Bordeaux 2023 En Primeur

You can read our vintage report and editorials here.

Case of 6

    Name
    Type
    Notes
    Case Size
    Price
    Quantity
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    A compote of red and black fruit on the nose, then quite a tight, tannic feel to this, quite gutsy with a fine bead of oak behind some decent dark fruit at the core. Attractive and complete, this may be more of a keeper than others, needing time to show its best. The second property of Domaine de Chevalier since 2009, it’s a useful wine, well-made  by the main team and an honest one that gets overlooked.

    Case of 6

    £94.50
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    Another lovely nose with sweet fruit, almost creamy, then a burst of currant and mulberry. Fresh on the palate, with a bit more blueberry and purity on the finish. Good Pauillac power, this feels like it will take on more texture and weight with age. Straightforward but looks good value, simply lacks a bit of recognition. 3-9 years.

    Case of 6

    £102.00
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    To our minds (and taste) Ormes de Pez is often the most subdued, and therefore approachable, wine coming out of the Lynch-Bages stable. We tasted at the enormous, airport-esque edifice that is the new Lynch-Bages building, hoping that less is more. Possible this year it is. There’s a lovely spicy note on a black fruit nose, mulberry hit and a core of damson on the palate. Dense, stoney character yet a juicy side comes through too and there’s a well-knit, quite fresh feel on the finish. Very decent Saint-Estèphe.

    Case of 6

    £105.00
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    We have long been fans of the second wine of Grand-Puy Lacoste, as it is always a very affordable close copy of the grand vin. While it may drink a bit earlier than usual, with its easy going structure in 2023, Lacoste is brimming with fresh, plummy fruit and has a clean, raspberry finish. A very attractive, approachable second. 3-9 years. 

    Case of 6

    £111.00
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    With very similar aspects and position to neighbouring Montrose we have often enjoyed Meyney, even back in the Cordier days (which could be slightly hit-or-miss). Since being taken over in 2004 by CA Bank the quality is more consistent, the fruit more stylish. This year sees a dark colour, possibly from 12% Petit Verdot, and a big juicy palate. Blackberry jam comes through and there?s a seamless, pure fruit finish. Meyney is an easy wine to like this year, for mid-term drinking.

    Case of 6

    £114.00
  • Still White | Case of 6

    Still White

    From a one hectare plot on a property managed by Olivier Bernard and the team from Domaine de Chevalier, this has wonderful intensity and minerality with plenty of white fruit on the palate which has real energy vivacity. Complex and long with a real terroir feel to it this is a realy impressive wine.

    Case of 6

    £117.00
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    Set in a magnificent position up on the limestone plateau, Laroque must be one of the most impressive châteaux in the Saint-Emilion region, with the bonus that it is making fabulous wine! Between 1920-1950 it fell into disrepair but is forging back; with David Suire at the helm the critics (and ourselves) love it. Crushed raspberry and strawberry fill the nose, then it is limpid in the glass, juicy and vibrant. The texture is suave, the wine very focused with a bright fresh feel. It has a chalky structure but there's superb balance and a sensual core of fruit. A lovely long, sophisticated style, truly impressive. 5-15+ years.

    Case of 6

    £120.00
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    This is a magnificent medieval château complete with restored drawbridge over a wide moat. You can imagine the knights of the tourney charging up the tilt ground in front, maybe to secure a barrel of this excellent red Pessac. Enough of the whimsy, Olivier has made a sweetly fruited and vibrant wine in 2023 with lashings of red plum and raspberry, a fine backbone of tannin, a joyfully juicy centre and the cutting edge of a clean finish. Definitely worth fighting for some. 5-15 years.

    Case of 6

    £120.00
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    A higher than usual slug of Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot give this some real backbone. Subtle aromas of blackcurrant, tobacco and a hint of mint lead to a well-structured mid-palate. Fresh with quite chewy tannins a dark fruit core, there’s plenty of promise here, probably one for lovers of ‘classic’ claret

    Case of 6

    £121.00
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    Cantemerle is currently a building site (GM Laure Canu was unfeasibly calm in the midst of an unlikely finish for ‘En Prim Week’) but the wine is formidable. Very attractive, it impressed again, plenty of volume and density of mulberry and damson fruit all in harmony with tension and texture. Balance is good, finish is clean and fresh. On form, as it so often is.

    Case of 6

    £121.50
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    The wine that used to be Lalande Borie is high in Merlot this year, and comes from 40 ha in Saint-Julien close to Lagrange. They had a lot of mildew problems but the resulting wine is juicy and generous, full of red plum and raspberry. Tight, tannic backbone with fresh damson and blueberry finish. A bit edgy but balance will be good, needs a bit of time. 3-9 years. 

    Case of 6

    £123.00
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    An excellent Sociando this year, winemaker François Hugueniot has tamed the terroir here, just north of Saint-Estèphe, to make a wine full of depth and character with good black fruit, ripe, sappy tannins and long length. It still has the trademark minerality and structure but there is balance with the fruit and this will be less challenging when young than in years gone by.5 to 15 years.

    Case of 6

    £130.50
  • Still White | Case of 6

    Still White

    A floral and citrus nose leads to a palate with full and waxy flavours, pear and quince with excellent minerality, vivacious and sappy. Very well balanced with great length. A textbook white Bordeaux. 3-7 years. 

    Case of 6

    £139.50
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    Ben Sichel, winemaker at Angludet, described a particularly challenging time in 2023, with the heat of 2022 as the root cause of a significant drop in yield compared with many other properties.There is 17% Petit Verdot in the blend, which gives a lush core to the wine and a pretty, juicy character. There's silky tannin backing the fresh raspberry fruit, and a clean, pure finish. This is a mid-term Margaux of high quality, it's organic traits very much to the fore. 5-15 years. 

    Case of 6

    £144.00
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    It was mentioned, in passing, that the big cruise ships are going to be stopping at Pauillac later this summer. When they do the occupants will see the brand new buildings and facilities that are just being finished including a gravity-fed chai. We suspect this will put Grand Puy Ducasse firmly on the map! Another wine that is on an upward path, the 2023 has a terrific nose with masses of black fruit and hints of tobacco behind, even a touch of polished leather. The tannins are silky and there is power in the texture and body here, balanced and precise oak bring plenty to the party. Should outlive many peers of the same quality.

    Case of 6

    £144.00
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    Much more density and richness from the top dog in the Lorenzetti Family stable. Jean-Michel Wilmotte is increasing the polish and precision every vintage, and it shows. They got their Cabernet, which comes from plots all over Pauillac, harvested at the right time, and the focus is perfect. Behind some lovely mulberry and blackberry fruit is a touch od spice, powerful but silky tannins and excellent length of flavour. Generous, harmonious, quite linear but easy on the finish. As good as we can remember.

    Case of 6

    £150.00
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    An attractive lesser-known Pomerol which flies somewhat under the radar because the quality here is always good. Ripe dark plum on the nose with a touch of mulberry. Nice mouthfeel, soft and round backed with nice tension and good length. Very nice juiciness with texture and substance, and a precise slightly salty finish. Another good effort.

    Case of 6

    £150.00
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    The Pauillac member of the Villars-Lurton stable made plenty of wine this year, 53 hl/ha and all of it biodynamic with that clean, fresh Villar feel that Claire puts on her wines. Darker in colour with a riper, richer nose from being further up the Médoc, the fruit fills the mouth and there’s some chalky tannin behind it. More intense than the Margaux wines, it has drive and presence as well as a fuller finish. A good, well-made choice this year.

    Case of 6

    £153.00
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    From the plateau in Pomerol, as the name suggests close to the church, this is an excellent wine with the clay soil giving super depth with good tannins. There is plenty of red and black fruit to give balance as well as the juiciness typical of the vintage. Owned by the Casteja family since 1973, this property is making excellent value wines. 5-15 years.

    Case of 6

    £156.00
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    A very successful wine with plenty of black cherry fruit on the palate, soft tannins and touches of attractive, toasty oak. This is a medium weight well balanced wine with good freshness. Well situated at the edge of the Pomerol plateau between Gazin and La Fleur-Pétrus. Run by JP Moueix since 1976.

    Case of 6

    £156.00
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    Frederic Casteja makes things happen in Bordeaux. “A good campaign is a quick campaign,” he said, while berating neighbours who watch the market and sit on their hands. His tenure at Batailley has improved the quality while keeping the price under control, and his wine is once again a firm recommendation. Almost minty on the nose, over sweet black fruit. Then dense on the palate with a bit of chew, currant on the back palate. Linear and grainy with an oak framework, this feels blocky, gourmand and should keep a bit.

    Case of 6

    £162.00
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    Appealing, fresh blackberry and currant on the nose that continues to the palate where a framework of toasty oak takes over with a lick of liquorice in behind. Claire Villars-Lurton explained that the tannins here have got silkier from better vine management and stopping pumping-over several vintages back. Ferrière is stylish, has a swish feel to it, and is rather overlooked in Margaux in general - it is a Third growth and Eric Boissenot consults.

    Case of 6

    £162.00
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    Lafon Rochet has joined the Pedesclaux stable that includes Lilian-Ladouys and d’Issan, and they have lured Christophe Congé from Lafite to push the quality forward. We’ve always liked the wine which is usually true to type, a sensible Saint-Estephe at a sensible price that ages well. Tasting with the team we felt that once again this is a worthy effort, very characteristic of the vintage with red plum freshness, a stony feel to the centre and a bright, ripe, long feel in the mouth. The tannins are quite chalky, the overall feel is vivid and pure.

    Case of 6

    £165.00
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    Yet more applause for this wine from the Borie-Manoux (Batailley) stable, now a good value Pauillac with damson, a soft texture at its core and easy oak giving a round, friendly structure. Freddie Casteja, who’s family home this is, has been working hard to improve his wine and that work is paying off. This is a well made and characterful mouthful.

    Case of 6

    £171.00
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    The last remnants of the building site have gone and Langoa is looking great, running full steam ahead. Even the garden has avoided being ravaged by the local wild boar population? for the moment. Lilian is also extremely pleased with the layout of the ne

    Case of 6

    £177.00
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    A mixture of red plum and blueberry fruit, more complex and dynamic in feel than Petit Ducru with subtle oak propping up the freshness of fruit on the mid-palate. Quite dense in the mouth with more blueberry and blackberry, nice balance of some grip and fresh acidity. Well made, not as polished as some but plenty of character.

    Case of 6

    £183.00
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    Not to be over looked, the Saint-Pierre provides a wealth of concentrated black and purple fruit and lavender on the nose. With ample refreshing acidity and chalky tannins, this is classic medium bodied Saint-Julien with an excellent depth of core fruit.

    Case of 6

    £195.00
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    A very good Pagodes, attractive and ripe, with a relatively high percentage of Merlot giving plenty of ripe fruit with balanced tannins and good minerality on the finish.

    Case of 6

    £198.00
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    The difficult-to-pronounce sibling of Mouton-Rothschild has a great, dark fruit nose, then is quite brooding on the palate. The back palate is lifted with a bright, exhuberant style to it, slightly chalky tannins and density on the finish. It's a decent e

    Case of 6

    £204.00
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    From a property on the limestone plateau close to the town of St Emilion this has lovely strawberry aromas with a very complete palate with more black fruit and even hints of liquorice. There is just a hint of oak on the finish which also has good, soft tannins and attractive freshness. 5-15 years.

    Case of 6

    £220.50
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    Plenty of investment here too is paying off. There’s more presence in the 2023, lovely tension and purity with plenty of red and black fruit vying for position. The harvest was early and the fresh aromatics give a pretty feel to it, while the shape is smooth and round in the mouth. Nicely integrated oak just creeps into the finish. A well balanced, enjoyable Margaux that will last a bit.

    Case of 6

    £225.00
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    A very complete wine with masses of blackcurrant fruit, supple tannins and good freshness. This has real presence together with balance and elegance. The 9 hectare proprty has belonged to the Vayron family sine 1840 and is well situated on the gentle slope of the Pomerol plateau.

    Case of 6

    £225.00
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    Another great effort with lots of Saint-Julien quality. They have used more Cabernet in the blend than ever, due to the tricky vintage but that fruit was perfectly ripe as they waited to pick after the rain, and sorted extensively on picking. The nose is a wonderful cassis, mulberry and currant medley, followed by a slug of blueberry in the mouth. Tannins are fine, supple and add to the succulence you feel, the whole is charming, soft with lovely length and shape. It’s a delicious mid-term wine this year, highly recommended.

    Case of 6

    £231.00
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    Another Margaux with a terrific pedigree that is rather overshadowed by more shouty neighbours. The long-time organic management gives Durfort a clean, mineral edge and bright acidity that zips from the glass. There’s mint and liquorice on the nose before a palate that has succulence yet is precise and focused. Blackcurrant comes through to give a juicy, full bore flavour and a classy edge. It is more elegant than 2022, more freshness and perhaps more charm.

    Case of 6

    £240.00
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    An early morning for Jeremie who had been on frost watch since 3.30am and looked tired if relieved. His two sons Adriane and Etienne are soon to join him in the business, maintaining the high standards we know this super little property commands. This vintage is simply delicious, extraordinarily approachable with a great nose and a lush Pomerol feel in the mouth. It's savoury and sweet at the same time, with silky tannins on a pure, plummy character, tempered and soft yet perfectly balance. A brilliant wine that deserves more recognition. 5-15 years.

    Case of 6

    £246.00
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    The excellent run of form continues for this ambitious Château. Aromas of spice, blackcurrant, plum and mulberry leap out of the glass, leading to a mid-weight palate of red and black fruit, graphite and creamy oak. Displaying classic Margaux silkiness, the tannins are super fine. Compact and pure, this is very well balanced Brane-Cantenac which should appeal to its growing legion of fans! 5-15 years.

    Case of 6

    £267.00
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    A very attractive wine that director Thomas Soules describes as 'Atlantic style' with juicy, soft fruit with easy, ripe tannins and good freshness, minerality and balance. The Cabernet Franc was very successful here, resulting in a high percentage being used in the blend. This property is located just below the town of St-Emilion and has a fascinating history. One of the ancestors of the owners, the Malet-Roquefort family, even accompanied William of Normandy in 1066!

    Case of 6

    £270.00
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    So often 'Gentleman's Claret', this year you'll find a svelte, trimmed wine with lovely curranty notes on the nose, some cedar even, then very swish in the mouth, poised and elegant with layers of fruit and spice. Refined and easy while long in the finish, it has perfect oak and a fluid, fresh feel. Emmeline Borie was very pleased with it, rather more so than with her builders who have started on a new winery but are taxing her patience. "It will be wonderful for your next visit, she said, adding, "hopefully next year!" No need to wait until then for a brilliant wine, however. Buy the 2023.

    Case of 6

    £273.00
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    Another big and juicy wine from Pessac, there is plenty of smooth black and red fruit here, quite layered in the mouth with some firm grained tannins mid-palate. The oak is smoky, there is good length, the whole wine is quite straightforward and structured without much elegance but plenty of presence. There was a lot of sorting of grapes here this year, and after 40 vintages Olivier Bernard feels he is still learning! Chevalier is a chunky wine this year, reflecting those deep gravel soils.

    Case of 6

    £276.00
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    Tasted at the Château, the Clerc has a playful edge to it, with a fresh, pure nose of black fruit, plum, toasty oak and violet. Buoyant on the palate but with an underlying power, the finely balanced levels of concentrated red and black cherries, chalky tannins and fresh acidity deliver a very complete wine. Excellent!

    Case of 6

    £330.00
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    Léoville is darker and denser than Langoa ? we usually taste them side by side ? there is also more length and power here. Seductive and smooth with good density and fine acidity on the back palate. Attractive, sweet fruit on the finish, density and some

    Case of 6

    £336.00
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    A standout Saint-Julien of the vintage. Always one of the more generous wines of the commune, the Poyferré is brooding with aromas of black cherry, violets and mocha. Generous and dense on the mid-palate, it manages to pack a punch whilst coming in at a modest 13.1%abv. Framed by fine tannins and juicy multi-layered fruit, hints of graphite and cedar on the finish, this is an absolute triumph! 5-15+ years.

    Case of 6

    £337.50
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    A very fine Trottevieile with silky red fruits, lovely concentration and balance with the 100% new oak seamlessly integrated. This small property, owned by the Casteja family, goes undeer the radar but produces wonderful wines from the limestone slopes just outside St-Emilion. This terroir has given great poise and elegane to the wines 2023.

    Case of 6

    £339.00
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    Opening with a gorgeous perfumed, nose of violet, spices and black cherry, the mid-palate delivers more, juicy black fuits, plum, liquirice, cranberry and mulberry fruit . Well knit with fresh acidity and fine grain tannins this is a sumptuous effort which has a promising future.

    Case of 6

    £342.00
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    Beychevelle is a large property (bizarrely with a flock of stone penguins in the garden to the rear!) that has long been pursued by the Chinese market. With that outlet somewhat dried up, we have been lured back and encouraged by recent investment and a step up in quality. The new chai is superb and the wine coming out in 2023 is very impressive. It is most seductive on the nose, ripe currant and cassis with a swirl of raspberry, then dense, rich damson in the mouth, lovely supporting oak and a harmonious finish. Length is excellent, it is bold yet refined with the substance to go further than others. Phillippe Blanc has made a delicious wine worthy of note.

    Case of 6

    £360.00
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    Alfred Tesseron at Pontet Canet was thrilled to see us at 8:59 on Tuesday morning and berated his son, Noel, who arrived at 9:20. The chai is beautiful, the new 'eggs' (fermenters) in position, a herd of horses in the stables - the place looks immaculate and it's no wonder the results are superb. The wine had classic Pontet poise, lots of pure fruit backed with that organic ‘freshness’ he says they have been after since starting to convert 20 years ago. It is beautiful, succulent and fresh with a layered texture. Delicious mid to long-term drinking we thought, with bags of style - a top Pauillac. Interestingly we had tasted the 2005 vintage the previous evening and were struck by the similarities in structure and flavour.

    Case of 6

    £393.00
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    Inevitably this wine is one of the more showy and extracted of the Left Bank, very much the Cazes style. We detected more restraint however, compared with the blockbusters of recent hot vintages, and the wine is impressive and not over-done (for us). The balance of dark, ripe black fruit with chunky tannins gives depth of flavour, a succulence but the feel and shape is quite fluid, pure fruit dominating what is a dynamic wine. It is big and bold but works well and should live mid-to long-term.

    Case of 6

    £420.00
  • Still White | Case of 6

    Still White

    A big and silky wine, rich and creamy with great depth of fruit and a touch of oak showing on the palate to give balance. Ripe and full but finishes with plenty of taut acidity. This is a very fine wine in a very great vintage for dry white Bordeaux. 3-9 years.

    Case of 6

    £456.00
  • | Case of 6

    Very svelte and poised with lovely strawberry fruit. Soft, elegant and juicy with real purity of fruit and good uplift on the finish. Soft tannins on the finish and good length. 5-15 years.

    Case of 6

    £561.00
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    A wonderfully supple wine with great purity of ripe fruit. Elegant and long, this is almost Burgundian in style with very fine tannic structure, the result of gentle maceration and extraction.  There is a fantastic new winery at Bélair which Edouard Moueix is rightly proud of and which enables them to work in a much more precise manner. Fantastic wine.

    Case of 6

    £591.00
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    Cos is a grand château in Saint-Estèphe that sits just across the stream from Lafite in Pauillac (which is probably number one in the Médoc.) We liked the pure and fresh black fruit character, a bit of fresh raspberry behind. The structure is good, the tannins fine and the oak gives a wash of finesse in the finish. This has real precision and purity with good minerality.

    Case of 6

    £720.00
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    Bruno Borie was hobbling rather when we pitched up, recently fitted with a bionic part. His enthusiasm for his latest vintage was as infectious as ever, You've come to taste a great wine? A big job to make but we love it!? he said. They had a long harvest here, from 16th Sept to 7th Oct but the grapes came in healthy and with good yields. Ducru feels very plush this year, good tannins maybe more four-square than some other places but supple enough with tempered oak coming through on the finish. It's long in the mouth, saturated black fruit with a raspberry edge and the whole quite fresh on the end. Another very good effort, full of character and flavour.

    Case of 6

    £744.00
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    A very silky and seductive wine with plenty of fruit and elegant tannins. There is real refinement and elegance here overlying good structure and with the hallmark balance and freshness of the vintage. Owned by JP Moueix since 1950 this is on the best ter

    Case of 6

    £750.00
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    Mouton Rothschild openly state that the Le Petit is‘the best of the rest’ but the 'rest' is still damn fine! With a wealth of juicy, ripe blackberry, damson, and cassis notes the Petit lacks nothing in concentration. Delivering power, fresh acidity and ripe tannins it carries it all to a fine, long finish. 

    Case of 6

    £822.00
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    Rather castigated across Bordeaux last year for over-cooking the 2022 release price (fortunately they have rectified this for 2023!), we were amused to see in the official en primeur leaflet that they compare this vintage to 1771… On a more serious note, Antoine Gimbert explained that they now handle the fruit extremely gently, stopping pumping-over and letting the juice filter through as softly as possible. With many small vats they can handle individual plots far more carefully, the sum of the parts making a very impressive whole. Las Cases is a real curranty beauty - intense and concentrated in the mouth, very balanced, textured with beautifully crafted tannins. Generous, long, very clean with a lovely finish. 

    Case of 6

    £831.00
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    Brooding, black fruit, damson and mulberry on the nose. The mid-palate delivers savoury and mineral notes amid layers of blackberry, cranberry, cassis and spice. Well structured, with bright acidity (the vintages calling card) and chalky tannins, the Carraudes has a long finish. Its hallmark Pauillac character is as a result of the highly prized Lafite ‘Caudeyrac’ plot, it’s sourced from.

    Case of 6

    £930.00
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    Superb damson and cassis on the nose with creamy oak behind. This is a seductive wine with richness, layers, complexity in the mouth, that bright finish again over wet stones. The length is prodigious and the wine more accessible and charming than we have seen in the past. There is more Cabernet Franc in the blend than usual (double that of Haut-Brion), and perhaps this has lifted and lightened the whole wine.

    Case of 6

    £1,110.00
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    The last of the lineup tasted at Clerc Milon. On the nose there are hints of smoke and bacon fat sitting behind more pronounced notes of black fruits and spice. Energetic and well structured, there's super a concentration of black fruits, cassis, damson, black olive and tobacco mingling seamlessly with the oak and lick of bright acidity. Delivering a hint of toast and spice on the long finish, this is a dynamic Grand Vin.

    Case of 6

    £2,034.00
  • Still Red | Case of 6

    Still Red

    Measured, pure and understated this latest release just oozes finesse. Superbly balanced, with no one element out of place. It delivers a concentrated core of juicy black fruit, spice, touches of graphite and cracked pepper, there is an almost creamy mouthfeel. The tannins are silky and ripe, providing a suitably fine, deliciously long finish.

    Case of 6

    £2,460.00

Case of 12

    Name
    Type
    Notes
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    Price
    Quantity
  • Still Red | Case of 12

    Still Red

    Fresh and aromatic nose with hints of redcurrants leads to a palate full of red fruit, well balanced with fine tannins. 'A very nice vintage for us' says owner Mathieu Ternault'. 0-5 years

    Case of 12

    £96.00
  • Still Red | Case of 12

    Still Red

    Cissac does it again, with a wine they liken to a blend of 2020 and 2022. Winemaker Laurent Saint Pasteur added that he works hard to preserve the fruit character so he limits the extraction a bit more than he did a decade ago, and, interestingly, they have a fine plot of old Malbec which almost ‘seasons’ the blend. Harmonious and ripe, we were very impressed and Cissac gets top marks this year. Will keep a bit too.

    Case of 12

    £99.00
  • Still Red | Case of 12

    Still Red

    ‘Old Robin’ looks good in 2023. The property itself is unremarkable but we missed the fierce dog at the gate. We like this wine in warmer vintages and there is certainly a denser side to it this year. The nose has quite a floral note with blossom coming through. The palate feels mellow, the tannins are supple with a touch of chewiness in them, quite integrated while the finish is fresh and clean. Another good effort from the northern Mèdoc.

    Case of 12

    £99.00
  • Still Red | Case of 12

    Still Red

    In past vintages we have felt Beaumont was worthy if not hugely exciting and often out-done by other favourites of ours in the Medoc. This year however, tasting it at big brother Beychevelle, we were very impressed. It is a big property of 115 ha planted with Cab, Merlot and Petit Verdot, in a combination that has performed very well. With an enticing nose of black fruit, the palate is quite big and showy with a touch of liquorice on damson fruit. While still quite solid in texture, you’ll notice more polish and breeding than normal, while the finish is measured and clean. Better than we expected, certainly worth considering.

    Case of 12

    £114.00
  • Still Red | Case of 12

    Still Red

    There are some great pickings to be had in the satellites of the Right Bank this year, and we enjoy the wines from Jean-Baptiste Bourotte, no more so than the wine that carries his moniker. Being pure Merlot it tends to be quite straightforward; there is a purity of black fruit, some tension and acidity on the palate with chalky tannins to round things off. A juicy, easy and early drinking wine. 3-9 years.

    Case of 12

    £120.00
  • Still Red | Case of 12

    Still Red

    While it’s a long trek up to Begadan in northern Medoc we always get the warmest welcome from cousins Frederic and Benjamin. This Tanners favourite is a very attractive wine in 2023; well textured and smooth with the fresh plummy character of the best Medocs on display, a beautiful claret for the mid-term while the characteristic freshness of the vintage makes it sing in the glass. Delicious. 3-9 years.

    Case of 12

    £123.00
  • Still Red | Case of 12

    Still Red

    While we invariably taste Puygueraud at one of the main Thienpont properties like Larcis Ducasse, Nicolas reminded us that many moons previously (1990 possibly?) we went to this property in the Francs which is the family home, and we must visit again as soon as we can. A date has been suggested. In the meantime we can report that Puygueraud is as good as ever, quite creamy and fleshy in the mouth with a supple blackberry jam feel on the end. It has many fans and for drinking mid-term it is an excellent Right Bank choice.

    Case of 12

    £123.00
  • Still Red | Case of 12

    Still Red

    Tasted at Talbot, the junior member is still a very good wine, and continues to impress us. There is very attractive fruit character on the nose - floral, bit of fennel, hint of tobacco even and a core of black fruit. Well balanced on the palate, with structure and texture behind lithe fresh fruit, some chalky tannins on the finish. Very nicely made. 3-9 years.

    Case of 12

    £138.00
  • Still Red | Case of 12

    Still Red

    Typically attractive aroma here, a compote of sweet red and black fruit then gentle and soft in the mouth. Easy, silky feel on the structure and supple in the finish. Very good again, if more ‘up front’ and forward with quite a vivid, saline end, courtesy of it’s organic credentials. Part of the growing Lorenzetti empire and reaping the benefits of top winemaking investment – Lafon Rochet is also now in the stable alongside Pedesclaux. Continues its good recent run and always worth a good look.

    Case of 12

    £144.00
  • Still Red | Case of 12

    Still Red

    This has attractive, sappy red fruit, is soft and forward with good cherry flavours and is well balanced with ripe tannins. Peymouton is part of Château Laroque.

    Case of 12

    £144.00
  • Still Red | Case of 12

    Still Red

    Melanie Barton has made another good wine in tricky conditions, with Moulis suffering with mildew early on. There?s good black fruit character, quite tempered and stylish in the mouth. Nice structure with ripe tannins all in balance and then juicy and fre

    Case of 12

    £144.00
  • Still Red | Case of 12

    Still Red

    This property has been on our radar for quite a few years, but recent vintages have seen it move up a notch. The clay soils here are quite deep, the vines planted in two plots near Neac and in Lalande itself. Michel Rolland has had a hand in the wine making process in the past, and the style is quite dense with sweet fruit and well-integrated tannins. For a ‘Rolland wine’ you’ll find more charm than guts, and it is very appealing. Well worth a look this year.

    Case of 12

    £150.00
  • Still Red | Case of 12

    Still Red

    This has plenty of sappy red and black fruits backed up with toasty new oak flavours and touches of spice on the finish. Jean Mestreguilem calls the vintage "complicated, but finally good" observing that it's very ripe which you can certainly see in the quality of the tannins. A very fine wine which Jean suggests is close to 2020 and 2010 in terms of style.

    Case of 12

    £156.00
  • Still Red | Case of 12

    Still Red

    A smoky hint is followed by plums, black cherry and violets. Juicy and fleshy on the palate with excellent depth of fruit. This is well balanced with some chewy tannins, ideal for short term cellaring. 3-9 years.

    Case of 12

    £162.00
  • Still Red | Case of 12

    Still Red

    Sitting on a mix of alluvial gravel and clay, Potensac is regarded as representing ‘true Medoc style’ – a firm structure with density and concentration as a given. Part of the Leoville Las Cases stable, this year it has a dark, juicy stream with chalky tannin, elegance and a keen energy. There’s a suave side, plenty of blueberry fruit and oaky persistence in the finish. This is an impressive wine that feels very ‘together’ this year.  

    Case of 12

    £180.00
  • | Case of 12

    We managed to have a few minutes with Claire Villars-Lurton who emphasised that 2023 was a vintage of adjustment and readjustment from the off. Young vines suffered most because they haven’t yet adapted to the extremes of weather, and La Gurgue has more young Merlot that was left out of the blend; Petit Verdot coming more into play. This is a lovely Margaux with a full, quite creamy nose, then damson and mulberry on the palate with nice weight and quite chalky tannins. Balancing the structure is a core of black fruit with a saline finish. Mid term drinking, very harmonious.

    Case of 12

    £180.00

Alternate sizes

    Name
    Type
    Notes
    Case Size
    Price
    Quantity
  • Still Red | Alternate sizes

    Still Red

    While it's a long trek up to Begadan in northern Medoc, we always get the warmest welcome from cousins Frederic and Benjamin. This Tanners favourite is a very attractive wine in 2023; well textured and smooth with the fresh plummy character of the best Me

    Alternate sizes

    £72.50
  • Still Red | Alternate sizes

    Still Red

    While it's a long trek up to Begadan in northern Medoc, we always get the warmest welcome from cousins Frederic and Benjamin. This Tanners favourite is a very attractive wine in 2023; well textured and smooth with the fresh plummy character of the best Me

    Alternate sizes

    £130.00
  • Still Red | Alternate sizes

    Still Red

    While it's a long trek up to Begadan in northern Medoc, we always get the warmest welcome from cousins Frederic and Benjamin. This Tanners favourite is a very attractive wine in 2023; well textured and smooth with the fresh plummy character of the best Me

    Alternate sizes

    £138.00
  • Still Red | Alternate sizes

    Still Red

    While it's a long trek up to Begadan in northern Medoc, we always get the warmest welcome from cousins Frederic and Benjamin. This Tanners favourite is a very attractive wine in 2023; well textured and smooth with the fresh plummy character of the best Me

    Alternate sizes

    £144.00

Sauternes

    Name
    Type
    Notes
    Case Size
    Price
    Quantity
  • Sweet | Sauternes

    Sweet

    Case includes:2x Château Liot, Sauternes 2023 - Half2x Château de Myrat, 2e cru classé Sauternes 2023 - Half2x Château Coutet, 1er cru classé Barsac 2023 - Half2x Château Suduiraut, 1er cru classé Sauternes 2023 - Half2x Château Doisy Daëne, 2e cru classé Sauternes 2023 - Half2x Château Guiraud, 1er cru classé Sauternes 2023 - Half

    Sauternes

    £200.00
  • Sweet | Sauternes

    Sweet

    A fantastic wine, rich and concentrated with plenty of botrytis, honeyed fruit with citrus and spice touches and good freshness to give balance. Picked in three 'tris' with a resulting yield of 12 hl/ha. A 'very beautiful year' says Christian Seely. 150 g/l residual sugar. 5-15+ years.

    Sauternes

    £259.50
  • Sweet | Sauternes

    Sweet

    A fantastic wine, rich and concentrated with plenty of botrytis, honeyed fruit with citrus and spice touches and good freshness to give balance. Picked in three 'tris' with a resulting yield of 12 hl/ha. A 'very beautiful year' says Christian Seely. 150 g/l residual sugar. 5-15+ years.

    Sauternes

    £300.00