Mature vintages | New arrivals for the new year

The festivities might well have emptied your cellar…so we’re here to help! We’ve restocked our selection of mature vintages, including grands crus, large formats, and dessert wines ready to uncork.

A paradise of the vintage effect, Bordeaux is always worth your time when it comes to mature bottles. The reds often combine fruity and floral notes with deliciously evolved hints of fine wood, toast, mushrooms and undergrowth. Between the character of the left bank (Lafite Rothschild Carruades 1993, Branaire Ducru 2010 and Pontet Canet 1991), the delicacy of Pessac Léognan (Domaine de Chevalier 2009 and Haut-Brion 1994) and the charm of the right bank (Angélus 2005, Cheval Blanc 1986 and Figeac 1990), you’re set for the new year.

Head for the Rhône, where the wines also deserve to rest for a few years in the cellar in to soften the influence of granitic terroirs on the northern crus and the sunny element of the southern ones. We fully recommend Alain Voge’s Cornas Les Vieilles Vignes 2004, Guigal’s Côte-Rôtie La Landonne 2011 and Jean-Louis Chave’s Hermitage 2009. Further south, consider the Clos de l’Oratoire des Papes’ Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2008 and Saint-Cosme’s Gigondas Valbelle 1998.

Burgundy will enchant you with the charm of its ageing Chardonnays (Michel Bouzereau & Fils’ Meursault 1er cru Les Genevrières 2011, Hubert Lamy’s Saint-Aubin 1er cru Clos de La Chatenière 2008) and the noble nature of its Pinot Noir (Romanée-Conti’s échezeaux 2010, Chanson’s Beaune 1er cru Bressandes 2008).

Dare to look beyond the classic by trying a bottle from the Beaujolais. The Morgon appellation is represented here by the 2006 and 2007 Côte-du-Py from Dominique Piron, one of our superb partner estates. Otherwise, from the Jura, you might want to try a regional speciality: the Arbois En Spois 2011 from Bénédicte and Stéphane Tissot, a vin jaune that will also easily keep for a few years in the cellar.

Cellaring wines par excellence, sweet cuvées are plenty in this selection. From Bordeaux, highlights include the Climens 2005, Yquem 1983 and Rieussec 2010. From the South-West, let yourself be surprised by the Gaillac Vin d’Antan 2002 from Plageoles. From the Loire, Chenin expresses itself magnificently through Patrick Baudouin’s Coteaux-du-Layon Sélection de Grains Nobles 1999 and Domaine Huet‘s Vouvray Le Mont Moelleux 1ère Trie 2002.

As you can see, your cellar is likely to fill up much faster than you thought 😉

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