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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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Riesling Réserve, Trimbach 2011

Trimbach has recently expanded its vineyard holdings and this is reflected in the quality of the Réserve cuvée. It comes from in and around Ribeauvillé and is always one of the best-value rieslings around. It keeps well More »

£13.95
Bottle

£167
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
AL10411
Product Type
White Wine
Style
1 (of 9): Bone dry
Alcohol Level
13.0%
Dominant Grape
Riesling

Château Moncets, Lalande de Pomerol 2010

Although only their second vintage, this has excellent depth of flavour and structure and more refinement than we often find in this satellite region. The vineyard is well placed on the border with Pomerol. The blend is More »

£13.95
Bottle

£167
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
CS7891
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
13.5%
Dominant Grape
Cabernet Merlot

Château Puygueraud, Francs Côtes de Bordeaux 2010

Nicolas Thienpont's family property shows the real character and potential than can be found in lesser-known regions of Bordeaux. 70% ripe merlot, 25% cabernet franc, plus its distinctive 5% malbec, which contributes More »

£14.50
Bottle

£174
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
CS7911
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.5%
Dominant Grape
Merlot

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Château Beaumont, Haut-Médoc 2010

Possibly the best ever vintage for this popular cru bourgeois, combining charm with a touch of class and, as ever, ease of drinkability. 53% cabernet sauvignon, 46% merlot and 1% petit verdot, all produced according to More »

£14.50
Bottle

£174
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
CM14871
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.0%
Dominant Grape
Cabernet Merlot

Madiran Ch d'Aydie 2010

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£14.95
Bottle

£179
Case of 12
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Product Code
FC26291
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.0%
Dominant Grape
Tannat

Crozes-Hermitage Les Pichères, Ferraton 2011

The Ferraton business has become a little jewel for Chapoutier since Michel signed a joint venture agreement with Michel Ferraton. There is still the same attention to detail, maybe more so given the very limited More »

£14.95
Bottle

£89.50
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
RH33681
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
13.0%
Dominant Grape
Syrah / Shiraz

Château Fourcas-Borie, Listrac-Médoc 2010

Previously called Fourcas Dumont but renamed after it was purchased by the Borie family of Ducru-Beaucaillou in 2008. They have made a good wine even better. Well-structured claret with bright fresh fruit from 70% More »

£16
Bottle

£192
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
CM14881
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.5%
Dominant Grape
Cabernet Merlot

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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

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Riesling Grand Cru Saering, Domaines Schlumberger 2011

Schlumberger own more top-class Alsace vineyards than anyone and produced some 2011s of breathtaking quality. The Saering is on a gentle slope below the great Kitterlé vineyard. It produces fine delicate and fragrant More »

£16.50
Bottle

£198
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
AL10581
Product Type
White Wine
Style
1 (of 9): Bone dry
Alcohol Level
13.0%
Dominant Grape
Riesling

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Riesling Belzbrunnen, Domaine Dirler-Cadé 2010

Southern Alsace is famous for its sandstone soils and dry climate, which often conspire to give the wines added weight. These vineyards thrived in 2010 and produced some of the best wines of the vintage. This is More »

£17
Bottle

£204
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
AL9581
Product Type
White Wine
Style
2 (of 9): Dry
Alcohol Level
13.0%
Dominant Grape
Riesling

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Riesling Séléction de Vieilles Vignes, Trimbach 2009

Trimbach produces a full range of wines but without doubt it is best known for the riesling grape, producing some of the best dry-style rieslings anywhere in the world. In a hot year like 2009, the old riesling vines More »

£17
Bottle

£102
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
AL9971
Product Type
White Wine
Style
2 (of 9): Dry
Alcohol Level
13.5%
Dominant Grape
Riesling

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

La Grola, Veronese IGT, Allegrin 2010

A full-bodied intense yet elegant wine with generous bouquet and scents of wild berries, juniper and tobacco. A perfect partner for roast meat (especialy lamb) and lovely with grilled mushrooms or with mellow, aged More »

£17
Bottle

£102
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
IT17141
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
13.5%
Dominant Grape
Corvina

Half bottle of Riesling Frédéric Emile, Trimbach 2007

Trimbach only ever release their top wines after plenty of time. 2007 was a glorious vintage, sunny and hot with balmy conditions that extended into autumn. This is dry Alsace riesling at its best, tightly wrought, More »

£18
Half Bottle

£216
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
AL10052
Product Type
White Wine
Style
2 (of 9): Dry
Alcohol Level
12.5%
Dominant Grape
Riesling

Maximin Grünhäuser Abtsberg Riesling Spätlese, von Schubert 2012

This has intense fruit, wonderful individual perfume and staying power so should age longer. Elegant and stylish. More »

£18.50
Bottle

£222
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
GE8001
Product Type
White Wine
Style
4 (of 9): Medium/off dry
Alcohol Level
7.5%
Dominant Grape
Riesling

Warwick Estate Trilogy, Stellenbosch 2010

Warwick’s flagship red in a top vintage, still cabernet sauvignon-based but with an increased proportion of cabernet franc. All the fruit comes from Warwick’s fine Simonsberg vineyards and the wine is matured for two More »

£18.50
Bottle

£111
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
SA9221
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.0%
Dominant Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon

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Gewurztraminer, Folastries, Josmeyer 2011

Very rich, full-bodied gewurz, weightier than the Trimbach. Imperious, peachy. Stunning quality. More »

£19
Bottle

£228
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
AL10331
Product Type
White Wine
Style
2 (of 9): Dry
Alcohol Level
14.0%
Dominant Grape
Gewurztraminer

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

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Moulin-à-Vent La Roche, Château des Jacques, Louis Jadot 2011

Lying on slightly higher ground, above the windmill, La Rochelle includes perhaps the best plots in all of Moulin-à-Vent. This is full-flavoured and long and will have good ageing potential. More »

£20
Bottle

£120
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
BJ5501
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
13.0%
Dominant Grape
Gamay

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

Colognole Chianti Rufina Riserva del Don 2009

Superb quality for the price with wonderful elegance, freshness and vitality to balance the rich ripe flavour. More »

£20
Bottle

£240
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
IT15501
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.0%
Dominant Grape
Sangiovese

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 »

£21
Bottle

£126
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

Domaine Sylvain Pataille, Marsannay Longeroies 2010

Top Marsannay vineyard offering lovely round and ripe black fruit pinot. More »

£21
Bottle

£252
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
BU51871
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
13.0%
Dominant Grape
Pinot Noir

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Bishop Shiraz, 2012, Barossa

NEW 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

Gewurztraminer Jubilee, Hugel 2011

Though not stated on the label, the Jubilee gewurz always comes from Hugel’s own holdings at the heart of the grand cru Sporen vineyard in Riquewihr, a gentle south-east facing slope of deep clay famous for its More »

£22
Bottle

£264
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
AL10201
Product Type
White Wine
Style
3 (of 9): Dry, rich
Alcohol Level
14.5%
Dominant Grape
Gewurztraminer

Château Lacoste Borie, Pauillac 2010

Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste performs consistently among the very best Pauillacs and is one of the most refined of the commune. François-Xavier Borie's second wine delivers some of the class and finesse of the grand vin More »

£22
Bottle

£264
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
CM15141
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
13.5%
Dominant Grape
Cabernet Merlot

Collioure, Côté Montagne, Domaine de la Réctorie, 2010

This is from old vines and equal thirds of grenache, carignan and counoise and from a drier microclimate. The 2010 comes from very low yields and the flavours, which include cloves and blackberry, are very concentrated More »

£22
Bottle

£132
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
FC22201
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.5%
Dominant Grape
Carignan Grenache

Berncasteler Doctor Riesling Kabinett, Thanisch 2012

The Thanisch estate has been emphatically back on form in recent vintages showing the quality of this famous vineyard. Full and flavoursome with real structure and length, this can do you nothing but good! More »

£22
Bottle

£264
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
GE7991
Product Type
White Wine
Style
4 (of 9): Medium/off dry
Alcohol Level
8.0%
Dominant Grape
Riesling

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Gewurztraminer Réserve, Domaine Albert Boxler 2011

This comes from close to Olivier Humbrecht’s vines on the Heimbourg but in Boxler's hands the style is different: drier, more exotic with the accent on spice. Gastronomically versatile and will keep very well. More »

£23
Bottle

£276
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
AL10371
Product Type
White Wine
Style
3 (of 9): Dry, rich
Alcohol Level
13.5%
Dominant Grape
Gewurztraminer

Pinot Gris Jubilee, Hugel 2011

The origins are similar to Hugel's popular ‘Tradition’ cuvée, but the vines are older and from the very best slopes. This is fragrant, very rich and wonderfully concentrated. More »

£23
Bottle

£276
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
AL10191
Product Type
White Wine
Style
2 (of 9): Dry
Alcohol Level
14.5%
Dominant Grape
Pinot Gris

Riesling Jubilee, Hugel 2010

Hugel’s top riesling comes from the heart of the grand cru Schoenenbourg. 2010 is a fabulous vintage here and on a par with the great 1990. More »

£23
Bottle

£276
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
AL9551
Product Type
White Wine
Style
2 (of 9): Dry
Alcohol Level
13.0%
Dominant Grape
Riesling

Kanzemer Altenberg Riesling Spätlese Alte Reben, von Othegraven 2011

Old vines from this superb vineyard give riesling with uniquely lovely bouquet, delicately smoky and honeyed with a delightful spiciness. A real treat. More »

£23.50
Bottle

£282
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
GE7451
Product Type
White Wine
Style
5 (of 9): Medium sweet
Alcohol Level
7.5%
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

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

Riesling Grand Cru Kessler, Heisse Wanne, Domaine Dirler-Cadé 2008

An outstanding riesling from old vines in the best part of the Kessler vineyard. This is dry, imperious and quite outstanding. A wonderful match for both surf and turf, this is especially good with oysters or pork. More »

£24
Bottle

£288
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
AL8411
Product Type
White Wine
Style
1 (of 9): Bone dry
Alcohol Level
13.5%
Dominant Grape
Riesling

Château Tronquoy-Lalande, Saint Estèphe 2006

The most northerly of the Haut-Médoc communes, situated on the left bank of the Gironde estuary, produces structured wines that benefit from long keeping. Splendidly full, succulent claret from a great vineyard now More »

£24
Bottle

£288
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
CM12181
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
13.0%
Dominant Grape
Cabernet Merlot

Château Haut-Bages Libéral, Pauillac 2007

Claire Villars-Lurton makes elegant, fine-boned Pauillac with a high percentage of cabernet sauvignon, here 65%. The wines generally take a little time to come around, even in a more forward vintage like 2007, and this More »

£24
Bottle

£288
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
CM12571
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
13.0%
Dominant Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon

Amiral de Beychevelle, Saint-Julien 2008

NEW The second wine of Château Beychevelle, this is an elegant wine in a classic style, young and muscular and with the aroma lifted by a touch of spicy oak. 68% cabernet sauvignon, 19% merlot, 9% cabernet franc, 4% petit More »

£25
Bottle

£300
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
CM15161
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
13.0%
Dominant Grape
Cabernet Merlot

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 Poujeaux, Moulis 2009

The Cuvelier family of Clos Fourtet (not to be confused with the owners of Léoville-Poyferré) have raised the quality of this property which vies with Chasse-Spleen as the leading wine of Moulis. It was always More »

£25
Bottle

£300
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
CM14061
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.0%
Dominant Grape
Cabernet Merlot

Plantagenet Great Southern Shiraz 2009

A 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 age effortlessly. More »

£25
Bottle

£150
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
AU15811
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
13.5%
Dominant Grape
Syrah / Shiraz

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Grosset Polish Hill Clare Valley Riesling 2013

NEW 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 »

£25
Bottle

£300
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

Miguel Torres Manso de Velasco 2009

From a cabernet sauvignon vineyard planted in 1897, this is a beautiful Chilean red with a very pure blackcurrant nose and that special, velvety, seductive, old-vine texture. Aged in barrel for about 16 months. More »

£25
Bottle

£150
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
CE6941
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
14.0%
Dominant Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon

Half bottle of Alfred Gratien 2000

Champagne of great complexity and weight. Two-thirds exceptionally ripe chardonnay.Champagne vintages are only declared in exceptional years and the millennium vintage was outstanding. The wines are rich, full-bodied More »

£25
Half Bottle

£300
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
CH2232
Product Type
Champagne
Style
1 (of 9): Bone dry
Alcohol Level
12.5%
Dominant Grape
Pinot Noir Meunier Chardonnay

Cornas Les Arènes, Chapoutier 2006

Founded by the exotically named Polydor Chapoutier in 1808 and passed from father to son ever since, Chapoutier is one of the big names in the Rhône with vines in both the north and the south. Michel Chapoutier is More »

£25
Bottle

£150
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
RH19061
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
13.5%
Dominant Grape
Syrah / Shiraz

Savennières 'L'Enclos', Eric Morgat 2009

More due to circumstances than design (a severely reduced 2008 crop meant the normal cycle of barrel purchases was interrupted), a third of this wine was fermented in new oak but this does not overpower. A small crop More »

£25
Bottle

£300
Case of 12
In Stock
Product Code
LO9921
Product Type
White Wine
Style
2 (of 9): Dry
Alcohol Level
14.0%
Dominant Grape
Chenin Blanc

Taylor's Vargellas 2004

NEW David Guimaraens makes this wine, and is justifiably proud of it. In this vintage, Vargellas is a deep, brooding Port with flashes of mint and spice, and the muscle to develop into a rich, smoothly finished wine. 2015 More »

£25
Bottle

£150
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
PT1171
Alcohol Level
20.0%

Duas Quintas Reserva, Douro 2009

Immensely concentrated reserva from this more traditional of port houses, where winemaker João Nicolau de Almeida is bringing a rich, modern dimension to their impressive range of reds. Lots of sweet oak makes this More »

£25
Bottle

£150
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
PW3581
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Very Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
15.0%
Dominant Grape
Touriga Nacional

Nossa Calcario Filipa Pato, Bairrada 2011

Young Filipa Pato has thrived on being the daughter of a famous father, and added her own personal twist to the traditional grapes of the region. She is one of the founders of Baga Friends a small group of like-minded More »

£25
Bottle

£150
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
PW4061
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Medium Bodied
Alcohol Level
13.0%

Tomàs Postigo, Ribera del Duero 2010

Tomàs Postigo is one of Ribera del Duero's pioneering winemakers who now makes wine under his own name. This full-bodied, opulent and bold red is 85% tinto fino (tempranillo) with cabernet and merlot in support. More »

£25
Bottle

£150
Case of 6
In Stock
Product Code
SP7841
Product Type
Red Wine
Style
Very Full Bodied
Alcohol Level
15.0%
Dominant Grape
Tempranillo
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