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Introducing Domaine des Enfants, the world’s next ‘Cult’ Roussillon wine (UK exclusivity)

Posted by WineInvestment.org on May 17, 2013
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We have recently discovered what we believe are one of, if not the best wine producers of South West of France.

Domaine des Enfants is located in Maury, a small village in the Agly Valley of the Roussillon region of France, and the creation of Swiss born Marcel Buhler and his wife Oregon born Carrie Sumner. Visit our blog to read more about Domaine des Enfants.

The wine is available in countries across the world, including Japan: the USA, Norway, Denmark and Germany, but until now has not been available in the UK. We are therefore very excited to be representing them in the UK. Unfortunately, as the estate is comprised of just 23 Ha, and due to their strong international presence, allocations are tight. However, we have secured an allocation of 10 cases of their mid-range white and 10 of their mid-range red.

About the wines

Tabula rasa 2011: is a white wine cuvee from Grenache Gris, Grenache Blanc, Carignan Blanc and Macabeu. Rigorous grape selection takes place, followed by wild in-barrel fermentation.

Tasting note:

‘An opulent bouquet of spiced arancello and rich stone fruits. Sensational palate containing notes of key lime pie and wild honey with an ethereal mineral twist’

L’Enfant Perdu 2010: Contains four legendary Roussillon grapes Grenache, Carignan, Lladoner pelut and Syrah, some up to 50 years old. Half of this wine is developed in French barrels holding 300-600l and the other half finds its place in concrete tanks.

Tasting note:

‘Glorious nose of fruits of the forest, coco nibs with a touch of white pepper. Vivacious palate of juicy blackcurrants, fig with a charming flinty element’.

 

Why we love this producer

• Their wines express a ridiculous degree of concentration and complexity, at the same time as being refined and harmonised.

• Incredible price point £100/ case of 6 bottles + delivery, we conducted a blind tasting in the office and everyone in the team estimated that the cost was £30-50 / bottle!

• Fastidious production methods. Old vines are grown on extremely steep slopes, planted closely together to enhance concentration of the fruit, this means tractors cannot pass between the rows and horses are used instead, which helps maintain the integrity of the soil.

• Minimal intervention wine making techniques, such as no fining or filtration, which results in maximised expression of terroir and authenticity

• The Wine Advocate loves them too! All back vintages have scored 90+ points, the vintage we have on offer is yet to be reviewed, but is widely regarded as being equal to previous years. Follow this link: http://www.domaine-des-enfants.com/english/the-wine/

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 Carrie and Marcel’s favourite food matches:

Tabula rasa 2011:

Marcel- whole red snapper grilled on the fire with garlic confit, and oven roasted fingerling potatoes with green peppers and onions

Carrie- tajine slow roasted duck legs. Roasted with Moroccan spiced aubergine and chick peas. Garnished with raw red onions, oranges, mint and cilantro. Served with cumin cous cous

L’enfant perdu 2010:

Marcel- grilled veal chops with a rich reduction, cèpes, and a pecorino risotto

Carrie- Maury braised pork cheeks with parsnip chips, fork mashed fingerling potatoes with chives and crème fraîche,and blackened Brussels sprouts with lardons

3x Tabula rasa 2011& 3x L’enfant perdu 2010 @ £100 per case (excluding delivery)

We have just 40 6 bottle cases available, don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to taste a phenomenal wine.

Order now!

e mail: retail@cultwinesltd.com or call: 0208 3346929

 

 

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Offer: Château Latour 1982

Posted by WineInvestment.org on May 17, 2013
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Latour 1982


Château Latour 1982 @ £17,000 per case

 Parker Notes:

“Always somewhat atypical (which I suspect will be the case with the more modern day 2003), the 1982 Latour has been the most opulent, flamboyant, and precocious of the northern Medocs, especially the St.-Juliens, Pauillacs, and St.-Estephes. It hasn’t changed much over the last 10-15 years, revealing sweet tannins as well as extraordinarily decadent, even extravagant levels of fruit, glycerin, and body. It is an amazing wine, and on several occasions, I have actually picked it as a right bank Pomerol because of the lushness and succulence of the cedary, blackberry, black currant fruit. This vintage has always tasted great, even in its youth, and revealed a precociousness that one does not associate with this Chateau. However, the 1982 is still evolving at a glacial pace. The concentration remains remarkable, and the wine is a full-bodied, exuberant, rich, classic Pauillac in its aromatic and flavor profiles. It’s just juiced up (similar to an athlete on steroids) and is all the better for it. This remarkable effort will last as long as the 1982 Mouton, but it has always been more approachable and decadently fruity. Drink it now, in 20 years, and in 50 years! Don’t miss it if you are a wine lover. Release price: ($350.00/case)” Robert Parker Jnr; Wine Advocate (183), June 2009

 

  • £17,000 per 12 (IB, OWC, immaculate condition)
  • Lowest priced under bond, original wooden case in the UK market and globally on Wine Searcher
  • 100 points RPJ, most recently June 2009 and has attained perfect score three times consistently since 1995
  • Only other perfectly-scored back vintage is the 1961
  • Cases (12x75cl) of the ’61 currently trade over £50k for wines in reasonable condition
  • There are currently only 13 cases (12x75cl) listed globally for the 1982 vintage – compare this to other perfectly-scored vintages below and it’s discerning to see how a reduction in available volume affects price over time.

 

Latour Vintage RPJ Score Cs. (12x75cl) Listed Market Price
2003 100 44 £7,700
1982 100 12 £17,000
1961 100 2 £53,500

The condition of this case is truly exceptional and we’re pleased to offer as per the attached photo.

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Bordeaux 2012 Updated Offers

Posted by WineInvestment.org on May 01, 2013
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l'eglise clinet 2012 tasting


Following further releases this week and with a break in play whilst the French enjoy a bank holiday (one of many during the month of May!) below are our updated 2012 offers, all available, subject to:

And whilst perusing the list it might be worth considering the wise-words of Jancis Robinson:

“In general 2012 is offering much better value than any vintage since 2008…  If you did want to buy a first growth, this is a vintage to consider since prices have come down but quality has not.” 

Wine 2012 En Primeur RPJ JS WS Price Per 12 Enquire Price vs 2011
Lynch Bages 87-89 93-94 91-94 £665 BUY -13%
Mouton Rothschild 95-97 94-95 93-96 £2,900 BUY -33.30%
Valandraud 90-93 91-92 88-91 £850 BUY -46.20%
Lafite Rothschild 92-95 93-94 93-96 £3,900 BUY -21%
Carruades 87-89 88-89 91-94 £1,050 BUY -12%
Duhart Milon 87-89 90-91 91-94 £570 BUY -14%
L’Evangile 90-94 94-95 92-95 £945 BUY 0%
Angelus    94-96 93-94 ~ £1,900 BUY +30%
Bellevue Mondotte    94-97 91-92 92-95 £1,060 BUY -8.50%
Pavie    94-96+ 94-95 ~ £1,900 BUY +58% 
Troplong-Mondot    94-96 92-93 91-94 £575 BUY -6.70%
Gazin    93-95 ~ 90-93 £440 BUY -7.10%
Rauzan-Segla (Rausan-Segla)    93-95 92-93 89-92 £410 BUY -37%
Beau-Sejour-Becot    92-95 91-92 89-92 £340 BUY -14%
Chateau Margaux    92-94 93-94 93-96 £2,800 BUY -33%
Le Dome    92-94 92-93 ~ £745 BUY -1%
Palmer    92-95 92-93 90-93 £1,650 BUY  -1%
Pape Clement Rouge    92-95 92-93 89-92 £530 BUY -13%
Vieux Chateau Mazerat    92-94 ~ ~ £635 BUY ~
Les Asteries    91-93 ~ ~ £635 BUY ~

If you are looking for any of these wines or those not listed, please get in touch or submit a wishlist  - orders@cultwinesltd.com

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Bordeaux 2012 Releases Update: Valandraud, Lafite, Duhart, Carruades & l’Evangile

Posted by WineInvestment.org on April 22, 2013
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Well only a week into this year’s en primeur campaign and we have already had two of the major releases, Mouton at the end of last week, and as anticipated Lafite Rothschild today. It came a few hours after right bank garage wine Valandraud was released early this morning at an attractive price. Following the major releases last week, today’s followed a similar pattern coming onto the market as the cheapest available vintage – will this be a common theme? We hope so. Prices whilst not drastically reduced, have sparked interest at their discounted prices and ahead of Parker’s report on Bordeaux 2012 being released on Friday (12pm EST) poses some interesting questions.

 

Wine RPJ JS WS Price per 12 Price vs. 2011
Lynch Bages 2012 n/a 93-94 91-94 £665 -13%
Mouton Rothschild 2012 n/a 94-95 93-96 £2,750 -33.3%
Valandraud 2012 n/a 91-92 88-91 £850 -46.2%
Lafite Rothschild 2012 n/a 93-94 93-96 £3,900 -21%
Carruades 2012 n/a 88-89 91-94 £1,050 -12%
Duhart Milon 2012 n/a 90-91 91-94 £570 -14%

Lafite Rothschild @ £3,900 per 12:

Trading on the market at 2/3 of the price of physical off-prime vintages which all sit around the £6,000 mark – it seems that Lafite have priced their 2012 well. It’s not a return to 2008 (154% more than the ex-neg price that year) but it’s definitely welcome and will generate interest. For further analysis and comparison below are the current Off-Prime Market Prices:

Wine Price RPJ JS WS
Lafite Rothschild, 2012

3,900

n/a

93-94 93-96
Lafite Rothschild, 2011

4,669

90-93

Lafite Rothschild, 2008

6,500

98

Lafite Rothschild, 2007

5,949

94

Lafite Rothschild, 2006

6,000

97

Lafite Rothschild, 2004

5,900

95

Lafite Rothschild, 2002

6,070

94

Lafite Rothschild, 2001

6,200

94

Valandraud @ £850 per 12:

With right bank wines faring best in 2012, the release price of Valandraud makes a case as a stong buy recommendation.

 

  • Price -46% on 2011
  • -65% on 2010
  • -66% on 2009
  • Average price for the last 5 vintages is over £1,660 per 12
  • 2012 scored 93-96 pts from Wine Spectator
  • Parker rated the 2011 at 92-94pts, expecting similar if not higher scores for the 2012

 

Wine Price RPJ WS
Valandraud, 2012

850

n/a

93-96

Valandraud, 2011

1,450

(92-94)

Valandraud, 2010

2,090

97+

Valandraud, 2009

2,850

96

Valandraud, 2008

1,050

94

Valandraud, 2007

850

(90-93)

Valandraud, 2006

1,250

92

Valandraud, 2005

1,800

95

Valandraud, 2004

1,235

91+

Valandraud, 2003

1,400

93

Valandraud, 2002

1,071

93

Valandraud, 2001

1,399

94

Valandraud, 2000

1,668

94

ave price

1509.416667

(off prime) ave price

1186.428571

2012 vs. off prime

28.3% discount

Carruades @ £1,050, Duhart @ £600  & l’Evangile @ £1,070

Similarly to Lafite – Carruades and Duhart were released down on their prices last year and again at market price represent the cheapest available vintage.

Looking primarily at the former, which at £1,050 per 12, is over £200 less than the 2011 and £500 – £1,000 less than the current prices of the rest of the other modern vintage – it looks like an enticing price. The same can be said of Duhart – which was roundly appreciated by the Cult Wines team at the recent tastings in Bordeaux. So it will be interesting to see the Parker scores on Friday and the affect that might have on demand.

Lastly, l’Evangile which was one of the most well-liked wines during the tastings by the trade came out at the same price as last year. Parker last week confirmed his preference for Pomerol in 2012 and some believe l’Evangile to be better than Petrus this year. At present the price looks quite heavy but post-Parker scores on Friday, it may look like a bargain at £1,070 per 12.

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Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining- Clos des Lunes, Lune D’argent

Posted by WineInvestment.org on April 17, 2013
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Lune d'Argent label


Prior to our visit to Bordeaux for the 2012 en primeur tasting we received a sample bottle of Lune d’argent 2012,  produced by Clos des Lunes. We tasted the Sémillon Sauvignon Blanc blend blind at the office, and everyone agreed that is was astonishingly well priced.  We tried the wine again last week in Bordeaux at Chateau Belgrave, just to make sure, and were all equally impressed once again by its structure and elegance. We have managed to secure some cases at a great price, and with the sun allegedly making an appearance in the next few weeks, this wine will make the perfect every day drinking spring time wine. Next week we will be sending out an e mail with details on how to purchase.

Lune d'Argent

Clos des Lunes, located in Sauternes was purchased by the Bernard family, owners of Domaine de Chevalier, in August 2011, where they chose to focus production almost entirely on still wine production. They re-named the property Clos des Lunes as a tribute to the Chinese festival of the moon which takes place during Vendange. Many Sauternes producers have started moving towards producing dry whites for a number of reasons, namely; the minute yields obtained. For instance, this year Yquem, Suduiraut, Rieussec and Raymond Lafon have all stated that they did not produce enough quality grapes to warrant making a wine under their first label. The reason for this is that the success of the wine is dictated by the degree of the benevolent form of botrytis cinera, a fungal colloquially known as noble rot, infecting the grapes. Grape varieties particularly susceptible to Noble Rot include: Sémillion, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle, this is due to the fact that they have very thin skins. Once infected, the grape skins are reduced to a brown pulp, which then causes the escape of the majority of the water in them, leaving behind the sugar, acids and phenolic content, resulting in super concentrated berries. The harvest this year in the Sauternes region was problematic largely due to summer drought and autumn showers. Water stress was caused by dryness from July- August, except on limestone soils where water is retained and stored more easily. There was still no evidence of botrytis in the region by the 22nd of 22nd September, by this date the still white grapes had all been picked. The mould is triggered by mild, misty nights, and then multiplied during the heat of the day. Following rainfall, the first outbreak of botrytis was recorded on the 23rd ,25th  and 26th of September. This then initiated outbreaks in various vineyards, most prolifically on Barsac’s limestone plateau, where grapes were harvested in early October. Vineyards planted to soils where summer water stress was severe were particularity hindered, as the late developing botrytis reduced the potential time frame for weather favourable to concentration. The development of rot became slower and slower, and was again interrupted by rain in mid-October. Finally the harvest came to a grueling halt in the first week of November.

The precariousness of production, with many variables dramatically affecting yield has resulted in producers thinking outside of the box in order to generate cash flow, hence the emergence of still white wines.

The silver lining of the cloud is that these wines being produced express incredible purity and opulence. They are of course, in some ways reminiscent of the sweet wines, despite the fact that they are bone dry, the high proportion of Sémillon provides superb complexity and minerality. The whole team felt that the Lune d’argent was an undoubtable winner, not only is it delicious but the label and foil are really stylish the uniqueness of the wine makes it a great dinner party choice.

The Lune d’argent 2012 is composed of 70% Sémillon and 30% Sauvignon Blanc, with vines that are on average 30 years old. Two exceptional terroirs combine; Sauternes, bringing power and Bommes bringing freshness. The wine is aged for 6-7 months in 25% oak barrel and 75% stainless steel tanks.

CW tasting note:

Dark lemon in colour with an apricot hue. On the nose: lemon meringue pie, almond, honey and fig. Vibrant, precise acidity on the palate, with opulent tropical notes of golden kiwi, pineapple and a touch of pistachio. Wonderful as an aperitif or serve with grilled fish or chicken. Drink now- 2016

e mail: orders@cultwinesltd.com to register your interest.

Bottle price  £12.50/6 for £75

  (ex. DELIVERY)