Fine Wine

The common denominator of fine wine is most certainly quality as defined by a number of factors: where the vines are grown, what grape varieties are used, the reputation of the vineyard and / or producers in question, the skill of the winemakers, and to a certain extent the perception of the wine’s performance over time. Sometimes, wine names may include phrases such as Grand Cru or Premier Cru for French wines, Reserva or Gran Reserva for Spanish wines, or Riserva for those from Italy; but this is by no means exhaustive. There are myriad factors which make up the final quality in the bottle (and in the glass) and with global production skills improving year on year, along with greater understanding of which grapes grow best in which regions and countries, more wines are reaching the standards considered requisite to be ‘Fine Wines’.

What makes a wine ‘Fine’ can best be described as a reputation – be it centuries old or growing rapidly – for quality, consistency, ageability and a definable ‘character’. Some of these wines display these characteristics to an extent that they can be bought as investments: increasing complexity in age, and thus desirability, combines with a reduction in availability (as the wine is consumed) inflating their value over time - further adding to their status.

Some consider production size to be significant and while boutique producers who operate in the hundreds rather than the tens of thousands of cases can arguably have a greater control over their overall quality output, smaller doesn’t always equal better. Indeed many of the Chateaux of Bordeaux see annual production reaching into the tens of thousands of cases; even the First Growths - Châteaux Margaux, Latour, Mouton Rothschild, Lafite Rothschild and Haut Brion – can produce upwards of 8,000 cases per year. By contrast, the Grand Crus of Burgundy are restricted in their size by ancient legislation meaning total production is naturally capped; in some vintages, just a few barrels can be produced. The same situation exists across the wine-growing world, where quite large volumes of exceptional wines can be made from blends of vineyards and even growing regions, such as Penfolds legendary Grange, but also certain single vineyards can be identified as producing very small volumes of particularly high quality wines of notable character year after year.

There are many regions around the world capable of producing wine of exceptional quality but some of the notable examples include: Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot based reds from Bordeaux; Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Burgundy; in Spain, Tempranillo from Rioja and Ribera del Duero, and Albarino from Galicia; Barolo is produced from Nebbiolo in Piedmont and Sangiovese and Brunello are the mainstays in Tuscany; in California, Cabernet Sauvignon is king but Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are world-class; Shiraz or Syrah is the most famous grape of Australia; Chile and Argentina are home to the finest Malbec; New Zealand is dominated by Sauvignon Blanc; South Africa delivers to world’s finest Chenin Blanc.

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Wines marked 'In Bond' will not incur duty or VAT if retained in bonded storage. Those marked 'Duty Paid' will be subject to VAT unless being exported from the UK within 3 months of purchase.
Summary prices shown are 12 x 75cl case equivalent.

2012 Ayala, Perle d'Ayala

DR
£408 6 pack case(s) available

2012 Ayala, Perle d'Ayala

Size
Cs (12)
Cs (6)
Cs (3)
Loose
Price
Per
Region: Champagne
95 DR
BTL
0
10
0
0
£408
6
 
CONDITION
STATUS
ETA
Our ETA dates are a guide and are subject to change. If you require more information on an ETA time please call UK +44 (0) 20 7269 0703 or alternatively email [email protected].
YOU BUY
Case (6 x 75cl) LIVETRADE
CONDITION
Original Case
STATUS
In-Bond
ETA
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In Stock
LIVETRADE
You buy
£408.00
10 Case(s) Available

2007 Ayala, No 7 Brut

£285 6 pack case(s) available

2007 Ayala, No 7 Brut

Size
Cs (12)
Cs (6)
Cs (3)
Loose
Price
Per
Region: Champagne
BTL
0
1
0
0
£285
6
 
CONDITION
STATUS
ETA
Our ETA dates are a guide and are subject to change. If you require more information on an ETA time please call UK +44 (0) 20 7269 0703 or alternatively email [email protected].
YOU BUY
Case (6 x 75cl) LIVETRADE
CONDITION
Original Case
STATUS
In-Bond
ETA
Our ETA dates are a guide and are subject to change. If you require more information on an ETA time please call UK +44 (0) 20 7269 0703 or alternatively email [email protected].
In Stock
LIVETRADE
You buy
£285.00
1 Case(s) Available

Ayala, Brut Majeur

JS
From £140 6 pack case(s) available

Ayala, Brut Majeur

Size
Cs (12)
Cs (6)
Cs (3)
Loose
Price
Per
Region: Champagne
92 JS
BTL
0
21
0
0
£140
6
 
CONDITION
STATUS
ETA
Our ETA dates are a guide and are subject to change. If you require more information on an ETA time please call UK +44 (0) 20 7269 0703 or alternatively email [email protected].
YOU BUY
Case (6 x 75cl) LIVETRADE
CONDITION
Original Case
STATUS
In-Bond
ETA
Our ETA dates are a guide and are subject to change. If you require more information on an ETA time please call UK +44 (0) 20 7269 0703 or alternatively email [email protected].
In Stock
LIVETRADE
You buy
£140.00
21 Case(s) Available

Ayala, Majeur Brut Rose NV

JS
From £26 Loose bottle(s) and 6 pack case(s) available

Ayala, Majeur Brut Rose NV

Size
Cs (12)
Cs (6)
Cs (3)
Loose
Price
Per
Region: Champagne
93 JS
BTL
0
5
0
4
£158
6
 
CONDITION
STATUS
ETA
Our ETA dates are a guide and are subject to change. If you require more information on an ETA time please call UK +44 (0) 20 7269 0703 or alternatively email [email protected].
YOU BUY
Case (6 x 75cl) LIVETRADE
CONDITION
Original Case
STATUS
In-Bond
ETA
Our ETA dates are a guide and are subject to change. If you require more information on an ETA time please call UK +44 (0) 20 7269 0703 or alternatively email [email protected].
In Stock
LIVETRADE
You buy
£158.00
5 Case(s) Available
Bottle (75cl)
CONDITION
Repack
STATUS
In-Bond
ETA
Our ETA dates are a guide and are subject to change. If you require more information on an ETA time please call UK +44 (0) 20 7269 0703 or alternatively email [email protected].
In Stock
You buy
£26.33
4 Bottle(s) Available