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Chateau Gazin, Pomerol 2017

Château Gazin, while not as robust or intricate as its predecessors, achieves a delightful equilibrium that blends roundness and freshness seamlessly. Its 15-month maturation in both new barrels and... single-use barrels imparts an appealing structure and refines the tannins. Displaying a deep red hue, the bouquet introduces aromas of red and black fruits such as cherry and blueberry, subtly interwoven with discreet hints of vanilla and spice, notably nutmeg. A faint touch of menthol, characteristic of Cabernet Franc, lingers in the background, contributing a refreshing nuance. On the palate, the wine unfolds with a smooth and silky onset, echoing the red and black fruit notes from the olfactory experience, accompanied by floral undertones. Exhibiting a pleasing sweetness and ample volume, it maintains a graceful profile without becoming overly weighty. This fine vintage prioritizes the elegance of the fruit and is poised for immediate enjoyment.
Pack Size: 12x75cl£690.96 (In Bond)£867.60 (Inc. UK Duty & VAT)
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Chateau Rieussec, Les Carmes de Rieussec, Sauternes 2017

The 2nd wine of Château Rieussec 1er cru Sauternes. A touch lighter than its big brother but with the same intensity of flavour and drinking perfectly now. Great value for money and perfect with fois gras, stilton and rich desserts such as Eton mess.
Format: 75cl£25.95 (Inc. UK Duty & VAT)
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Cheval des Andes, Mendoza 2017

James Suckling 100/100 This is the greatest Cheval des Andes ever. Discrete aromas of blackberries, flowers, stone and licorice. So perfumed. The integration of fruit, tannins and acidity is... fantastic. Full-bodied, tight and solid with beautiful depth and integrity. Extremely long and exciting. Complex and compelling with such refinement and length. A blend of 62% malbec and 38% cabernet sauvignon. Available in September 2020. Better after 2024. Luis Gutiérrez, The Wine Advocate 97+/100 In 2017 saw an early harvest, but they started picking on the 6th of March and continued until the 10th of April, more or less normal dates, early but not so much. The varietal break down this vintage comes to 62% Malbec and 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the wine is slightly riper and higher in alcohol than 2016 (this 2017 is 14.2% alcohol). The different plots fermented separately with selected yeasts, and the élevage lasted for 15 months and was in 50/50 new and second use barrels, 90% of them French and the rest made with wood from Eastern Europe. They used 45% Bordeaux barrels, 45% 400-liter barrels and, for the first time, a 2,500-liter oak foudre. This is clearly the darkest of the trio of vintages I tasted together here—2015, 2016 and 2017—but all three have the elegant and powerful profile, the luxurious and creamy character found in the best Bordeaux wines in the last few years, wines of power with precision, concentration, energy and finesse. This seems to combine the clout of the 2015 and the freshness of the 2016 and feels something in between those two vintages. Their work in the vineyard toward the maturity of the tannins meant the challenge in 2017 was to not let the grapes ripen too fast and too early. The work is different for Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec, to get round tannins in Cabernet and get some tension in Malbec, the contrary of the normal tendency of the varieties. 2017 has less ripeness than the 2015 but more density than the 2016. The texture is velvety, precise and harmonious. This year, they introduced a larger foudre for 10% of the wine, with the aim to reach 20%, so that volume is increasing every year. I think this is showing more precision, and in a more challenging year, they managed to keep the quality on par with 2016. They have changed the label this year, to a cleaner and more elegant label that also reflects the direction the wine is going in. 81,500 bottles produced. Jane Anson 96/100 Savoury black fruits with scorched earth smoke, eucalyptus and cocoa bean, given focus and a sense of momentum by fresh acidities and a juicy finish. Malbec has the ability as does Pinot Noir to either drink early or to age for years, and you feel the elasticity and promise of the tannins in this wine. Blend at the end of ageing. Aged in 2500-litre oak casks, 70% new oak. Drink 2021 to 2040
Pack Size: 6x75cl£319.98 (In Bond)£403.20 (Inc. UK Duty & VAT)
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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.

Finca Monica Finca Monica, Rioja Crianza 2017

This exceptional Rioja Crianza has been crafted by Gorka Etxebarria in Rioja Oriental from 30 year old vines. The wine is aged for 12 months in American oak barrels and the result is mesmerising. We... tasted the wine against the Reserva at nearly twice the price and this 2017 Crianza triumphed - it is a thing of beauty. Harmonious, with bottle age, oak influences and a classic fruit-forward Rioja style. Fill your boots, decant for 45 minutes to an hour and enjoy! Awards are listed below. • Gold - Gilbert & Gaillard 2020 • Gold – Asia Wine Trophy 2019 • Gold – Berliner Wein Trophy 2019 • Gold – The Drinks Business Rioja Masters 2018 • Silver (90 points) – IWC 2020
Format: 75cl£11.45 (Inc. UK Duty & VAT)
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Graham Beck, Brut Rose Vintage, Western Cape 2017

An excellent Vintage Rose where both varietals, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, were whole bunch pressed together – this award winning vintage proves its pedigree time and again in international wine... competitions. The Pinot Noir lends a noticeable blueberry-laden ripeness and subtle spiciness while the Chardonnay contributes creamy complexity. The delightful salmon-pink hue of the Vintage Rosé perfectly complements the sumptuous strawberry notes and rich creamy complexity on the palate. An explosion of raspberry fruit and slight honeysuckle flavours on the palate, with a persistent yet delicate mousse. Alc 12.7
Format: 75cl£19.50 (Inc. UK Duty & VAT)
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Rosso Valdimonte 2017

This is a UK exclusive, Sangiovese blend with maturity at an unfathomable price which is utter perfection for drinking this summer. Wines like this are what working in the wine trade is all about - a... small volume of exceptional, mature red wine parcel from an artisanal producer at an incredible price tag. La Palerna sits high at 550-600m right on the Tuscan/Umbrian border. Thankfully for all of us, they are on the Umbrian side of the border and the price reflects this. At this altitude, the wines have a wonderful freshness and elegance. Yields are low, grapes are hand harvested and sorted, and such care and precision are taken in the winemaking which is evident in the quality of the wine. We have visited Bordeaux classified growths and Grand Cru Burgundies who take the same level of care in production. The overriding reason for all of this is perhaps down to winemaker extraordinaire, Mauro Monicchi who has worked across Bordeaux and the South of France, he now oversees winemaking for first class estates across Tuscany, namely Montalcino and Montepulciano. The quality of wines can also be put down to owner Luigi Merendelli's philosophy to produce "only great wines". I can confirm they do just that across the board, but this red is a home run at this price. The wonderful thing about central Italian reds are they are incredibly versatile when pairing with food and can be drunk all year around, indeed these are the wines to open at dinner parties or have at weddings.
Format: 75cl £12.45 (Inc. UK Duty & VAT)
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