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We are currently selling the stainless steel easy-coolers®, but other finishes are available. Prices vary.

Delivery is free of charge in the UK following payment and confirmation of order.

If you require any more information about the above, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

To place an order, please contact us at orders@h2vin.co.uk or 020 3478 7376

H2Vin Bordeaux 2016 Vintage Report

“2016 Bordeaux – unquestionably a very fine vintage”

2016 is unquestionably a very fine vintage in Bordeaux, combining quality, quantity and a very classic style.

An incredibly wet spring was quite worrying for winegrowers at the time (danger of fungal diseases), but later proved to be a godsend. The soil’s water reserves were largely reconstituted, enabling the vines to cope with the exceptionally dry, hot summer. The grapes finished ripening during beautiful, relatively warm weather, with very little rain and cool nights. This unhoped for, simply incredible weather for Bordeaux made it possible to harvest deeply coloured, aromatic grapes with beautiful acidity.

Although the year 2015 ended on an especially dry, sunny note, 2016 kicked off with three months in a row of greater than average rainfall. Despite this grey, wet weather, temperatures were mild. In fact, the winter of 2016 was the mildest since records began.

That is why the first signs of vegetative growth (swelling buds) that appeared in late February gave the discomforting impression of extreme precociousness. However, temperatures dropped to the seasonal average starting on the 20th February and even less in the second ten-day period of March.

Cold temperatures in March and waterlogged soils due to heavy precipitation in the early part of the year delayed bud break, which began the last week in March (one week later than usual), but earlier than 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2015, and later than 2011 and 2014.

Cool temperatures beginning in late February lasted until May. As often happens at that time of year, there were alternating warm and cold periods, with a large temperate range that did not facilitate regular vine growth. Despite the rather early bud break, the weather until late May delayed vine growth. Phenolic development was also slower than usual. This situation was compounded in some regions by frost on the last three days of April that caused major damage in localised areas. This meant that by late May the precocious vegetative growth was no longer the case and phenolic maturity was comparable to 2014.

 After a gloomy winter and rainy spring, there was some apprehension about flowering. Depending on the soil type and water retention capacity, some vines showed normal development, whereas others with a skimpy leaf canopy or on cold clay soil were behind. This is why coulure like in 2013 was feared.

Flowering began during rainy weather in the last days of May. However, there was a providential window of dry, warm weather between 3rd and 11th June. Mid-flowering in our reference vineyards took place around 11th June, i.e. 8 days later than the 20-year average. The change in the weather fortunately avoided widespread coulure. The end of flowering in certain late-ripening plots was slightly perturbed by a final rainy period that caused some millerandage. Fruit set occurred 8 days later. The bunches were relatively homogeneous and the number of seeds greater than average – the sign of good pollination. After three days of rain in mid-June, beautiful weather finally set in proceeded to lasted for quite some time. This definitively changed the nature of the vintage. High temperatures in the last ten days of June enhanced berry development. These grew very quickly – “pea size” by the end of the month.

The remarkably fine weather in late June continued into July and August. A few very hot days around 15th June degraded the herbaceous aromas, without bringing growth to a halt. Rainfall was infrequent and light, while temperatures were normal and there was slightly more sunshine than usual. Due to heavy winter rains, the lack of water stress during the vegetative growth the rather large size of the berries. Bunch closure took place about 20th July, as in 2011 and 2015.

The water balance in late July was not conducive to stopping vegetative growth definitively or triggering véraison in a significant way, except on clay-gravel soils. The grapes first began to change colour in the last days of July on terroirs prone to early ripening. However, seeing as vegetative growth had not completely stopped, véraison got off to a slow start. It took until the first week of August for colour change to become noticeably widespread. Water stress was accentuated by the absence of rain. The situation was comparable to 2010 midway through véraison. The weather at this point was propitious to achieving the end of véraison.

The month of August featured real summer weather. It was very hot (5°C more than usual) with a remarkable amount of sunshine (+30% compared to an average year). Fortunately, minimum nighttime temperatures were close to the 30-year average, and even less on some nights. This wide temperature range between day and night guaranteed the formation of colour and tannins while limiting the degradation of aromas and acids in the grapes. The absence of major precipitation caused excessive water stress in some locations, especially in plots of young vines, ones with high yields, and ones with shallow soil.

In late August, a few instances of scorching were noticed in vines that had undergone excessive leaf thinning and everyone began wonder about the danger of inhibited ripening. A heat wave arrived in early September, with average temperatures of 30-32°C. The first 13 days of September were the hottest since 1950, reaching a record 37°C in Sauternes on 12th September.

A storm arrived from the Basque Country late in the afternoon of 13th September. It rained throughout Bordeaux the following night, with varying intensity depending on the region. A depression lasting three days brought as much as 40cm of rain in some parts of Bordeaux. However, the sun returned on 20th September and, with it, fine weather that lasted until the end of the harvest. This rainy period, followed by sunshine, gave a new impetus to ripening. Cabernet Sauvignon and late-ripening Merlot grapes benefited particularly from this.

Once again, the month of September was decisive for the quality of the vintage. October was dry and sunny, with cool nights making it possible to wait serenely for the best time to pick all grape varieties.

The rain in early September gave a boost to maturity, which nevertheless took more time than usual to be reached. The sunshine and relatively cool nighttime temperatures were conducive to the unusually large accumulation of phenolic compounds, as well as the preservation of aromas and acidity. These weather conditions stopped grey rot from developing, except in certain parts of Bordeaux where significant rain in early September forced winegrowers to pick early.

Despite the heat in June and July, the 2016 vintage was not particularly early. The dry white wine harvest began in the Graves and Pessac-Léognan appellations at the very beginning of September, about one week later than in 2015. After a remarkably dry month of August, the grapes were in perfect condition, without a trace of grey rot. Although they quickly attained sufficient sugar levels, their potential fruitiness, which had stayed in the background for a long time, also came to the fore at the end of ripening. The showers in mid-September did not have a major effect on the grapes, which could be harvested without any need of urgency. Yields were very satisfactory, especially for Sauvignon Blanc, where such prolific production had not been a feature of recent vintages.

The freshly picked grapes had lower sugar levels than in 2015, but in keeping with the previous 5-year average. Total acidity was slightly lower than in 2013, 2014, and 2015, and similar to 2011. The balance between sugar and acidity gave rise to hopes that 2016 would be a good vintage for white wines, especially those from soils where they are traditionally successful (limestone, clay-limestone, and clay-gravel), which are conducive to retaining good acidity.

The red wine harvest began with earliest-maturing plots of Merlot in the 3rd week of September, but most grapes were picked in early October, i.e. one week later than usual. Harvesting of the Cabernets and Petit Verdot went on until just after mid-October during sunny weather. The red wine grapes in 2016 possessed a reasonable degree of potential alcohol and an outstanding phenolic composition.

As opposed to other French regions adversely affected inclement weather conditions, the vintage in Bordeaux was generous. Because water stress manifested itself rather late, the berries were comparable in weight to 2015, but lighter than in 2010. The very low malic acid content – the lowest since 2009, except for 2011 – was due to the mild, dry summer weather.

Alternating cool nights and sunny days in September were conducive to the remarkable accumulation of colour and tannins. IPT content was higher than in 2015 or 2009, and close to 2011. Extraction took place slowly and varied according to grape variety. Extractability was greater for the Cabernets than for Merlot – proof of excellent maturity in the later-ripening varieties.  Colour was deep and the tannin in the seeds was most often ripe and of high quality in 2016.

Due to the lack of rainfall until mid-September, botrytis took its time to appear and so grapes in Sauternes and Barsac were essentially already highly concentrated. However, rain showers on 13th and 30th September triggered the development of noble rot on these perfectly ripe grapes and their concentration was enhanced by the return of fine weather. Picking during the second trie, constitutes the lion’s share of the best part of the harvest, which lasted until early November. The quantity of wine made at several estates reached a record high.

The wines:

The 2016 dry white wines exhibit plenty of ripe fruit, with less acidity than the three previous vintages, but are, nevertheless, sufficiently well-balanced. The Sémillon wines were especially successful in 2016, adding weight and texture to the blends. The best dry whites are pure, clean with plenty of ripe fruit, and will give immediate pleasure. However, they will not age as well as the top white wine vintages, such as 2012 and 2014.

The best wines of Sauternes and Barsac are extremely pure. Very rich with intense spiced fruit overtones, they display a style that emphasises power rather than bright aromatics and freshness. 2016 is the fourth successful vintage in a row, unheard of in Sauternes, and what is more it combines both quality and quantity.

At this early stage of their maturation, the 2016 red wines give every indication of being outstanding. The aromatics are pure, perfumed, fruit-driven but also floral, and certainly ripe. They have a fine intensity of colour and excellent fruit concentration, whilst combining the tannic power of great vintages with a delightfully velvety texture. Their relatively high level of acidity gives them an admirable freshness and tremendous balance. This bright acidity lends the palate a precision and deftness of touch. 2016 may prove to be more ‘classic’ than 2009 or 2015 and seems to have excellent ageing potential. All grape varieties performed well, though the sheer quality of the Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the defining hallmarks of the vintage. The offerings from the northern Médoc communes of Saint Julien, Pauillac and Saint-Estèphe are undeniably of great quality and could turn out to be one of their greatest vintages for many a year. The best wines are significantly denser and more concentrated than in 2015.

We will be sending out individual offers with tasting notes as the wines are released.

Neil Sommerfelt MW, Fine Wine Buyer
April 2017

*Report based on information kindly provided by Dr. Axel Marchal, Dr. Valérie Lavigne and Prof. Laurence Gény.

What is ‘En Primeur’?

‘En Primeur’ is the first offering of an estate’s wines and allows you to purchase them whilst they are still in barrel, several months before they are released to the market.

The price paid at time of purchase is ‘in bond’, which means that it excludes Duty and VAT. As we’re not permitted to charge taxes in advance of wines arriving into the UK, these are payable on release according to the duty and VAT rates in force at the time of delivery based on the original cost of the wines.

So what are the benefits of buying ‘En Primeur’? Firstly, the En Primeur price is usually much cheaper than buying once shipped and released onto the UK market. Also, buying ‘En Primeur’ allows you to buy highly sought after wines, which are only available in very limited quantities and may be impossible to find after release.

H2Vin Bordeaux 2016 En Primeur Offer

We will be sending out individual offers with tasting notes as the wines are released.

  • The wines will be shipped in the Late Spring/ Early Summer 2019 at the producers’ discretion based on bottling dates.
  • Prices quoted will be in bond (London City Bond) per case of 12 bottles (75cl), unless otherwise stated. Duty and VAT will be charged at the rate in force at the time of delivery. Delivery will be charged at cost.
  • Each producer will decide on the case size at the time of bottling; therefore, some cases of 12 (75cl) may come in 2 x cases of 6 (75cl) or 1 x case of 12 (75cl). Please note that cases cannot be split.
  • As always we will do our best to honour last year’s buyers’ repeat requests as fairly as possible. Please bear in mind that there will be strict limitations on this year’s stocks, especially the very top châteaux, so all wines are offered subject to availability.

If you would like to know more about our Bordeaux 2016 En Primeur offering or to register your wish list, then please don’t hesitate to contact us on 020 3478 7376 or email us at info@h2vin.co.uk.

 To see our full portfolio, please visit our website at www.H2Vin.co.uk

 

One Fine Day Bristol Trade Tasting 2017

Thursday 30th March 2017
10:00am – 3:00pm
 At-Bristol, Anchor Road, Harbourside
Bristol BS1 5DB

Following the success of the One Fine Day tasting in Manchester, we’re thrilled to invite you to the inaugural One Fine Day Trade Tasting Bristol on Thursday 30th March from 10am until 3pm. At-Bristol is the venue, spittoons are at the ready and we’ve finalised which of our wonderful H2Vin wines we’re going to bring for you to taste.

The One Fine Day Trade Tasting is designed to showcase wines from 7 specialist importers, including H2Vin, Raymond Reynolds, Wine Traders, Flint Wines, Las Bodegas, Dreyfus Ashby and on the guest table this year, Fields, Morris & Verdin. All of us share the same values: to champion wines that are made by individuals, reflect the terroir and their respective heritage.

Join us on Thursday 30th March to enjoy tasting over 160 wines from around the globe. To register, simply email us at info@h2vin.co.uk to confirm your attendance.

We look forward to seeing you there.

From all of us at H2Vin,

H2Vin Annual Portfolio Tasting 2017

We’re delighted to invite you to our Annual Portfolio Tasting on Wednesday 22nd March at The Westbury Hotel between 6:00pm and 8:30pm.

H2Vin is passionate about bringing authentic, artisan wines to wine lovers. We pride ourselves on working mainly with smaller, family-owned wineries that produce wines with a true sense of identity, including some of the best of the Rhône and Loire.

At this event, we will be showcasing a selection of over 100 wines from around the world, including the new, exciting producers who have just joined our list and perfectly complement our existing portfolio of under-the-radar gems. Several of our brilliant winemakers will also be on hand to talk through their wines.

We are extremely pleased with our new portfolio, along with the healthy producer relationships we’re gaining annually, and trust you’ll discover many new wines from us this year. Tickets are £15.00 per person, with 1 ticket redeemable per order placed at the event. To book, either call us on 020 3478 7376 or register via this link.

We look forward to seeing you there!

H2Vin’s Burgundy 2015 En Primeur Tasting – Thursday 12th January 2017

We’re very excited to be showcasing our portfolio of Burgundy 2015 En Primeurs together with our producers on Thursday 12th January at The Westbury Hotel between 6:00pm and 8:30pm.
H2Vin is passionate about bringing authentic, artisan wines to wine lovers. We pride ourselves on working mainly with smaller, family-owned wineries producing wines with a true sense of identity, including some of the best wines from Burgundy. Several of our producers will be presenting their wines at our tasting, so they will be on hand to give their take on the vintage.

Tickets are £15.00 per person, with 1 ticket redeemable per Burgundy 2015 En Primeur order placed at the event. To register, please use this link: https://h2vinburgundy2015.eventbrite.co.uk or simply call us on 020 3478 7376.

There is limited availability, so we recommend registering as soon as possible!

One Fine Day Trade Tasting 2016: The Countdown is on!

Tuesday 4th October 2016
12:00pm – 4:00pm

The Engine Hall at the People’s History Museum
Left Bank, Spinningfields 
Manchester M3 3ER

It’s less than 2 weeks to go until this year’s One Fine Day Trade Tasting and here at H2Vin we can’t wait! We’ve got some fantastic wines for you to taste, including some new additions to our portfolio such as Exton Park Vineyard from Hampshire, Fraga do Corvo from Galicia, Pedro Parra y Familia from Chile and Azienda Felline from Puglia. We’re also excited to be showcasing Romain Guiberteau‘s stunning Saumur Blanc 2014 and the brilliant Gevrey Chambertin ‘Vieilles Vignes’ 2013 from Domaine Marc Roy.

The One Fine Day trade tasting in Manchester is designed to showcase wines from 8 small specialist importers, including H2Vin, Raymond Reynolds Ltd, Wine Traders, Flint Wines, Roberson Fine Wines, New Generation Wines, McKinley Vintners and Dreyfus Ashby. All of us share the same values: to champion wines that are made by individuals, reflect the terroir and their respective heritage.

Join us on Tuesday 4th October to enjoy tasting over 200 wines from around the globe. To register, simply email us at orders@h2vin.co.uk to confirm your attendance.

We look forward to seeing you there.

From all of us at H2Vin,

Bordeaux 2015 Vintage Report

Bordeaux Trip 2015

“2015 – the best wines offer outstanding quality, balance, texture and freshness.”

The Growing Season 

The warm daytime temperatures of early March started to become much higher, but the cold nights quickly halted a very precocious bud burst and the few swellings that were noticeable in some warmer sites around the middle of the month were promptly arrested by cold north winds of 22-26th. The first few days of April stayed cool but the vine was getting impatient. Its wood was strong and healthy and it was raring to go. So, when the weather suddenly warmed up on 6th April, quickly peaking in the high 20s, there occurred the most amazingly rapid bud-burst, whites and reds, Merlots and Cabernets, all in unison. It became clear we were off to an early start to the growing season.

With the added help of rain during the last 10 days of April, the foliage raced ahead. May continued very dry (April had seen a 70% rainfall deficit and May would be almost 60%) and also very hot as the foliage continued to grow well. The vines were now ready to flower but got slightly delayed by the cooler nights from 14th-23rd. Then, with the very regular warmth of the next 10 days, 10-12°C every night and 21-24°C every day, it blossomed into the most rapid, even flowering possible, this being perhaps the most important stage on the way to a quality vintage.

 The heat climbed during the first few days of June, culminating at 35°C on 4th. Such a sudden burst of heat just as the flowering was concluding could have been an issue, in the form of an aborted grape-set, but it came just after the main part of the job had been done, timed perfectly to accelerate the end of the process. With the gentle warmth of the following week and with some beneficial rain the week after, the bunches started to look in fine fettle. Now there was the prospect of a September rather than October harvest, a further indicator of a top quality vintage. The only snag at this point was the extreme heat and drought. June was turning into the fourth successive month of 50% rainfall deficit and of scorching temperatures:  April and June were both a full 3.2°C above the mean normal temperature and both broke records for the number of sun hours, and in the case of June, just as the sun is at its most powerful.

Up until now, the vine had withstood the pressure of drought and heat remarkably well. The month ended up as the fourth hottest July in the region in the last century. The vines started to suffer, especially those on lighter soils, but only here and there as total shut-down, more generally as a sort of closing in on itself, ceasing to give priority to its reproduction in favour of its own survival. This key three week period was enough to ensure that the grapes would remain very small and that they would prematurely thicken their skins. It was precisely now, with the vines at the end of their tether, that the air started to change, the wind at last bringing some dampness from the ocean. All this quickly escalated into two violent coastal storms on 22nd and 24th July, which then changed into strong rains as they passed over the parched vineyards, providing up to 30mm inland, especially on the Right Bank.

This set the stage for what came to be known as “August 2015’s rains of salvation”. With 13 days over 30°C, August remained hot but it brought four welcome episodes of rain – eight in Sauternes (which would account for the very early first stage of botrytis this year). This August rainfall was unequally distributed: up to 140mm on parts of the Right Bank, up to 100 in parts of the Médoc and Graves. It also coincided with the “véraison”, which quickly became the most even and earliest since 2009 and was finished by the weekend of 8th-9th August under the influence of the re-invigorating rain showers. This premature halt in the growth of the foliage and the nourishment of the bunches was possibly the biggest factor in explaining the extreme health of the crop at the end, allowing most proprietors to wait calmly for the optimum picking date for each parcel and variety.

The harvest started during the week of 24th August with the earliest dry whites in Sauternes and Pessac-Léognan. Apart from light showers on 31st, they enjoyed perfect sunny conditions and suddenly much cooler temperatures. In addition, the diurnal / nocturnal difference, often 15°C between night and day temperatures, ensured excellent acid retention and lovely freshness. The spritely but powerful Sauvignons were quite clearly the leaders over the softer-styled Sémillons, which had not reacted so well to the August moisture. Rain was then forecast for the middle of the month, normally September rain accelerates the harvest dates (1999, 2006); this time it delayed them. Growers could sense their grapes’ resistance and didn’t need to fret unduly or to panic. The geographical distribution of this rain was very erratic, at its heaviest in the northern Médoc, only 40mm or so in Pessac-Léognan, Margaux and Sauternes, and varying from almost 0 to 40mm on the Right Bank.

With the return of sunny days and cold nights 20th  September -1st October, almost all the rest of the Merlots were picked, at leisure, each parcel constantly being re-scheduled to take advantage of maximum ripeness, wherever possible always delaying rather than advancing the programme. The great majority of the top estates picked their Merlots over the last 4 days of the month, in perfect conditions. This year, both Cabernets (Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc) were picked simultaneously, and with the return of fine weather and cool winds from 8th October, they could be concluded once again at a leisurely pace. The weekend nights of 3rd-4th October brought heavy rain, once again especially on the Médoc which motivated the Left Bank to accelerate more than the Right Bank. By the time the rain returned on 27th, the whole harvest was finished, with the final Cabernets and Sauternes in perfect cool and sunny conditions around 20th-22nd.

Resulting Wine Styles

Red Wines

The reds range from acceptable to very good to quite superb (with some chateaux possibly producing their best wines ever), depending on many different factors, not least of which being the amount of mid-September and early October rain and how the grapes reacted to it; also how stressed they got in the extreme heat/drought of June & July. It is a very complex picture, but generally speaking, Left Bank Merlots are lighter, less fleshy and solid than their Right Bank counterparts, Left Bank Cabernets gain in intensity from North to South, meaning that Margaux and Pessac-Léognan did very well, Right Bank Merlots range from a more delicate style on the thinner cooler soils to an extremely impressive brooding, powerful style on the St Emilion Côte and parts of the plateau, especially in the parcels and zones of lesser rainfall. However, there are, as so often, many exceptions to this generalisation. There are some outstanding wines in most communes, albeit not always with same degree of consistency.

As a result of all the ‘regularity’ of ripeness dates, the wines are beginning to show a true vintage hallmark. The character lies firstly in their naturally quite high alcohol levels, secondly in their often enchanting aromatic complexity and thirdly in the remarkable silky texture of their suave, lithe tannins. The best wines are beautifully balanced marrying purity, intensity and freshness culminating in wines of undoubted poise and class.

Dry White Wines

The dry whites, harvested in the most perfect conditions possible, after invigorating August rainfall and during the brilliantly sunny coolness of end August / early September, have an extraordinary freshness and clarity of fruit, enhanced by the generally greater proportion of Sauvignon in the blends. They have fine concentration (lower average yields per hectare than the reds). They possess a similarly refreshing acidity to the ‘07s and ‘12s. Furthermore, and in tune with the times, there has been a trend to reduce the level of new oak influence.

Sauternes/Barsac

2015 is an outstanding vintage for Sauternes/Barsac. The origin of its quality is to be found in the extra, very localised, June and August rainfall which precipitated a very early start to the development of botrytis. Most estates picked in a series of four “tries”. For each, pickers were spared the tedious task of weeding out the bad rot, because there just wasn’t any and nobody had to pick in the rain either. As a result, the fruit arrived in a wonderfully pure and high quality state. Most juice was in the magic window of 20-22° potential throughout. The majority of the harvest came in during the second and third “tries” of the first two weeks of October and for once the final “tries” during the week of 19th October were just as pure and just as fine. The style of the wines is intensely rich, but, with a few notable exceptions, less absolutely sweet than the more “spherical” 2005 or the very powerful 2009: very generally, the average sweetness for the Crus Classés of the 2015 is around 130g/l rather than 140-150 for the 2009. But their main feature is the great definition of fine, fresh fruit, even more so than in ’07 and ’11 but a little less dense than the latter.

Conclusion

In general, all growers are extremely pleased with their wines, many exceptionally so. Quite clearly 2015 is by far the most eye-catching vintage of the last five years and, in line with current trends, and contrary to the year’s weather, the best wines are beautifully refined. There is far less instance of “excess” than many previous vintages. Their fine balance will allow them to age very well indeed, with many wines also lending themselves to earlier drinking thanks to the sheer beauty of their seductively creamy tannins. Past vintages that were most often quoted as being ‘similar’ in style & quality were 1985 & 1989, with the most bullish comments hinting at a blend of 2009 & 2010!

Finally, I must thank the highly respected Bill Blatch in Bordeaux for agreeing to allow us to be informed and guided by his own erudite & authoritative 2015 Vintage Report.

Neil Sommerfelt MW, Fine Wine Buyer
April 2016

Bordeaux 2015 En Primeur: A Selection from Sauternes & Barsac – 27th May 2016

From vines of Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc older than 40 years, Château Doisy-Daëne 2015 has been rated 18.5 points by Jancis Robinson and described as “really very rewarding”! The property is owned by world-renowned oenologist Denis Dubourdieu who consults for many other wine producers in the region. Denis likes his vines to “grown like in a garden” and prefers to farm as naturally as possible to let the vines do the talking.

Chateau Doisy Daene No VintageChâteau Doisy-Daëne
[Barsac]
£142.00/Cs
(6 x 75cl) IB
£150.00/Cs (12 x 37,5cl) IB

18.5 Jancis Robinson MW

“Bright greenish gold. Complex, immediately appealing nose. Racy yet with weight. A very superior wine. Real attack and structure. I wonder what L’Extravagant is like?! Really very rewarding and compelling. Lots of substance but not at all heavy. Such drive and energy here!Drink 2026-2050 18.5 Points Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com

“Rippling with energy, this is pure and refined already, showing clearly defined chamomile, peach, pear and apricot notes that are bright and engaging. Still tight but very long, showing ample richness, with minerality in reserve” 93-96 Points James Molesworth, winespectator.com

“Delightfully fragrant bouquet that marries richness and fine intensity with elegant expressions of apricot, peach and flowers.Creamy in texture allied to a fine bristling tension & keen acidity. Great poise and drive. Spiced dried fruits abound. Another  fine result from Denis Dubourdieu.”  Neil Sommerfelt MW, H2Vin  

Doisy-Daëne has also released their very special, rare cuvée L’Extravagant 2015, which is only produced by Denis Dubourdieu in the greatest vintages. This exquisite beauty has been rated 95-98 points by James Molesworth of the Wine Spectator.

L extravagant de Doisy Daene No VintageL’Extravagant de Doisy-Daëne
[Barsac]         
£124.00/Cs
(1x 37,5cl) IB

95-98 Wine Spectator

“ A scintillating wine with apricot, pear and nectarine notes that are rich yet piercing. Heather & jasmine details gild the finish which is very long  and shows serious cut” 95-98 Points James Molesworth, Wine Spectator winespectator.com

“The essence of a top quality 2015 Sauternes. Riveting freshness alongside intense richness and sweetness. Tight, concentrated exotic & citrus fruits. White peach, pink grapefruit and a whole medley of tropical nuances. Energetic & vibrant. Huge length and force yet supremely elegant.The palate is challenged by its scale and poise!” Neil Sommerfelt MW, H2Vin  (NB half bottles packed in an individual wooden case).

“I have never tasted a Guiraud like this” says James Suckling about the Château Guiraud 2015, having rated this wine 96-97 Points. From vines of 35-40 years old vines of Sémillon and Sauvignon, this Sauternes “is really something”. With its crackling acidity, it will age well for decades.

Chateau Guiraud No VintageChâteau Guiraud
[Sauternes]
£160.00/Cs (6 x 75cl) IB
£169.00/Cs (12 x 37,5cl) IB

96-97 James Suckling

“This is really something. I have never tasted a Guiraud like this. This is full-bodied yet so fresh and incredibly crisp and lively. Spicy and energetic. Fantastic acidity!96-97 Points  James Suckling, jamessuckling.com 

“65% Semillon, 35% Sauvignon. This fine estate is now farmed organically and owners, Olivier Bernard, Stephan Von Neipperg, Robert Peugeot, and Xavier Planty  find that the fruit is riper and more concentrated as a result. A great success in 2015. The high percentage of Sauvignon lends a telling freshness and vitality. Lovely white peach notes with lifted exotic fruit nuances. Fresh & rich at the same time. Long, refined and very stylish. Tight, layered and complex.”  Neil Sommerfelt MW, H2Vin

Château Rieussec is one of the richest and most exotic of all Sauternes. The 2015 vintage has been rated 95-97 Points by Neal Martin from The Wine Advocate and “hits all the right buttons”. Château Rieussec has been owned by Domaines Barons de Rothschild since 1985 and the current winemaker is the illustrious Eric Kohler from Château Lafite Rothschild. The vineyard is located at one of the highest points of Sauternes in the village of Fargues, bordering that of Château d`Yquem.

Chateau Rieussec No VintageChâteau Rieussec
[Sauternes 1er Grand Cru Classé]   
£225.00/Cs
(6 x 75cl) IB 
£235.00/Cs
(12 x 37,5cl) IB

95-97 The Wine Advocate

The 2015 Rieussec, a blend of 86% Semillon and 14% Sauvignon Blanc, was picked over five tries through the vineyard between 9 September and 27 October.” We had a bit of frost towards the end and 10% was harvested afterwards. The quality was affected and this was put into the second wine,” winemaker Eric Kohler informed me. This year the grand vin constitutes between one-third and one-fourth of the total crop. It has a fragrant bouquet, of honey, white almond and peach, that is disarmingly seductive. The palate is refined and poised: a lovely thread of acidity here, with a keen mineral-laden finish that leaves the mouth tingling with pleasure. This is a top-tier Rieussec that hits all the right buttons. Drink 2020-2055.” 95-97 Points, Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate, robertparker.com

“86% Semillon, 14% Sauvignon.70% new. Very fine bouquet that is redolent of fragrant white flowers & exotic fruits with a dash of liquid honey & dried,spiced orange. A keen edged freshness adds to the sense of poise and refinement. There is a bold,  rich intensity that glides seamlessly across the palate. Rich yet vigorous and of impressive persistence. Drink  2020-204o+.” Neil Sommerfelt MW, H2Vin. 

Château Coutet, is one of the oldest and largest estates in Barsac with vineyards which have an average age of 38 years. With the “dynamic” Aline Baly and family at the helm, The Wine Advocate’s Neal Martin believes it is “one of the finest Barsac estates”.

Chateau Coutet No VintageChâteau Coutet
[Barsac]   
£145.00/Cs (6 x 75cl) IB                           £155.00/Cs (12 x 37,5cl) IB

94-95 Points James Suckling

“A Coutet with great depth and fruit. So much dried tropical fruit character, bright acidity and fruit sweetness. Vivid and clean.” 94-95 Points, James Suckling JamesSuckling.com

“75% Sémillon, 23% Sauvignon, 2% Muscadelle. R/S 155 g/l. Effusive, expressive and wonderfully heady exotic fruits aplenty. Creamy nectarine, white peach and dried ginger / spiced fruit. Layered, mineral & dense yet vibrant and alive. A fine result.2020-2035+” Neil Sommerfelt MW, H2Vin

H2Vin Bordeaux 2015 En Primeur Offer

  • The wines will be shipped in the Late Spring/ Early Summer 2018 at the producers’ discretion based on bottling dates.
  • All En Primeur prices are quoted In Bond per 12 bottle case delivered to London City Bond Tilbury, excluding Duty, VAT and onward delivery charges. All wines are offered subject to being unsold and to final confirmation.
  • As always we will do our best to honour last year’s buyers’ repeat requests as fairly as possible. Please bear in mind that there will be strict limitations on this year’s stocks, especially the very top châteaux, so all wines are offered subject to availability.

If you would like to know more about our Bordeaux 2015 En Primeur offering or to register your wish list, then please don’t hesitate to contact us on 020 3478 7376 or email us at info@h2vin.co.uk.

Terms & Conditions for En Primeur Purchases

All En Primeur prices are quoted In Bond per 12 bottle case delivered to London City Bond Tilbury, excluding Duty, VAT and onward delivery charges.

Payment should be made by BACS Transfer, Cheque or debit or credit card at the time of order.

At the time of purchase, it would be greatly appreciated if you could please advise us where you would like your wines to eventually be delivered.

As soon as our En Primeur shipments arrive at London City Bond, we will contact you to advise you of any additional payments that are due. When withdrawing wine that has been held in bond from a bonded warehouse, Duty, VAT and Delivery charges (if applicable) will be charged at the rates in force at the time of delivery based on the original cost of your wines, as we’re not permitted to charge taxes in advance of wines arriving into the UK.

Please note that as soon as you have been notified that your wines have arrived in our bonded cellars in the UK, delivery must be arranged immediately. There is a 2 week grace period and thereafter storage charges will be incurred at the rate in force at the time. We do not provide a wine storage facility, but we can recommend other specialists. For any unpaid storage costs, your stock may be sold to cover these charges.

Delivery Options:

Wines staying Under Bond

  • If you have your own bonded storage account at London City Bond Tilbury, then once you have provided us with your account details, we can arrange a Transfer Under Bond. No further charge.
  • If you have a bonded storage account in another bonded warehouse, we can arrange for London City Bond to transfer your wine under bond. In Bond transfers outside of London City Bond Tilbury to other London City Bond Warehouses in England (including Vinotheque) will be charged at £10.50 per individual transfer for up to 240 bottles and must be paid before the transfer request is actioned. In bond transfers to London City Bond’s warehouse in Scotland will be charged at £21.00 per transfer for up to 240 bottles. Delivery to Octavian is £28.00 per individual transfer for up to 120 bottles (then £2.80 per dozen thereafter). Please also advise us of your account details so that we can arrange the transfer.

Delivering Duty Paid

  • If you would like us to organise delivery of your wine Duty Paid, there will be a small delivery charge (at cost) as our En Primeur offers only include landing at London City Bond Tilbury. At the time of delivery to your home address, Duty, VAT and Delivery charges (if applicable) will be charged at the rates in force at the time of delivery based on the original cost of your wines as we’re not permitted to charge taxes in advance of wines arriving into the UK.

Minimum Order: One standard case (12 x 75cl bottles, 6 magnums, 24 half bottles or a pro-rata combination thereof).

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Bordeaux 2015 En Primeur: Tertre Roteboeuf – 26th May 2016

Tertre Roteboeuf is situated in the commune of St. Laurent-des-Combes, just a few short kilometers south-east of the town of Saint-Emilion. The articulate and eloquent François Mitjavile took over the property in 1978 from his father-in-low (M.Gilard) having previously worked for 2 years at Château Figeac. There are 5.7 ha of vines planted with 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. The Merlot vines are on average 45 years old, while the Cabernet Franc vines are 50 years of age. The subsoil consists of four different kinds of clay, lying over a bed of limestone –a typical profile for the majority of vineyards on the Saint-Emilion “Côtes”.

François is passionate in his approach and his philosophy about wine. His is utterly meticulous and his attention to detail in the vineyards is legendary, but equally his determination to ultimately let each vintage and his terroirs dictate the character of wine.

As François Mitjavile’s said, this is a vintage with a fine constitution, fleshy with great freshness and full of character. A change of gear in the latter half of the growing season resulted in a slowdown of ripening and consequently great maturity in fruit that retained its crispness – This is not 2005, 2009 or 2010. It is 2015.


Tertre Roteboeuf No Vintage
Tertre Roteboeuf
[St Émilion Grand Cru]
£650.00/Cs (6 x 75cl) IB

97-99 The Wine Advocate

The 2015 Le Tertre Roteboeuf was picked between 8 and 12 October, François Mitjavile alternating his pickers between here and Roc de Cambes. Like his other 2015s, there is a nascent Burgundy-like allure on the nose that is beguiling in purity and beautifully defined, with scents of small dark cherries, Indian ink and a touch of cassis, an undertow of minerals that will surely become more perceptible as the wine ages in bottle. The palate is harmonious and animated. You are immediately taken by the fineness of the tannin and its velvety smooth texture. It just glides effortlessly along, extremely persistent and tensile on the finish. This will be irresistible once in bottle, and yet there is the substance to see it age for many years. Yes – it’s just a little bit magical. Drink 2020-2045 .” 97-99 Points, Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate. erobertparker.com

“True to style: plush and approachable with an enticing aromatic complexity. Super ripe fruit but fresh and floral at the same time. Palate rich and suave but harmonious, the plentiful tannins smooth and long.  Drink 2022-2035.” 93 Points, James Lawther MW, decanter.com

François also owns the Roc de Cambes‘ vineyard (in the often uninspiring appellation of Côtes de Bourg) which lies on slopes running down the valley. The vineyard is separated from the Dordogne’s right bank by Domaine de Cambes (a part of original Roc de Cambes – this wine is sold separately). There are 12 hectares of vines planted with 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Malbec. The soil here is a blend of chalk and clay, vines are on average 50 years old. The vineyard is lying close to the river, which ensures a stable micro-climate, and prevents the incidence of frost. When François purchased Roc de Cambes (in 1987), it was in poor condition so he set about renovating the vineyard immediately. Experiences gained from his sensitive, intuitive work at Tertre Roteboeuf enabled him to produce an undoubted standard bearer for quality in the Côtes de Bourg appellation within a very short time.


Roc des Cambes No VintageRoc de Cambes
[Côtes de Bourg]
£230.00/Cs
(6 x 75cl) IB

93 Decanter

“Same stable as Tertre-Roteboeuf in St-Emilion. Forget that it’s from Côtes de Bourg – this is a grand vin! Opulent and rich but with a serious structure as well. Rounded tannins provide a smooth, creamy texture while the limestone terroir and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon give character and freshness. Drink 2022-2035.” 93 Points, James Lawther MW, decanter.com

The 2015 Roc des Cambes has an incredibly pure bouquet that is as much Côtes de Nuits as Côtes de Bourg! Wonderful cassis mixed with dark cherries and a touch of bergamot. The palate is very well balanced with hints of fresh date and fig on the entry, a fine bead of acidity here, slightly powdery in texture with impressive balance and tension on the finish. François Mitjavile’s wine always benefits from 3-4 years in bottle, although I would not begrudge anyone succumbing to temptation earlier. Drink 2019-2032.” 90-92 Points, Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate. erobertparker.com


Domaine de Cambes No vintageDomaine de Cambes
[Bordeaux]
£305.00/Cs
(12 x 75cl) IB

89-91 The Wine Advocate

“The 2015 Domaine de Cambes, from François Mitjavile of Tertre Roteboeuf, has an extremely pure bouquet: vibrant, almost shimmering red and black fruit with superb tension, a touch of rose petal in the background. The palate is soft and rounded on the entry, a touch of sea salt on the tip of the tongue, moderate weight in the mouth with pencil lead notes infusing the black fruit towards the sedate finish. I can imagine this drinking after 2-3 years, but as a recent vertical proved, Domaine de Cambes has a propensity to give a decade’s worth of drinking pleasure, so don’t be afraid of laying this down. Drink 2018-2028.” 89-91 Points, Neal Martin,The Wine Advocate. erobertparker.com

H2Vin Bordeaux 2015 En Primeur Offer

  • The wines will be shipped in the Late Spring/ Early Summer 2018 at the producers’ discretion based on bottling dates.
  • All En Primeur prices are quoted In Bond per 12 bottle case delivered to London City Bond Tilbury, excluding Duty, VAT and onward delivery charges. All wines are offered subject to being unsold and to final confirmation.
  • As always we will do our best to honour last year’s buyers’ repeat requests as fairly as possible. Please bear in mind that there will be strict limitations on this year’s stocks, especially the very top châteaux, so all wines are offered subject to availability.

If you would like to know more about our Bordeaux 2015 En Primeur offering or to register your wish list, then please don’t hesitate to contact us on 020 3478 7376 or email us at info@h2vin.co.uk.

Terms & Conditions for En Primeur Purchases

All En Primeur prices are quoted In Bond per 12 bottle case delivered to London City Bond Tilbury, excluding Duty, VAT and onward delivery charges.

Payment should be made by BACS Transfer, Cheque or debit or credit card at the time of order.

At the time of purchase, it would be greatly appreciated if you could please advise us where you would like your wines to eventually be delivered.

As soon as our En Primeur shipments arrive at London City Bond, we will contact you to advise you of any additional payments that are due. When withdrawing wine that has been held in bond from a bonded warehouse, Duty, VAT and Delivery charges (if applicable) will be charged at the rates in force at the time of delivery based on the original cost of your wines, as we’re not permitted to charge taxes in advance of wines arriving into the UK.

Please note that as soon as you have been notified that your wines have arrived in our bonded cellars in the UK, delivery must be arranged immediately. There is a 2 week grace period and thereafter storage charges will be incurred at the rate in force at the time. We do not provide a wine storage facility, but we can recommend other specialists. For any unpaid storage costs, your stock may be sold to cover these charges.

Delivery Options:

Wines staying Under Bond

  • If you have your own bonded storage account at London City Bond Tilbury, then once you have provided us with your account details, we can arrange a Transfer Under Bond. No further charge.
  • If you have a bonded storage account in another bonded warehouse, we can arrange for London City Bond to transfer your wine under bond. In Bond transfers outside of London City Bond Tilbury to other London City Bond Warehouses in England (including Vinotheque) will be charged at £10.50 per individual transfer for up to 240 bottles and must be paid before the transfer request is actioned. In bond transfers to London City Bond’s warehouse in Scotland will be charged at £21.00 per transfer for up to 240 bottles. Delivery to Octavian is £28.00 per individual transfer for up to 120 bottles (then £2.80 per dozen thereafter). Please also advise us of your account details so that we can arrange the transfer.

Delivering Duty Paid

  • If you would like us to organise delivery of your wine Duty Paid, there will be a small delivery charge (at cost) as our En Primeur offers only include landing at London City Bond Tilbury. At the time of delivery to your home address, Duty, VAT and Delivery charges (if applicable) will be charged at the rates in force at the time of delivery based on the original cost of your wines as we’re not permitted to charge taxes in advance of wines arriving into the UK.

Minimum Order: One standard case (12 x 75cl bottles, 6 magnums, 24 half bottles or a pro-rata combination thereof).

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Bordeaux 2015 En Primeur 20th May 2016

This week has been a very busy week for the 2015 Bordeaux campaign with several new releases, including Léoville-Barton, Climens, Giscours, Le Dôme, Croix de Beaucaillou, Branaire-Ducru, Lagrange, Duhart-Milon and Lascombes.

We can, of course, offer many other wines not listed in the offer below, so please get in touch to ask.

Chateau Leoville Barton No VintageChâteau Léoville-Barton
[St. Julien]
£575.00/Cs (12 x 75cl) IB

94-96 The Wine Advocate

“The 2015 Léoville-Barton is a blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Merlot (…) Matured in 60% new oak, it has a more compelling and intense bouquet than the 2015 Langoa-Barton at this early stage, whereas in other years I have found the siblings closer together. It delivers some lovely blackberry, sage and cigar box scents. The palate is very refined with edgy tannin, beautifully balanced with seamlessly integrated oak. It is the classic Léoville-Barton style, full of energy and showing more breeding than the Langoa on the finish. This is just an outstanding, classic, drop-dead gorgeous Léoville-Barton that is destined to give immense pleasure over the coming years. Bravo Anthony, Lilian et al. Drink 2025-2055.” 94-96 Points Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate erobertparker.com

“86% Cabernet Sauvignon,14% Merlot. 60% new oak. Wonderfully fragrant bouquet that is redolent of blackberry, scented Asian black tea overlain with a subtle hint of tobacc0.Creamy, refined tannins add to the wine’s sophistication & style. Layers of complex, multi-faceted dark fruit intrigue and enchant the mid-palate. Nobility of structure that is perfectly in harmony with the pristine fruit. Fine persistence. Drink 2023-2045+.” Neil Sommerfelt MW, H2Vin

Chateau Climens No VintageChâteau Climens
[Barsac]
£260.00/Cs (6 x 75cl) IB

96-98 The Wine Advocate

“(…)Aromas that spring from samples included acacia honey, orange blossom, grapefruit and a little frangipane, all beautifully defined and gaining intensity in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with a viscous opening, a dash of spice on the entry, lively in the mouth with ginger and a dash of pepper tincturing the honeyed fruit, long and sustained as it fans out with vigor. This is a fabulous Climens from Bérénice Lurton and her team, and as usual, those with wise heads will opt to lay bottles down for 15 years to get the most from this special Barsac. It is destined to be a great Climens – and that’s no April Fool’s joke. Drink 2025-2060.” 96-98 Points Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate erobertparker.com

Chateau Giscours No VintageChâteau Giscours
[Margaux]
£385.00/Cs (12 x 75cl) IB

94-96 The Wine Advocate

“The 2015 Giscours is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. That is in stark comparison to older vintages, for example the 2000 Giscours that was 50/50 Cabernet and Merlot. This vintage is matured in 50% new oak. Winemaker Alexandre Van Beek told me that the 2015 “…reflects the true terroir at Giscours that created the great wines of the 1960s and 1970s.” That is something to live up to with fresh memories of the 1961 in my brain. The bouquet is very intense and almost “untamed” at first, but it calms down in the glass, revealing attractive scents of blackberry, raspberry, cedar and graphite. This is a Giscours determined to make a good impression…and it does. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, very pure, a little spicier than recent vintages, adorned with a gentle crescendo in the mouth towards a really quite fantastic, tensile, complex and compelling finish. Having tasted the 1961 and 1970 Giscours just a few months ago, I wager that the 2015 will be the best since the 1961. Time to fall back in love with this great Margaux property. Drink  2025-2060.” 94-96 Points Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate erobertparker.com

“70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot,5% Petit Verdot. 50% new oak.  Wonderfully ripe blackberry fruit interwoven with fragrant bergamot & violet notes. So clean, pure & refined with lovely fluidity and charm. The tannins are refined and textured with gentle grip. Very good concentration but all in glorious harmony. Drink 2022-2045+.” Neil Sommerfelt MW, H2Vin

Le dome No VintageLe Dôme
[St Emilion]
£450.00/Cs 
( 6x 75cl) IB

94-96 The Wine Advocate

“The 2015 Le Dôme is a blend of 80% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot picked on October 2 and 6. It has a clean and precise bouquet, tightly wound at first, gently warming up, developing more delineation and focus. This might be a more understated Le Dôme compared to recent years, but you might argue more sophisticated. The palate is medium-bodied with impressive density, a vein of dark chocolate on the entry that is rapidly overtaken by layers of lightly spiced black fruit. The finish is tightly wound at the moment, but it will open by the time of bottling. What I like here is the fineness of the tannin, something not always exuded by Maltus’ top cuvée. It simply expresses the joys of Cabernet Franc and it should age nicely over the next 5-20 years. Drink 2021-2045.” 94-96 Points Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate erobertparker.com

There are very few wines in Bordeaux with as much Cabernet Franc as Le Dôme, and the freshness and leafy, violet-tinged perfume are gloriously apparent here. Grassy and elegant (despite the high alcohol), it’s got plenty of tannin and fruit weight but finishes with remarkable zip. Drink 2022-35.” 96 Points Tim Atkin MW timatkin.com

La Croix de Beaucaillou No VintageLa Croix de Beaucaillou
[St.Julien]
£320.00/Cs
(12 x 75cl) IB

91-93 the Wine Advocate

“The 2015 La Croix de Beaucaillou is a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot. It has a floral note on the nose: small black cherries, blueberry and wilted violets, the last becoming more intense as the initially tight-fisted wine opens in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannin. There is very well-judged acidity and its texture is harmonious and silky smooth. The quality is loaded more in the mouth than on the nose at the moment, but it is a seriously classy “deuxième vin” that just needs a little more persistence on the finish. Drink 2021-2045.” 91-93 Points Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate erobertparker.com

“52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot.60%  new oak. Pure & focused with good intensity of dark plum & Morello alongside cassis. Fragrant and charming. Fresh & precise with a neat tannic frame. All pretty well-judged. Drink 2020-2032+.” Neil Sommerfelt MW, H2Vin

Chateau Branaire Ducru No VintageChâteau Branaire-Ducru
[St. Julien]
£395.00/Cs (12 x 75cl) IB

90-92 The Wine Advocate

“The 2015 Branaire-Ducru is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 4% Cabernet Franc (…) Matured in around 60% new oak (although as usual my barrel sample was from a new oak barrel), it has a high-toned, black cherry and cassis scented nose that perhaps feels a little constricted by the new wood in this sample, though not necessarily once in bottle. The palate is medium-bodied with a lightly spiced entry, white pepper and a touch of sage, gritty tannin, foursquare and a little conservative. There is commendable weight on the finish, if not quite the precision compared to its peers. I noticed this gaining more cohesion in the glass, which bodes well for once the Branaire-Ducru is in bottle. I expect this to rest at the top of my banded score. Drink 2020-2040.” 90-92 Points Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate erobertparker.com

“65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 4% Cabernet Franc.60%  new oak. Very elegant from the start. Lifted aromatic floral tones meld beautifully with the dark cassis & dark cherry fruit. Precise, gentle & serene. As so often, a wine of no excess. Trim & poised. Very good finale. Drink 2021-2035.”  Neil Sommerfelt MW, H2Vin

Chateau Lagrange No VintageChâteau Lagrange
[St. Julien]
£310.00/Cs (12 x 75cl) IB

90-92 The Wine Advocate

“The 2015 Lagrange is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot and 8% Petit Verdot, continuing the estate’s philosophy including more Cabernet in the Grand Vin (for example, in 2005 it was just 46%.) Cropped at 50 hl/ha and matured in around 50% to 55% new oak from six different cooperages, it has a tightly-knit bouquet with blackberry, cedar and light rose petal scents, elegant in style. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly grainy tannin, moderate weight in the mouth, not as intense as either the 2009 or 2010, although it is harmonious and graceful. There is a pleasant spicy, white pepper note that lingers on the aftertaste of what should be one of the earlier drinking Saint Julien wines. Drink 2020-2040.” 90-92 Points Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate erobertparker.com

“75% Cabernet Sauvignon,17% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot. 60% new oak. Lovely density of spiced blackberry fruit with nuances of spring flowers. Very ‘flatteur’ in style with commendable restraint and elegance. Seductive, sculpted finely-grained tannins provide an ideal framework for the refinement of the fruit. A very good result. Drink 2021-2035.” Neil Sommerfelt MW, H2Vin

Chateau Duhart Millon No VintageChâteau Duhart-Milon
[Pauillac]
£510.00/Cs
(12 x 75cl) IB

90-92 The Wine Advocate

The 2015 Duhart-Milon is a blend of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon and 27% Merlot picked between September 23 and October 6, the September 17-23 respectively. It will eventually see 40% new oak during its élevage. It has a tightly-wound bouquet with blackberry, bilberry and cassis fruit, moderate complexity, perhaps just a little static at the moment. The palate is medium-bodied with quite supple tannin for the normally obdurate Duhart-Milon, the acidity nicely judged with a pleasing salinity towards the finish. I would just like to see more personality come through by the time of bottling. Otherwise, this is a fine Duhart-Milon that is more compromising than the tannic “beasts” of yesteryear, and it should drink after 5-7 years in bottle. Drink 2020-2048.” 90-92 Points Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate erobertparker.com

“73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot. Creamy blackberry bouquet crammed with intense dark minerally/graphite-flecked fruit. Tannins are very well-mannered – present but with fine graining and texture. Tight mineral core with a hint of balsamic & liquorice. A very good Duhart that shows more élan than recent vintages. Drink  2022-2040+.” Neil Sommerfelt MW, H2Vin. 

Chateau Lascombes No VintageChâteau Lascombes
[Margaux]
£535.00/Cs
(12 x 75cl) IB

89-91 The Wine Advocate

“The 2015 Lascombes has a dense, rich bouquet with licorice and cigar box-infused black fruit and a touch of wilted violet. It feels rather tight-fisted compared to its peers in the Margaux appéllation. The palate is very smooth on the entry, plenty of new oak here, balanced but for want of a better word, missing some personality – especially on the finish that feels just a little labored. Drink 2019-2032.” 89-91 Points Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate erobertparker.com

“50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot.70%  new oak. Packed with heady black summer fruit with a whisper of florality. Well-mannered tannins with a silken profile. Plenty of weight & substance here but all in balance. There is enough acidity to keep the palate fresh. Drink 2020-2032+.” Neil Sommerfelt MW, H2Vin

H2Vin Bordeaux 2015 En Primeur Offer

  • The wines will be shipped in the Late Spring/ Early Summer 2018 at the producers’ discretion based on bottling dates.
  • All En Primeur prices are quoted In Bond per 12 bottle case delivered to London City Bond Tilbury, excluding Duty, VAT and onward delivery charges. All wines are offered subject to being unsold and to final confirmation.
  • As always we will do our best to honour last year’s buyers’ repeat requests as fairly as possible. Please bear in mind that there will be strict limitations on this year’s stocks, especially the very top châteaux, so all wines are offered subject to availability.

If you would like to know more about our Bordeaux 2015 En Primeur offering or to register your wish list, then please don’t hesitate to contact us on 020 3478 7376 or email us at info@h2vin.co.uk.

Terms & Conditions for En Primeur Purchases

All En Primeur prices are quoted In Bond per 12 bottle case delivered to London City Bond Tilbury, excluding Duty, VAT and onward delivery charges.

Payment should be made by BACS Transfer, Cheque or debit or credit card at the time of order.

At the time of purchase, it would be greatly appreciated if you could please advise us where you would like your wines to eventually be delivered.

As soon as our En Primeur shipments arrive at London City Bond, we will contact you to advise you of any additional payments that are due. When withdrawing wine that has been held in bond from a bonded warehouse, Duty, VAT and Delivery charges (if applicable) will be charged at the rates in force at the time of delivery based on the original cost of your wines, as we’re not permitted to charge taxes in advance of wines arriving into the UK.

Please note that as soon as you have been notified that your wines have arrived in our bonded cellars in the UK, delivery must be arranged immediately. There is a 2 week grace period and thereafter storage charges will be incurred at the rate in force at the time. We do not provide a wine storage facility, but we can recommend other specialists. For any unpaid storage costs, your stock may be sold to cover these charges.

Delivery Options:

Wines staying Under Bond

  • If you have your own bonded storage account at London City Bond Tilbury, then once you have provided us with your account details, we can arrange a Transfer Under Bond. No further charge.
  • If you have a bonded storage account in another bonded warehouse, we can arrange for London City Bond to transfer your wine under bond. In Bond transfers outside of London City Bond Tilbury to other London City Bond Warehouses in England (including Vinotheque) will be charged at £10.50 per individual transfer for up to 240 bottles and must be paid before the transfer request is actioned. In bond transfers to London City Bond’s warehouse in Scotland will be charged at £21.00 per transfer for up to 240 bottles. Delivery to Octavian is £28.00 per individual transfer for up to 120 bottles (then £2.80 per dozen thereafter). Please also advise us of your account details so that we can arrange the transfer.

Delivering Duty Paid

  • If you would like us to organise delivery of your wine Duty Paid, there will be a small delivery charge (at cost) as our En Primeur offers only include landing at London City Bond Tilbury. At the time of delivery to your home address, Duty, VAT and Delivery charges (if applicable) will be charged at the rates in force at the time of delivery based on the original cost of your wines as we’re not permitted to charge taxes in advance of wines arriving into the UK.

Minimum Order: One standard case (12 x 75cl bottles, 6 magnums, 24 half bottles or a pro-rata combination thereof).

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