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Bordeaux (Pomerol)

Chteaux Garraud & l'Ancien, LALANDE DE POMEROL

The new generation that is now in charge at this splendid 32 hectare property has managed to elevate Château Garraud into star-status in a comparatively short space of time. The vineyards are situated in the prime zone of Néac, where all the region's most respected châteaux are to be found. The dynamic Jean-Marc Nony is employing Michel Rolland as consultant oenologist and minute attention to detail has resulted in a run of vintages which are nothing short of spectacular. Rather than being a slave to vintage continuity, we have moved on to the deliciously soft and succulent 2001 rather than the much taughter and bigger 2000 which we will be releasing in a year's time. The 2001 shows how careful wine-making can result in a wine of tremendous depth, excellent colour and an intriguing complexity. The 2000 will be something of a masterpiece but only patience will reveal this classic's true potential. We were lucky enough to been allocated a small amount of the Nony's brilliant and much sought-after Château l'Ancien, which is an adjoining vineyard where 70 year-old Merlot vines have produced a monumental 1998 which has a wonderful taffeta-like texture, an intense and unctuous fruit supported by some very fine, ripe tannins. It is one of the stars of the vintage.

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Chteau Bourgneuf-Vayron POMEROL

A great personal favourite of ours since we started out in business in the late 1970's but, until recently, we have not been able to buy enough wine to warrant listing it. Xavier and Dominique Vayron own 9 hectares of a single vineyard plot on the plateau west of Trotanoy and consistently produce a very substantial Pomerol which tends to have a distinctive whiff of chocolate truffles on the nose (especially the 1999) and a textured rich fruitiness and a powerful, structured body. They are a "class act".

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Chteau l'Enclos POMEROL

Our long-standing, regular readers and customers will know that we have followed this excellent property for many years and, over that time, Hugues Weydert and his team have elevated l'Enclos into the top league in Pomerol. Situated in the most westerly sector of Pomerol, the ten hectares of vineyard, over 35 years old, are on sandy, gravely and flinty soil and yield no more than 40hl/ha. The wines are always succulent and richly smooth with an inherent blackberry fruitiness. The 1999 reveals a rich, chocolate and mocha-tinged black cherry fruit nose with a very soft texture and well-delineated finish.

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Chteau Bellegrave, POMEROL

A wine that does not achieve the wieght and structure necessary for long-ageing due to the sandy soils of its vineyards. It does nevertheless create wines which are rich, rounded and supple with good ripe blackcurrant fruit character. The 2000 is probably an excpetion to prove the rule because it is seriously beefy in its dark ruby colour and the tannins are clearly stated still. This wine should age reasonably well for another 5 - 15 years.

The estate is owned by Jean-Marie Bouldy.

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Chteau Petit-Village, POMEROL

After lots of investment and attention to detail during his tenure at Château Petit Village, Bruno Prats, dynamic owner of Cos d'Estournel in the Médoc, sold the Petit Village to the Insurance company AXA in 1989. AXA brought in Jean Michel Cazes of Ch. Lynch Bages and his brilliant wine-making team, led by Daniel Llose. Cazes retired in 2002 and Christian Seeley is now in charge.

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Chteau Gazin, POMEROL

Situated just behind Petrus and next to l'Evangile, Gazin has a first-class terroir from which to work.

This 26 hectare estate derives from an ancient domain of the Hospitaliers of St. John of Jerusalem, Rhodes and Malta. It is now owned by the Baillencourt dit Courcol family. It is the biggest vineyard of Pomerol's grands crus. The wines of Gazin are usually silky and opulent but with great finesse. A textbook example of the very best that Pomerol can achieve.

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Chteau La Fleur Ptrus, POMEROL

Château la Fleur Pétrus is located adjacent to Pétrus and is, like its famous neighbour, owned by the Libournais négociant firm of Jean-Pierre Moueix. They have owned this estate since 1952 and it was entirely replanted after the devastating frosts of 1956. The grapes used are 85% Merlot with 15% Cabernet Franc.

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Chteau l'Evangile, POMEROL

The Léglise family from Libourne founded what is now Château L'Evangile. They were actively involved, around the middle of the 18th century, in building the Pomerol vineyard. L'Evangile appeared in the 1741 land registry under the name of Fazilleau. At the turn of the 19th century, the estate already had much of its current configuration, stretching over some 13 hectares, when it was sold to a lawyer named Isambert. He renamed the estate "L'Evangile".

In 1862, L'Evangile was purchased by Paul Chaperon, whose descendants, the Ducasse family, would remain the property's owners until 1990. Paul Chaperon went on making the estate becoming famous, and constructed the L'Evangile in the style of the Second Empire. In the second edition of Cocks Féret in 1868, L'Evangile is registered and is considered as a "Upper-Pomerol 1st growth wine". Upon the death of Paul Chaperon around 1900, his descendants would run the estate until Louis Ducasse took over the property, which was then in decline and damaged by the frosts of 1956. He put forth great efforts in renewing the vineyard and restoring the L'Evangile name. In 1982, his widow, Simone Ducasse, would continue the family's role in running the estate.

In 1990, Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) acquired L'Evangile from the Ducasse family. DBR was interested in bringing sustained care to the operation. DBR's initial influence included a more refined selection of the fine wines, and the creation of Blason de L'Evangile as a second wine. Efforts also included enhancing the vines' health with a restoration and renewal plan partially completed by 1998.

The complete renovation of the tank-room and the chais in 2002 will allow the property to complete its new configuration.

L'Evangile produces about 2,000 to 3,000 cases per year.The grape mix is 70% merlot with 30% Cabernet Franc

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Chteau du Domaine de l'Eglise, POMEROL

Owned by Philippe Casteja of the Borie-Manoux négociant house in Bordeaux. The vineyards are overlooked by the church tower of Pomerol. It is the oldest estate in the parish and dates from 1589. They produce rounded and elegant wines. The château is also known as Couvent de l'Eglise from the time when it belonged to the Order of the Temple.

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Chteau Beauregard, POMEROL

Beauregard's soil, whilst being sandy gravel in parts also possesses a subsoil of clay and iron-pan, called crasse de fer, and this soil structure was able to retain more water than many other properties. This is a factor which was obviously of great importance in an extrardinarily hot year such as 2003.

The château is built on the site of an old Knights Templar manor house. An american architect was so taken with the design that he built an exact copy of it for the Guggenheims on Long Island in the U.S.A. The vineyards extend to 16 hectares. These are soft. delicate yet generous reds.

The winemaker is Vincent Priou.

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Chteau Clinet, POMEROL

The story of Château Clinet goes back a long way but one of the most important periods of that history satrted in 1998 when the property was bought by the Laborde family. Jean-Louis Labarde is an agricultural engineer and he brought with him a new approach to just about every aspect of grape growing and wine making.

In the vineyards, a long-term replanting schedule was set up matchin gthe subsoils to the grape variety and individual clone. Eco-friendly methods of cultivation were brought in with manual work employed wherever possible (thus avoiding soil compaction by tractors), herbisides were thrown out and the grape reception area totally revamped to allow for a more severe selection.

The chai was fully renovated but in a retro way as the stainless steel tanks were ditched in favour of tradtional wooden fermentation tanks which were made small to allow for small parcels of vines to be vinified seperately.

Ageing takes place in well seasoned, 100% new oak for anything up to 22 months.

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La Copa Vermouth
La Copa Vermouth
Love coffee and amaretti biscuits ? Full of nutmeg, cloves, orange peel and angelica flavours this is an aged Vermouth from the century old cellars in Jerez from Gonzalez Byass. A perfect accompaniment.

La Copa Vermouth
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Crémant de Bourgogne Rosé
Crmant de Bourgogne Ros
A light, zesty, fresh sparkling rosé full of strawberry and summer berry fruit flavours. Remind yourself of sunshine and ripe bramble aromas. Totally delicious.

Cremant de Bourgogne Rose
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