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Tim Sykes Tim Sykes

Still tempting the most demanding of palates and pockets

Bordeaux, the single biggest wine category for The Society in terms of sales, has enjoyed some excellent vintages of late. We work hard to secure the best wines that Bordeaux can offer, whether you're after simple, authentic wines of character for weekday drinking or something more serious to squirrel away for future enjoyment. And unlike any other merchant, we buy large quantities of claret when young and store them until ready for drinking, guaranteeing that they're in tip-top shape when we release them.

For reds, member demand for good, inexpensive claret is stronger than ever, and this allows me to hunt down substantial parcels of wine at attractive prices. We still have plenty of 2015 and 2016 clarets below £10, which are well worth seeking out. Both vintages produced ripe, vibrant, appealing wines with soft tannins and unmistakable Bordeaux character.

As you go up the price ladder, I recommend the 2012s, which are lovely at the moment, with user-friendly roundness and fleshy fruit character. The 2011 vintage, which produced wines that were on the austere side when young, is also coming into its own. The wines are more structured than the 2012s, with savoury fruit and firmer tannins making them very food-friendly.

At the over-£20 level, you should consider broaching the wonderful 2009s. They are starting to drink well, being ripe and succulent but with impressive depth of flavour too. Going back further 2007, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001 and 2000 are all drinking well at the moment. If you have 2010s and 2005s in your cellar, the majority of these would benefit from further time in bottle.

Finally, don't forget that Bordeaux produces world-class whites, both sweet and dry. When was the last time you enjoyed a glass of Sauternes or Barsac? If you haven't for a while, I'd thoroughly recommend our Exhibition Sauternes. An opened bottle lasts for a couple of weeks in the fridge.

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