After a very busy first week of the Farr Vintners January Sale - with 250 wines sold out - we have decided to refresh the sale with some FURTHER REDUCTIONS on some wines that have not yet found buyers as well as some NEW ADDITIONS that were not previously offered.
Some wines here are reduced to nearly HALF PRICE and nearly everything is discounted by at least 10%.
The sale remains divided into two parts – Perfect Stock and Minor Imperfections. There should be something to suit every palate and pocket in each section.
Here are a few new highlights which may sell quickly, but we are sure that you will find plenty of other great deals if you browse through the two lists.
FURTHER REDUCED - Le Plus de la Fleur de Bouard 2001 – In the heady days of the omnipotence of critic Robert Parker, wines like this were cult classics. 100% Merlot, 100% new oak made from very low yields. At the height of the “garage wine” boom, this was being listed by London brokers at over £2000 per dozen! It’s now reduced to around a third of its peak price at £680 per dozen.
NEW ADDITION - 2016 Les Griffons de Pichon Baron – This is not Pichon Baron’s 2nd wine but a single vineyard within this great 2nd Growth estate that produces wines of clear classed growth quality. Neal Martin rated it 93/95 en primeur and called it “superb”. With a £50 discount it looks great value at £345 per dozen.
NEW ADDITION - 2016 Camensac – In the UK market this is probably one of the least well-known of all of the classed growth châteaux of Bordeaux. Neal Martin wrote that this 2016 was “worth seeking out” when awarding it 91 points recently. At £200 per dozen we don’t think that you’ll find a better price for any cru classé in a great vintage like 2016. This is £59 per case cheaper than any other merchant’s listing.
NEW ADDITION - 2015 Les Ormes de Pez – Owned by the Cazes family of Lynch Bages, this St Estèphe property makes consistently good quality and good value wines and the 2015 is no exception. Described by critic Antonio Galloni as “impeccable, dark, pliant and inviting” he rates it 90 points. We have recently purchased a parcel at a special price and it is now offered at a market-beating £195 per dozen, a saving of £40 per case.
NEW ADDITION - 2015 Haut Bergey Rouge – This Pessac-Léognan Châteaux received 92 point scores from Galloni and Suckling for their 2015 vintage which we are pleased to offer at just £150 per dozen.
SWEET WHITE BORDEAUX
The incredible value of Sauternes never fails to amaze us. With sweet wines rather out of fashion, our buyers are able to secure parcels of fabulous wines at exceptionally low prices. These new arrivals from Bordeaux all offer incredible value for money.
NEW ADDITION - 2011 Rieussec - This "knockout" 95 pointer (Neal Martin) is now en-route to us and offered at just £275 per dozen in bond. Neal says "tasted blind, I hazarded a guess that this might be Yquem '11. Enough said." If you’re quick we also have the last few remaining cases of the same Château’s 2007,reduced from £500 per dozen to £320.
NEW ADDITION - 2010 Lafaurie Peyraguey – Another top Sauternes Château whose wine from the great 2010 vintage is hugely discounted from the original release price. Rated 92 points by Neal Martin, this “stylish Sauternes (is) full of breeding and class” and is now in stock at £240 per dozen in bond – down from £350 en primeur.
NEW ADDITION - 2016 Carmes de Rieussec – This 92 point rated Sauternes, described by Galloni as "absolutely gorgeous" is offered at just £100 per dozen in bond. Fantastic drinking at an amazing price. And if you want halves, the 2018 has recently arrived in stock at just a fiver each!
FURTHER REDUCED - 2015 Clos de Vougeot, Thibault Liger-Belair – A red Grand Cru from a top grower. This “impressive” red Burgundy has a 94 point Burghound rating and is now offered at £1380 per dozen – down from £1550.
NEW ADDITION - 2015 Corton Charlemagne, Bouchard – This is a highly rated Grand Cru white Burgundy which Allen Meadows of Burghound scores 93 points and describes as having a “sleek, dry and wonderfully long finish”, Neal Martin gives it a similar score and calls it a “fine effort”. With a £200 per case discount this is now available at £1080 per dozen in bond.
FURTHER REDUCED – 2017 Chassagne Maltroie, Fontaine-Gagnard – An excellent 1er Cru Chassagne from a much admired producer. This is both “opulent” yet “balanced” according to Allen Meadows. Now £440 per dozen down from £500.
NEW ADDITION – 2018 Bourgogne Blanc, Francois Carillon – An entry level Chardonnay from an excellent producer that is, according to The Wine Advocate’s William Kelley: “fleshy and open-knit, with a broad attack and a rich, fruit-driven profile.“ Just £160 per dozen in bond.
FURTHER REDUCED – 1994 Châteauneuf Hommage a Jacques Perrin, Beaucastel – There is just one solitary 6 bottle case of this cult Mourvèdre-dominated wine from the legendary Beaucastel estate. £1250 per 6 bottles in bond is what it will take to secure this 96 pointer - a wine Parker describes as "explosively rich, super-concentrated wine that represents the essence of the Beaucastel style."
NEW ADDITION - 2018 Châteauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes, Janasse - This very highly rated young Châteauneuf has 97 points from Rhône guru Jeb Dunnuck and he describes it as being “Magnificent……impossibly voluminous on the palate. Full-bodied and expansive in the mouth, it's also rich and velvety”. Now reduced from £540 to £495 per dozen.
NEW ADDITION – Magnums of 2013 Crozes Meysonniers, Chapoutier - This “taut and lively” bargainous 100% Syrah is now just £140 per 6 magnums in bond and is slap bang in its drinking prime.
FURTHER REDUCED – 2009 Bollinger Vieilles Vignes Françaises – At the other end of the price spectrum, this incredibly rare and highly sought-after 96 pointer, described by Galloni as “one of the most compelling wines – still or sparkling – in the world“ is reduced even further – down to £1600 per 3 bottles.
FURTHER REDUCED – Krug 2006 – A 97 point wine from The Wine Advocate’s William Kelley, who describes it as “clearly one of the vintage’s highlights” – reduced even further to 13% discount, down from £2400 per dozen to £2080.
NEW ADDITION – 2010 Brunello di Montalcino, Costanti – This “stunning” 97 point wine is something Galloni says “is a must have”. We have a few 6 bottle cases available at £350 per 6 in bond, down from £390.
FURTHER REDUCED – 2017 Vigna del Sorbo, Fontodi – This cult Chianti Classico is a wine to buy and keep in the cellar for a while. Galloni believes it will be “stellar in another 4-5 years and drink well to age 25-30 if not longer.” He gives it 96+ points and we’ve knocked even more off the price – now £450 per 12 bottles in bond, down from £558 (almost 20% off).
GREAT VALUE DRINKERS – These are all entry level wines from top producers in excellent vintages. Normally, that is where the real value for money can be found, especially when they are discounted!
2018 Barbera Sori del Drago, Brovia - £160 per 12 (11% off. This really is a screaming bargain).
2019 Barbera d'Alba, Giuseppe Rinaldi – £390 per 12 (19% off. Not scored but always great!)
2017 Barbera Francia, Giacomo Conterno - £400 per 12 (13% off, 94 points, Wine Advocate).
2014 Barbera d'Alba, Burlotto - £180 per 12 (25% off. 89 points, Galloni. A delicious everyday wine).
FURTHER REDUCED – 2017 Syrah The Hated Hunter, Sine Qua Non – American wine doesn’t get much more cult than Sine Qua Non - Manfred and Elaine Krankl’s incredibly collectible Syrah and Grenache based wines. The 2017 iteration of Syrah, named The Hated Hunter, has a perfect 100 point score from Jeb Dunnuck who says that “it has everything you could want from a bottle of wine”. Now with almost 15% off - £2400 per 12 bottles in bond, down from £2800 – the cheapest price in Europe.
NEW ADDITION – 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection, Caymus – Mature vintages of top Californian Cabernet can and do often beat big name Bordeaux in blind tastings. Not only is Caymus Special Selection, as the name suggests, their top wine, it is also from an exceptional vintage. This rare parcel is now reduced by 10% - £1350 per 12 bottle case, down from £1500.
FURTHER REDUCED – 2017 Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Kabinett Versteigerung, Von Schubert – A mouthful in more ways than one, this is an auction wine from the legendary Von Schubert estate. As always, German wine continues to be some of the best value wine in the world. The level of quality of this 95 point wine is mind-blowing and the wine itself is, according to the Mosel Fine Wines publication, “a breathtaking feather-light yet deeply complex effort.” Now with 14% off, this amazing wine is just £360 per dozen, in bond.
LAST FEW CASES – Eagle Rosé 2019 – Just a few cases are left of the Crystal Palace Football Club rosé. Unfortunately, the club were not able to serve it, due to matches being played “behind closed doors”. It was made exclusively for CPFC by Chateau Thénac in Bergerac and as it can’t be delivered to Selhurst Park, it can instead come to your cellar at HALF PRICE – just £60 per dozen excluding taxes and delivery.
VIN DOUX NATUREL
NEW ADDITION - 1968 Rivesaltes, Riveyrac – Farr Vintners has, for many years, championed these extraordinary, lightly fortified sweet wines. Where else could you find a great wine from the 1968 vintage with a 95 point rating? Neal Martin writes “I love the nose with stewed figs, Medjool dates, a touch of toffee and smoke. The palate is sharp and penetrating on the entry with a superb bead of acidity that is beautifully balanced with hints of dark chocolate, fresh ginger, cumin and lemon thyme toward the dry, brilliantly focused finish. This is an outstanding Rivesaltes from Philippe Gayral.” Reduced to £600 per dozen in bond and we are happy to split cases if customers would like to add as little as 3 bottles to orders of other wines.
A highlight of every Farr Vintners sale is the list of wines that have minor condition issues. Sometimes these conditions are slightly low levels or slightly stained labels. Often there is nothing to report except that a wine has been re-packed from its original box.
FURTHER REDUCED – 2015 Nuits Clos des Grandes Vignes, Comte Liger Belair (non OWC)– As big ticket names go, it doesn’t get much bigger than Comte Liger-Belair. The wines have a huge following and yet are so hard to find. So here are 6 bottles from a great vineyard in an exceptional vintage with 10% off, just for not having their original packaging. £3100 per 6 bottles in bond.
NEW ADDITION - 2005 Ferriere (non OWC) - A great vintage from this tiny third growth Margaux. These have been stored in the cellars of a city institution. Binned loose, they have been re-packed into cartons by our staff. Labels and levels are perfect, and the wine is reduced by £55 per case to £395 per case excluding taxes just because it's packed in cardboard instead of wood.
NEW ADDITION - 1970 Taylor (UK bottling, Non OWC, some stained labels, base neck levels) - Arguably the greatest Port of the vintage. Bottled in the UK by Grants of St James's, it is labelled - some with stains - and, being UK bottled it would never have had a wooden case. Reduced by £200 to £1650 per dozen excluding taxes.
And many, many more!