Farr Vintners’ Biggest Ever July Sale!
Our biggest ever July Sale is now into its second week and, whilst many wines have already sold out, there are still plenty of bargains to be found. We have added new wines (displayed as ADDED TO SALE in our list), as well as increasing the discount on many lines (displayed as FURTHER REDUCED).
As a reminder, most prices are reduced by at least 10% but some are down to half price – or even less – as we ruthlessly clear out stocks that we have owned for more than a few months. Bargains can be found from great vineyards around the world but, as ever, our strength in depth is to be found in France.
As in most years, the sale is divided into two separate lists: Perfect Stock and Minor Imperfections. Some highlights of both sections can be seen below.
We focus on the 2011 vintage. A decent year that will forever be in the shadows of 2009 and 2010 and which was often over-priced on initial en primeur release. There are some huge discounts here:
Jacques Thienpont's Château L'If was formerly known as Château Haut Plantey From 2011 onwards, this label is used as the second wine of L’If. We have some of the 2011 and 2010 vintages at just £150 per 12 bottles.
Providence 2011 – This small Pomerol château has now been merged into La Fleur Pétrus so no longer exists. This wine has a 93 point rating from Robert Parker who calls it “a great success” and is reduced from £640 down to just £360 per dozen - over 40% off.
L’Evangile 2011 – One of the most famous names of Pomerol. Released at £1080 back in Spring 2012 and now discounted to £900 per dozen. We think that this is the world’s cheapest price for any vintage from this château.
Bernadotte 2014 – This Haut Médoc château sits close to the border with Pauillac and makes reliably good, classic Bordeaux. The 2014 is rated 91 points by Galloni, 90 by Suckling and 89 by Neal Martin. It’s proper claret and for the duration of this sale we are offering it to customers at just £100 per dozen in bond with further reductions for 10 cases or more. This is Farr Vintners’ best deal on red Bordeaux at a price that cannot be matched elsewhere.
We have just 1 case of 1990 Château de Fieuzal Rouge at £450 per 12 bottles, UK duty paid, ex-VAT. This seems very inexpensive for a wine that is now 28 years old.
Sweet White Bordeaux
We feature some outstanding Sauternes that are so desperately out of fashion that prices are down to ridiculously low levels.
Rieussec 2009 – This is crazy! 97 points and quite magnificent. Released at £600 per dozen en primeur but now being sold at way below cost in cellar clear-outs by suppliers in Bordeaux. What a bargain at £330 per dozen! 45% off!
It beggars belief that £25 can buy you a bottle one of the greatest sweet wines on the planet, but it is true! 2007 Rieussec had 19 points from Decanter and the same score from Jancis Robinson MW and is now £300 per 12 in bond, down from £500 – that is 40% discount!
Yquem 2005 – This outstanding Sauternes was originally released by owners LVMH at an eye-watering £4000 per dozen. Now available at 40% less in bottles, halves and magnums at £2400!
Some big price reductions here on Premier Cru and “village” level wines:
With a very respectable 92 points from Allen Meadows, the Grand Cru 2012 Corton Clos du Roi, Domaine de la Pousse d’Or now has almost 20% off and is just £290 per 6 bottles, in bond.
At almost 30% below the UK market, Grivot's 2011 Nuits Pruliers is a wine that Allen Meadows says has "...lovely complexity...plenty of verve..." and "...enough Nuits character to remain true to the terroir yet there is virtually no rusticity." It is now £520 per 12, down from £660.
With a whopping 33% off, the 2012 Morey Saint Denis Clos des Rosiers from Chantal Remy is £360 per 12, down from £540. Julia Harding MW, in giving it 16.5 points, says that it has an “unusual smoky, earthy, tobacco aroma plus plenty of ripe cherry fruit.”
Auxey Duresses Rouge Premier Cru, Pierre Boisson 2011 – Premier Cru red Burgundy reduced from £360 to £240 per dozen.
Rhône Valley Reds
Some really massive price reductions here on some wines we acquired as part of a larger parcel.
Châteauneuf du Pape, Cros de la Mure 2008 - We don’t know much about this wine, but it was part of a larger parcel that we bought so we can offer it at over 60% discount!. Down from £480 to just £150 per dozen. Jancis Robinson MW says it is drinking well now and gave it 17 points!
Matthieu Barret’s Domaine du Coulet Cornas features heavily in our sale as several cuvées were part of a large parcel of wine we purchased earlier in the year. As we are unfamiliar with the wines, we’ve priced them to sell which means that you can pick up a bargain. We have three different vintages of his Cornas Brise Cailloux for between 35% and 45% discount – all with decent scores from the Wine Advocate or Vinous. There is also the 96 point 2011 Cornas Les Billes Noires which is exactly half price at £312.50 per 12. Finally, his 2012 Cornas Gore has 97 points from Jeb Dunnuck and is now £625 per 6 magnums instead of £1250 – again, 50% discount.
Gosset Celebris 2004 is highly rated and reduced from £840 to £690 per dozen. World’s cheapest price!
We also have a few six packs of Gosset's Celebris Rosé from the 2007 vintage. This wine is now £345 per 6, down from £425. This is a wine that Galloni gave 93 points and sais that is was "...terrific."
Cavallotto's "tremendous" and "stunning" 96+ point 2013 Barolo Bricco Boschis now has £60 off and is just £460 per 12 in bond. If you still don't want a full case (why wouldn't you at this price!?) then you can pick up a few bottles with stained labels at just £35 per bottle in bond. A great wine from a magical vintage.
Egon Müller is one of the world's great winemakers. His 2016 Scharzhofberger Spätlese is consistently one of his very best wines. We have a few 6 packs available with £50 off at £575 per 6 in bond. Jean Fisch & David Rayer of Mosel Fine Wines say that it is "beautiful and clean" and "pure, precise, smooth and above all remarkably persistent".
Ferren was described by Antonio Galloni as "the single most exciting label in Sonoma I have tasted" and he compared the wines to those of cult Chardonnay producer Mark Aubert. Production is tiny (150ish cases). These are big, rich Chardonnays that have lots of complexity but are not for the faint-hearted. Lancel Creek Chardonnay has almost 25% off and is £720 per 12 and the 95 point Silver Eagle Chardonnay has £210 off, down to £780 per 12.
Most of these wines have very superficial imperfections but all are discounted from the prices at which we sell “regular” stock. A few highlights:
Angelus 1989 – Reduced from £5250 to £4750 just because one label is slightly scuffed. Otherwise all is perfect – and it’s a great wine too!
Eglise Clinet 2005 – A stunning 100 point Pomerol. This is in original wooden case with perfect levels and labels but discounted by £700 to £3600 as the back labels bear the name of a US importer.
The great (100 point) Margaux 1990 is discounted by £183 per bottle due to varying levels and slightly stained labels. 10 bottles are available of this beautiful wine at £900 per bottle.
A 21 year old Californian Cabernet, drinking brilliantly now (and given 96 points from the Wine Spectator just 3 years ago!) The 1997 Cabernet Reserve Speciale from Arrowood has 13% off down to £1300 per 12, just because there are 12 loose bottles without their original plain carton.
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Our usual minimum order has been reduced from £500 to £250 for all wines in the sale
Prices are in bond, exclusive of UK duty, delivery and VAT
Offered subject to confirmation & remaining unsold, E&OE