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Bordeaux (Red)

The great city of Bordeaux, with its extraordinary combination of narrow medieval streets and wide 18th and 19th century boulevards, gives its name to one of the greatest wine producing regions of the world. It is the historical capital of Aquitaine - whose most famous daughter, Eleanor, married firstly King Louis VII of France and secondly (following an annullment) King Henry II of England. Thus control of Aquitaine passed to the English Crown, where it remained until the end of the 100 Years War in 1453.

But while the formal ties between England and Aquitaine came to an end, the trade links established at the time have remained strong ever since. Much of the wine produced in the region, and further afield in South West France, was exported from Bordeaux to the great English ports of London, Southampton, Bristol and Liverpool. Many English and Irish families settled in the region - most famously the Talbots, Bartons, Lynches and Johnstones - names which still resonate, illustrating the enduring power of the links established through the wine trade over many centuries.

Today the great red wines of Bordeaux, known to the English speaking world as Claret, are among the most famous and sought after in the world. But though the stage may be dominated by the left bank properties classified in 1855, and the great châteaux of the right bank appellations of St Emilion and Pomerol, there are also a great many unsung heros producing wines of real class and style across the region and its satellites. 


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Château Campillot

2010 Château Campillot, Médoc
 2015-2022
 12 Bottles
£108.00
£159.60
Dense concentration of ripe dark fruits. Complex and long. Very fine, from this outstanding vintage. 

Château Caronne Sainte Gemme

The website for Château Caronne Sainte Gemme can be found at http://www.chateau-caronne-ste-gemme.com

 
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2008 Château Caronne Sainte Gemme, Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Haut Médoc Halves
 2011-2020
 24 Halves
£166.00
£228.00
Classic Claret on the nose - lovely dark fruits and cedarwood aromas. Full of delicious supple fruit on the palate, with fine, fresh acidity and ripe, well integrated tannins. Superb drinking now and over the coming years from this highly dependable property. 
2012 Château Caronne Sainte Gemme, Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Haut Médoc
 2015-2021
 12 Bottles
£155.00
£216.00
"I like the nose on the Caronne Ste Gemme this year: nicely composed with well-integrated oak, understated but unfolding in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins and there is a touch of greenness, which takes the edge of this wine. Hopefully will gain some weight and flesh in barrel because it does have potential. Tasted April 2013. 87-89" Neal Martin in Wine Journal May 2013 

Château Doyenné

2010 Château Le Doyenné, 1ères Côtes de Bordeaux
 2013-2020
 12 Bottles
£140.00
£198.00
 

Château Grand Puy Lacoste

The website for Château Grand Puy Lacoste can be found at http://www.haut-batailley.fr/

 
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2016 Château Grand Puy Lacoste, 5ème Cru Pauillac
 2023-2055
 12 Bottles
£735.00
£914.40
The 2016 Grand-Puy-Lacoste has a superb, vibrant, tobacco-infused bouquet that soars from the glass; it is extremely well defined and classic, just as you expect from this Pauillac. The medium-bodied palate displays succulent tannin that hides the backbone supporting this wine. It is more approachable than the Grand Puy Lacoste of a decade ago, yet retains the essence of its terroir. This is one of the most elegant GPLs of recent years. 95" Neal Martin, RobertParker.com 

Château Haut Brion

The website for Château Haut Brion can be found at www.haut-brion.com

 
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2019 Le Clarence de Haut Brion, Graves, 2nd wine of Château Haut Brion
 
 12 Bottles
£1,150.00
TBA
 

Château Léoville Barton

The website for Château Léoville Barton can be found at http://www.leoville-barton.com

 
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2018 Château Léoville Barton, 2ème Cru St Julien
 
 12 Bottles
£758.00
TBA
 

Château Léoville Las Cases

The property of the legendary Jean-Hubert Delon and his sister Genviève d'Alton.  Las Cases is arguably the finest wine - and certainly the most expensive - of the St Julien appellation.  The wine of this château is almost always among the top 10 wines of the vintage.

 
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2019 Clos du Marquis, St Julien
 
 12 Bottles
£409.00
TBA
 

Château Mathiot

2016 Château Mathiot, Bordeaux
 2018-2023
 12 Bottles
£71.50
£117.00
 

Château La Mission Haut Brion

The website for Château La Mission Haut Brion can be found at www.mission-haut-brion.com

 
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2016 Château La Mission Haut Brion Rouge, Cru Classé Graves x 6
 2026-2066
 6 Bottles
£1,950.00
£2,356.20
"The 2016 La Mission Haut-Brion was stunning from barrel, and now in bottle. It has a sublime bouquet of blackberries, briar and hints of dark chocolate and rose petals that gain intensity with aeration while maintaining ethereal delineation. It never steps on the accelerator too hard. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin. There is still a veneer of new oak that will need to be assimilated over the coming years. This is a deep La Mission that caresses the mouth. Touches of graphite lingering on a finish that fans out gloriously. Is the 2016 up there with the 1955 or 1989? Nearly. 99" Neal Martin, RobertParker.com 

Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

The website for Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande can be found at http://www.pichon-lalande.com

 
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2018 Réserve de la Comtesse, Pauillac, 2nd wine of Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande
 
 12 Bottles
£402.00
TBA
 

Château Quintus

2019 Dragon de Quintus, Grand Cru St Emilion
 
 12 Bottles
£275.00
TBA
 
2019 Château Quintus, Grand Cru St Emilion
 
 12 Bottles
£840.00
TBA
 

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