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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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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 »

£14.95
Bottle

£179
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
CB3331
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.5%
Dominant Grape
Cabernet Merlot

Reviews (2) >

Château Sénéjac, Haut-Médoc 2010

Sénéjac is in the southern Médoc and was made a cru bourgeois supérieur in the 2003 classification. A good proportion of cabernet sauvignon enhances the expression of vivid, fresh fruit which will need a little time to More »

£16
Bottle

£192
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
CM16741
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
13.5%
Dominant Grape
Cabernet Merlot

Château Ferran, Pessac-Léognan 2010

From an historic property in the heart of the Graves appellation which has been in the same family for five generations. A harmonious, supple, already approachable blend of majroity merlot with cabernet sauvignon. More »

£17
Bottle

£204
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
CM16751
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.0%
Dominant Grape
Merlot

Tokara 'Director's Reserve', Stellenbosch 2011

A typical Bordeaux blend, but from the Cape. Miles Mossop's flagship white has around 70% sauvignon blanc for freshness and zip, and 30% semillon for texture and more complex flavours, and fully justifies its five More »

£19.50
Bottle

£117
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
SA9151
Product Type
White Wine
Style
2 (of 9): Dry
Alcohol Level
14.0%
Dominant Grape
Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

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

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
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

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

Reviews (1) >

Gran Bodegón 2010

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

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Riesling Jubilee, Hugel 2008

A very fine riesling from Hugel. More austere and backward than the 2007, this will need a little more time to come round. The fruit is all grand cru from the Schoenebourg which invariably makes top rieslings. More »

£23
Bottle

£276
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
AL8171
Product Type
White Wine
Style
2 (of 9): Dry
Alcohol Level
12.0%
Dominant Grape
Riesling

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
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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

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

Hortevie, Saint-Julien 2010

NEW The Borie family of Château Ducru-Beaucaillou has added extra polish and finesse to the wines since they bought this neighbouring vineyard. The 2010 has both muscle and Saint-Julien's cedary quality and length. More »

£25
Bottle

£300
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
CM14911
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.0%
Dominant Grape
Cabernet Merlot

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

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

Mas de Daumas Gassac Rouge 2007

This is a unique wine made from a majority of cabernet sauvignon grown on fine gravel, in an idyllic spot surrounded by the garrigue, fed by the cooling waters of the little Gassac stream. There is much finesse and More »

£26
Bottle

£156
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
FC17081
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Light Bodied
Alcohol Level
12.0%
Dominant Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon

Riesling 'E' Rare, Léon Beyer 2011

The ‘E’ stands for the grand cru Eichberg vineyard 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 »

£27
Bottle

£324
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

Moulin de Duhart, Pauillac 2010

The second wine of Château Duhart-Milon, named after a windmill which used to stand next to the Rothschilds' vineyard. This is a blend of younger-vine cabernet sauvignon (51%) and merlot, matured ten months in barrel, More »

£27
Bottle

£324
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
CM17221
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
13.5%
Dominant Grape
Cabernet Merlot

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

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%

Riesling Cuvée Sainte Catherine, Domaine Weinbach 2011

Perfection from the Faller ladies; 2011 wasa very successful vintage for them. Their labelling has simplified over the years but still remains a little complicated. This cuvée always comes from the same plot on the More »

£30
Bottle

£360
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
AL10611
Product Type
White Wine
Style
2 (of 9): Dry
Alcohol Level
14.0%
Dominant Grape
Riesling

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Ocio Pinot Noir 2011

2011 is the best ever vintage of Ocio, Chile's greatest pinot noir. The lovely 2011 vintage was cool, allowing fruit to ripen fully yet with finer aromas and a fresher palate. More »

£31
Bottle

£186
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
CE7581
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.0%
Dominant Grape
Pinot Noir

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

Crozes-Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert, Paul Jaboulet Aîné 1995

Mature northern Rhône syrah in a very ripe vintage. This is full-flavoured and gamey. Decant before serving and enjoy with (we humbly suggest) pheasant. More »

£35
Bottle

£420
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
RH1911
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
13.5%
Dominant Grape
Syrah / Shiraz

Quinta do Vesuvio 2004

NEW Vesuvio continues in the tradition of producing stunningly concentrated and velvety smooth Ports. This shows blackberry and damson flavours which make it irresistible for broaching whilst young, but it will age for More »

£36
Bottle

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

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Pinot Gris Altenbourg, Domaine Weinbach 2011

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
AL10621
Product Type
White Wine
Style
4 (of 9): Medium/off dry
Alcohol Level
14.5%
Dominant Grape
Pinot Gris

Clos Haut-Peyraguey, Sauternes 2007

NEW This tiny property made only 1,500 cases of fabulous rich, honeyed and seductive Sauternes in the great 2007 vintage. Wonderful richness balanced by tensile fruit acidity. More »

£38
Bottle

£456
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
BW3281
Product Type
White Wine
Style
9 (of 9): Intensely sweet
Alcohol Level
14.0%
Dominant Grape
Semillon

Château La Tour Blanche, Sauternes 2007

Top-class bouquet, fine, elegant, compact, powerful, vibrant, lively yet intense sweetness. More »

£39
Bottle

£468
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
BW3291
Product Type
White Wine
Style
9 (of 9): Intensely sweet
Alcohol Level
14.0%
Dominant Grape
Semillon

Reviews (1) >

Teho Malbec 2010

A giant in the making, Teho is a new wine from the same stable as Zaha Malbec and impresses and seduces with its power and silky old-vine texture (it comes principally from a vineyard planted in 1955). High-altitude More »

£39
Bottle

£234
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
AR2751
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.0%
Dominant Grape
Malbec / Cot

Reviews (1) >

Fontodi Vigna del Sorbo, Chianti Classico Riserva 2010

Ripe, succulent, yet fresh and well structured, with just 5% cabernet sauvignon to season the del Sorbo vineyard sangiovese, this is a wine that should be kept till 2016 then enjoyed over the following dozen years More »

£39
Bottle

£234
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
IT17371
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Very Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
15.0%
Dominant Grape
Sangiovese

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

Clos Mogador, Priorato 2010

Founded in 1979, Clos Mogador was one of Priorato’s original pioneers and has quickly become Spain’s most sought after wine. The steep, terraced mountain vineyards, lying at 750 metres altitude, produce tiny yields of More »

£41
Bottle

£246
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
SP8661
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Very Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
15.0%
Dominant Grape
Grenache Syrah

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

Ermitage, Nicolas Perrin, 2010

For the most part this comes from Les Greffieux. This is deeply coloured, full flavoured, a touch peppery, spicy and long. All finesse here and a lovely bottle of Hermitage in the making. More »

£44
Bottle

£264
Case of 6
Save £30
In Stock
Product Code
RH30001
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.0%
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
Alcohol Level
20.0%

Château Rauzan-Ségla, Margaux 2004

A fine vintage for this leading Margaux property, now fully deserving of its second growth status. Refined, but still a touch austere, this will benefit from three to five more years' keeping. The grand vin accounted More »

£45
Bottle

£540
Case of 12
Out of stock
Product Code
CM9151
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
13.5%
Dominant Grape
Cabernet Merlot
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Half bottle of Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, Saint-Julien 2004

Elegant Saint-Julien from a delicious claret vintage, classic in style, with the freshness, good balance and finesse that only top-quality Bordeaux can provide. More »

£45
Bottle
In Stock
Product Code
CM9182
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
13.0%
Dominant Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon

Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc 2011 Ch de Beaucastel

NEW More »

£49.50
Bottle

£297
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
RH33541
Product Type
White Wine
Style
2 (of 9): Dry
Alcohol Level
14.0%
Dominant Grape
Roussanne

Scharzhofberger Kabinett, Egon Müller 2012

Egon Müller owns 16 hectares, of which half are rooted in the pure slate of the steep, south-facing Scharzhofberg hill, one of Germany's coolest growing spots, and yet producing one of its greatest wines. Sublime Mosel More »

£52
Bottle

£312
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
GE8121
Product Type
White Wine
Style
3 (of 9): Dry, rich
Alcohol Level
9.0%
Dominant Grape
Riesling

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Fontodi Flaccianello 2010

A great vintage for Flaccianello. Wonderful bloom to the bouquet, powerful and harmonious flavour. The structure, sweet fruit and balance ensure this will be a lovely wine to enjoy over a good 20 years of life. More »

£55
Bottle

£330
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
IT17361
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Very Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
15.0%
Dominant Grape
Sangiovese

Château Rauzan-Ségla, Margaux 2006

Showing its 'super-second' class in this vintage, with more savoury flavour, fine grainy tannins and real length on the palate, this is another poist expression of the commune. The blend is 53% cabernet sauvignon, 44% More »

£55
Bottle

£660
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
CM11561
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
13.0%
Dominant Grape
Cabernet Merlot

Reviews (1) >

Domaine de Chevalier Blanc, Pessac-Léognan 2007

An outstanding Domaine de Chevalier which will need and reward bottle age. The bouquet is already extremely promising but the intense fruit and perfect balance will deliver wonders with time. 90% sauvignon blanc, 10% More »

£59
Bottle

£354
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
BW3341
Alcohol Level
13.5%
Dominant Grape
Sauvignon Blanc

Riesling Sélection de Grains Nobles Cuvée Ernest, Domaines Schlumberger 2009

This is only the fourth vintage of this wine in Schlumberger's history and was reserved exclusively for The Wine Society. Sublime, sweet yet fresh at the same time, with the essence of passion fruit on the palate. A More »

£62
Bottle

£372
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
AL9921
Product Type
White Wine
Style
8 (of 9): Very sweet
Alcohol Level
11.5%
Dominant Grape
Riesling

Domaine Sylvain Cathiard, Vosne-Romanée 2005

Nose is ripe and seductive. Palate starts sweetly but is still a little firm at present and will benefil from a few more years. (The premiers crus ahve an extra layer of sweetness so curiously are more approachable More »

£65
Bottle

£780
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
BU38271
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
13.0%
Dominant Grape
Pinot Noir

Château Lynch-Bages, Pauillac 2007

Seductively ripe, fruity and attractive. Proper Pauillac and with considerable charm this year. 75% cabernet sauvignon, 15% merlot, 8% cabernet franc and 2% petit verdot. More »

£75
Bottle

£900
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
CM12441
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
13.0%
Dominant Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon

Château Duhart-Milon Rothschild, Pauillac 2007

True Pauillac distinguished by Médoc-cabernet flavour. This growth has been one to watch since the mid-nineties, 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

Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, Saint-Julien 2007

This distinguished second growth always includes a high proportion of cabernet sauvignon, and it shows. This was raised to 90% in 2007, yet the wine is surprisingly round and supple, a reflection of a vintage we greeted More »

£75
Bottle

£450
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
CM12801
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
13.0%
Dominant Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon

Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Pauillac 2007

One of the finest wines in a recent comprehensive tasting of the vintage. 58% cabernet sauvignon provides structure and precision, 36% merlot brings velvety texture, and touches of cabernet franc and petit verdot add a More »

£79
Bottle

£474
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
CM12791
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
13.0%
Dominant Grape
Cabernet Merlot

Domaine Maume, Charmes Chambertin GC 2005

Round, rich wine in Maume's appealing, opulent style in a superb vintage with the capacity for long ageing. 2011 to 2022. More »

£79
Bottle

£948
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
BU37201
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
13.5%
Dominant Grape
Pinot Noir
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