Blog


This list shows all blog posts.

Blog Search


Subscribe to The Collector

Get market insight delivered directly to your mailbox by subscribing to our newsletter. Please complete the form below to request our free email newsletter.


Picks from the exchange

by Wine Owners

Posted on 2015-09-21


Chateau Batailley 2010   

Region    Bordeaux (Medoc)

Appellation    Pauillac

Classification    Cinquieme Cru Classe

Current Market Price


'Made in a more charming style than the normally backward, rather formidably tannic wines of Batailley, this 2010 is an endearing, elegant wine, but it has no shortage of power, richness and intensity. It displays loads of beautiful cassis, cedar and Christmas fruitcake notes along with impressive purity, texture and a full-bodied mouthfeel. Usually much more austere, this vintage seems to have produced a richer, more layered and opulent style of Batailley that can be approached in 3-5 years and consumed over the following 25 years.'

92 points - Robert Parker

Current best offer on the exchange    £290 IB (12x75)

* * *

Tenuta dell' Ornellaia Ornellaia 2001     

Region    Italy (Tuscany)

Appellation    Bolgheri

Classification    /

Current Market Price



'The 2001 Ornellaia is easily the finest in the history of the estate, warm and spicy on the nose with superbly focused plum and black currant fruit, much complexity and elegance in its concentrated and supple body, and a velvety, enveloping close. It will easily drink well for another two decades'

96 points - Robert Parker

Current best offer on the exchange    £600 IB (6x75)

* * *

Le Clarence de Haut-Brion 2010    

Region    Bordeaux (Graves)    Pessac-Leognan

Classification    /

Current Market Price


'It is a broad, powerful and more muscular wine than its cross-street rival, La Chapelle de la Mission, but all the same, it is wonderfully fresh and precise, with notes of blueberry and boysenberry as well as hints of smoke and wet stones. Endowed with gorgeous fruit, texture, purity and elegance, this relatively dense second wine demonstrates how draconian the selection process has become for the top estates in Bordeaux in recent years. The blend of this wine is 52% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest mostly Cabernet Franc with just a touch of Petit Verdot. I would expect it to last at least 20 years, which is remarkable.'

93 points - Robert Parker

Current best offer on the exchange    £300 IB (6x75)


Bouchard Pere et Fils Chambertin Clos de Beze 2009

by Wine Owners

Posted on 2015-09-15



        OWNER

           Bouchard Pere et Fils

        APPELLATION

            Chambertin Clos de Beze

        BLEND

            Pinot Noir

        AVERAGE SCORE

            96/100


CRITICS REVIEW

'A strikingly spiced and highly perfumed nose of ripe yet cool red berry fruit, wet stone, underbrush and a hint of animale merges gracefully into highly complex and gorgeously intense flavors that also brim with minerality and plenty of extract on the palate staining and stunningly long finish. This has the potential to be great in time but note carefully that it will need an ample amount of it to arrive at its full potential.'

Burghound


PRODUCER PROFILE

Founded in 1731 in Beaune by Michel Bouchard, Bouchard Père & Fils, is one of the oldest wine estates in Burgundy, perpetuating tradition for over 280 years and 9 generations. It is now the biggest domaine in the Côte d’Or, with 130 hectares of vines, of which 12 are classed Grand Cru and 74 classed as Premier Cru.

(Source: www.bouchard-pereetfils.com)


MARKET PRICE


WO Medoc Classed Growth Index



View full profile




Top 3 most searched for wines

by Wine Owners

Posted on 2015-09-02


Chateau Pontet Canet - 2009

Region: Bordeaux (Medoc)

Appellation: Pauillac

Classification: Cinquieme Cru Classe

'An amazing wine in every sense, this classic, full-bodied Pauillac is the quintessential Pontet Canet from proprietor Alfred Tesseron, who continues to reduce yields and farms his vineyards biodynamically - a rarity in Bordeaux. Black as a moonless night, the 2009 Pontet Canet offers up notes of incense, graphite, smoke, licorice, creme de cassis and blackberries. A wine of irrefutable purity, laser-like precision, colossal weight and richness, and sensational freshness, this is a tour de force in winemaking that is capable of lasting 50 or more years. The tannins are elevated, but they are sweet and beautifully integrated as are the acidity, wood and alcohol (which must be in excess of 14%). This vineyard, which is situated on the high plateau of Pauillac adjacent to Mouton Rothschild, appears to have done everything perfectly in 2009. This cuvee should shut down in the cellar and re-open in a decade or more. Anticipated maturity: 2025-2075.' - 100 points RP



Chateau Cos d'Estournel - 2009

Region: Bordeaux (Medoc)

Appellation: Saint-Estephe

Classification: Deuxieme Cru Classe

'One of the greatest young wines I have ever tasted, the monumental 2009 Cos d'Estournel has lived up to its pre-bottling potential. A remarkable effort from winemaking guru Jean-Guillaume Prats and owner Michel Reybier, this blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot (33%) and a touch of Cabernet Franc (2%) was cropped at 33 hectoliters per hectare. It boasts an inky/black/purple color along with an extraordinary bouquet of white flowers interwoven with blackberry and blueberry liqueur, incense, charcoal and graphite. The wine hits the palate with extraordinary purity, balance and intensity as well as perfect equilibrium, and a seamless integration of tannin, acidity, wood and alcohol. An iconic wine as well as a remarkable achievement, it is the greatest Cos d'Estournel ever produced. It is approachable enough at present that one could appreciate it with several hours of decanting, but it will not hit its prime for a decade, and should age effortlessly for a half century.' - 100 points RP




Chateau Montrose - 2005

Region: Bordeaux (Medoc) 

Appellation: Saint-Estephe

Classification: Deuxieme Cru Classe

'In 2005, a very serious drought year stressed most vineyards in Bordeaux, which are all dry-farmed. The volume of rainfall was less than half the average of the previous 30 years. The clay subsoils at Montrose have always played a major role in not only dry years, but also in extremely hot ones, such as 2003, as they retain more moisture. The grapes were harvested between September 23 and October 9. This is a very powerful, full-bodied wine that is quite tannic, but the tannins are relatively velvety. The wine is rich, complex, majestic, multi-dimensional and also avoids any of the austerity that some 2005s possess. It has done quite well in its bottle evolution and should turn out to be a great Montrose, capable of lasting 30 to 50 years.' - 95 points RP




3 records
Processing label...

Sorry, we could not process your request.

Try again Enter manually


Take Snapshot Cancel Cannot see an image?
If you cannot see an image coming up, please check your security settings of your browser. Blocking of the webcam can also be indicated by a red icon in your address bar.
Processing upload...
busy