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    • Ch Margaux, Margaux

    • 1983
    • 12 X 75cl
    • 0
    • 1
    • DP  
    • £4,380.60 
    • 88 RP
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    • Duty Paid stock: 1 bottles at £365.05 per bottle
      Product code: 0600783B

           
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    • Ch Rauzan Segla, Margaux

    • 1989
    • 12 X 75cl
    • 1
    • 0
    • DP  
    • £1,340.64 
    • 90 RP
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    • Duty Paid stock: 1 case at £1,340.64 per case
      Product code: 0600689B

            "At first disjointed and a bit diffuse, the 1989 Rauzan-Segla has turned itself around in bottle and is now an outstanding effort. The very forward nose of black fruits intermixed with Provencal herbs, underbrush, licorice, and new oak is followed by a medium to full-bodied wine with a roasted ripeness, silky tannins, and a long, lusty finish. The wine is showing exceptionally well and seems destined to drink, at least at this level of quality, for another decade" 90 Points, Robert Parker (Jan 2003)
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    • Ch Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac

    • 1994
    • 12 X 75cl
    • 0
    • 1
    • DP  
    • £4,800.00 
    • 90 RP
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    • Duty Paid stock: 1 bottles at £400.00 per bottle
      Product code: 61244B

            "Because Lafite-Rothschild (1) tends to lack the weight of many wines of the northern Medoc, and (2) is never a flashy, ostentatious style of wine, it is often more difficult to evaluate when young than some of its neighbors. Made from nearly 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, this dark ruby/purple-colored wine is stubbornly backward, unappealing, and severe and astringent on the palate. There is plenty of weight, and the wine possesses admirable purity, with no suggestion of herbaceousness or underripe fruit, but the wine`s personality refuses to be coaxed from the glass. The 1994 Lafite may turn out to be austere and disappointing flavor-wise, but possesses a fabulous set of aromatics (does that sound reminiscent of the 1961, another Lafite that was primarily Cabernet Sauvignon?). I am not giving up on this wine, but purchasers should be willing to wait 15-20 years before pulling a cork. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2030" 90 Points, Robert Parker
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    • Ch. Mouton Rothschild (Imp)

    • 1999
    • 1 X 600cl
    • 1
    • 0
    • IB  
    • £2,300.00 
    • 96 RP
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    • In Bond Stock: 1 case at £2,300.00 per case
      Product code: 0600599K

            Like many of its peers, the 1998 has filled out spectacularly. Now in the bottle, this opaque black/purple-colored offering has increased in stature, richness, and size. A blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, and 2% Cabernet Franc (57% of the production was utilized), it is an extremely powerful, super-concentrated wine offering notes of roasted espresso, creme de cassis, smoke, new saddle leather, graphite, and licorice. It is massive, with awesome concentration, mouth-searing tannin levels, and a saturated flavor profile that grips the mouth with considerable intensity. This is a 50-year Mouton, but patience will be required as it will not be close to drinkability for at least a decade. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2050.
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    • Ch Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac

    • 2001
    • 12 X 75cl
    • 0
    • 1
    • DP  
    • £5,520.60 
    • 94 RP
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    • Duty Paid stock: 1 bottles at £460.05 per bottle
      Product code: 0600001B

            "The 2001 Lafite Rothschilds deep, saturated plum/purple color is accompanied by lead pencil liqueur-like notes intermixed with sweet red and black currants, plums, and cedar. This blend of 86.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13.5% Merlot is a classic example of Lafite. Extremely elegant, medium-bodied, with intense concentration, richness, and sweet tannin, it appears to be on a rapid evolutionary track, at least in comparison to recent Lafite vintages that have been far more backward and powerful. The classy 2001 should be at its finest between 2007-2020." 94 Points, Robert Parker
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    • Ch Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac

    • 2002
    • 12 X 75cl
    • 1
    • 0
    • IB  
    • £3,099.00 
    • 93 RP
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    • In Bond Stock: 1 case at £3,099.00 per case
      Product code: 0600502B

            "Dense purple to the rim, this wine exhibits the classic cassis aroma that is so characteristic of Mouton. Medium to full-bodied, tannic, powerful, and cut somewhat from the 1988 mold, this is a backward, chewy, well-endowed Mouton-Rothschild that will require considerable patience from those who purchase it. A blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot, the wine needs a good decade of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030+." 93 Points, Robert Parker
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    • Ch Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac

    • 2003
    • 6 X 75cl
    • 1
    • 0
    • IB  
    • £3,049.98 
    • 100 RP
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    • In Bond Stock: 1 case at £3,049.98 per case
      Product code: 0600003A

           
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    • Les Forts de Latour, Pauillac

    • 2004
    • 6 X 75cl
    • 1
    • 0
    • IB  
    • £1,275.00 
    • 91-93 RP
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    • In Bond Stock: 1 case at £1,275.00 per case
      Product code: 0604904A

           
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    • Ch Branaire Ducru, St Julien

    • 2005
    • 6 X 75cl
    • 2
    • 0
    • IB  
    • £285.00 
    • 95 RP
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    • In Bond Stock: 2 cases at £285.00 per case
      Product code: 0604705A

           
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    • In Bond Stock: 2 bottles at £2,465.00 £2,447.95 per bottle
      Product code: 0603205A

           
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    • Ch Pichon-Baron, Pauillac

    • 2005
    • 6 X 150cl
    • 1
    • 0
    • IB  
    • £909.00 
    • 94 RP
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    • In Bond Stock: 1 case at £909.00 per case
      Product code: 0603305G

            "As usual, this superb Pauillac possesses an inky/blue/black color in addition to a big, sweet nose of graphite, charcoal, burning embers, black currant liqueur, and toasty vanillin from new oak casks. Full-bodied with high but sweet, well-integrated tannins, the 2005 Pichon Baron is more backward than the blockbuster 2003 or prodigious 2000. Nevertheless, it is a superb effort whose power, length, and tannic structure suggest it should be at its peak between 2015-2035" 94 Points, Robert Parker
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    • Carruades de Lafite, Pauillac

    • 2006
    • 12 X 75cl
    • 1
    • 0
    • IB  
    • £2,160.00 
    • 90 RP
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    • In Bond Stock: 1 case at £2,160.00 per case
      Product code: 0607406B

           
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    • Ch Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac

    • 2006
    • 6 X 75cl
    • 2
    • 0
    • IB  
    • £2,239.98 
    • 97 RP
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    • In Bond Stock: 2 cases at £2,239.98 per case
      Product code: 0600006A

            One of the fabulous surprises, although I had suggested last year that it could jump in quality, of my tastings, the 2006 Lafite Rothschild is a great, great wine made from a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, and 2% Petit Verdot. When I tasted it from barrel, it reminded me of their successful 1988, but it is dramatically superior to that vintage. Frankly, it may turn out to be as good as the 2005, which in all of Bordeaux is a far greater vintage than 2006. Lafites severe selection process (42% made it into the grand vin) resulted in a full-bodied wine boasting an extraordinary perfume of charcoal, truffles, lead pencil shavings, and sensationally sweet, ripe black currant and cedar notes. A wine of extraordinary intensity, texture, and depth with silky tannins as well as awesome concentration, this has turned out to be a remarkable Lafite Rothschild that should be drinkable much earlier than the 2005, but age for three decades. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2035+.
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    • In Bond Stock: 3 cases at £319.98 £317.40 per case
      Product code: 0604506G

            "This tastes more like a Pauillac than a St.-Julien with its big, beefy, tannic overlay and aromas and flavors of black currants, asphalt, leather, and damp earth. Tannic, full-bodied but almost impenetrably closed and broodingly backward, this is a long-term prospect for those with patience. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2030+." 89 Points, Robert Parker
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    • Lafleur Laroze Grand Cru Saint Emilion

    • 2006
    • 12 X 75cl
    • 9
    • 11
    • IB  
    • £158.40 
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    • In Bond Stock: 9 cases and 11 bottles at £158.40 per case
      Product code: 0619906B

            Wonderfully silky with the predominate Merlot showing damson plum fruit with intelligent use of oak. Perfect wine with a roast on Sunday, from a terrific vintage.
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    • Ch Jean Faure Saint Emilion Grand Cru

    • 2007
    • 6 X 75cl
    • 7
    • 1
    • IB  
    • £131.10 
    •  
    •  
    • In Bond Stock: 7 cases and 1 bottles at £131.10 per case
      Product code: 0620207A

           
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    • Ch Fontenil, Fronsac

    • 2008
    • 12 X 75cl
    • 0
    • 6
    • IB  
    • £245.40 
    • 90 RP
    •  
    • In Bond Stock: 6 bottles at £20.45 per bottle
      Product code: 0619308B

           

      ``The 2008 Fontenil offers a dense ruby/purple color, a big, sweet kiss of acacia flowers, crushed rocks, blueberries, black raspberries, and currants, excellent minerality, medium to full body, sweet tannin, and a fleshy, full-bodied mouthfeel. It should drink nicely for 15 or more years.`` 90-92 points by Robert Parker erobertparker

      ``This shows fresh strawberry and raspberry character on the nose and palate. Full-bodied, with lots of fruit, fine tannins and a medium finish. 88-91 points winespectator.com

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    • Ch Pontet-Canet, Pauillac

    • 2008
    • 6 X 75cl
    • 1
    • 0
    • IB  
    • £330.00 
    • 96 RP
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    • In Bond Stock: 1 case at £330.00 per case
      Product code: 0605508A

            "A candidate for the wine of the vintage," Pontet Canet`s 2008 boasts an opaque purple color as well as copious aromas of sweet blueberries, blackberries and black currant fruit intertwined with lead pencil shavings, subtle barbecue smoke and a hint of forest floor. Full-bodied, with fabulous richness, texture and tremendous freshness, this first-growth-like effort is more developed than the uber-powerful 2010. Give it 5-8 years of cellaring and drink it over the following three decades. Bravo!" 96 Points Robert Parker
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    • Haut Brion

    • 2008
    • 6 X 75cl
    • 1
    • 0
    • IB  
    • £1,350.00 
    • 96 RP
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    • In Bond Stock: 1 case at £1,350.00 per case
      Product code: 0602108A

            "This is profound! 2008 Haut-Brion: The extraordinary 2008 Haut-Brion is a candidate for -wine of the vintage.- Composed of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc, it reveals more evolution and complexity in its large-scaled perfume. The dense purple color is followed by a sweet nose of creosote, asphalt, blueberries, black currants and jammy raspberries, sweet tannins, a savory, fleshy mouthfeel and a stunning finish. This incredibly pure, noble wine was produced from one of the estate`s smallest crops (only 7,000 cases produced versus the usual 12,000 cases). It should drink well for three decades or more." 96 Points, Robert Parker
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    • Smith Haut Lafitte, Pessac Leognan

    • 2008
    • 12 X 75cl
    • 1
    • 0
    • IB  
    • £450.00 
    • 92 RP
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    • In Bond Stock: 1 case at £450.00 per case
      Product code: 0610508B

           
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All prices exclude UK duty & VAT unless otherwise stated and all wines are offered subject to remaining unsold. E&OE

Fine Wine

The Fine Wine market has proved to be one of the most exciting investment opportunities over recent years and the demand for vintage wines has never been higher as more people seek to diversify their portfolios or simply drink great wine.

Bancroft Wines has an extensive cellar of vintage clarets and many other wines available for immediate delivery to you. Our prices are consistently amongst the most competitive on the market and we rigorously check the provenance of all wines we buy on the occasions that they do not come direct from the original chateau/estate..

Our team is always happy to advise you on your buying strategy and we have an increasing amount of customers setting up standing order accounts with us in order to build a wine portfolio both for drinking and investment. Please contact the Fine Wine Team should you wish to hear more about our portfolio services.

Buying Your Wine

Bancroft Wines are always interested in buying Fine Wine. Provided provenance can be established and the wine has been cellared in proper conditions we will make an offer for your wine. Once the wine has been received and inspected payment will be made to you by cheque or bank transfer.Please contact Carlos De Haan for details.

The term Fine Wine has been coined to describe wines which are a cut above the ordinary. They are selected from the best grapes in the best vineyards and are thus usually made in small quantites. The vineyard sites selected for the production of fine wines are usually the best in the region, and thus command high prices. The costs incurred by the labour intensive viticultural and winemaking practices, coupled with the high set-up costs, tight selection and small production, inevitably mean high prices, and most fine wines fall into the premium or super-premium price bracket. However, the wines can only command these high prices if the quality lives up to the buyer's expectations, so it is a small market which only the best producers are able to tap in to.

Fine wine general history

Some wines have always been prised more than others because of their quality and reputation. As tastes change and fashions come and go, many wines and regions have waxed and waned over the centuries, but there are some that can rightly claim to have a long and illustrious history in producing the best wines, drunk by the most important people of the age. Such regions as Champagne and Burgundy were beloved by the Kings of France and the wines of Bordeaux were drunk in the Royal circles of the Kings of England. It is regions such as these who can rightly claim to have invented Fine Wine, even if they did not use the term, and the development of the classification of different wines and villages according to their quality has helped to cement their reputations.

The most famous such classification took place in 1855 and is known as the Classification of Médoc and Graves. This was the first systematic attempt to define the differences between the Chateaux of Bordeaux and catagorise them into levels of quality. So successful was this classification, that it remains unchanged today, though as many of the Chateaux have gone up or down in terms of quality over the last 150 years, it is not always as accurate as it might be. Now known as the Classed Growths, the wines that feature in this list have always been able to command higher prices than those of other Chateaux and can thus probably be described as the first Fine Wines.

The classification of 1855 was restricted to the 'left-bank' - Médoc, Graves and Sauternes-Barsac. The classification of St-Emilion did not occur until 100 years later, and unlike the left-bank, the wines in the St-Emilion classification are continually re-assesed for quality and wines can be promoted or demoted as seen fit by their peers.

Whilst the Burgundians also produced their own system of classification, based on the vineyards quality potential, rather than on the individual domaines, no other country or region has produced a similarly sophisticated classification.

Bordeaux 2012

The Bordeaux 2012 En Primeur campaign has started early this year! For more information please click here

The full offer will be available the week of 22nd April

 

Burgundy 2011

Our Burgundy 2011 En Primeur Campaign is now running. Please follow the link to view the offer click here

 

Rhône 2011

Our Rhône 2011 En Primeur Campaign is now running. Please follow the link to view the offer click here

 

Bordeaux 2011

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En Primeur

Bancroft Wines has strong, direct relationships with the most long-established négociants in Bordeaux as well as with many of the most respected estates and growers in Burgundy and the Rhone placing us in an ideal position to secure allocations of many of the world's most desirable wines before they are on the open market.

Buying en primeur involves buying wines before they have been released - before they are even bottled in most cases - and taking delivery up to two years later when the wines are collected from the Chateaux.

Reasons that people invest in en primeur with Bancroft Wines are:

1. It is an opportunity to buy up wines at their first release price to maximise investment potential.

2. It is often the only time some of the rarest wines will appear on the market.

3. Bancroft Wines only include wines that we consider will be almost impossible to track down in future years without paying a premium price.

4. It is the best way to ensure that your purchases have perfect provenance and will be stored correctly from its release until the day you drink it.

Our Fine Wine team has extensive experience of these wines and travels to each region annually to taste the wines before offering them. We are always happy to advise you on the wines that will best suit your buying plans and can create cellars for you on a discretionary or non-discretionary basis.

Please contact the team should you wish to hear more about purchasing en primeur.

Contact The Fine Wine Team
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