »

£21
Bottle

£504
Case of 24
In Stock
Product Code
CM11722
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
12.5%
Dominant Grape
Cabernet Merlot
Reviews (1) >

Concha y Toro Terrunyo Rapel Carmenère Lote 1 2013

A new style of carmenère made by one of Chile's finest winemakers, Ignacio Recabarren, from Peumo, where the alluvial clay-loam soils provide the water this grape likes. Ageing was reduced to six months in high-quality More »

£22
Bottle

£132
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
CE8281
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.0%
Dominant Grape
Carmenere
Reviews (3) >

Château Musar 2008

A rich, warm, concentrated vintage of Chateau Musar showing an abundance of fruit, energy and structure. Generous dark fruit and spice flavours are backed by a powerful and punchy palate. More »

£22
Bottle

£132
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
LE731
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.0%
Reviews (6) >

Gandolini Las Tres Marias Vineyards Maipo Andes Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

This delicious, complex Chilean wine has fine aromas of cedar and violets, and a ripe, multi-layered palate. Concentrated yet fine, it conceals plenty of ripe tannin under its opulent fruit. Aged 20 months in French oak More »

£23
Bottle

£276
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
CE7591
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.0%
Dominant Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon

Grosset Polish Hill Clare Valley Riesling 2014

From an 8ha shale and slate vineyard, pruned and picked by hand, this is one of the classic wines of Australia. From a fine vintage, this proffers lime and quince on the nose with an astonishingly precise, rapier-like More »

£24
Bottle

£288
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
AU17271
Product Type
White Wine
Style
1 (of 9): Bone dry
Alcohol Level
12.5%
Dominant Grape
Riesling

Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese, JJ Prüm 2012

Heavenly wildflower-scented fragrance. Racy structured sensuous palate. This has excellent keeping potential so, though lovely already, is best kept for five years (and it will easily last 30). More »

£24
Bottle

£288
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
GE8221
Product Type
White Wine
Style
5 (of 9): Medium sweet
Alcohol Level
8.5%
Dominant Grape
Riesling
Reviews (2) >

Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Auslese, J J Prüm 2010

Wines of Auslese level can be quite delicious with fine long-lasting flavour as this beautiful Mosel proves. They needed time and will age long and gracefully. More »

£24
Bottle

£288
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
GE8741
Product Type
White Wine
Style
5 (of 9): Medium sweet
Alcohol Level
8.5%
Dominant Grape
Riesling
Reviews (3) >

Mavrotragano Hatzidakis 2011

A rare and amazing Greek red made from the mavrotragano grape which had virtually disappeared until Haridimos Hatzidakis revived it. Intense bright fresh wild berry fruit bouquet, with hints of chocolate, tobacco this More »

£24
Bottle

£144
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
GR741
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.0%

Half bottle of Warre, 2007

Much of the fruit for this blend comes from the high-lying Quinta da Cavadinha. The winery is equipped with six robotic lagares which enable the pressing to be carried out at a controlled cool temperature producing very More »

£25
Bottle

£300
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
PT1342
Alcohol Level
20.0%
Reviews (3) >

Muga Prado Enea Gran Reserva, Rioja 2006

An exceptional traditionally framed Rioja from grapes sourced from the Muga family's highest-altitude vineyards. The 2006 (80% tempranillo with 20% garnacha, mazuelo and graciano) is exotic in flavour with a fleshy, More »

£27
Bottle

£324
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
SP10931
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.0%
Dominant Grape
Tempranillo
Reviews (4) >

La Rioja Alta 904 Gran Reserva, Rioja 2005

The new release of this exquisite gran reserva is superb. The 2005 is complex, muscular and beautifully integrated, and still young despite hitting its decade of age. More »

£28
Bottle

£168
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
SP10671
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
13.5%
Dominant Grape
Tempranillo
Reviews (2) >

Nossa Calcario Filipa Pato, Beiras 2010

A fine, mineral and concentrated red made from Bairrada’s baga grape. Beautiful fragrance overlaid on solid structure means this wine will need some time to show at its best, but purists will appreciate its elegance and More »

£28
Bottle

£168
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
PW3601
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
13.0%
Reviews (3) >

Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Riesling Auslese Long Goldcap, von Kesselstatt 2006

Glorious sweet ripe fragrant Auslese with a silky palate, balancing freshness and the bloom of perfectly healthy grapes in a sunny vintage. An absolute joy to be savoured slowly. Jancis Robinson MW obviously agrees – More »

£28
Bottle

£336
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
GE8981
Product Type
White Wine
Style
6 (of 9): Dessert sweetness
Alcohol Level
7.5%
Dominant Grape
Riesling

Cornas Patou, Domaine Dumien Serrette 2011

NEW Gilbert Dumien’s mother used to run the épicerie in the village so the family is well known. The cellar, one of many littered about the village, is typical: earthen floors over a couple of rooms with parallel rows of More »

£28.50
Bottle

£171
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
RH32491
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
13.0%
Dominant Grape
Syrah / Shiraz

Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese JJ Prüm 2012

Wonderfully sensual and original flowery fragrance, backed by delicious yet quite intense spicy, ripe, racy, refreshing fruit. This will develop beautifully in bottle over a good thirty years because the balance is More »

£29
Bottle
In Stock
Product Code
GE8211
Product Type
White Wine
Style
6 (of 9): Dessert sweetness
Alcohol Level
7.5%
Dominant Grape
Riesling

Case Via Syrah 2010 Fontodi

Wonderful perfumed syrah bouquet with firm ripe sweet fruit to support it. This is a wine to vie with very classy northern Rhône and the best Giovanni Manetti has made. More »

£29
Bottle

£174
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
IT17381
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.5%
Dominant Grape
Syrah / Shiraz

Château Grand-Corbin-Despagne, 2005, St Emilion

François Despagne is understandably delighted with his 2005. Wonderful ripe, fragrant fruit and freshness. Tannins are completely ripe but still very evident so this would be better kept. Will last longer than original More »

£29.50
Bottle

£354
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
CS5591
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
13.0%
Dominant Grape
Merlot

Gewurztraminer, Cuvée Laurence, Domaine Weinbach, 2009

Beguiling, fragrant, deeply sensuous gewurz, captivating with a hint of orange blossom and with great purity of fruit. More »

£30
Bottle

£360
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
AL9101
Product Type
White Wine
Style
5 (of 9): Medium sweet
Alcohol Level
13.5%
Dominant Grape
Gewurztraminer

Coteaux du Layon, Moulin Touchais 2006

Wines here are only released in their tenth year of bottle maturation. A more modest vintage after the great 2005, this wine owes its clarity and balance to strict selection at harvest. Deep, bright yellow gold in More »

£32
Bottle

£192
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
LO12141
Product Type
White Wine
Style
5 (of 9): Medium sweet
Alcohol Level
12.5%
Dominant Grape
Chenin Blanc
Reviews (2) >

L'Etoile Vin Jaune, Domaine de Montbourgeau 2007

Stunning Vin Jaune made from 100% savagnin, aged under flor for six years. Very fine, refined and exceptionally long. More »

£33
Bottle

£396
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
JU1001
Product Type
White Wine
Style
1 (of 9): Bone dry
Alcohol Level
13.0%
Dominant Grape
Savagnin

Alsace Riesling Grand Cru Hengst Samain, Josmeyer 2000

Fabulously rich, concentrated and very long. This is rieslling picked as a late harvest wine but fermented to near dryness. This would be wonderful with fish in a rich sauce, lobster or crab. More »

£35
Bottle

£420
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
AL9021
Product Type
White Wine
Style
3 (of 9): Dry, rich
Alcohol Level
12.5%
Dominant Grape
Riesling

Half bottle of Château Climens, Barsac 2005

Before this wine was bottled Sebastian Payne MW wrote: ‘The various lots that will form the grand vin are assembled later and more slowly than at other properties but I have tasted all the ingredients and a preliminary More »

£37
Bottle
In Stock
Product Code
BW2892
Product Type
White Wine
Style
9 (of 9): Intensely sweet
Alcohol Level
13.5%
Dominant Grape
Semillon
Reviews (2) >

Pinot Gris Grand Cru Sommerberg, Domaine Albert Boxler 2011

Sensational quality here. Very full, fabulously rich and fruity and very long. Great pinot gris that will keep well. More »

£38
Bottle

£456
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
AL10391
Product Type
White Wine
Style
3 (of 9): Dry, rich
Alcohol Level
13.8%
Dominant Grape
Pinot Gris
Reviews (2) >

Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac 2007

Classy, cabernet-dominated claret which has consistently been one of the stars of the vintage. A blend of 72% cabernet sauvignon and 28% merlot, this is true Pauillac, now showing refined secondary aromas and flavours. More »

£38
Bottle

£456
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
CM12381
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
13.5%
Dominant Grape
Cabernet Merlot

Réserve de la Comtesse, Pauillac 2009

The fine second wine of Château Pichon Comtesse de Lalande is always elegant and in 2009 is charm itself. Refreshing and well balanced. More »

£39
Bottle

£468
Cases of 12
In Stock
Product Code
CM16381
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
13.0%
Dominant Grape
Cabernet Merlot
Reviews (1) >

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Chapouins Vieilles Vignes, Famille Perrin 2006

The 2006 vintage produced sumptuous grenache, a grape much admired by the Perrins. They selected some of the oldest vines at Beaucastel and raised the wine in large oak foudres for five years. This delicious red is More »

£40
Bottle

£240
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
RH34851
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.5%
Dominant Grape
Grenache / Garnacha

Napanook 2009

Made from fruit grown on the eponymous Yountville estate, Napanook is described by proprietor Christian Moueix as a more informal wine than its big brother Dominus, made for younger drinking with friends and food. A More »

£40
Bottle

£480
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
US5311
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.5%
Dominant Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon
Reviews (2) >

Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Clos des Papes 2008

Tiny yields but fine quality from this leading estate in Châteauneuf. In style this resembles 1999, which means that it should be good for drinking relatively early. This is lovely now, particularly if decanted, but More »

£42
Bottle

£252
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
RH24201
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Very Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
15.0%
Dominant Grape
Grenache Syrah Mourvedre

Magnum of Crozes-Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert, Paul Jaboulet Aîné 2011

A full-flavoured syrah, rich in taste, dark with hints of spice. Benchmark northern Rhône syrah. More »

£44
Magnum

£132
Case of 3
In Stock
Product Code
RH32344
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
13.5%
Dominant Grape
Syrah / Shiraz

Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira 2005

Senhora da Ribeira was originally acquired by Dow's in 1890. The vineyard's 62,000 vines cover 21 hectares of south-facing slopes, the vines' average age being over 25 years. The grapes are picked by hand and the wine More »

£45
Bottle

£270
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
PT1201
Product Type
Port
Style
7 (of 9): Dessert sweetness
Alcohol Level
20.0%

Château Clerc-Milon, Pauillac 2004

An outstanding success for the vintage, but a wine that will require patience. Ripe cabernet gives lovely cassis bloom and structure but the wine is given complexity, richness and body too by the merlot, cabernet franc More »

£49
Bottle

£588
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
CM11921
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
13.0%
Dominant Grape
Cabernet Merlot

Gevrey Chambertin Premier Cru Champeaux Domaine Maume 2011

Champeaux, from the cool Combe de Lavaux behind the village of Gevrey, is a fine-boned wine with excellent length of flavour. The Maume house style overlays it with richly flavoured fruit. More »

£49
Bottle
Save £6

£294
Case of 6
Save £36
In Stock
Product Code
BU53761
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
13.5%
Dominant Grape
Pinot Noir
Reviews (3) >

Pol Roger Vintage Brut 2002

2002 was a great year for pinot noir in particular, and for the blends that favour it. From premier and grand cru vineyards, this follows the classic Pol split of 60% pinot noir and 40% chardonnay. Dry, full-flavoured More »

£52
Bottle

£312
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
CH2431
Product Type
Champagne
Style
1 (of 9): Bone dry
Alcohol Level
12.5%
Dominant Grape
Pinot Noir
Reviews (1) >

Yalumba The Octavius Shiraz, Barossa 2004

This wine currently looks surprisingly youthful, with hallmark density and velvet texture, with plump black cherry and fruitcake spice on the long, richly sweet palate. More »

£55
Bottle

£330
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
AU12891
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.5%
Dominant Grape
Syrah / Shiraz

Barolo Monprivato, Giuseppe Mascarello 2009

Beautiful and wholly original fragrant bouquet which is the hallmark of this famous site, owned uniquely by Mauro Mascarello, followed by seductive persistent palate. Unlike some vintages of the past, this is delicious More »

£65
Bottle

£780
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
IT18591
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.5%
Dominant Grape
Nebbiolo

Château Beychevelle, Saint-Julien 2006

Perfumed and ripe 'come hither' bouquet and palate to match. Agreeably balanced and undemanding. I guessed this was Beychevelle which is very stylish and never a bruiser but delightful. More »

£69
Bottle

£828
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
CM11461
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
13.0%
Dominant Grape
Cabernet Merlot
Reviews (1) >

Domaine Maume, Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru Lavaux Saint-Jacques 2009

Maume’s Lavaux is nothing short of magnificent: focused, integrated and long, full but never flashy, with sous-bois flavours really coming through on the nose and deep black-cherry fruit on the palate. ‘A fine autumn More »

£75
Bottle

£450
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
BU47491
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
13.5%
Dominant Grape
Pinot Noir
Reviews (1) >

Almaviva 2008

2008 is a wonderful vintage for the top Maipo wines, with a long, cool autumn resulting in a late harvest of ripe yet fresh grapes. Yields were low (20-45hl/ha). The blend is 66% cabernet sauvignon and 8% cabernet franc More »

£75
Bottle

£450
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
CE6211
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.5%

Château Duhart-Milon Rothschild, Pauillac 2007

True Pauillac distinguished by Médoc-cabernet flavour. This growth has been one to watch since the mid-1990s, when the vines replanted by new owners the Rothschilds started to show their worth. More »

£75
Bottle

£900
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
CM12721
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
12.5%
Dominant Grape
Cabernet Merlot
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