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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 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac

    • 1986
    • 12 X 75cl
    • 0
    • 4
    • IB  
    • £660.00 
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    • In Bond Stock: 4 bottles at £55.00 per bottle
      Product code: 0605686B

           
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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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    • Clos de Marquis

    • 1996
    • 12 X 75cl
    • 2
    • 0
    • IB  
    • £465.00 
    • 90 RP
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    • In Bond Stock: 2 cases at £465.00 per case
      Product code: 0610496B

           
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    • Ch Langoa Barton, St Julien

    • 2000
    • 12 X 75cl
    • 1
    • 0
    • IB  
    • £600.00 
    • 91+ RP
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    • In Bond Stock: 1 case at £600.00 per case
      Product code: 06230B

            "Back when my bottle reports came out in 2003, I urged extreme patience for this wine, which is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Franc. I projected a maturity curve of 2012-2040, but based on this tasting, I would say the wine needs another 5-6 years, so call it 2016-2040+. One of the most unyielding wines in my tastings of the 2000s, the wine still has a very healthy, deep, dark ruby color, and earthy hints of herbs, licorice, and black currants. Medium to full-bodied, the hard, elevated tannins give this wine a certain austerity, but its outstanding weight, richness, and that very classic style argue for further discipline. Forget this for another 3-4 years and drink it over the following three decades." 91+ 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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    • 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 Barde Haut, St Emilion

    • 2005
    • 12 X 75cl
    • 1
    • 0
    • IB  
    • £294.00 
    • 93 RP
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    • In Bond Stock: 1 case at £294.00 per case
      Product code: 0644505B

            "A tasty, opulent 2005 from proprietress Helene Garcin, this sexy wine exhibits a dense ruby/purple color followed by a sweet bouquet of licorice, black cherries, blackberries, oak, and licorice. Medium to full-bodied, opulent, fleshy, and disarming, it will drink well in 2-3 years, and should age for 12-15. By the way, I have recently begun sampling my 1998 Barde-Haut, which is just emerging from its adolescent stage. It, too, is a beauty!" 93 Points, Robert Parker
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    • Ch Petrus, Pomerol

    • 2005
    • 6 X 75cl
    • 0
    • 2
    • IB  
    • £10,787.70 
    • 100 WS
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    • In Bond Stock: 2 bottles at £1,797.95 per bottle
      Product code: 0603205A

           
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    • Ch Poujeaux Cru Bourgeois, Moulis

    • 2005
    • 12 X 75cl
    • 16
    • 8
    • IB  
    • £258.00 
    • 90-92 RP
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    • In Bond Stock: 16 cases and 8 bottles at £258.00 per case
      Product code: 0613105B

           
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    • Clos du Marquis, St Julien

    • 2005
    • 12 X 75cl
    • 1
    • 0
    • IB  
    • £390.00 
    • 91 RP
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    • In Bond Stock: 1 case at £390.00 per case
      Product code: 0610405B

            "The superb second wine, the 2005 Clos du Marquis, reflects the utter brilliance of the 2005 grand vin. It boasts an inky/ruby/purple color along with a sweet perfume of lead pencil, ripe cherries and black currants, and hints of earth and vanillin. Dense, chewy, fleshy, and full-bodied, this beauty will be drinkable in 3-4 years, and should keep for 15-20." 91 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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    • In Bond Stock: 1 case and 3 bottles 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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    • Ch Leoville-Poyferre, St Julien

    • 2006
    • 12 X 75cl
    • 0
    • 6
    • DP  
    • £561.60 
    • 91 RP
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    • Duty Paid stock: 6 bottles at £46.80 per bottle
      Product code: 0604406B

            "Dense ruby/purple, with sweet blackberry and black currant fruit with hints of smoke, espresso roast, and new saddle leather, this is another impressively endowed but tannic, backward style of wine. The concentration, brightness, and depth are all present, but I can`t see it being even approachable in less than 5-7 years. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2028. " 91 Points, Robert Parker
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    • Ch Pavie, St Emilion

    • 2006
    • 12 X 75cl
    • 1
    • 0
    • IB  
    • £1,635.00 
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    • In Bond Stock: 1 case at £1,635.00 per case
      Product code: 0604206B

           
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    • Lafleur Laroze Grand Cru Saint Emilion

    • 2006
    • 12 X 75cl
    • 2
    • 8
    • IB  
    • £158.40 
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    • In Bond Stock: 2 cases and 8 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 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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    • Carruades de Lafite, Pauillac

    • 2009
    • 3 X 75cl
    • 1
    • 0
    • IB  
    • £399.99 
    • 93 RP
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    • In Bond Stock: 1 case at £399.99 per case
      Product code: 0607409C

            "Of course, the wine to buy in order to get a look at the Lafite Rothschild style and personality is their second wine, Carruades de Lafite, which has become very fashionable in Asia, causing the prices to soar. A very strong effort, the 2009 Carruades de Lafite may be the finest Carruades since the 2003. A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot and tiny amounts of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, it reveals lots of sweet cassis intermixed with subtle smoke and forest floor, undeniable lusciousness and full-bodied hedonism. The wood component is pushed to the background, and the wine is extremely viscous, round and delicious. Additional complexity should continue to emerge over the next decade and this 2009 should keep for 20-30 years." Erobertparker.com
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    • Ch Branaire Ducru, St Julien

    • 2009
    • 12 X 75cl
    • 1
    • 4
    • IB  
    • £500.04 
    • 96 RP
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    • In Bond Stock: 1 case and 4 bottles at £500.04 per case
      Product code: 0604709B

            "Haut couture becomes a wine! This dense purple wine has the tell-tale notes of flowers and pencil shavings, and its broad aromatics are intense and totally captivating. Powerful, rich, and full, but less tannic than the 2005 and more opulent, this is a dazzling Branaire to drink between 2017-2035." 96 points, Robert Parker
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    • Ch Cantenac Brown, Margaux

    • 2009
    • 12 X 75cl
    • 1
    • 0
    • IB  
    • £348.00 
    • 90 RP
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    • In Bond Stock: 1 case at £348.00 per case
      Product code: 0613509B

            !Tasted twice in Bordeaux, I must say that whatever was shown to me in cask certainly did not appear to be performing as well from bottle. It could be just that the wine has closed down, but I had thought this was an extraordinary wine and one of the big time sleepers of the vintage. The tannins have taken hold, and although the wine is still outstanding, any hopes of achieving a mid-90 point score, as I had hoped, seem highly questionable. Dense ruby/purple with notes of graphite, blackberries and forest floor, the wine is full-bodied, powerful, excruciatingly tannic and closed, and that may be why its not showing as well as I predicted. Certainly, this was the biggest discrepancy between barrel and bottle that I saw in the vintage, but the wine is still outstanding, just not profound. It will be interesting to revisit this wine in a number of years. Forget it for 7-8 years and drink it over the following 30." Erobertparker.com
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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

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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