Sale Perfect Stock |  Minor Imperfections

Our January Sale is now into its second week and, whilst many wines have already sold out, there are still plenty of bargains to be found. We have added new wines (displayed as ADDED TO SALE in our list), as well as increasing the discount on many lines (displayed as FURTHER REDUCED).

As a reminder, most prices are reduced by at least 10% but some wines are now offered at much bigger discounts. Bargains can be found from great vineyards around the world but, as ever, our strength in depth is to be found in France.

As in most years, the sale is divided into two separate lists: Perfect Stock and Minor Imperfections. Clicking on these headers will take you to the relevant section and we have highlighted a few of the best buys, below.

Our usual minimum order has been reduced from £500 to £250 for all wines in the sale


Perfect Stock

At Farr Vintners we are rather obsessed with turning over our stocks rapidly. This section contains wines that are in perfect condition and that are discounted simply because we have had them in stock for more than a couple of months. There are some real bargains to be had here, including:


Château Valandraud 2006 is a wine with, according to Robert Parker, "...a layered texture, superb purity, and depth..." He gave it 92 points and Jancis Robinson MW gave it 17 out of 20. It now has almost 13% off and is £1150 per 12 bottles in bond – cheapest in the market by £200.


Château Raymond Lafon is a next door neighbour of the great Château d’Yquem and yet the wines are a fraction of the price. This 2007 is now just £195 per 12 bottles, a discount of almost 33% from its original sell price. Neal Martin describes it as “…one of the best value wines of the vintage” and gives it 93 points.

2002 Château Suduiraut has 17.5 points from Jancis Robinson MW and is a wine that she describes as “very exciting and nervy.” It is now just £265 per 12 bottles in bond, down almost 20% from the original price of £330. This is, by some margin, the world’s cheapest Suduiraut!


A cult producer, Domaine de la Vieille Julienne has built up a huge following over the years. Teir 2012 Châteauneuf Reservé now has almost 25% off. With 98 points from Jeb Dunnuck (then of the Wine Advocate), it is “…world-class stuff…a rock star on the palate…a tour de force that will have two-plus decades of life.” £600 per 6 in bond.



The 2015 vintage in Chablis produced some fabulous wines, one of which is the 2015 Chablis Bougros Côte Bouguerots, Fevre. Released at £600 per 12 bottles, this wine with 94+ points from Stephen Tanzer is now available to buy at £495 per 12 – a discount of 17.5%.


The 2015 Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz from Penfolds is now discounted by almost 15% from the original release price of £240 down to £205. This is a great expression of one of Australia’s finest producers and a cuvée that consistently outperforms its price point.

One of the greatest vineyards in Piedmont from one of the very best exponents of Barolo that money can buy – with a 13% discount – is the 96 point 2012 Barolo Ravera, Vietti. It is a wine that Antonio Galloni calls “…a star. Fabulous on the two occasions I have tasted it so far.” Suckling agrees (96 points) and’s Walter Speller gives it 17 points. Universal praise! £600 per 6 down from £690.



Minor Imperfections

As many of our customers know, we have one of most stringent and labour-intensive stock checking systems in the wine trade. We employ a large team at Octavian who examine and photograph the wines that we receive from our suppliers. Any wines that are received with minor imperfections (such as damp-soiled labels, non-original cases, US import back labels etc.) are then noted and offered for sale with discounted prices. Most of these imperfections are entirely superficial and photos are available of all wines in this category.

We have loose bottles of Croft 1963, one of the great mature vintage Ports, available with almost 14% off at £90 per bottle duty paid, ex-VAT. These are loose, have damp affected labels but will make great drinking. They carry a minimum order of 3 bottles on their own or can be bought by the single bottle in conjunction with other wines.

From one of the truly great Bordeaux vintages comes 1982 Montrose. The five cases we are selling have neck levels and slightly damp affected labels. Now with £300 discount per case, 12 bottles will cost you £2200 including UK duty, ex-VAT.

The 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Speciale from Arrowood is a wine that Tim Fish of the Wine Spectator awarded 96 points as recently as 2015. Now 21 years old and from a fantastic vintage, these 12 loose bottles are £110 each in bond, down from £125 and they come from an immaculate private cellar in the US.

Those looking for a perfect Rhône need look no further than the non-OWC 2007 Châteauneuf Deus Ex-Machina from Clos St Jean. Robert Parker says that “on two of the three times I [tasted it I] thought it was the single greatest red wine I have ever tasted… this 2007 is destined to be one of the legends of the new century." This slice of perfection will set you back £2950 per 12 bottles instead of £3600 – a discount of 18%.


Our usual minimum order has been reduced from £500 to £250 for all wines in the sale

Prices are in bond, exclusive of UK duty, delivery and VAT
Offered subject to confirmation & remaining unsold, E&OE