Tag Archives: 2009 en primeur

Alsace 2009 – Albert Boxler

As we release the 2009 wines from Albert Boxler, our Buying Assistant and envoy to the region back in July, Edwina,  shares her thoughts on this sometimes under-valued corner of the wine world and on this brilliant producer, an old favourite of Lay and Wheeler’s. For specific details on the range of wines offered, click here.  […]

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170 and counting

If today was a wine, the tasting note would read “Full and complex with a long but rewarding finish” as today we split into two groups to start the tasting marathon in earnest. As we wind down at the end of the day and review our notes, we’re not surprised that we’ve tasted 170 wines in one […]

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2009 Bordeaux: Focus on La Croix de Beaucaillou

2009 La Croix de Beaucaillou is one of our must-buys of the vintage, offering excellent St-Julien style and tremendous value for money.  As the second wine of Ducru-Beaucaillou, La Croix de Beaucaillou is made with the same care and attention to detail as the Grand Vin. With fruit taken from the same vineyards and vinified […]

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Bordeaux 2009 Releases: Talbot and La Lagune

Two well-priced releases from the Left Bank today, both of which have performed extremely well in this vintage. Thanks to huge investment in both vineyard and winery from M. Frey, La Lagune is improving with every vintage. Described by Robert Parker as “gorgeously aromatic” and the “quintessential expression of this terroir”, this is a delicious […]

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Bordeaux 2009 Round-Up

Things are beginning to heat up in Bordeaux and we are finally beginning to see some of the bigger names. We are also inevitably beginning to see some of the bigger prices. This, therefore, seemed as good a time as any to round-up the wines that we currently have available, including many that offer value […]

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Bordeaux 2009 Release: Lagrange, St-Julien

Lagrange has always been a favourite of ours, offering a classic and elegant expression of St-Julien. This is certainly the case in 2009, where this wine stands out as beautifully balanced and fresh, showing great poise and charm. 2009 Château Lagrange, Cru Classé St-Julien £399 per case of 12 bottles in bond While the nose […]

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Bordeaux 2009 Releases: Pavie-Macquin and Cantenac-Brown

Two high-scoring Bordeaux released this afternoon. Château Cantenac-Brown is under new ownership and the results in this vintage have been astonishing. Robert Parker gave the wine a score of 94-96 points, stating that this was the best wine ever produced at the property. In describing it, he said, “I have never seen a Cantenac Brown […]

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Bordeaux 2009 Release: Blanc de Lynch-Bages – £117/6

The first dry white that we have offered in this campaign, Blanc de Lynch-Bages impressed us with its attractive balance and fragrant fruit nature. An intricate blend of Sauvignon-Blanc, Semillon and Muscadelle, grown in parcels around the Lynch-Bages estate, this is fresh and aromatic, while maintaining the balance and body to reward cellarage.  2009 Blanc […]

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Bordeaux 2009 Releases: Château d’Armailhac & Alter Ego

Another wine from the illustrious stable of wines under the ownership of Mouton-Rothschild, Château d’Armailhac is a property that has undergone a radical transformation over recent years. This was very impressive in this vintage, receiving a score of 90-93 from Robert Parker, who stated that it was the best wine from this property ever produced. […]

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Bordeaux 2009: Two additional left bank releases

One of the smaller Cru Classé properties, Cos Labory has been in the same family for over 100 years and makes reliably good quality wines at modest prices.  2009 Château Cos-Labory, Cru Classé St-Estèphe £267 per case of 12 bottles in bond Very perfumed with a noticeably sweet fruit character. Cabernet Franc has thrived this […]

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