If we've got an offer on the go then why not sign up to get first dibs? We look after our customers and those with a registered interest first and foremost before any offer hits the website. Put your email address into the box on the top right hand corner of this page and, if the computer says "Yes" (and you are over 18, of course), we'll put you on the list.
So, if a wine offer looks too good to be true then you can bet that it will end up as cooking wine.
But we simply refuse to sell rubbish wine! Our wine ends up on special offer for a number of reasons. The most common situation resulting from our bonded warehouses accidentally breaking our stock, leaving us with half-empty cases which the trade simply won't buy. So, if you don't need OWC and fancy a good deal, look out for these in our sales. Or occasionally Mark & Rupert just feel generous and go a bit mad on a Friday afternoon...so they might send out an email with a bargain.
We might have been offered the opportunity to clear a private cellar (something which we relish!) and if you're a registered customer you'll get first dibs. Recent gems have included Cheval Blanc '61 and Lafite '45.
Finally, we've got the limited offerings which come out annually for the top Bordeaux, Burgundy and Côte du Rhône Vintages. We may be a small business but our allocations are surprisingly impressive.
NOVEMBER 2015 DRINKING CLARET PRE-SHIPMENT OFFER
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It’s November...where did those 10 months go? No question, though, it is red wine season, and this quickie pre-shipment offer should help fill a few empty slots in your wine-rack. PRE-SHIPMENT specials are just that...it stands to reason that we can sharpen the price, in the safe knowledge that a case of wine is pre-sold before it has landed...no financing, no warehouse costs, no worries...so a better deal for all.
Fine Pauillac of a drinking vintage...that’ll be £50 a bottle, for starters. Might just be that not everyone wants to spend that kind of dosh on a claret, but finding a Pauillac that ticks all the boxes, taste-wise, and from a stellar vintage…just too much like hard work! Let me correct you: we have unearthed a gem, and 3 others besides.
Chateau Tour Sieujean 2010, Pauillac £205 duty paid, per 12 bottles
When choosing a wine, it is easy to select a bottle due to its perceived ‘status’, rather than concentrating on what’s actually within. Well here’s a Pauillac from a vineyard located on the Bages plateau - naturally home to Chateau Lynch-Bages amongst others, and at the far end, closer to the water, lies none other than Château Latour. That may sound good, but what is most important here is that the wine itself is absolutely cracking! Tasted alongside the other 4 wines below, this mighty impressive claret had an opulence to it that quite floored us. Vibrant, rich and full of sweet blackberry fruit and cassis. Two days later (such a good test of quality) the half sampled bottle tasted even better. Stunning value at £20.50 a bottle TAX included! Did I mention that it is from the outstanding 2010 vintage? Drink 2015 to 2022.
Most of you will have already got your debit cards out; but if, however, you prefer to buy wines whose status is more unmistakeable, we have a selection here that is very hard to beat, each being a second wine from three properly grown-up Châteaux. These “second wines” enjoy the same pedigree when it comes to the winemaking, and élevage. There is no coincidence in this selection, as Rauzan -Ségla and Château Canon are both owned by the Wertheimer family of Chanel, and John Kolasa, the man at the helm of both, before his retirement 3 months ago, was formerly at Château Latour, with whom there are still strong links.
Clos Canon 2010, Saint Emilion £250 duty paid, per 12 bottles.
2nd wine of one of St Emilion’s perennial overachievers, Château Canon…very much in the style of the Grand Vin but softer and more approachable. Delicious. And ready for this year’s turkey. 90% Merlot and 10% Cab-Franc; for some reason, despite Ch. Canon enjoying some of the very best terroir on the right bank, and hitting all the right notes, very much in the right order, the estate does not enjoy the same level of notoriety as, perhaps Pontet-Canet on the left bank does: quality-wise, they are equals. Price-wise, at twenty-five dabs on the table, well this is near give-away. Drink 2015 to 2024.
Ségla 2010, Margaux £275 duty paid, per 12 bottles.
2nd wine of top 2nd Growth Margaux, Château Rauzan-Ségla. Good depth without being overblown, the fruit is succulent and juicy, with no shortage of stuffing. Gorgeous balance here, this flows over the palette effortlessly. Gentle spice, soft textures and a fresh berry finish, this is a very profound second wine, and at well under £30 on the table, a veritable steal. Drink 2015 to 2025.
Pauillac de Château Latour 2008, Pauillac £495 duty paid, per 12 bottles
Some might say this is the 3rd wine from Pauillac’s finest, but since these days Forts de Latour is promoted as a separate wine in its own right, in my book this makes this Pauillac the second wine of Château Latour, with all the pedigree you would hope for, and then some! What more to say? This is Latour, at a fraction of the price...change from a fifty quid note! Since we secured only a few cases, no point in doing the hard sell. By all means buy this, but I shan’t be unhappy if you don’t. Drink 2015 to 2030.
Château Latour 2008, Pauillac £3,750 duty paid, per 12 bottles.
Should you be tempted.... it does, somewhat, highlight the value one above.