Fine Wine of the Week

 

12 Wines of Christmas
 
12wines of Christmas

In the spirit of seasonal celebration we will count down to Christmas with a selection of very special bottles which are sure to enhance your festivities. One wine a day for the next twelve days, the countdown is starting NOW!
  



Special offer valid till 21 December, order cut off before 12nn.
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#12. Le Petit Lion de Leoville Las Cases - St. Julien 2009
$430
Special Price: $415/ bottle
≥12-bottle offer: $399/bottle
#11. Domaine de Montille Beaune 1er Cru Les Greves 2011
$498
Special Price: $439/ bottle
≥12-bottle offer: $389/bottle
#10 Larmandier Bernier Vieille Vigne de Cramant Grand Cru 2007
$650
Special Price: $589/ bottle
≥12-bottle offer: $549/bottle
#9 Peter Michael L'Esprit des Pavots 2014
$850
Special Price: $750/ bottle
≥12-bottle offer: $699/bottle
#8. Vega Sicilia Tinto Valbuena 5 2009
$930
Special Price: $839/ bottle
≥12-bottle offer: $789/bottle
#7. Latour a Pomerol - Pomerol 2011
$490
Special Price: $475/ bottle
≥12-bottle offer: $459/bottle
#6.Domaine Faiveley Nuits St.Georges 1er Cru Les Porets Saint-Georges 2010
$550
Special Price: $498/ bottle
≥12-bottle offer: $475/bottle
#5. Kilikanoon Oracle Shiraz 2009
$490
Special Price: $449/ bottle
≥12-bottle offer: $399/bottle
#4.Cerbaiona Brunello di Montalcino 2012
$1,250
Special Price: $998/ bottle
≥12-bottle offer: $955/bottle

 

 

#12. Le Petit Lion de Leoville Las Cases - St. Julien 2009
$430
Special Price: $415/ bottle
≥12-bottle offer: $399/bottle
Chateau Leoville Las Cases is perhaps the wine we most consider as Bordeaux’s super second and it’s second wine, Le Petit Lion de Leoville Las Cases is a chip off the old block. It was first released for the 2007 vintage after an overhaul of the vineyards and an attempt to protect the quality of the grand vin. However, this wine is treated in much the same way as it’s two older siblings. As a second wine it is more approachable young and has an extra dollop of Merlot to allow for a more fleshy appeal. 
 
WS 88-91 Currants on toasted bread character on the nose and palate. Medium- to full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a medium finish. Balanced and attractive. This is the new name for the second wine.

 

 

#11. Domaine de Montille Beaune 1er Cru Les Greves 2011
$498
Special Price: $439/ bottle
≥12-bottle offer: $389/bottle
Etienne de Montille fashions a very stylish wine from Beaune’s top Premier Cru vineyard.

The wines from Greves have been described as the richest, most structured and longest lived wines of the appellation. The de Montille reds are typically pale in colour but show both concentration and elegance. Allen Meadows notes that ‘The de Montille 2011s transcend the general quality of vintage, particularly in the Côte de Beaune.’

Burg 88-92 This gives away a bit of elegance for more complexity, particularly on the cool, pure and airy nose that displays notes of plum, earth, iron and underbrush. There is a slightly smoky character to the round, supple and solidly well-concentrated medium-bodied flavors that offer very fine depth on the balanced and lingering finish.

 

 

#10 Larmandier Bernier Vieille Vigne de Cramant Grand Cru 2007
$650
Special Price: $589/ bottle
≥12-bottle offer: $549/bottle
This is an outstanding Champagne from a top grower.

Pierre and Sophie Larmandier farm 16 hectares broken into an even larger number of parcels in Vertus and villages on either side, as well as in the grand cru quartet of Avize, Oger, Chouilly and Cramant. The precision, refinement, and nuance achieved in their wines are exemplary. These wines are highly regarded by sommeliers and consequently are found on the lists of top restaurants around the world.

'The 2007 Cramant Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru is a great choice for drinking over the next few years, as the flavors are nicely mellowed and complex. Broad and ample on the palate, the 2007 possesses lovely depth in its fruit, along with considerable intensity from these 50-70 year-old vines. Wild flowers, almonds and dried pears add the final nuances of complexity.' AG 92

 

 

#9 Peter Michael L'Esprit des Pavots 2014
$850
Special Price: $750/ bottle
≥12-bottle offer: $699/bottle
This is a deservedly successful producer based in the Knights Valley region of Calistoga.
 
 
The Peter Michael Estate wines have long been outstanding right through the range and quality here has reached new heights in recent vintages This is a classic Bordeaux style blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Always enjoyable on release, this will keep for several more years.
 
 
'This wine is silky, lush and approachable, with low acidity and notes of black olive tapenade intermixed with graphite, blackberry, cassis and smoke. It is full-bodied, plush and best drunk over the next 10-15 years.' WA 90

 

 

#8. Vega Sicilia Tinto Valbuena 5 2009
$930
Special Price: $839/ bottle
≥12-bottle offer: $789/bottle
A blend of 95% Tempranillo with 5% Merlot from Ribera del Duero’s leading producer
 
 
Like many of Spain’s top red wines the oak treatment is an important feature of Valbuena, with a seven month period in large oak vats followed by 12 months in new barriques (equal parts French and American oak), three months in used barrels and then six months in the vats again before being bottled. The old vine Tempranillo has such intensity and character that the oak never threatens to overwhelm the wine.
 
 
'It has some reductive notes and would benefit from some time in a decanter, where you’d start appreciating its background of cherries which feels very classical and serious. The palate is well-built, with polished tannins, very good acidity and freshness with elegance and fine tannins. Mature and with good typicity. Drink 2014-2020.' WA 94

 

 

#7. Latour a Pomerol - Pomerol 2011
$490
Special Price: $475/ bottle
≥12-bottle offer: $459/bottle
A rare find in Pomerol – great quality at a very affordable price
 
 
From just eight hectares this JP Moueix managed property is planted to 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. There are two parcels of vines, one close to Pomerol’s church is on a deep gravel bed, the other on lighter, sandy soil. The style here tends towards wines which are deep coloured, powerful and opulent.
 
 
'Shows good density, with raspberry, bitter plum coulis and red currant paste notes that lend a slightly compact feel for now. The lively spice and rooibos tea hints that line the finish should emerge more with cellaring. Best from 2015 through 2025.' WS 91

 

 

#6.Domaine Faiveley Nuits St.Georges 1er Cru Les Porets Saint-Georges 2010
$550
Special Price: $498/ bottle
≥12-bottle offer: $475/bottle
A winning combination of producer, site and vintage
 
 
The name of this Premier Cru vineyard is supposedly derived from its former role as the site of a pear orchard. The deep gravelly soil here gives wines which have a very distinctive style with a pronounced aromatic note. Faiveley are really on top of their game and deliver wines of great generosity in superb vintages such as this.
 
 
'Noticeable reduction renders the nose difficult to evaluate. By contrast there is excellent concentration to the powerful and broad-shouldered medium weight plus flavors that are shaped by very firm and ever-so-mildly rustic tannins on the intensely earthy finish. While this will not win any awards for elegance as Porets St. Georges is almost always among the most tannic of the Nuits 1ers, it offers plenty of character in a decidedly ageworthy package.' Burg 89-92

 

 

#5. Kilikanoon Oracle Shiraz 2009
$490
Special Price: $449/ bottle
≥12-bottle offer: $399/bottle
At eight years old this Shiraz has developed beautifully in bottle
 
 
Kevin Mitchell is deservedly respected across the Australian wine industry for consistently producing a range of wines which show superb depth of flavour while ably demonstrating the Clare Valley’s regional characteristics. The name of the winery is derived from an old estate in Cornwall, England where the migrants who founded the property came from.
 
 
'Very deep garnet-purple colored, the 2009 Oracle Shiraz gives complex notes of creme de cassis, coffee, grilled duck skin and soy over mace, licorice and tree bark. Full bodied and packed with flavor, it offers a solid backbone of crisp acid and firm, rounded tannins in the mouth, going long and spicy in the finish. It should drink best 2013 to 2020+.' WA 93+

 

 

#4.Cerbaiona Brunello di Montalcino 2012
$1,250
Special Price: $998/ bottle
≥12-bottle offer: $955/bottle
This was one of founder Diego Molinari’s final vintages before the sale of the property in 2015

Diego Molinari, a former pilot, established this estate in 1981 and quickly built a reputation as one of the foremost producers of traditionally styled Brunello. The three hectares of vineyard are planted on limestone shale (Galestro in the local dialect) at around 400 metres above sea level, naturally low yielding and producing wines of a distinctive character. Rather than the French oak barriques favoured by many of his neighbours, Molinari stuck to traditional 500 litre Slavonian oak tonneaux.

'Dark ruby-red. Deep, complex aromas of dark red cherry, violet, flint, licorice and underbrush. Rich dense and juicy, with multilayered flavors of dark red cherry, tar and licorice. Smooth yet vibrant, this is much more austere and almost brooding in nature than the more open-knit 2011.' VIN 92