Week in Review 28-04-18
Saturday, April 28, 2018 in Review
How many bottles of Grange will you taste in your life? The 2010 needs to be on the list. It is now eight years since this 100-Point wine was committed to barrel. It has in that time ascended to the pantheon of Australian Red. Today we offer access to a small tranche - originally bound for the UK - now thankfully home for good.
Not only that, but we have a special weekend release of the softest spoken, most approachable of the famous Coonawarra Trio, Lindemans ‘Pyrus’. This is a magnificent Coonawarra Cabernet blend, available at half the release price.
All of that before we even get onto the week that was. Events, Bordeaux, Margaret River, Champagne (Mother’s Day looms!) and more…
See the full Wines of the Week here.
Penfolds Bin 95
(UK Back Label)
Not only a perfect score from Messrs Stelzer and Caillard MW, but 99-Point nods from both Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW and James Halliday as well. Will no doubt be in the “best of” conversation for decades to come. A rare bottling intended for export, available today in miniscule quantities.
“You could lose yourself, Narcissus-like, looking endlessly into the reflection of the palate; for all its power, there is not a hair out of place…”
A name known to all Australians, but one perhaps that hasn’t seen its fair share of the limelight in recent years. Let’s be clear, however: Those who overlook this release are missing out on a serious, refined display of Coonawarra power.
James Halliday awarded a Value Star at the release price of $70. We ask exactly half that. Do not deprive your winter table of this assured expression of Cabernet blending mastery!
Côtes de Bordeaux
While waiting for the 2017 En Primeur releases out of Bordeaux, (then two more years for their arrival) one tends to search for something able to provide a touch more immediacy.
On that score, we strongly recommend the purchase of six bottles of this recently-upgraded Côtes de Bordeaux - the product of an exceptional vintage and one that far exceeds in quality its like-priced peers.
Margaret River 2015
releasing one of the great Langton’s Classified wines of the West – Virginia Willcock’s purest expression of Cabernet Sauvignon.
“Captures the elegance of this great vintage… marks the next statement of Vasse Felix Cabernet. Ridiculously cheap for a wine of this quality.”
97 Points – Ray Jordan
You heard the man. Proven quality at this price is indeed rare.
While waiting for the 2017 En Primeur releases out of Bordeaux, Also in this week, a small Yarra producer offering incredible parcels of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet. A favourite among our brokers, the word is spreading.
As the Wine Front’s Mike Bennie says: “Those who know, know.”
Our advice: the crowd will eventually find this. Beat them.
We had the distinct pleasure on Monday evening of hosting Margareth Henriquez, CEO and President of Krug for an intimate Q&A with our own Head of Auctions, Tamara Grischy. Read more about an evening we will not soon forget, explore our range of Krug online or speak to a broker for access to rare back vintage and larger formats.
Speaking of events, our monthly Options Club, hosted by the inimitable Adrian Read has begun to draw a crowd as diverse as the wines over which they battle. This week saw the assembled treated to (and generally befuddled by) masked pourings of Penfolds RWT, John Duval’s Annexus Mataro, 1er cru classe Sauternes, Italian oddities and more...
That’s all for today, we hope you have a wonderful Autumn weekend.
The Langton's Team