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The Top 10 Wines from Bordeaux Index

Giles Cooper, head of marketing and PR at fine wine merchant Bordeaux Index (BI), spoils us with his exclusive picks of the top 5 wines to buy now and savour, and the top 5 wines to buy now and save. Enjoy!

The top 5 for drinking

12002 Pol Roger – £440

2002 is shaping up to be one of the greatest vintages in Champagne history, and we’ve seen massive demand for 2002s since their release. The 2002 Pol Roger is an exceptional Champagne; the House was a favourite of Winston Churchill, who named a cuvee after him. A sensational nose of brioche, honey and citrus gives way to a classic, fine mousse and lingering flavours. Wonderful.

2. 1998 Langoa Barton, Bordeaux – £360

A great name and long-term stablemate of the famous Leoville Barton, Langoa always offers exceptional value, and this 1998 is no exception. With plenty of body and impressive concentration alongside the characteristic freshness and balance you expect from top Bordeaux, it represents the perfect opportunity to enjoy fully mature claret at a keen price.

3. 2009 Rully Blanc, Vincent Dureuil-Janthial, Burgundy, France – £150

From the oft-forgotten area of the Côte Chalonnaise, south of Burgundy’s famous ‘Côte d’Or’, comes this exceptionally ripe execution of Chardonnay. Perfumed aromas of stone fruits, citrus blossoms, green apples, tangerine and ample mineral notes, it shows the elegance you’d expect of the region’s wines but boasts lively fruit, great richness and a long finish

4. 2007 Coudoulet de Beaucastel, Côtes du Rhône, France – £160

The baby brother of the legendary Château de Beaucastel, this total bargain was described by eminent wine writer Robert Parker as ‘always one of the best bargains from the South…may be the finest Coudoulet ever produced’. A smoky, meaty, blackcurrant-scented wine with real class, perfect for Autumn foods.

5. 2010 Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand – £110

In the last five to eight years the world has gone crazy for New Zealand Sauvignon. When it offers such intensity, character and value it’s not hard to see why! Whilst not necessarily a ‘foodie’ wine, it’s great for glugging and having tried them all, this is our favourite: it’s jam-packed with fresh lychee, gooseberry and grapefruit characters.

The top 5 for investment

1. 2003 Latour – £7700

2003 Latour is one of the fabled 100 Parker-point wines and currently trades at around £7700 per case versus £11500 per case for the equally-rated 2009 Latour. In fact this is the cheapest 100 point Latour on the market: a wine with an international reputation and incomparable pedigree, this looks like great value.

2. 1996 Mouton Rothschild – £3450

One of the cheapest Moutons on the market and with a recent 96-point rating from Robert Parker, this is of course one of the world’s most famous wines. First growths such as this are always in demand and the price in comparison to current vintages looks favourable.

3. 2000 Léoville Las Cases – £2375

One of the highest-rated Las Cases of the last 20 years, this is a wine made for the long-term. With a huge international following and quality that regularly reaches first growth levels, as stocks of this wine dwindle the patient will benefit.

4. 2008 Pichon Lalande – £720

Amongst the cheapest vintages currently on the market but with a healthy 92 points from Robert Parker and 94 from Neal Martin, this is a wine with a real following in Asia. Likely to peak in demand in 10-15 years’ time when it reaches drinking maturity.

5. 2008 Montrose – £650 

From a vintage which received limited praise at the time but produced some fantastic wines, of which Montrose is an example. With 95 points from Robert Parker this is scored the same as the 2000 and 2005 and is considerably less expensive.

Prices indicated are based on a case of 12, excluding duty and VAT. 

Giles Cooper is head of marketing & PR at BI, which provides customers with rare and exceptional wines around the world.

Established in 1997, BI has quickly grown into a major force in the international fine wine market: with offices in London, Hong Kong and Singapore and an annual turnover of more than £100m, BI is a wine merchant with an inclusive, unstuffy approach.




For more information on BI visit the website, or contact Giles on +44 20 7269 0700.

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