Back Vintage Bordeaux, Sweet-Spot Pricing
La Mission - Palmer - Ducru - Leoville-Poyferre
Pavillon Rouge - Trotanoy - Troplong Mondot
Outstanding Condition and Provenance in All Sizes
The overwhelming response to our previous Bordeaux offerings has made it abundantly clear: There's a huge thirst for great, well-priced Bordeaux...
We're right there with you. Collecting big-ticket Bordeaux is thrilling, but drinking an awesome, aged bottle without having to analyze scores and market values and ageability charts can be utterly satisfying - indeed, enjoying a sublime bottle is ultimately what fuels our passion to collect more.
So here you go.
Today we offer various half-bottles, fifths and magnums of back vintage Bordeaux all sharply priced, right where we find the sweet spot for Bordeaux: between $100-250. These are delivering serious palate gratification right now - though they also have the potential to be stashed away for the next 10, 20, 30 years.
Classically soulful and rich, the 1998 La Mission is a gem in half bottle format with all its purity and concentration wonderfully focused at this juncture, and the superstar 99 Palmer out of half bottle is just coming into a perfect place right now, though Palmer always seems to maintain its youth for the better part of three decades.
1996 Ducru Beaucaillou, currently firing on all cylinders (yet promising decades of prime performance), is an outstanding value for a world class wine and a hugely hedonistic trip from arguably the best vintage of the 90s. 95 Leoville-Poyferre comes at a steal for a powerful, gleaming St. Julien with 15 years of age.
Magnums of the ultra-concentrated 03 Pavillon Rouge from Chateau Margaux, potpourried 99 Trotanoy and massive 2000 Troplong Mondot each have little to no upcharge for the format and ally impressive stature (in more ways than one) with fistfuls of deep fruit.
These bottles have been stored ideally - all are in their original wooden cases - and are in pristine condition. Please see the full list with pricing and tasting notes below.
To order, please email us at email@example.com or call the store at (212) 980-9463.
Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits
1998 La Mission Haut Brion
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate: "Complex aromas of scorched earth, minerals, black fruits, lead pencil, and subtle wood accompany this classic, full-bodied, La Mission. It boasts superb purity, an expansive, concentrated mid-palate, and sweet tannin in the long, muscular yet refined finish. This superb La Mission-Haut-Brion, which requires 6-7 years of cellaring, gets my nod as one of the finest La Mission's produced."
1999 Chateau Palmer
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate: "The 1999 is the greatest Palmer made since 1961, 1966, 1970, 1983, and 1989. It is one of the superstars of the vintage. The wine is a blend of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46% Merlot, and 6% Petit Verdot. It boasts a staggering bouquet of violets and other spring flowers intermixed with licorice, black currants, and subtle wood. Only 50% of the production made it into the grand vin. This is a multidimensional, compelling effort with both power and elegance, it offers sweet tannin along with flavors that caress the palate, and a 45-second finish. This is terrific stuff!"
1996 Ducru Beaucaillou
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate: "I tasted the 1996 Ducru Beaucaillou on four separate occasions from bottle in January. The 1996 is long, with a deep mid-palate. It also reveals tannin in the finish. This wine is remarkable. It is muscular, concentrated, and classic. Bottled in late June, 1998, it exhibits a saturated ruby/purple color, as well as a knock-out nose of minerals, licorice, cassis, and an unmistakable lead pencil smell that I often associate with top vintages of Lafite-Rothschild. It is sweet and full-bodied, yet unbelievably rich with no sense of heaviness or flabbiness. The wine possesses high tannin, but it is extremely ripe, and the sweetness of the black currant, spice-tinged Cabernet Sauvignon fruit is pronounced. This profound, backward Ducru-Beaucaillou is a must purchase. It will be fascinating for readers who own the 1996 to follow the evolution of this exceptional vintage."
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate: "While not as backward as the 1996, the opaque purple-colored 1995 is a tannic, unevolved, dense, concentrated wine that will require 8-10 years of cellaring. The 1995 exhibits pain grille, blackcurrant, mineral, and subtle tobacco in its complex yet youthful aromatics. Powerful, dense, concentrated cassis and blueberry flavors might be marginally softer than in the 1996, but there is still plenty of grip and structure to this big wine."
2003 Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate: "A terrific, value-priced second wine, the 2003 Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux (150,000 bottles produced) may be the finest example of this cuvee I have yet tasted. Its dense ruby/purple hue is followed by creamy aromas of cassis, vanilla, flowers, and licorice. Round, generous, savory, expansive, and amazingly long as well as concentrated, I even joked with Paul Pontallier that this could get him fired as perhaps the selection was too severe! "
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate: "Delicious, elegant aromas and flavors of earth, mocha, cherries, and tobacco characterize this middle weight, dark ruby-colored 1999. It offers low acidity, sweet fruit, and an appealing combination of accessibility and balanced elegance."
2000 Troplong Mondot
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate: "Combining remarkable elegance allied to considerable power and depth, this is the finest wine from Troplong Mondot since the staggeringly great 1990. Its saturated purple color is followed by aromas of ink, creme de cassis, graphite, and toasty oak. Full-bodied and powerful, with excellent balance, this is a wine of extraordinary richness and massiveness yet surreal freshness as well as vibrancy. The finish lasts for over 45 seconds and nearly conceals some hefty tannins. With fabulous definition, richness, and intensity, this is a compelling 2000."
Wines are in stock and pre-arrival,
please review individual wine descriptions (above) for details