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Sneak Peek: Fine Wine Sale

Posted by Robyn on Wed, November 28, 2012

Our annual Fine Wine sale begins tomorrow; it is exclusive to our stores and because of stock limitations will not be available online*. There are some very rare wines in limited quantities so my advice is make sure you don’t miss out – get in quick to your local store.

*If you cannot get to a store please contact our sales team on 1850269777

There are 18 wines in the main sale (some of which are listed below) covering eight of the world’s most famed fine wine regions. In addition to this there is a whole gamut of top-shelf wines from around the world featured in stores as “Cults, Icons & Classics”. All in all there should be a top notch wine in there to suit every possible palate.

NB: Links are information puposes only – not available online.

THE BORDELAIS:

Château Kirwan 2007  Now €41.99 (Was €59.99)

Elegant Margaux, which lovely richness to the fruit, modern and ripe with new top drawer oak ageing. Complex & layered. Drink:  from now to 2025.(4**** Rating in Decanter)

Château Giscours 2008 Now €38.99 (Was €48.99)

Rated “Outstanding” and one of Wine Enthusiast’s Top 100 Fine Wines of the year 2011. Concentrated, dark fruit, fine oak, complex and serious. Top Margaux. Drink: From now to 2025 (94 points Wine Enthusiast)

Château Cordeillan-Bages 1992 Now €32.99 (Was €54.99)

Boutique estate owned and run by Lynch Bages. Superb vineyards that are as goo as top Pauillac Châteaux. This is perfectly mature, highly complex red.

Charmes de Kirwan 2007 Now €22.99 (Was €34.99)

Upfront and fruit driven and displaying Kirwan’s hallmarks of ripeness and toasty oak. Decant an hour before serving with roast beef on New Year’s Day.

Pauillac de Lynch Bages 2009 Now €25.99 (Was €35.99)

A very special wine from Lynch-Bages, made in small quantities from the  Château’s vineyards and designed for  earlier drinking. What makes this even more impressive is this fantastic quality of fruit from the 2009 vintage.

THE ITALIANS:

Campogiovanni Brunello 2007 Now €24.99 (Was €39.99)

Structured and powerful with masses of savoury richness and dense, dark fruit. This has years to go but already offers considerable charm and alluring fruit. (92 points Spectator)

Musella Amarone Riserva 2007 Now €32.99 (Was €48.99)

Amongst the elite in Amarone, wonderfully rich and concentrated with a mass of black fruit and fine oak. Great structure yet velvet in texture, a truly hedonistic red to be drunk at its best after the meal with hard mature cheeses. (92 Points Wine Enthusiast)

Ascheri Barolo Coste & Bricco 2008 Now €28.99 (Was €44.99)

From one of the true Barolo masters Matteo Ascheri’s top Barolo is a supremely elegant, multi-layered Barolo. Decant at least an hour before serving with roast beef/lamb.

Tignanello 2009 Now €60.00 (Was €85.00)

One of Italy’s most famous and highly acclaimed wines. Antinori’s Tignanello  was one of the first Super-Tuscans and a true Italian rival to the best Bordeaux. (94 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate)

THE ICON:

Clos Du Val Stag’s Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Was €57.99 (Now €37.99)

One of the all-time greats from the Napa Valley immortalised by its role in the famous Judgement of Paris tastings – in particular the re-match 10 years later where it became was the champion red. This superb wine hails from the Stag’s Leap District (California’s equivalent of a Grand Cru) and is an incredibly concentrated wine; powerful, multi-layered and built to age.

THE KEEPER:

Duorum Vintage Port 2007 Now €39.99 (Was €49.99)

From the upper Duorum Valley and made by one of Portugal’s greatest winemakers (Jose Maria Soares Franco) this is a beautifully aromatic port full of violet, blueberry and dark spice. Superb. (93 Points Wine Enthusiast)

Tags: Fine Wine (2) , Wine Sale (19)

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Three make the TOP 100

Posted by Robyn on Fri, November 23, 2012

It is the list to top all lists. Every year Wine Spectator publishes its Top 100 wines of the year and winemakers and producers round the world scroll down the list hoping to see one of their own wines on the list. This year we are particulairly happy as three of our direct imports have made it onto to the list.

“Since 1988, Wine Spectator has compiled a list of the most exciting wines we’ve reviewed over the past 12 months. These 100 wines reflect significant trends, recognize outstanding producers and spotlight successful regions and vintages around the world.” - WS

Over 10,000 wines get tasted throughout the year and the final hundred are selected for the December issue. For the first time in its history Simon Waghorn’s Astrolabe Sauvignon Blanc 2011 has made it into the top 100 a huge achievement for Astrolabe one of only three. (currently €13.99 was €16.99)

A veteran of the list Rust en Vrede has made it into the Top 100 for an unprecedented 5th time. Jean Englebrecht’s super Estate Red 2008 has cemented Rust en Vrede’s reputation as one of South Africa’s “First Growths”. €27.99 (back early next year)

Bodegas Norton’s extraordinary year continues with the Malbec Reserva 2010 (coming soon) making it onto the list this success follows on hot the tails of Jorge Riccitelli scooping “Winemaker of the Year” at the Wine Star Awards. The Malbec Reserva 2009 is currently in stock at €11.49 (was 12.99)

This is a major achievement for all three producers and it nicely rounds of an extraordinary year of awards and achievements for our portfolio of direct imports.

Keep an eye out for the Rust en Vrede landing next March - our allocation never last long! Meanwhile there are a few bottle of the (92 point) 2007 vintage in some of the stores. Leave a comment here if you want to track one down.

Simon Waghorn’s superb Astrolabe Sauvignon 2011 is in all stores now.

Tags: Astrolabe (1) , Awards (3) , New Zealand (2) , Simon Waghorn (1) , winemaker (22)

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And Best Director goes to…Jorge Riccitelli!!

Posted by Robyn on Fri, November 16, 2012

If the Wine Star Awards represent the wine world’s equivalent of the Oscars then the Winemaker of the Year must surely be the equivalent of Best Director. This year’s big award goes to Jorge Riccitelli the head winemaker of Argentine superstar estate Bodegas Norton.

The Wine Star awards - run by heavyweight US wine magazine Wine Enthusiast - has grown over the last decade into the glitziest, “must be at” event in the international wine calendar. For the winners these prestigious Oscar-style awards carry with them huge international acclaim and a guaranteed increase in profile as well as opening many a door that may previously have been closed or only ajar.

Bodegas Norton has been making wine for 117 years and is widely regarded as one of the country’s finest estates.

No small amount of their current fame is down to Jorge who has been at the helm for the last 21 years. Norton’s wines are continuously singled out for the purity of their fruit and for an elegance not always seen in the wines of their compatriots. Altitude and top drawer wine-making -obviously – both have a key role to play in the elegance and freshness of the Norton wines even the biggest of the range the Privada Blend is full-flavoured yet never heavy or cloying.

We have been working with Norton for a number of years and the wines from the floral, fragrant Torrontes, through the Reservas up to Privada Blend have become firm staff and customer favourites. There isn’t a dud in the line-up and those hallmarks of freshness and elegance permeate through the entire range.

So why not toast the winemaker of the year Jorge with his flagship wine Norton Privada Blend* on special for €13.99 (was €17.99) until the end of December…. Bravo Jorge!

*Match this multi-layered, blackberried red - Argentine style - with a good rib-eye or T-bone and a rich pepper sauce.

Here is  what some of the world’s top wine publications have to say about  Norton’s wines:

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate on Privada Blend 2009 €13.99 (was €17.99) -

“..sourced from vines ranging in age from 50 to 80 years old, fermented with native yeasts, and raised for 16 months in new French oak. It is a complex offering with an elegant personality, layers of succulent fruit, ample structure…  This outstanding value will be at its best from 2013 to 2024” - 91 points

 Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate on Privada Malbec 2008 €19.99 (limited quantities in select stores)

“..Alluring notions of sandalwood, exotic spices, cherry blossom, espresso, black cherry, and black raspberry set the stage for a dense, ripe, voluptuous Malbec with impeccable balance and a lengthy, fruit-filled finish. It will evolve for several years, but its succulent character makes it hard to resist now” - 91 points

 Wine Spectator on Reserva Malbec 2009 €11.49 (was €12.99)

“Polished and supple, with fine tannins framing the rich kirsch, plum sauce and cassis notes, supported by a firm yet creamy frame, with hints of mocha and spice” - 89 points

Tags: Argentina (1) , Awards (3) , Wine Matching (1) , Winemaker (2)

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Lynch-Bages - Come taste some wine!

Posted by Robyn on Fri, November 09, 2012

If you are anywhere near the Beacon South Quarter in Sandyford and have a free half an hour I strongly urge you to pop into our Beacon Store. Instore tonight from 6-9pm a fantastic selection of fine wine will be on tasting - free of charge.

Florent Cazuax representing Domaines Jean-Michel Cazes will be pouring wines from the Cazes family estates ranging from L’Ostal Cazes - their stunning Minervois wines – through to their highly acclaimed Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine des Sénéchaux right up to Château Lynch-Bages itself. Along the way there is a chance to taste an Irish exclusive of their exceedingly rare, just released, “Pauillac de Lynch-Bages” (the Château wine’s youngest brother). Not forgetting the astounding, beautifully mature 1992 Château Cordeillan-Bages. A wine which at 20 years old is perfect proof of the impeccable ageing potential of fine Bordeaux.

If all of that still doesn’t float your boat the staff at the Beacon will be on hand to pour a sneak preview of our upcoming Fine Wine Sale.

Here Bordeaux features in the guise of Château Kirwan 2007 and Giscours 2008 and if Italy is your thing then great Barolo, Brunello and one of the finest ever Amarones will all be open. Just don’t forget to taste Tignanello before finishing up with Clos Du Val’s Iconic Stag’s Leap Cabernet.

However if you can’t be there Friday the staff at the Beacon will have all these wines on tasting again on Saturday from 1pm-6pm.

So whatever you are doing over the next 48 hours you could do worse than call by and enjoy a free and informal fine wine experience.

Full list of the wines on tasting below:

L’ Ostal Cazes Eclipse White 2011 €14.99   

Domaine des Sénéchaux Châteauneuf-du-Pape (White) 2010 €34.99

L’ Ostal Cazes Eclipse Red 2010 €14.99

L’ Ostal Cazes Estibals 2008 €15.99

L’Ostal Cazes Grand Vin 2008 €21.99

Domaine des Sénéchaux Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2009 now €29.99 (was €37.99)

Pauillac de Lynch Bages 2009 €35.99  (€25.99 in the FWS)

Château Cordeillan-Bages 1992 €54.99 (€32.99in the FWS)        

Château Lynch-Bages 2007 €89

Discounts apply from the 29th of November to the 2nd of December

Charmes de Kirwan 2007 €22.99 (was €34.99)

Château Giscours 2008  €38.99 (was €48.99)                   

Château Kirwan 2007 €41.99 (was €59.99) 

Torres Mas la Plana 2007 €39.99 (was €45.99)                

Sierra Cantabria Coleccion Privada 2008 €24.99 (was €36.99)  

Ascheri Barolo Coste & Bricco 2008 €28.99  (was €44.99)          

San Felice Campogiovanni Brunello 2007 €24.99 (was €39.99) 

Musella Amarone Riserva 2007 €32.99 (was €48.99)       

Stag’s Leap Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 €37.99 (was €57.99)

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Only 250 cases!!

Posted by Robyn on Fri, November 02, 2012

If you are a fan of great Loire Sauvignon Blanc then pay attention, in fact if you are a fan of Sauvignon Blanc full stop, then pay attention.

We have a very special and very small allocation of a mouth-watering Sauvignon from Touraine in the Loire. This cracking wine is made by Thierry Delaunay owner/winemaker of Domaine Joel Delaunay. The wine is called le Bois Martin and it is currently €9.99 (was €12.99) – while stocks last.

For along time now Delaunay’s Sauvignon Blancs have been astoundingly aromatic,  one of the few French Sauvignons that can genuinely rival Marlborough in terms of sheer pungency and aromatic intensity.

Grown on a mixture of sand/clay and limestone this Sauvignon gets an extra 3 months ageing on its fine lees adding to its complexity and broadening the texture.

What you are left with is a superbly concentrated, mineral driven Sauvignon Blanc that rivals any we have tasted all year.

But be quick before we are left with none! – in select stores * and online now.

* Beacon, Ballybrack, Glasnevin, Rathmines, Sandymount, Dalkey, Donnybrook, Malahide.

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