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December [2018] VCP allocations


#21

Hi @Laura any idea when the new Small Wonders plan is coming online?


#22

For anyone on tenterhooks, the June allocations seem to be appearing in ‘My Wines’ for the World Classics vintage cellar plan.


#23

My French Classics allocations have appeared in “My Wines” - another fine job from the Buyers. I’d be interested to see what you got, I cancelled my World Classics plan as I found I was underwhelmed too often with the allocations.


#24

I got:

and

Not sure I would have picked either myself, but happy to get dragged out of my comfort zone every now and then.


#25

Interesting choices, I was previously allocated some Yalumba Shiraz-Viognier but requested it be refunded, as big brands like Yalumba weren’t really what I was looking for from the plan. The World Classics plan seems to have gone quite southern hemisphere heavy lately. I would have been keen to see some more Old World (outside France) like Barolo and Rioja/Ribera in the allocations.

Super vintage on the Cabernet, that looks a lovely wine.


#26

#27

One of my (Last)Rising Stars allocations …somewhat underwhelming…


#28

I like their wines, but much prefer the white, its fabulous.


#29

I received the same two wines in my allocation as well. I had some mixed feelings about the allocation - both wines look nice in their own right, but with these two I’ve now had Cab Sav or Cab Sav blends in 3 out of 4 allocations. In a plan that is supposed to capture everything but France I would have thought a broader range of varietals could have been included?


#30

Exactly why I cancelled.

It was just becoming quite generic Australian/South African/Chilean Cab Sav blends from big brands like Yalumba and Errazuriz (although the ageing ability of Cab Sav surely has a bearing on this). When I signed up to the plan, I had hoped for more from Italy, Spain, the USA, maybe some Musar etc.


#31

I’d have thought these plans would provide some unique wines that aren’t on the main list or website.


#32

That’s really what I look for in these plans, something unique and something that I will really look forward to opening in the years to come.


#33

Haven’t tried their white. The red is a very pleasant wine but its a bit ironic to be termed Rising Stars since the Nectar has been listed on and off for the last twenty plus years…looks like an attempt to offload a 2016 EP left over where it was listed at half the price notwithstanding tax/duty etc. Perhaps there is value in EP after all!!
Like others, I would have hoped VCP’s would offer something different which are not listed etc.
Not sure I am going to continue with the Small Wonders VCP where wines might just be outtakes from the section of the same name in the Fine Wine List


#34

Interesting. I’ve not done vcp before but took up the Small Wonders plan this year hoping for some interesting additions. I’ll do it for a year and see what I get.


#35

I got these in my French Classics selection:

I’m happy with the St. Jo but am in two minds on the Hortevie.

Not a huge amount of information available on it (only the one tasting note found) and the generic info on the vineyard etc.

I do remember seeing in on a fairly recent offer (Christmas maybe?). Just wondered if anyone has come across this wine?

Cheers all


#36

I’ve had a few bottles of Hortevie. Found it delicious, if unspectacular. A great, fruity claret perfect for Sunday lunch. In fact here’s my tasting note for the 2010:

A fruity claret. With just enough spice to remember it is a claret. Good for people who might be unsure if they like a claret.


#37

I hate you all. I’ve just signed up for the claret vcp (the pleb one) with getting the bug for reading the above allocations :joy:


#38

This is much appreciated Tom, thanks.


#39

I got one of them in that offer (beginning of January) but that was the 2013; I’d expect your 2010 to be considerably better! I’ve not actually drunk mine yet; I’ll probably be drinking it this year or next.