I've been a fan of 2005 Bordeaux since I first tasted the wines, en primeur.  There's quality to be found in every commune and at all price points.  The wines received glowing reviews in Robert Parker's tasting reports but I sometimes felt his early scores didn't adequately reflect the praise of his notes.  Ten years on from the vintage and Parker has re-visted a number of wines and awarded much higher scores.  This has, not surprisingly, resulted in swift price increases. 

With all that in mind, I thought it was an opportune moment to offer you some highly rated '05s we have in stock, which Parker has yet to re-visit.  These are all very competitively priced and are particularly good value, compared to more recent vintages.

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  • February 06, 2015
  • Simon Quinn

Removing corkIf you’ve ever experienced the challenge of pulling a cork on an old bottle of wine, you’ll know it can be potluck as to how easily the cork comes out. Sometimes the cork slips out all too easily, suggesting it has dried out and potentially allowed air in to oxidise your precious wine. More often, though, I find corks which feel like they are super-glued to the neck of the bottle. That’s fine if the cork retains its integrity but chances are, if this is a really old bottle, it’ll be starting to get brittle and crumbly

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  • October 03, 2014
  • Simon

DecanterDo You Decant?
Someone recently told me he thought decanting must be out of fashion, as antiques markets seem to be full of old decanters that no-one wants. So is decanting a thing of the past; a dark art, practised only in stuffy old Gentlemen’s Clubs? Absolutely not!
Read on and find out why you should be decanting.


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  • October 03, 2014
  • Simon

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