Cru Recommended Portfolio

Our Recommended Portfolio (The “Fab Forty”) combines wealth preservation with liquidity. It is diversified across regions and maturities. The whole portfolio costs US$ 200,000 currently and can be purchased as a ‘one-off’ from Cru.
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Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Cos d'Estournel 2016 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £1,015.00
2016

Cos d'Estournel 2016 (6x75cl)

The Wine Cellar Insider (100)

You could lose count if you were trying to number all the layers of velvet drenched, powerful, lifted, sweet, fresh deep red fruits here. The wine offers incredible levels of concentration along with precision, purity, power and elegance. But to take all this in at its peak, patience is required as you will need at least 12 years or so before this really starts shining. But it is going to be worth the wait.
1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 100 (WCI) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,015.00
Dominus 2016 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £1,600.00
2016

Dominus 2016 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

A blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot and 8% Cabernet Franc aged in 40% new oak, the 2016 Proprietary Red Wine is deep purple-black in color and quite reticent at this youthful stage to begin, offering up subtle notions of potpourri, Indian spices, cigar box and iron ore over a core of crushed blackberries and black cherries with intermittent wafts of black and red currants, new leather and smoked meats. The palate is medium to full-bodied with a densely packed mid-palate and oodles of freshness framed by very ripe, finely grained tannins and laced with compelling earthy accents. It offers incredible vibrancy with tons of black and red fruit sparkle in the mid-palate leading to a provocative mineral element on the very long finish. If I could give more than 100 for this one, I would.
1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

California 6x75cl 1 100 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,600.00
Gaja Sperss 2016 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £1,975.00
2016

Gaja Sperss 2016 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

The golden touch, that proverbial Gaja magic, is taken to a whole new level in the 2016 Barolo Sperss. Angelo Gaja has taught his children to follow their own path, and now that the generational switch is well underway at the family estate, we can see that Gaia, Rossana and Giovanni have done him proud. Very proud. This stunning expression from the 2016 vintage (with 16,000 bottles released) represents quite a few celebratory milestones. We are now in the fifth generation to protect the Gaja legacy in an unbroken family chain that has endured since 1859. This wine is 100% Nebbiolo, and since the 2013 vintage, it is part of the Barolo DOCG appellation. Winemaking has been tweaked to embrace a more elegant, ethereal and streamlined personality, instead of the bigger extraction we saw in the past. This upgraded identity is distinctly evident in this newest release of Sperss. Starting with appearance, the wine is luminous and bright with shiny ruby and garnet gemstone. Its aromatic reach is three-dimensional with width, height and depth. Delicate berry tones cede to pressed lilac, anise, sandalwood and cardamom spice. I double decanted and left the bottle open for a few hours before my tasting. The results are tight and gentle, and the wine shows beautiful vertical lift and intensity. To achieve this much power without the excess fruit weight is really quite an accomplishment. This is the magic of Nebbiolo, and the magic of Gaja.
1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

Piedmont 6x75cl 1 100 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,975.00
Harlan Estate Proprietary Red 2016 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £6,995.00
2016

Harlan Estate Proprietary Red 2016 (6x75cl)

The Wine Cellar Insider (100)

Packed and stacked with blackberries, boysenberry's, blueberries, smoke, orange rind, spice and fresh brewed espresso, from the initial sniff you know this is a show-stopper. Full-bodied, rich, concentrated and dense, yet, with all this power, you also find balance. Every nook and cranny of your palate is coated with perfectly ripe, opulent berries. Texturally, the velvety waves of fruit hit all the right pleasure buttons again and again. The finish here keeps on going effortlessly moving from note to note. This is what great wine is all about. I seldom drink during tastings. But with this stunner, I drank every drop!
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
7-9 weeks

California 6x75cl 1 100 (WCI) Read Review/Description In Bond: £6,995.00
Haut-Brion 2016 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £3,119.00
2016

Haut-Brion 2016 (6x75cl)

Vinous - Antonio Galloni (100)

The 2016 Haut-Brion is quite possibly even more magnificent from bottle than it was from barrel. Powerful and rich, yet not at all heavy, the 2016 is a wine of nearly indescribable beauty. Haut-Brion is often a thrilling wine, but it is rarely this finessed in its youth. Gravel, cure meat, tobacco and cedar are some of the many nuances that develop with air, but it is an extraordinary sense of harmony that really stands out. What a wine!
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
5-7 weeks

Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 100 (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description In Bond: £3,119.00
Lafite Rothschild 2010 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £4,723.00
2010

Lafite Rothschild 2010 (6x75cl)

Decanter (100)

Inky colour, more so than in many years of Lafite, imprinted by the vintage. It is at this level, in these type of years, where you see why these terroirs have stood out for centuries. We are in a crowded field of excellence in Pauillac in 2010, and yet still the First Growths manage to deliver an extra heartbeat of brilliance. This is still extremely closed, and I have no hesitation in saying that when Lafite is planning its 250th anniversary celebrations that this will be one of the wines that it chooses, just as we all marvelled at the 1893 in the summer of 2018. Blocks of liquorice and black chocolate come through alongside the tannins, standing guard to ensure the fruits don't escape before they are ready to do so. There are vintages where Lafite is sculpted, liquid elegance (like 2017, speaking of one I have recently tasted), and where it stands out against the vintage, and then there are other years when it epitomises why the vintage is so good, and that is where we are here. It has less obvious muscles than the Latour but every bit of the strength.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
5-7 weeks

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 100 (DC) Read Review/Description In Bond: £4,723.00
Lafite Rothschild 2016 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £4,290.00
2016

Lafite Rothschild 2016 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (100)

On another level and one of the greatest young Bordeaux I’ve ever tasted, the 2016 Lafite-Rothschild is composed of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Merlot raised in new oak. It takes the classic elegance and class of Lafite and turns the dial up to 11, offering a massive, heavenly array of blackcurrants, cedar pencil, graphite, tobacco, and incense aromas and flavors that soar from the glass. Deep, full-bodied, and flawlessly constructed, with perfectly integrated fruit, acidity, and tannins, this is legendary stuff all the way. It will be drinkable in 7-8 years and keep for 50-75 years or more. Along with Mouton, it’s the wine of the vintage from the Médoc. Hats off to director Eric Kohler.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
1-2 weeks

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 100 (JD) Read Review/Description In Bond: £4,290.00
Latour 2010 (3x75cl)
In Bond: £3,227.50
2010

Latour 2010 (3x75cl)

Vinous - Neal Martin (100)

The 2010 Latour can be summed up in two words: “The king.” It convincingly asserts its superiority over other 2010s, including First Growths, in terms of its aromatic complexity, precision, balance, intensity, complexity and persistence. Simply a faultless Latour that ranks among its greatest achievements. Tasted from an ex-château bottle at the BI Wines & Spirits 10-Year On tasting.
In Stock in France

Bordeaux 3x75cl 1 100 (VN (NM)) Read Review/Description In Bond: £3,227.50
Leoville Las Cases 2016 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £1,571.00
2016

Leoville Las Cases 2016 (6x75cl)

The Wine Cellar Insider (100)

This has really expanded since my initial barrel tasting. The nose explodes, literally! The fruit jumps from the glass, it is that concentrated. Blackberry, cassis and tobacco are all over the place. This is so concentrated, you can almost eat it with a spoon! The fruit coats your mouth. But it is the level of density and freshness, coupled with all those sweet, pure fruit sensations that let you know, this wine means business. You can actually feel the fruit expand on your palate! This is what great wine is all about. Produced from a blend 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
5-7 weeks

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 100 (WCI) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,571.00
Mouton Rothschild 2016 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £3,472.50
2016

Mouton Rothschild 2016 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (100)

Along with the Château Lafite, the 2016 Château Mouton Rothschild is the wine of the vintage from the Médoc and is a truly profound, magical, blockbuster wine in every sense. It’s based on 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, raised in new French oak. Boasting a saturated purple color as well as an extraordinary bouquet of thick black fruits, lead pencil shavings, new saddle leather, and burning embers, with just a hint of its oak upbringing, this beauty hits the palate with a mammoth amount of fruit and texture yet stays fresh, pure, and light on its feet, with a thrilling sense of minerality as well as building tannins on the finish. It’s one of the most profound young wines I’ve ever tasted, and while it will probably keep for three-quarters of a decade, it offers pleasure even today. Bravo!
In Stock in France

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 100 (JD) Read Review/Description In Bond: £3,472.50
Ponsot Clos-de-la-Roche Grand Cru VV 2016 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £2,480.00
2016

Ponsot Clos-de-la-Roche Grand Cru VV 2016 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (97)

The 2016 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Cuvée Vieilles Vignes is superb, bursting from the glass with aromas of juicy cherries, peonies, blood orange, licorice, raw cocoa and espresso roast. On the palate, it's full-bodied, deep and succulent, with a concentrated, layered mid-palate, satiny structuring tannins and vibrant underlying acidity, concluding with a long finish. Harvested on October 7 at a comparatively high yield by Ponsot's standards of 38 hectoliters per hectare, this year seems to have been perfectly adapted to Ponsot's style. Vibrant, elegant and expressive, the 2016 is quite different from the richer, more powerful 2015, but in the fullness of time, I wouldn't be surprised to see it surpassing its brawnier elder sibling.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
~1 week

Burgundy 6x75cl 1 97 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £2,480.00
Sassicaia 2016 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £1,999.00
2016

Sassicaia 2016 (6x75cl)

The Wine Independent (100)

The 2016 Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia is another wine I love. It is an exceptional wine from one of the best vintages in Tuscany in the last decade. 2016 was a cooler and more classic vintage than 2015 and one can almost sense more freshness, comfort and ease for the vine in the natural harmony of this wine. The wine has vibrancy, a mouth-watering freshness and a beautiful natural grace. The nose is bright and clear with very precisely delineated aromas of wild flowers, meadow grass, violet, rose and cassis. The 2016 is looking stunning, with a wonderful texture and flow, yet a twist of nervosity and energy too. Drinking now but it needs maybe 5 years to begin to show its best.
1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

Tuscany 6x75cl 1 100 (WI) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,999.00

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