New Back-Vintage Blue Chip Bordeaux Cellar
We are delighted to offer a newly-listed selection of Blue Chip Bordeaux from a selection of top vintages: 2000, 2005, 2009 and 2010. For those looking to back-fill their collection with an OWC or two of great claret, it’s a list well worth hunting through.
From the famous Millennial vintage, we have a case of the 2000 Cheval Blanc, a wine rated at 100 points by Antonio Galloni and set for legendary status as it ages and matures in bottle.
2005 remains immensely popular, for very good reason, and we have some lovely wines available including: Calon Segur, du Tertre, Grand Puy Lacoste, Figeac and Leoville Barton.
2009 and 2010 were a superb pair of back-to-back vintages for Bordeaux, and we have cases from Pontet Canet Grand Puy Lacoste, Calon Segur and Leoville Barton on the list.
Details are below:
2000 Chateau Cheval Blanc
(12*75cl OWC) @ £8,500 per case in bond
100 points Antonio Galloni
A wine of exquisite aromatic depth and grace, the 2000 Cheval Blanc is fully captivating. All the elements fall into place in an effortless, gracious wine. It’s frankly hard to move past the 2000 Cheval, because at this point, I want nothing to compete with it.
2005 Chateau Calon Segur
(12*75cl OWC) @ £1,240 per case in bond
96 points Jane Anson
The classic Gasqueton years, when Calon was for the initiated, and they held on fervently to their insider status. Beautiful ruby red colour, rapsberry puree and cocoa dusting aromatics, still young, a wonderfully embracing tannic frame, rapsberrry, blueberry and loganberry fruits, slate-scraping minerality, just a gorgeous wine that is bursting out of the glass and still has so much more to give. Balanced, mouthwatering, persistent, just at the start of its long and pleasure-filled life, showcasing so much that is wonderful about 2005. Get on board. This is a 2 point higher score than the last time I tasted in April 2021, reflecting that the 2005s are just right now beginning to open up. 50% new oak.
2005 Chateau du Tertre
(12*75cl OWC) @ £825 per case in bond
93 points Jane Anson
A classy, balanced and sumptuous du Tertre, a ton of appellation and vintage signature. Lace-like tannins, overperforms the estate at the time, showing just how much quality and value is out there for this vintage. Brambled fruits, orange peel freshness, extremely easy to drink, floral aromatics, nothing shouting, all discreet but confident. This is a brilliant moment to drink – at the height of its powers, get hold of it and enjoy. It’s not going anywhere but it’s peaking in terms of delivering the young-old fruit balance. If you bought a few cases of this, you have plenty of drinking pleasure ahead of you.
2005 Chateau Figeac
(12*75cl OWC) @ £2,600 per case in bond
94 points Jane Anson
Cedar, ash, sandalwood, blackberry, with layers of nuanced, finessed yet gourmet flavours that Figeac delivers so well. The oak is fully integrated at 17 years old, beginning to hit its stride, and the exuberance is tempered by savoury redcurrant and soft tobacco notes on the mouthwatering finish. 100% new oak for ageing, 37hl/h yield from 40ha of vines. Harvest September 14 to October 3
. (2022) www.janeanson.com
2005 Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste
(12*75cl OWC) @ £995 per case in bond
97 points Neal Martin
The Château Grand Puy Lacoste 2005 has a brilliant, classic pencil-lead nose that is Pauillac through and through. There is no messin’ about here. The palate is very well defined with wonderful acidity, great depth of black fruit with an astonishingly precise finish that just takes your breath away. Is it the best 2005 of the vintage? Not quite, but it belongs in the top tier. And factor in value for money, I would be happy sitting on a big pile of this in my cellar to drink over the rest of my lifetime and the afterlife if that exists too.
2005 Chateau Leoville Barton
(12*75cl OWC) @ £1,175 per case in bond
98 points Jane Anson
Deep ruby red, this is great stuff, broad-shouldered, laced with aniseed, liqourice, touches of bitter black chocolate, muscular tannins and a luscious fruit core. Lip smacking stuff, with 2005 energy and excitement. Gets more serious as it opens, revealing black pepper spice, sage, rosemary and white pepper. A wonderful wine, one to sink into. You can easily wait to drink this, and it will reward another three to five years in bottle, then go for decades. If you do open it, give it a long carafe. 50% new oak.
2005 Chateau Leoville Poyferre
(12*75cl OWC) @ £1,140 per case in bond
97 points Jane Anson
Ruby red, toasted oak nose, enticing. It has held its line, and is delicious, generous, enticing, lip smacking. Has confidence, energy, damson and blackberry fruits, deepened by gourmet grilled vanilla bean and cappuccino creaminess. The quality and depth of fruit is astonishing – you can begin to drink this now (indeed it has inched open a little further since I last tasted 12 months ago), but it is going nowhere. Excellent stuff, one of the wines of the vintage. 80% new oak.
2009 Chateau Pontet Canet
(12*75cl OWC) @ £1,850 per case in bond
100 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown
Deep garnet in color, the 2009 Pontet-Canet slips sensuously from the glass with opulent scents of crème de cassis, baked plums and Black Forest cake plus suggestions of Chinese five spice, potpourri, oolong tea and menthol. Full-bodied, rich, spicy and oh-so-decadent in the mouth, it has a fantastically velvety frame and seamless freshness, finishing very long.
2009 Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste
(12*75cl OWC) @ £760 per case in bond
96 points Jane Anson
Generous, juicy, a vintage that I am starting to often prefer – at least right now – to the 2010, but it is not quite pipping it for me at Grand Puy Lacoste. You’d be hard-pressed to argue with this wine though, it is delicious, balanced, full of blackberry, blueberry and raspberry fruits. Holds its line right through the mid palate without blinking, luscious dark chocolate-covered tannins, and manages to convey the savoury power of Pauillac even in such a warm year. 70% new oak, harvest 24 September to 7 October
. (2021) ww.janeanson.com
2010 Chateau Calon Segur
(12*75cl OWC) @ £1,250 per case in bond
94 points Neal Martin
The Calon-Segur 2010 has a clean and fresh, classic bouquet with black fruit, leather, scorched earth and bay leaf scents that unfold gently in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, light acidity, very fine harmony and a dash of white pepper towards the long finish. This is classy and sophisticated, a great wine from Francois Millet and his team. Tasted January 2014. www.robertparker.com
2010 Château Léoville Barton
(12*75cl OWC) @ £1,195 per case in bond
97 points Neal Martin
The Leoville-Barton 2010 has a very impressive, very showy bouquet with mineral-driven black fruit mixed with hints of liquorice and cigar box that unfolds with every passing moment in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with a fleshy ripe but structured opening. The acidity is very well judged with a fine line of acidity, real depth and flavour here with a long, light peppery finish. Excellent – an accomplished Saint Julien from Anthony Barton and his team. Tasted January 2014. www.robertparker.com
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