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    • Tenacity Shiraz, Hartenberg

    • 2007
    • 6 X 75cl
    • 20
    • 0
    • IB  
    • £107.40 
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    • In Bond Stock: 20 cases at £107.40 per case
      Product code: 5003107A

           
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    • Ten Minutes by Tractor Estate Pinot Noir

    • 2012
    • 6 X 75cl
    • 32
    • 0
    • IB  
    • £147.30 
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    • In Bond Stock: 32 cases at £147.30 per case
      Product code: 6103212A

            A 4-6 pre-ferment maceration led to great extraction of juice with superb concentration of fruit; 100% fermented by wild yeasts, this ruby red pinot is supple and complex. It is a brooding wine with a hint of forest floor and darker fruit with a hint of caramel on the palate. Fine tannins coupled with a natural high-acidity make this a refreshing, vibrant wine.
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    • Ten Minutes by Tractor Estate Chardonnay

    • 2012
    • 6 X 75cl
    • 14
    • 0
    • IB  
    • £130.80 
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    • In Bond Stock: 14 cases at £130.80 per case
      Product code: 6001612A

            The Estate blend takes fruit from all of its premium vineyards and produces a wine even greater than the sum of its parts: consistency can be achieved with skillful blending, offering a distinct house style from year to year. Peach and stonefruit overlay a nutty, flinty and delicate nose. The benefits of a long-ripening season can be found in a crisp, supportive acidity which cuts through the fleshy fruit.
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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 Pichon Lalande, Pauillac

    • 1985
    • 12 X 75cl
    • 1
    • 0
    • DP  
    • £1,550.04 
    • 90 RP
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    • Duty Paid stock: 1 case at £1,550.04 per case
      Product code: 0603485B

            "Fully mature, this wine shows some pink at the edge, a sweet nose of herb-tinged cherries and black currants intermixed with dusty notes and new oak. The wine is medium-bodied, elegant, very flattering, and perfumed. It does not have the weight, depth, or dimensions of the top vintages, but is quite seductive." 90 Points, Robert Parker
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    • Ch Ducru-Beaucaillou, St Julien

    • 1989
    • 12 X 75cl
    • 1
    • 0
    • DP  
    • £870.60 
    • 89 RP
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    • Duty Paid stock: 1 case at £870.60 per case
      Product code: 0601689B

            "Ducru`s 1989 was one of the more tannic, backward wines in the blind tasting. It is cleanly made, and well-crafted, with plenty of black-raspberry and cassis fruit nicely touched by minerals and a fragrant, floral component. Medium-bodied, elegant, and well-endowed, this is a potentially outstanding wine if all the tannin melts away over the next 5-6 years. One of the least flattering 1989s to drink at present, it requires 4-5 more years of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2001-2020." 89 Points, Robert Parker
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    • Ch Grand-Puy Lacoste, Pauillac

    • 1989
    • 12 X 75cl
    • 1
    • 0
    • DP  
    • £800.64 
    • 89 RP
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    • Duty Paid stock: 1 case at £800.64 per case
      Product code: 0603889B

            "When I first tasted the 1989 Grand-Puy-Lacoste in this blind tasting I thought it possessed a Graves-like tobacco/mineral character. In contrast to the blockbuster, full-blown, massive wines produced by this estate in 1990 and 1982, the medium-weight 1989 is elegant, spicy, evolved, and already revealing plenty of cedar and cassis fruit. A delicious, generously-endowed, low acid wine, it will offer mature drinking now and over the next 12-15 years" 89 points, Robert Parker (Feb 1997)
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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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    • In Bond Stock: 3 bottles at £66.25 £64.45 per bottle
      Product code: 0610995A

            "Made from a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon/20% Merlot, the 1995 is slightly sweeter, more supple and slender than the broader-shouldered 1996. The wine`s bouquet offers aromas of ripe berry fruit intermixed with minerals, toasty oak, and spice. Medium-bodied, with fine extract, it is a finesse-styled Pauillac (in the best sense of the word). Anticipated maturity: 2002-2014" 87 Points, Robert Parker
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    • Ch Gruaud Larose, St Julien

    • 1995
    • 12 X 75cl
    • 1
    • 0
    • IB  
    • £660.00 
    • 89 RP
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    • In Bond Stock: 1 case at £660.00 per case
      Product code: 0601895B

            "Revealing more grip and tannin since bottling, the 1995 Gruaud-Larose exhibits a dark ruby color, and a nose of sweet black cherries, licorice, earth, and spice. Rich, with medium to full body, high tannin, and subtle oak in the background, the 1995 is nearly as structured and tannic as the 1996. The two vintages are more similar than dissimilar. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2020.Gruaud-Larose was purchased in 1997 by Jacques Merlaut, the well-known proprietor of many other chateaux, including Chasse-Spleen. Merlaut was not responsible for making the 1996 or 1995, but is responsible for their elevage and bottling. Drink 2005-2020"
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    • Carruades de Lafite, Pauillac

    • 1996
    • 12 X 75cl
    • 0
    • 1
    • DP  
    • £1,740.00 
    • 86-88 RP
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    • Duty Paid stock: 1 bottles at £145.00 per bottle
      Product code: 0607496B

            "I have noticed in my tastings that the second wine of Lafite-Rothschild, Carruades de Lafite, has improved over recent years. The 1996, a blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon and 37% Merlot, may turn out to be the finest Carruades I have ever tasted. It possesses as much power, ripeness, and fleshy fruit (because of the high percentage of Merlot) as I have ever detected in this offering. While it does not quite have the characteristics of Lafite, being fleshier and more accessible, it is a beautifully made wine with a subtle dosage of toasty new oak, an appealing texture, and excellent length. Given its power, this second wine will need 2-4 years of cellaring, and keep for 15+ years (I would not be surprised to see it last for two decades)." 86-88 Points, Robert Parker
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    • Ch. Mouton Rothschild (Imp)

    • 1999
    • 1 X 600cl
    • 1
    • 0
    • IB  
    • £2,985.00 
    • 96 RP
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    • In Bond Stock: 1 case at £2,985.00 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 Grand Puy Lacoste, Pauillac

    • 2000
    • 12 X 75cl
    • 0
    • 6
    • IB  
    • £819.00 £803.40 
    • 89 RP
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    • In Bond Stock: 6 bottles at £68.25 £66.95 per bottle
      Product code: 06440B

            "This deep ruby/purple-colored 1999 has some tannin to resolve, but it is an elegant, medium-bodied, delicious effort that will reward readers who have the patience to cellar it for several years. It is not a blockbuster in the style of the 2000 or 1996, but the 1999 offers charming roundness, sweet cassis fruit, excellent purity, and fine overall balance. It should last for 16+ years" 89 Points, Robert Parker
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    • Ch Leoville Barton St Julien

    • 2000
    • 12 X 75cl
    • 1
    • 0
    • IB  
    • £924.96 
    • 95+ RP
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    • In Bond Stock: 1 case at £924.96 per case
      Product code: 06220B

           

      "I found this to be one of the more backward wines of the 2000 vintage and gave it a window of maturity of 2015-2040 when I reviewed it in 2003. In my two recent tastings of it, I changed that window to 2018-2050, which probably says more than the following tasting note could say. This is a behemoth – dense, highly extracted, very tannic, broodingly backward, with a dense purple color and very little evolution since it was bottled 8 years ago. Wonderfully sweet cedar and fruitcake notes are intermixed with hints of creme de cassis, licorice, and earthy forest floor. It is full-bodied and tannic, with everything in place, but like so many wines that come from Leoville Barton, it makes a mockery of many modern-day consumers wanting a wine for immediate gratification. Those who bought it should continue to exercise patience and be proud to own a wonderful classic with five decades of longevity ahead of it. " 95+ Points, Robert Parker

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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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    • In Bond Stock: 3 bottles at £27.50 £26.95 per bottle
      Product code: 0605402A

           
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    • Ch Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac

    • 2003
    • 6 X 75cl
    • 4
    • 0
    • IB  
    • £4,999.98 
    • 100 RP
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    • In Bond Stock: 4 cases at £4,999.98 per case
      Product code: 0600003A

           
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    • In Bond Stock: 4 bottles at £72.00 £61.95 per bottle
      Product code: 0605503B

           

      "Why so fresh? Partly organic this year. He thinks that having worked the vineyards, this encouraged the roots to go down deep. Again, deep crimson. Quite full and ripe and rich on the nose - different from the rest. Succulent and juicy with sufficient freshness. Just a very slightly burnt note on the nose. A bit chewy on the finish. Sweet and flattering. Drink 2007 - 2013." 16.5 Points, January 2010 - Jancis Robinson.

      "One of the great successes of the vintage and certainly one of the most profound Pontet-Canets made over the last decade is the 2003. Deep purple to the rim with a glorious nose of scorched earth, black currant jam, smoke, licorice, and roasted meats, it is full-bodied, incredibly powerful, dense, with low acidity but high tannin, broad-shouldered, and savory. This is a stunning, pure, classic Pontet-Canet that should be at its best between 2010 and 2035." 95 Points, April 2006 - Robert Parker.

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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

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Burgundy 2011

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Rhône 2011

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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.

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