Hello and welcome to just the second in our occasional series of newsletters featuring oddities, rarities, and mature bottles which individually are only available in tiny quantities, but which collectively will hopefully be enough to satisfy all who are curious. It's our way of ensuring some of our most interesting finds make it on to these virtual pages.
This is a mix of wines with at least five years of age behind them, which makes all the difference. First come. first served...
August Kesseler 2015 Rüdesheim Riesling Trocken
From a master of the dry Riesling style, this has amazing conentration and energy, incredibly appetising fruit and a long, dry finish.
Weinbach 2015 Gewurztraminer Réserve Personelle
If you like Gewurztraminer, then this is simply one of the most delicious dry versions you'll ever come across. Please buy it before I drink it all myself.
Clos Lapeyre 2015 Vitatge Vielh Jurançon Sec
Jurançon is best known for its dessert wines, but this stunning, old vine, dry version retains the honeyed character, followed by a stony, fresh finish.
Domaine de Chevalier 2015 L'Esprit de Chevalier Blanc
Dry white Bordeaux is one of the world's most underrated and ageworthy white wine styles. This is the second wine of one of the best estates in Graves.
Trimbach 2011 Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile
Clos Ste Hune by Trimbach may be Alsace's greatest Riesling, but Frédéric Emile is really not far behind and at a far lower price. Drinking now, but it will only get better.
Ruschi Noceti 2012 Val di Magra Pollera
Pollera is the grape, an old Lunigianan variety and a specialism of Ruschi Noceti. With extended ageing behind it, this is a mellow, complex Tuscan rarity.
Château Potensac 1985
An excellent Bordeaux vintage and a solid producer of classically-styled Claret. What red Bordeaux should be all about.
Château La Croix du Casse 2002
Moving to the right bank of Bordeaux, some lovely, soft, mature Pomerol from an excellent estate.
Thymiopoulos 2015 Earth and Sky Xinomavro (magnum)
The professor of Xinomavro (Greece's best red grape) makes many wines, but this is his flagship. The current vintage is 2018, but this is one remaining magnum from three years previous. Drinking beautifully.
Château Bel Air Marquis d’Aligre 2001
Bordeaux from a vanished era, made by the unique Château Bel Air Marquis d'Aligre - where seemingly nothing changes.
Emidio Pepe 2011 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo
Montepulciano d'Abruzzo but not as you know it. Emidio Pepe crafts stellar wines which are among the world's finest. Has to be tasted to be believed.
Sparkling and sweet
Ancre Hill 2013 Sparkling Rosé
Welsh sparkling rosé with extended bottle ageing from the pioneering Ancre Hill. Delicious, and surprising.
Argyros 2002 Vinsanto 12 Years Barrel Aged (50cl)
Vinsanto (the Santorini version) is sweet, intense and incredibly complex. Especially when it's made by Argyros, the best Vinsanto producer, and has been aged 12 years in barrel. Prices are shooting up so this is now looking like a bargain.
Most of the wines on our first rarities newsletter sold out on the day, so place your order online quickly if there's something you don't want to miss.