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Bien Classique Mixed Case Offer
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This truly splendid case is the ultimate mood enhancer for waving goodbye to 2020. All six wines from tip-top appellations are drinking well now, yet need not be hurried. We can't think of a more satisfying way to part company with a 'monkey'.

This mixed case contains two bottles each of:

Champagne: Dumangin Fils. Premier Cru Brut Vintage 2009

Château Simone Blanc 2017

Châteauneuf du Pape: Domaine du Père Caboche - Elisabeth Chambellan 2016
"More approachable young than the 2015 version, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Elisabeth Chambellan Vieilles Vignes is a blend of 88% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 2% Mourvèdre, all grown in the la Crau lieu-dit. Aged in a combination of foudre (20%) and concrete (80%), it shows plenty of ripe Grenache character, including hints of peanut skin and stone fruit. It's full-bodied and creamy textured, with a hint of leather on the finish. Already drinking well, it should continue to do so for another decade. 93/100, drink 2018-2028."
Joe Czerwinski -

Côte Rôtie: Domaine Georges Vernay 'Blonde du Seigneur' 2016
"Red enticing blackberry and raspberry fruit flavors are melded together with singed savory, dark olive and fresh bay accents in this lovely red, which has a sleek feel through the finish, with just a light gilding of toast to add range. Drink now through 2030, 93/100."
James Molesworth - Wine Spectator.

Beaune: Domaine François Gay & Fils 1er Cru 'Les Teurons' 2013
"Good to see a wine with this much bottle age. Light ruby colour. Very light nose. Not sure it delivers quite enough fruit and character for the money but it's probably a very fair market price. Does go halfway to charm the drinker. Drink 2018 – 2026, 16/20."
Jancis Robinson OBE, MW. -

Haut-Médoc: Château Cantemerle 2012
"Bright red ruby with purple tinges. Sexy, floral aromas of raspberry, pepper, licorice and spices are vibrant and precise. Juicy, intense and very smooth, with wonderful energy and precision to the flavors of blackberry, licorice and spices. Very nicely balanced, persistent wine with fine tannins and very good grip - and no green or harsh edges. This excellent wine gets my nod for Haut-Medoc of the vintage in 2012. In fact, I was so smitten that I went out of my way to taste it three different times, just to be sure. 87-90 points."
Ian D'Agata -

This mixed case includes

2 x Champagne: Dumangin Fils. Premier Cru Brut Vintage 2009£0.00

The proper 'growers' Champagnes from J. Dumangin Fils are attracting increasing interest as opposed to the heavily branded offerings of the Grandes Marques. This vintage Champagne is only released when Gilles Dumangin believes it is readily approachable. Made from equal volumes of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, this alluring wine will age well for at least a decade if sympathetically cellared.

2 x Château Simone Blanc 2017£0.00

A framed menu on the walls at the Château notes that, when the well-to-do people of Aix hosted a lunch for Presidents Mitterand and Berlusconi, white Simone was served with the starter. Whether this is a good or bad advert for the wine is open to interpretation, but it demonstrates that it's held in high regard. The Château Simone Blanc is complex, attractive and very well structured.

2 x Châteauneuf du Pape: Domaine du Père Caboche - Elisabeth Chambellan 2016£0.00

"The old vine cuvée, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes Elisabeth Chambellan appears to have more concentration and mid-palate depth, with lots of black cherry and currant fruits, exotic flower, orange blossom and mint aromas and flavors. It's ripe, yet not overripe, has excellent purity of fruit and sweet tannin. It's certainly going to be an outstanding wine. This wine comes all from the la Crau lieu-dit and is 95% Grenache and 5% Mourvèdre, raised mostly in concrete tanks." 91-93/100. Jeb Dunnuck - - Oct 2017.

2 x Côte Rôtie: Domaine Georges Vernay 'Blonde du Seigneur' 2016£0.00

"Vernay's 2016 Côte Rôtie Blonde du Seigneur has 5% Viognier and spent 18 months in 30% new oak. It's a lovely wine, brimming with perfumes of violets, roses and jasmine, plus plenty of raspberry fruit, all framed by hints of pencil shavings. It's medium to full-bodied yet with a delicately silky texture and ample freshness on the long finish. 93/100, drink 2018-2030."
Joe Czerwinski -

2 x Beaune: Domaine François Gay & Fils 1er Cru 'Les Teurons' 2013£0.00

This classic, muscular Pinot Noir requires 3-5+ years cellaring before starting to reveal its potential, and now has a loyal following amongst our customers. 'Les Teurons' is one of the 42 Premier Cru vineyards (there are no Grand Crus in Beaune) that sits plum in the middle of this 400+ hectare appellation, just outside the iconic home of the Burgundy wine trade.

2 x Haut-Médoc: Château Cantemerle 2012£0.00

A classy Cabernet-Sauvignon-based claret from the classed 5th growth Château Cantemerle in the readily-approachable 2012 vintage. Produced from mature rootstock on well-drained gravelly soil, its cassis and cedar aromas and flavours are eminently enjoyable now (with decanting) and it has the stuffing to age well for a further 3-5+ years.