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Mature St Emilion

Lots of great wines heading to us directly from Bordeaux. This offer features the wines of St Emilion. All Chateau Direct. The perfect conditions to buy Mature Wines confidently. It is getting more & more difficult to source Mature Wines with perfect provenance, but obviously my groveling and begging paid off! No waiting, no cellaring required. Pull the cork and enjoy.



Saint-Émilion is a veritable outdoor museum, founded according to the legend by a modest hermit … city full of history, perched on a rocky promontory, Saint-Emilion and its vineyard draw their originality from the limestone which offers an exceptional soil vineyards. In the 8th century, a Breton named Emilion, a native of Vannes and famous for its miracles, decided to leave his homeland to retire and devote himself to prayer. Along the Atlantic coast, he became a monk and then moved to Ascumbas, former name of the city of Saint-Emilion. Joined by some Benedictines disciples, he founded the first religious community and evangelize the population; thus creating a large monastic city in which the faithful gave his name. Several religious communities have lived for centuries in the village, attracted by the cult of Émilion as evidenced by the numerous monasteries, convents and churches still visible. Thus, between the 8th and 18th century, the Benedictines, Augustinians, Franciscans, Dominicans and sisters Ursulines coexisted or succeeded in the heart of the city. The architectural frame of 8 towns forming the Jurisdiction of Saint-Emilion testifies, meanwhile, the constant evolution of the landscape and people: a religious heritage (churches, chapels, crosses), hundreds of wine chateaux, houses master, cellars, pigeon houses, windmills or laundries. Thus the Jurisdiction of Saint-Emilion was listed as World Heritage World in 1999, the title of “Cultural Landscape”. This was the first vineyard classified in the world.

*1996 Chateau Beausejour Becot
$119.99btl/$1439.88 per case OWC
(Wine Advocate 92)

Tasted at the Bristol Commanderie dinner. Not having encountered this vintage for ten years, I was pleasantly surprised by the good showing of this Saint Emilion. It has a masculine nose with blackberry, dark plum and those black truffles that mutate into undergrowth aromas with time. The palate is medium-bodied with a silky smooth entry, a hint of sea-salt at the back of the mouth, nicely structured with a touch of bay leaf on the convincing finish. Drinking perfectly now.


*2001 Chateau Beausejour Duffau Lagarrosse
$94.99btl/$1139.88 per case OWC
(Wine Advocate 91)

There is good intensity on the nose with dark berries, fruitcake and a touch of ox-blood. Smooth on the entry with fine structure, there is a palpable edgy quality to this Duffau with blueberry and liquorice tinged with brine on the sinewy finish. Very good grip, this is an impressive ’01.


*2001 Chateau La Tour Figeac
69.99btl/$839.88 per case OWC
(Wine Advocate 90)

A property on the rebound now that the winemaking is controlled by Stephane Derenoncourt’s wife, the deep ruby/purple-colored 2001 La Tour Figeac offers up aromas of fresh figs intermixed plums, cassis, licorice, smoke, and cherries. The complex aromatics are followed by a plush, rich, medium to full-bodied, powerful as well as elegant claret revealing soft tannin in its lusty finish. Drink it over the next 12-13 years.