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Angludet is one of the oldest vineyards of the Médoc and it has been growing vines for more than 300 years. Situated on a plateau of Garonne gravel, its terroir favours the concentration, finesse and elegance of the wine. The vineyard covers 32 hectares of Margaux AOC, with a relatively high proportion of Petit Verdot, which requires a great deal of work, but gives the wine depth and richness. Owned by the Sichel family, that the Waud Family have become very close with today, it produces one of the great Bordeaux wines of today.

History of the estate:

The estate owes its name to the knight Bertrand d’Angludet, who built his home here in the 12th century. Vines were introduced at the beginning of the 17th century when the Gironde vineyards were extended to the Médoc peninsula.

In 1961, Peter and Diana Sichel fell in love with estate, they decided to live there and make their dream come true: producing an exceptional wine. After several years of hard work, Château Angludet joined the Union of the Bordeaux Grands Crus: a reward for the Sichel family. Still today the children and grandchildren of Peter and Diana live in the estate and continue to work hard in the making of this fabulous wine.

The vineyard:

Château Angludet has a particular and unique expression thanks to its atypical grape varieties.

  • Cabernet Sauvignon gives the structure, elegance and richness that are characteristic of ageing wines, while at the same time ensuring their complexity as they age.
  • Merlot, an early grape variety that heralds the start of the harvest, adds roundness and charm.
  • Petit Verdot, from the estate’s oldest vineyard, underlines the complexity, finesse and character of Angludet wines.

In the early 2000s, Benjamin Sichel decided to work the entire vineyard biodynamically. He replaced chemicals with natural products. Compost, herbal teas, plants and the environment are now his weapons for stimulating the vine’s development and defences.

Biodynamics aims to develop plant, animal, microbial and bacteriological life in all its diversity. The estate is in the process of obtaining the organic and Demeter label.

The wines:

Handpicked the harvest are made at the perfect maturity of the grape. Guided by the special attention of Benjamin Sichel.

The grapes are processed in concrete vats. Each stage aims to express the elegance, delicacy and personality of each vintage.

The wine is matured for 12 months, half in barrels (30% new French oak barrels every year) and half in terracotta amphorae. Ageing in amphorae helps to preserve the purity, frankness and aromatic subtlety of the wine.

‘Character comes from the soil, personality comes from the elements, quality comes from people.’

Peter Sichel

The wines have great ageing potential. When young, the wines are vibrant, energetic and fresh. They gradually evolve into their golden years, full of subtlety and elegance.


Opus One 2017 has been released at £1370 per 6×75, a 6.8% decrease from the 2016 opening price of £1470 per case.

During the 2017 vintage in Napa, wildfires ravaged the Northern California area affecting both the size and taste (smoke taint) of the harvest. Antonio Galloni in his first impressions on the region, stated “readers will have to be very selective”, there are “some examples where smoke taint is impossible to ignore”. However, Lisa Perrotti-Brown informed that “Opus one had picked 91% of their fruit before the fires started in 2017, and only two lots were eliminated from consideration”. Volumes released however are said to be down 27% on the previous year.

Antonio Galloni awarded the wine 95 points, saying it is “one of the most complete wines of the vintage,” and “has a distinctly red-toned fruit profile that distinguishes it from the surrounding vintages”.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown also gave the wine 95 points, the top range of her barrel score (92-95). She observed the wine as “medium bodied, the palate has a lively skip in its step, featuring bags of juicy raspberry and cassis-laced fruits and a refreshing line, supported by ripe, plush tannins, finishing long and graceful”.

Prices for Opus One are not closely correlated to critic scores, instead the vintages have appreciated in price with the passing of time. The chart above shows an 81% correlation between the price of the wine and the bottle age.

We have taken our full allocation here – so if you are interested in joining our Opus One 2017 syndicate – please do get in touch.

2018 has been described as the best vintage in the past 20 years in Chile.

Seña was created as a joint-venture between Eduardo Chadwick and Robert Mondavi back in 1995, with the dream of making a wine that would show Chile’s full potential, a wine that would be welcomed, in time, among the world’s First Growths. Modeled on a Bordeaux style, it would have a Chilean soul given by its Carmenere variety, grown under the principles of biodynamic farming in the Aconcagua Valley.

Grape varieties: 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Malbec, 15% Carmenere, 7% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot

Alcohol: 14%

Ageing: 22 Months – 85% New French oak barrels 15% Foudres.

It is the highest-ever scored vintage of Seña by the Wine Advocate, beating 315 other Chilean 2018s for 98 points from Luis Gutiérrez who says,“This has to be the finest vintage of Seña to date.” It has also been awarded the perfect 100 points by James Suckling who calls it, “a very intellectual Seña, with a glamorous palate, ultra-fine tannins and toned muscles”.

We have purchased a small parcel of Seña 2018 that is available to the market at £495.00 per six IB.

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As the 2019 campaign comes to a close, Canon has been released at £876 per 12×75, a 16.1% decrease on the 2018 opening price of £1044 per case.

Jane Anson (Decanter) awarded the wine 98 points, describing it as “sleek, elegant and appealing even before you get your nose near the glass”.

Previous vintages of this wine have been very successful with our syndicates – and we take our full allocation year on year.



Rauzan Segla 2019 has been released at £684 per 12×75, down 24% on the 2018’s opening price of £900 per case and flat on the 2017.

Jane Anson, 96 points. “A serious Rauzan”, noting that “there is the precision of Rauzan Ségla that is reminiscent of the 2016, less of the immediate voluptuous impact of 2018 but the density becomes extremely clear in the glass”.

Today’s release is coming to the market below a number of acclaimed recent vintages such as 2015, 2016 and 2018.

We have taken good allocations of this wine –


Nearly at the end of the campaign now – and this morning we received the Carmes Haut Brion release.

Carmes Haut Brion 2019 has been released at £816 per 12×75, down 1.4% on the 2018 release (£828), which has since risen in value. This is very much a cult wine with hardly any allocations available. We have taken as much as we can!

Jane Anson was one of the few major critics to review the wine, awarding it 96 points. In her tasting note, she called it “extremely impressive” and “well balanced, with fine tannins and real discretion but hidden power and depths”.

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Troplong Mondot 2019 has been released at £762 per 12×75, a decrease of 17% in sterling terms on the 2018 release of £918 per case.

Troplong Mondot is a Premier Grand Cru Classé from Saint-Emilion – and we believe one of the great buys of the campaign.

Neal Martin, 95-97 points. “It is a wonderful Saint-Émilion from Aymeric de Gironde and his team, more approachable than the 2018, to be frank, just a wine you are going to want to drink”.

Antonio Galloni, 96-98 points. “The 2019 Troplong Mondot is sensational. Rich, vibrant and explosive, the 2019 pulses with energy”.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, 96-98 points. “The pH is 3.55—pretty incredible when you consider the alcohol is nearly 15%! I hasten to add that from tasting, I would have guessed this was 14.3% to 14.5% alcohol. It is the kind of wine with so much energy it practically does pirouettes on your palate.” With this ABV, the wine is also exempt from the 25% US tariffs.


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Haut Bailly 2019 has been released at £840 per 12×75, a decrease of 19.5% on the 2018’s opening price of £1,044 per case.

Neal Martin, 96-98 points. Describing it as “more terroir expressive Haut-Bailly that has an effortless allure and a sense of sophistication. Wonderful”.

Antonio Galloni, 95-97 points. Antonio confirmed that “elegance and sophistication are front and center in the 2019 Haut-Bailly”. He added that the “2019 is all about focus, persistence and simply exquisite overall balance. It is easily one of the highlights of the vintage”.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, 97-99 points. It is “just magic”. According to her, “the palate is achingly elegant, showing off perfumed black fruit layers with a firm frame of very fine-grained, silt-like tannins and seamless freshness, finishing with incredible persistence and fragrance”.

Jane Anson, 97 points.
Jeb Dunnuck, 96-98 points.

This looks like an interesting option for investors and we have taken a small allocation of these wines.

The last of the First Growths to be released this year has now come out. Margaux 2019 was released at £4,200 per 12×75, down 17.8% on the 2018’s release of £5,112 per case.

Neal Martin awarded Margaux 96-98 points – saying that this is “a beautifully proportioned Château Margaux, somehow “effortless”, fanning out nonchalantly with residues of white pepper and fresh tobacco on the finish. Outstanding.”

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW rated the wine 97-100 points. She revealed that “the 2019 Château Margaux is a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, accounting for 37% of the crop. The alcohol came in at 13.9%”. Perrotti-Brown added that “the medium-bodied palate quivers with energy, emitting loads of mineral sparks, featuring bold freshness and fantastically ripe, finely grained tannins to support the delicate, perfumed layers, finishing very long and wonderfully poised. The juxtaposition between the acidity and the richness in this Château Margaux is just extraordinary!”

Jeb Dunnuck awarded the wine the same range of 97-100 points, calling it “a quintessential Château Margaux”.

The wine also received 98 points from Jane Anson, according to whom “this is close in character to the 2009 or 2015, two exceptional vintages at Margaux and classic to the graceful yet concentrated signature of the property”.

We have taken our full allocation of Margaux this year – as well as Pavillon Rouge below.

Pavillon Rouge 2019

Pavillon Rouge was released at £1500 per 12×75, a 16.2% decrease from the 2018 opening price of £1790 a case.

Well regarded by the critics, the second wines of the First Growths are very sort after on the secondary market and we have taken our full allocation here.

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Another big release this morning, with Chateau Ausone from St Emilion playing their hand.

Being released at £2640 per 6 pack, down nearly 25% on the 2018 release.

Looking back, the 2019 is also released at a lower price than the 2015 wine, that is currently performing favourably at nearly 18% up.

In comparison to the 2009 and 2010 releases, this 2019 looks like a good opportunity to snap up a Bordeaux powerhouse.


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