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Champagne Vilmart et Cie “Grand Cellier D’Or” 2014

R995.00 inc. VAT
"The 2014 Brut Grand Cellier d'Or is one of the best vintages of this wine I can remember tasting. Bright, explosive and full of energy, the 2014 captures a striking balance of depth and vibrancy. All the elements meld together in a beautifully sculpted Champagne loaded with character. The 2014 is even more impressive today than it was when I tasted it earlier in the year" - Antonio Galloni,

Domaine de Montille Vosne-Romanée “Les Malconsorts” Premier Cru 2014 Magnum

R7,065.00 inc. VAT
"A discreet application of oak sets off the openly floral and spicy red currant, plum, sandalwood and Asian tea scents. There is impressive mid-palate density to the muscular and notably powerful medium weight plus flavors that seem to be constructed on a firm base of minerality, all wrapped in strikingly persistent finish that is austere but well-balanced thanks to the abundant level of sappy dry extract. Like the Clos du Roi, this is explicitly built-to-age and don't waste your precious bottles by drinking them too young." - Allen Meadows, Burghound

Domaine Lafarge-Vial Fleurie “Bel-Air” 2014

R470.01 inc. VAT
"A slightly more elegant nose features a similar array of aromas except here the floral components are a bit more evident. This sense of refinement is enhanced by the restrained and almost delicate flavors that exude a subtle minerality on the balanced, slightly firmer and beautifully long finish that isn't quite as complex, at least not yet in any event." - Allen Meadows, Burghound

Keermont Estate Reserve 2014

R340.00 inc. VAT
"The 2014 Estate Reserve is a blend of 37% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc, 12% Petit Verdot and 2% Syrah. It has an intense bouquet of black cherries, boysenberry, pressed iris petals and a touch of iodine, all very focused and seeming to just close up a little with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins framing crisp blackberry and bilberry fruit laced with licorice and sea salt. It feels very composed on the finish, yet I suspect that it might close up for a couple of years. Have a cellar handy." - Neal Martin, Antonio Galloni's Vinous

La Rioja Alta Viña Arana Gran Reserva 2014

R595.00 inc. VAT
Finally, there was the 2014 Viña Arana Rioja Gran Reserva, which comprises 94% Tempranillo from Las Cuevas, El Palo and Las Monjas and 6% Graciano from Montecillo. This was aged in American oak for three years and bottled in June 2018. Exhibiting just a modicum of browning on the rim, it offers crushed strawberry, field mushroom, clove and singed leather on the nose, hints of vine tomato and balsamic following with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with supple, lithe tannins that lend this Gran Reserva its smooth veneer. Moderate in depth, it is classic in style and no bodybuilder. It remains rather understated toward the finish, offering soy-infused red fruit, sour cherries, orange peel, porcini and dried herbs. My parsimonious score reflects the fact that I found the balsamic trait to be accentuated and a little too pronounced with aeration.

Maison Bouchard Père & Fils Pommard “Rugiens” Premier Cru 2014

"Like the Pommard "1er" the wood treatment is more discreet though again not imperceptible on the essence of red currant, spice and soil scented nose. There is really lovely intensity to the mineral-driven, focused and powerful middle weight plus flavors that possess a taut muscularity before terminating in long but again ever-so-mildly dry finish and it's far from clear at this early point that it's ever going to completely harmonize. I have my doubts in any event." - Allen Meadows, Burghound

Oremus Tokaji “Vendimia Tardía” (500ml) 2014

R260.00 inc. VAT
"Late Harvest is a harmonious, fresh, silky wine. It is versatile when drunk, providing a new array of possibilities in each sip." - Producer Note

Rothschild and Vega Sicilia Macán 2014

R960.01 inc. VAT
(raised in new and used French oak barrels for 15 months) Opaque ruby. A heady, exotically perfumed bouquet evokes ripe black and blue fruits, incense, candied licorice and mocha, and a smoky nuance builds in the glass. Sappy, densely packed boysenberry, cherry liqueur, cola and vanilla flavors show impressive energy and focus and a late jolt of florality. Distinctly rich yet vibrant and graceful in style. Finishes with impressive energy and velvety tannins that lend shape and gentle grip.

Trapet Alsace Riesling “Schlossberg” Grand Cru 2014

R860.00 inc. VAT
"A vineyard of great renown, the Schlossberg is mentioned from 15th century in documents concerning ground rents. From 1928 the winegrowers of Kaysersberg and Kientzheim engaged themselves by a written convention to reduce the natural productivity of the vine on this site, usage which has since been unanimously respected by all and confirmed by the Grand Cru decrees of 1975 and 1992. Schlossberg wines are characterised by their very fine, richly floral bouquet. Delicate and distinguished, they do not attain their plenitude until after several years in bottle." - Producer Note