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    Glenlivet 15 Year Old French Oak Reserve Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml) - Damaged Gift Box
    Speyside, Highlands, SCOTLAND
    Reduced from $120.00
    $110. 00 Bottle
    $1320.00 Dozen
    ABV: 40%

    The French Oak Reserve is generally considered one of the better values in the Glenlivet stable. Jim Murray certainly thinks so, giving this budget malt a strong recommendation!

    Other reviews… Many years ago when this first came out it wasn't very good, to be honest. Then it was re-shaped, upped a gear and became a very enjoyable dram, indeed. Now having been steered on a slightly different course again it is just excellent... An expression that has evolved slowly, but quite beautifully. 93 points - Jim Murrays Whisky Bible 2021

    First whiffs pick up scents of fresh pineapple, cedar, and paraffin; later sniffings detect subtle notes of baked pear and sweet oak. Palate entry features a firm, moderately oily, and velvety texture; by midpalate, integrated flavors of ripe peach, pear drops and bran delight the taste buds. Finish is extended, semisweet and coconut-like. Replaces the 12-year-old French Oak Finish. Best Buy. Rating: 90-95
    - - wineenthusiast.com

    Nose: Strawberries and cream. Vanilla. Heady. Palate: Firm, slippery-smooth, cookie-like maltiness, spicy middle. Lots of flavour development. Finish: Creamy, fruity. Like a Slavic sour cream pancake laced with Maraschino cherry brandy. Comment: Complex. Entrancing. RATED: 8.75 /10
    -  www.whiskymag.com

    What Grande Champagne is to Cognac, the glen of the river Livet is to Speyside. And as with fine wine, the location of each single malt distillery plays a key role in determining the character of the whisky. It is the combination of air, water, and other natural forces that influence the taste, flavour, and aroma. The glen on the river Livet is also one of the most scenic and romantic glens in the Scottish Highlands. As you savor The Glenlivet you can almost picture the rolling hills and laughing waters. Part of the Glenlivet's complexity comes from a combination of lightly and heavily peated malt as well as both soft and hard water.

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    Francois Guy Absinthe (1000ml) - Damaged Label
    Pontarlier, FRANCE
    Reduced from $199.00
    $180. 00 Bottle
    $2160.00 Dozen
    ABV: 45%

    Distilled in Pontarlier, which might qualify as the center of French Absinthe distillation in years past, Guy is an old historical brand. The product has more aniseed than average but is produced in the traditional way according to an ancient house recipe. The colour is obtained naturally from plants.

    Three times awarded at the Absinthiades in Pontarlier.

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    Arran Quarter Cask The Bothy Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml) - Damaged Gift Box
    Isle of Arran, SCOTLAND
    Reduced from $120.00
    $110. 00 Bottle
    $1320.00 Dozen
    ABV: 56.2%

    Tasting note: Matured in first-fill ex-Bourbon barrels for seven years before being transferred to smaller 125 litre Quarter casks for a further two years. The process amplifies the impact of the wood. Fumey alcohol gives way to hints of dried coconut, raisin chocolate, pine needles and a vaguely cider-like fruitiness. It's a big, chewy malt with a fabulous fanning flavour rush and impressive control. Summer pudding and vanilla come through on the finish before the aftertaste ends crisp and pleasingly astringent. Delicious. 56.2% Alc./Vol. Non chill filtered.

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      2012 Charles Heidsieck Vintage Brut Champagne
      Champagne, FRANCE
      $199. 00 Bottle
      $2388.00 Dozen
      ABV: 12%
      Closure: Cork

      Other Reviews....
      Disgorged in 2019 with eight grams per liter dosage, the 2012 Brut Millésimé offers up aromas of crisp orchard fruit, white flowers and clear honey, complemented by hints of toasted bread, citrus zest and linden. Medium to full-bodied, elegantly fleshy and nicely concentrated, with lively acids and a pinpoint mousse, it's more generous and demonstrative than the 2008, but it will nonetheless reward a bit of bottle age. Drink 2021 - 2038.
      94 points
      William Kelley - Wine Advocate (Apr 2021)

      The Brut 2012 from Charles Heidsieck is a blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay. The wine expresses aromas of apricot, crisp yellow orchard fruit including lemon but also spring flowers. On the palate, the texture is medium-bodied and very precise, crystalline and long with an expansive finish and some racy, noble bitterness. This is a gourmand style of Champagne that will gain in complexity with 2-3 years of ageing. Drinking Window 2020 - 2025.
      93 points
      Yohan Castaing - Decanter

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        2020 Chateau Grand Village Pre-Arrival Offer
        Bordeaux Superieur, Bordeaux, FRANCE
        $41. 99 Bottle
        $503.88 Dozen
        Closure: Cork

        Given they are under the same ownership of the Guinaudau family, Chateau Grand Village is often referred to as Chateau Lafleur’s second vineyard. The estate has been owned by the Guinaudau’s relatives for hundreds of years, however it was not until the year 2000 that they began to produce wine themselves from the property. Situated on the edge of the Fronsac region and classified as Bordeaux Superieur, the vineyard is planted to 79% Merlot and 21% Bouchets (Cabernet Franc). The terroir is similar to Saint Emilion with its mix of calcisol going down a foot or so to a bedrock mostly made up of asteria limestone. At Grand Village, they practice many of the same techniques employed at Lafleur, including pruning and de-budding adapted to each vine plant, crop thinning in summer and de-leafing. The grapes are picked by hand, followed by very careful sorting and selection. Grand Village also produces a white wine from a blend of Sauvignon Blanc (85%) and Semillon (15%), from a 5 acre plot.

        Other Reviews....
        The 2020 Grand Village is a blend of 21% Cabernet Franc and 79% Merlot, matured in 30% new oak. It has a well-defined bouquet of pure black cherries, cassis, iris flower and touches of crushed stone, all very sophisticated. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins and fine backbone and salinity. Tightly wound with touches of brine toward the vivid finish. One of the best Grand Village vintages that I have encountered from barrel.
        90-92 points
        Neal Martin - Vinous

        Sinewy, saline, finely-boned and full of peony florals and supple raspberry fruits. You are not getting the typical Bordeaux wine, it has a serious feel and is even a little bit aloof at this point. Dark fruits, tobacco leaf and flowers - you see the sculpting hand of the winemakers, teasing out the clay-limestone freshness from the soils. An unmissable value wine in the vintage. No frost here in 2021. All the Bouchet (Cabernet Franc) at Grand Village is from massal selection at this point. Drinking Window 2023 - 2034.
        92 points
        Jane Anson - Decanter

        Conditions of Pre Arrival Offer:

        1. There is no minimum order unless stated.

        2. All wines are 750ml unless indicated otherwise.

        3. Once received, all orders will be confirmed with suppliers and then an invoice issued - payment will be due on receipt of this invoice.

        4. The wines are being collected and shipped in refrigerated containers and are due to arrive in late 2023.

        5. Nicks Wine Merchants reserve the right to pass on any changes in Government duties and taxes and delivery charges from the date of order to the date of final delivery of the wine.

        6. Errors and omissions excepted.

        7. Delivery charges may apply - these can be determined by visiting the Freight Rates page.

          2020 Chateau Grand Village Blanc Pre-Arrival Offer
          Bordeaux, FRANCE
          $47. 99 Bottle
          $575.88 Dozen
          Closure: Cork

          Given they are under the same ownership of the Guinaudau family, Chateau Grand Village is often referred to as Chateau Lafleur’s second vineyard. The estate has been owned by the Guinaudau’s relatives for hundreds of years, however it was not until the year 2000 that they began to produce wine themselves from the property. Situated on the edge of the Fronsac region and classified as Bordeaux Superieur, the vineyard is planted to 79% Merlot and 21% Bouchets (Cabernet Franc). The terroir is similar to Saint Emilion with its mix of calcisol going down a foot or so to a bedrock mostly made up of asteria limestone. At Grand Village, they practice many of the same techniques employed at Lafleur, including pruning and de-budding adapted to each vine plant, crop thinning in summer and de-leafing. The grapes are picked by hand, followed by very careful sorting and selection. Grand Village also produces a white wine from a blend of Sauvignon Blanc (85%) and Semillon (15%), from a 5 acre plot.

          Conditions of Pre Arrival Offer:

          1. There is no minimum order unless stated.

          2. All wines are 750ml unless indicated otherwise.

          3. Once received, all orders will be confirmed with suppliers and then an invoice issued - payment will be due on receipt of this invoice.

          4. The wines are being collected and shipped in refrigerated containers and are due to arrive in late 2023.

          5. Nicks Wine Merchants reserve the right to pass on any changes in Government duties and taxes and delivery charges from the date of order to the date of final delivery of the wine.

          6. Errors and omissions excepted.

          7. Delivery charges may apply - these can be determined by visiting the Freight Rates page.

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            2020 Chateau Lafleur les Perrieres Pre-Arrival Offer
            Bordeaux Superieur, Bordeaux, FRANCE
            $171. 00 Bottle
            $2052.00 Dozen
            Closure: Cork

            Other Reviews....
            The 2020 Les Perrières from limestone soils is the first vintage with massal-selection Merlot (from Lafleur). It has an exceptionally pure bouquet of intense black berry and blueberry fruit, crushed stone and touches of Japanese nori. The medium-bodied palate is structured, tensile and very saline, with taut tannins and that limestone-driven pixelation clearly apparent on the finish. Vibrant, almost steely, this will require 2–3 years in bottle.
            92-94 points
            Neal Martin - Vinous

            This is a wine for those who really love going deep-diving into limestone. It performs the acrobatic, trapeze artist feat of tiptoeing high above the palate with gunsmoke, cool blueberry and redcurrant fruits and flowers curling upwards. Austere and fierce, stretching forward, then softening as it opens, although it takes its time to do so. There is really a feeling that they are doing something different here, thinking deeply about what it means to link wine's sense of a place to its expression in a glass. Brilliant. Harvest September 11 to 19. Drinking Window 2024 - 2038.
            94 points
            Jane Anson - Decanter

            Conditions of Pre Arrival Offer:

            1. There is no minimum order unless stated.

            2. All wines are 750ml unless indicated otherwise.

            3. Once received, all orders will be confirmed with suppliers and then an invoice issued - payment will be due on receipt of this invoice.

            4. The wines are being collected and shipped in refrigerated containers and are due to arrive in late 2023.

            5. Nicks Wine Merchants reserve the right to pass on any changes in Government duties and taxes and delivery charges from the date of order to the date of final delivery of the wine.

            6. Errors and omissions excepted.

            7. Delivery charges may apply - these can be determined by visiting the Freight Rates page.

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              2020 Chateau Lafleur les Pensees Pre-Arrival Offer
              Pomerol, Bordeaux, FRANCE
              $370. 00 Bottle
              $4440.00 Dozen
              Closure: Cork

              Other Reviews....
              The 2020 Les Pensées (they have dropped the “de Lafleur”) is a blend of 29% Merlot and 71% Cabernet Franc picked September 11–19. This is backward at first and needs some coaxing from the glass, almost reluctantly offering blackberry, crushed stone, violet and incense. The palate is silky-smooth on the entry, deep and pixelated, armed with a killer line of acidity and a very cool and sophisticated, beguiling finish. Stunning.
              93-95 points
              Neal Martin - Vinous

              This has the physicality of tannins right up front, a clear signature of the vintage, but nothing is heavy or bitter, rather they exert a pressure that gives form and shape to the ripe berry fruits, balanced by mocha, fennel and smoked cocoa bean. Not as joyous as in some vintages of Pensées, but extremely hard to argue with its quality, and the deft, bright finish. Drinking Window 2024 - 2040.
              93 points
              Jane Anson - Decanter

              Conditions of Pre Arrival Offer:

              1. There is no minimum order unless stated.

              2. All wines are 750ml unless indicated otherwise.

              3. Once received, all orders will be confirmed with suppliers and then an invoice issued - payment will be due on receipt of this invoice.

              4. The wines are being collected and shipped in refrigerated containers and are due to arrive in late 2023.

              5. Nicks Wine Merchants reserve the right to pass on any changes in Government duties and taxes and delivery charges from the date of order to the date of final delivery of the wine.

              6. Errors and omissions excepted.

              7. Delivery charges may apply - these can be determined by visiting the Freight Rates page.

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                2020 Chateau Lafleur Pre-Arrival Offer
                Pomerol, Bordeaux, FRANCE
                $1699. 00 Bottle
                $20388.00 Dozen
                Closure: Cork

                Other Reviews....
                The 2020 Lafleur is a blend of 46% Cabernet Franc and 54% Merlot picked September 4–18. Like the Les Pensées, it is initially backward and requires 4–6 minutes’ coaxing. Then it reveals intense black fruit, iris, incense and basalt, very focused and quite serious, somehow restless at being rudely awakened during its élevage. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-boned tannins and superb delineation, weighty in the mouth but paradoxically weightless on the finish. There is superb attack, incredible length and a persistent saline finish. The Cabernet Franc, or Bouchet to give it its proper name in Pomerol, is in full flight in this Lafleur, although it is not as immediate as the 2020 Petrus. But it is certainly one of the appellation's most intellectual offerings and will be fascinating to watch as it ages.
                96-98 points
                Neal Martin - Vinous

                I was, to be honest, a little unsure of how the gravels here would react to the dry summer but the first hit of graphite and smoky berry fruit makes it clear Lafleur has taken the vintage in its stride. This is an excellent wine, barely showing its potential right now - it's a big year, with knitted-down tannins, serious and powerful, not austere so much as layered, complex and full of hidden energy. The floral aromatics curl up after 10 minutes in the glass, as does bitter chocolate and crushed mint. Drinking Window 2027 - 2050.
                98 points
                Jane Anson - Decanter

                Conditions of Pre Arrival Offer:

                1. There is no minimum order unless stated.

                2. All wines are 750ml unless indicated otherwise.

                3. Once received, all orders will be confirmed with suppliers and then an invoice issued - payment will be due on receipt of this invoice.

                4. The wines are being collected and shipped in refrigerated containers and are due to arrive in late 2023.

                5. Nicks Wine Merchants reserve the right to pass on any changes in Government duties and taxes and delivery charges from the date of order to the date of final delivery of the wine.

                6. Errors and omissions excepted.

                7. Delivery charges may apply - these can be determined by visiting the Freight Rates page.

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                  2020 Petrus Pre-Arrival Offer
                  Pomerol, Bordeaux, FRANCE
                  $5199. 00 Bottle
                  $62388.00 Dozen
                  Closure: Cork

                  Other Reviews....
                  The 2020 Petrus is limpid purple in color. It has a classic bouquet with a distinct marine influence, offering hints of shucked oyster shell married with extraordinarily pure black fruit and a touch of pressed iris flower, all focused and very controlled (perhaps more so than other vintages). Loamy scents percolate through with time. The palate makes an instant impression in terms of intensity, vibrancy and focus. The tannins grip the mouth but do not overwhelm, and they become ever more refined with aeration. This is a symmetrical Petrus that brushes off the extremities of the growing season, maintaining that initial marine theme. There is a magnificent crescendo as it fans out gloriously on the finish, gaining flesh and salinity. The 2020 demands attention and should age magnificently in bottle.
                  96-98 points
                  Neal Martin - Vinous

                  Extremely powerful, this has the concentration of the vintage no question, but it is oh so slowly dealt out. Despite the clear water reserves in the soils of Petrus, the Merlot still slowed down its ripening over the dry summer - just 30mm of rain here in August - before suddenly accelerating in September. A ton of acidity alongside silky seductive tannins, dense and powerful with violet floral notes streaking through the fruit as it opens. Gorgeous balance with unmistakable personality. Yields here were around 39hl/ha. 3.6pH. Harvest September 5 to 18. Drinking Window 2029 - 2050.
                  98 points
                  Jane Anson - Decanter

                  Conditions of Pre Arrival Offer:

                  1. There is no minimum order unless stated.

                  2. All wines are 750ml unless indicated otherwise.

                  3. Once received, all orders will be confirmed with suppliers and then an invoice issued - payment will be due on receipt of this invoice.

                  4. The wines are being collected and shipped in refrigerated containers and are due to arrive in late 2023.

                  5. Nicks Wine Merchants reserve the right to pass on any changes in Government duties and taxes and delivery charges from the date of order to the date of final delivery of the wine.

                  6. Errors and omissions excepted.

                  7. Delivery charges may apply - these can be determined by visiting the Freight Rates page.

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                    2020 Chateau Latour a Pomerol Pre-Arrival Offer
                    Pomerol, Bordeaux, FRANCE
                    $180. 00 Bottle
                    $2160.00 Dozen
                    Closure: Cork

                    Other Reviews....
                    Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2020 Latour à Pomerol rolls out of the glass with intense notes of fresh blackberries, Morello cherries and boysenberries, followed by suggestions of iron ore, wild sage, unsmoked cigars and pencil shavings. The medium to full-bodied palate delivers a great concentration of taut, muscular red and black fruits with a firm, grainy frame and just enough freshness, finishing on a lingering ferrous note.
                    92-94 points
                    Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Wine Advocate (May 2021)

                    The 2020 Latour à Pomerol is a rich, heady wine that appears to still be coming together. It offers tons of depth, but a bit less in the way of cohesion. Blackberry jam, chocolate, new leather and spice give the 2020 plenty of layers, while a whole range of savory accents add aromatic presence on the virile finish. Time in the glass brings out the wine's creaminess nicely.
                    92-94 points
                    Antonio Galloni - Vinous

                    Lots of floral notes with tobacco, green olives and hints of brown sugar. Black cherries, too. It’s full and juicy. Really solid this year. It has a historical sensibility to it. 100% merlot.
                    94-95 points
                    James Suckling

                    Beautiful black cherry and mulberry fruits as well as spice, chocolate, graphite, and tobacco emerge from the 2020 Château Latour A Pomerol, a rich, full-bodied, concentrated 2020 with beautiful tannins and a great finish. This is another brilliant wine from the Moueix team that readers will love.
                    94-96 points
                    Jeb Dunnuck

                    Dark garnet in color, the wine is all about its truffle infused perfume that comes along with deep chocolate, licorice, black plums, tobacco leaf and espresso. On the palate, this is where the action really takes place with its silk and velvet textured mouth-feel. Sexy, sensuous and rich, the perfectly ripe, dark basket of plums is drenched in chocolate, wet earth and spices. This stunner will age and evolve for 20-30 years with ease.
                    94-96 points
                    Jeff Leve - The Wine Cellar Insider

                    Conditions of Pre Arrival Offer:

                    1. There is no minimum order unless stated.

                    2. All wines are 750ml unless indicated otherwise.

                    3. Once received, all orders will be confirmed with suppliers and then an invoice issued - payment will be due on receipt of this invoice.

                    4. The wines are being collected and shipped in refrigerated containers and are due to arrive in late 2023.

                    5. Nicks Wine Merchants reserve the right to pass on any changes in Government duties and taxes and delivery charges from the date of order to the date of final delivery of the wine.

                    6. Errors and omissions excepted.

                    7. Delivery charges may apply - these can be determined by visiting the Freight Rates page.

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                      2019 Chateau Latour a Pomerol Pre-Arrival Offer
                      Pomerol, Bordeaux, FRANCE
                      $190. 00 Bottle
                      $2280.00 Dozen
                      Closure: Cork

                      Other Reviews....
                      Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2019 Latour à Pomerol comes bounding out of the glass with vivacious notes of stewed plums, Black Forest cake and blueberry preserves plus suggestions of licorice, candied violets, incense and dusty soil. The medium-bodied palate delivers mouth-coating, juicy black and blue fruits with a soft texture of rounded tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long and earthy.
                      92-94 points
                      Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Wine Advocate (Jun 2020)

                      The 2019 Latour à Pomerol is elegant, resonant and super-expressive. Succulent dark cherry and red plum fruit give the 2019 tons of appeal. Tar, graphite, rose petal, menthol and dark spice overtones add layers of gravitas over time, with muscular tannins that build into a crescendo of aromas, flavors and textures. There is a lot of wine here.
                      92-94 points
                      Antonio Galloni - Vinous

                      Chocolate and hazelnuts with berries and walnuts. Medium to full body. Round, polished tannins and a flavorful finish.
                      93-94 points
                      James Suckling

                      The 2019 Château Latour a Pomerol is stunning stuff and shows the elegance and purity paired with rocking levels of fruit that’s the hallmark of this vintage. Red and black currants, mulled black cherries, chocolate, tobacco leaf, and truffle notes dominate the bouquet, and it’s full-bodied, has a beautiful sense of balance, silky tannins, and a great finish. I’d be happy to have bottles in the cellar.
                      93-95 points
                      Jeb Dunnuck

                      The truffles say hello with little effort before discovering all the voluptuous black cherries, ripe plums, dark cocoa, flowers and accents of juicy kirsch and more dark chocolate in the endnote. The wine is rich, lush, earthy and fresh. Give this 5-7 years and enjoy it over the following 20 years or longer. Latour Pomerol keeps getting better year after year and 2019 clearly continues the trend.
                      93-95 points
                      Jeff Leve - The Wine Cellar Insider

                      Conditions of Pre Arrival Offer:

                      1. There is no minimum order unless stated.

                      2. All wines are 750ml unless indicated otherwise.

                      3. Once received, all orders will be confirmed with suppliers and then an invoice issued - payment will be due on receipt of this invoice.

                      4. The wines are being collected and shipped in refrigerated containers and are due to arrive in late 2022.

                      5. Nicks Wine Merchants reserve the right to pass on any changes in Government duties and taxes and delivery charges from the date of order to the date of final delivery of the wine.

                      6. Errors and omissions excepted.

                      7. Delivery charges may apply - these can be determined by visiting the Freight Rates page.

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                        2018 Chateau Latour a Pomerol
                        Pomerol, Bordeaux, FRANCE
                        $250. 00 Bottle
                        $3000.00 Dozen
                        ABV: 15%
                        Closure: Cork

                        Other Reviews....
                        Made from 100% Merlot, the 2018 Latour à Pomerol has a deep garnet-purple color and a relatively understated nose of stewed plums, baked blackberries and redcurrant jelly, plus suggestions of unsmoked cigars, cloves and pencil shavings. The medium to full-bodied palate has a sturdy frame of chewy tannins and plenty of freshness supporting the earth and mineral-tinged red and black fruits, finishing long and savory. Drink 2022 - 2038.
                        92 points
                        Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Wine Advocate (Apr 2021)

                        The 2018 Latour à Pomerol is effusive and racy right out of the glass. Crushed raspberry, cherry jam, mocha, new leather, spice and cedar fill out the layers. Ripeness is decidedly pushed in the 2018. The tannins are a bit firm, so a few years in the cellar seems prudent. Latour à Pomerol walks on the wild side in 2018. I liked this quite a bit more in barrel. Drink 2026 - 2038.
                        91 points
                        Antonio Galloni - Vinous

                        Beautiful blackberry and blueberry aromas with hints of spices and wild mushrooms. Full-bodied with tight, firm and silky tannins. Try after 2024.
                        94 points
                        James Suckling

                        All Merlot from a tiny parcel on the upper plateau, the 2018 Château Latour A Pomerol is one of the more concentrated, structured wines in the Moueix stable. It offers a powerful, medium to full-bodied, concentrated style that has some oak to integrate, terrific black and blue fruits, notes of chocolate, saddle leather, and earthy tobacco, building tannins, and a great finish. It comes together beautifully with time in the glass and is a serious, age-worthy Pomerol that will benefit from 4-5 years of bottle age and keep for two decades. Drink 2025 - 2045.
                        93+ points
                        Jeb Dunnuck

                        Medium/full-bodied, firm, yet elegant, this silky textured display of flowers, plums, truffles and cocoa is fresh, focused, earthy and concentrated. This will age and evolve quite well.
                        94 points
                        Jeff Leve - The Wine Cellar Insider

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                          2020 Chateau Hosanna Pre-Arrival Offer
                          Pomerol, Bordeaux, FRANCE
                          $290. 00 Bottle
                          $3480.00 Dozen
                          Closure: Cork

                          Other Reviews....
                          Sporting an opaque purple-black color, the 2020 Hosanna gallops out of the glass with bright, vivacious scents of crushed black and red plums, mulberries and redcurrant jelly, leading to underlying scents of powdered cinnamon, lilacs, pencil shavings and damp slate with a hint of wild sage. The medium to full-bodied palate is exquisitely constructed, giving lots of nuanced, tightly wound black fruits and earthy layers with a fine-grained texture and seamless freshness, finishing long and mineral laced.
                          96-98 points
                          Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Wine Advocate (May 2021)

                          The 2020 Hosanna has a wonderful, compelling bouquet of deep and alluring scents of blackberry, raspberry, dried iris and incense, plus a subtle minerally element that becomes more prominent with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with superb grip and density. The wine just fills the mouth (as banal as that sounds), but it has incredible volume and depth. Clockwork precision on the finish, which maintains great freshness, but this is clearly a Hosanna that will benefit from a decade in the cellar.
                          95-97 points
                          Neal Martin - Vinous

                          This shows very intense, old-vine character with bark, black mushroom and dark fruit. Full-bodied and creamy with unique flavors of earth and fruit. Layered and soulful. The best Hosanna ever? Merlot and cabernet franc. 45% from old vines, dating from the late 1950s.
                          99-100 points
                          James Suckling

                          The 2020 Château Hosanna is up there with the crème de la crème of the appellation and is a true gem. Awesome cassis, candied violets, truffle, chocolate, and underbrush-like notes define the bouquet, and it's full-bodied, with a seamless, silky texture, ultra-fine tannins, and a rock star of a finish. This is another magical Pomerol from the Moueix family that you couldn't have enough of.
                          96-98 points
                          Jeb Dunnuck

                          Dark in color, the wine is loaded with truffle, flowers, black and blue fruits and spice. Full-bodied with a serious depth of flavor, the wine is rich, supple, silky, long and intense. With the texture of velvet, the perfectly ripe, sweet, plums, cherries, blackberries, blueberries and dark cocoa holds on to your palate for at least 50 seconds. The purity here is just great. Give it a decade in the cellar and this will be a beauty. Clearly, this is the finest vintage of Hosanna ever produced.
                          97-99 points
                          Jeff Leve - The Wine Cellar Insider

                          Conditions of Pre Arrival Offer:

                          1. There is no minimum order unless stated.

                          2. All wines are 750ml unless indicated otherwise.

                          3. Once received, all orders will be confirmed with suppliers and then an invoice issued - payment will be due on receipt of this invoice.

                          4. The wines are being collected and shipped in refrigerated containers and are due to arrive in late 2023.

                          5. Nicks Wine Merchants reserve the right to pass on any changes in Government duties and taxes and delivery charges from the date of order to the date of final delivery of the wine.

                          6. Errors and omissions excepted.

                          7. Delivery charges may apply - these can be determined by visiting the Freight Rates page.

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                            2019 Chateau Hosanna Pre-Arrival Offer
                            Pomerol, Bordeaux, FRANCE
                            $325. 00 Bottle
                            $3900.00 Dozen
                            Closure: Cork

                            Other Reviews....
                            The 2019 Hosanna sports a deep garnet-purple color and flamboyant notes of crushed black cherries, black raspberries, fruitcake and boysenberries with hints of allspice, potpourri, tilled soil and wild mushrooms plus a provocative touch of iron ore. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is laden with spiced black fruit layers, textured by beautifully plush tannins and just enough freshness, finishing long and earthy.
                            95-97 points
                            Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Wine Advocate (Jun 2020)

                            The 2019 Hosanna continues this Pomerol cru's strong run of form. Picked between 20 September and 3 October, it is matured in 50% new oak. It contains a little more Cabernet Franc than previous vintages (31%). It has a divine bouquet, pure and delineated with intoxicating scents of blackberry, raspberry preserve, rose petals, hints of blood orange and a light smear of honey. The palate is beautifully balanced with filigree tannins and perfectly judged acidity. Cabernet Franc contributes an extra dimension to the finish. This might well be the best Hosanna since its inception.
                            96-98 points
                            Neal Martin - Vinous

                            The aromas and flavors of blueberries, black olives, black chocolate and minerals are very impressive. It’s full-bodied, layered and powerful. Focused and chewy.
                            95-96 points
                            James Suckling

                            Another incredible wine from the Moueix stable is the 2019 Château Hosanna, which comes from a tiny 11-acre vineyard of gravelly, clay-based soils in Pomerol. Beautiful blue fruits, smoked tobacco, damp earth, chocolate, and spice box notes all emerge from the glass, and this is just about pure perfection on the palate, with medium to full-bodied richness, ultra-fine tannins, and the fresh, vibrant style of the vintage. It’s in the same league as the 2018 yet has a slightly more classic, elegant style. It’s drop-dead gorgeous.
                            97-99 points
                            Jeb Dunnuck

                            Black cherry, boysenberry and blueberry fruits are all over the place. You also find truffle, smoke, licorice and chocolate to add to the fun. On the palate the wine is deep, opulent, rich, full and concentrated, with layers of silky, sensuous, chocolate covered, supple textured fruits that go on and on in the finish.
                            96-98 points
                            Jeff Leve - The Wine Cellar Insider

                            Conditions of Pre Arrival Offer:

                            1. There is no minimum order unless stated.

                            2. All wines are 750ml unless indicated otherwise.

                            3. Once received, all orders will be confirmed with suppliers and then an invoice issued - payment will be due on receipt of this invoice.

                            4. The wines are being collected and shipped in refrigerated containers and are due to arrive in late 2022.

                            5. Nicks Wine Merchants reserve the right to pass on any changes in Government duties and taxes and delivery charges from the date of order to the date of final delivery of the wine.

                            6. Errors and omissions excepted.

                            7. Delivery charges may apply - these can be determined by visiting the Freight Rates page.

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                              2018 Chateau Hosanna
                              Pomerol, Bordeaux, FRANCE
                              $430. 00 Bottle
                              $5160.00 Dozen
                              ABV: 15%
                              Closure: Cork

                              Other Reviews....
                              The 2018 Hosanna is composed of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc. Deep garnet-purple colored, the nose needs a bit of swirling and coaxing before it soars from the glass with compelling blue and black fruit scents of blueberry pie, blackberry preserves and stewed plums, plus hints of spice cake, unsmoked cigars and violets with a touch of cloves. The full-bodied palate shimmers with opulence, laden with black fruit preserves layers, supported by seductively plush tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long and oh-so-spicy. It is very tempting to drink now, but 3-5 years of patience will offer a little cerebral tertiary contribution to all that decadent fruit. It should easily cellar for 25 years thereafter. Drink 2025 - 2050.
                              96+ points
                              Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Wine Advocate (Apr 2021)

                              The 2018 Hosanna is rich and succulent, as it always is, and yet remains incredibly finessed on the palate. Inky dark fruit, chocolate, new leather, cloves, licorice and lavender all flesh out as the 2018 opens in the glass. Pliant and supple with silky tannins, the 2018 will drink well with minimal cellaring, if desired. As always, Hosanna is the most flamboyant of the Mouiex wines. Drink 2026 - 2048.
                              96 points
                              Antonio Galloni - Vinous

                              An intense, juicy red with lots of meat, berry, chocolate and walnut aromas and flavors. Pure fruit. It’s full-bodied and dense with lots of fine tannins and richness. So powerful and long. Super length. Very muscular, yet agile at the same time. Try after 2025.
                              97 points
                              James Suckling

                              A real powerhouse of a Pomerol, the 2018 Château Hosanna checks in as a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, all from a tiny, 11-acre parcel of blue clay and more red, gravelly soils in the heart of the appellation. This site has good neighbors, with Vieux Château Certan (and Certan de May) to the south, Lafleur just to the north, Petrus to the east, and La Fleur-Petrus to the west. Gorgeous blackcurrants, plum, chocolate, scorched earth, tobacco leaf, and graphite are just some of the nuances here, and this beauty is full-bodied, has a wonderfully textured, opulent mouthfeel, silky tannins, and one heavenly finish. It's up with the crème de la crème of the vintage, and that includes both banks. This straight-up stunning Pomerol will be drinkable with just 4-5 years of bottle age yet cruise for 30-40 years! Drink 2026 - 2066.
                              99+ points
                              Jeb Dunnuck

                              Full-bodied, rich, intense and with the ability to age and evolve for 2-3 decades, this beauty is packed with black cherry, truffle, dark chocolate, smoke, thyme and earthy nuances. The finish is focused, concentrated and fresh, with layers of velvety, chocolate-coated dark red berries. Allow it at least 7-9 years before pulling a cork.
                              97 points
                              Jeff Leve - The Wine Cellar Insider

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                                2020 Chateau La Fleur-Petrus Pre-Arrival Offer
                                Pomerol, Bordeaux, FRANCE
                                $535. 00 Bottle
                                $6420.00 Dozen
                                Closure: Cork

                                Other Reviews....
                                Very deep purple-black colored, the 2020 la Fleur-Petrus leaps from the glass with bold expressions of baked black plums, molten licorice, Indian spices and blackberry preserves, plus hints of charcuterie, black olives and crushed rocks with a touch of unsmoked cigars. The full-bodied palate delivers compelling tension to the rich, hedonic black fruits, framed by firm, grainy tannins, finishing very long and tantalizingly savory.
                                95-97 points
                                Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Wine Advocate (May 2021)

                                The 2020 La Fleur-Pétrus has an engaging, complex nose that you want to just keep... well, nosing. It offers a maze of black cherry, bilberry, crushed rock, freshly rolled tobacco and light marine aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with blackberry, cracked black pepper, sea salt and light briny notes. This is quite a serious La Fleur-Pétrus; in fact, it’s not a million miles away from the 2020 Trotanoy. It will deserve cellaring for several years but will be worth waiting for.
                                94-96 points
                                Neal Martin - Vinous

                                Purple berry and blackberry aromas with cracked black pepper, violets and lavender. It’s full-bodied and layered and broadens in the mouth. Gorgeous, ripe tannins. Long and thought-provoking. A milestone for the vineyard.
                                99-100 points
                                James Suckling

                                One of my favorite wines in the vintage is the 2020 Château La Fleur-Petrus, which reminds me slightly of the 2016, even though the growing season was quite different. A blend of mostly Merlot with small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, its dense purple color is followed by a heavenly, ethereal Pomerol offering a powerful, almost Petrus-like sense of stature and density that carries incredible cassis and currant fruits as well as notes of graphite, crushed stone, chocolate, and violets. Flawlessly balanced on the palate, with a dense, layered mid-palate and building, perfect tannins, I just hope it shows this well from bottle! It should, at a minimum, match – and probably surpass – the 2009, 2016, and 2018.
                                97-100 points
                                Jeb Dunnuck

                                Dark in color, the nose, with its bouquet of flowers, truffle, wet earth, licorice, Asian spice and red with black fruits let you know this is special. However, if you were not convinced yet, once the wine hits your palate with its silk and velvet textures, you'll be hooked. Rich, full-bodied, sensuous and sexy, the array of fruits and their purity is spell-binding. The finish lingers, expands and inspires you to take another sip to experience it all over again. One of the wines of the vintage, this stunning Pomerol will age and develop for at least 3 decades.
                                97-99 points
                                Jeff Leve - The Wine Cellar Insider

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                                1. There is no minimum order unless stated.

                                2. All wines are 750ml unless indicated otherwise.

                                3. Once received, all orders will be confirmed with suppliers and then an invoice issued - payment will be due on receipt of this invoice.

                                4. The wines are being collected and shipped in refrigerated containers and are due to arrive in late 2023.

                                5. Nicks Wine Merchants reserve the right to pass on any changes in Government duties and taxes and delivery charges from the date of order to the date of final delivery of the wine.

                                6. Errors and omissions excepted.

                                7. Delivery charges may apply - these can be determined by visiting the Freight Rates page.

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                                  2019 Chateau La Fleur-Petrus Pre-Arrival Offer
                                  Pomerol, Bordeaux, FRANCE
                                  $535. 00 Bottle
                                  $6420.00 Dozen
                                  Closure: Cork

                                  Other Reviews....
                                  Very deep purple-black in color, the 2019 la Fleur-Petrus soars out of the glass with vibrant notes of freshly crushed black cherries, warm plums and kirsch with underlying suggestions of wild sage, damp soil, charcoal and unsmoked cigars plus just a hint of Sichuan pepper. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has a firm frame of ripe, grainy tannins and bags of freshness supporting the muscular black fruits, finishing long and savory.
                                  94-96 points
                                  Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Wine Advocate (Jun 2020)

                                  The 2019 La Fleur-Pétrus underwent double sorting, optical and manual, after harvest between 17 September and 3 October. It is matured in 50% new oak. It has a gorgeous bouquet with expressive red and black fruit, intermixed with crushed stone, freshly shaved black truffle and a touch of blue fruit perhaps originating from the 3% Petit Verdot. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy black fruit, gently grippy tannins, undercurrents of tobacco and earth towards the finish. It actually ends more cerebrally than I anticipated, quite mercurial in the glass. This will require several years in bottle, but it will surely be worth the wait. Superb!
                                  94-96 points
                                  Neal Martin - Vinous

                                  This is a genuine, old-school Pomerol with blueberries, wet earth and black tea leaf. It’s full-bodied, yet balanced and beautiful. Traditional and so attractive with a modern tone.
                                  96-97 points
                                  James Suckling

                                  The 2019 Château La Fleur-Petrus is impressive, and I suspect in the same ballpark as the 2018. Lots of darker, earthy fruits, crushed rock-like minerality, and chocolate notes emerge from this dense, concentrated, backward, and slightly hard to read barrel sample. I love its depth of fruit, it’s full-bodied, has plenty of opulence as well as tannins, and my money is on this coming together nicely in bottle. Patience, however, will be a virtue with this one.
                                  94-96+ points
                                  Jeb Dunnuck

                                  A cornucopia of fragrances here ranging from flowers, black and blue fruits, truffle, smoke, wet earth and kirsch grab your focus. It only takes one sip to hook you with its silky, sexy attitude. Concentrated, opulent, fresh and with vibrancy to the fruits, the opulent character knocked me out.
                                  96-98 points
                                  Jeff Leve - The Wine Cellar Insider

                                  Conditions of Pre Arrival Offer:

                                  1. There is no minimum order unless stated.

                                  2. All wines are 750ml unless indicated otherwise.

                                  3. Once received, all orders will be confirmed with suppliers and then an invoice issued - payment will be due on receipt of this invoice.

                                  4. The wines are being collected and shipped in refrigerated containers and are due to arrive in late 2022.

                                  5. Nicks Wine Merchants reserve the right to pass on any changes in Government duties and taxes and delivery charges from the date of order to the date of final delivery of the wine.

                                  6. Errors and omissions excepted.

                                  7. Delivery charges may apply - these can be determined by visiting the Freight Rates page.

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                                    2018 Chateau La Fleur-Petrus
                                    Pomerol, Bordeaux, FRANCE
                                    $699. 00 Bottle
                                    $8388.00 Dozen
                                    ABV: 15%
                                    Closure: Cork

                                    Other Reviews....
                                    A blend of 91% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, the 2018 la Fleur-Petrus has a medium garnet-purple color and a slightly closed-down nose to begin, soon unfurling to reveal earthy notions of black truffles, mossy tree bark and damp soil, over a core of plum preserves, wild blueberries and redcurrants, plus a fragrant waft of menthol lilacs. The medium to full-bodied palate has the most gorgeous, velvety texture with well-knit freshness giving lift to the densely packed black fruit and earthy layers, finishing with a beguiling perfume. Stunning. Give it a good 3-4 years in bottle and drink it over the next 30 years or more. Drink 2025 - 2055.
                                    97+ points
                                    Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Wine Advocate (Apr 2021)

                                    The 2018 La Fleur-Pétrus is positively rapturous, just as it was from barrel. Mother Nature appears to have taken all the signatures of this site and turned up the volume. Loud. Rich and beautifully layered, La Fleur-Pétrus dazzles with magnificent richness and a finish that is eternal. Blood orange, mint, rose petal, spice and sweet red berry fruit build over time. I can't remember tasting a better young La Fleur-Pétrus. Give it a few years to shed some baby fat. Magnificent. Drink 2026 - 2058.
                                    97 points
                                    Antonio Galloni - Vinous

                                    Ripe black fruit, clove, licorice, pine and walnut husk on the nose. Bitter chocolate and coffee, too. It’s full-bodied with firm, tight tannins. Muscular and very formed. Energetic and precise with long, chewy layers and lots of depth, structure and polish. Superb. Needs time. Try from 2026.
                                    99 points
                                    James Suckling

                                    One of the most seamless, ethereal wines in the vintage, the 2018 Château La Fleur-Petrus checks in as 91% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot coming from a 45-acre vineyard of deep clay and gravelly soils located on the upper plateau of Pomerol. The vines average 35 years in age, and the élevage spans 16-18 months in 50% new French oak. Unquestionably in the same league as Trotanoy, Le Gay, Lafleur, Hosanna, and the other leviathans of the region, its deep purple hue is followed by a gorgeously layered, multi-dimensional 2018 with full-bodied aromas and flavors of black raspberry and blackcurrant fruits intermixed with spring flowers, dried herbs, and a hint of white truffle. Medium to full-bodied, with stunning symmetry and balance, its tannins are ripe and polished, and it has nicely integrated acidity as well as a great finish. It should drink well for another 20-25 years. Drink 2021 - 2046.
                                    97 points
                                    Jeb Dunnuck

                                    The floral dominated nose is accompanied by dark cherries, black plums, boysenberry, dark cocoa and truffles. Full-bodied, rich and focused, your palate is taken over by layers of silky, velvet textured fruits, all of which display incredible purity and elegance. This stunning Pomerol will age and develop for at least 3 decades.
                                    98 points
                                    Jeff Leve - The Wine Cellar Insider

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                                      2019 Chateau Trotanoy Pre-Arrival Offer
                                      Pomerol, Bordeaux, FRANCE
                                      $595. 00 Bottle
                                      $7140.00 Dozen
                                      Closure: Cork

                                      Other Reviews....
                                      The opaque purple-black colored 2019 Trotanoy slowly emerges from the glass with mystic notes of incense, iron ore, woodsmoke, black truffles and fragrant earth, giving way to a powerful core of ripe black plums, black cherry compote and mulberries with hints of graphite, crushed rocks and moss plus an enchanting waft of iris. The medium to full-bodied palate reveals a heart-thumping interplay between profoundly rich black fruit and an incredible array of mineral and floral sparks, supported by firm-yet-approachable ripe, rounded tannins and tons of freshness, finishing on a persistent ferrous note. Just magic.
                                      97-99 points
                                      Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Wine Advocate (Jun 2020)

                                      The 2019 Trotanoy was picked on a single day - 21 September and is matured in 50% new oak. Now this has a more backward bouquet than say Hosanna or La Fleur-Pétrus, biding its time before revealing extraordinarily pure black fruit laced with ethereal crushed stone and discrete blood orange scents. It displays astonishing delineation. The palate is utterly harmonious, quite dense yet refined and graceful. Hints of dark chocolate and truffle emerge towards the finish as it fans out gloriously. Quite simply, one of the best Pomerols...again.
                                      97-99 points
                                      Neal Martin - Vinous

                                      Wow. So tight with fantastic quality to the exquisite, polished tannins. It’s full-bodied, savory and beautiful. The tannins are nearly perfectly integrated, just melting into the wine. This goes on and on.
                                      98-99 points
                                      James Suckling

                                      I suspect a perfect wine in the making, the 2019 Chateau Trotanoy is almost all Merlot (there is normally a splash of Cabernet Franc) coming from a 7-hectare vineyard on dark clay and slightly gravelly soils. Its dense purple color is followed by a heavenly bouquet of crème de cassis, earthy black cherries, unsmoked tobacco, graphite, and chocolate. This massively endowed, powerful Pomerol has loads of glycerin and opulence yet still shows incredible purity, finesse, and gorgeous length. It’s one of the most prodigious wines in the vintage and will be accessible with just 4-5 years of bottle age and cruise in cooler cellars for 40 years or more. Having the chance to compare the 2018 and 2019 over the coming of decades will be one of the greatest vinous experiences out there!
                                      97-100 points
                                      Jeb Dunnuck

                                      Beautifully deep, garnet in color, the wine rocks from the moment you check out the perfume with its all-star cast of roses, star anise, spice, smoked black cherry and plum nuances. Full-bodied, rich and so sexy, it is impossible not to be completely taken over by its decadent array of textures. Concentrated, opulent and velvety, the finish delivers an array of perfectly ripe, Pomerolian fruits with a gorgeous sense of purity. This was so good, I could not stop drinking it.
                                      97-99 points
                                      Jeff Leve - The Wine Cellar Insider

                                      Conditions of Pre Arrival Offer:

                                      1. There is no minimum order unless stated.

                                      2. All wines are 750ml unless indicated otherwise.

                                      3. Once received, all orders will be confirmed with suppliers and then an invoice issued - payment will be due on receipt of this invoice.

                                      4. The wines are being collected and shipped in refrigerated containers and are due to arrive in late 2022.

                                      5. Nicks Wine Merchants reserve the right to pass on any changes in Government duties and taxes and delivery charges from the date of order to the date of final delivery of the wine.

                                      6. Errors and omissions excepted.

                                      7. Delivery charges may apply - these can be determined by visiting the Freight Rates page.

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                                        2018 Chateau Trotanoy
                                        Pomerol, Bordeaux, FRANCE
                                        $799. 00 Bottle
                                        $9588.00 Dozen
                                        ABV: 15%
                                        Closure: Cork

                                        Other Reviews....
                                        The 2018 Trotanoy is composed of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, it slowly unfurls to reveal a jaw-dropping perfume of Black Forest cake, black raspberries, blackberry pie and kirsch, followed by hints of cast-iron pan, violets, woodsmoke, Chinese five spice and eucalyptus, with a waft of tree bark. The full-bodied palate explodes with exotic spice and mineral fireworks, grounded by a concentrated, black and red berry preserves core and framed by firm, grainy tannins, finishing with epic length and depth. It will need a good five years in bottle to tame some of the youthfully overt, showy fruit and allow the mineral and earth nuances to emerge, then it should easily cellar another 35 years or more. Drink 2025 - 2060.
                                        99 points
                                        Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Wine Advocate (Apr 2021)

                                        The 2018 Trotanoy is a bold, powerful wine. In this vintage, some of the imposing structure that is such a Trotanoy signature has been replaced by super-expressive aromatics and striking detail. Dried herbs, iron, gravel and crushed rose petals all lend gorgeous savory nuance to a core of potent red berry fruit. Trotanoy is a Pomerol for those who can be patient. The 2018, though, is extraordinarily beautiful right out of the gate. Drink 2033 - 2068.
                                        99 points
                                        Antonio Galloni - Vinous

                                        Super nose of dried blueberry, black plum, walnut, myrrh and sandalwood. Lavender, violet, and chocolate, too. Ripe with wood now, but fresh. It’s full-bodied with firm, ultra fine tannins. Lots of dark spice is interlaced with the ripe fruit, giving this complex, perfumed character. Muscular, long and seamless with incredible depth and concentration. Reminds me of the great 2009, but this is better with more structure. Amazing wine. This is 100% merlot. Try from 2027.
                                        100 points
                                        James Suckling

                                        Another heavenly Pomerol in the vintage, the 2018 Château Trotanoy checks in as 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc brought up in (I suspect) lots of new French oak (although it's certainly not apparent). Revealing a dense purple hue as well as a smorgasbord-like bouquet of blackcurrants, dried flowers, cured meats, violets, tobacco, and chocolate, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a sexy, seductive texture, building yet sweet tannins, and just a rich, concentrated, yet flawless profile on the palate that's already impossible to resist. Nevertheless, a good 7-8 years of bottle age are warranted, and this magical elixir is going to evolve for 40 years or more. Drink 2028 - 2068.
                                        100 points
                                        Jeb Dunnuck

                                        Breathtaking in every sense of the word, this is what great Pomerol is all about. Dark in color, the complex bouquet starts off with flowers, truffle, chocolate, black cherry, incense, smoke, licorice and spice. But the best part of the wine takes place on your palate with its lavish display of velvet drenched fruits. The level of purity, coupled with its opulent, sensual qualities, length and complexity is almost off the charts! The finish easily crosses the 60 second mark! This is a future legend of Bordeaux.
                                        100 points
                                        Jeff Leve - The Wine Cellar Insider

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                                          2020 Chateau Belair-Monange Pre-Arrival Offer
                                          Saint Emilion, Bordeaux, FRANCE
                                          $355. 00 Bottle
                                          $4260.00 Dozen
                                          Closure: Cork

                                          Other Reviews....
                                          The 2020 Belair Monange displays an opaque purple-black color, unfurling slowly to reveal a nose of blueberry preserves, stewed plums and Morello cherries, giving way to a fragrant undercurrent of Chinese five spice, incense and dried rose petals, plus hints of fallen leaves, Sichuan pepper and oolong tea. The medium to full-bodied palate delivers a fantastically plush texture with mouth-coating black and blue fruits and loads of exotic spice sparks, gently lifted by soft acidity, finishing long and fragrant.
                                          95-97 points
                                          Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Wine Advocate (May 2021)

                                          The 2020 Bélair-Monange continues its impressive run of form under the JP Moueix family, having rapidly ascended to the highest rank within the Saint-Émilion appellation. This latest release is another stunning articulation of its propitious terroir, which lies adjacent to Ausone. You could lose yourself in the kaleidoscope of aromas: black cherries, Dorset plum, crushed stone, violet and background pencil box, beautifully defined and growing in intensity. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe tannins and quite firm (maybe a tad more than I anticipated), displaying fine grip. This is a strict yet utterly compelling Bélair-Monange with wonderful salinity coming through toward the finish. There is a lot of substance to this wine and it is perhaps less immediate than other recent vintages, indicating that it may require long-term cellaring. Outstanding.
                                          95-97 points
                                          Neal Martin - Vinous

                                          It’s full-bodied, showing loads of violets, blackberries and blueberries with salt and white-pepper character. Minerally. It’s very fine-grained with a fascinating finish. Intense and long. 98% merlot and 2% cabernet franc.
                                          97-98 points
                                          James Suckling

                                          A quintessential Saint-Emilion, the 2020 Château Belair-Monange reveals a dense purple/plum color as well as classic Saint-Emilion minerality that covers lots of ripe black fruits, graphite, tobacco, and violet aromas and flavors. Rich, medium to full-bodied, and concentrated, you could almost eat it with a fork and yet it still stays light on its feet, has building, polished tannins, and a great finish. It's a brilliant wine in the making.
                                          96-98+ points
                                          Jeb Dunnuck

                                          Full-bodied, concentrated, rich and velvety, the wine promptly provides layer after layer of flawlessly ripe, black and dark red pit fruits, crushed rocks, licorice, espresso, smoke and flowers. Long, deep, rich, concentrated and focused, the wine finishes with a majestic combination of minerals, black plums, black cherries, dark cocoa, velvet-laced tannins and spice. The stony finish sticks with you for close to 60 seconds. Give this at least a decade before pulling a cork and enjoy it over the next 3 decades with little effort.
                                          98-100 points
                                          Jeff Leve - The Wine Cellar Insider

                                          Conditions of Pre Arrival Offer:

                                          1. There is no minimum order unless stated.

                                          2. All wines are 750ml unless indicated otherwise.

                                          3. Once received, all orders will be confirmed with suppliers and then an invoice issued - payment will be due on receipt of this invoice.

                                          4. The wines are being collected and shipped in refrigerated containers and are due to arrive in late 2023.

                                          5. Nicks Wine Merchants reserve the right to pass on any changes in Government duties and taxes and delivery charges from the date of order to the date of final delivery of the wine.

                                          6. Errors and omissions excepted.

                                          7. Delivery charges may apply - these can be determined by visiting the Freight Rates page.

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                                            2019 Chateau Belair-Monange Pre-Arrival Offer
                                            Saint Emilion, Bordeaux, FRANCE
                                            $370. 00 Bottle
                                            $4440.00 Dozen
                                            Closure: Cork

                                            Other Reviews....
                                            Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2019 Belair Monange comes sashaying out of the glass with a graceful hair-toss of fragrant red roses, cinnamon stick, cardamom and cumin seed notes over a core of Morello cherries, dark chocolate, wild blueberries and blackberry pie plus a touch of pencil shavings. The medium to full-bodied palate is just scrumptious, offering layers of perfumed black fruits and bright floral sparks, framed by exquisitely ripe, satiny tannins and an invigorating line of freshness, finishing on a lingering aniseed note.
                                            96-98 points
                                            Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Wine Advocate (Jun 2020)

                                            The 2019 Bélair-Monange, currently undergoing extensive renovation, was picked from 19 September to 3 October and matured in 50% new oak. It certainly leans upon red fruit on the nose with vivacious wild strawberry, cranberry and Morello scents, wonderful mineralité emerging with aeration. This really repays patience. Monitoring it over an hour it uncovers more black fruit - keeps you on your toes. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grain tannins and a sensual silky texture that belies the sheer depth of this Saint-Émilion. It fans out with abandon on the finish - just an outstanding wine that will offer drinkers many years of pleasure.
                                            96-98 points
                                            Neal Martin - Vinous

                                            Tight and minerally with tar, currant, and wet-earth aromas and flavors. Medium-to full-bodied. Some salt and white pepper to the black fruit. Black olives, too.
                                            96-97 points
                                            James Suckling

                                            The 2019 Belair-Monange is beautiful and reminds me slightly of the 2016 with its fresh yet concentrated style. Offering lots of black fruits, scorched earth, truffle, lead pencil, and a liquid rock-like minerality, this full-bodied beauty has a solid spine of acidity, beautiful balance, and enough building tannins to warrant a solid 5-7 years of bottle age.
                                            96-98 points
                                            Jeb Dunnuck

                                            Floral in nature, you also find smoke, incense, red fruits, spice box, rocks, stones and oceanic notes in the perfume. The wine is rich, concentrated, fresh, vibrant and silky. The fruits glide across your palate leaving a trail of sweet cherries, salt and plums that hang with you.
                                            96-98 points
                                            Jeff Leve - The Wine Cellar Insider

                                            Conditions of Pre Arrival Offer:

                                            1. There is no minimum order unless stated.

                                            2. All wines are 750ml unless indicated otherwise.

                                            3. Once received, all orders will be confirmed with suppliers and then an invoice issued - payment will be due on receipt of this invoice.

                                            4. The wines are being collected and shipped in refrigerated containers and are due to arrive in late 2022.

                                            5. Nicks Wine Merchants reserve the right to pass on any changes in Government duties and taxes and delivery charges from the date of order to the date of final delivery of the wine.

                                            6. Errors and omissions excepted.

                                            7. Delivery charges may apply - these can be determined by visiting the Freight Rates page.

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                                              2018 Chateau Belair-Monange
                                              Saint Emilion, Bordeaux, FRANCE
                                              $450. 00 Bottle
                                              $5400.00 Dozen
                                              ABV: 15%
                                              Closure: Cork

                                              Other Reviews....
                                              Made from 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2018 Belair Monange rolls effortlessly out of the glass with gregarious scents of black cherry preserves, stewed plums and boysenberries, plus suggestions of Indian spices, rose oil, Ceylon tea and garrigue, with a waft of tilled soil. The rich, seductive, full-bodied palate is laden with black fruit preserves and exotic spice layers, framed by velvety tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long and fragrant. Wonderfully hedonic and conceivably drinkable now, give it 4-5 years in the cellar to allow the earthy/savory nuances to fully emerge from within the fruit and drink it over the next 25 years or more. Drink 2025 - 2050.
                                              98 points
                                              Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Wine Advocate (Apr 2021)

                                              The 2018 Bélair-Monange, so impressive out of barrel, delivers now that it finds itself incarcerated by glass. It is endowed with a seriously impressive nose, delivering blackberry and still that faint warm brick/terracotta scent, shaved black truffle and a touch of clove. You could lose yourself completely in this bouquet. The palate has firmed up a little, displaying more backbone than I recall. The dash of cracked black pepper liberally sprinkled over the finish curiously bears similarities to some of the Pomerols this vintage, and the Cabernet Franc feels much more prominent than its 2% contribution to the blend would suggest. I adore this Saint-Émilion and it is going to benefit from 8–10 years in the cellar... if you can resist temptation that long. Drink 2027 - 2050.
                                              96 points
                                              Neal Martin - Vinous

                                              Very intense blackberries, black olives, blueberries and dried flowers. Stony minerality. Even some pine. Full-bodied with superb depth of fruit and ultra fine tannins that are intense and polished. The finish is so long and delivers so much flavor, from wet earth to blackberry again. Seamless palate. Try after 2026.
                                              99 points
                                              James Suckling

                                              An incredible expression of Merlot grown on limestone soils, the 2018 Château Belair-Monange (90/10 Merlot and Cabernet Franc) sports a dense purple hue as well as powerful notes of blackcurrants, kirsch liqueur, flowery incense, chalky minerality, and white truffle. Rich, full-bodied, and beautifully concentrated, it's a serious 2018 offering integrated oak, ripe yet building tannins, and one hell of a great finish. The finest vintage of this cuvée I've tasted, it's a wine to seek out and hide in the cellar for a good 5-7 years. It's going to evolve for 30-40 years. Drink 2026 - 2056.
                                              98 points
                                              Jeb Dunnuck

                                              The wines here continue getting better year after year. And 2018 is no exception. Just the color, with its dark, purple ink hue tells you you're in for something special. There is incredible intensity of flavor here. The non-stop layers of rocks, stones, black plums, blueberry and black cherry accompanied by flowers, spice box, licorice and chocolate is sublime. But it is the wealth of velvet drenched, silky fruits coating your palate that hits it out of the park! The 60 second seamless finish seals the deal! With time, this will probably hit triple digits. Produced from blending 90% Merlot with 10% Cabernet Franc, this should age for 2-3 decades or more with little effort.
                                              99 Points
                                              Jeff Leve - The Wine Cellar Insider

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                                              Wray and Nephew White Overproof Rum (700ml)
                                              Kingston, JAMAICA
                                              $89. 99 Bottle
                                              $1079.88 Dozen
                                              ABV: 63%

                                              Ask a native where you could sample J.Wray & Nephew over-proof rum, and they will tell you knock on the door of any household. Such is the legendary status of this spirit that it accounts for 90% of rum sales in Jamaica. Other brands produced under the J.Wray & Nephew name are Captain Morgan, Coruba and the highly renowned Appleton Estate range. Use this product in classic rum punches with tropical juices. Alternate with flavoured rums and liqueurs for something new. Also great in the traditional Mai Tai and Daiquiri.

                                              Other reviews... Pungent, fruity, estery... Although very potent, when used correctly Wray & Nephew's complex bouquet and unique flavour characteristics make it an excellent base for cocktails and punches. 5 Stars - disffordsguide.com

                                              Recipe: Jamaican Rum Punch

                                              1 cup J.Wray and Nephew Over-proof rum
                                              1/2 cup Myer's dark rum
                                              2 1/2 cups pineapple juice
                                              2 1/2 cups orange juice
                                              1/4 cup lime juice
                                              3 tbsp grenadine syrup
                                              Ice cubes

                                                Sullivans Cove Single Cask TD0074 American Oak Tawny Port Single Malt Australian Whisky (700ml)
                                                Hobart, Tasmania, AUSTRALIA
                                                $999. 00 Bottle
                                                $11988.00 Dozen
                                                ABV: 47.5%

                                                Note: Box has come from a private collection and as such has some minor scuffing/scratches/handling marks.

                                                A single cask American oak release of just 235 bottles, filled in 2008 and bottled in 2020. The flavour profile is said to sit somewhere in between Sullivans Cove French and American Oak styles, combining the malt and vanilla sweetness of American oak with the rich dried fruit character of fortified wine the barrel previously contained.

                                                “We had already seen good results from American oak bourbon and French oak tawny casks, so thought it was time to experiment with different kinds of oak,” says Patrick Maguire, Head Distiller, Sullivans Cove. “We couldn’t be happier with the results. We’ve laid more down recently, but they won’t be ready for at least ten years, so this is a great opportunity to try some of our early successes.”

                                                Managing Director Adam Sable adds “Transparency is really important to us, so we want people to understand that both the kind of oak itself, as well as what the cask was previously used for, have a major influence on the character of our whiskies. This release has been aged in American Oak, so it’s getting a black label just like our standard release. But because that cask was previously used to age tawny fortified wine instead of bourbon, we’re giving it a blue stripe so people understand there’s a different flavour profile here.”
                                                Non chill filtered. 47.5% Alc./Vol.

                                                  Sullivans Cove Single Cask TD0184 American Oak Second Fill Single Malt Australian Whisky (700ml)
                                                  $999. 00 Bottle
                                                  $11988.00 Dozen

                                                  A well-aged Sullivan's Cove, filled into a cask in 2007 and bottled in June 2021. 184 bottles produced.
                                                  One only from a private collection. 47.4% Alc./Vol

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                                                  2015 Proprieta Sperino Uvaggio Coste Della Sesia Rosso - Damaged Label
                                                  Piedmont, ITALY
                                                  Reduced from $56.99
                                                  $52. 99 Bottle
                                                  $635.88 Dozen
                                                  ABV: 13.5%
                                                  Closure: Cork

                                                  Located in the small town of Lessona, near Biella in northern Piemonte, Paolo De Marchi, owner of Isole e Olena, inherited Proprietà Sperino from his grandfather, Felice Sperino in 1999. Together with his oldest son Luca, who now runs the estate, they have set about revitalising it.
                                                  A blend of 80% Nebbiolo, 15% Vespolina and 5% Croatina. Deep dark red colour with black tinged edges and a red to brick red hue. Rising from the glass are red to dark cherry and red currant aromatics which are trailed by earth, dried herb, spicy cedar and subtle new leather notes. Moreish ripe red cherry and red currant fruits flow across the intensely flavoured palate leaving behind earthy leather, dried herb and spicy old cedar characters on the back half. Supple mid palate finishing with bright acidity and light grippy tannins on the long and savoury aftertaste.
                                                  Drink over the next 4-5 years.
                                                  Alc. 13.5%

                                                    2017 Mount Compass XO Brandy (700ml)
                                                    South Australia, AUSTRALIA
                                                    $199. 00 Bottle
                                                    $2388.00 Dozen
                                                    ABV: 56.5%

                                                    Note: Box has come from a private collection and as such has some minor scuffing/scratches/handling marks.

                                                    Formed in 2014 by owners David and Jenny Martin with a view to producing quality craft spirits, production at Mount Compass first occurred in July 2016 with a wheat based Vodka, followed in December by a Gin. David and Jenny were both born in Liverpool, England and moved to Australia in 2009. Jenny is a nurse and David a research chemist. David had been producing home made wines and beers with his father since he was thirteen. Living so close to the wine region of McLaren Vale he wanted to see if his hobby could be turned into a full time business. However, the cost and number of producers was already high but what was noticed was how little spirits consumed in Australia are actually produced here.

                                                    Apart from gin, rum, whisky, moonshine and other spirits, Mount Compass offer a limited edition brandy. In fact, just 100 numbered bottles of this annual release are on offer. Aged for 24 years and bottled at natural strength. 56.5% Alc./Vol.

                                                      Overeem Distillery "Man of Promise Reserve" Port Cask Matured Single Malt Australian Whisky (700ml)
                                                      Tasmania, AUSTRALIA
                                                      $250. 00 Bottle
                                                      $3000.00 Dozen
                                                      ABV: 50%

                                                      An annual release made up of three exceptional port casks, hand-selected and married together by distillery founder, Casey Overeem. The series celebrates the promise Casey made to himself almost four decades ago. In a cousin's basement, somewhere in a small town in Norway, Casey had his first distilling experience. An already avid single malt whisky fan, then and there he promised to one day craft a single malt whisky that he could enjoy alongside the great whiskies of the world, hence this release always carries big expectations. Indeed, the first edition was voted Best Australian Single Malt Whisky by Ozwhisky review in 2020. Once again, this (conveniently) tastes like Christmas. Presented at an approachable 50%. Very limited stocks.

                                                      Notes from the producers... Nose: Salted caramel, lemon zest, barley sugars, shaved almonds and cocoa. Palate: Caramel fudge, fruit cake, nutmeg, dried apricots, toffee, raisins and marzipan. Finish: Long, and nutty, with burnt toffee, caramels and dark fruits.

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                                                      2018 Vinelea Shiraz - Damaged Label
                                                      Beechworth, Victoria, AUSTRALIA
                                                      Reduced from $34.99
                                                      $32. 99 Bottle
                                                      $395.88 Dozen
                                                      ABV: 13.6%
                                                      Closure: Diam Cork

                                                      Produced from 100% estate-grown fruit, hand-picked, fermented in small parcels, basket-pressed and aged for 30 months in 40% new tight-grain French oak barrels, with no fining or filtering. Impenetrable inky black colour with an equally deep dark red black hue. Intense blackberry, liquorice and black cherry aromatics are complexed by smoky vanillin cedar, dried clove, roasted meats, earth and pepper. Full, rich and possessing an opulent texture the front half of the palate is drenched in ripe blackberry, liquorice and luscious black cherry fruits. Lying underneath is toasty oak, dried herbs, scorched earth and peppered meats. Superb power and depth with velvety yet also structural tannins. Long flamboyant aftertaste.
                                                      Drink over the next 4-5 years.
                                                      Alc. 13.6%

                                                      • Nick's Import
                                                      Rebel Yell Straight Rye Whiskey (700ml)
                                                      Kentucky, UNITED STATES
                                                      $89. 99 Bottle
                                                      $1079.88 Dozen
                                                      ABV: 45%

                                                      Reported to be a 24-month aged straight rye distilled and aged in Indiana for the Luxrow company. Expect unpretentious, spicy rye flavours balanced by notes of vanilla with enough backbone to stand up to classic cocktails. 45% Alc./Vol.

                                                      Double Gold Medal - San Francisco World Spirit Competition 2016.

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                                                      Rebel Yell Small Batch Straight Rye Whiskey (700ml)
                                                      Kentucky, UNITED STATES
                                                      $89. 99 Bottle
                                                      $1079.88 Dozen
                                                      ABV: 45%

                                                      Moving beyond Bourbon and into rye, the Rebel Yell portfolio continues to expand thanks to Lux Row's efforts to re-invigorate the brand which dates back to 1849. The Small Batch rye is described by diffordsguide.com "...as spicy but approachable and also unusually fruity with dried fruit and burnt fruit cake flavours." 4.5 stars. 45% Alc./Vol.

                                                      Other reviews... “Aged 24 months.” In these debased times, they should be applauded for the correct labeling of this 2 year old. Somewhat hot nose of grass, cinnamon, Pixy Stix powder candy, and oak. Simple, sweet on the palate with a crisping of rye bitterness and oak. Easy-drinking and not overly young. Color me surprised: it’s well-made for inexpensive young rye. 84 points - whiskyadvocate.com, reviewed by: Lew Bryson 2015

                                                      ...Way too young in that the grain and the tannin are barely on speaking terms. Negligible balance, though the light liquorice note on early delivery and late spices do salvage something. 83.5 points - Jim Murrays Whisky Bible 2021

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                                                      Rebel Yell Small Batch Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (700ml)
                                                      Kentucky, UNITED STATES
                                                      $89. 99 Bottle
                                                      $1079.88 Dozen
                                                      ABV: 45.3%

                                                      Another zero rye, wheated bourbon in the Rebel Yell series, made at the Bernheim distillery and reported to be around 6 years old. Big review from Jim Murray below. 45.3% Alc./Vol.

                                                      Other reviews... Confident, intense, punchy spices suggest wheat at work here, as does the delightful doughy bread and tannin mix...a near faultless delivery... the most velvety kick-delivery you could imagine... and always pitch perfect. A full on, toasty bourbon making the most of the ample spices on hand. 94.5 points - Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2021

                                                      ...Wheat character shines in this well-balanced wheated bourbon. 4.5 stars - diffordsguide.com

                                                      • Nick's Import
                                                      Rebel Yell 100 Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (700ml)
                                                      Kentucky, UNITED STATES
                                                      $99. 99 Bottle
                                                      $1199.88 Dozen
                                                      ABV: 50%

                                                      Rebel Yell is a Lux Row Distillers brand. Presumably this is another of their sourced whiskeys. Introduced in 2019, no age statement is noted on the label. While we do know it's made from corn, wheat and malted barley, the precise bill isn't disclosed. It is classified as a 'wheated' style, so we can be certain that that grain plays a larger than usual role giving the bourbon a lightness and a little extra sweetness.

                                                      Other reviews... Honey-roasted peanuts, maple syrup, and stone fruits are underscored by deep earthy notes of tobacco leaf, dried apple, sassafras leaves, and candied nuts. The palate expresses some tropical dried pineapple fruit and sweet butterscotch, turning full and spicy, with pleasant chocolate and cinnamon hearts candies lending lots of verve and some complexity on the medium finish. Best Values - 88 points - whiskyadvocate.com, Reviewed by: Jeffery Lindenmuth 2019

                                                      ...A straightforward bourbon that won’t wow you, but won’t break the bank either. Rebel Yell 100 most likely won’t impress anyone, but maybe it doesn’t need to. Not every bourbon needs to stand out, as long as it can still deliver an adequate sip for a fair price. Rebel Yell 100 fulfills that definition well. It’s an affordable bourbon that delivers a good enough flavor profile to drink neat, but also thanks to its price tag, encourages you to experiment making cocktails with it as well. - breakingbourbon.com

                                                      • Nick's Import
                                                      1993 Glendronach Single Cask No.5965 Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon Cask Strength 26 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                                      Highlands, SCOTLAND
                                                      $999. 00 Bottle
                                                      $11988.00 Dozen
                                                      ABV: 55.2%

                                                      Cask no. 5965 was a former Pedro Ximénez Puncheon, selected and bottled exclusively for Denmark. We've managed to secure a handful of the original 717 bottles for Australia's many Glendronach fans. As ever with these casks, the whisky has taken on a beautiful deep chestnut colour and promises aromas of cherries, chocolate and hazelnuts that follow with flavours of ginger, plums, raisins, dried apple, cocoa, walnuts and tobacco. 55.2% Alc./Vol. Non chill filtered.

                                                      • Nick's Import
                                                      Kentucky Owl 11 Year Old Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey (750ml)
                                                      Kentucky, UNITED STATES
                                                      $699. 00 Bottle
                                                      $8388.00 Dozen
                                                      ABV: 50.9%

                                                      Ryes of this age are seldom found. Released in June 2018 and sourced from one or more distilleries in Kentucky, batch 2 of 'The Wise Man's Rye' has a smaller outturn than the inaugural bottling. A tiny parcel has arrived in Australia. 50.9% Alc./Vol.

                                                      Other reviews... [Batch 2 tasted] The vanilla and oak-driven nose offers layers of stone fruits, golden raisin, tropical fruit, and citrus zest, along with hints of espresso, violet, and fresh herbs. On the palate, this is so dialed in! Laser-like in its delivery of sweetness and spice, it rings clean and bright, and simply sizzles with candied ginger warmth before the finish pours on cocoa and nutty flavors. Tastes wonderfully mature, yet full of vigor.
                                                      93 points - whiskyadvocate.com, reviewed by: Jeffery Lindenmuth 2018

                                                      Despite this, its age, and presumably expert selection and blending of barrels, are what has made Kentucky Owl’s rye batches stand out. I might not have been blown away by Batch 1 when I first had it last year, but it is one that I haven't gotten out of my head and something I return to whenever I can. That says a lot about Kentucky Owl’s rye batches. They’re really good and very drinkable. That was what Kentucky Owl set out for with Batch 2, and they certainly succeeded. Add to that the fact that 11 year old ryes aren’t easy to come by, and just maybe you can overlook its high price point. With a lack of readily available competitors, Kentucky Owl Batch 2 might win just by showing up. - breakingbourbon.com

                                                      [10 year old tasted] Unlike their pretty poor Bourbon offering, this rye is more Owl than Ow! 90.5 points - Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2021

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                                                      2021 Yangarra Estate Vineyard Rose
                                                      McLaren Vale, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
                                                      $22. 99 Bottle
                                                      $275.88 Dozen
                                                      Cellar: Drink now - 1 Years (2021-2022)
                                                      ABV: 13.5%
                                                      Closure: Stelvin

                                                      Produced from certified organic Grenache grapes sourced from bush vines planted in 2009 and 1946. Translucent pale pink in colour with delightful peach, raspberry, strawberry and musk scents sailing through the nostrils. Delicious raspberry and strawberry fruits have a beautiful supple feel with notions of musk and wet stone lying underneath. Excellent intensity, finishing dry with brisk acidity and a dash of spice to the long aftertaste.
                                                      Drink now to 1 year.
                                                      Alc. 13.5%

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                                                        2016 Eldridge Estate Pinot Noir
                                                        Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, AUSTRALIA
                                                        $54. 99 Bottle
                                                        $659.88 Dozen
                                                        Cellar: Drink now - 3 Years (2021-2024)
                                                        ABV: 13.5%
                                                        Closure: Stelvin

                                                        Located in a shaded valley in the Mornington Peninsula hinterland, Eldridge Estate is one of the coolest vineyards on the Mornington Peninsula. From vines mostly planted in 1984 the grapes are grown in a single plot of 3 hectares.
                                                        Aged in French oak barriques for 16 months. Semi translucent dark red colour with black tinged edges and a light red hue. Aromas of sour to red cherries and strawberries are complexed by notions of forest floor, game, dried herbs and spicy cedar. Rich, supple and powerful, this is in its peak drinking window. Delicious dark cherry, ripe strawberry and anise flavours engulf the mouth supported by a silky smooth tannin structure. The back half picks up ascents of dried meat, forest floor, dried herbs and spicy cedar. Superb power concluding long and highly moreish.
                                                        Drink over the next 2-3 years.
                                                        Alc. 13.5%

                                                        Other Reviews….
                                                        Seven clones of pinot noir as a starting point. Wild yeast, 100% whole berries, 25% new oak, three different coopers. Poached strawberries, Turkish delight, red cherry and fistfuls of meaty spice. It has personality and difference within a taut, disciplined frame. It gives up plenty, even this young, but everything suggests there are more delights tucked into its flamboyant sleeves. Drink by 2026.
                                                        95 points
                                                        Campbell Mattinson – James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion

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                                                          2016 Chateau Meillac Bordeaux Superieur
                                                          Bordeaux Superieur, Bordeaux, FRANCE
                                                          $24. 99 Bottle
                                                          $299.88 Dozen
                                                          Cellar: Drink now - 4 Years (2021-2025)
                                                          ABV: 14.5%
                                                          Closure: Cork

                                                          Chateau Meillac is a Bordeaux Superior from Domaine Serisier vineyards running down the slope of the limestone plateau one kilometer from Chateau Cadillac. The limestone plateau is one in a series of riverside hills and plateaus where the appellations of Saint-Émilion and Pomerol sit. Chateau Meillac, is located on the site near to the town of St Romain la Virvée.
                                                          A blend of 85% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon. Very deep black dark red colour with a dark red hue. Prominent blackcurrant aromas rise from the glass trailed by earthy tobacco, black olive, spicy cedar and subtle leather notes. Medium to full in body rich blackcurrant and liquorice fruits are carried by a sturdy tannin structure with elements of scorched earth, black olive and spicy cedary tobacco characters lying underneath. Dry, firmish finish with the robust aftertaste showing good depth.
                                                          Drink over the next 3-4 years.
                                                          Alc. 14.5%

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                                                            2020 Pierro Chardonnay
                                                            Margaret River, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA
                                                            $84. 99 Bottle
                                                            $1019.88 Dozen
                                                            Cellar: Drink now - 6 Years (2021-2027)
                                                            ABV: 13.5%
                                                            Closure: Stelvin

                                                            Owner and manager of Pierro Estate, Dr Mike Peterkin, has a viticultural pedigree second to none. Besides making one of Margaret Rivers best Chardonnay’s, Mike also produced the first Semillon Sauvignon Blanc blend in Australia.
                                                            Fermented in French barriques, the wine goes through a full malolactic fermentation which helps achieve superior texture, mouth feel and a more refined, persistent flavour. Lees are stirred fortnightly by hand in barrel over a period of 12 months.
                                                            Brilliant pale straw colour with distinct highlights of green around the edges and a watery hue. Nosing reveals a kaleidoscopic like range of aromatics with white peach and nectarine scents infused with gun flint intermingling with biscuity oak, citrus and faint spicy butterscotch. Rich yet refined and beautifully poised the palate is flooded with white peach and nectarine fruits which overlay a back drop of biscuity oak, subtle roasted almond, spicy nougat and gun flint. Superb power and depth finishing gently creamed and very long.
                                                            Drink over the next 5-6 years.
                                                            Alc. 13.5%

                                                            Other Reviews…..
                                                            The intensity of this super chardonnay was evident the moment I screwed the top off. Wow. This captures so much of the character of this excellent, small Margaret River vintage. It's delicate yet it has so much power driving through the palate. Butterscotch and white peach with an edge of nectarine work in harmony. The oak treatment is excellent, providing such control. Mike Peterkin has been making great chardonnay for years, but this one might just be the best yet.
                                                            98 points
                                                            Ray Jordan

                                                            Apparently you pronounce the name Peterkin as Peter-kin, though I much prefer Peh-turr-kin. I wish I was called Peterkin. Much better, and rounder, and more fun to say, than the monosyllabic ‘Walsh’. Peterkin. PETERKIN

                                                            I’d say the best Margaret River Chardonnay wines combine richness of flavour and power, with fresh acidity. Well, that’s what you have here. All the stone fruit, ripe pear, nougat, hazelnut and spice, with subtle struck match, and maybe a sizzle of grapefruit. It has a slippery glycerol feel, but pulls tight and flinty, a spiced honey biscuit thing happening too, oatmeal, and a crisp long finish of superb length. Lovely. Powerful, But kind of calm too. And soothing. Drink 2021-2027+
                                                            96 points
                                                            Gary Walsh - The Wine Front

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                                                              2021 Vickery Eden Valley Riesling
                                                              Eden Valley, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
                                                              $19. 99 Bottle
                                                              $239.88 Dozen
                                                              Cellar: Drink now - 6 Years (2021-2027)
                                                              ABV: 12%
                                                              Closure: Stelvin

                                                              John Vickery is a legend of the Australian wine industry and is widely acknowledged as the old master of Riesling. His illustrious career spans over 50 years at the likes of Leo Buring and Richmond Grove during which time he amassed more than 50 Trophies and over 400 gold medals. He was also responsible for the re-introduction of screw caps with his 1998 Richmond Grove Watervale Riesling.
                                                              The 2021 vintage produced wines of exceptional quality from Eden Valley. The season started with promising rainfall and idyllic winter conditions. The following Spring and Summer were dry, once again with below average rainfalls which resulted in lower-than-average yields. The resulting wines are delicate and expressive, with bright natural acidity and intense flavours.
                                                              Brilliant water like colour with a very faint tinge of green around the outskirts. Intense lime and citrus aromatics are followed by orange rind, talc and chalky mineral notes. Concentrated lemon and lime fruits engulf the mouth underpinned by crunchy acidity. Notions of orange rind, chalky talc characters and flinty minerals ensue. Finishes dry and snappy with a long zesty aftertaste.
                                                              Drink over the next 5-6 years.
                                                              Alc. 12%

                                                              Other Reviews….
                                                              Has a fresh lemon and lime nose that carries beautifully spicy and fragrant character, as well as some white nectarine and white peach. This is packed with flavor and has an intensely rich palate. The acidity is pitched perfectly and there’s a lot of depth, too. Drink or hold.
                                                              94 points
                                                              JamesSuckling.com

                                                                Ardbeg Monsters of Smoke Limited Edition Single Malt Scotch Whisky Tasting Pack (3x200ml)
                                                                Islay, SCOTLAND
                                                                $79. 99 Bottle
                                                                $959.88 Dozen

                                                                Ardbeg's new collectable packs are an affordable way to sample the core range in an ‘at home’ tasting experience. They're also a great gifting opportunity. The presentation is inspired by old B-grade horror movie posters and each bottle has a peelable label that reveals unique artwork lurking beneath.
                                                                The pack comprises 3 x 200ml bottles: The flagship Ardbeg Ten Years Old, the feisty and youthful Ardbeg Five Years Old Wee Beastie and Ardbeg An Oa, which is finished in three different cask types. This is a once-off release so Ardbeg enthusiasts take note!

                                                                  Kavalan Triple Sherry Cask Matured Single Malt Taiwanese Whisky (700ml)
                                                                  TAIWAN
                                                                  $130. 00 Bottle
                                                                  $1560.00 Dozen
                                                                  ABV: 40%

                                                                  Kavalan have launched a new expression matured in three different Sherry casks, namely oloroso, Pedro Ximénez (PX) and Moscatel casks.

                                                                  Says Senior Blender, Zerose Yang, “Its main character, the dried fruits of the oloroso cask, are embellished with the sweetness of PX and Moscatel casks... The resulting liquid offers notes of cinnamon, candied smoked plum, and citrus, layered with a nose of berry, tropical fruits, and longan, alongside a dash of honey, chocolate, and toffee on the palate."

                                                                  Kavalan CEO, YT Lee adds: “This is the first time we’ve combined our whisky in three different Sherry casks. It’s all about multiplying and enriching the Sherry flavours to make a distinct whisky that has dried fruits, rich caramel, sweet maltose and tropical fruits as its profile.”

                                                                  The packaging design represents the Central Mountain and Snow Mountain ranges surrounding the Taiwanese distillery. 40% Alc./Vol.

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                                                                    2019 Jean Foillard Morgon Eponyme
                                                                    Beaujolais, FRANCE
                                                                    $86. 99 Bottle
                                                                    $1043.88 Dozen
                                                                    ABV: 13.5%
                                                                    Closure: Cork

                                                                    Since legendary US importer Kermit Lynch dubbed them the Gang of Four in the 1980's, wine collectors the world over have been searching for the precious few bottles of Beaujolais from Jean Foillard, Marcel Lapierre, Guy Breton, and Jean-Paul Thévenet. Each of these producers were inspired by the natural wine growing and wine making methods of local hero Jules Chauvet. Their aim is to help the unique Beaujolais terroir express itself with minimal intervention, harnessing old vines farmed with organic practices, fermentation with natural yeasts, along with limited use of sulphur. Together they have raised not only the profile of the region, but demonstrated that Beaujolais is more than just 'Nouveau' and can indeed produce meaningful, complex and wonderful wines.

                                                                    Along with his son Alex, Jean Foillard farms nearly fourteen hectares of vines planted mainly on the famed slopes of the Côte du Py in Morgon. As probably the most dependable of the Gang of Four, the wines of Jean Foillard are deep, structured, and complex, with a velvety lushness that makes them irresistible when young despite their aging potential. The wines are raised in older barrels sourced from top estates in Burgundy, including those from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, with the resulting efforts perhaps showing more in common with Chambolle-Musigny than what we've come to expect from 'regular' Beaujolais.

                                                                    Other Reviews....
                                                                    Aromas of sweet red berries, plums and smoke introduce the 2019 Morgon Eponym, a medium to full-bodied, supple and charming wine that's fine boned and elegant, with powdery tannins and lively acids, concluding with a perfumed finish. This is a pretty rendition of this cuvée derived from climat Les Charmes. Drink 2021 - 2031.
                                                                    93 points
                                                                    William Kelley - Wine Advocate (Aug 2021)

                                                                    Glistening ruby. Powerful, mineral-accented cherry, black raspberry, violet and black cardamom scents pick up a spicy nuance as the wine opens up. Chewy and tightly wound on entry, offering juicy dark berry, bitter cherry and floral pastille flavors that deepen and slowly spread out through the back half. Shows firm tension and impressive energy on a very long, mineral-driven finish framed by polished, even tannins. Drink 2025 - 2035.
                                                                    94 points
                                                                    Josh Raynolds - Vinous

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                                                                      2019 Jean Foillard Morgon Corcelette
                                                                      Beaujolais, FRANCE
                                                                      $86. 99 Bottle
                                                                      $1043.88 Dozen
                                                                      ABV: 13.5%
                                                                      Closure: Cork

                                                                      Since legendary US importer Kermit Lynch dubbed them the Gang of Four in the 1980's, wine collectors the world over have been searching for the precious few bottles of Beaujolais from Jean Foillard, Marcel Lapierre, Guy Breton, and Jean-Paul Thévenet. Each of these producers were inspired by the natural wine growing and wine making methods of local hero Jules Chauvet. Their aim is to help the unique Beaujolais terroir express itself with minimal intervention, harnessing old vines farmed with organic practices, fermentation with natural yeasts, along with limited use of sulphur. Together they have raised not only the profile of the region, but demonstrated that Beaujolais is more than just 'Nouveau' and can indeed produce meaningful, complex and wonderful wines.

                                                                      Along with his son Alex, Jean Foillard farms nearly fourteen hectares of vines planted mainly on the famed slopes of the Côte du Py in Morgon. As probably the most dependable of the Gang of Four, the wines of Jean Foillard are deep, structured, and complex, with a velvety lushness that makes them irresistible when young despite their aging potential. The wines are raised in older barrels sourced from top estates in Burgundy, including those from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, with the resulting efforts perhaps showing more in common with Chambolle-Musigny than what we've come to expect from 'regular' Beaujolais.

                                                                      Other Reviews....
                                                                      The 2019 Morgon Corcelette is perfumed and expressive, bursting with aromas of plums, raspberries, violets, smoke and sweet soil tones. Medium to full-bodied, ample and enveloping, with melting tannins, lively acids and an expansive finish, it's fresh, vibrant and full of charm. Drink 2021 - 2033.
                                                                      93 points
                                                                      William Kelley - Wine Advocate (Aug 2021)

                                                                      Saturated magenta. Expressive aromas of red and dark fruit preserves, star anise and potpourri pick up a smoky mineral topnote with air. Juicy and energetic in the mouth, offering concentrated raspberry and cherry liqueur, fruitcake and floral pastille flavors supported by a core of smoky minerality. At once powerful and lithe, finishing on a gently tannic note with superb, floral- and mineral-driven tenacity. Drink 2024 - 2034.
                                                                      94 points
                                                                      Josh Raynolds - Vinous

                                                                      Deep and earthy, but also with great cherry and violet aromas that pull you into orbit around this elegant beauty. Long, racy and mineral finish with just a hint of funk (from reduction). Excellent aging potential. Drink or hold.
                                                                      93 points
                                                                      JamesSuckling.com

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                                                                        2019 Jean Foillard Morgon Cote du Py
                                                                        Beaujolais, FRANCE
                                                                        $86. 99 Bottle
                                                                        $1043.88 Dozen
                                                                        ABV: 13.5%
                                                                        Closure: Cork

                                                                        Since legendary US importer Kermit Lynch dubbed them the Gang of Four in the 1980's, wine collectors the world over have been searching for the precious few bottles of Beaujolais from Jean Foillard, Marcel Lapierre, Guy Breton, and Jean-Paul Thévenet. Each of these producers were inspired by the natural wine growing and wine making methods of local hero Jules Chauvet. Their aim is to help the unique Beaujolais terroir express itself with minimal intervention, harnessing old vines farmed with organic practices, fermentation with natural yeasts, along with limited use of sulphur. Together they have raised not only the profile of the region, but demonstrated that Beaujolais is more than just 'Nouveau' and can indeed produce meaningful, complex and wonderful wines.

                                                                        Along with his son Alex, Jean Foillard farms nearly fourteen hectares of vines planted mainly on the famed slopes of the Côte du Py in Morgon. As probably the most dependable of the Gang of Four, the wines of Jean Foillard are deep, structured, and complex, with a velvety lushness that makes them irresistible when young despite their aging potential. The wines are raised in older barrels sourced from top estates in Burgundy, including those from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, with the resulting efforts perhaps showing more in common with Chambolle-Musigny than what we've come to expect from 'regular' Beaujolais.

                                                                        Other Reviews....
                                                                        The most reserved wine in the range is the 2019 Morgon Côte du Py, a terrific effort that unwinds in the glass with notes of sweet berry fruit, peonies, loamy soil and sweet spices. Medium to full-bodied, deep and concentrated, with ultra-fine tannins and lively acids, it's sapid and mouthwatering. Stylistically, this sits somewhere between the richer, riper register of 2018 and 2017 and the fragrant classicism of 2016. As ever, it's one of the most dependably delicious purchases to be made in the region. Drink 2021 - 2035.
                                                                        94+ points
                                                                        William Kelley - Wine Advocate (Aug 2021)

                                                                        Deep, shimmering violet. Powerful, spice-tinged red and blue fruit preserve and floral pastille aromas are complemented by suggestions of musky earth and licorice. Alluringly sweet and seamless in the mouth, offering sappy, mineral-driven black raspberry, cherry liqueur, lavender and five-spice powder flavors that expand through the back half. Finishes extremely long and nervy, with harmonious tannins building steadily and adding solid grip to reverberating cherry and floral notes. Drink 2023 - 2033.
                                                                        95 points
                                                                        Josh Raynolds - Vinous

                                                                        An intensely mineral expression of Beaujolais that makes a good argument for this region, matching the (well known) terroir expression of Burgundy. As pure and focused as it is concentrated with a very long finish that’s all wet stones. Great aging potential! Drink or hold.
                                                                        95 points
                                                                        JamesSuckling.com

                                                                        • 94
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                                                                          Marlborough, NEW ZEALAND
                                                                          $13. 99 Bottle
                                                                          $167.88 Dozen
                                                                          Cellar: Drink now - 1 Years (2021-2022)
                                                                          ABV: 13%
                                                                          Closure: Stelvin

                                                                          An excellent year for Marlborough and Sauvignon Blanc, 2021 delivered light crops with a long ripening season resulting in concentrated wines. An impending shortage of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc means that supplies are likely to run dry much earlier than usual so get in quick to grab this bargain.
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                                                                          Drink now to 1 year.
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