When deciding what to include in this newsletter, one of the criteria is usually volume. Do we have enough stock to ensure nobody ends up disappointed? Unfortunately, that means we don't often feature some of our most interesting finds - mature wines of which we have just a few bottles. To remedy that, here is the first in an occasional series featuring oddities, rarities, and mature stuff which individually are only available in tiny quantities, but which collectively will hopefully be enough to satisfy all who are curious.
This time, it's mature stuff - whites, reds and a Madeira - drinking beautifully right now...
Karthäuserhof 2003 Eitelsbacher Karthäuserhofberg Riesling Spätlese
Properly aged Riesling, medium-dry in all its appley, petrolly glory.
Trimbach 2000 Pinot Gris Réserve
People don't often keep Trimbach's Réserve range, but they should. This Pinot Gris is gloriously rich and honeyed, yet refreshingly dry.
Sang des Cailloux 2007 Vacqueyras Cuvée Floureto
Meaty, rich and wonderfully mature southern Rhône from an excellent producer. A bargain.
Gauby 2005 Côtes du Roussillon Villages Vielles Vignes
The uncrowned king of the Roussillon is Gérard Gauby, and this is a fantastically complex, aged example from some of the best vineyards in the region.
Font de Michelle 1999 Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Another Rhône bargain for those who like their Châteauneuf fully evolved. A beaker full of the warm south.
Barbacarlo 1997 Montebuono
Mature Barbacarlo is becoming rarer, and these are among the last for moment. A wild one-off from a seriously old-school Lombardy legend.
Tempier 2006 Bandol 'La Tourtine'
This great, ageworthy red of Provence from one of its best producers comes into its own after 10+ years in the bottle. Its early power has mellowed, but its balance remains.
Justino's (VJH) 1940 Sercial Madeira
If you're going to drink seriously old wine Madeira is a great bet. Not only is it relatively good value, it is virtually indestructible. A once-in-a-lifetime experience well worth indulging in.
Because these are all strictly limited, we won't be reserving stock, so place your order online quickly if there's something you don't want to miss.