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Chateau Grissac, Cotes de Bourg 2016

A remarkably good 2016 that we knew we had to buy the moment we first tasted it. The wine is a delicious blend of Merlot and Malbec, with a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon, that gives it layers of rich,... lush red berry fruit flavours, soft tannins and a hint of exciting minerality, that totally dwarfs its relatively humble status. It's no surprise this wine won a gold medal from Bordeaux, who are the harshest judges of their own. Château de Grissac dates back to the 14th century and has had a rich history, particularly during the French revolution. It is now owned and run by wine maker Madame Cottavoz who has devoted her life to her vineyards and wine. All of the above for only £10.95 a bottle – high quality, affordable Claret from a great vintage – welcome aboard Château de Grissac.
Format: 75cl £10.45 (Inc. UK Duty & VAT)
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£10.45Immediate

Chateau Rieussec Premier Cru Classe, Sauternes 2016

The 2016 Rieussec is gorgeous. Despite the relatively low acidity of the vintage, it preserves a good deal of aromatic freshness, with plenty of lemon confit, passion fruit and coconut overtones. The... decision to lower the Sémillon a touch and increase the Sauvignon Blanc has paid handsome rewards. The 2016 is not a truly profound Sauternes - that would have been nearly impossible this vintage - but it comes close. Quite frankly, it is nearly impossible to spit. Rating: 93-96 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Apr 2017) A step up over the Carmes de Rieussec, the beautiful 2016 Château Rieussec has remarkable purity and freshness while still packing beautiful depth of fruit. Honeyed peach, apricot, flower oil, and even a hint of wet stone all emerge from this full-bodied, thick, opulent effort. I love it. It has a rounded, sexy style ideal for drinking any time over the coming 15-20 years. The 2016 is a final blend of 83% Sémillon, 12% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% Muscadelle. 37.5cl bottles. Drinking range: 2019 - 2037 Rating: 97 Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com (Feb 2019) The 2016 Rieussec is a blend of 83% Sémillon, 12% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% Muscadelle picked form 26 September until 4 November. It has a much more straightforward bouquet compared to the 2015 with light honeysuckle and white flower aromas. There is good acidity in the mouth thanks the passerillé berries, nicely balanced with a touch of orange zest towards the linear finish that will hopefully gain more weight during its élevage. It is likely to be an earlier-drinking Rieussec than the 2015. Rating: 92-94 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Apr 2017) Lots of botrytis here in addition to dried mushrooms and dried fruit such as pineapple and peaches. Medium to full body. Medium sweet. Very long and intense. A triumph. Rating: 98-99 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Apr 2017)
Format: 37.5cl£28.34 (Inc. UK Duty & VAT)
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£28.34Immediate

Chateau Tour St Bonnet, Medoc 2016

We have just bought a small parcel of Chateau Tour Saint Bonnet 2016 at an amazingly low price . It one of the top Cru Bourgeoise in the Northern Medoc and from a great vintage that has now reached... maturity and is drinking beautifully. A rich blend of Cabernet Sauvignon & Melot aged in oak with concentrated red berry fruit flavours with a hint of cedarwood and spices. Soft tannins, a good mineral backbone and a lovely lingering finish. Cru Bourgeoise claret at its best Alc 13% Drink 2023 – 2028
Format: 75cl£14.95 (Inc. UK Duty & VAT)
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£14.95Immediate

CVNE, Gran Reserva Imperial, Rioja 2016

Polished and structured with firm, very fine tannins. Lots going on here, with layers of black fruit, dried spices, graphite, coconut and cracked pepper. Full-bodied and so intense. Keeps going.... Long. The tannins are so fine and so numerous. One of the greatest modern gran reservas. 85% tempranillo, 10% graciano and 5% mazuelo. Try in 2025. 98 Points James Suckling The classical 2016 Imperial Gran Reserva was produced with a blend of 85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo from grapes that were picked between October 10 and 25 with good ripeness, delivering a wine with 14.5% alcohol after fermenting in small oak vats followed by malolactic in concrete and two years in barrel and three in bottle. I was quite surprised, because the wine was quite closed and needed energetic swirling and time in the glass to reveal its true colors. It has more stuffing and finesse than the reserva. 2016 was a very good vintage, with freshness and balance to develop nicely in bottle. The tannins are very fine, and the wine is tasty and long. 50,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in July 2019. 95 Points Luis Gutiérrez
Pack Size: 1x300cl£222.65 (In Bond)£280.00 (Inc. UK Duty & VAT)
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In Bond£222.65£280.00Future Arrival
In Bond wines have had no UK Duty or VAT paid on them. If In Bond wines are purchased for delivery to a UK address, UK Duty and VAT are required to be paid before the delivery can take place. If In Bond wines are purchased for storage in a bonded warehouse or for export, no UK Duty or VAT will be payable.

CVNE, Gran Reserva Imperial, Rioja 2016

Polished and structured with firm, very fine tannins. Lots going on here, with layers of black fruit, dried spices, graphite, coconut and cracked pepper. Full-bodied and so intense. Keeps going.... Long. The tannins are so fine and so numerous. One of the greatest modern gran reservas. 85% tempranillo, 10% graciano and 5% mazuelo. Try in 2025. 98 Points James Suckling The classical 2016 Imperial Gran Reserva was produced with a blend of 85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo from grapes that were picked between October 10 and 25 with good ripeness, delivering a wine with 14.5% alcohol after fermenting in small oak vats followed by malolactic in concrete and two years in barrel and three in bottle. I was quite surprised, because the wine was quite closed and needed energetic swirling and time in the glass to reveal its true colors. It has more stuffing and finesse than the reserva. 2016 was a very good vintage, with freshness and balance to develop nicely in bottle. The tannins are very fine, and the wine is tasty and long. 50,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in July 2019. 95 Points Luis Gutiérrez
Pack Size: 1x300cl£222.65 (In Bond)£280.00 (Inc. UK Duty & VAT)
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In Bond£222.65£280.00Immediate
In Bond wines have had no UK Duty or VAT paid on them. If In Bond wines are purchased for delivery to a UK address, UK Duty and VAT are required to be paid before the delivery can take place. If In Bond wines are purchased for storage in a bonded warehouse or for export, no UK Duty or VAT will be payable.