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Wines fit for Royalty

We've just had the honor to be asked to created two Bespoke Cases as retirement gifts for some very special people.

Check it this list of what one case contains...Fine Wine Heaven!!!

Champagne Krug Vintage 2000, France Krug 2000 is rich, precise, complex and indulgent. The House of Krug wanted to create a vintage for the last year of the millennium, based on the unusual and climatically chaotic season. This vintage brings together the complexity and the generosity of a very exciting year. Krug 2000 is one of the most intense, dramatic and romantic Krug Vintages ever made.

Meursault Vielles Vignes 2002, Domaine Guy Brocard, Burgundy, France From an average of 60 years of vines in Meursault, and using the gentlest pressure. This is a medium bodied wine with lemon and lime citrus fruits, honey suckle floral tones, wet stones, some flint and salinity. The stony tones seems to develop more in the glass though a fine layer of acidity provides a good balance to the body.

Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2004, Bonneau de Martray, Burgundy, France A wonderful white of indisputable grand cru quality. Expressive and complex aromas of green apples, white flowers, citrus, wood, minerals and sea. Very intense, supple almost oily mouthfeel, with amazing length culminating like a fireworks. Extremely pleasing, but still youthful.

Chateau Batailley 1985, 5th Growth Pauillac, Bordeaux, France One the nose, hints of gravel with an earthy overtone. The palate is now very smooth, the tannins are well developed, and there's a lovely finish. The quality holds well in the glass for the 90 minutes. Fine drinking for another 4-6 years.

Echezeaux Grand Cru 2007, Domaine Faiveley, Burgundy, France, medium+ intensity, with Aromas of slight barnyard, earth, sweet spices, fresh red cherries. Developed on the palate, dry, high acidity, medium- tannins with sublime flavour intensity, with mint, sweet spices, bright red cherries, slight earth on the long finish. Serious and concentrated Grand Cru.

Chateauneuf du Pape Clos de Papes 1997, Paul Avril, Rhone, France A mature complex wine showing Provençal herbs, notably lavender, rosemary and thyme as well as sous-bois flavors. This wine will benefitting from further cellaring and will be a worthy companion to various meat dishes for another 3-5 years.

Vega Sicilia Valbeuno 2009, Ribera del Duero, Spain Fantastic nose and stunning in the mouth. Decanting results reaching another dimension .generally Cherries, with some vanilla, tobacco and pepper at the back. Tannins were plush. Drink now or up to 15 years

Tignanello 2010, Marchesi Antinori, Tuscany, Italy One of the best you may find in Italy. There's a story into this bottle and everybody knows; true expression of territory, Sangiovese at its finest. Balance, power, emotions, everything you need to find into a bottle of wine. Drinkable but at the same time with important body, endless finish, round and silky tannin. Will cellar well for decades.

Torbreck The Struie Shiraz 2003, Barossa, Australia Named after a hill that rises above the Glenmorangie distillery, The Struie is the home of a pub called the Altman Arms. The Struie sources fruit from the high altitudes of Eden Valley imparting delicate spice, white pepper and fruit characters. While the Barossa component displays a richer, deeper, more brooding flavour and intensity.

Chateau Filhot 1983, Sauternes, France Dark golden orange in colour; mineral, caramel, advanced and complex; palate is dense, sweet, youthful, decent complexity. Very nice including a balanced palate. Beautifully complex finish.

Bodegas Pocas 2011,Vintage Port, Portugal Pocas 2011 Vintage Port shows a distinctive fragrant nose, indicative of the substantial Touriga Nacional contribution to the final blend. In the mouth there is a wonderful, pure-fruit quality, red cherries and strawberry denoting the fresh acidity, which underpins the wine’s structure and balance. A wine of great finesse and poise in the style of the early 20th Century Vintage Ports. Drink 2025 - 2045

Harveys 1958, Vintage Port, Portugal Extraordinary, virtually water clear with a pale pink tinge in the centre of the wine but with a fantastic complex rich and deep floral nose and a huge rich full flavour on the palate. Really delicious with all the pepper & spice of a full bodied vintage port. Lovely mature flavours with almost a hint of that transition from vintage flavours to the caramel tones of an old tawny.

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