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THE SOCIETY’S

FINE WINE

LIST

M AY – A UGUST 2012

Special occasion wines from

£6.95 to £795 and 15 mixed cases

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CELEBRATION

When an occasion worth marking crops up, do you simply buy a fine bottle to

order, have exactly the right wine to hand in a meticulously-planned cellar or find

yourself wishing you had considered life’s milestones five years ago and invested

accordingly? If that last one rings a bell, and it’s a category into which most of us

probably fit, may we recommend Custom Cellars on pages 11-14. The first of

what we hope to make a regular feature of our Fine Wine Lists, it’s designed for

members who like the element of choice that buying whole dozens or pre-mixed

cellaring cases doesn’t always offer. Now that we have expanded our private

storage options to include cases individually mixed by members, why not raid a

selection of scrumptious little parcels we don’t usually list anywhere else and do

some gentle advance planning for a special date in the future?

These wines can, of course, be mixed and matched with any other wine we sell

by the bottle. For traditionalists, our featured Bordeaux commune is Margaux

(page 8), while we round up the best of the world’s chardonnay on page 6.

Lateral drinkers may wish to travel further afield to the Rufina district of Chianti,

or to Portugal whence the remarkable Bairradas of Luis Pato (page 5), and there is

always food for thought to be found in Small Wonders (page 16), our regular

collection of bonnes bouches at £20 or less.

From the other end of the world, there is an update on New Zealand pinot noir

on page 19 and our featured southern-hemisphere producer Boekenhoutskloof

(page 4), awarded Winery of the Year in the 2012 Platter guide, the most

authoritative overview of South African wine. It’s also worth remembering that not

all Beaujolais is made for inconsequential quaffing and that it’s well worth

investing some time in the fine, complex bottlings of Burrier and Louis Jadot on

page 10.

For anyone wishing to raise a fitting glass to the imminent Diamond Jubilee,

the obvious choice is Hugel in Alsace. Here the word Jubilee is synonymous with

vineyard royalty – only the best grapes from grand cru sites will do and on page 15

you’ll find two limited-edition cases, including a mini-vertical of pinot noir, packed in

wood for us at the property.

When it comes to vintage Champagne, it doesn’t come much better than 2002,

a fine year now hitting its glorious stride. A small, but choice selection of our

favourite marques, ten years on, can be found on page 3. Whether you are

toasting a significant birthday, Olympic gold or the end of a hard week, we trust

you’ll find plenty to celebrate here.

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

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A Sparkling Success 3

BoEkenhoutskloof 4

Luis Pato 5

Burgundy AND Beyond 6

Magical Margaux 8

Benchmark Beaujolais 10

Custom Cellars 11-14

Alsace Royalty 15

Small Wonders 16

CHIANTI RUFINA 18

New Zealand Pinot Noir 19

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A SPARKLING

SUCCESS

2002 VINTAGE CHAMPAGNE

Vintages are declared almost every year in

Champagne but it is only in exceptional years that

general declarations are made and all the top Houses

release a vintage wine. That was the case in 1990,

and again in 2002. Great vintages are determined by

the combination of weather conditions throughout

the year. 2002 was marked by a lovely Indian summer

which was especially good for the pinot noir grape,

an essential component in Bollinger and Laurent-

Perrier for example. The wines are already lovely now

for summer celebrations, or most can be kept for at

least another five years.

J-CH2191 Laurent-Perrier Brut, 2002 £40 bottle £480 dozen

In this delicious vintage, there is finesse, delicacy yet considerable power and great

length. Now to 2017. 12%

J-CH2041 Pol Roger Rosé, 2002 £59 bottle £708 dozen

Exquisite full-flavoured rosé, with a large proportion of pinot noir. Wonderful this

summer and beyond. 12.5%

J-CH2201 Bollinger Grande Année, 2002 £65 bottle £780 dozen

Weighty, full bodied, complex and extremely long. A majestic Bollinger vintage.

Now to 2017. 12%

J-CH2301 Amour de Deutz, 2002 £109 bottle

An exquisite and rare blanc de blancs Champagne. Deutz is owned by Louis Roederer

but run independently though to the same exacting standards. Now to 2017. 12%

Low stock.

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BOEKENHOUTSKLOOF

‘CONSISTENTLY EXCEPTIONAL’

We first bought Boekenhoutskloof wines in the 2000 vintage, missed the 2001s (a decision we subsequently regretted following a

wonderful vertical tasting in 2010), and have bought ever since, albeit in sadly declining allocation volumes, due to the wines’ now

almost cult status. 1996 was their first vintage release; 1997 launched their spectacular rise to stardom, with a groundbreaking Syrah.

Here we offer the 2009 vintage varietal wines for the first time, alongside the Rhône- and southern France-inspired blend, The Chocolate

Block, plus some mature wines released for us this year direct from the property. Cellarmaster Marc Kent remains at the helm of ‘...this

consistently exceptional Franschhoek team’ (Platter’s) and his position on the company board is represented by the seventh chair on the

beautiful and iconic Boekenhoutskloof labels.

REDS

J-SA7121 The Chocolate Block, Western Cape, 2009 (Boekenhoutskloof) £17 bottle £204 dozen

This highly successful blend is predominantly syrah, plus grenache, cabernet and

touches of cinsaut and viognier. Southern Rhône in style but with the sweetness of

ripe Swartland fruit. Now to 2015. 14.5% The 2010 follows.

J-SA5291 Boekenhoutskloof Cabernet Sauvignon, 2005 £29 bottle £348 dozen

This is a well structured, elegant, rich and cedary cabernet which was bottled without

filtration so decanting is recommended. Now to 2015. 14.5% Low stock.

J-SA3911 Boekenhoutskloof Syrah, Coastal, 2003 £29 bottle £348 dozen

“With the beautiful balance of the 2003 vintage” according to Marc Kent. 100% syrah

traditionally fermented in large open top wooden vats, with hallmark velvety texture,

fragrance and spice. Bottled without filtration so a natural sediment may occur. Enjoy

over the next two or three years. 14.5% Low stock.

WHITES

Boekenhoutskloof Syrah, Coastal, 2009

Since 1998, the syrah is sourced from a single vineyard in Wellington. Ample and

fragrant. Now to 2019. 14% Only available as part of mixed case J-MX12571.

Boekenhoutskloof Cabernet Sauvignon, Franschhoek, 2009

Every year this is one of the Cape’s finest examples of cabernet in the style of Bordeaux.

Elegant, balanced, fresh, and classically structured. Now to 2019. 14% Only available as

part of mixed case J-MX12571.

J-SA7521 Boekenhoutskloof Semillon, Franschhoek, 2009 £17 bottle £204 dozen

Elegant, barrel-fermented and matured semillon from Boekenhoutskloof’s own mature

Franschhoek vineyard, producing a classically styled wine with old world finesse.

Now to 2015. 13%

J-SA7612 Half bottle of Boekenhoutskloof Noble Late Harvest, Franschhoek, 2006 £18 half bottle

Botrytis (noble rot) was “prolific” according to winemaker Marc Kent and the wine is

very much in the style of modern top notch Bordeaux. Delicious exotic citrus fruit and a

creamy texture with uplifting acidity on the palate. Now to 2014. 12.5% Low stock.

J-SA4451 Boekenhoutskloof Semillon, Franschhoek, 2004 £19 bottle £228 dozen

This is fully mature, with more lanolin and hazelnutty flavours. Drink over the next

couple of years. 13.5% Low stock.

Boekenhoutskloof 2009 Reds. Now to 2015

ref J-MX12571 at £138

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

The Chocolate Block, Western Cape, 2009 (Boekenhoutskloof)

Boekenhoutskloof Syrah, Coastal, 2009

Boekenhoutskloof Cabernet Sauvignon, Franshhoek, 2009

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LUIS PATO

BAIRRADA IN ALL BUT NAME

Pato means ‘duck’ in Portuguese, and, appropriately, ducks adorn

the labels of this irreverent producer of some of Portugal’s most

individual and sought-after wines. These are Bairrada in all but

name, Luis Pato having fought the local establishment’s rules for

greater winemaking freedom, only to return to Bairrada’s roots

with pure baga wines of excellent poise and potential. Here we

feature two single-vineyard wines from the outstanding 2005

vintage, which Luis himself believes to be at least a match for the

wonderful 2001. Produced since 1995 (still very much alive and

kicking when tasted in the autumn of 2011), these are two

elegant expressions of the baga grape. With maturity, Barrosa

typically has more in common with Burgundy, while Pan is

tantalisingly nebbiolo-like. To have either in a larger format (the

Jeroboams are signed by the man himself) – shipped direct from

Luis Pato’s own cellar – would be a treat worth waiting for.

J-PW1661 Vinha Barrosa, Vinha Velha, Beiras, 2005 (Luis Pato) £30 bottle £360 dozen

Vinha Barrosa is the best known of Luis Pato’s single-vineyard wines, and highly

sought-after in Portugal. Made 100% from Bairrada’s traditional grape, baga, from

a combination of 80-year-old vines grown with a high proportion of clay (barro) and

some younger vines. Enormous potential. Gorgeous sweet blackberry and fruit cake

nose with a hint of silkiness on the palate. Now to 2020. 13%

J-PW3203 Jeroboam of Vinha Barrosa, Beiras, 2005 (Luis Pato) £135 per Jeroboam

J-PW3151 Vinha Pan, Beiras, 2005 (Luis Pato) £30 bottle £360 dozen

Vinha Pan is a vineyard which came to Luis Pato via his wife’s family. Currently showing

more maturity than the Barrosa, this is a fascinating combination of Burgundian

elegance and north Italian fragrance and structure, but without baga’s typically

agressive tannin. Now to 2025. 13%

J-PW3154 Magnum of Vinha Pan, Beiras, 2005 (Luis Pato) £65 per magnum £390 per six

J-PW3153 Jeroboam of Vinha Pan, Beiras, 2005 (Luis Pato) £135 per Jeroboam

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BURGUNDY

AND BEYOND

WORLD-CLASS CHARDONNAY

Where would you spend your premium chardonnay

budget? If the most die-hard fan of white Burgundy is

finding it more difficult than ever to ignore the world

outside the Côte d’Or, it is surely because the best of the

rest are stars in their own right, and not pale imitations.

A galaxy of these can be found below, along with a

selection of mature white Burgundy from our archives,

and a mixed case that offers the best of both worlds.

J-BU44521 Bourgogne Blanc Côte Chalonnaise, François D’Allaines, 2008 £10.95 bottle £131 dozen

Fresh appley Burgundy, 100% barrel fermented to broaden the palate and enrich the

flavour. Excellent value for money. Drink this year. 12.5%

J-BU46501 Chablis, Domaine de la Boissonneuse, Julien Brocard, 2008 £12.95 bottle £155 dozen

This classic Chablis has a lovely firm, mineral palate. The Boissonneuse vineyard is

tended organically by Julien Brocard who is now in charge of viticulture at the Brocard

estate. Now to 2014. 12.5% The 2010 follows.

J-AR2531 Catena Alta Chardonnay, 2009 £17 bottle £204 dozen

Exceptional barrel-fermented chardonnay from a 1,400m-high vineyard in Mendoza,

Argentina. Taut, elegant and top quality. Decant 20 minutes before serving to develop

the flavours. Now to 2015. 14% The 2010 follows.

J-SA6991 Hamilton-Russell Chardonnay, Walker Bay, 2009 £17 bottle £204 dozen

The vineyards are maritime influenced, given the Walker Bay region’s proximity to the

ocean, and cool. The wine is traditionally vinified and classically styled, and right back

on form in this excellent South African vintage. Now to 2014. 13%

J-BU43561 Pernand-Vergelesses, Domaine Rollin, 2007 £18.50 bottle £222 dozen

Taut, steely white Burgundy, grown next to Corton-Charlemagne but offered at

a fraction of the price. Matured a year in barrel. Now to 2014. 13%

J-NZ6091 Cloudy Bay Chardonnay, 2008, Marlborough £19 bottle £228 dozen

This wine from the iconic New Zealand winery is a reflection of its sunny origin,

expressing intense aromas of peaches, nectarines, aromatic herbs and biscuit.

Now to 2014. 14%

J-CE6161 Maycas del Limarí Quebrada Seca Chardonnay, 2009 £20 bottle £240 dozen

Chile’s greatest chardonnay is even better in the 2009 vintage. As winemaker Marcelo

Papa gets a larger range of second and third-use barrels the wine is even more mineral

and refined. Now to 2017. 14%

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J-NZ5651 Kumeu River Maté’s Vineyard Chardonnay, 2009, Auckland £22.50 bottle £270 dozen

Michael Brajkovich’s top chardonnay (and possibly New Zealand’s) is in a class of its

own. Tight, dry and delicately rich with the intensity to improve. Now to 2016.

13.5% Low stock.

J-AU14731 Leeuwin Prelude Chardonnay, 2009, Margaret River £23 bottle £276 dozen

This excellent oak-aged white, from Western Australian chardonnay specialists Leeuwin,

is beautifully textured and full of peachy fruit flavours. Now to 2014. 14%

J-SA7401 Rustenberg Five Soldiers Chardonnay, Stellenbosch, 2009 £25 bottle £300 dozen

Five Soldiers is one of only two single-vineyard wines in the extensive Rustenberg range.

A South African chardonnay which is more overtly New World than the Hamilton Russell

above, with sweet oak flavours, generous fruit and good freshness on the palate in this

fine vintage. Now to 2017. 13%

J-BU21171 Meursault, Morey-Blanc, 2001 £29 bottle £348 dozen

Selected and bottled by grower Pierre Morey for his négociant label, this is attractively

ripe and peachy Meursault now fully mature with a well-judged balance between

richness and elegance. Drink this year and next. 13%

J-BU45271 Meursault Ormeau, Domaine Coche-Bizouard, 2008 £32 bottle £384 dozen

From a plot very close to the village, this is lightly honeyed, rather than tropical

Meursault, intensely flavoured and mature already. Now to 2014. 13.5%

J-BU26061 Meursault Narvaux, Morey-Blanc, 2002 £38 bottle £456 dozen

Though not a premier cru vineyard, Narvaux has a well-placed hillside location and

relatively poor soils that really put the vine through its paces. It produces fine,

concentrated chardonnay a good notch up from most village bottlings. Drink this year

and next. 13.5%

Au Bon Climat, Los Alamos Vineyard Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley, 2008

A delicious and elegant ‘ABC’ Californian chardonnay, classically crafted, with more of a

hint of Puligny than Meursault, and still a touch of toasty oak on the finish. Drink this

year and next. 13.5% Only available as part of mixed case J-MX12579.

Kooyong Farrago Chardonnay, 2009, Mornington Peninsula

Sandro Mosele is shaking up Australia’s wine scene with his exceptionally elegant

Kooyong wines which are somewhat European in style. This tiny vineyard with its clay

soils produces a very serious chardonnay defined by its minerality and linear structure.

Now to 2016. 12.5% Only available as part of mixed case J-MX12579.

BURGUNDY AND BEYOND: WORLD-CLASS

CHARDONNAY CASE Now to 2013

ref J-MX12579 at £143

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

Chablis, Domaine de la Boissonneuse, Julien Brocard, 2008/2010

Pernand-Vergelesses, Domaine Rollin, 2007

Au Bon Climat, Los Alamos Vineyard Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley, 2008

Kumeu River Maté’s Vineyard Chardonnay, 2009, Auckland

Kooyong Farrago Chardonnay, 2009, Mornington Peninsula

Meursault Narvaux, Morey-Blanc, 2002

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MAGICAL

MARGAUX

The most southerly of the grand appellations

of Bordeaux’s left bank, Margaux at its best

produces wines of great elegance and poise

with exquisite fragrance and balance.

Winemaking history here goes back centuries,

but, outside the iconic Château Margaux

itself, trading in the wines of Margaux did not

begin until the 18th century. Classified

growths abound in this dynamic appellation,

and reputations are riding high.

J-CM11321 La Dame de Malescot, 2005, Margaux £21 bottle £252 dozen

A fine example of a second wine (of troisième cru classé Château Malescot St-Exupéry),

with some of the delicate, floral yet intense fruit and length of the grand vin but ready

earlier. Now to 2017. 13.5%

J-CM8101 Château Labégorce-Zédé, 2003, Margaux £21 bottle

Luc Thienpont was still in charge for this hot, sunny vintage, making fruity, natural,

full and honest Claret. Now to 2014. 13% Low stock. Three bottles only per member.

J-CM12301 Château d’Angludet, 2007, Margaux £23 bottle £276 dozen

Angludet in Cantenac has been owned by the Sichel family since 1961. The 2007

is a charming, fruity Claret for pleasurable, relatively early drinking, made from

completely healthy grapes. 48% cabernet sauvignon, 42% merlot and 10%

petit verdot. 2014 to 2024. 13%

J-CM10141 Château Tour de Mons, 2005, Margaux £25 bottle £300 dozen

Elegant Margaux from the superb 2005 vintage, where all elements fell into place

at the right time to produce balanced, well-structured wines with ample fruit.

Now to 2018. 13%

J-CM9511 Château Siran, 2004, Margaux £35 bottle £420 dozen

Siran raised its game in 2004 to produce real Margaux finesse and length of flavour.

The special label, illustrated by Xavier Degans, acknowledges the European Community

which raised its number to 25 in May 2004. Now to 2020. 13%

J-CM6751 Château Prieuré-Lichine, 2001, Margaux £29 bottle £348 dozen

A previous Society Fine Wine Champion. With 50% merlot, this has concentrated

‘fleshy’ ripe fruit, good structure, and complex secondary flavours on the palate.

Now to 2020. 13% Low stock.

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J-CM10341 Château du Tertre, 2005, Margaux £32 bottle £384 dozen

Beautifully balanced, fragrant Margaux, from this striking property to the south

of the appellation. Decant to allow the aroma and flavour to show its potential.

Now to 2020. 13%

J-CM12391 Château Brane Cantenac, 2007, Margaux £36 bottle £432 dozen

One of the outstanding wines at a comprehensive tasting of the 2007 vintage last

autumn. Fleshy, elegant, and charming blend of 53% cabernet sauvignon,

39% merlot and 8% cabernet franc. 2014 to 2022. 13%

J-CM8301 Château Rauzan-Ségla, 2003, Margaux £49 bottle £588 dozen

The hot 2003 vintage produced ripe, spicy, healthy fruit, here in no way lacking

Margaux finesse. Now to 2023. 12.5%

J-CM9081 Pavillon Rouge de Château Margaux, 2004, Margaux £90 bottle £1,080 dozen

The second wine of the grand vin in a vintage that is delicious to drink now,

seductively perfumed, with good, ripe tannin structure. Now to 2020. 13%

J-CM71 Château Margaux, 1990, Margaux £795 bottle £9540 dozen

This premier cru classé is from an exceptionally early, healthy harvest, with lovely fruit

sweetness and silky tannins; fresh and long on the palate. After 22 years this is lovely

now, but will last another dozen years at least. Now to 2025. 13%

Magical Margaux 2014 to 2017

ref J-MX12580 at £169

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

Château du Tertre, 2005, Margaux

Château Siran, 2004, Margaux

Château Prieuré-Lichine, 2001, Margaux Château Tour de Mons, 2005, Margaux

La Dame de Malescot, 2005, Margaux Château Brane Cantenac, 2007, Margaux

Château Margaux was a great success in 1990 with lovely fruit sweetness and silky tannins.

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BENCHMARK

BEAUJOLAIS

BURRIER AND JADOT

Beaujolais has made great strides in recent years with numerous

outstanding vintages and star-performing estates. Most Beaujolais rarely

aspires to greatness but there is a growing trend to make wines in a

more Burgundian way with ageing in small oak barrels. Moulin-à-Vent,

easily the most Burgundian of the crus, responds very well to this, as

does Morgon and Fleurie in great vintages.

J-BJ4141 Morgon Grand Cras, Domaine Joseph Burrier, 2007 £12.50 bottle £150 dozen

This is the first Morgon from this outstanding estate. Full flavoured, rich with plenty of

matter and all the better for a bit of time in bottle. Drink this year and next. 13%

J-BJ4531 Fleurie, Château de Beauregard, 2009 £13.50 bottle £162 dozen

Frédéric Burrier’s vineyards straddle the border between Beaujolais and the Mâconnais,

and he makes great wine in both regions. His Beaujolais was particularly distinguished in

2009. This Fleurie is fragrant, ripe and packed with sweet-tasting fruit. Now to 2015.

13%

J-BJ4121 Moulin-à-Vent, La Salomine, Château de Beauregard, 2007 £13.95 bottle £167 dozen

From very old gamay vines planted high above Louis Jadot’s Rochegrès, this is

exquisitely fine and delicate and the style is definitely glancing over to Burgundy.

Now to 2015. 13%

J-BJ3871 Moulin-à-Vent, Clos du Grand Carquelin, Château des Jacques, £22 bottle £264 dozen

Louis Jadot, 2006

This Clos makes Jadot’s most Burgundian Moulin-à-Vent: discreet, delicate and

exquisitely refined. Lovely now, or keep until 2016. 13%

J-BJ3881 Moulin- à-Vent, Clos des Rochegrès, Château des Jacques, £22 bottle £264 dozen

Louis Jadot, 2006

This comes from a perfectly-sited vineyard close to the border with Fleurie. Old vines

give this Rhône-like depth and concentration. The 2006 is especially full flavoured and

rich tasting. Now to 2018. 13%

J-BJ3291 Moulin-à-Vent, Château des Jacques, Clos de Rochegrès, Louis Jadot, 2005 £23 bottle £276 dozen

Full-flavoured, rounded fruit of great finesse and length with Fleurie-like charm.

Now to 2016. 13.5%

J-BJ4311 Morgon Côte du Py, Château des Lumières, 2007 £24 bottle £288 dozen

Bold, full-flavoured Beaujolais, spicy with a lovely taste of ripe black cherry. This is

Morgon at its very best. Now to 2015. 13%

Beaujolais: Jadot and Beauregard Case

Now to 2013

ref J-MX12583 at £108

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

Morgon Grand Cras, Domaine Joseph Burrier, 2007

Fleurie, Château de Beauregard, 2009

Moulin-à-Vent, La Salomine, Château de Beauregard, 2007

Morgon Côte du Py, Château des Lumières, 2007

Moulin-à-Vent, Clos du Grand Carquelin, Château des Jacques, Louis Jadot, 2006

Moulin-à-Vent, Château des Jacques, Clos de Rochegrès, Louis Jadot, 2005

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CUSTOM CELLARS

HANDS-ON PLANNING FOR FUTURE DRINKING

Custom Cellars is a new initiative offered by The Society to help

members looking to store a selection of fine wines for their

future drinking pleasure.

To get the ball rolling we have assembled here a tempting

selection of small, highly desirable parcels from the excellent

Bordeaux 2005 vintage, silky 2006 Burgundies, ripe 2009 Rhônes

and some fine Australian parcels.

You can buy by the bottle, the case or one of the pre-mixed

cases. Any of our pre-mixed cases can be placed in Members’

Reserves. Alternatively, you can simply make up your own case

of any twelve bottles, or multiples of twelve, and we’ll store

them for you in perfect conditions in The Society’s temperaturecontrolled

Reserve Cellars, the largest private storage facility of its

kind in Europe. Members with their own storage facilities can of

course take delivery at any time.

The pre-mixed cases here are designed to be drunk over different

periods so members buying one of each will ensure a fine rolling

cellar for the future. If the service proves popular with members

then we will continue to offer such wines in future Lists to keep

members’ cellars up to date.

If you would like to make up your own case for storage in

Members’ Reserves then all we ask is that the combination of

bottles you select should have similar drinking windows, because

all mixed cases are stored, and must be withdrawn, as a unit of

twelve. The current charge for Members’ Reserves per dozen per

year or part-year, if you pay by direct debit, is £7.92, which

includes eventual UK delivery and insurance at replacement value.

Please note, quantities of many of these wines are limited so

early ordering online or by telephone is advised.

2005 Clarets for the Cellar

Our Opening Offer described 2005 as ‘a brilliant and exciting vintage for Bordeaux.’ It seemed expensive at the time, with château

owners charging a premium for this almost universally good harvest – the first for some years. We’ve seen a couple of superb vintages

since, of course – 2009 and 2010 – with prices to make many of us wish we had dug deeper to buy 2005 en primeur. Its indisputable

quality was founded on completely ripe, healthy grapes, perfectly balanced by vibrant fruit, vivid colour and strong but ripe tannins.

Our message then and now: a vintage to buy (or re-buy). Joanna Locke MW

J-CM12251 Château Fourcas-Dumont, 2005, Listrac-Médoc £14.95 bottle £179 dozen

Full-bodied, fruity Claret, with good balance and freshness, from a fine property since

incorporated into the Borie family stable (Ducru Beaucaillou). Now to 2017. 14%

J-CM10281 Château La Tour Haut-Caussan, 2005, Médoc £18 bottle £216 dozen

An impressive, true Médoc from the Courrian family in Bégadan and certainly one of

the best in its class. Balanced and stylish with fine bouquet after at least an hour in a

decanter. Now to 2018. 13.5%

J-CM10121 Château Picque Caillou, 2005, Pessac-Léognan £18 bottle £216 dozen

Deep and savoury fruit, with secondary aromas and flavours of hay and cigar box.

Rich, with a touch of rusticity on the palate and still some grip on the finish.

Now to 2018. 13%

J-CS6281 Château Carteau Côtes Daugay, 2005, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru £19 bottle £228 dozen

The Bertrand family have been delivering consistently enjoyable, full-flavoured Claret

since we first bought from them in 1989, but this 2005 is exceptionally good by any

standards. Now to 2017. 13.5%

J-CM9951 Château Le Boscq, 2005, Saint-Estèphe £32 bottle £384 dozen

From the Dourthe stable, and superb in this fine vintage, with excellent structure and

balance. 60% merlot, 27% cabernet sauvignon, 10% petit verdot and 3% cabernet

franc. Now to 2020. 13%

J-CM12161 Réserve de la Comtesse, 2005, Pauillac £39 bottle £468 dozen

The model second wine from Château Pichon Lalande, elegant, with sweet smoky fruit,

and full of charm. Now to 2018. 13%

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2005 Clarets Custom Cellar Case Now to 2017

ref J-MX12577 at £139 A six-bottle case containing one bottle of each of the following:

Château Carteau Côtes Daugay,

2005, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

Réserve de la Comtesse, 2005,

Pauillac

Château La Tour Haut-Caussan,

2005, Médoc

Château Picque Caillou, 2005,

Pessac-Léognan

Château Le Boscq, 2005,

Saint-Estèphe

Château Fourcas-Dumont, 2005,

Listrac-Médoc

2009 RHONES FOR THE CELLAR

2009 was a great Rhône vintage and an exceptional one for the syrah grape in particular. This is a chance to acquire some sought-after

and special wines from this essential Rhône vintage.

J-RH28881 Cairanne, Côtes-du-Rhône Villages, Domaine des Coteaux de Travers, 2009 £14 bottle £168 dozen

Splendidly ripe, plummy blend of grenache, shiraz and mourvèdre, from the central

part of the Côtes and an outstanding vintage. Now to 2017. 14.5%

J-RH27161 Gigondas, Bois de Cesar, Louis Barruol, 2009 £16 bottle £192 dozen

Louis Barruol makes this opulent Gigondas from selected bought-in grapes, and raises

it in barrel. Full and sweet with polished tannins. 2013 to 2020 14.5%

J-RH28831 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Clos du Calvaire, 2009 £18 bottle £216 dozen

This is a lovely, deep-coloured and sweet-tasting Châteauneuf, very ripe and soft.

Already lovely but will reward patience too. Now to 2019. 14.5%

J-RH27321 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, La Crau de Ma Mère, 2009 £25 bottle £300 dozen

From the dynamic Mayard siblings and a plot of very old vines inherited from their

grandmother Marie-Louise, this is a supple, spicy, silky Châteauneuf with the stuffing

for the long haul. 2013 to 2021. 14.5%

J-RH28741 Domaine Villa, Esprit d’Antan, Collines Rhodaniennes, 2009 £28 bottle £336 dozen

A fine northern syrah from the village of Seyssuel, aged in 500-litre barrels to keep

oak flavours in check and the overall impression is one of concentrated, plummy fruit

underpinned by a refined, lead-pencil-like character. Now to 2017. 13%

J-RH28751 Saint-Joseph Rouge ‘Tilde’, Domaine Villa, 2009 £32 bottle £384 dozen

Very concentrated old-vine syrah from the middle reaches of the large west-bank

commune of Saint-Joseph which stretches practically from Condrieu to Cornas.

Delicious already, but good for another five years at least. Now to 2018. 13%

Rhône Custom

Cellar Case

2013 to 2017

ref J-MX12578 at £129

A six-bottle case containing one bottle of

each of the above wines.

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CUSTOM CELLARS continued

2006 Red Burgundies for the Cellar

These wines from the lovely, underrated 2006 vintage make an ideal ‘instant cellar’ as you

can keep or drink them. Ghislaine Barthod and Robert Chevillon are two of my favourite

domaines. Ghislaine has been making some of Chambolle’s best wines for many years.

The exquisite aromas and light-boned structure she coaxes from the grapes are textbook

Chambolle. Chevillon makes some of Nuits’ greatest wines in an elegant perfumed style,

with very silky tannins, and quite ‘feminine’ for Nuits. This being Burgundy, there is, of

course, always an exception: Vaucrains, the top wine, is resolutely and unashamedly

masculine. A high proportion of clay in the soil brings a more tannic structure in youth

which rounds out with maturity. Toby Morrhall.

J-BU40661 Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru Cailles, Domaine Robert Chevillon, 2006 £47 bottle £564 dozen

Cailles produces wines that are gentler and softer than those of neighbouring Vaucrains.

This is pinot noir that expresses its terroir most elegantly, with old-vine texture and

depth to the fore. Now to 2017. 13.5%

J-BU40621 Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru Bousselots, Domaine Robert Chevillon, £49 bottle £588 dozen

2006

From the northern Nuits, a silky pinot with plenty of middle and satisfying substance

and length. Now to 2015. 13.5%

J-BU40671 Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru Vaucrains, Domaine Robert Chevillon, £52 bottle £624 dozen

2006

The dense muscularity which marks the wines of this southerly cru, near the border

with Prémeaux, takes time to relax. Powerful and intense, with bewitching cherry-kernel

aromas on the attack and long, grainy tannins on the finish. Now to 2017. 13.5%

J-BU41151 Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru Beaux Bruns, Domaine Ghislaine Barthod, £55 bottle £660 dozen

2006

Ghislaine’s crop was severely reduced by hail in 2006, which means a third less than

usual of this subtly spicy, soulful and seductive pinot from a lovely vineyard, beneath the

grand cru of Bonnes Mares. Now to 2015. 13.5%

J-BU41161 Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru Combottes, Domaine Ghislaine Barthod, £55 bottle £660 dozen

2006

Classic Chambolle from a premier cru close to the village, wrapping ripe, fresh, vivacious

fruit in that tender, yet insistent Barthod way. Now to 2016. 13.5%

Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru Cras, Domaine Ghislaine Barthod, 2006

From the longest-lasting of the Chambolle crus, this wine has consistently impressed,

both in barrel and bottle – vivid, mineral, beautifully structured and poised for greatness.

Now to 2018. 13.5% Only available as part of mixed case J-MX12569

Ghislaine Barthod

Custom Cellar Case

Now to 2015

ref J-MX12569 at £369

A six-bottle case containing two bottles of each of the

following:

Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru Beaux Bruns,

Domaine Ghislaine Barthod, 2006

Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru Combottes,

Domaine Ghislaine Barthod, 2006

Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru Cras,

Domaine Ghislaine Barthod, 2006

Chevillon Custom

Cellar Case

Now to 2015

ref J-MX12570 at £296

A six-bottle case containing two bottles of each of the

following:

Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru Cailles,

Domaine Robert Chevillon, 2006

Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru Bousselots,

Domaine Robert Chevillon, 2006

Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru Vaucrains,

Domaine Robert Chevillon, 2006

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CUSTOM CELLARS continued

AUSTRALIAN REDS FOR THE CELLAR

Australia is really flexing its fine wine muscles and now produces excellent, cellar-worthy reds that have a proven track record of ageing.

J-AU13541 Bleasdale Frank Potts, 2008, Langhorne Creek £14.95 bottle £179 dozen

Bleasdale’s flagship red is a full-bodied Bordeaux blend with great perfume and

structure. Now to 2018. 14%

J-AU13571 Katnook Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008, Coonawarra £18 bottle £216 dozen

Sophisticated cabernet with toasty, tobacco-infused fruit, classy tannins and modest

weight. Decant if serving now or it will keep happily for another six years. Now to 2018.

13.5%

J-AU13981 Plantagenet Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008, Mount Barker £19 bottle £228 dozen

John Durham was recently appointed winemaker at Plantagenet. His 21 years at Cape

Mentelle in Margaret River gave him a wealth of experience with fine cabernet. This is

an outstanding example: fine, scented and amazingly pure with layers of ripe cassis

fruit. Now to 2021. 14.5%

J-AU13581 Bishop Shiraz, 2009, Barossa £20 bottle £240 dozen

Ben Glaetzer’s red is earning quite a following amongst New World enthusiasts.

Opulent and full flavoured, just as good Barossa shiraz should be. Now to 2019. 14.5%

J-AU11441 SC Pannell Shiraz-Grenache, 2006, McLaren Vale £23 bottle £276 dozen

Very fine, complex and earthy shiraz-grenache blend which comes from old vineyards in

McLaren Vale. Steve Pannell is one of Australia’s most respected winemakers. His wines

are relatively unknown in the UK and worth hunting out. Now to 2019. 14.5%

J-AU14281 Wirra Wirra RSW Shiraz, 2008, McLaren Vale £35 bottle £420 dozen

This top shiraz is deeply coloured with an intense yet fine nose of blueberry fruit and

spice. This is already beautifully textured and refined with velvety tannins, but will keep

well. Now to 2018. 14.5%

Australian Reds

Custom Cellar

Now to 2018

ref J-MX12573 at £129

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

following:

Bleasdale Frank Potts, 2008, Langhorne Creek

Plantagenet Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008, Mount

Barker

SC Pannell Shiraz-Grenache, 2006, McLaren Vale

Wirra Wirra RSW Shiraz, 2008, McLaren Vale

Bishop Shiraz, 2009, Barossa

Katnook Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008,

Coonawarra

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ALSACE ROYALTY

THE JUBILEE WINES OF HUGEL

The family firm of Hugel has been making wine in Riquewihr in Alsace since

1639. The late Johnny Hugel was one of the most influential winemakers in

Alsace, not only championing the cause at home and abroad but also helping

to formulate production laws. It was he who created the appellation vendange

tardive for wine made from the ripest grapes in time for the extraordinary 1976

vintage. Marc Hugel, Johnny’s nephew, is the winemaker today. The Jubilee

range of wines denotes high quality and was started in 1989 when Hugel

celebrated their 350th anniversary. Jubilee wines are only made in good or

great vintages and from grapes from family-owned vineyards in and around

Riquewihr, including grands crus Sporen and Schoenenbourg.

The two limited-edition cases below celebrate both the Queen’s Diamond

Jubilee, and The Society’s long and fruitful relationship with Hugel. The riesling

and gewurztraminer are drawn from The Society’s archives, while the pinot noir

case was packed at the property in a wooden box. Please note that these wines

are available only as part of the mixed case.

Hugel Jubilee Riesling &

Gewurztraminer Vertical

Mixed Case

Now to 2020

Ref J-MX12574 at £134

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

Riesling Jubilee, Hugel, 2007

Hugel’s flagship riesling comes from the grand cru Schoenenbourg

vineyard, overlooking Riquewihr. No late-harvest riesling was produced in

2007, so the dry Jubilee benefited from the very best of the grapes.

A splendid effort, worth keeping a little longer. Now to 2023. 13%

This wine is also available in magnums – Please telephone for availability

Riesling Jubilee, Hugel, 2008

Drier and more austere than the 2007, this needs a little longer to come

round, but the characteristic charm and finesse are already there to see.

Now to 2023. 12%

Riesling Jubilee, Hugel, 2009

Fine, beautifully poised riesling which will benefit from another year or

so in bottle and will keep well for another decade. 13.5%

Gewurztraminer Jubilee, Hugel, 2007

Though not stated on the label, Jubilee gewurztraminer always comes

from Hugel’s own holdings at the heart of grand cru Sporen. Classy, and

still a little reserved, so be patient. Now to 2022. 14%

Gewurztraminer Jubilee, Hugel, 2008

Sporen typically yields drier, more backward wines than other grands

crus. This is the last word in finesse. Now to 2020. 14%

Gewurztraminer Jubilee, Hugel, 2009

In the dry 2009 vintage, grand cru vineyards like Sporen showed their

true worth. Outstanding. 2013 to 2024. 14%

Hugel Jubilee

Pinot Noir

Vertical Case

Now to 2015

Pinot noir has always been planted in Alsace but

historically this grape rarely made wines with

any substance except in the greatest vintages.

With lower yields, better husbandry and better

placed vineyards, pinot can reveal itself to be

something exceptional and as rewarding as the

other top grape varieties. There is even talk to

award grand cru status

to some of these top reds.

ref J-MX12572 at £110

A six-bottle wooden case containing two bottles

of each of the following:

Pinot Noir Jubilee, Hugel, 2007

With lovely sensations of ripe, sweet cherries,

and the refinement of a sensibly-judged barrel,

this is round and long. Now to 2015. 13.5%

Pinot Noir Jubilee, Hugel, 2008

A classic vintage. A bright garnet with a

fragrant nose of strawberry and bitter cherry.

It is elegant and long with the accent on the

fruit. Lovely now and over the next three years.

12.5%

Pinot Noir Jubilee, Hugel, 2009

From Hugel’s own vines in Riquewihr, and a

truly great vintage for Alsace pinot noir, this

is ample, rich and full. Quite outstanding.

Now to 2018. 14%

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SMALL WONDERS

FINE WINE AT £20 OR LESS

Eclectic as ever, the season’s pound-stretching bottles include a velvety Rioja from the

glorious 2001 vintage, a grand cru Alsace gewurztraminer, a patrician Cornas, one of the

Cape’s most intriguing reds and a Saint-Estèphe. Burgundy is a fairly rare sighting in this

section, sad to say, but The Society’s scrumptious Exhibition Monthélie begged to be

included. Compare-and-contrast fans will want to line it up with Eric Lemelson’s elegant

Oregon pinot noir, while the timeless white Graves blend is served up two ways, from

Bordeaux and Western Australia. Some wines are just too distinctive for such exercises,

the more reason to shine a light on Loire-grown negrette, the signature white of

Provence, a Douro red with 25% syrah, and a very grown-up Vinho Verde.

REDS

J-SP6721 Tobelos Garnacha, Rioja, 2008 £10.95 bottle £131 dozen

Plump, mineral and dense garnacha from beautiful 80-year-old vineyards clustered

along the River Ebro on the outskirts of Haro in Spain. Now to 2015. 14%

J-LO8751 Grenouillère, Vin de Pays de Vendée, 2009 (J. Mourat Père et Fils) £11.95 bottle £143 dozen

A wonderful Loire oddity, made from 80 to 105-year-old negrette, a variety which is

more widely grown in South West France. Deep in colour, and seductively rich and

heady in perfume and flavour. Now to 2014. 13.5%

J-CM15741 Château La Haye, 2004, Saint-Estèphe £13.95 bottle £167 dozen

A spicy, savoury and satisfying Claret, a blend of 68% merlot, 23% cabernet sauvignon,

5% petit verdot and 4% cabernet franc, now attractively mature. Now to 2015. 13%

J-AU13251 Bleasdale Frank Potts, 2006, Langhorne Creek £14.95 bottle £179 dozen

Bleasdale’s flagship red is a blend of cabernet sauvignon (76%) and malbec (24%) and

2006 was an excellent vintage for these two varieties. This gorgeous South Australia red,

with six years bottle age, is lovely now. Smooth and concentrated with ripe, chocolate

and tobacco flavours. Now to 2016. 14.5% (see page 14 for the 2008 vintage)

J-PW2501 Cedro do Noval, Douro, 2007 £15.50 bottle £186 dozen

Quinta do Noval’s atypical (thanks to the inclusion of 25% syrah to spice up the local

blend) but delicious second wine is a Vinho Regional Duriense but has real class and

individuality. Drink this year and next. 13.5%

J-SA5711 Sequillo, Swartland, 2005 (Sequillo Cellars) £16 bottle £192 dozen

Eben Sadie’s organically produced South African syrah-dominant blend, with 30%

mourvèdre and 10% grenache to add spice and freshness, is now fully mature.

Drink over the next year. 14.5%

J-US4821 Lemelson Six Vineyards Oregon Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, 2009 £16 bottle £192 dozen

A fine, plump, cherry-fruited pinot from a favourite grower in the Pacific Northwest.

Produced organically. Now to 2014. 14.5%

J-BU48561 The Society’s Exhibition Monthélie, Domaine Louis Jadot, 2009 £17.50 bottle £210 dozen

Fragrant, light-boned Burgundy from Jadot’s own vines in Monthélie, a village which

borders Volnay and whose wines it resembles. Has the extra ripeness of the 2009

vintage. Now to 2016. 13%

J-SP6441 La Rioja Alta, Viña Ardanza Reserva Especial, Rioja, 2001 £18.50 bottle £222 dozen

The 2001 vintage of this classic reserva is not to be missed. Exceptionally fine, fragrant

and silky with long sweet flavour, this has been carefully aged in oak and bottle to

reach its enormous potential. An International Wine Challenge gold-medal winner.

Now to 2018. 13.5%

J-RH19861 Cornas, Durand, 2006 £20 bottle £240 dozen

Brothers Eric and Joël Durand make very sound northern Rhônes in both Cornas

and Saint-Joseph. They own several plots including one on granite that had been

abandoned during the first world war. The thickly textured 2006 has the taste of

sweet, ripe berry fruit. A good buy for the medium term. Now to 2016. 13.5%

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WHITES

J-PW3011 Docil, Vinho Verde, 2010 (Niepoort) £10.95 bottle £131 dozen

Whilst Niepoort’s home is firmly in the Douro, ‘project’ wines are made in other

Portuguese regions. Here Dirk Niepoort uses one of the Minho’s indigenous grapes,

loureiro, capturing the floral fragrance typical of the variety vinified without oak.

Drink this spring or summer. 11%

J-BW3961 Vieux Château Gaubert, 2009, Graves £11.95 bottle £143 dozen

Rich, dry, barrel-fermented white Graves from Dominique Haverlan; a superb example

of a classic style. Now to 2014. 12.5%

J-SA7151 Cape Point Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc, 2010 £13.50 bottle £162 dozen

Classy cool-climate sauvignon from one of South Africa’s most southerly, wind-swept

vineyards and award-winning winemaker Duncan Savage. Drink this year and next.

13.5%

J-AL8721 Alsace Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Brand, Cave de Turckheim, 2009 £16.50 bottle £198 dozen

The Turckheim Co-op, one of the best in Alsace, controls a good part of the Brand

hillside and can be relied upon to make good gewurz. This is rich and fat with some

sweetness but nothing that cloys. A good cheese wine. Now to 2020. 13.5%

J-AU14561 Cullen Mangan Semillon-Sauvignon, 2009, Margaret River £18 bottle £216 dozen

Restrained and subtle Western Australian white with the class and longevity typical of

Vanya Cullen’s wines. Made from grapes grown biodynamically. Now to 2020. 11.5%

J-FC19701 Cassis, Clos Val Bruyère, Kalahari, 2007 £18 bottle £216 dozen

A life-long love for South Africa is the reason behind the name of this top white from

Provence, a blend of 50% clairette and equal parts marsanne and sauvignon all

sensitively aged in oak barrels for 12 months. Dry, full bodied and quite rich, somewhat

in the manner of a Graves. Now to 2016. 12.5%

J-NZ6091 Cloudy Bay Chardonnay, 2008, Marlborough £19 bottle £228 dozen

This wine from the iconic New Zealand winery is a reflection of its sunny origin,

expressing intense aromas of peaches, nectarines, aromatic herbs and biscuit.

Now to 2014. 14%

Small Wonders Red

Now to 2014

ref J-MX12581 at £99

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

following:

Cornas, Durand, 2006

Lemelson Six Vineyards Oregon Pinot Noir,

Willamette Valley, 2009

Château La Haye, 2004, Saint-Estèphe

La Rioja Alta, Viña Ardanza Reserva Especial,

Rioja, 2001

Bleasdale Frank Potts, 2006, Langhorne Creek

The Society’s Exhibition Monthélie, Domaine

Louis Jadot, 2009

Small Wonders White

Drinking Now

ref J-MX12582 at £89

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

following:

Docil, Vinho Verde, 2010 (Niepoort)

Cape Point Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc, 2010

Cassis, Clos Val Bruyère, Kalahari, 2007

Alsace Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Brand,

Cave de Turckheim, 2009

Vieux Château Gaubert, 2009, Graves

Cloudy Bay Chardonnay, 2008, Marlborough

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Chianti Rufina

FINESSE AND STAYING POWER

The Rufina valley (the accent is on the first syllable) lies to

the north-east of Chianti Classico and is recognised as the

one region in Tuscany that can provide wines with the

finesse and staying power of the finest classico estates.

A cool wind that blows from the north down the valley of

the Sieve (pronounced see-ay-vay, rather than like the

kitchen utensil) moderates the summer heat, and the slopes

along the river banks are ideal for slowly ripening grapes.

The Saar and Ruwer tributaries of the Mosel are an obvious

parallel. Rufina vineyards succeed especially in hot vintages

like 2009 and 2007. We were astonished by the quality of

the 2009s at the top estates. Fine, full and classy. Fill your

cellars while prices are fair.

J-IT5001 The Society’s Chianti Rufina £6.95 bottle £83 dozen

Our Society bottling from this neck of the Florentine woods is more usually found

in our main List, but we could not resist including it here for the complete Rufina

experience. As buyer Sebastian Payne MW observes, all cooks need an informal and

effortless glass to steady their hand in the kitchen! 12.5%

J-IT15031 Villa di Vetrice, Chianti Rufina Riserva, 2007 £8.25 bottle £99 dozen

Full, vigourous, deep-flavoured Chianti that offers a great deal of flavour for the price.

The Grati family have a splendidly exposed hillside of vines in the Rufina valley which

benefited from the lovely weather in 2007. Now to 2014. 12.5%

J-IT15481 Colognole Chianti Rufina, 2009 £9.95 bottle £119 dozen

With lovely perfume, supple ripe fruit, finesse and freshness, this is a cracking success

which puts this estate firmly back on the map. Now to 2019. 13.5%

J-IT15491 Colognole Chianti Rufina Selezione, 2004 £13 bottle £156 dozen

An attractive full, rich Chianti now benefiting from bottle age and perfect to drink.

The selection came from a single vineyard and is of riserva quality. Now to 2015. 13.5%

J-IT15661 Colognole Chianti Rufina Riserva, 2007 £19 bottle £228 dozen

Generously full-flavoured Chianti from this ripe and friendly vintage. Just right to drink

now and until 2017. 14%

J-IT15351 Grato Grati Toscana IGT, 1991 £23 bottle £276 dozen

A rare chance to enjoy a mature sangiovese of an outstanding vintage, made in the old

Chianti tradition. Rich in flavour, aged for several years in large oak barrels before being

bottled without filtration. A great tribute to the late Grato Grati. Now to 2017. 13%

Chianti Rufina Exploration Now to 2014

ref J-MX12576 at £79

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

The Society’s Chianti Rufina

Villa di Vetrice, Chianti Rufina Riserva, 2007

Colognole Chianti Rufina, 2009

Colognole Chianti Rufina Selezione, 2004

Colognole Chianti Rufina Riserva, 2007

Grato Grati Toscana IGT, 1991

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NEW ZEALAND PINOT NOIR

A REAL SENSE OF PLACE

The quality of pinot noir from New Zealand continues to astound us: Kiwi growers manage to capture the grape’s expressive perfume

and fruit with remarkable skill and character. Even more exciting are the regional differences which result from variations in climate

and soil. The selection below encompasses some of New Zealand’s finest names from Central Otago, Marlborough, Canterbury, Nelson

and Martinborough.

J-NZ5761 Mount Koinga Pinot Noir, 2010, Central Otago £17.50 bottle £210 dozen

A fine-flavoured and silky pinot from this single vineyard in Central Otago. This is

succulent, rich and quite delicious. A Wine Society exclusive. Now to 2016. 13.5%

J-NZ5821 Seresin Rachel Pinot Noir, 2009, Marlborough £19.50 bottle £234 dozen

Seresin Estate’s Raupo Creek vineyard supplies the fruit for this sublime pinot. Very low

yield (one bunch per vine) contributes incredible concentration and depth of flavour.

Now to 2016. 14%

J-NZ5921 Neudorf, Tom’s Block Pinot Noir, 2009, Nelson £20 bottle £240 dozen

Tim and Judy Finn initially earned their reputation for concentrated, minerally

chardonnay, but it is their elegant and complex pinot noir which has attracted recent

attention. Dense, velvety pinot with plummy fruit and a lovely hint of mocha. Now to

2015. 13.5%

J-NZ5211 Seresin Raupo Creek Pinot Noir, 2008, Marlborough £23 bottle £276 dozen

Raupo Creek is a single vineyard planted on a gentle north-west facing clay slope.

It produces a supremely elegant pinot with spicy, earthy complexity and silky texture.

Now to 2015. 13.5%

J-NZ5221 Mount Difficulty Pinot Noir, 2009, Central Otago £23 bottle £276 dozen

Mount Difficulty’s vineyards are nestled along the banks of Kawarau River in

Bannockburn, Central Otago. The 2009 is vibrant, scented and concentrated.

Now to 2013. 14%

J-NZ6121 Mountford Pinot Noir, 2008, Canterbury £35 bottle £420 dozen

A beautiful pinot, from an 18-year-old vineyard in Waipara, north Canterbury.

Supremely elegant, scented and integrated. Now to 2014. 14.5%

Ata Rangi Pinot Noir, 2009, Martinborough

A meticulously made, classy, velvety and concentrated pinot from Ata Rangi

whose vineyards were first planted 30 years ago. Now to 2016. 14%

Only available as part of mixed case J-MX12575

New Zealand

Pinot Noir Case

Now to 2013

ref J-MX12575 at £139

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

Seresin Rachel Pinot Noir, 2009, Marlborough

Neudorf, Tom’s Block Pinot Noir, 2009, Nelson

Mount Koinga Pinot Noir, 2010, Central Otago

Seresin Raupo Creek Pinot Noir, 2008, Marlborough

Ata Rangi Pinot Noir, 2009, Martinborough

Mount Difficulty Pinot Noir, 2009, Central Otago

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SERVICES

Members’ Reserves: optimum wine storage

This purpose-built, temperature-controlled facility offers members access to

optimum storage conditions at one of the UK’s most competitive rates.

■ Optimum storage at a steady average temperature of 13˚C with appropriate

humidity of 65%

■ Annual rental charge (currently £7.92 per dozen if paid by direct debit,

£9.12 per dozen if not) includes VAT and insurance at replacement value

■ Mix your own case for storage, or store pre-mixed cases

■ Remove a few bottles of a full case stored in Reserves and leave the remainder

to mature further

■ View your stored wines online with updated drink dates

■ When you are ready to receive your wines, UK delivery is free of charge

thewinesociety.com/membersreserves

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.

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.

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:

■ Members wishing to store mixed cases in our Reserves facility are advised to take note of the drinking

windows highlighted in the wine note of the wines included in it.

■ Our Stevenage Showroom doesn’t hold stocks of all the fine wines listed, so pre-ordering is recommended

volume %

Units per

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

The UK government

recommends that

men do not regularly

exceed 3-4 units a

day, and that women

do not regularly

exceed 2-3 units

a day. It also

recommends that

pregnant women do

not drink alcohol.

FREE UK DELIVERY

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

This offer is open until Saturday 12th August, 2012 while stocks last.

To order thewinesociety.com/finewine ☎ 01438 740222 smartphone app

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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The International Exhibition Co-operative Wine Society Limited.

Registered Office: Gunnels Wood Road, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG1 2BT

Register Number: 1824R (IP)

Website thewinesociety.com

Enquiries 01438 741177

Orders 01438 740222

JAPR12

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