Wine of the day and Bordeaux 2010 release: Cantenac-Brown and Le Gay

Today’s wine of the day is a beautifully mature and silky Rioja – Reserva Riojas have to be aged for a legal minimum of 3 years, including at least 1 year in barrel (generally American oak), which produces the soft, smooth, vanilla-scented style that has made Rioja so popular.

2004 Campillo Reserva, Rioja
£85.00 per case of 12 in bond (discounted from £95.00)

Bordeaux Release: Cantenac-Brown:

2010 Château Cantenac Brown, Cru Classé Margaux
£435 per case of 12 bottles in bond
“One of the finest Cantenac Browns made in the last half century, the 2010 may be even more impressive than the 2009.” – Robert Parker. We don’t need to say much more, this is a tremendous wine

What a nose: deep, rich and loaded with cassis and blackberry. This sensational Margaux simply leaps out of the glass, with layer upon layer of pure fruit and subtle cedar aromas. There is a real harmony and focus to this wine, combining power and intensity with delicacy and grace. Super-fine tannins, a satin-like texture and refreshing acidity make this graceful wine an absolute joy to taste.
Drinking: 2015-2027

2010 Château Le Gay, Pomerol
£996.00 per case of 12 in bond

Only a tiny amount of this wine is made and, at 95-97+ Parker Points, is sure to be sought after.

The best Pomerols this year were characterised by a tightly-wound core of fine tannin and acidity, but opulently wrapped in an appetising mantle of rich, perfectly ripe fruit. Carefully handled, this produced exceptional results and Le Gay sits firmly in the front row for quality. With a production of less than 1,500 cases, Le Gay is always rare, and with the reduced production in 2010 even more so. Made from 90% Merlot and just 10% Cabernet Franc the structure achieved is extraordinary – this is real gem. As usual our allocation is tiny, unfortunately.
Drinking: 2015-2027

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