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THE SOCIETY’S

FINE WINE

LIST

M AY – A UGUST 2011

Special occasion wines for drinking now or keeping

from £8.95 to £825 and 14 mixed cases

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CHAMBOLLE

CHAMPAGNE•CHASSAGNE

LAFITE•LEEUWIN•LURTON

CLOUDY BAY

CORTON•CLOS DES PAPES

MÉDOC•MIDI

MARGARET RIVER


FAMILY VALUES

This Fine Wine List is a family affair. We believe that of all the promises a bottle of

wine can offer, from the consistency of taste of a big brand to the generic power

of an iconic appellation like Chablis or Champagne, the most reassuring is the

presence of a tried and trusted name on the label.

The long-held principles and sense of tradition that define a family business are

perhaps the strongest brand values that exist in the wine world. This is the DNA,

too precious to tinker with, that makes a leading Bordelais dynasty, for example,

equally successful at the other end of the world. Names that instantly spring to

mind are Rothschild (p12) and Lurton (p10), whose portfolios range from great

growths on both sides of the Gironde to South America, and from fine Claret to

luscious dessert wine.

Burgundy is a region dominated by family businesses on a much smaller scale.

On p13, an extensive mixed case offer from the utterly charming 2006 vintage, five

years on, is populated by names you can trust absolutely: de Montille in Volnay

and Grivot in Vosne-Romanée, passed from fathers to sons; Gouges in Nuits-

Saint-Georges, now in its fourth generation; Pierre Morey in Meursault, both as

grower, and partner in the family’s négociant arm, Morey-Blanc. The Rhône, too,

is rich in family tradition, especially in Châteauneuf-du-Pape (p7), home of the

Boirons of Bosquet des Papes and the Gonnets of Domaine Font de Michelle.

Further afield, a celebration of top-notch Antipodean Chardonnay on p4

assembles more of our best families, including the Cullens, the Horgans of Leeuwin

Estate, the Finns of Neudorf, and the Brajkovichs of Kumeu River. Elsewhere, you’ll

find the Lemelsons of Oregon and the Mugas of Rioja, (Small Wonders, p18) and

the Potts of South Australia’s Langhorne Creek (Magnificent Malbec p16). On p5,

we explore the extraordinary ‘family tree’ of wines with Cloudy Bay at its centre.

Like all our Lists, this one is the result of a fair amount of globetrotting by

The Society’s buying team, whose families deserve a treat more than most.

Find out what they like to open for nearest and dearest in Buyers’ Fine Wine

Favourites on p7.

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Two new services for Members’ Reserves

Members can now mix their own cases and place them in our temperaturecontrolled

Members’ Reserves cellar. Any 12 bottles can be selected, stored and

drawn out when desired. See our website for more details. Members can also

remove a few bottles of a full case stored in Reserves. Wines removed in this way

need to be made up into 12-bottle cases using no more than four different wines

from the member’s unmixed cases stored in Reserves. A handling charge of

£5 per dozen bottles withdrawn applies. Please call Member Services on

01438 740222 to arrange your part-case withdrawal.

How to use this List

Wines are listed by theme and then by price

● Drink dates are given as a guide to maturity

and ageing potential

● For further information about any of the

wines, or Members’ Reserves, please

contact Member Services on 01438 741177

● Fine wines too limited in quantity to be

listed may be found in the fine wine section

of The Society’s website at

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CONTENTS page

FAMILY RESEMBLANCE 3

ANTIPODEAN CHARDONNAY

RENAISSANCE 4

CLOUDY BAY FAMILY TREE 5

chateauneuf-du-pape 7

southern Rhône stars 8

magical midi 9

lurton family values 10

the rothschild touch 12

2006 burgundy 13

magnificent malbec 16

buyers’ fine wine

favourites 17

SMALL WONDERS

Fine Wine at £20 or Less 18

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FAmily resemblance

English sparkling

wine, and

Champagne

Chalk is the uniting factor between

Champagne and the Sussex Downs.

Champagne needs little introduction

but English sparkling wines are

getting better and better. The main

April List contains a good selection of

Champagnes, but here the focus is on

the 2002 vintage, which is probably

the best since 1996, producing wines

with real distinction.

J-SG1231 NEW Ridgeview Bloomsbury, 2008 £19 bottle £228 dozen

Mike Roberts produces this fine Sussex sparkler from the classic Champagne mix of

chardonnay together with pinot noir and pinot meunier, which both add depth and

character. Drink this year and next. 12%

J-SG1341 Ridgeview Fitzrovia Rosé, 2008 £21 bottle £252 dozen

Light salmon-pink in colour, this blend is, again, dominated by chardonnay, bringing

freshness and finesse, whilst pinot noir and pinot meunier add the delectable flavour

of summer fruits. Drink this year and next. 12%

J-SG1161 Nyetimber Brut Classic Cuvée, 2005 £26 bottle £312 dozen

This delicious full-flavoured sparkler is also from the West Sussex Downs – Nyetimber

is now the largest vineyard in the UK – and also a blend of Champenois grapes with

chardonnay to the fore. Now to 2013. 12%

J-CH2211 † Boizel Vintage Brut, 2002 £32 bottle £192 per six

This proud Champagne house, which annually provides Glyndebourne audiences with

sparkling refreshment, has made a brilliant 2002 vintage that perfectly combines weight

and charm. Now to 2015. 12%

J-CH2191 † Laurent-Perrier Brut, 2002 £45 bottle £270 per six

2002 is a great Champagne vintage, comparable with the likes of 1979 and 1996.

This is a fine example with finesse and delicacy yet also considerable power and length

of flavour. The labels may be new but the style is Laurent-Perrier through and through.

Now to 2017. 12%

J-CH2201 † Bollinger Grande Année, 2002 £62 bottle £372 per six

Poles apart from the Laurent Perrier above, this Grande Année from one of the great

Champagne houses is weighty, full bodied, complex and extremely long. A majestic

Bollinger vintage. Now to 2017. 12%

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ANTIPODEAN CHARDONNAY

RENAISSANCE

This section has earned its place

thanks to the dramatic

improvement in the quality of

Antipodean chardonnay in

recent years. In Australia,

especially in cooler sites such as

Tasmania and Margaret River,

there has been a chardonnay

renaissance with modern

examples focusing on texture,

structure and restraint. New

Zealand’s winemakers are

proving their skill in handling this

noble grape too. We would

even go as far as saying that

New Zealand chardonnay now

deserves more of the limelight

than the country’s excellent

headlining sauvignon blancs.

There is a lot of truth in what

Tim Finn of Neudorf describes as

‘the end of the oakey, blokey,

clumsy chardonnays’ of yore

with a welcome return to wines

of great refinement and poise.

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J-AU13341 The Society’s Exhibition Tasmanian Chardonnay, 2009 £13.95 bottle £167 dozen

This stylish chardonnay elegantly shows off the enormous potential of Tasmania.

Dry, concentrated but not overt, this delicious wine has lovely peachy fruit and a

mouthwatering finish. Now to 2013. 13.5%

J-NZ5011 NEW Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay, 2008, Auckland £15.50 bottle £186 dozen

A fragrant, richly textured and soft Kiwi chardonnay which is at least as complex as

the great white Burgundies it is modelled on. Now to 2014. 13.5%

J-NZ4951 Neudorf Chardonnay, 2008, Nelson £17 bottle £204 dozen

Fine, yet broadly flavoured chardonnay with superb length from this stand-out family

producer in Nelson on New Zealand’s South Island. Now to 2013. 13.5%

J-NZ5021 † Kumeu River Coddington Vineyard Chardonnay, 2008, Auckland £18 bottle £216 dozen

Originally a component of the Kumeu Estate blend, but now a fully-fledged ‘cru’ in its

own right, Coddington chardonnay is rich and ripe, flamboyant even, but very elegant.

Now to 2014. 13.5%

J-NZ5351 † Dry River Chardonnay, 2008, Martinborough £34 bottle £408 dozen

Succulent, peachy chardonnay with excellent precision and balance from this iconic

New Zealand producer. Now to 2014. 13%

J-AU13711 Cullen Kevin John Chardonnay, 2007, Margaret River £35 bottle £420 dozen

Vanya Cullen’s 2007 chardonnay is a stand-out success. Restrained, exquisite and

amazingly long. Now to 2014. 13.5%

J-AU12571 Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay, 2006, Margaret River £45 bottle £540 dozen

Margaret River’s cool 2006 vintage suited Leeuwin’s top chardonnay perfectly.

Focused with citrus-blossom flavours, the fine line of acidity helps provide the

wine’s remarkable length. Now to 2016. 14.5%

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CLOUDY BAY FAMILY TREE

The impact of Cloudy Bay on New Zealand’s wine industry has been phenomenal. The estate

forged the country’s reputation for outstanding sauvignon blanc and firmly established the

Marlborough region on the fine wine map. As is often the case with trailblazers, many of the

people behind the winery’s initial success have gone on to establish names in their own right. Dog Point and Isabel Estate’s vineyards,

for example, were original sources of Cloudy Bay’s grapes, but they now bottle under their own names to great acclaim. Kevin Judd

was Cloudy Bay’s first and longest-standing winemaker; he now makes wines only under his own Greywacke label. The original

creator of Cloudy Bay, David Hohnen, is currently concentrating on his family’s vines back in Western Australia.

A passion for quality at every level and viticultural and winemaking craftsmanship of the highest order are the common themes at all

these properties.

Sparkling

J-SG1171 Pelorus, Cloudy Bay, Brut, 2006 £18 bottle £216 dozen

Gorgeous Kiwi bubbly made using Cloudy Bay fruit and kept in bottle until ready.

Now to 2013. 12.5%

Whites

J-AU13721 McHenry Hohnen ‘The Wine Society’s Special Selection’ £10.95 bottle £131 dozen

Sauvignon Blanc, 2010, Margaret River

David Hohnen was the man behind Cloudy Bay. We jumped at the opportunity to

bottle, exclusively for members, this single-vineyard sauvignon from his Burnside

vineyard, the exquisite fruit of which was, until 2010, sold to Cape Mentelle. This is a

finely-structured, restrained and pure sauvignon with gorgeous fruit flavours. Now to

2013. 13.5%

J-NZ4881 Isabel Sauvignon Blanc, 2009, Marlborough £12.50 bottle £150 dozen

This estate used to provide wines for Cloudy Bay, but now flourishes on its own.

Complex and characterful single-vineyard sauvignon which is highly concentrated

and smooth. Delicious with food. Now to 2012. 13% Low stock

J-NZ5301 Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc, 2010, Marlborough £14.95 bottle £179 dozen

This is the second vintage of the solo project of Cloudy Bay’s first and longest standing

winemaker, Kevin Judd. He has turned out a dazzling and highly aromatic sauvignon in

2010. Now to 2012. 13.5%

J-NZ4771 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc, 2009, Marlborough £17 bottle

New winemaker Tim Heath has made a lovely 2009 which is delicious now. The style

he has created is produced by adding a small portion of later picked and barrelfermented

sauvignon blanc to the tank-fermented wine to increase the breadth of

flavour. Now to 2012. 13.5% Three bottles only per member.

J-NZ4221 Cloudy Bay Chardonnay, 2007, Marlborough £18 bottle £216 dozen

A real success. Elegant, complex and discreetly toasty with ripe, lemony fruit.

Now to 2012. 14%

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Reds

J-NZ5131 Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir, 2008, Marlborough £20 bottle

Supple, pretty and elegant pinot from Marlborough’s big name producer. Very rare

indeed. Now to 2014. 14% Three bottles only per member.

J-NZ4871 Dog Point Pinot Noir, 2008, Marlborough £24 bottle £288 dozen

This highly perfumed, stylish wine from former Cloudy Bay winemaker James Healy

and viticulturist Ivan Sutherland possesses a delightfully velvety palate and shows

just why Dog Point is fast becoming a leader in New Zealand’s fine wine scene.

Now to 2014. 14%

Cloudy Bay Family Tree

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McHenry Hohnen ‘The Wine Society’s Special Selection’

Sauvignon Blanc, 2010, Margaret River

Isabel Sauvignon Blanc, 2009, Marlborough

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc, 2009, Marlborough

Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc, 2010, Marlborough

Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir, 2008, Marlborough

Dog Point Pinot Noir, 2008, Marlborough

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CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE

The Avignon Popes knew a thing or two about wine and were not slow to

recognise the potential that existed on this extraordinary plateau in Provence.

What makes the difference is the especially complex and varied terroir, and the best

wines are nearly always the result of blending not just grape varieties but also fruit

from various soil types and exposures. The wines get better and better as they age.

Older vintages held back by The Wine Society until mature are a rare treat.

J-RH24001 The Society’s Exhibition Châteauneuf-du-Pape, 2007 £19 bottle £228 dozen

As befits the great 2007 vintage, there is an added dimension here in the form of

greater power, depth and concentration of flavour. 2007s are not just about power

though, they are elegant too with a lovely quality of ripe fruit. Now to 2020. 14.5%

J-RH14971 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Domaine La Roquète, 2004 £22 bottle £264 dozen

Heady, spicy, fabulously rich-tasting red from the Brunier family of Vieux-Télégraphe.

Now to 2015. 14.5%

J-RH11031 † Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Cuvée Grenache, Bosquet des Papes, Boiron, 2001 £30 bottle £360 dozen

Such was the quality of the harvest in 2001, the Boirons kept back some of their best

grenache for this limited cuvée. Dense and luxurious with hints of wild herbs against

a smoky black-fruit background, it is an absolute joy. Now to 2016. 14%

J-RH12731 † Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Cuvée Etienne Gonnet, Domaine £35 bottle £420 dozen

Font de Michelle, 2003

The top cuvée from Font de Michelle includes a parcel of 100-year-old grenache which

in great vintages is used to make wines of outstanding depth and finesse. The 2003 is

wonderful now. Now to 2020. 14.5%

J-RH20231 † Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Domaine du Pegau, 2006 £38 bottle £456 dozen

Laurence Féraud makes a very traditional style of Châteauneuf which spends plenty of

time in old foudres. The estate is made up of several plots of land which together make

a wine of great depth and complexity. Decant well in advance. Now to 2022. 14%

J-RH18541 † Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Cros de la Mûre, 2005 £42 bottle £504 dozen

Eric Michel, whose outstanding Gigondas we follow, has been able to buy a tiny plot

of vines in one of the best districts of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. This has the same purity of

expression as his admirable Côtes-du-Rhône but with several extra layers of finesse and

complexity. Now to 2018. 15%

J-RH8141 † Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Clos des Papes, Avril, 2000 £50 bottle £600 dozen

Clos des Papes in a good vintage always needs ten years to come round. The 2000 is

delicious now. Now to 2025. 14%

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vertical

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Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Domaine du Pegau, 2006

Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Cros de la Mûre, 2005

Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Domaine La Roquète, 2004

Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Cuvée Etienne Gonnet, Domaine Font de Michelle, 2003

Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Cuvée Grenache, Bosquet des Papes, Boiron, 2001

Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Clos des Papes, Avril, 2000

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SOUTHERN RHÔNE STARS

A feature of the last twenty years has been the growing reputation of estate wines from outside Châteauneuf. These are currently

offering some of the best value-for-money wines to be found anywhere in France. To encourage you to try a selection there is a good

saving on the mixed case below.

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J-RH23991 The Society’s Exhibition Vacqueyras, 2007

Full-flavoured blend of grenache and syrah from one of the Rhône’s best cru villages.

Now to 2015. 14%

£9.95 bottle £119 dozen

J-RH24121 The Society’s Exhibition Cairanne, 2007

A fabulously rich and full-bodied Rhône from an outstanding year. Now to 2014. 14%

£9.95 bottle £119 dozen

J-RH14801 † Vacqueyras St Roch, Clos des Cazaux, 2004

Jean-Michel Vache loves the syrah grape, which accounts for nearly a third of the blend,

and adds freshness and complexity to this fine, good-value Vacqueyras. Now to 2015.

14.5%

£10.95 bottle £131 dozen

J-RH21291 Cairanne, Côtes-du-Rhône Villages, Domaine des Coteaux de Travers £11.50 bottle £138 dozen

Rouge, 2006

An outstanding cuvée of very ripe grenache, sweetly flavoured, ripe and satisfyingly

long. Now to 2012. 15%

J-RH16581 † Rasteau Côtes-du-Rhône Villages, Le Ponce, Domaine des £11.95 bottle £143 dozen

Escaravailles, 2004

Gilles Ferran is an outstanding producer in Cairanne and Rasteau. He picks late and

very ripe and makes thick, creamy wines with soft tannins. 80% old-vine grenache and

20% syrah. Drink this year. 15%

J-RH19351 † Côtes-du-Rhône Villages Terre d’Argile, Domaine de la Janasse, 2006 £13.50 bottle £162 dozen

Janasse wines are in a league of their own. The wines are all deeply coloured and

immensely full bodied. This Côtes-du-Rhône Villages is Châteauneuf-like with an

abundance of rich, mouth-filling fruit. Now to 2016. 14.5%

J-RH18661 † Gigondas, Domaine Les Pallières, 2005 £13.95 bottle £167 dozen

Impressive, grenache-dominated southern Rhône on a large scale. Les Pallières is

the best-known estate in Gigondas and has vines in the best areas, mostly high up

in among the sun-baked Dentelles de Montmirail. Now to 2017. 14.5%

J-RH21391 Côtes-du-Rhône, Coudoulet de Beaucastel Rouge, 2004 £14.95 bottle £179 dozen

Full-bodied spicy Rhône from an outstanding vineyard on the border with Châteauneufdu-Pape.

Now to 2014. 14%

J-RH19561 † Gigondas, Château Saint-Cosme, 2006 £17 bottle £204 dozen

Louis Barruol combines elegance and power to perfection. He made wonderful Gigondas

in 2006. His first cuvée is very sensuous and sweetly flavoured. Now to 2019. 14%

Southern Rhône Tour

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A 12-bottle case containing two bottles each of the following:

Côtes-du-Rhône, Coudoulet de Beaucastel Rouge, 2004

Rasteau Côtes-du-Rhône Villages, Le Ponce, Domaine des Escaravailles, 2004

Cairanne, Côtes-du-Rhône Villages, Domaine des Coteaux de Travers Rouge, 2006

Gigondas, Château Saint Cosme, 2006

Vacqueyras St Roch, Clos des Cazaux, 2004

The Society’s Exhibition Châteauneuf-du-Pape, 2007

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MAGICAL MIDI

In the South of France, each appellation may give some indication of style but in truth the producer is more important. These are the

top wines from three outstanding Languedoc producers.

J-FC20191 Minervois, La Livinière, Château Sainte-Eulalie, Cuvée Cantilène, 2008 £11.50 bottle £138 dozen

We buy two reds from this outstanding estate in Minervois. Cantilène is the top wine.

The proportion of syrah is high and the wine is raised in small oak barriques. A lovely,

full-bodied red which is round, rich and satisfying. Now to 2015. 14%

J-FC20221 Corbières, Grande Cuvée, Castelmaure, 2008 £11.95 bottle £143 dozen

It doesn’t get much wilder than in this remote part of the Corbières, where a spirit of

true solidarity seems to exist like nowhere else. All the wine is made by the co-op,

which is one of the best in France. This is one of their top wines and is very full bodied,

rich and deeply expressive with smooth, ripe tannins. Now to 2012. 14.5%

J-FC19981 Saint-Chinian, Clos de la Simonette, Mas Champart, 2008 £18 bottle £216 dozen

Weighty, intense mourvèdre-dominated red from a top estate in Saint-Chinian. This will

keep well but the 2008 can be enjoyed already now. Best decanted and served with

lamb tagine. Now to 2019. 14.5%

Southern French

Mix

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A six-bottle case containing two bottles each

of the following:

Saint-Chinian, Clos de la Simonette,

Mas Champart, 2008

Corbières, Grande Cuvée, Castelmaure,

2008

Minervois, La Livinière, Château

Sainte-Eulalie, Cuvée Cantilène, 2008

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LURTON FAMILY VALUES

Lurton is one of the great and

far-reaching family names of

Bordeaux. It stands for outstanding

quality, often with a sprinkling of

innovation, dynamism and sheer

class thrown in. The family tree is

complex with numerous fine

properties managed, owned,

bought, sold, or handed down

through five generations. Today, it

is the younger generation who are

in the spotlight. All have more than

earned their stripes – from

Bérénice, the youngest of Lucien

Lurton’s ten children when she

took over the running of the great

Barsac estate, Climens, at the

tender age of 22; to Sophie and

her husband Laurent, who have

raised Bouscaut to be one of the

best châteaux of the Pessac

appellation; to the dizzy heights

of Cheval Blanc and Yquem,

now managed by their cousin,

Pierre Lurton.

Reds

J-CM12221 Château Duplessis, 2005, Moulis £11.95 bottle £143 dozen

Marie-Laure Lurton makes this engaging Claret, which in 2005 has the typical healthy,

generous fruit of the vintage, with pure red-fruit aromas and sweet palate with ripe fruit

freshness to balance. Now to 2017. 13.5%

J-CM14831 Château Bouscaut, Rouge, 2008, Pessac-Léognan £23 bottle £276 dozen

One of the discoveries of the vintage with lovely round supple fruit and spicy texture.

7% old-vine malbec adds special fruit quality to the traditional 48% cabernet sauvignon

and 45% merlot. A real triumph for Sophie and Laurent Lurton-Cogombles and already

delicious when tasted last autumn. 2013 to 2023. 13%

J-CM12261 Château Desmirail, 2005, Margaux £28 bottle £336 dozen

This fine, elegant and stylish troisième cru Margaux is owned by Denis Lurton; an

excellent follow-on for those who discovered and enjoyed the delicious 2000 vintage.

Now to 2017. 13%

J-CM9781 Château Durfort-Vivens, 2000, Margaux £35 bottle £420 dozen

Gonzague Lurton, husband of Claire Villars, has transformed the quality of this

second-growth property. His 2000 shows wonderful individuality and distinction with

lovely length and ‘middle’ to the palate. The quality of both the cabernet sauvignon

and cabernet franc was exceptional. Now to 2020. 12.5%

Château Brane-Cantenac, 2004, Margaux

A wine of great charm, full, ripe and supple with engaging floral bouquet and fine

length. Henri Lurton is a sensitive producer who has been delighting members with

vintage after vintage from this approachable second growth. Now to 2018. 13%

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Château Ferrière, 2000, Margaux

The smallest classed-growth property now run by Claire Villars Lurton of Haut-Bages

Libéral made a wonderful and powerful 2000 with excellent concentration and velvety

texture. Now to 2015. 12.5% This wine is available only in the mixed case.

Château Haut-Bages Libéral, 2003, Pauillac

Claire Villars Lurton has achieved great things with this property next to Latour. She was

rightly thrilled with her 2003 with its rich, ripe, vibrant fruit. Now to 2022. 13%

This wine is available only in the mixed case.

J-CS4611 Château Cheval Blanc, 2002, Saint-Emilion £275 bottle £3,300 dozen

2002 was a smaller crop and one saved by late-September sunshine. The cashmere

quality described so evocatively by manager, Pierre Lurton, is already coming through.

Now to 2020. 13% Limited to one case only per member.

Sauternes

J-BW2031 Château Climens, 2002, Barsac £59 bottle £708 dozen

Bérénice Lurton is current president of the Sauternes and Barsac appellations as well as

owner of this great property in Barsac. This has lovely aromatic fruit and supple balance.

Full of charm in its youth but will age beautifully, too. Now to 2020. 13.5%

J-BW2642 Half bottle of Château d’Yquem, 2001, Sauternes £295 half bottle

The supreme Sauternes of an outstanding vintage that will become a legend, produced

before Pierre Lurton’s arrival as manager in 2004. This is a great Yquem, capable of

lasting 50 years or more, on a par with the famous 1921. Now to 2050. 13.5%

Lurton Family

Jewels

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A six-bottle case containing one bottle each of

the following:

Château Desmirail, 2005, Margaux

Château Brane-Cantenac, 2004,

Margaux

Château Durfort-Vivens, 2000,

Margaux

Château Bouscaut, Rouge, 2008,

Pessac-Léognan

Château Ferrière, 2000, Margaux

Château Haut-Bages Libéral, 2003,

Pauillac

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THE ROTHSCHILD

TOUCH

Baron Eric de Rothschild, the public face and today’s highly

successful director of Domaines Barons de Rothschild, has a

much envied Midas touch in Bordeaux, where the properties

he manages, with the support and incomparable expertise of

technical director Charles Chevallier, produce some of the

most sought-after wines in the current explosive fine wine

world. Carruades de Lafite – a notable omission here – is so

prized in the Far East that its upward-spiralling price is out-ofdate

as soon as it is printed. The quality and reputation of the

great châteaux in the Lafite stable – Duhart Milon, Rieussec,

and Lafite itself – is unquestioned. Less well-known are the

Rothschild properties outside Bordeaux, from rising star

Aussières in the Languedoc (now a regular feature in our

annual Rhône and Languedoc Roussillon opening offer, such

is its quality and promise) to relatively well-established estates

in Chile (Los Vascos) and Argentina (where Caro is a joint

venture with Catena). Assess for yourself whether the

Rothschilds’ Midas touch extends beyond the Gironde.

Reds

J-CE5951 Los Vascos Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009 £8.95 bottle £107 dozen

A taste of fresh, ripe, unadorned and unoaked perfumed fruit. Elegant and full of

charm. Now to 2013. 14%

J-FC20301 Corbières, Château d’Aussières, 2008 £14.95 bottle £179 dozen

Three quarters syrah, 20% mourvèdre with a little grenache, raised in barrels brought

down from the Médoc and made with all the winemaking skills you would expect of

the Lafite team. Now to 2019. 14%

J-CM12121 The Society’s Exhibition Pauillac, 2005 £17.50 bottle £210 dozen

A wine with a classy pedigree, this has for several years been sourced from the estates

of first-growth Château Lafite and its neighbour and increasingly high-achiever Duhart-

Milon. In 2005, an exceptional year throughout Bordeaux, they made us an exquisite

wine. Now to 2018. 12.5%

J-AR2451 Caro, 2007 £30 bottle £360 dozen

An Argentinian wine of remarkable elegance, produced in a joint venture with the

brilliant Catena. A blend of 60% malbec and 40% cabernet sauvignon aged 18 months

in French oak barriques, including some made by Lafite’s own barrel maker. Now to

2021. 14.5%

J-CS3011 Château L’Evangile, 1999, Pomerol £75 bottle £900 dozen

Powerful and concentrated, but with the fragrance that comes with 25% cabernet

franc. Opulent and long on the palate. Now to 2020. 13%

J-CM9251 Château Lafite Rothschild, 2004, Pauillac £850 bottle

Top-class Claret in a vintage in which the leading châteaux of the Médoc did very well.

Combines power, finesse and perfectly balanced structure. 2015 to 2030. 12.5%

Three bottles only per member.

Whites

J-CE5941 Los Vascos Sauvignon Blanc, 2009 £8.95 bottle £107 dozen

Redolent of aromatic sauvignon, this is a lovely Chilean aperitif but full enough for

herby food. The fruit is mainly from Casablanca with a percentage from cooler Leyda

and the Andean foothills. Now to 2012. 13.5%

To order thewinesociety.com/finewine ☎ 01438 740222


2006 BURGUNDY

Alluring reds, appealing whites, attractive

prices

It’s a rare Burgundy vintage that deals an absolutely even hand to both chardonnay

and pinot noir. The opulence and harmony of the 2006 whites make them delicious

already, while the reds, intense and concentrated, are just beginning to reveal their

charming side. This selection of mixed cases, offering substantial savings on current

market prices, provides an excellent cross-section of the vintage.

The drinking windows given are based on the earliest-maturing wines. Some individual bottles will last well beyond the storage

recommendations for the case as a whole.

Please note that no tasting notes are provided with these cases.

2006 Burgundy Mixed Dozen for drinking now

Drinking Window: Now to 2012

This case is essentially for enjoyment over the next year or so, but there is no need to drink it all at once. Start with the dense, lovely

fruit of the two Moret-Nominé whites and work up to Pierre Morey’s steelier Meursaults. Among the reds, the Chassagne is a juicy

joy, while the Nuits Grandes Vignes and Louis Boillot’s Volnay are perhaps best saved until last. Etienne Grivot’s sumptuous Vosne-

Romanée is still improving in bottle, but indulgent of anyone who can’t wait.

ref J-MX1025 at £265 SAVING £78.50

A 12-bottle case containing one bottle each of the following wines. Not to be stored in Reserves beyond 2012.

Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru Clos des Grandes

Vignes, Monopole, Château de Puligny, 2006

(Now to 2015)

Vosne-Romanée, Domaine Jean Grivot, 2006

(Now to 2015)

Volnay Les Grands Poisots, Domaine Louis Boillot et

Fils, 2006 (Now to 2015)

Aloxe-Corton, Domaine Follin-Arbelet, 2006

(Now to 2015)

Chassagne-Montrachet Rouge Premier Cru, Clos

Saint Jean, Domaine Morey-Coffinet, 2006

(Now to 2014)

Beaune Premier Cru, Clos des Vignes Franches,

Nicolas Potel, 2006 (Now to 2015)

Meursault Blanc, Domaine Pierre Morey, 2006

(Now to 2013)

Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru Romanée,

Domaine Morey-Coffinet, 2006 (Now to 2014)

Meursault, Morey-Blanc, 2006 (Now to 2013)

Puligny-Montrachet, Etienne Sauzet, 2006

(Now and next year)

Puligny-Montrachet, Moret-Nominé, 2006

(Now and next year)

Meursault Sous la Velle, Moret-Nominé, 2006

(Now and next year)

For advice thewinesociety.com/advice or ☎ 01438 741177 13


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2006 Côte de Beaune

Reds

Drinking Window: Now to 2014

A virtual tour of the southern Côte d’Or, from linear Pernand-

Vergelesses to full-blooded Pommard and supple Volnay, with

stops at multi-tasking Beaune and its surrounds.

ref J-MX1027 at £150 SAVING £41.50

A six bottle case containing one bottle each of the following

wines and can be stored until 2014.

Pommard Premier Cru Clos des Epeneaux,

Comte Armand, Domaine des Epeneaux, 2006

(Now to 2018)

Beaune Premier Cru Sizies, Domaine de Montille,

2006 (Now to 2014)

Volnay Premier Cru Les Angles, Domaine Louis

Boillot et Fils, 2006 (Now to 2016)

Pernand-Vergelesses Premier Cru Ile des

Vergelesses, Domaine Chandon de Briailles, 2006

(Now to 2016)

Savigny-lès-Beaune Premier Cru Lavières, Domaine

Chandon de Briailles, 2006 (Now to 2015)

Beaune Premier Cru Clos des Vignes Franches,

Nicolas Potel, 2006 (Now to 2015)

2006 Côte de Nuits Reds

Drinking Window: Now to 2015

Three distinguished communes and three outstanding

growers.

ref J-MX1029 at £150 SAVING £36

A six bottle case containing two bottles each of the following

wines and can be stored until 2015.

Vosne-Romanée, Domaine Jean Grivot, 2006

(Now to 2015)

Chambolle-Musigny Les Véroilles, Domaine Bruno

Clair, 2006 (Now to 2016)

Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru Bousselots,

Domaine Jean Chauvenet, 2006 (Now to 2015)

Louis Boillot 2006:

Volnay Virtuoso

Drinking Window: Now to 2015

The supple elegance of premier cru Les Angles, the more

robust Brouillards and the bright fruit of Les Grands Poisots,

all with the trademark Boillot upholstery and pleasing grip.

ref J-MX1022 at £160 SAVING £42

A six bottle case containing two bottles each of the following

wines and can be stored until 2015.

Volnay Premier Cru Brouillards, Domaine Louis

Boillot et Fils, 2006 (Now to 2015)

Volnay Premier Cru Les Angles, Domaine Louis

Boillot et Fils, 2006 (Now to 2016)

Volnay Les Grands Poisots, Domaine Louis Boillot

et Fils, 2006 (Now to 2015)

2006 Nuits-Saint-Georges

Drinking Window: 2012 to 2014

Explore this large commune from end to end with five

premiers crus and a single vineyard, and five masterly

growers.

ref J-MX1021 at £168 SAVING £36

A six bottle case containing one bottle each of the following

wines and can be stored until 2014.

Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru Boudots, Dom

Gérard Mugneret, 2006 (Now to 2014)

Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru Clos des Porrets

Saint-Georges, Domaine Henri Gouges, 2006

(2012 to 2017)

Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru Rue de Chaux,

Domaine Jean Chauvenet, 2006 (Now to 2015)

Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru Damodes, Dom

Jean Chauvenet, 2006 (Now to 2015)

Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru Clos des Grandes

Vignes, Monopole, Château de Puligny, 2006

(Now to 2015)

Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru Lavières, Domaine

Jean Grivot, 2006 (Now to 2015)

To order thewinesociety.com/finewine ☎ 01438 740222


2006 de Montille Reds

Drinking Window: 2012 to 2014

One of the Côte d’Or’s first families shows the extent of its

terroir and expertise in six aristocratic reds, including a grand

cru for the longer haul.

ref J-MX1020 at £199 SAVING £57

A six bottle case containing one bottle each of the following

wines and may be stored until 2014.

Beaune Premier Cru Sizies, Domaine de Montille,

2006 (Now to 2014)

Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru Les Thorey,

Domaine de Montille, 2006 (Now to 2015)

Beaune Premier Cru Grèves, Domaine de Montille,

2006 (Now to 2015)

Corton Pougets Grand Cru, Domaine de Montille,

2006 (Now to 2016)

Volnay Premier Cru Taillepieds, Domaine de

Montille, 2006 (Now to 2018)

Pommard Premier Cru Rugiens, Domaine de

Montille, 2006 (2012 to 2020)

2006 Grand Cru

Burgundy

Drinking Window: 2012 to 2018

Six of the very best Côte d’Or plots, just accessible now, but

better in a year or so.

ref J-MX1023 at £299 SAVING £100

A six bottle case containing one bottle each of the following

wines and may be stored until 2018.

Le Chambertin Grand Cru, Nicolas Potel, 2006

(Now to 2019)

Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru, Domaine Jean Grivot,

2006 (Now to 2018)

Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru, Domaine

Maume, 2006 (Now to 2018)

Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru, Domaine François

Lamarche, 2006 (2012 to 2018)

Bonnes Mares Grand Cru, Drouhin-Laroze, 2006

(2012 to 2018)

Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru, Domaine Maume,

2006 (Now to 2020)

Classic 2006 Burgundy

Grands Crus for

Cellaring

Drinking Window: 2014 to 2018

One white and two red grands crus which require, and will

repay, patience.

ref J-MX1030 at £350 SAVING £72

A six bottle case containing two bottles each of the following

wines and may be stored until 2018.

Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru, Louis Jadot, 2006

(2013 to 2018)

Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru, Domaine Jean Grivot,

2006 (2012 to 2018)

Chambertin Clos-de-Bèze Grand Cru, Domaine

Drouhin Laroze, 2006 (2014 to 2020)

For advice thewinesociety.com/advice or ☎ 01438 741177 15


16

MAGNIFICENT

MALBEC

Once planted in Bordeaux, malbec made its name as

the principal constituent of Cahors. Due to its sensitivity

to poor set, frost, downy mildew and rot, it was better

suited to the conditions of inland Cahors than those of

coastal Bordeaux. It was the foundation of the ‘black

wine of Cahors’, when vines in Bordeaux were grown

on the palus and produced pale and pink wines called

clairet (from which we get the English word ‘claret’).

Malbec can be powerful, with firm and sometimes

quite rustic tannins in France, but with great character

too, and is often blended with merlot to soften it.

Nowadays Argentina grows three times as much

malbec as France, so there is a much bigger gene pool

from which very interesting selections have been made,

notably by Catena, who narrowed down about 200

original selections to about eight. These excellent plant

selections and the warmer climate generally produce

softer, richer and more aromatic wines than in France.

Its characteristic violet aromas can resist temperatures

up to 33°C, and the existence of many old vineyards

(the Mendel Unus is made from a malbec vineyard

planted in 1928) explain the success of malbec in

Argentina. In Mendoza, Alta Mira is producing lovely

floral styles of malbec, with more structure and grip

coming from Lunlunta, Agrelo and Perdriel.

J-AR2441 The Society’s Exhibition Mendoza Malbec, 2008 £9.95 bottle £119 dozen

Lovely blend of two very fine high-altitude vineyards owned by Catena, one at Agrelo

for structure and one at Alta Mira for its violet perfume. This has a scented nose of

brambles, with a hint of vanillin from the oak and a ripe and concentrated palate.

Aged for 16 months in French oak. Now to 2016. 14%

J-AU13531 Bleasdale Second Innings Malbec, 2009, Langhorne Creek £9.95 bottle £119 dozen

Malbec grows well in the warm Langhorne Creek vineyards of South Australia.

Bleasdale have some superb parcels. This lush, ripe-tasting red oozes brambly fruit.

Now to 2014. 14%

J-AU12131 Bleasdale Tempranillo-Malbec, 2008, McLaren Vale/Langhorne Creek £11.50 bottle £138 dozen

This innovative Australian blend has created a delicious red bursting with the flavours

of dark cherries and fresh spices. Now to 2012. 13.5%

J-AR2221 Mendel Unus, 2007 £20 bottle £240 dozen

A thrilling Argentine blend of 70% malbec and 30% cabernet sauvignon from mature

vineyards aged 16 months in barriques. Decant half an hour before serving with roast

beef. Now to 2019. 14%

J-FC18391 Cahors Clos Triguedina, Probus, 2006 £22 bottle £264 dozen

Named after the Emperor who authorised the return of wine making to Cahors, this is

from an historic estate and is intended for long-term keeping. Made from 100% old

malbec and from the best sites of the estate, this is deeply coloured, rich and well

structured. Now to 2020. 13%

J-FC18381 Cahors Clos Triguedina, The New Black Wine, 2006 £34 bottle £408 dozen

The black wine of Cahors was a favourite in this country during the Middle Ages.

Jean-Luc Baldès has tried to recreate the style which was achieved by heating part of

the must to extract more colour without any hard tannins. This is intense, very dark and

full in flavour with sweet black cherries coming to mind. Now to 2025. 13.5%

To order thewinesociety.com/finewine ☎ 01438 740222


BUYERS’ FINE WINE

FAVOURITES

The bottles The Society’s buyers open on

special occasions

We didn’t ask our buyers to select their current fine wine passions with a gourmet dinner in mind, but their nominations fall neatly

into place. Whet the palate with Marcel’s favourite grower’s Champagne, then indulge Toby’s passion for authentic Sherry with a

platter of olives, salted almonds and jamón. Join Janet Wynne in celebrating the sheer versatility of a good white Pessac-Léognan with

fish, fowl and fungi, then choose between Pierre’s subtle Aussie pinot noir for poultry or roast pork, or, if the main course is lamb or

beef, Jo’s silky Cornas. Defuse a demanding cheeseboard with Sebastian’s sumptuous Graticciaia, and round the evening off with

21-year-old malt whisky, Mark’s ultimate digestif.

Champagne

J-CH1821 Champagne Chartogne-Taillet, Sainte-Anne Brut Non-Vintage

I was always told that Champagne is first and foremost a wine and a fine wine at that

and the growing trend towards handcrafted Champagnes is beginning to uncover wines

of real distinction, personality and class. Christophe Taillet’s cuvée Sainte Anne is made

from a blend of 50% chardonnay, 40% pinot noir and 10% pinot meunier. It has

wonderful weight of fruit, great finesse, a soft and persistent mousse and great length.

£27 bottle £162 six

Sherry

An excellent food wine as well as fine aperitif. 12% Marcel Orford-Williams

J-SH552 Half bottle of Cayetano del Pino Palo Cortado Viejísimo 1/5

(bottled by Romate)

I love this wine for its purity, intensity and length of flavour. It was drawn from the cask

and lightly filtered with no addition of colour or sugar. It has a beautiful natural balance,

concentrated yet not achingly dry. But it is the intensity and length of flavour of this

£20 per half bottle

White

wine that makes it outstanding. 21% Toby Morrhall

J-BW3011 Château Carbonnieux Blanc, 2006, Pessac-Léognan

For me, the flagship white Bordeaux appellation is class in a glass. The combination of

piquant sauvignon and toasty, blossomy semillon (half and half here) and the discreet

tang of oak always hits the spot. This excellent property benefits from the consultative

genius of Denis Dubourdieu, oenology prof and white knight of Bordeaux blanc.

It shows. Now to 2012. 13% Janet Wynne Evans

£29 bottle £348 dozen

Red & Spirits

J-AU12431 Mac Forbes Woori Yallock Pinot Noir, 2008, Yarra Valley £30 bottle £360 dozen

Barely more than a couple of hundred cases of this sublime pinot are made, and,

tempting though it is to keep it to myself, I can’t stop enthusing about it. Mac Forbes is

inspired by Burgundy and eager to raise the pinot bar in his native Victoria. His wine is

strikingly pale, hauntingly fragranced and sensual as a Chambolle-Musigny on the

palate. Now to 2013. 13% Pierre Mansour

J-RH8091 Cornas, Les Chaillots, Domaine Thierry Allemand, 2000 £29 bottle £348 dozen

Marcel Orford-Williams has reopened my eyes to Cornas, and introduced me to the

wonders of Thierry Allemand. The Chaillots vines are younger, but there is no lack of

concentration or finesse. Now to 2014. 12.5% Joanna Locke MW

J-IT13341 Graticciaia, 2005 (Vallone) £35 bottle £420 dozen

Made from negroamaro grapes, sun-dried on straw mats before pressing, this rich and

altogether remarkable Puglian vino da meditazzione never fails to stop guests in their

tracks when I serve it from a decanter at the end of a meal. Among its biggest fans are

some Australian friends who, once smitten, now expect it every time they visit. Now to

2020. 14% Sebastian Payne MW

J-WY591 The Society’s Exhibition Single Orkney Malt Whisky, 21 Years Old £29 bottle £348 dozen

I always ‘cut’ this classic malt, from the northern most of Orkney’s two distilleries, with

some soft spring water to reduce it to about 20% for the nose and flavour to show at

their best. For me this accentuates the hint of green apples and nuts on the nose. On

the palate it is smooth, slightly salty with hints of smoky peat, and an enormously longlasting

finish and I heartily recommend it. 40% Mark Buckenham

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18

SMALL WONDERS

Fine Wine at £20 or Less

Possibly our most eclectic range yet, and a fair bit of varietal one-upmanship, with Alsace and Western Australia laying claim to

riesling, Sancerre and California doing the same for sauvignon blanc, New Zealand and Oregon fencing with pinot noir, and Cornas

locking horns with McLaren Vale for best shiraz. Hungary appears to be safe for the moment with kékfrankos, the grape behind our

new Hungarian coup de coeur, though its Austrian alter ego, blaufränkisch, has been known to appear on this page. How to

approach such diversity? With a mixed case, of course, either the suggested red mix opposite, or a more personal selection which you

can now store in our Members’ Reserve cellars for future enjoyment.

Small wonders reds

J-HU621 Hilltop Kékfrankos, 2009 £9.50 bottle £114 dozen

Lively, fresh, appetising red with dark cherry colour that is rightly much prized in both

Hungary and in Austria (as blaufränkisch). This 2009 is a particular success. Now to

2014. 12%

J-SP6101 Muga Reserva, Rioja, 2006 £13.50 bottle £162 dozen

Bodegas Muga makes delicious Rioja. The 2006 is fragrant with lots of charm and juicy

fruit. Best decanted. Now to 2014. 14%

J-AU13971 Rockford Moppa Springs 2002, Barossa £14.50 bottle £174 dozen

Superb, mature Barossa blend with savoury fruit, density and great length of flavour.

Now to 2012. 15.5% Low stock.

J-SP6171 Lanzaga, Rioja, 2007 £14.95 bottle £179 dozen

A velvety, modern-style Rioja with rich black fruit and spice flavours and fantastic

backbone and length. Best decanted. Now to 2017. 14%

J-US4611 Lemelson Six Vineyards Oregon Pinot Noir, 2008, Willamette Valley £14.95 bottle £179 dozen

A fine, plump, cherry-fruited pinot produced organically, and with characteristic care, by

Eric Lemelson’s team in Oregon. Now to 2014. 13.5%

J-AU12971 Brick Kiln Shiraz, 2008, McLaren Vale £16 bottle £192 dozen

The 2008 is another blockbuster from this new name in McLaren Vale. Velvety,

concentrated and layered with blackberry spice flavours. Now to 2014. 14.5%

J-IT14171 Barbera d’Asti, d’Annona, 2007 (Il Cascinone) £16 bottle £192 dozen

2007 was an absolutely cracking vintage for barbera grapes which were beautifully ripe,

healthy, and succulent, making fragrant full and balanced wine. This top wine of the

D’Annona estate has been aged 18 months in barrique to add complexity and

roundness. Now to 2017. 14.5%

J-CS5041 Château Canon de Brem, 2004, Canon-Fronsac £16.50 bottle £198 dozen

One of the most stylish and distinguished wines of its commune, this vineyard has since

been absorbed into La Dauphine. Now to 2015. 13% Low stock.

J-NZ4711 Mahi Pinot Noir, 2008, Marlborough £18 bottle £216 dozen

This new Kiwi pinot is made by Brian Bicknell who made his name as winemaker at

Seresin. Fine and elegant with extraordinary length. Now to 2013. 13.5%

J-RH13421 Cornas Patou, Dumien Serrette, 2003 £19 bottle £228 dozen

A wonderful Cornas brimming with sweet blackcurrant fruit flavours and some

elegance. Now to 2015. 13%

To order thewinesociety.com/finewine ☎ 01438 740222


Small Wonders Reds Case

Drinking Window: Now to 2012

ref J-MX1180 at £89 Saving £5.45

A six-bottle case containing one bottle each of the following

six red wines:

Cornas Patou, Dumien Serrette, 2003

Lemelson Six Vineyards Oregon Pinot Noir, 2008,

Willamette Valley

Château Canon de Brem, 2004, Canon-Fronsac

Muga Reserva, Rioja, 2006

Rockford Moppa Springs 2002, Barossa

Barbera d’Asti, d’Annona, 2007

Small wonders whites

J-AU13691 Plantagenet Riesling, 2009, Great Southern £12.95 bottle £155 dozen

Crystal clean, mineral and limey Western Australia riesling, which is dry, gentle and

refreshingly light. Now to 2015. 11.5%

J-FC16531 Coteaux du Languedoc Blanc, Château de Cazeneuve, 2006 £13.95 bottle £167 dozen

André Leenhardt is making excellent wines from his vines in the fashionable Pic Saint-

Loup. The white, made principally from roussanne and grenache, is full bodied,

generously flavoured with surprising minerality and freshness. Perfect with

Mediterranean-inspired dishes. Drink this year. 14%

J-US4501 Frog’s Leap Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, 2009 £13.95 bottle £167 dozen

Wonderfully restrained, mineral Californian sauvignon which appeals for its delicate

texture and balance. This is in a class of its own. Unoaked and made from organically

farmed vineyards. Now to 2012. 12.5% Low stock.

J-AL6291 Riesling Ecaillers, Beyer, 2005 £16 bottle £192 dozen

Bone-dry riesling, full bodied, multi-layered and thoughtful. Marc Beyer makes wine around

food, in this case fish or poultry served with a creamy sauce. Now to 2018. 12.5%

J-RH21251 Saint-Péray, Harmonie, Domaine Voge, 2006 £16.50 bottle £198 dozen

Vibrant young marsanne, fruity and dry with a hint of honeysuckle and citrus and

considerable finesse. Lovely white Rhône to enjoy with crayfish. Now to 2012. 13.5%

J-LO8581 Sancerre, Le Chêne Marchand, 2008 (Thierry Merlin-Cherrier) £16.50 bottle £198 dozen

The single vineyard Chêne Marchand lies half way down one of Bué’s south/south-west

facing hillsides. The top wines here are capable of long ageing, as a wonderful vertical

tasting in 2004 showed. The 2008 has lovely fresh acidity to accompany the class and

weight from the older vines and long lees-ageing. Now to 2016. 12.5%

For advice thewinesociety.com/advice or ☎ 01438 741177 19


SERVICES

Members’ Reserves – the perfect environment for

storing wine

Wines purchased by the case from The Society can be stored in The Society’s

duty-paid, temperature-controlled Members’ Reserves cellars. Rental per year or part

thereof is currently £7.92 per dozen 75cl-bottles or equivalent, if paid by direct debit,

(£8.64 per dozen if not), which includes VAT and full insurance at replacement value.

For more information visit thewinesociety.com/membersreserves

Two new services for Members’ Reserves

Members can now mix their own cases and place them in our temperaturecontrolled

Members’ Reserves cellar. Any 12 bottles can be selected, stored

and drawn out when desired. See our website for more details. Members can

also remove a few bottles of a full case stored in Reserves. Wines removed in

this way need to be made up into 12-bottle cases using no more than four

different wines from the member’s unmixed cases stored in Reserves.

A handling charge of £5 per dozen bottles withdrawn applies. Please call

Member Services on 01438 740222 to arrange your part-case withdrawal.

Vintage Cellar Plan – the simple and affordable

way to create a cellar of fine wine

Choose from a range of plans and then let The Society’s buyers do the rest, using

their expertise to seek out exceptional parcels of wine for your future enjoyment.

thewinesociety.com/vintagecellarplan

Fine Wine Advisers – here to help

Please contact the Fine Wine Advisers for help with wine selection, food matching

and any other wine-related subject. Visit thewinesociety.com/advice or call

01438 741177 to find out more.

The Society’s Fine Wine List

Please note that many of these wines are available only in limited quantities and

will be sold on a first-come first-served basis. Prices are correct at the time of

publication, but The Society reserves the right to amend them at any time during

the life of this List.

For details on ordering from The Society see page 136 of the main List.

Please note: Our Stevenage Showroom doesn’t hold stocks of all the fine wines

listed, so pre-ordering is recommended.

KEY

See page144 of the main List for full

descriptions

White Wines:

bone dry, eg. Muscadet

a little fuller than bone dry or with lower acidity

dry but rich or lighter and sweeter

medium dry, usually demi-secs

medium sweet, the driest of the pudding-style

wines

- dessert grade sweetness eg. Sauternes

Alcohol levels

Alcohol percentage by volume is indicated for

each wine or spirit. Occasionally there will be

slight variations from the published figure.

Alcohol levels are only a guide to a wine’s fullness;

other factors such as tannin and extract in red

wines also contribute to overall impression of

weight and the note on the wine should make

this clear. Units of alcohol are increasingly printed

on wine labels. A UK unit of alcohol is simply

measured by multiplying alcohol by volume.

Thus a standard 13% 75cl bottle of wine will

contain 9.7 units of alcohol.

Units per

volume % standard bottle

14.5 10.9

14 10.5

13.5 10.1

13 9.75

12 9.0

11 8.25

10 7.5

9 6.75

FREE UK DELIVERY

when you order any 12 bottles or if your order value is £75 or more

This offer is open until Sunday 14th August, 2011 while stocks last.

To order thewinesociety.com/finewine ☎ 01438 740222

The Society’s Guarantee

Drinking wine bought from The Wine Society should be a pleasurable experience. If at any time

you are dissatisfied, we would like to hear from you. Contact us and we will be pleased to help.

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exceed 3-4 units a

day, and that women

do not regularly

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pregnant women do

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