Past Offers

Please note that these offers have now closed.

However, we have found that many of our customers enjoy looking back at past offers to compare opening prices and tasting notes.

If you would like to purchase any of the wines featured here, please don't hesitate to contact us by calling 01353 721 999 or emailing laura@privatecellar.co.uk for current availablity and pricing.

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Château La Connivence, Pomerol 2018

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Ten years on from the first vintage of La Connivence, and Alexandre de Malet Roquefort is still tinkering with the vineyard and the blends, exchanging Merlot clones for better ones, altering the balance between Cabernet and Merlot, and although this is very clearly still a work in progress – what wine isn’t? – the family pedigree shines through. With just 1.1 hectares of vines to play with, Alexandre and his team always have their work cut out, so the contrary 2018 growing season was just one more challenge to be faced and overcome; and overcome it they did. Read more by clicking on the link.

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Château Le Tertre Rotboeuf and the stunning 2018 wines from François Mitjavile 2018

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We visit François Mitjavile at Tertre Roteboeuf as often as we can throughout the year and each time he greets us with ever more little nuggets of wisdom about philosophy, art and wine. When we went in June last year, in what turned out to be the first week of sun after the appalling spring, we were treated to a masterclass on vineyards, aspect and soil from the vantage point of the Château’s garden which overlooks the sweeping vineyards of St Laurent des Combes and it brought so much to life. In April this year, we tasted with Nina Mitjavile, François’s daughter – every bit as rapier sharp as her father, her heart is in the Côtes de Bourg at Roc de Cambes so you get a brilliantly different perspective from her father’s. Please note that these wines are on allocation and may have sold out.

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Clos & Petit Cantenac and Château Séraphine 2018 - stunning wines from St Emilion and Pomerol

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“Charlotte Krajewski is full of ideas yet respectful of tradition, she is making some incredibly pure, vibrant wines which are all about their terroir.” Since her return from New Zealand in 2017, the wines of Clos Cantenac and Château Séraphine have been made by Charlotte Krajewski, Martin’s daughter. Full of ideas yet respectful of tradition, Charlotte – or Lolly as she is known to her friends – is making incredibly pure, vibrant wines which are all about their terroir. In 2018, the grands vins for both properties are 100% Merlot and, despite being less than five kilometres apart, they couldn’t be more different – a fabulous lesson in why place matters so much.

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Ets Jean-Pierre Moueix 2018

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“A huge depth of fruit is underscored by super-ripe, supple tannins and a freshness and elegance which we found missing in many other places; there is a lot of power in the wines yet it is beautifully restrained.” Read more about how and why the Moueix wines form our benchmark in any vintage by clicking on the link to our PDF.

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Bordeaux 2018 - Vintage Report

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Faced once again with the prospect of a spectacular vintage – at least the fourth of this current decade – the 2018 Bordeaux harvest requires some rigorous behind-the-scenes investigation to better understand its future. As befits a region which is over 100km from top to bottom and almost as wide, with over 42,000 hectares under vine, there are huge differences in microclimates and localised weather, depending on proximity to the sea, hills and rivers, and in 2018 these differences were starkly evident, with dramatic differences in fortune even within the same commune, depending in part on weather and in part on individual choices during the season and regarding harvest time. Read our full report here.

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The Private Cellar Early Bird Offer is back!

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Once again, we are offering the delicious bottles and magnums from GrandRosé in Provence and double magnums – three whole litres! – from Château Sainte Croix in the Var. Both growers are generously offering ‘early bird’ prices to take advantage of the lull before the Brexit storm, and the wines will be in the warehouse before the end of March.

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Tuscan wines from the great estate of Sassicaia

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Nicolò Incisa della Rocchetta’s Sassicaia needs little introduction. The estate has been a major player on the international fine wine stage for half a century, crafting wines which have a real sense of place and reflecting beautifully the unique terroir of Bolgheri - no more so than in the 2017 vintage.

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Rhône 2017 - small but perfectly formed

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Following stellar vintages in 2015 and 2016, it was hard to believe that 2017 could continue the trend, but continue it did, with superb quality and tantalisingly small quantities. In contrast to the two previous vintages, 2017 saw a hard-fought meteorological battle, with Mother Nature throwing a great deal of her armoury in the direction of either the North or South Rhône, and sometimes both, but a fine late summer saw everything come together at the right time.

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Burgundy 2017 en primeur

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‘On est contente – it is a long time since we said that!’ These were Marion Javillier’s opening words when we visited in late November and, with this in mind, we’re delighted to publish our Burgundy 2017 en primeur offer.

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Domaine Joseph Roty 2016

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We visited Pierre-Jean Roty with Bill Nanson (www.burgundy-report.com) in December 2018 to taste the Domaine’s wines from the 2016 vintage, a harvest that will forever be associated with frost and the devastation it wrought on three consecutive April nights. At Domaine Roty it was no different to anywhere else; Pierre-Jean Roty, a man of few words, when asked to summarise the year simply replied ‘Le gel. Le printemps’ – the frost, the spring. With this in mind, it is inevetable that these lovely wines will sell out more quickly than usual so an early response is highly recommended...

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Burgundy 2017 - Vintage Report

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Our Master of Wine, Nicola Arcedeckne-Butler MW, spent a week in Burgundy at the beginning of December, catching up with our growers throughout the region, finding out more about the 2017 vintage and tasting extensively. We will be making a wide offer of wines in January and we're pleased to publish Nicola's vintage report here. For advice and assistance in building up your Burgundy 2017 wish list, please call us on 01353 721 999 or contact your salesperson direct.

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Burgundy 2017 - the wines of Domaine Faiveley - En Primeur Offer

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We cannot tell you how exciting it is to start the introduction to a Burgundy offer with good news of a plentiful and healthy harvest! Reflecting the more abundant nature of the vintage, Faiveley have reduced their prices almost across the board, from Grands Crus right down to humble villages wines – a very welcome move which we hope will be taken up by others.

We are delighted to recommend these wines to you and to order, please call us on 01353 721 999 or contact your usual salesperson by 10th January 2019.

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Christmas at Private Cellar

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Our offer has increased to ten pairs of wine this year, with impressionist and comedian Rory Bremner adding celebrity sparkle to our offer. Rory discovered South Africa’s Springfontein Estate a few years ago and has been so impressed with their wines that he called in to 67 Pall Mall to meet winemaker and viticulturist / husband and wife team Tariro Masayiti and Hildegard Witbooi when they visited London in May. He had them in stitches with his impressions and we are thrilled to include two of their wines in this offer, along with a very joyful picture of the three of them.

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Magnums and Bigger Bottles

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Make a big statement this season with magnums and bigger bottles. Generous and welcoming, they really set the scene for entertaining and big bottles make fun gifts too

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The German Selection

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Today’s German wine scene is a hugely vibrant one, with the younger generation kicking off the shackles of the ponderous German wine laws which reward quantity over quality and doing that very un-Germanic thing of not following the rules. That said, its acolytes are not yet as numerous as any of us would like but things are changing and ever more people are discovering the extraordinarily wide range of wines they produce from so many different terroirs. Here we are offering a mix of wines ranging from the classic to the new, some for instant gratification and some which will repay the wait, both red and white. And not all Riesling.

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Limited Edition Wines from Springfontein

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We are delighted to be able to offer now the new iterations from Springfontein’s extraordinarily skilled and talented winemaker, Tariro Masayiti. Tariro is not only not afraid of challenging accepted wisdom or techniques, he positively relishes pushing the boundaries of what both he and the vineyards can produce; he calls it extreme winemaking.

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Ets Jean-Pierre Moueix 2017

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One of the highlights of any Bordeaux buying trip, perhaps counterintuitively we try to ensure that our annual primeur tastings don’t start at Ets Jean-Pierre Moueix; instead we like to go to a few tastings first to see which communes have had more or less success before going to taste Christian and Edouard Moueix’s wines. Here we find our baseline, the real heartbeat of Pomerol and St Emilion and the true expression of the vintage, which allows us to evaluate other producers’ wines against a known measure, one where the vineyard and the vintage are allowed equal prominence, not necessarily the case elsewhere.

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Château Guillot Clauzel, Pomerol 2017

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A Pomerol to watch, made by the team at Vieux Château Certan, Guillot Clauzel is flanked by Le Pin, Trotanoy, Vieux Château Certan and Nenin. It remains exceptionally good value, and all the more so when its neighbours' stratospheric prices are taken into account.

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Château Séraphine - "a rising star in Pomerol"

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100% Merlot, 50% new barrels. Deep purple black with some red tints, with a wonderfully perfumed black fruit nose, hints of cedar and red berry too, spiced with new wood, leading to a palate of gorgeous floral black fruit, very elegant and fresh, with a substantial structure without being overbearing and a big tannic backbone, very ripe, spiced, rich and intense going to an immensely long, creamed finish. A real triumph. Drink 2022 - 2030

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Bordeaux 2017

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Download our Bordeaux 2017 Vintage Report for information on the growing season, harvest and market on release.

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Clos Cantenac 2017

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"This wine has a remarkable handmade feel about it and there is more vibrancy and depth here than found in many of the GCC. 18+/20"  Matthew Jukes

We tasted these deliciously elegant and fresh wines with Martin and his talented daughter Charlotte, who has been making the wines at Clos Cantenac since 2014, and we are not the only ones to rate both wines extremely highly – take a look at the press comments on our PDF offer for additional tasting notes.

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Our Famous Early Bird Rosé Offer!

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Preparing our Early Bird Rosé offer is one of our favourite moments of the year – despite the sleet and snow outside, the days are lengthening, albeit almost imperceptibly, which is a cause for optimism. Spring is on its way!

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Introducing The Glenelly Estate

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Having been long-time admirers of Château Pichon Lalande, owned and managed by May-Eliane de Lencquesaing for thirty years, the temptation to visit her property in Stellenbosch, Glenelly, was too strong to resist. Wherever she travelled, Madame de Lencquesaing kept her eyes open for interesting terroirs and climates and in Idas Valley, on the northern fringe of Stellenbosch, she found the perfect combination, backed up by three centuries of French winemaking influence.

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Burgundy 2016

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The 2016 vintage will be forever associated with the ‘black frost’ of late April which decimated vines across much of Burgundy over three consecutive nights. The frost was more in keeping with the deep freeze one gets in the midst of winter, and the vines, which had had a brilliant early start to the season, didn’t stand a chance against the combined efforts of hard sub-zero temperatures followed by bright spring sunshine the next morning.

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Burgundy 2016 - The Drinkers

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We will be stocking up on these!

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Burgundy 2016 - our top red selection

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Burgundy 2016 - our top white selection

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Rhône - the 2016 Vintage

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For many, the Rhône remains a hidden jewel, held close to the chest by those in the know, greatly underestimated and even misunderstood by those brought up on Bordeaux and Burgundy, which is exactly how the passionate Rhônistas would like to keep it. However, after yet another fabulous vintage in 2016 this will surely change – it seems that the Rhône can do no wrong having enjoyed a sustained run of good and even better vintages from the beginning of the century, something not many regions can boast.

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Christmas 2017

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Traditions can be comforting at this time of year and, ordinarily, we would now be sending you the top picks of Team Private Cellar for Christmas and the New Year – the wines that we will be sharing and enjoying with our families and friends during the holiday season.

We have, however, come across a small conundrum... We have been merrily adding to our ranks in 2017 and to include all of our recommendations would not only require a tome of an offer but would probably cause a scrap as we all clamoured to secure our favourites, so we’re ringing the changes and offering a selection of wines chosen by you. These wines have been swirled, slurped, tasted and ordered again and again at our tastings across the country and we can’t find a recommendation stronger than the sales figures, so stock up now at these special prices and we will deliver direct to your door. As it happens, they are our favourites too so that’s one more thing ticked off the list

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Port 2015

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Good Port vintages are rather like buses – you wait some time for one to come along, and then two come along together, as is the case with 2015 and 2016... These wines all have a delicious degree of freshness about them, a hallmark of the 2015 Port vintage, with vibrant acidity and fine, supple, substantial tannins. Surprisingly approachable in youth, they will be delicious in the medium or long term, depending on the vineyard. But the most important thing to note about these wines is their fabulous value for money – nowhere else do you get this concentration and quality in a wine at such a snip, promising so much pleasure over such a long period.

We strongly recommend that you dive in rapidly!

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Ets Jean-Pierre Moueix 2016

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Every year, we find our Right Bank benchmarks being set when we taste with Christian and Edouard Moueix as they unfailingly translate both the vintage and the vineyard in each of their wines and this year was no exception. Here we tasted wines right across the price spectrum and all shared the same traits of understatement, finesse and intensity.

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Aristea - against the odds

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The aim of Aristea is to produce exceptional wines which speak of their terroir and reflect the Cape itself, from its harsh landscape to its raw beauty; even the name, Aristea, reflects one of the many plants found only in the Cape which requires the brutality of fire to allow it to flower on just one day each year. The company owns no vineyards but draws on long-established relationships to source some of the best fruit from around Stellenbosch. It is an extraordinary venture, and if the passion of the partners is anything to go by, it has a great future ahead.

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Rocche Costamagna - NEW RELEASES

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Alessandro Locatelli, Rocche Costamagna’s owner and winemaker, had made some very enthusiastic pronouncements about the quality of his new vintage releases and so we had high expectations when we tasted the wines. Happily, we were not disappointed. He has now been at the helm of the family Domaine for over three decades and the hard work that he’s put in in the vineyards and the investment made in the winery are shining through in the excellence of his wines. Download the offer as a PDF.

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Alvaro Palacios 2016

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Alvaro Palacios’ family roots are firmly in Rioja however, as a young winemaker, he left the area in order to broaden his vinous horizons and made his name with his stunning wines from Priorat, a region at that time unknown to all but a dedicated few Catalonians. Roll on a few years and the steep slopes of Bierzo in the far north west of Spain, with their poor slate soils and Mencía vines lured him and his nephew, Ricardo Perez, to investigate the potential.

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Domaines Joseph Roty and Lamy Caillat 2014

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The wines of Domaines Joseph Roty and Lamy Caillat are completely complementary and almost as far apart from each other geographically as you can go in the classic heartlands of the Côte d’Or so at first glance this may seem a curious pairing. However Sébastien Caillat shares many of the same values as the Roty family, with an emphasis on traditional methods and only offering wines once they are finished and in bottle. Both Domaines have a very loyal following and we highly recommend their wines.

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Chablis, Domaine William Fèvre 2015

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In terms of style, the 2015 Chablis are very different to the 2014s; plump, almost luscious, these are atypical yet they bear the classic hallmarks, shrouded in broader fruit than usual. For the more broadminded Chablis lovers they will be delicious, combining racy, mineral fruit with a little glint of richness and fat and they will drink well whilst we wait for the more austere 2014s to evolve.

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Insignia 2013 *40th Anniversary Bottling*

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Hot on the heels of the brilliant 2012 vintage, Insignia 2013 looks to have even more of the right ingredients to make it a legendary wine. For the team at Joseph Phelps Vineyards to have such a stunning harvest to coincide with the 40th anniversary of their first bottling is nothing short of serendipity.

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The Christmas Selection 2016

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What better recommendation can we give to you for Christmas drinking than the very wines that we have chosen to serve to our own families and friends? We've put together a selection of our favourite wines, which can be ordered as whole cases or mixed in multiples of twelve bottles to ensure that you have exactly the right wines to make your Christmas and New Year festivities run smoothly. The hardest part for each of us was choosing just two!

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Splendid Magnums!

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Somehow, putting two bottles into one big one just seems so much more generous – it is a statement of intent; enjoyment is the order of the day, and there can be no time more appropriate to indulge one’s inner magnum than in the run-up to Christmas.

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Ets Jean-Pierre Moueix 2015

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Our offer of the 2015 vintage from Ets Jean-Pierre Moueix.

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Bordeaux 2015

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Read our Bordeaux 2015 Vintage Report here.

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Clos Cantenac 2015

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A superb Clos Cantenac 2015, offered alongside Petit Cantenac in bottles, magnums, double magnums and imperials!

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Burgundy 2014 En Primeur

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We tasted some truly energising wines during our visit to Burgundy in December 2015, wines so delicious that you wanted to sit down and drink them there and then and, even more importantly, at the end of each long day’s tasting we realised that we had not overdosed on bulky tannins and high alcohol, but were still fresh and raring to go – all signs of a classy vintage. Patrick Javillier, in Meursault, went so far as to call 2014 ‘un grand millésime en blanc’ – high praise indeed. Download the offer here. Call 01353 721 999 to order.

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Dark Side of the Moon... Limited Release wines from Springfontein

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The jewels in the crown of any tasting at Springfontein are the two ranges of limited release wines: Limestone Rocks and Daredevils’ Drums. The Daredevils’ Drums wines are what winemaker Tariro Masayiti terms ‘extreme winemaking’ when he pushes experience and knowledge to the limits, following a similar path to natural winemakers but without risking the final quality of his wine; quantities are usually limited to around 900 bottles, or just three barrels.

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Burgundy 2015

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Finally, a vintage where everything went according to the rule book, with a brilliant growing season, no extreme hail, frost or storms and perfect harvesting conditions. 

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Summer Sale!

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As Jane MacQuitty said in The Times on 20th August "One of wine’s many great attributes is its ability to draw sunny skies over your table, whatever the weather. So if this week’s mini-heatwave was all too short, look no further than the wine merchants’ summer sales."

Jane particularly recommends Private Cellar as "another independent merchant with good buys below £10" and recommends that you "cherry-pick the cedar and bilberry-spiced 2010 Château Jeandeman Fronsac Claret, just £11 here, plus a mature Kiwi riesling, the bold, kerosene, angelica and lemongrass-licked 2008 Bishops Head, given away at £8.54. Even the top 100-approved, smoky citrusy 2012 Rully, Clos du Moulin-à-Vent, is down £2.75 to £16."


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Domaines Joseph & Philippe Roty 2013

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These wines surprised us in tasting, defying the vintage - charming, opulent and rich, they all but wrote their own tasting note and left us with smiles on our faces.

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Château de Sours Rosé 2015

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There is no doubt that Rosé, once the preserve of sunny days and foreign holidays, is now a year-round wine in much the same way as white and red wine, and it is being taken more seriously as a result. That, however, should in no way detract from our fabulously generous, marginally frivolous, annual early-bird offer for Château de Sours’ new vintage when the Château gives us a special introductory price to kick start the year’s business.

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Chablis, Domaine William Fèvre 2014

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The Fèvre wines are exceptionally good in 2014 and we recommend them most highly. As with their counterparts on the Côte d’Or the terroir definition is really marked in this vintage and that plays in to the hands of Fèvre “house style” which is all about precision, finesse and a fabulous freshness. Yields are, however, low especially amongst the premiers and grands crus so please let us know as soon as you can if there are wines of interest.

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Domaine Leflaive 2014

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Very sadly, in 2015 we announced the untimely death of Anne-Claude Leflaive. 2014 was her last vintage and she remained involved in the day to day running of the Domaine as long as she could, so she saw these delicious wines blossoming in the barrels as they matured.

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Lamy Caillat 2013

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Sébastien Caillat’s audacious move to offer the wines from his tiny 1.2 hectare vineyard only once they are in bottle seems to have paid off, as when you have such a small production you need to be sure that the wines are going to be placed in the right hands, preferably those of Burgundy lovers and drinkers. These wines are exceptional, and we wholeheartedly recommend them.

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Our Bumper Burgundy Sale!

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January marks the time of year when our Burgundian growers step into the limelight and while we put the finishing touches to our offer of the 2014 vintage, we are excited to offer you an opportunity to buy from our fabulous sale of red and white burgundies from 1996 through to 2013 at really great prices. This offer is not available on-line as stocks will move very quickly so please download it here and call us on 01353 721 999 to order! If you would like us to email a copy to you, please let us know.

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Christmas Selection 2015

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Download our Christmas offer as a PDF. Christmas calls for party wines, special treats, gifts, something to pour for unexpected guests, lots of sparkle and big bottles so let us guide you through the celebrations with our top picks.

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Magnums

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Magnums are so eloquent; they are merely two bottles, yet they say so much. Welcoming and generous, they set the scene beautifully and whether it’s a kitchen supper with friends or a more formal lunch or dinner, one invariably starts with two bottles, so why not welcome people with a magnum of fizz, have a magnum of Sancerre or Pouilly Fuissé at the start of the meal before moving onto some Claret or Burgundy?

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Lamy Caillat 2012, Chassagne Montrachet

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With just 1.2 hectares, Lamy Caillat it is a true micro-operation comprising four different cuvées: Premiers Crus les Caillerets, la Romanée and Champs Gains and a Chassagne Montrachet Village which comes from a steep vineyard called ‘Pot Bois’, at the top of the village.

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Bordeaux 2014

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Germany 2014 en primeur

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Ernst Loosen loves the 2014 vintage. Although challenging from a growers’ point of view, the hard work in the vineyards brought the reward of good yields of perfect grapes at Kabinett level in particular.

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Rocche Costamagna - Piedmontese wines of stunning quality

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The Piedmontese landscape is very reminiscent of Burgundy, with a tapestry of small, family-owned vineyards hugging the hills and, as with Burgundy, the name of the grower is the key to the quality of the wines made.

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Tuscan wines from great estates

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Tenuta San Guido (home of Sassicaia) and Tenuta dell’Ornellaia (home of Ornellaia and Masseto) are adjoining estates running up into the hills and crowned by ancient forests on the Maremma coast of Tuscany.

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Champagne Ruinart - a special offer

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Maison Ruinart is the oldest Champagne house, established in 1729 by Nicolas Ruinart, a Reims draper. Nicolas was inspired and encouraged to set up the family Champagne House by his Uncle, a Benedictine monk.

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Rhône 2013 - En Primeur

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Visiting the Rhône in early November 2013, all appeared to be well with the world – late autumn sunshine, easily warm enough to sit outside in shirtsleeves, cool and misty at either end of the day, giving no indication of how turbulent the earlier weather had been...

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Chablis, Domaine William Fèvre 2013

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The style of Domaine William Fèvre’s 2013s is fresh and relatively full-bodied, wines which will drink well both early and in the mid-plus term, with the differences between the individual vineyards very clearly marked.

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Domaines Joseph & Philippe Roty 2012

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For the Roty family, vintage variation presents a challenge to be risen to rather than a crisis to be sorted out, and in 2012, not the easiest of years (and not to be the hardest, as they were to find out the following year), their wines are, once again, unashamedly delicious. As ever, we had a punishingly early appointment when tannins aren’t always the taster’s best friend, yet their wines completely wowed us and virtually wrote their own tasting notes.

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Italy's answer to Burgundy?

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At Rocche Costamagna in Piedmont, with vines now averaging 50 years plus, and a new winery built in 2008, Alessandro Locatelli is reaping the rewards with stunningly well-defined wines which beautifully illustrate what is so great about Piedmont. We have found the winemaker who suits our tastes – and we have yet to be disappointed!

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2013 Burgundy

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2013 has turned out to be one of those years where generalisations just cannot sum up everything that contributed to what is an extraordinary vintage, where we found producers somewhat shyly admitting that their wines are so much better than they had dared hope for. For our full tasting notes and vintage report, please download the offer here or call us on 01353 721 999 for a copy. File size: 2MB

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Domaine Leflaive 2013

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"Whether from force of habit or just ingrained tasting … no matter whether it is an easy vintage or one where my conclusion about the wines is totally confused, a visit to Domaine Leflaive always clears it up, setting my benchmark for the vintage in a way no other Domaine does." Nicola Arcedeckne-Butler MW.

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Drinking Claret in all shapes and sizes

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Over the past year we have tasted a huge number of wines for our 10th Anniversary list – the usual frog kissing exercise which accompanies any new selection. Amongst these wines were some absolutely brilliant Clarets with insufficient stock for a year-long listing but far too good to risk losing, so we bought them anyway, giving ourselves the perfect excuse to offer them now, for delivery to you in time for Christmas.

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La Source Rosé 2012

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Judging by the huge number of vibrant pink boxes that are being loaded on to our vans, Château de Sours’ iconic rosé is being enjoyed across the country in this glorious summer sunshine.But have you taken a detour to the inside track and discovered the Château’s super-cuvée: La Source?

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Bumper Burgundy Offer

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Our recent Burgundy tasting in London highlighted to us the genuine interest that our customers have in this fascinating region, its growers and their gorgeously fine wines that produce such a wide spectrum of flavours from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. With this in mind, we have put together a very special offer from our current Burgundy stocks - starting with odd bottles (listed here Duty Paid and available as mixed cases) and moving on to wines by the case (offered here in bond). All of the wines are available for delivery so we hope that you will be tempted to delve even deeper into the region that captures so many hearts...

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DOMINUS & NAPANOOK 2010

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Dominus and Napanook have carved a niche of their own in the winescape. Even the very first vintages of Dominus in the ’80s were followed by those who know and trust Christian Moueix’s ability to spot a good vineyard wherever it may be and make an exceptional wine and so consistent have the wines been that the number of devotees now far exceeds the amount made; Dominus now finds itself in that rare stratosphere of those who need to allocate their wines year on year.

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Rhône 2015

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“If you have any enthusiasm at all for red Rhône, 2015 is a vintage not to be missed” Jancis Robinson OBE, MW
After several good, sound vintages, the Rhône has bounced back with not one but two stunners in 2015 and 2016; very different one from another but with wines which will remain at the top of their trees for a long time and which are comparable to the 2009 and 2010 double act.

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Insignia 2012 and New Releases from Joseph Phelps Vineyards

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The 2012 and 2013 vintages proved that California is all about sun and The Californian Dream, both vintages having a consistently warm and dry growing season with no record-busting heat spikes which are so damaging to young fruit.

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Deliciously Versatile German Wines

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Ask any member of the wine trade what they’d like to drink on a hot summer’s day and, more often than not, the answer will be a chilled, refreshing Riesling – low in alcohol, full of flavour; great as an apéritif and equally enjoyable with food.

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Álvaro Palacios - Decanter Man of the Year Priorat, Spain 2014

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Listening to Álvaro talk about his wines as he grasps for the right words to describe them is fascinating – it’s as if he is conjuring up an emotional, all-encompassing experience rather than searching for conventional aroma and flavour descriptors

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Château de Sours Rosé 2014

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The new release! Beat the budget with our annual "early bird" offer of Château de Sours Rosé in bottles, magnums, double magnums and fabulous imperials.

"Stocking up on the new season's release at pre-Budget prices is eminently sensible as well as providing an excuse to dream about warmer days and lazy summer heat..."

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CHATEAU DE SOURS ROSE 2013

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Take advantage of our early-bird, pre-Budget offer of Château de Sours Rosé. On flying form, it has gorgeous, juicy red berry fruits on the nose, with lovely redcurrant and a hint of loganberry on the palate, bright acidity and a light zip of tannin. Perfect for summer drinking, weddings, parties and barbecues.

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DOMAINE LEFLAIVE

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Whether tasting at Pauillac’s Château Latour or Puligny’s Domaine Leflaive, the very reputation of the place gives you a form of writer’s block, or perhaps even stage fright, as you worry about how you can ever do justice to such legendary wines. Equally, there is the opposite concern that the reputation will awe you into writing a soaring tasting note which may perhaps be more based on fantasy than fact. Thankfully, at Domaine Leflaive the wines usually write their own tasting notes, supplying their own narrative through their different nuances, leaving the taster with the job of finding enough suitable adjectives to convey what is in the glass.

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Domaine Faiveley 2013

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Twenty years ago, the vintage would have been a write-off, but aided by better knowledge and techniques alongside acute vigilance in the vineyards at all times, Burgundian producers have turned this potentially ugly duckling into what can only be called a swan of a year.

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Christmas at Private Cellar

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Our Private Cellar Selection for Christmas and New Year ticks every box from festive fizz to majestic magnums with many stops in between so this year, why not let Private Cellar help you with all of your Christmas and New Year wine choices, leaving you free to take care of everything else?

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Joseph Phelps Vineyards 2014

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One of the oldest estates in Napa to remain in family ownership, Joseph Phelps Vineyards have just celebrated their 40th harvest. The continuing rise in the profile of their star wine, Insignia, is well-documented but far from resting on their laurels, the Phelps family continues to innovate and modernise, without fanfare or bombast. Whether changing the blends of their wines from Rhône Rangers to Bordeaux styles, bringing their fruit production in house or advancing their considered move towards biodynamic production across their different sites, their measured, evolutionary approach is reflected in the wines both in Napa and Sonoma.

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Germany 2013

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We are very pleased to offer our first selection of 2013 German wines from Joseph Leitz, Weingut Dönnhoff and Dr. Loosen, who release earlier than the other German producers and who, understandably in a very small vintage, are trying to stretch their allocations as far as possible so that all their regular customers are able to get some of their superb wines.

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Sparkling Summer Wines

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As the Great British Summer gets under way with all the weddings, christenings and parties in the diary, we thought it was an opportune moment to make you an offer of fabulous wines to ensure your celebrations go with a sparkle. Whether you’re partying in summer garb or wellies and raincoats, enjoy the sound of corks popping and relax in the knowledge that all of these wines will get the party going in true style.

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2012 GERMAN RIESLING

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Riesling is one of the few grapes that can excel even in a difficult growing season. This is particularly true for German Rieslings; a theory which was put to the test during Northern Europe’s terrible summer in 2012. It is rare, in Germany, for a vintage to be a total write-off: it is more likely that in a difficult year fewer of the top Trockenbeerenauslesen are made and more of the everyday, hugely drinkable Kabinetts are made, which can be no bad thing for those of us who love to drink German wines.

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Bordeaux 2013

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We tasted hundreds of wines, and kissed a number of frogs to find the wines that really shine in this vintage of wines for drinking. The key word of the trip was "drinkability" - the pretty, accessible, drinking wines will pass the Private Cellar listing test. The over extracted wines will not.

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La Rioja Alta

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This is what Rioja is and should be all about. Given how often the memory tricks us by gilding the past in a warm, rose-tinted vision, it was fantastic to taste some of the wines from La Rioja Alta a couple of weeks ago and realise that this time it was bang on the money – no false recall, just total clarity.

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Domaine Matrot 2012

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Thierry and Pascale Matrot’s wines are irresistible to Burgundy lovers year on year. Their whites are reliably stunning - not in the overt, in-your-face way of some Domaines, but in a more subtle, creep-up-behind-you way. Intense, balanced, stylish, almost shy until you realise that the finish is still there and the imprint remains for ages. Their reds are pure, expressions of Pinot Noir, fresh with subtle smooth structures, firm favourites which get better all the time and offer fabulous value for money.

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BURGUNDY 2012

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"Deeply fruited, fresh, with good levels of alcohol, amazingly supple tannins in the reds and wonderful, almost exotic yet racy fruit for the whites, these are wines which have defied the odds and will make lovely old bones."
Nicola Arcedeckne-Butler MW

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BUMPER BURGUNDY BIN END OFFER!

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January is all about Burgundy for Private Cellar and with the very small yields in 2012, our En Primeur offering is going to be heavily  over-subscribed. In order to keep our Burgundy lovers as happy as we can, we have delved into our stocks and reserves and bring you this offer of older vintages to make up for the shortfall in 2012s. We have over 100 wines on offer here for you.

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CHRISTMAS AT PRIVATE CELLAR

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Here we have our top choices of wines to take you through the parties, dinners, lunches and ‘just because’ moments that fill the holidays. This year we have our usual selection of classics, every day wines, sparklers and New World choices, as well as the personal favourites that the Private Cellar sales team will be tucking in to. If you can’t make up your mind, try them as mixed cases and for help in choosing your wines for Christmas, don’t hesitate to call us on 01353 721 999. All prices represent a 10% discount from our regular list price and if you prefer to order online, simply add code FESTIVE when you check-out to add the discount to your basket. Prices include VAT.

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2012 RHONE

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The recent run of superb vintages since the late 1990s has awoken interest in the Rhône, and although prices have risen slightly they are still incredibly modest given the quality of wines coming onto the market. For so long the Rhône was overlooked, seen as a source of inexpensive, mass produced wines, yet at the same time the top producers were selling unbelievably fine wines for a fraction of the price of their compatriots in Bordeaux and even Burgundy.

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DOMAINES JOSEPH & PHILIPPE ROTY 2011 & DOMAINE FAIVELEY 2012

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In Burgundy, the 2011 and 2012 vintages present completely different styles of wine yet they share many common themes, not least chaotic growing seasons which required the growers to be constantly on their toes. They are, however, complementary vintages which work well together and we are proud to get the Burgundy en primeur season underway with our offer of these wines from the Roty family and Domaine Faiveley.

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Joseph Phelps New Release

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1973 was the year in which it all began for Joseph Phelps Vineyards, when Joe Phelps bought a 600 acre cattle ranch in Napa’s Spring Valley and began to plant his first Syrah vines, with the first bottling in 1974. So much has changed since that time, both in terms of winemaking and the styles of wine people drink as well as viticulture and grape varieties. No-one, least of all Joe Phelps himself, could have predicted that forty years on Insignia would be one of the top Napa wines and, indeed, one of the most lauded wines in the world, nor, indeed, how many spectacular wines it would have to compete against to receive such recognition.

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END OF YEAR SALE

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The joy of being a young business is that we don’t end up with lots of ancient, undrinkable bottles cluttering up our cellar. However, with the arrival of each new list, heralding new vintages and exciting discoveries, we inevitably end up with some odd bottles of delicious wines in quantities that are too small to publish in our annual Selection.Here you will find a choice of “bin ends” that we offer on a first come, first served basis.

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DELICIOUSLY AFFORDABLE 2005 CLARET

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The 2005 vintage in Bordeaux was the stuff of legend and much of it was snapped up in 2006 in a very successful en primeur campaign. Subsequently, it has become a challenge to find good, approachable 2005s at prices we can all afford but thanks to our friends and contacts in Bordeaux, we are able to offer you two exemplary wines which tick all boxes and will be perfect for winter drinking and a real treat this Christmas: Château Capbern Gasqueton 2005 from the Calon Ségur stable and Château Tour Baladoz 2005 a St Emilion Grand Cru, also available in splendid double magnums.

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BIG BOTTLES

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Order now for Christmas and winter drinking! At our London tasting in September we were thrilled to receive so many requests for our wines in magnums and larger formats. The allure of big bottles is definitely not waning - they look great, feel generous and make guests feel hugely welcome and it galvanised us to put this special offer together for Christmas drinking.  But to make sure you are ready to wield your wines in these impressive bottles over the holidays, you will have to be quick as the offer closes on Tuesday 22nd October, after which we will start the shipping process.

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MACON VERZE 2010 - DOMAINES LEFLAIVE

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The Private Cellar team has a long association with Anne-Claude Leflaive dating back well before our own company’s conception. Last year we had a lot of fun introducing another wine from her portfolio - the delicious Mâcon-Verzé, Domaines Leflaive - with great succes and we are thrilled to now be able to offer the 2010 vintage to you. The 9-hectare vineyard, 12 kilometres west of Verzé, was snapped up by Anne-Claude in 2004, and has been managed by the Leflaive team ever since, employing biodynamic cultivation from the start, as they so famously do in their Puligny-Montrachet holdings.

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CHATEAU MUSAR

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Chateau Musar is one of the best known Lebanese wine producers, established by the Hochar family in the 1930s. Their vineyards are in the Bekaa Valley, squeezed between two mountain ranges, where the vines grow at around 1,000m above sea level, an altitude that allows them to avoid the intense summer heat and ensures that the vines are well rested over the winter – often coated in snow. Their wines have a delicious blend of Old World classicism, New World fruit and an enticing touch of the exotic which reminds you that these wines come from the Middle East, not Europe.

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VINTAGE PORT 2011

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Despite producing wine every year, it is only in the very best vintages that a Port house declares the wine to be good enough to make the cut as Vintage Port – on average only three times a decade. Rarer still is a general declaration, when all of the Houses pronounce the vintage to be an outstanding success. The 2011 vintage ports show a fabulous degree of freshness and elegance whilst being complex and layered too. These are wines for the long term and we recommend them highly at all quality levels.

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DOM PERIGNON 2004

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For many, Dom Pérignon is synonymous with the word Champagne and each new release is eagerly awaited. We are delighted to offer the 2004 Vintage, launched in London by Vincent Chaperon, Dom Pérignon’s chief oenologist. This blend of 53% Pinot Noir and 47% Chardonnay is already receiving fabulous reviews for its great length and ageing ability.

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CHATEAU DE SOURS ROSE 2012

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Definitely a shade paler than in previous years but still vibrantly pink and very definitely on the red rather than Provençal blush spectrum. Creamed red fruits on the nose, fresh, with a light, mouth-wateringly leafy note, leading to a deliciously full, creamed red fruit palate with a lovely, leafy bite of acidity going to a juicy, fresh finish. Possibly the most drinkable juvenile wine I have ever tasted.

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Bordeaux 2016

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BORDEAUX 2012

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Having seen the weather forecasts throughout last summer and autumn, we were more than a little nervous about what we would find on our primeur tasting visit in early April. However, as it turned out it was a timely reminder that these days, with all the technology and knowledge available, it is pretty hard to have a truly disastrous vintage in Bordeaux. We found many wines which were juicy, succulent in many cases, fresh, with ripe tannins and a fine backbone; not necessarily blockbusters but wines which will drink relatively early and give immense pleasure to lovers of elegant Bordeaux. And this is the key to the 2012s – these are wines for drinking not investment: this is,  after all, their main purpose.

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DOMAINE LEFLAIVE 2011

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Possibly the most accurate description of the 2011 growing period is topsy-turvy – attention in the vineyard being the key to success. The harvest at Domaine Leflaive began on 25th August, finishing on 31st August – so no September picking, a first at the Domaine and virtually unheard of in Burgundy. The combination of the early heat and the later cooler weather resulted in grapes which were perfectly ripe at the time of harvest and wines with the benefit of sensible alcohol levels and fine levels of acidity.

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BURGUNDY 2011

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Arriving in a snowy Burgundy in the wake of the spectacular 2012 Hospices de Beaune sales, which saw massive returns despite there being less wine available, we were somewhat nervous about the potential repercussions in the market for the 2011s. During the course of our visit it became clear that Burgundian producers are keen to play down the power of the emerging markets and any spin-off from the Hospices sales, even if négociants and the Press are not, and the new markets are not exercising them unduly. All, without exception, are far more concerned about the severe shortage of stock which will hit all parts of the Burgundy trade in the coming months as a result of the succession of reduced harvests caused by inclement weather.

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DOMINUS & NAPANOOK 2009

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With each passing vintage the wines from Dominus grow in stature, showing off the fabulous contrasts of New World flamboyance and Old World restraint to extraordinary effect, and the 2009 wines are no exception. Gifted a superb growing season, with ample water in the Spring to lift what was moving towards drought, June and July were cool but fine, with August temperatures around average and September hotter than usual.

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INTRODUCING ROCCHE COSTAMAGNA

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Dating back to the 19th Century and already award winning in 1911, Rocche Costamagna has been run with flair and energy by Alessandro Locatelli since the 1980s. Following principals of minimum intervention in the winemaking process, and keeping yields strictly controlled, Alessandro has succeeded in producing wines which are as individual as they are representative of their grape varieties and appellations – no mean feat. In 2008 a completely new wine cellar was commissioned and with vines now averaging 50 years plus, the wines are fulfilling Alessandro’s aspirations.

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