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Wines for Laying Down

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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Half bottle of Vacqueyras Les Templiers, Clos des Cazaux 2014

NEW This excellent Vacqueyras, made almost entirely from syrah offers a dark, spicy glassful with flashes of very ripe blackberries and liquorice. More >

£7.50
Half Bottle

£90
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
RH42392
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.0%
Dominant Grape
Syrah / Shiraz
Reviews (2) >

Maycas del Limarí Pinot Noir Reserva Especial 2014

Impressive pinot from the cool Limarí region, where clay and limestone soils produce a wine with more structure and a longer mid-palate than many of the other coastal regions of Chile. The earlier-picked 2014 is the More >

£12.95
Bottle

£77.50
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
CE8761
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
13.5%
Dominant Grape
Pinot Noir

Josephshofer Riesling Auslese #9 von Kesselstat 2015

The Josephshof vineyard in Graach is wholly owned by von Kesselstatt and often produces this estate's most brilliant sweet wines. This is a wonderful nectar for gentle sipping. High-level Auslese with over 100g/l More >

£14.95
Half Bottle

£179
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
GE10022
Product Type
White Wine
Style
8 (of 9): Very sweet
Alcohol Level
7.5%
Dominant Grape
Riesling

Leconfield Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

A classic Coonawarra cabernet with generous and quite wonderful aromas of cassis, vanilla, coffee and a hint of eucalyptus. Its flavours are similarly generous, supported by firm tannins and with very good length on the More >

£15.50
Bottle

£93
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
AU19771
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.5%
Dominant Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon

Kanzemer Altenberg Riesling Kabinett, Von Othegraven 2015

Some say that Altenberg is the top vineyard in the Saar; it is certainly one of the steepest and perfectly exposed. This is a stunning German riesling, still gripped in steel and very long indeed. More >

£16
Bottle

£192
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
GE9771
Product Type
White Wine
Style
4 (of 9): Medium/off dry
Alcohol Level
8.5%
Dominant Grape
Riesling
Reviews (1) >

Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett, Joh Jos Prüm 2015

Delicately scented, featherweight riesling from one of Germany's very finest producers. Perfect as a stylish aperitif. More >

£16
Bottle

£192
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
GE9801
Product Type
White Wine
Style
4 (of 9): Medium/off dry
Alcohol Level
8.5%
Dominant Grape
Riesling

Johannisberger Klaus Riesling Spätlese, Weingut Johannishof 2015

Delicious scented bouquet and fresh racy elegance on the palate which surely reflects the exceptionally well-exposed sun-drenched slope below the castle, and Johannes Eser's skilled winemaking. This will age beautifully. More >

£17
Bottle

£204
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
GE9821
Product Type
White Wine
Style
4 (of 9): Medium/off dry
Alcohol Level
8.0%
Dominant Grape
Riesling

Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Riesling Spätlese, von Kesselstatt 2015

Wolfgang Mertes, cellar master at von Kesselstatt, says that 2015 is a great year for Piesporter, and it shows! Such precision and abundant ripe fruit. An enchanting wine. More >

£17
Bottle

£204
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
GE9931
Product Type
White Wine
Style
5 (of 9): Medium sweet
Alcohol Level
8.0%
Dominant Grape
Riesling
Reviews (2) >

Madame Château de Pitray, Côtes de Castillon 2009

The de Boigne family's prestige cuvée was offered en primeur, but is so good that we had to have some we could offer later. Splendidly rich and seductive, this continues to show greater quality and class than many More >

£18
Bottle

£216
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
CB3331
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.5%
Dominant Grape
Cabernet Merlot
Reviews (8) >

Château Charmail, Haut-Médoc 2010

NEW We have followed Olivier Sèze’s wine over many years because he has proved to be one of the best grower-winemakers of the Médoc. His 2010 is perhaps his best vintage yet with lovely cassis bouquet, delicious palate and More >

£18
Bottle

£216
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
CM14971
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.0%
Dominant Grape
Cabernet Merlot

Eitelsbacher Karthauserhof Spätlese, Tyrell 2015

There is a lovely, creamy, honeyed quality to this riesling which includes wines of Auslese quality in its blend. Rich and full-flavoured with citrus, blackcurrant and peach. More >

£18.50
Bottle

£222
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
GE9891
Product Type
White Wine
Style
5 (of 9): Medium sweet
Alcohol Level
8.0%
Dominant Grape
Riesling

Erbacher Marcobrunn Riesling Spätlese, von Simmern 2015

Glorious Rhine riesling that seems to embody the very essence of 2015's golden October. Rich, citrus and peach flavours. Full-weight yet lightning fresh, this will need time to come round. More >

£19
Bottle

£228
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
GE9861
Product Type
White Wine
Style
5 (of 9): Medium sweet
Alcohol Level
11.0%
Dominant Grape
Riesling

Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett, Joh Jos Prüm 2015

Featherlight riesling where grace is matched by intensity and concentration of fruit flavours. Classic Prüm riesling. More >

£19.50
Bottle

£234
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
GE10001
Product Type
White Wine
Style
4 (of 9): Medium/off dry
Alcohol Level
8.5%
Dominant Grape
Riesling

Niederberg Helden Riesling Spätlese, Schloss Lieser 2015

An outstanding peach-and-plum flavoured German riesling for long-term keeping. Its searing acidity provides the structure for a long life, and the palate is perfectly balanced with exceptional purity of fruit. More >

£19.50
Bottle

£234
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
GE9591
Product Type
White Wine
Style
5 (of 9): Medium sweet
Alcohol Level
7.5%
Dominant Grape
Riesling
Reviews (2) >

Pinot Gris 'Roche Calcaire', Domaine Zind-Humbrecht 2014

A bone-dry gris from predominantly chalky soils, a good portion from the Jebsal vineyard, plus younger vines in the Clos Windsbuhl vineyard. Still young, this will benefit from slow bottle development ‘like a More >

£19.50
Bottle

£234
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
AL13041
Product Type
White Wine
Style
2 (of 9): Dry
Alcohol Level
14.0%
Dominant Grape
Pinot Gris

Grosset Springvale Clare Valley Riesling 2016

Jeff Grosset reckons this wine is changing character as the vines age and that this transformation is particularly evident in the current vintage. 2016 marks Grosset's 36th anniversary and has been described as 'the More >

£19.50
Bottle

£234
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
AU19711
Product Type
White Wine
Style
1 (of 9): Bone dry
Alcohol Level
12.7%
Dominant Grape
Riesling

Wachenheimer Riesling Auslese, Bürklin-Wolf 2015

There was just enough humidity in the 2015 vintage to form some early noble rot, which the Bürklin picked very carefully to produce this delicate nectar. Full-flavoured with peach notes and a hint of spice. More >

£21
Half Bottle

£252
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
GE9632
Product Type
White Wine
Style
6 (of 9): Dessert sweetness
Alcohol Level
10.0%
Dominant Grape
Riesling
Reviews (1) >

Gimmeldingen Mandelgarten Riesling Spätlese, Müller-Catoir 2015

Full-bodied Palatinate (Pfalz) riesling, heady and ripe tasting. Opulent and with enough flavour to match goose or even game. More >

£22
Bottle

£264
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
GE10011
Product Type
White Wine
Style
5 (of 9): Medium sweet
Alcohol Level
10.0%
Dominant Grape
Riesling
Reviews (1) >

Concha y Toro Terrunyo Lot 1 Pirque Cabernet Sauvignon Bajo Las Burras 2014

This is the last vintage from the old vines planted in about 1978 in this superb vineyard, Bajo Las Burras, planted on gravelly terraced soils beside the Maipo River at 570m. Just 2,200 bottles were made. Lovely More >

£22
Bottle

£132
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
CE8891
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.5%
Dominant Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon
Reviews (3) >

Chateau Musar 2009

The 2009 of this legendary red is deeply coloured and densely flavoured. It is full, rich and powerful with wonderful velvety structure and layered with the exotic, smoky flavours that give this wine its individuality. More >

£22
Bottle

£132
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
LE761
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.0%

Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Domaine Font de Michelle 2012

2012 rated as exceptional at Font de Michelle and produced a full range of cuvées. This is the standard-bearer, using all grape varieties including muscardin, counoise and vacarèse, and no new oak. Rich, fruity and More >

£23
Bottle

£138
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
RH36461
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.5%
Dominant Grape
Grenache / Garnacha
Reviews (1) >

Berncasteler Doctor Riesling Kabinett, Dr Thanisch 2015

This very steep vineyard, which overlooks the historic town of Bernkastel, has always enjoyed a fine reputation for its penetrating, complex riesling. Sophie Thanisch, the fourth generation in a line of women, makes one More >

£23
Bottle

£138
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
GE9951
Product Type
White Wine
Style
4 (of 9): Medium/off dry
Alcohol Level
8.5%
Dominant Grape
Riesling

Susana Balbo Brioso Mendoza 2014

Brioso is Susana Balbo's top Bordeaux-style blend; dominated by cabernet sauvignon, with malbec, cabernet franc and a dash of petit verdot, matured for 15 months in new French oak. Riper than Bordeaux, with the velvety More >

£23
Bottle

£138
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
AR3621
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.5%
Dominant Grape
Cabernet Merlot

Grosset Polish Hill Clare Valley Riesling 2016

Very fine, complex riesling from a great single site in Clare Valley. Exotic aromas of lavender and lime and precise mineral (yet already generous) flavours, underpinned by a steely structure and wonderful fresh finish. More >

£24
Bottle

£288
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
AU19701
Product Type
White Wine
Style
1 (of 9): Bone dry
Alcohol Level
12.7%
Dominant Grape
Riesling
Reviews (4) >

Les Fiefs de Lagrange, Saint-Julien 2010

The team at on-form Lagrange rightly considers 2010 to be the property’s best vintage ever. The second wine, Fiefs, which represents half of the crop, and represents great value. This has the hallmark depth of flavour More >

£24
Bottle

£288
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
CM16431
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
13.5%
Dominant Grape
Cabernet Merlot
Reviews (1) >

The Society's Exhibition Pauillac 2009

Roused from a slumber in our temperature-controlled cellars to participate in the Bordeaux tasting for Wine Champions, this impressive claret from the Rothschilds’ Lafite and Duhart-Milon vineyards impressed all who More >

£25
Bottle

£300
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
CM15011
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
13.0%
Dominant Grape
Cabernet Merlot

Mendel Unus, Mendoza 2013

An Argentine blend of 60% malbec, 30% cabernet sauvignon and 10% petit verdot. The malbec, planted 1928, and cabernet sauvignon, planted 1998, come from Perdriel. The younger petit verdot is from the winery vineyard. More >

£25
Bottle

£150
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
AR3561
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.5%
Dominant Grape
Malbec / Cot

Saarburger Rausch Riesling Spätlese, Zilliken 2015

A riesling of exceptional quality from one of the top estates in the Saar, with great length and diamond-edged precision. Tighter than the excellent Kabinett from the same estate in 2015, but also richer and a touch More >

£25
Bottle

£300
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
GE9971
Product Type
White Wine
Style
5 (of 9): Medium sweet
Alcohol Level
8.0%
Dominant Grape
Riesling

Cornas Patou, Domaine Dumien Serrette 2011

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
Reviews (1) >

Half-bottle of Château Langoa Barton, 2009, St Julien

Anthony Barton has made a slightly old-fashioned Claret in 2009 that will delight traditionalists but demand their patience. A powerful St Julien to keep a decade or more. More >

£29
Half Bottle

£348
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
CM13832
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
13.0%
Dominant Grape
Cabernet Merlot

Chateauneuf du pape, Piedlong 2012

NEW This is a new wine from the Vieux Télégraphe stable and comes from two plots of very old vines, one being Piedlong itself, the other on Pignan, near the iconic Château Rayas. Daniel Brunier explained just how wonderful More >

£29.50
Bottle

£177
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
RH36571
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.5%
Dominant Grape
Grenache / Garnacha
Reviews (1) >

Cornas, Patou, Domaine Dumien Serrette 2012

Gilbert Serrette married into a Cornas family of growers and learned to make wine with his father-in-law, Henri Dumien. The cellars are among my favourite: earthen floors, clean and tidy with one room right at the back More >

£29.50
Bottle

£177
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
RH35511
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
13.0%
Dominant Grape
Syrah / Shiraz

Bernkasteler Doctor Riesling Spätlese, Dr Thanisch 2015

Grand Cru quality from this top Mosel site. Creamy with flashes of peach, strawberry and ripe yellow plum. Very elegant and long. More >

£30
Bottle

£180
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
GE9981
Product Type
White Wine
Style
5 (of 9): Medium sweet
Alcohol Level
7.5%
Dominant Grape
Riesling

Oberhauser Brücke Riesling Spätlese, Dönnhoff 2015

Brücke, the smallest vineyard site of the Nahe, with a mix of soils, grey slate and clay, has its own microclimate where the fruit ripens late but produces wine of great fruit and depth of flavour. A complex beautiful More >

£32
Bottle

£192
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
GE10181
Product Type
White Wine
Style
4 (of 9): Medium/off dry
Alcohol Level
8.5%
Dominant Grape
Riesling

Etoile Vin Jaune Domaine de Montbourgeau 2009 62cl

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
JU1121
Product Type
White Wine
Style
1 (of 9): Bone dry
Alcohol Level
14.0%
Dominant Grape
Savagnin
Reviews (2) >

Vigna del Sorbo Chianti Classico Gran Selezione, Fontodi 2012

Fontodi’s Chianti from the Vigna del Sorbo vineyard raises the bar for the new Gran Selezione classification, designed to raise standards throughout the Classico region. The superb 2012 is now 100% old-vine sangiovese More >

£35
Bottle

£210
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
IT20231
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Very Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
15.0%
Dominant Grape
Sangiovese

Scharzhofberg Riesling Auslese, von Hovel 2015

Fine, racy, fruity riesling from the Saar. This is sweet but fresh tasting and an absolute delight. More >

£35
Bottle

£420
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
GE10061
Product Type
White Wine
Style
6 (of 9): Dessert sweetness
Alcohol Level
8.0%
Dominant Grape
Riesling

Domaine de Bellene Beaune PC Bressandes 2012

More >

£36
Bottle

£216
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
BU54471
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
13.5%
Dominant Grape
Pinot Noir

Susana Balbo Delphina Paraje Altamira Malbec 2013

This was one of the best wines buyer Toby Morrhall tasted on his visit to Argentina in 2016. Made by one of the county's best winemakers, Susana Balbo (and named after her mother), it comes from a vineyard with special More >

£38
Bottle

£228
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
AR3651
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.5%
Dominant Grape
Malbec / Cot

Lieser Niederberg Helden Riesling Auslese Goldcap Schloss Lieser 2015

High-level Auslese of great purity and delicacy with the intense flavours of very ripe riesling. This is a nectar to savoured over many years. More >

£39
Bottle

£468
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
GE9521
Product Type
White Wine
Style
7 (of 9): Dessert sweetness
Alcohol Level
7.5%
Dominant Grape
Riesling

Penfolds Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

100% cabernet and aged in French and American oak, this is looking more like a "mini-707" this release. The intensity of the cassis, bitter chocolate and black olive is well balanced by the fresh style and tight-grained More >

£42
Bottle

£252
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
AU18541
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.5%
Dominant Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon

Roc de Cambes, Côtes de Bourg 2014

François Mitjavile’s wines are unique in Bordeaux, with an almost Burgundian sensuousness. The last cabernets here were picked in early November but cool nights preserved freshness. Dense and silky, with violet perfume More >

£43
Bottle

£258
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
CB4601A
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
13.5%
Dominant Grape
Merlot

Maximiner Grühaus Abtsberg Riesling Auslese #24, Von Schubert 2015

The Von Schubert estate has really lived up to its reputation in 2015. This is a single cask of Auslese riesling, made with about 20% of noble-rot-affected fruit. The resultant wine is a delight: very refined, More >

£44
Bottle

£528
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
GE10111
Product Type
White Wine
Style
8 (of 9): Very sweet
Alcohol Level
7.0%
Dominant Grape
Riesling

Tokaji Aszu Birsalmas 5 Puttonyos Royal Tokaji 2005 50cl

A tiny crop of wonderfully aromatic concentrated Tokaji with intense sweetness balanced by natural acidity. The top-class Birsalmás vineyard has a high proportion of hárslevelu which adds to its charm and fragrance. More >

£45
Bottle

£270
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
HU951
Product Type
White Wine
Style
7 (of 9): Dessert sweetness
Alcohol Level
9.5%
Dominant Grape
Furmint

Rausch Riesling Auslese, Zilliken 2015

A top Auslese riesling from the Saar, which is luscious, racy and very long. This exceptional 2015 can be enjoyed young, but it will gain in complexity over many years. More >

£45
Bottle

£540
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
GE10091
Product Type
White Wine
Style
6 (of 9): Dessert sweetness
Alcohol Level
7.5%
Dominant Grape
Riesling

Château Canon La Gaffelière, Saint-Emilion 2011

Picked in the third week of September, this is among the very best of the right bank in 2011. 32% cabernet franc and 8% cabernet sauvignon add freshness and fragrance to the plump, ripe fruit and velvet texture. More >

£49
Bottle

£294
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
CS8631
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
13.5%
Dominant Grape
Cabernet Merlot

Clos Mogador, Priorato 2013

A blend of garnacha, cabernet, cariñena and syrah, this deep, dense wine is wonderfully mineral with huge tannins balanced by intense fruit. The plump, velvety 2013 is highly concentrated. Founded in 1979, Clos Mogador More >

£49
Bottle

£294
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
SP11891
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Very Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
15.0%
Dominant Grape
Grenache Syrah

Mauro Vendimia Seleccionada 2010

Being on the fringe of DO Ribera gives founder Mariano Garcia the freedom to embrace syrah and to plant non-traditionally, on north-facing slopes to boost acidity. The label says Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León, More >

£53
Bottle

£159
Case of 3
Out of stock
Sold out
No Longer Available
Product Code
SP10131
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.5%
Dominant Grape
Tempranillo

Saint-Joseph Le Clos, Chapoutier 2013

This comes from a small Clos at the heart of Saint-Joseph which Michel Chapoutier is gradually replanting. Exquisite, lead-pencil-scented syrah; very dark, silky and long. More >

£55
Bottle

£330
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
RH38231
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.0%
Dominant Grape
Syrah / Shiraz

Domaine Jean Chauvenet, Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru Damodes 2012

From a tiny holding of just 0.28ha comes this lovely rich, velvety Damodes from the northern (Vosne) side of the appellation. More >

£55
Bottle

£330
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
BU54841
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
13.0%
Dominant Grape
Pinot Noir
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