Monthly Archives: May 2011

Bordeaux New Release: Amelisse

Denis Durantou has made, in his Château Eglise-Clinet, one of the most highly rated wines in the 2010 vintage – scoring one of Robert Parker’s highest scores for the vintage of 96-100 points.  As well as Petite Eglise, the second wine of Eglise-Clinet, he also makes a 100% Merlot St-Emilion – Château Amelisse, a wine we have […]

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Bordeaux 2010 New Release: Potensac

Always a wine to punch considerably above its classification-weight, Château Potensac greatly impressed us this year when tasted alongside its “bigger” siblings of Clos du Marquis and Léoville-Las-Cases. Excellent value for money, this is a perfect wine for lovers of classically-styled claret. 2010 Château Potensac, Cru Bourgeois Médoc £177 per case of 12 bottles in bond […]

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Bordeaux 2010 New Releases: Chasse Spleen & Paveil de Luze

Today was a quieter day than anticipated, but we have two new releases this afternoon, both Cru Bourgeois and both offering great value. Chasse-Spleen is always popular with Lay & Wheeler customers, performing considerably above its classification in most vintages – 2010 being no exception. 2010 Château Chasse-Spleen, Cru Bourgeois Moulis £216  per case of […]

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Bordeaux 2010 New Release: Du Tertre

If you are looking for classically styled Margaux, then look no further – this is  benchmark, traditional claret. We greatly enjoyed this at our tastings, favouring its almost austere nature and tightly-wound character. Neal Martin of the Wine Advocate described it as follows:  “…tightly coiled and not as flamboyant as its peers, but that is […]

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Bordeaux 2010 New Release: Lafon Rochet

Arguably the world’s most yellow Château, Lafon-Rochet – under the leadership of Basile Tesseron – has been going from strength to strength over recent vintages, with Robert Parker saying that the 2010 “may [be the] finest Lafon-Rochet to date”.   He gave it 92-94 points, saying “Although a classified growth, this wine is an undeniable sleeper […]

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Bordeaux New Releases: Le Crock and Moulin Riche

As we neared the end of our day yesterday, we were brightened by the release of two great wines from the Cuvélier stable – of Léoville-Poyferré fame. These two wines are perennial favourites of ours, offering style and substance at very fair prices. 2010 Château Le Crock, Cru Bourgeois St-Estèphe £180 per case of 12 […]

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Bordeaux 2010 New Releases: Doisy Daene and Sociando Mallet

The releases are beginning to come a little more regularly now, despite this being, according to Decanter, the slowest Bordeaux en primeur campaign ever.  Today has seen a few more wines that we thought were excellent release their prices, including Château Doisy-Daëne 2010 Château Doisy-Daëne, Cru Classé Barsac £159 per case of 6 bottles in […]

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Bordeaux 2010 New Release: Capbern-Gasqueton

Owned by the Gasqueton family, of Calon-Ségur fame, this is a Cru Bourgeois that greatly impressed us in this vintage. Taking its more famous sibling as a model, this has great structure, purity and St-Estéphe minerality, but balanced by a lush fruit character that makes this more immediately approachable than the more reticent Calon-Ségur.  2010 […]

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Bordeaux 2010 New Release: Château Rieussec

Another great release for the end of the week: Château Rieussec, one of the most consistent and sought-after of the Sauternes in any vintage. 2010 was a good vintage for Sauternes and the resultant Rieussec is richly concentrated, fragrant and beautiful. 2010 Château Rieussec, Cru Classé Sauternes £267 per case of 6 bottles in bond […]

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The Fine Wine Plan

Lay & Wheeler has been running the Fine Wine Plan for many years. A simple way to build a bespoke wine collection for the future, it is an ideal scheme for anyone just dipping their toes into the world of  fine wine, as well as a way for more experienced collectors to purchase the wines they want. With […]

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