We keep a small stock of these wines. Please email direct to firstname.lastname@example.org to check on stock level before ordering.
Over the years we have kept a 1-2 cases of various clarets, more out of interest in how they might age. We have not increased the price since the original shipment. Feel free to add a bottle or two of any of these below. The tasting notes below are the original ones made at the time of purchase. They have all aged well over the years, and have become more complex, less tannic and some of the fruit flavours have been replaced with more complex aromatic tones.
Château Bel Air Perponcher 2000
AC Bordeaux Supèrieur
This is made from 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% of the wine is aged in oak barrels. It is lovely ruby colour with a rich damsony nose, while on the palate there is loads of soft, ripe, cassis fruit and low tannins, making it perfect for quaffing!
Château Franc Pérat 2000
AC Premières Côtes de Bordeaux
Made from 30 year old vines, of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% of the wine is then aged in new oak barrels, giving it an elegant Margaux-like quality. Deeper in colour, this has a blackberry and truffle nose, with lovely silky ripe berry fruit flavours filling the mouth. The tannins are soft and ripe and the finish is long with a touch of spice. Delicious!
Château Fongaban 2002
The 2002 vintage was very good. The blend is the same with 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, but in this case all the wine is aged in oak of which only 10% is new. This is very deep and young in colour. It has an expensive, cassis and subtle oaky nose, while in the mouth it is very concentrated and dense, with loads of juicy fruit and more complexity. Once again there are soft ripe tannins, and great length. Gorgeous now, but this would repay keeping for another 5 years.
Château Castegans 1995
AC Côtes du Castillon
Situated above the historic town of Castillon la Bataille, buried in the heart of the gentle rolling Castillon countryside, this vineyard lies adjacent to its more illustrious neighbours in Saint Emilion. The wine from Jean-Louis le Fontenay’s 30 hectare vineyard is made in the same fashion as Grand Cru Saint Emilion. Unlike the Montjouan, this is predominantly a Merlot-based wine. It is equally deep in colour but the nose is more redolent of cherries, while on the palate it is bursting with rich black cherry flavours. It also has soft tannins at the finish and good length. Also ready to drink now, but will keep well for the next five years. You will have to pay double to find a Saint Emilion as good as this!
Château Montjouan 1995
AC Premières Côtes de Bordeaux
This classically-styled château is situated on the steep slopes of the Premières Côtes de Bordeaux, with a wonderful panoramic view of the Garonne below it. The elegant Anne-Marie le Barazer runs the small 8 hectare property along the lines of a Cru Classé Médoc vineyard, with no expense spared. Some of you will recall the wonderful 1986 wine that we purchased in the past. The 1995 surpasses it! Madame le Barazer has come up with an archetypal Médoc-style wine. Deep in colour with a superb expensive cedary nose, it is full of concentrated silky Cabernet Sauvignon blackcurrant fruit, with soft tannins at the finish and great length. It is lovely now, but will keep well for five years, and superb value for money!