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"Incessant rain during winter and spring delayed budbreak and opened the door to fungal diseases, although many vineyards were too waterlogged for tractors. From mid July temperatures shot up and remained high during August, albeit with cooler nights. September was very sunny and dry, but the growing cycle was still two weeks late, necessitating a delayed harvest. The prognosis is for a vintage similar in quality to the already legendary 2010s." Jancis Robinson MW. Without doubt an amazing vintage, albeit in small quantities. Shipping in October 2017 apart from Vajra which is due shortly.
James Suckling has this to say about the 2012 Argiano Brunello: “Fantastically complex aromas of spices, dried flowers and plums follow through to a full body, integrated and polished tannins and a superb finish. This is a 2012 Brunello with it all. Drink in 2018.” He gave it 96 points. The grapes from each parcel of vines treated in separate batches. After destemming and a light pressing, maceration and fermentation tool place at controlled temperatures in stainless steel tanks for two to three weeks. Only the indigenous yeasts naturally present in the grapes were used. When fermentation was complete, the wine was transferred to concrete tanks, in which the malo-lactic fermentation was completed. The wine then spent twenty-four months in large Slavonian oak barrels....
Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages recently published a New Zealand 'Assemblage' feature where the wines of Blank Canvas received some tremendous reviews - and considering their prices we thought it worth doing an offer on them.
Finally, the producers uttered - we have a proper vintage for our reds for the first time in what seems ages. The vignerons on Burgundy have been blighted these past few years with hail, bugs, hail, storms and so on. 2015 was without a doubt a blessing and many a winemaker could not keep the smiles off their faces at tastings of the 2014's. And then came 2016...more on that later. 2015 was a warm vintage for certain, and so white wines required plenty of attention to keep the freshness - some succeeded and plenty will have failed. Such conditions tend to lead to small berries and thicker skins for the reds so again the amount of whole bunches used during fermentation was a key element in preserving the freshness and balance in the reds. Many growers pointed to the need to pick quickly...
Recommended in The Sunday Times The Dish magazine, February 2017. "Southwest of Avignon, this region enjoys more than 2,700 hours of sunshine a year. Made by Jerome Castillon, Chateau L'Ermitage not only possesses an abundance of warming, ripe fruit, but there is a freshness and structure to this wine"
We have accumulated a fair bit of high quality Burgundy and Rhone wines over the last few years. These have all been bought en primeur, and are stored under bond at London City Bond. Priced to be ultra competitive, in most instances our price is the best on the UK market. All wines are available immediately and offered by case of 6 or 12, or occasionally in a smaller amount, but still under bond. First come served, payment strictly at the time of order please. Onward delivery can be arranged at cost. (For those who are not used to buying under bond, please add £24.60 per case of 12 or £12.3 per case of 6 then add 20% Vat to arrive at a duty paid price.)
There is no more significant name in Piedmont than Giacosa, “il Maestro”, Bruno. His reputation as one of the greatest winemakers in the history of Piedmont has been built over 50+ years and he deserves a great deal of credit for catapulting Piedmont into the consciousness of fine wine lovers the world over. After forming a fierce reputation for buying up the best grapes in the region from the various growers (“sorry, sold to Bruno!”), he acquired his own holdings in Barbaresco (Asili) and Barolo (Falletto). These are arguably two of the finest sites in Piedmont and have yielded some of the greatest, most mesmerising and unique Barolo and Barbaresco in existence. "The world truly needs these wines... There is only one Bruno Giacosa. No one will ever make wines like these. It's as...
It seems appropriate with all the buzz and hype surrounding Burgundy 2015 to offer these superlative Australian cool climate Chardonnay’s and Pinot Noir’s. Phil Sexton’s Giant Steps Winery has had great press since the start, but these 2015’s have really hit the jackpot garnering amazing, glowing reviews. I tasted the range last week and was blown away by the sheer quality of this remarkable collection. They may not be cheap (sadly the exchange rate is having a big effect) but compared to Burgundy, these are bargains. This is a sensational line up of elegant, classy, complex cool climate Australian wines. All wines are available by the bottle, by the discounted 6 pack, and as a special mixed case of all 9 wines at a special price. We can also put in detailed tasting and winemaking...
John Duval, ex head winemaker at Penfolds, has firmly established himself as a producer in his own right. These two very special wines get some amazing reviews and scores from Lisa Perotti-Brown MW on The Wine Advocate.
I'm delighted to highlight these 3 new cracking releases - 2012 Call Bag Mourvedre-Grenache and 2015 The Sack and Black Craft Shiraz. Both are brilliant vintages and still providing fantastic value for money considering the exchange rates.
I'm delighted to announce the launch of my new Wine Club. This is something I have been thinking about for a while now as I speak to many people when doing tastings further afield about how they subscribe to one of the more well-known wine clubs and are left somewhat nonplussed by the contents.......
Platter's South African Wine Guide 2017 This is South Africa's most respected wine guide and the results announced on October 31st were eagerly anticipated by the wineries and consumers. We have a number of 5* wines and a couple of the Wines of The Year. These are all great wines and are just further evidence of the massive resurgence of high quality South African wine. These along with our selection from Tim Atkin MW's 2016 South Africa report are some simply superb wines that are garnering a huge amount of interest from our customers. Many of these wines are due in shortly, they are available by the bottle - mix your own and get 5% off £250, 10% off £500 or by the discounted 6 pack. Many of these wines have 'cult' status and are highly sought after, so don't delay!
After a number of solid 7/10 vintages, it's a delight to be able to offer and discuss a fabulous year - "grandiose et exceptionnel" as the producers have described it. From what we have tasted, it's hard to disagree. All wines are offered under bond. More to be added.
The 2010 was magnificent and very well received - but very much a wine for the long haul. This 2011 is very approachable by comparison, & scores an impressive 95/100 from Antonio Galloni MW who notes that this beauty can even be drunk this year.
We are doing a South African showcase this September which coincides with the latest releases from Alheit and DeMorgenzon amongst others. Some of these wines are at the premium end while others offer incredible value at under £6 a bottle. All wines are offered by the 6-bottle box and are highly recommended!
Sassicaia is not only an Italian icon; it is a giant in the world of Fine Wine that rightly deserves its place at the top table of the world’s best wines. Sassicaia stretches the imagination beyond a singular triumphant vintage, award or figurehead. Great wines start with great vineyards that produce outstanding fruit year on year and, with its unique micro-climate, Sassicaia has stood above its peers regardless of the hand dealt from Mother Nature with its proven track record of producing excellent wines in tougher conditions. A recent tasting of 2005 proved just how sublime Sassicaia can be in challenging vintages. In addition to Sassicaia, we are extremely proud to offer Guidalberto 2015 and Le Difese 2015. This offers an early glimpse into the excellent 2015 vintage which has...
For a number of years Tim Atkin MW has devoted time to the wines, wineries, and winemakers of South Africa as he has seen the spiralling growth and quality of the wines. It is a report that many in the wine trade look for as he consistently manages to pick out some of the very finest wines from this beautiful wine landscape. Below is a selection of Tim's Wines of The Year and they really do showcase the incredibly high quality winemaking we are seeing in South Africa. We are doing offers on the wines by the 6 or 12 bottle case. All wines are available by the bottle and if you order 12 mixed bottles we will take 10% off the bill (manually) “The South African wine landscape is vast and diverse. We have come a long way and made good progress during the last 10 years in producing...
"My featured wine though is the star. In spite of the number of Pinot Noirs made in New Zealand, very few Kiwis can make stunning Pinot Noir at fifteen quid. I know this because I have tasted every single version sold in the UK. This one is the best. " Matthew Jukes Money Week 3/2/17
We are delighted to now be stocking what are perhaps the finest wine glasses on the market today. We are stocking just 4 glasses and 2 decanters (they don't make a massive range anyway) and over the past few months have been receiving glowing praise from some of our finest journalists: “What I love is that Zalto glasses are the thinnest and most delicate glasses I have come across, yet seem springy and almost elastic in the hand ” Jancis Robinson, FT “these are, truly, the best I’ve ever used.” Andrew Jefford, Decanter “I rate the Austrian company Zalto particularly highly. Its glasses are delicate and elegant to hold, and beautifully designed for enjoying wine.” Olly Smith, Daily Mail. What makes Zalto unique? First, it’s the design: wide bases, straight sides, ultra-thin...
We have secured a small parcel of hard to find Zind-Humbrecht wines including some of the Muscat's which are incredible expressions of Alsace. Parcels are ranging from 6-36 bottles so please act quickly!
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'Under Bond' wines
Note that prices marked as Under Bond do not include duty, VAT or shipping. If you order wines Under Bond then duty, VAT and shipping will be charged on delivery.
Is there a minimum order?
No, but delivery charges may apply, so we recommend that you order at least one full case. Orders from the Wine List must be of minimum value £150.00 to qualify for free delivery. 'Per case' delivery charges apply to Mixed Cases, New Releases and Special Offers.
Why aren't all wines for sale online?
We offer selected wines from our list for sale online, so that we can be sure of availability for quick delivery. Wines without a 'buy now' link can be purchased by contacting us.