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BORDEAUX

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Hi from Jeff NZ’s largest Bordeaux Wine Sale is upon us once again, which means it’s July and I for one can hardly believe where this year has gone! There’s always plenty going on here at Fine Wine Delivery, but this sale is one of my favourites every year. As we gear up to celebrate our 22nd birthday, I have lost count of how many times customers have said to me that they find French wine confusing and expensive – Bordeaux in particular! And that has always been the premise for this sale, to demystify Bordeaux on your behalf and dealing directly with the Châteaux we cut out the middleman and secure the best prices for you. In conjunction with four key Bordeaux Negociants we ramped up our initial search to include hundreds of possibilities, that we narrowed down to 100 for our tasting panel. All 33 wines that made the cut did so with 100% panel consensus. We looked for a fair representation of the subregions, and are thrilled to see a great mix of some old faithful brands as well as a few new Châteaux featured this year. Now, to try and keep things simple, I personally think there’s only a few things to remember when you’re learning about Bordeaux. Vintage matters... 2015 and 2016 are two extremely high-quality vintages consecutively, it was 2009 and 2010 when this last occurred. You almost can’t go wrong in vintages like these, but need to be more selective in lesser years. Left Bank vs Right Bank. We are simply referring to which side of the Gironde Estuary these regions lie. And this is important because of the difference in soils. The Right Bank is rich in clay and limestone, which is ideal conditions for plush

Jeff Poole (Proprietor)

Merlot led styles... so you’ll mostly find Merlot and Merlot dominant blends from there. On the Left side of the Estuary it is more gravelly, due to the ancient river soils that are perfect for Cabernet and for wines that have greater structure and ability to age. The frustrating thing about French labels is the lack of varietal information on them, but rest assured we have included that in our expert tasting notes! The other confusing topic is that of Classification. Now this is where it does get more complex. Each region has its own ( or more ), and some Château don’t want to be restricted by these classifications in order to make the best wines they can. Many an expert have lost years of their lives trying to make this topic simple for the consumer and I for one would not get too hung up on this (unless you’re a wine investor), after all what’s more important is the journey the wine takes you on, and whether you enjoyed it or not. My advice to get you started on this journey is to visit one of our SuperStores this Saturday the 27th of July, where you can taste your way through a selection of 30 wonderful examples of quality and value to get your Bordeaux research underway. If you can’t make it in, then this digital brochure will give you region, varieties and tasting notes so you can order online and have them delivered right to your door….a taste of Bordeaux at your place!


Our Massive Annual Bordeaux Wine Sale Is Here! Direct ex-Chateau with quality brands ranging from $14.99 to $99.99 per bottle. With 10,000 producers and 57 different appellations (AOC), Bordeaux can be hard to navigate. We spend months working with our Bordeaux suppliers to bring you our spectacular annual Bordeaux container sale. We then accept 100 samples that our expert tasting panel has whittled down to 33 incredible Bordeaux reds. We ship direct, cutting out the middleman and all in a temperature-controlled container to ensure the wine is in perfect condition. Starting with some Bordeaux bargains we then take you on a journey through the Right and Left Banks of Bordeaux. Left & Right Bank simply refers to which side of the Gironde Estuary these regions reside. And as for what’s different between the two sides…. well that’s easy too – Terroir, more specifically soil!

The Left Bank

The Right Bank

Here the famed Médoc reigns supreme with its subregions of Pauillac, Saint-Julien, Saint–Estephe, Margaux and Pessac-Leognan (the areas first classified in 1855). With gravelly, ancient river soils, this is where Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the blends bringing more powerful and tannic reds.

Saint-Emilion with its rich clay soils and limestone hillsides, and Pomerol with its gravels, are the most wellknown sub-regions. Typically known for rich, bold red wines filled with fleshy, ripe fruits; you’ll find mostly Merlot dominant blends.


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Château du Brandelet 2016 Bordeaux AOC Located in the Fronsac region between the Saint-Emilion and Pomerol villages, this is a 4th generation family-owned property. A generous, smooth and very accessible entry into the red wines of Bordeaux. An excellent vintage, it is bursting with red fruits, florals and spice. A slightly creamed texture and soft tannins.

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75% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 11% Cabernet Sauvignon

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The third year this ultraconsistent, organically grown Bordeaux Supérieur has charmed its way into our annual selection. Also, the third consecutive Gold Medal from Concours International de Lyon wine show. From 20-year old vines it has a generous breadth of ripe dark fruits, savoury spice, dried herbs, graphite and chocolate oak.

Certified organic since 2010, a gold medal winning, Bordeaux Supérieur (wines with this classification use older vines, lower yields and a 12-month minimum barrel ageing requirement). Abundant with red cherry and blackberry fruits, soft toasty characters and finely grained tannins supporting the smooth, lengthy finish.

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Château Dallau 2016 Bordeaux Superieur

Bordeaux Superieur

60% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot

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Château Lauretan 2015

Petite Sirène by Château Giscours 2015 GOLD MEDAL

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Bordeaux AOC Château Giscours in Margaux is one of 14 third growths in the famous 1855 Classification of Bordeaux, where vines were first planted in 1552. The grapes are from outside the appellation but made at the winery by the same meticulous winemaking team. Silky, toasty, supple and very generous, a wine with serious pedigree.

75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

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BORDEAUX Right Bank Château Pont Rousset 2016 GOLD MEDAL

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Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux Built in the XVI century and owned by the Lavergne family for more than two hundred years. With mature 33-years old vines, this very affordable red delivers beyond expectations. A generous, richly fruited style, filled with ripe black plum, currants and mocha… the tannins are silky smooth and the texture supple.

Château La Fleur Bellevue 2015

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Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux From the excellent 2015 vintage this double gold medal winner is generous on flavour. From 20-35yr-old vines, it has lovely plush dark fruits with milk chocolate, nutmeg, cedar, subtle savoury spice and dried herbs. The plush Merlot and more tannic Cabernet work perfectly to deliver a rich, smooth and structured red.

100% Merlot

75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc

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Château Fongaban 2016

Château Cayla 2015

Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Certified organic since the 2013 vintage, Fongaban whose origins date from the 17th century, is located just a few kilometres away from Saint-Emilion. The 20-yearold vineyards are planted on clay and chalky soils in the commune of Puisseguin. Aged in French oak, the Merlot dominance makes for a rich and supple wine.

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Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux The Château takes its name from Baron Christophe de Cayla, the final descendent of Pierre Cayla, a famous archaeologist, dying there in 1831. A juicy hit of liquorice and some darker fruit shows great ambition for a wine at this price. Elegant, juicy and easy to enjoy, Château Cayla is a standout bargain.

85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc

75% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon

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Château Plaisance 2016 Montagne Saint-Émilion The iconic Château Plaisance built in 1886 was purchased by the Ducourt family in 1994, the well-established, old vines provide excellent fruit. The vineyards are located right on the border of the Saint Emilion/Lalande-de-Pomerol appellations. The wine spent 12 months in 100% French oak (50% new and 50% in one year old) before a further two years in bottle prior to being released. With only 3000 bottles

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Château Teyssier 2016 Montagne Saint-Émilion A welcome return, this was a huge customer favourite last year. From 35-year-old vines, this red is juicy, layered and serious on the palate, with rich blackcurrant and deep red berry fruits. The rich fruits and smoky oak are all wonderfully harmonious with a silken mouthfeel. This is exciting value.

produced, this is impeccable, rich Merlot at a quality and price that is only achievable from old vine, old wine world producers. Buy a case of this wine and enjoy with confidence through to 2025+. 100% Merlot

24.99 Clos L'Hermitage 2016

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Lalande de Pomerol Owned by the Bertin family who have been making wine since 1742. A big, rich, ripe style; it's full of dark fruits and dark chocolate. Robust and hearty with generous, full, rounded tannins and a supple texture. Its richness and velvety mouth feel will impress. From 35-year-old vines, a class act and exceptional buying.

85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc

80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc

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BORDEAUX Right Bank Château Faizeau Selection Vieilles Vignes 2016 Montagne Saint-Émilion Named after the Benedictine abbey of Faize, situated close to the property. The Château is positioned on the slopes of Calon hill, the highest point in the region of Libourne, and it is one of the oldest winegrowing “terroirs” around Bordeaux. 12 hectares of 40-year-old vines on an elevated site, extend in a single stretch over soil of stony “graves” and clay. Hand-harvested and aged in French Oak barriques, this brooding red unfolds with

Château Cap d'Or 2016 Saint-Georges Saint-Émilion The fruit from these densely planted 33-year old vines is handpicked and double sorted pre-crushing. A strong, rich red with plush dark fruits. The oak is spicy with a hint of dark chocolate and the powerful finish has complex savoury elements carried by compact fine tannins and juicy acidity. Impressive inside and out!

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generous blackcurrants, black doris plum, a touch of liquorice and a smoky complexity. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate says: “What a delicious and well-crafted Montagne Saint-Emilion. One to look out for.” 94% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc

32.99 Château Saint-Georges Côte Pavie 2015 Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé A tiny 5-hectare, old-vine estate located between the prized estates of Ch. Pavie and Ch. La Gaffeleire. Soft, ripe plum, dark cherry and earthy characters are at the core with a chocolate edge. It has density, structure, concentration and seductive, gentle tannins – everything in harmony, one of the great values of the appellation.

89% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc

80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc

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Château La Rose du Pin 2015 Entre-Deux-Mers In 1965 geologist Henri Ducourt began buying plots of land near the village of Romagne on a clay-limestone plateau in the Entre-Deux-Mers region (the area between the Left and Right Banks). Over the years he built up a great estate between “A La Rose” and “le Pin de Cornet”, which has now become Château La Rose du Pin. A double gold medal winner, this is a true Bordeaux bargain filled with brooding blackberry,

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Château Labadie 2015 Médoc Neal Martin, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate says… “This is a very fine Médoc, clearly the best since 2010”. Two gold medals add to the accolades of this luscious, rounded and juicy red. The vineyard has two distinct parts; clay limestone soils adding to the structure and the gravels giving finesse. Impressive concentration and refinement. 63% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc

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boysenberry and chocolatey oak characters. With good length and finegrained tannins, this is a superb buy that will raise the bar for your regular wine enjoyment. 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon

15.99 Château de Panigon 2015 Médoc Cru Bourgeois Château de Panigon dates back to the 18th century with the vineyards having Cru classification since 1850. This double gold medal Médoc over delivers…it’s rich, smooth, complex, has incredible ageability and comes off 28+ yearold vines. Dark fruits, liquorice, cedar barrel characters, chalky tannins and a long finish. Great value for the cellar. 50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot

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BORDEAUX Left Bank Château du Taillan 2014 Haut-Médoc Cru Bourgeois

Château du Taillan has been a Cru Bourgeois since 1932, it is the first estate on the road to Medoc. Purchased in 1896 by Henri Cruse it is now in its fifth generation of family ownership with five sisters at the helm. Generous from the start with black fruits, currant, liquorice, pencil shavings and fine spice culminating in a harmoniously and well-structured wine. Deeper smoky oak complexity emerges, and the svelte tannins support the silky

Château Lestage Simon 2015 Haut-Médoc Located at Saint-Seurin-deCadourne, beside the great vineyard of Saint-Estèphe, it benefits from an outstanding terroir. The 30-year-old vines are on gravel, clay and limestone soils and the resulting wine is complex, rich and charming. Blackberry, liquorice, and fine toasty characters persist throughout the dense, well-balanced palate.

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palate to a very fine black-fruited and multi-dimensional finish. Stunning to be able to enjoy premium, 5-year old wine at this price but it will cellar another 10+ if you wish! 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc

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Château Sénéjac 2015 Haut-Médoc An historic estate with the first vines planted in the 16th century. One of the better-known Crus Bourgeois of the region, located close to the vineyards of Margaux. Aged in French barriques for 18-months, it is an elegant, full-bodied red with intense black plum and cassis flavours supported by chewy tannins.

84% Merlot, 16% Petit Verdot

60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc

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La Closerie de Camensac 2015 Haut-Médoc The second wine of Fifth Growth Médoc producer, Château Camensac. The property was purchased by the Merlaut family who own the more famous Ch. GruaudLarose and Ch.Chasse-Spleen, and have raised the quality of this lesser known producer to new heights. The benefits of these accomplished owners are evident, the welcome surprise is the price – an affordable entry to this Grand Cru Classé estate. With lifted aromas of black cherries

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Château d'Escurac 2015 Médoc Cru Bourgeois

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and cedar. The supple texture and fine tannins support a rich core of dark berries, black pepper, tobacco and spice. The cherry/dark berry fruits and vanilla persist on the beautiful, long finish. 87% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon

35.99 Le Saint Estephe de Cos Labory 2016 Saint-Estèphe

In theory Cru Bourgeois is a level below Cru Classé, but there are some high-quality bargains like this to be had. An abundance of juicy dark fruits and spices, graphite, leather and dried leaf complexities unfold within a finegrained body of tannin. Hints of chocolate and subtle saltiness emerge in its lengthy, juicy finish.

Talk about judging a wine by the company it keeps - Cos Labory is a Fifth Growth sandwiched right in between two of the biggest names in Bordeaux, Cos d'Estournel to the north and Château Lafite-Rothschild to the south. Elegant and finely structured, silky and mouth filling, this wine is great buying.

60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot

60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot

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Château Cantelaude Borie 2016 Moulis-en-Médoc AOC

If the label looks strangely familiar to Bordeaux lovers, it should... because the Château is owned by Bruno Borie, owner of iconic Second Growth Ducru Beaucaillou ($300+/bottle). Classic Bordeaux through and through – with beautiful notes of liquorice, rose, plum and blackberry. Everything in proportion and laid out beautifully on the detailed palate.

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Labastide de Dauzac 2015 Margaux

Château Dauzac, a Fifth Growth Grand Cru Classé Margaux wine, has the enormous privilege of having 45 hectares with the Margaux appellation. From 35-40-year-old vines, hand-picked, aged for 18-months in French barriques, it has considerable depth and complexity with a very composed palate. Classic Margaux to enjoy now through 2030+.

60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot

62% Cabernet and 38% Merlot

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Château de Lamarque Marquis d’Evry 2015

Château Lilian Ladouys 2016

Haut-Médoc The oldest Château in the Medoc region at 1000 years of age – the owners family history also traces back to this time (25 generations). Brooding with bramble, cassis and cocoa on the nose. Very concentrated with fine grained tannins, the bold dark fruit is carried by bakingspice like French Oak. Drink now through 2035+. 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 10% Petit Verdot

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Saint-Estèphe Originally knowns as La Doys in 1654, it morphed into Ladouys, then Lilian Ladouys after the owners who reinvigorated this historic estate in the late 1980’s. James Suckling describes this 2016 as “Full-bodied and dense with a very velvety texture and a long, generous finish of ripe fruit and spice.” Drink now through 2036+ 62% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot

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BORDEAUX Left Bank Château Camensac 2015

Blason D'Issan 2016 Margaux

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The stunning second wine of Third Growth estate, Ch. d’Issan, first produced in 1995 it has all the expert winemaking and expensive barrel ageing and techniques of its big brother. Elegant, sophisticated with silky tannins, great length and age-worthiness. Enjoy now to 2030+.

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A Fifth Growth producer at the southern tip of the St. Julien appellation producing high-quality wines for remarkable value. Aged in barrel for 18-months, spicy, toasty characters with berry, plum and tobacco flavours – excellent depth and finesse. Enjoy 20202045.

Saint-Estèphe

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The heart has featured since the 18th century as the previous owner Marquis de Ségur famously said “I make wine at Lafite and Latour, but my heart is at Calon”. The second wine of Third Growth producer, Calon Ségur – Powerful, concentrated, impressive. Enjoy 2021 to 2036.

60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon

57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot

55% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon

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Château Cantemerle 2016

Château Larrivet Haut-Brion 2016

Les Griffons de Pichon Baron 2015

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Le Marquis de Calon Ségur 2016

Decanter Magazine say: “…easily one of their best ever wines, totally living up to its fifth growth billing.” Aged 12-months in barrel, this is a powerful wine with classic characters of tobacco, blackcurrant and cedar finishing elegantly. Enjoy now to 2036. 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot

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Pessac-Léognan

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Decanter call this “A wonderfully rich, expressive wine…” Suckling says it has “great depth and drive...”. This is an impressive Estate with neighbours like Haut Bailly, Carbonnieux and Smith Haut-Lafite. Classical in style, densely flavoured with great structure. Enjoy now to 2036+. 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc

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Pauillac

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Second Growth estate, Ch. Pichon Baron launched their second wine ‘Les Griffons’ with the 2012 vintage. Echoing the style of its prestigious $300+/ btl flagship red, aged in barrel for 18-months, it has excellent structure and depth. Enjoy now to 2035+. 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot

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