EN PRIMEUR 2012
In response to customer requests The Oxford Wine Company specialises in carefully chosen, value for money wines from up and coming producers that are primarily for drinking rather than investment – to order please contact Theo Sloot on 01865 301144 or email firstname.lastname@example.org recommendations, availability and price. If you have any particular wines that you are interested in but are not listed by us then please let me know. We will try to get hold of different wines for you, but limited supply at source and massive demand mean that this is not always possible.
THE OXFORD WINE COMPANY SELECTION 2012
All prices are quoted“in bond” and are exclusive of duty and vat which are payable at the time of delivery to you.
Please note that we are unable to sell wines on a non duty paid under bond basis.
Chateau Villa Bel-Air, Graves - £109.00
“This property in the Graves is owned and run by the Cazes family of Lynch Bages. Previous vintages here have offered very good quality and delivered attractive, forward drinking with extremely modest release prices. Usually one of the best buys en primeur. The vines (planted in 1988) are now reaching maturity. 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Merlot with 10% Cabernet Franc. Aged in 20% new oak and the rest in one and two year old barrels from Lynch Bages. The harvest here was the latest ever and the resultant wine is ripe, soft, smooth, round and polished. There is good Graves character with hints of tar and leather but overall this is a forward, early drinking, bright red wine.” Farr Vintners
Chateau Chenade, Lalande, Pomerol - £120.00
“This is gorgeous with a beautiful milk chocolate, cream and red fruit character. The palate has delightful strawberry fruit, sexy, lush, rich with a nice touch of spice and vanilla oak. Excellent length. A fabulous wine for the price and will be absolutely delicious to drink in its youth.” Farr Vintners
Chateau Fonbel, St Emilion Grand Cru - £138.00
“A sleeper of the vintage, the dark ruby/purple-colored 2012 Fonbel offers up sweet aromas of mulberries, raspberries, forest floor and loamy soil. Medium-bodied with abundant fruit, glycerin and length, it should drink well for a decade.” Robert Parker
Château Montlandrie le Castillon de Denis Durantou, Cotes de Castillon - £166.00
“From proprietor Denis Durantou, this excellent Castillon exhibits layers of black cherry and black raspberry fruit intertwined with notions of spring flowers, toast and lead pencil shavings. Medium-bodied, supple, round and generous, it is ideal for drinking over the next 5-7 years.” Robert Parker
Chateau Les Cruzelles, Lalande, Pomerol - £172.00
“Aromas of chocolate, melted caramel, toffee and black cherry jam emerge from this sexy, full-bodied, lush wine. Consume it over the next 7-8 years. Given what proprietor Denis Durantou accomplished at his flagship estate of l'Eglise Clinet, it is not surprising that his Lalande de Pomerol is another brilliant wine as well as a major sleeper of the vintage. Harvested between September 21 and October 1, the 2012 Les Cruzelles is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc.” Robert Parker
Chateau du Tertre, Margaux - £255.00
“Owned by the proprietors of Giscours, the 2012 Du Tertre is marginally richer and more textured than that cuvee. It exhibits a deep ruby/purple color as well as notes of licorice, charcoal, red and black currants, forest floor and background oak. Medium-bodied, well-made and pure with soft tannins and low acidity, it can be drunk over the next 10-12 years.” Robert Parker
Chateau Rauzan Segla, Margaux - £483.00
“The 2012 Rauzan Segla may turn out to be as strong an effort as their 2010. A brilliant blend of 54.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot (which accounts for the wine's ripeness and intensity), and the rest a tiny dollop of 1.5% Petit Verdot, it boasts an inky/blue/purple color as well as gorgeous aromas of black and blue fruits, spring flowers, and hints of background toast and forest floor. Well-integrated wood and acidity as well as moderately ripe tannins make for a medium to full-bodied, expansive, flavorful, rich, well-delineated effort. It will need 3-5 years of bottle age and should drink well for two decades thereafter.” Robert Parker