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  1. #1031
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    The same colour exactly minus the head ofc


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    2010 Château d’Arche, Haut Médoc



    Cabernet Sauvignon 45%, Merlot 40% and Cabernet Franc 15%. 13.5% ABV

    This wine is signed by Mäher-Besse, whose name and expertise has been associated with Bordeaux fine wines since 1892. This cru Bourgeois is located at the gateway to the Médoc region.

    Made with predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, Châteaux d’Arche is full of character, offering superb length and surprising complexity.



    Bordeaux's 2010 vintage took everyone by surprise. No one expected it to equal, let alone better, the superb 2009, yet it did just that. At the top level, the wines reveal beautiful ripeness and elegant structure, with layers of complexity unfolding as they evolve. Here you can enjoy all that without paying the premium for a classed growth. A little property of just nine hectares in the Haut-Médoc, Château d'Arche has been run by the Mähler-Besse family since 1994. Just recently Arche's neighbour, Château Lagune, who makes some of the finest wines of the Haut-Médoc, took ownership and have raised standards yet higher. This fine, barrel aged claret is delicious now but will mature gracefully for years to come.

    Aroma: Tightly furled red fruit aromas with hints of liquorice and tobacoo.

    Taste: Complex and layered with red and black fruits, minerals and toasty oak.



    Can be drunk now but worth laying down to mature. Drink by 2020. Normally £19 a bottle, but Laithwaite’s have it on offer at £17.09.

    Superb – I’m going to get myself a case.
    Barry

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    2009 Château Margerots, Bordeaux Supérieur



    Cabernet Franc grape, 12% ABV

    With its deep ruby-red colour and crimson tints, Château Margerots offers an expressive bouquet of black fruits and grilled almonds, along with a hint of morello cherry and a note of leather. It is an elegant wine that has both the charm and the class of a great Bordeaux. Rounded and full, it will go well with strong cheeses and red meat dishes.

    Medaille d’Argent, Concours de Bordeaux 2011


    Available from Tesco £7.50 a bottle, however if bought as a case of 12 it works out at £5 a bottle.

    2009 was an exceptional year for Bordeaux, so this offering from Tesco is worth checking out.
    Barry

  4. #1034
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    What are your views on this thread, Barry:

    http://theartofsound.net/forum/showt...online-sellers



    Marco.
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    Turntable: Heavily-modified Technics SL-1210MK5G [Mike New bearing/ETP platter/Paul Hynes SR7 PSU & reg mods]. Funk Firm APM Achromat/Nagaoka GL-601 Crystal Record Weight/Isonoe feet & boots/Ortofon RS-212D/Denon DL-103GL in Denon PCL-300 headshell with Funk Firm Houdini/Kondo SL-115 pure-silver cartridge leads.

    Paul Hynes MC head amp/SR5 PSU. Also modded Lentek head amp/Denon AU-310 SUT.

    Other Cartridges: Nippon Columbia (NOS 1987) Denon DL-103. USA-made Shure SC35C with NOS stylus. Goldring G820 with NOS stylus. Shure M55E with NOS stylus.

    CD Player: Audiocom-modified Sony X-777ES/DAS-R1 DAC.

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    Cables & Sundries: Mark Grant HDX1 interconnects and digital coaxial cable, plus Mark Grant 6mm UP-LCOFC Van Damme speaker cable. MCRU 'Ultimate' mains leads. Lehmann clone headphone amp with vintage Koss PRO-4AAA headphones.

    Tube Distinctions digital noise filter. VPI HW18.5 record cleaning machine.

    Speakers: Tannoy 15MGs in Lockwood cabinets with modified crossovers. 1967 Celestion Ditton 15.


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  5. #1035
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    You can't beat Fuller's ESB ale.
    Had a pint on Sunday...

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    2013 Château Le Coin, Bordeaux




    For anyone who loves a decent claret this is one NOT to miss. Château Le Coin has won gold medals for the fifth vintage in a row. This year, Château Le Coin won Gold at the Concours General de Bordeaux - on its ‘home patch’ so to speak.

    Grape: Merlot-based blend
    Style: Full-bodied, rich red
    Drink By: Dec 2017
    Serve at: 18°C
    Alcohol: 13.5% ABV

    "Consistently excellent - this Gold medal claret from a family estate is silky with creamy ripe fruit"

    At £8.99 a bottle “it tastes like a Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, but at half the price!” Buying a case of 12 will, at £107.88, save you £12.


    Since 2009, I have praised Château Le Coin several times on the Forum, so not surprisingly I have bought another case.
    Barry

  7. #1037
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    Barry, if you can get yourself along to Aldi (and/or Lidl), but preferably Aldi, they both have some superb wines (clarets and interesting Italian varieties) in for Christmas, at just stupidly low prices for what they are!

    When you go into the store ask for/find their Christmas catalogue ‘Christmas with all the Trimmings’, and go to page 34.

    Highlights (for me) are the 2011 Château Chantemerle Médoc Cru Bourgeois, and 2012 Château Grand-Pey-Lescours 2012 St. Émilion Grand Cru, both for a measly £9.99 each

    See here:

    https://www.aldi.co.uk/en/product-ra...lion-grand-cr/

    There is also a rather spectacular Paul Chevalier Hermitage 2010, for £19.99 (the kind of thing you’d pay perhaps £30-35 for in a ‘posh vintners’). See here: https://www.aldi.co.uk/en/product-ra...rmitage-20100/

    I’d also recommend the Brunello di Montalcino, if you’ve not had one of those before (think high-end Barolo, but better): https://www.aldi.co.uk/en/product-ra...ntalcino-2009/

    Ideal to have with your Christmas goose! So get yer arse along there, pronto, while stocks last!!

    Marco.
    Main System

    Turntable: Heavily-modified Technics SL-1210MK5G [Mike New bearing/ETP platter/Paul Hynes SR7 PSU & reg mods]. Funk Firm APM Achromat/Nagaoka GL-601 Crystal Record Weight/Isonoe feet & boots/Ortofon RS-212D/Denon DL-103GL in Denon PCL-300 headshell with Funk Firm Houdini/Kondo SL-115 pure-silver cartridge leads.

    Paul Hynes MC head amp/SR5 PSU. Also modded Lentek head amp/Denon AU-310 SUT.

    Other Cartridges: Nippon Columbia (NOS 1987) Denon DL-103. USA-made Shure SC35C with NOS stylus. Goldring G820 with NOS stylus. Shure M55E with NOS stylus.

    CD Player: Audiocom-modified Sony X-777ES/DAS-R1 DAC.

    Tape Deck: Tandberg TCD 310.

    Preamps: Heavily-modified Croft Charisma-X. LDR Stereo Coffee. Power Amps: Tube Distinctions Copper Amp fitted with Tungsol KT-150s. Quad 306.

    Cables & Sundries: Mark Grant HDX1 interconnects and digital coaxial cable, plus Mark Grant 6mm UP-LCOFC Van Damme speaker cable. MCRU 'Ultimate' mains leads. Lehmann clone headphone amp with vintage Koss PRO-4AAA headphones.

    Tube Distinctions digital noise filter. VPI HW18.5 record cleaning machine.

    Speakers: Tannoy 15MGs in Lockwood cabinets with modified crossovers. 1967 Celestion Ditton 15.


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  8. #1038
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    I also fancy getting one of these chaps:

    https://www.aldi.co.uk/en/product-ra...aing-armagnac/

    It should be a rather civilised way of rounding off Christmas lunch!



    Marco.
    Main System

    Turntable: Heavily-modified Technics SL-1210MK5G [Mike New bearing/ETP platter/Paul Hynes SR7 PSU & reg mods]. Funk Firm APM Achromat/Nagaoka GL-601 Crystal Record Weight/Isonoe feet & boots/Ortofon RS-212D/Denon DL-103GL in Denon PCL-300 headshell with Funk Firm Houdini/Kondo SL-115 pure-silver cartridge leads.

    Paul Hynes MC head amp/SR5 PSU. Also modded Lentek head amp/Denon AU-310 SUT.

    Other Cartridges: Nippon Columbia (NOS 1987) Denon DL-103. USA-made Shure SC35C with NOS stylus. Goldring G820 with NOS stylus. Shure M55E with NOS stylus.

    CD Player: Audiocom-modified Sony X-777ES/DAS-R1 DAC.

    Tape Deck: Tandberg TCD 310.

    Preamps: Heavily-modified Croft Charisma-X. LDR Stereo Coffee. Power Amps: Tube Distinctions Copper Amp fitted with Tungsol KT-150s. Quad 306.

    Cables & Sundries: Mark Grant HDX1 interconnects and digital coaxial cable, plus Mark Grant 6mm UP-LCOFC Van Damme speaker cable. MCRU 'Ultimate' mains leads. Lehmann clone headphone amp with vintage Koss PRO-4AAA headphones.

    Tube Distinctions digital noise filter. VPI HW18.5 record cleaning machine.

    Speakers: Tannoy 15MGs in Lockwood cabinets with modified crossovers. 1967 Celestion Ditton 15.


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  9. #1039
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    Barry, when you go to Aldi, the ‘special wines’, as discussed above are NOT in with all the other wines. They’re in the ‘Christmas aisle’, along with all the other festive goodies. Just in case you go there like before and can’t find what you’re looking for

    Marco.
    Main System

    Turntable: Heavily-modified Technics SL-1210MK5G [Mike New bearing/ETP platter/Paul Hynes SR7 PSU & reg mods]. Funk Firm APM Achromat/Nagaoka GL-601 Crystal Record Weight/Isonoe feet & boots/Ortofon RS-212D/Denon DL-103GL in Denon PCL-300 headshell with Funk Firm Houdini/Kondo SL-115 pure-silver cartridge leads.

    Paul Hynes MC head amp/SR5 PSU. Also modded Lentek head amp/Denon AU-310 SUT.

    Other Cartridges: Nippon Columbia (NOS 1987) Denon DL-103. USA-made Shure SC35C with NOS stylus. Goldring G820 with NOS stylus. Shure M55E with NOS stylus.

    CD Player: Audiocom-modified Sony X-777ES/DAS-R1 DAC.

    Tape Deck: Tandberg TCD 310.

    Preamps: Heavily-modified Croft Charisma-X. LDR Stereo Coffee. Power Amps: Tube Distinctions Copper Amp fitted with Tungsol KT-150s. Quad 306.

    Cables & Sundries: Mark Grant HDX1 interconnects and digital coaxial cable, plus Mark Grant 6mm UP-LCOFC Van Damme speaker cable. MCRU 'Ultimate' mains leads. Lehmann clone headphone amp with vintage Koss PRO-4AAA headphones.

    Tube Distinctions digital noise filter. VPI HW18.5 record cleaning machine.

    Speakers: Tannoy 15MGs in Lockwood cabinets with modified crossovers. 1967 Celestion Ditton 15.


    Protect your HUMAN RIGHTS and REFUSE ANY *MANDATORY* VACCINE FOR COVID-19!

  10. #1040
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    i like brandies but my ticker doesnt. the french used to have a dish made with a bird and that stuff. think they drowned it in the stuff....hell of a way to go
    Regards,
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