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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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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

Hochheimer Kirchenstuck Riesling Kabinett Kunstler 2014

A riesling with great finesse and delicacy that is delicious to drink young but whose gently nuanced flavour will be delightful for a decade. Künstler has an enviable record of making delicious wines. More »

£13.50
Bottle

£162
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
GE8701
Product Type
White Wine
Style
1 (of 9): Bone dry
Alcohol Level
12.0%
Dominant Grape
Riesling
Reviews (3) >

The Society's Exhibition Gigondas, 2007

NEW 2007 was exceptional in the southern Rhône and this Gigondas, bottled by Louis Barruol of Château Saint-Cosme, has everything of a great Rhône vintage. Full-bodied and multi-layered with Christmas spice. More »

£13.95
Bottle

£167
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
RH23961
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.5%
Dominant Grape
Grenache Syrah

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

Faugères, les Bastides, Domaine Alquier 2005

For Jean-Michel Alquier, 2005 is a tale of a great vintage. Very low yields which forced him to make just the one wine and what a wine it is: a syrah-grenache blend raised in barrel for two years. Fabulously rich and More »

£16
Bottle

£96
Case of 6
Out of stock
Alternative Available >
Product Code
FC14171
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.5%
Dominant Grape
Syrah / Shiraz

Faugères, Bastides, Domaine Alquier 2012

One of the great wines of the Languedoc, made with 75% syrah and 25% grenache. This has lots of old vines and very competent ageing in barrel. Outstanding in 2012. Very low yields. More »

£16.50
Bottle
Save £2.50

£99
Case of 6
Save £15
In Stock
Product Code
FC25741
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.5%
Dominant Grape
Syrah / Shiraz

Scharzhofberger Riesling Spätleses, von Kesselstatt, 2014

Fine with a touch of blackcurrant on the nose and refreshing, rounded palate which is developing more and more complexity each time we try it. More »

£16.50
Bottle

£198
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
GE9031
Product Type
White Wine
Style
4 (of 9): Medium/off dry
Alcohol Level
7.5%
Dominant Grape
Riesling

Gigondas Domaine la Bouïssière 2011

This is from a small estate owned and run by Gilles and Thierry Faravel. The approach is traditional with grenache as usual dominant but with a high proportion of syrah which gives it a deep colour and some spicy, More »

£17
Bottle
Save £2

£102
Case of 6
Save £12
In Stock
Product Code
RH40051
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Very Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
15.0%
Dominant Grape
Grenache Syrah
Reviews (5) >

Muga Selección Especial Reserva, Rioja 2010

Superior Rioja reserva made from a strict selection of the best grapes and matured in barricas until the tannins are soft and velvety. More »

£20
Bottle

£240
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
SP9571
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.0%
Dominant Grape
Tempranillo

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

Meerlust Estate Rubicon, Stellenbosch 2010

The 2010 Rubicon marks the 30th year of production for this iconic Cape red, and this vintage has already secured a coveted 'Five Star' rating from the influential Platter's Guide. A blend of 62% cabernet sauvignon, 24% More »

£21
Bottle

£126
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
SA11181
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.5%
Dominant Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon

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

Half bottle of Réserve de la Comtesse, Pauillac 2009

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

£21
Half Bottle

£504
Case of 24
In Stock
Product Code
CM14472
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
13.0%
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

Hortevie, Saint-Julien 2009

Many members already know the quality of this Bordeaux vineyard which lies across the road from Ducru-Beaucaillou who now own it and have added extra polish and finesse. Lovely cedary bouquet and full complex palate. More »

£22
Bottle

£264
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
CM13751
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
13.5%
Dominant Grape
Cabernet Merlot
Reviews (3) >

Château Musar 2008

The new 2008 is 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 (2) >

Santa Rita Casa Real Maipo 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 »

£22.50
Bottle

£135
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
CE7901
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.0%
Dominant Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon
Reviews (5) >

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. Certified organic and from a fine vintage, this proffers lime and quince on the nose with an astonishingly 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
Reviews (3) >

Grosset Polish Hill Clare Valley Riesling 2013

Amazingly pure and aromatic Aussie riesling, which is tightly structured and oozes character. Very dry with fine, racy acidity, this cuts through smoked salmon like a hot knife through butter. More »

£24
Bottle

£288
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
AU16311
Product Type
White Wine
Style
1 (of 9): Bone dry
Alcohol Level
12.5%
Dominant Grape
Riesling
Reviews (3) >

Mavrotragano Hatzidakis 2011

NEW 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%
Reviews (1) >

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

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 (1) >

Brunello di Montalcino, Gianni Brunelli 2010

Harmonious and succulent, with lovely texture and length of flavour, this is a Brunello that combines both power and finesse with elegant bouquet and generously full classy flavour. 2010 is outstanding. More »

£24.50
Bottle

£294
Case of 12
Out of stock
Alternative Available >
Product Code
IT19751
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.0%
Dominant Grape
Sangiovese

Viña Pedrosa Reserva, Ribera del Duero, 2010

NEW One of Ribera's great estates, Pedrosa's vineyards benefit from high altitude. The 2010 reserva is spicy, leathery and round, showing discreet secondary aromas from age, backed by wonderful structure and acidity. Try More »

£25
Bottle

£150
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
SP10021
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.0%
Dominant Grape
Tempranillo

Half bottle of Château Sigalas Rabaud, Sauternes 2007

NEW Classed growth from an exceptional vintage with richness, pourriture noble complexity and perfect freshness. More »

£26
Bottle

£312
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
BW3272
Product Type
White Wine
Style
9 (of 9): Intensely sweet
Alcohol Level
13.5%
Dominant Grape
Semillon
Reviews (3) >

Muga Prado Enea Gran Reserva, Rioja 2006

NEW 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 (3) >

La Rioja Alta 904 Gran Reserva, Rioja 2005

NEW 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 (3) >

Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Riesling Auslese Long Goldcap, von Kesselstatt 2006

NEW Glorious sweet ripe fragrant Auslese with silky palate and balancing freshness and the bloom of perfectly healthy grapes in sunny vintage. An absolute joy to be savoured slowly. 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

Château Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc 2009

A fine harvest and a hugely successful one for this, one of the best-value of all classed-growth clarets. Ripe and concentrated but well balanced and with a long life ahead. We originally gave it a start date of 2016, More »

£28
Bottle

£336
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
CM14121
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
13.0%
Dominant Grape
Cabernet Merlot

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
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
Reviews (2) >

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
Out of stock
Sold out
No Longer Available
Product Code
PT1161
Alcohol Level
20.0%

Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Hengst, Domaine Zind-Humbrecht 2013

There is great complexity of expression on the nose and the taste seems to linger for ages. The Hengst vineyard, which translate as 'stallion', is a real thoroughbred grand cru capable of making stunning wines and, with More »

£36
Bottle

£432
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
AL12411
Product Type
White Wine
Style
4 (of 9): Medium/off dry
Alcohol Level
13.5%
Dominant Grape
Gewurztraminer

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

Clos Haut-Peyraguey, Sauternes 2007

This tiny property made only 1,500 cases of fabulous honeyed 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
Reviews (2) >

Pinot Gris Grand Cru Sommerberg, Domaine Albert Boxler 2011

NEW 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

NEW 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

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
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

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

£43.50
Magnum

£130.50
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
Alcohol Level
20.0%

Quinta do Vesuvio, Douro 2011

Many Society members are already au fait with the allure of Douro table reds made from classic port varieties, but it’s not every year that both tourigas (nacional and franca) achieve perfection. It remains for the More »

£46
Bottle

£276
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
PW4981
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.0%

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

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 Parussi Massolino 2010

Franco Massolino has added new elegance and finesse to the wines from his family's 26-hectare estate since 1994. Their Parussi vineyard in Castiglione Falleto is more elegant than their bigger structured wines from More »

£55
Bottle

£330
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
IT18241
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.5%
Dominant Grape
Nebbiolo
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