Our annual Fine Wine sale begins takes place this weekend and this year we have put together our biggest (and we think best) line-up to date!
We have fifty wines on offer and as usual, all the classic fine wine regions are very well represented; Cru Classé Bordeaux, Fine Burgundy (red and white), Barolo, Brunello and Rioja to name but a few.
Between them, these wines have garnered more Parker Points and Decanter Medals than you could shake a stick at and many of them will be very well known to all.
So, safe in the knowledge that we have all the major fine wine bases covered, I thought I would take the opportunity to have a look at some of the more esoteric offerings in the line-up.
A strong candidate for consideration as the Rías Baixas region’s finest wine, La Comtesse de Pazo Barrantes is Albariño, but not as we know it; incredible fruit concentration and very clever use of oak has yielded a wine of great complexity, I think the note below says it all.
“If you want to combine Albariño and oak, this is how it should be done. This is the best vintage of La Comtesse to date.”
Rated “Outstanding”, 93/100, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate"
Sticking with the theme of reworking a classic wine style, Dalmau is grown at the high altitude Ygay estate in la Rioja Alta and is handled with the same care and attention as the other premium wines in the Marqués de Murrieta family.
What marks this wine out though is the inclusion of 15% Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend, this adds not only structure but also a multi-dimensional character to the wine. Little surprise then that it also picked up an ‘Outstanding’ rating and a whopping 94 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate.
When we think of fine wine, France’s youngest wine region the Languedoc might not immediately spring to mind, but Gérard Bertrand is on a mission to change all of that. 'la Forge' is sourced from a superb parcel of land on Gérard’s family estate Domaine de Villemajou in Corbières-Boutenac. This blend of Syrah and Carignan is without doubt, one of the finest wines produced anywhere in the Languedoc and beyond!
All in all, there are some very rare wines in limited quantities so the best advice is to get in quick to your local store to make sure you don’t miss out!