Welcome to our 2022 January Sale.
As usual the wines are divided into two categories - those of perfect appearance which are simply reduced because we need to make room for new purchases and those which have minor imperfections to packaging or labels, neither of which affect the quality of the wine and where you can find some spectacular bargains.
We have picked out some highlights from the offer below and will continue to update these during the sale, which will continue until the end of the month
Check back regularly to see new additions to the offer as we continue to scour our stocks throughout the month.
Château Cantemerle 2016 – Reduced from £250 to £225 per dozen. Classed growth claret in a great vintage at under £20 a bottle in bond – need we say more! A raft of good scores from critics include 91 points from Neal Martin, 94 from James Suckling and 92 from Antonio Galloni, who says this is an “exceptionally balanced” wine of “pedigree and complexity.”
Château Certan de May 2011 – Reduced from £600 to £540 per dozen. A great chance to pick up a Pomerol that is ready to drink. 2011s have blossomed recently and are now showing very well. There are also magnums and an imperial for those quick off the mark.
Château Lascombes 2010 sold out quickly on the first day of the sale, but we have managed to secure further stock to offer at the same price of £750 per dozen, down from £850. 96 points from Robert Parker who says it is "probably the greatest Lascombes made to date" and "one of the great Margaux wines of the vintage."
Château Branon 2010 – Reduced from £950 to £850 per dozen. A 97-point Parker wine which is "very full, rich and impressively pure in texture." Less than 8,000 bottles made per year.
We now have a big price reduction on a parcel of Lafite 1976 in magnums. There is superficial damage to some labels and capsules but good levels. This might well be the lowest price in the world today for mature Château Lafite.
SWEET WHITE BORDEAUX
As we have mentioned many times, mature Sauternes offers sweet wine lovers the greatest bargains in the fine wine world. Three to highlight today from the everyday to the ultimate.
Château Doisy Vedrines 2010 – This is reduced from an already cheap £240 down to just £216 per dozen. This is outstanding value for a mature Sauternes and is nearly £70 per case cheaper than the recently released 2020. Superb Sauternes to enjoy now. 91 Neal Martin, 17 Jancis Robinson.
Château Suduiraut 2010 – Halves of this fantastic Sauternes with 95 points from Neal Martin, who calls it "very fine 2010 Sauternes," are down from £550 to £450 per 24. The perfect format for those who find a full bottle of sweet too much.
Château d’Yquem is clearly the greatest name of all in this region. We have magnums of the brilliant 2005 at a huge discount, down from £4,000 to just £2,400 per six! Neal Martin praises the “exquisite balance and perfectly judged acidity” – with a drinking window stretching to 2050.
Vintage Champagne has been absolutely flying off our list in recent months, so it has been a challenge to find fizz for the sale.
2012 is a vintage already massing great critical acclaim, and we are delighted to offer Charles Heidsieck Brut Millesime 2012 - reduced to £650 per dozen in bond, down from £790. This has 94 points from William Kelley, who praises the quality, saying it is "more generous and demonstrative than the 2008."
Domaine Felettig make pure, fine Pinot Noir from their holdings. Their 2018 Vosne Romanée is a transparent expression of the appellation, spicy, chalky and enticing. It is down from £540 to £475 per dozen.
2005 Corton Clos Rognet, Camille Giroud is reduced from £1100 to £980 per dozen. This Grand Cru is the "essence of 2005" according to Stephen Tanzer, who scores it 93 and raves about its "exhilarating flavors."
2018 Corton Charlemagne, Faiveley received 93-95 points from William Kelley in barrel, and is praised for its "concentration and chalky structuring extract." It is down to £1,440 per dozen from £1,600.
2019 Meursault Charmes, Jobard is reduced from £880 to £795 per dozen. From a tiny vintage that produced wines of high concentration and quality, this has 91 points from Allen Meadows who marks it as Outstanding and calls it "interesting and delicious."
THE RHÔNE VALLEY
In Châteauneuf du Pape we have a gem from Clos St Jean. The 2018 Deus Ex Machina is praised for its “sense of elegance” by Joe Czewinski of The Wine Advocate, awarding it 97 points. It is reduced from £840 down to £720 per dozen.
1996 Hermitage La Chapelle, Jaboulet is reduced from £1100 down to £990 per dozen. An iconic name from the northern Rhône with 92+ from Robert Parker, who calls it "immensely impressive." At its apex right now.
Farr Vintners customers will know Fleur de Thénac well from the years we have offered this brilliant value red wine. Today we can offer the property's top bottlings of red and white at more than £99 per dozen in bond.
Thénac Rouge 2015 is a typical Bordeaux blend and offers the plush, round texture of a great vintage. It is ready to drink now and over the next few years.
Thénac Blanc 2016 is two thirds Sauvignon Blanc, the remainder Semillon and Muscadelle. It offers a white Bordeaux style that is less impacted by oak.
For lovers of ROSÉ
The cloudy and wet British summer in 2021 meant limited opportunities to bask in the sun with our favourite rosés. As such, we are now able to offer the following discounts. Stock up now to get a real bargain so you’re prepared for the first sunny days of 2022.
Fleur de Thenac Rosé 2020 is now available at just £50 per dozen in bond, down nearly 40% from £80.
The Jolie-Pitt sensation Miraval Rosé 2020 is also reduced, down to £140 per dozen from £160.
The superb new Porquerolles Rosé 2020 from CHANEL is also discounted in the sale – just £150 per dozen from £175.
Finally, those looking for big bottles should look no further than our double magnums of Puech Haut Rosé 2020, reduced by 10% to £45 each in bond.
Dal Forno’s Amarone has cult status for its consistently high quality. We have a small parcel of the 2013 available at £1,980 per dozen, down from £2,250. It receives glowing reviews from the critics – both James Suckling and Eric Guido give it 97 points, and The Wine Advocate’s Monica Larner goes further with a 98-point review, saying it was her “favourite wine” in a retrospective tasting of their vintages.
Moving to Tuscany, the 2016 Brunello di Montalcino, Romitorio offers superb value in a great vintage, reduced from £420 to £378 per dozen. Eric Guido and Monica Larner both award it 95 points, the latter saying it is “a classic expression of the vintage” with “varietal-driven purity.”
Piedmont lovers should look to Barolo Pajana, Domenico Clerico 2016 in Minor Imperfections - reduced from £720 to £630 per dozen as the wine is not in original cartons. It has 96 points from Monica Larner, who praises the "deep sense of elegance and finesse."
Mouchão Tinto 2011 hails from a legendary vintage and has a 95 point review from Mark Squires of The Wine Advocate. At over a decade old, it is now in its drinking window and should offer excellent mid-term drinking. The price is down to £430 per dozen, from £480.
We also have some rare double magnums of the Mouchão Tinto Tonel 3-4 2011, with 97 points from Mark Squires who gushes that "its ancestors would be proud" and that "Mouchão strikes gold with this bottling." These are down to £395 each from £450.
2011 Pinot Noir, Cloudy Bay is now £200 per dozen, down from £240. A mature Pinot from one of New Zealand's flagship producers.
2018 Pinot Noir Angel Flower, Pyramid Valley is also reduced from £650 down to £580 per dozen. This exciting project comes from stunning, biodynamically farmed vineyards in Central Otago. Unfined and unfiltered, the wines are now made by Steve Smith MW (formerly of Craggy Range), and are full of character.
The 2016 Albis from Haras de Pirque is down 33% to £240 per dozen in bond. This Cabernet Sauvignon blend comes from the upper parts of the Maipo Valley at the foot of the Andes, from vines planted in 1992. It has 92 points from James Suckling, who praises the “depth” and “floral character.”