Monthly Archives: April 2010

A break from Bordeaux: Classic White Burgundy from Olivier Leflaive

While there is plenty of attention being lavished on Bordeaux, it can be easy to overlook some of the other interesting wines that are available.  However, the god Bacchus did not only smile on Bordeaux in 2009, but nearly every region in France has proclaimed the vintage one of the greatest in recent years. In […]

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Bordeaux 2009 – Two Right Bank Releases

Still quite quiet on the Bordeaux-front as Château-owners no doubt reflect on the scores attributed by Robert Parker and give some thought to their potential  prices.  So, just the two releases to tell you about today.  The first is a wine from the range of properties under the management of Moueix, all of which have […]

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Robert Parker releases his Bordeaux 2009 Report

Robert Parker is the American lawyer-turned wine critic who came to prominence during the 1982 Bordeaux en primeur campaign. Parker was amongst the first publicly to endorse the high quality what was seen by many as an untypical vintage. Parker’s forthright judgements have since found widespread favour both in his native US and elsewhere, though inevitably […]

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Bordeaux 2009 – Further Releases

Three new wines from the Bordeaux 2009 vintage are now available to purchase online. All three are part of the Jean-Pierre Moueix stable of wines, all of which have performed extremely well in this vintage. All three also offer excellent value for money.  2009 Château Puy-Blanquet, Grand Cru St-Emilion £120 per case of 12 bottles […]

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Bordeaux 2009 – First Releases

While we expect the majority of the top wines of the vintage to release their prices during May and June, some properties are beginning to become available. These are available to purchase online now:  2009 Château La Tour de By, Cru Bourgeois Médoc £108 per case of 12 bottles in bond Ripe on the nose, […]

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Bordeaux 2009: Great expectations fulfilled

Having recently returned from tasting in Bordeaux, we are pleased to report that the 2009 vintage has not fallen short of expectation. In fact, 2009 is by any standard a remarkable year. While there is not, perhaps, the consistency of the 2005 vintage, the top wines of the vintage are among the best (if not […]

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Rhône 2008 En Primeur – “Year of the Vigneron”

Following three excellent vintages in the Rhône Valley, 2008 had a hard act to follow. Nonetheless, our buying team, having travelled extensively throughout the region, were pleased to find that many top domaines had still produced high quality wines and it is the finest of these that feature in our Rhône 2008 offer. Strict selection […]

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New Lower Storage Rates

We are delighted to announce that we have reduced our storage rates and have removed the Portfolio Service minimum charge. Our new rates are as follows: £8.40 per case per year for customers paying by Direct Debit £10.80 per case per year for customers paying by other means There is now no minimum charge for […]

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Bordeaux 2009 Shopping List

Bordeaux 2009 Shopping List The Lay & Wheeler buying and sales teams, having now returned from Bordeaux, are currently working hard on pulling together all the information from their trip. We expect to be able to publish our views on the 2009 vintage and full tasting notes on the web next week. In the meantime, […]

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Vintage Roundup

The en primeur tasting week is a bit like Christmas. It dominates the few weeks before the big day then, suddenly, it’s already passed. This year in particular the days seemed to fly by as the wines, although hefty, were easier to taste than other years. Only on Thursday did my palate judder to a […]

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