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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.

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Half bottle of Riesling Grand Cru Saering, Domaines Schlumberger 2010

Schlumberger brought in a tiny crop of exceptional quality in 2010. The grand cru sites produced the best wines as in this chiselled riesling from the Saering. The half bottle is lovely now, just right for a first More »

£9.50
Half Bottle

£114
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
AL9572
Product Type
White Wine
Style
1 (of 9): Bone dry
Alcohol Level
13.0%
Dominant Grape
Riesling

Reviews (1) >

Moulin-à-Vent Potel-Aviron 2013

This is an outstanding Moulin-à-Vent, the best in Stephane Aviron's range of 2013 Beaujolais. The sourcing is impeccable and largely comes from the great La Rochelle site. Richly fruity and complex with good potential More »

£10.50
Bottle

£126
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
BJ6411
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
12.5%
Dominant Grape
Gamay

Reviews (2) >

Sauternes 2010 50cl

This sumptuous Sauternes hails from one of the most famous cru classé properties in Bordeaux. The Society cannot reveal the name of the château which produced it – it is a condition of purchase that we don't – but its More »

£12.95
Bottle

£155
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
BW4821
Product Type
White Wine
Style
8 (of 9): Very sweet
Alcohol Level
14.0%
Dominant Grape
Semillon

Half bottle of Clos des Jacobins, Saint-Emilion 2008

Majority merlot, with 18% cabernet franc and a splash of cabernet sauvignon, nicely rounded in barrel. From a well situated, south-facing 8.5-hectare vineyard. More »

£14.95
Half Bottle

£179
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
CS8722
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
13.5%
Dominant Grape
Merlot

Reviews (1) >

Faugères Les Bastides, Domaine Alquier, 2006

Stylish, elegant and exquisitely poised, this syrah-rich red seduced the team with its almost Burgundian texture, demonstrating both the pedigree of the grape in this part of the Languedoc, and the skill of its creator. More »

£16
Bottle

£96
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
FC15771
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.5%
Dominant Grape
Syrah / Shiraz

Reviews (6) >

Château Charmail, 2010, Haut-Médoc

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 »

£16
Bottle

£192
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
CM14971
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.0%
Dominant Grape
Cabernet Merlot

Reviews (1) >

De Martino Alto de Piedras Isla del Maipo Carmenère 2011

Ripe, rich and concentrated carmenère from a well-managed vineyard in Chile's Isla de Maipo, planted in 1992. Harvested earlier at 13% and then matured in foudres, this is one of the frirst 'new-generation' wines from More »

£17
Bottle

£102
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
CE7381
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
13.0%
Dominant Grape
Carmenere

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 »

£18
Bottle

£216
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
US5691
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.5%
Dominant Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon

Half bottle of Château Brane-Cantenac, Margaux 2006

This has shown its elegance, charm and round, ripe flavour on a number of occasions. A complete wine which will develop a delightful bouquet. More »

£19
Half Bottle

£456
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
CM11492
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
13.0%
Dominant Grape
Cabernet Merlot

Half bottle of Château Guiraud, Sauternes 2008

Guiraud was invigorated in 2007 by new ownership, when Olivier Bernard of Domaine de Chevalier and Stephan de Neipperg of Canon la Gaffelière bought out the Narby family and joined Xavier Plantey. A touch of mandarin to More »

£20
Half Bottle

£120
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
BW4242
Product Type
White Wine
Style
7 (of 9): Dessert sweetness
Alcohol Level
13.5%
Dominant Grape
Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

Reviews (1) >

Mendel Unus Mendoza 2011

Made from 70% malbec from a vineyard planted in 1928 in Perdriel, Argentina, with 30% cabernet sauvignon from a 15-year-old vineyard, aged for about 15 months in barriques. Intense perfume and fine silky palate. Decant More »

£20
Bottle

£120
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
AR3041
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.5%
Dominant Grape
Malbec / Cot

Riesling Les Ecaillers, Léon Beyer 2011

Though never indicated on the label the origins of this superb riesling is the grand cru Pfersigberg vineyard in Eguisheim. The wine is rich and full-flavoured, bone dry with a touch of citrus and beeswax. More »

£20
Bottle

£240
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
AL10471
Product Type
White Wine
Style
1 (of 9): Bone dry
Alcohol Level
13.0%
Dominant Grape
Riesling

Reviews (1) >

Soalheiro Primeiras Vinhas, Vinho Verde 2012

Soalheiro is based in the sub-region of Monçao e Melgaço which is a good distance from the Atlantic and gets less of the downpours so frequent in the vinho verde region. It is owned by oenologist António Cerdeira, whose More »

£20
Bottle

£120
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
PW4031
Product Type
White Wine
Style
1 (of 9): Bone dry
Alcohol Level
13.0%
Dominant Grape
Albarino

Kanonkop Estate Pinotage, Stellenbosch 2011

Few would contest that Kanonkop make South Africa's best pinotage. Beyers Truter's mantle has been passed on to winemaker Abrie Beeslar, along with a real passion for the grape. Inky, dense and ripe, with the bosky note More »

£20
Bottle

£120
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
SA10231
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.5%
Dominant Grape
Pinotage

Reviews (1) >

Gran Bodegón 2010

NEW Fernando Deicas owns Juanicó, Uruguay’s biggest wine company, and reserves his best wines for sale under the Familia Deicas labels. Gran Bodegón is a superb blend of varieties showing how fine Uruguay’s top wines can More »

£22
Bottle

£132
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
UR331
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
13.5%
Dominant Grape
Tannat

Reviews (1) >

Chateau Musar 2007

This famous cabernet, cinsault and carignan wine from Lebanon is particularly exotic in 2007. Lower yields and a summer heatwave resulted in a wine which rests its quality on power, muscle and concentrated dark fruit More »

£22
Bottle

£132
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
LE641
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.0%

Reviews (3) >

Château Sénéjac, Haut-Médoc 2005

Generous, stylish Médoc from the superb 2005 vintage, with ripe, rounded tannins, succulent fruit and the beginnings of the savoury development and greater complexity that comes with positive bottle maturation. This More »

£22
Bottle

£264
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
CM15771
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
13.0%
Dominant Grape
Cabernet Merlot

Château Raymond-Lafon, Sauternes 2008

This has always been a top-class property but this wine really stood out in a recent comparative tasting of the vintage so we snapped up a parcel offered direct from the château. The estate is in Bommes and has been in More »

£22
Bottle

£132
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
BW4791
Product Type
White Wine
Style
8 (of 9): Very sweet
Alcohol Level
13.5%
Dominant Grape
Semillon

Half bottle of Château Grand Puy Lacoste, Pauillac 2007

Classy 'cassis' aroma supported by succulent, elegant fruit and good length. Will grow in body as it ages. 72% cabernet sauvignon, 28% merlot. 2015 to 2025. More »

£22
Half Bottle

£528
Case of 24
In Stock
Product Code
CM12382
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
13.0%

Santa Rita Casa Real Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Exquisite, fine, cedary cabernet from one of Casa Real's coolest and latest vintages (harvested in May). Matured for 14 months in barrel until the tannins are silky. More »

£23
Bottle

£138
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
CE7901
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.0%
Dominant Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon

Riesling Les Ecaillers, Léon Beyer 2012

Though never indicated on the label the origins of this superb riesling is the grand cru Pfersigberg vineyard in Eguisheim. Dry, full-bodied with plenty of character and a fine aptitude for food matching. More »

£23
Bottle

£276
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
AL11111
Product Type
White Wine
Style
1 (of 9): Bone dry
Alcohol Level
12.5%
Dominant Grape
Riesling

Hatzidakis Mavrotragano 2010

A rare and thought-provoking Greek red made from the mavrotragano grape which had virtually disappeared until revived by Haridimos Hatzidakis. The intense, bright fresh wild-berry bouquet, with hints of chocolate and More »

£24
Bottle

£144
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
GR691
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.0%

Reviews (1) >

Crozes-Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert, Paul Jaboulet Aîné 2006

Wonderfully rich, thick and plummy with plenty of length. Since the acquisition of Jaboulet by the Frey family, production of Thalabert has been halved in order to raise the quality bar and it shows. More »

£24
Bottle

£144
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
RH19741
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
13.5%
Dominant Grape
Syrah / Shiraz

Reviews (1) >

Crozes-Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert, Paul Jaboulet Aîné 2007

Domaine Thalabert has some 40 hectares of mature syrah, about 50 years old, with very gradual replanting and stock replacement so as not to upset the balance. Its gentle slope makes it easy to work on and is south More »

£24
Bottle

£144
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
RH22311
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
13.0%
Dominant Grape
Syrah / Shiraz

Crozes-Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert, Paul Jaboulet Aîné 2008

2008 Thalabert only represents half a crop, the result of stringent selection to include only healthy and fully ripe grapes. This is quite thick and chewy with a lovely finish. More »

£24
Bottle

£144
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
RH24341
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
13.0%
Dominant Grape
Syrah / Shiraz

Riesling Clos Hauserer, Domaine Zind-Humbrecht 2012

The clos comes from deep soils just below the grand cru Hengst vineyard and it always produces exceptionally good rieslings with an aptitude for ageing. Dry, rich, dense and very long, this is fabulous and one to keep. More »

£24.50
Bottle

£294
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
AL11001
Product Type
White Wine
Style
1 (of 9): Bone dry
Alcohol Level
12.5%
Dominant Grape
Riesling

Plantagenet Great Southern Shiraz 2008

A perfect vintage for this stylish Western Australian shiraz from a mature 40-year-old vineyard. A fine, perfumed nose reveals a wine with smooth, velvety texture, peppery, blackberry fruit and seamless balance. It will More »

£25
Bottle

£150
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
AU13991
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.2%
Dominant Grape
Syrah / Shiraz

d'Arenberg Dead Arm McLaren Vale Shiraz 2010

2010 represents a classic vintage for this much-loved shiraz. It is produced from small batches of top-quality grapes, which are handled in the winery with a perfect balance of tradition and innovation. The result is a More »

£25
Bottle

£150
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
AU16941
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.0%
Dominant Grape
Syrah / Shiraz

Reviews (4) >

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 »

£25
Bottle

£300
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
CE7591
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.0%
Dominant Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon

Reviews (1) >

Barolo Sorano, Ascheri 2010

A classy Barolo with fine ‘tar and flowers' aroma that will develop with more ageing, well supported by a rich harmonious mid palate that also promises well for future development. Sorano in Serralunga is Ascheri's More »

£25
Bottle

£150
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
IT18861
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.0%
Dominant Grape
Nebbiolo

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Hautes Brusquières, Domaine de la Charbonnière 2009

Very deeply coloured, strong and full-bodied Rhône. Generous, black fruit and spice; heady, tarry and thickly constituted. From such an extraordinary vintage, this will need a couple more years to unravel. More »

£25
Bottle

£300
Case of 12
Save £36
In Stock
Product Code
RH37601
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Very Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
15.5%
Dominant Grape
Grenache Syrah

Reviews (2) >

Viña Pedrosa Reserva, Ribera del Duero 2009

A beautifully classy Ribera with authentic flavour and exotic fruit. Pedrosa use 10% cabernet sauvignon which gives the wine a wonderful velvety texture. 2009 was an exceptional vintage here and when tasted as a young More »

£26
Bottle

£156
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
SP7801
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
13.5%
Dominant Grape
Tempranillo

Crozes-Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert, Paul Jaboulet Aîné 2009

All the layers of richness and ripe syrah fruit that one associates with this icon of the northern Rhône are here. No hurry to drink, but it's delicious already. More »

£26
Bottle

£156
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
RH26431
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.0%
Dominant Grape
Syrah / Shiraz

Château Doisy-Daëne, Barsac 2006

This property has been in the Dubourdieu family for three generations, Denis assuming control at the age of 51. The blend is 95% semillon and 5% sauvignon. He describes as good without being grandiose. Honeyed, perfumed More »

£26
Bottle

£312
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
BW3061
Product Type
White Wine
Style
9 (of 9): Intensely sweet
Alcohol Level
14.0%
Dominant Grape
Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

Riesling ‘E' Rare, Léon Beyer 2011

NEW The ‘E' stands for the grand cru Eichberg of Eguisheim and this is one of the top rieslings produced in 2011. Bone dry, complex and multi dimensional. This will gain in complexity over many years. More »

£26
Bottle

£312
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
AL10691
Product Type
White Wine
Style
1 (of 9): Bone dry
Alcohol Level
13.5%
Dominant Grape
Riesling

Château Moulinet-Lasserre, Pomerol 2005

NEW We jumped at the opportunity to buy this wine which is classically styled, savoury and smooth on the palate. Mature and ready to go. More »

£27.50
Bottle

£330
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
CS8781
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
13.5%
Dominant Grape
Merlot

Reviews (5) >

Vouvray Le Haut-Lieu Demi-Sec, Domaine Huet 2008

A vintage of tiny yields when few wines were made and in a very distinctive style. Complex notes of citrus fruits and tang on the palate, round and delicately off-dry. More »

£28
Bottle

£168
Case of 6
Out of stock
Product Code
LO11141
Product Type
White Wine
Style
4 (of 9): Medium/off dry
Alcohol Level
13.5%
Dominant Grape
Chenin Blanc
Sold out
No Longer Available

Reviews (1) >

Luis Pato Vinha Pan, Beiras 2009

Vinha Pan is a vineyard which came to Luis Pato via his wife’s family. This is a fascinating combination of Burgundian elegance and north Italian fragrance and structure, but without baga’s typically agressive tannin. More »

£29
Bottle

£174
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
PW4371
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
13.0%

Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese, JJ Prüm 2007

There is an intensity to the flavour of this fine German wine which will only reveal its true potential with ageing for between five and 25 years in a cool cellar. Already the heavenly individual aroma is evident over More »

£29
Bottle
In Stock
Product Code
GE6521
Product Type
White Wine
Style
6 (of 9): Dessert sweetness
Alcohol Level
7.5%
Dominant Grape
Riesling

Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese JJ Prum 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

Riesling Cuvée Sainte Cathérine, Domaine Weinbach 2011

Perfection from the Fallers, for whom 2011 was a very successful vintage. This cuvée always comes from the same plot on the lower slopes of the grand cru Schlossberg vineyard in Kientzheim, and has lovely purity of More »

£29
Bottle

£348
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
AL10611
Product Type
White Wine
Style
2 (of 9): Dry
Alcohol Level
14.0%
Dominant Grape
Riesling

Luis Pato Vinha Barrosa Vinha Velha, Beiras 2009

Vinha Barrosa is the best of Luis Pato's single-vineyard series, and highly sought after in Portugal. Made from 100% and a combination of 80-year-old and some younger vines, this wine is Bairrada in all but name; Luis More »

£30
Bottle

£180
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
PW3261
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
13.0%

Bouchard Père et Fils, Aloxe-Corton 2011

Aloxe often produces wines with firmish tannins but Bouchard have produced a surprisingly supple and delicious sweet-textured Aloxe. More »

£31
Bottle

£372
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
BU56101
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
12.5%
Dominant Grape
Pinot Noir

Reviews (1) >

Grosset Gaia Clare Valley 2010

2010 was a near-perfect vintage in the Clare Valley, and the resultant Gaia shows a dense dark-fruit character and a brooding nature. Firm tannins and fresh acidity hold the dark berry profile tightly on the palate. More »

£32
Bottle

£384
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
AU16331
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
13.7%
Dominant Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon

Rijk's Reserve Pinotage, Tulbagh 2009

Rich and dense example displaying the warmth of its Tulbagh home. Its new oak well integrated, its tannins well judged, this is a sensuous red that should impress and reward even those with pinotage phobia. More »

£32
Bottle

£192
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
SA9371
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.5%
Dominant Grape
Pinotage

Reviews (1) >

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

Pinot Gris Grand Cru Brand, Josmeyer 2011

Wonderful pinot gris for a great occasion, heady, full-bodied and creamy. This will need a couple of years ideally. More »

£35
Bottle

£420
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
AL10351
Product Type
White Wine
Style
2 (of 9): Dry
Alcohol Level
14.5%
Dominant Grape
Pinot Gris

Reviews (1) >

Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Hengst, Domaine Zind-Humbrecht 2012

A fabulously rich, opulent gewurz from the great Hengst vineyard, one of the finest grand cru slopes in Alsace. Already showing exceptional depth of flavour, this will gain in complexity over many years. More »

£35
Bottle

£420
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
AL11291
Product Type
White Wine
Style
4 (of 9): Medium/off dry
Alcohol Level
15.0%
Dominant Grape
Gewurztraminer

Reviews (1) >

Quinta do Vesuvio 2004

A classic Vesuvio showing creaminess and an intensely rich and smooth concentrated finish with grip. A recent tasting showed it to be approachable and delicious now, though it will still age well. More »

£36
Bottle

£216
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
PT1161
Alcohol Level
20.0%

Pinot Gris Altenbourg, Domaine Weinbach 2012

The Altenbourg vineyard is a continuation of Schlossberg but with heavier soils which are better suited to pinot gris and gewurz. This is creamy, fragrant and heady with hints of bread, toffee, perhaps even truffle. More »

£37
Bottle

£444
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
AL11141
Product Type
White Wine
Style
4 (of 9): Medium/off dry
Alcohol Level
14.5%
Dominant Grape
Pinot Gris
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