Czar Nicholas, WWII and the Rare Massandra Collection. A super range of these Rare Wines.

Czar Nicholas, WWII and the Rare Massandra Collection. A super range of these Rare Wines.

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"....they are nearly unlimited in their ability to stand the test of time and they never fail to provoke thought." Frank C Martell
Santa Wine These are incredible wines that every wine lover should try at least once
Perfect for that special Christmas celebration!

 

"Nestled between the granite mountains of Crimea and the Black Sea is the region Catherine the Great referred to as "the most precious pearl of her crown," which over the next 100 years was turned into the magnificent resort of Russian Nobility. By the late 1800s this was as luxurious a region as existed and became the preferred summer destination for the royal families. It was then that seeds for Massandra were planted.

The earliest pioneers in winemaking set about transplanting the great European varietals in an attempt to create wines that would rival the classic and most famous chateaux and domaines. Being a sub-tropical climate these experiments were generally unsuccessful, but efforts persisted until the late 1800s when the culture of winemaking had thoroughly flourished, leading up to the founding of the Massandra facilities.

 

Massandra Winery

In 1891 Prince Leo Golitzin was installed as chief winemaker and it was he who decided that to reproduce the wines of Bordeaux, Burgundy, Hungary, Germany or Spain was impossible-though the wines of these regions were indeed highly respected. He began to fashion fortified wines using some of those noble varietals, but also including more of the native grapes as well to create wines of extraordinary class and distinction. Between 1894-1897 the winery Massandra Logo and caves were carefully carved into the granite mountains by a small army of workers. This would be the winery to provide all wines to the Tsar's summer palaces and served to dignitaries, foreign and domestic. It is an estate as grand and majestic as any you will encounter in the wine world, just a short distance off the coast and settled beneath the gorgeous mountains." Frank C Martell 

 

World War II saw the intense fighting in the Crimea. The Germans occupied most of Crimea with the city of Sevastopol holding out for 250 days before falling in July 1942. The Russians returned in 1944 and ethnic cleansing and deportation began.

 

Remarkably, Massandra maintained its collection and continued the traditions set forth in those early years producing wines throughout the war years of incredible quality. Old bottles remained in the cellars which were, surprisingly, not ransacked by the Germans. 

 

"These are wines that typically attain fantastic levels of complexity and offer a completely unique experience to casual wine drinkers and dedicated aficionados as well. To my experience thus far, they are nearly unlimited in their ability to stand the test of time and they never fail to provoke thought." Frank C Martel

 

Massandra Bottles

We are delighted to offer a lovely selection of wines from the Massandra Collection dating from 1939 to 1955. There are a variety of styles but the wines are all fortified. Over the years I have tasted around 20 different Massandra wines of this era and every one has been interesting and very enjoyable. Several have been simply unbelievable. We have selected wines with very strong reviews and the fact that these bottles are recently released from the Massandra Winery is also a big plus. The freshness and complexity of the wines is astonishing and as Frank C Martell says "they are nearly unlimited in their ability to stand the test of time".

 

If you have a love of old wine, fortified wine or simply interesting wine I urge you to act quickly. These wines are rarely seen in Australia and considering their serious age and great provenance are terrific value. We have very few bottles left.


 

Massandra Bottles
Photo of the actual bottles

 

We offer the wines today at a 15% discount.

 

If you are looking for a very special Christmas, birthday or anniversary wine to serve over the next 20 years you cannot go wrong. These wines are virtually indestructible and will outlive most of us!

 

To view the wines, read tasting notes and order on our website click here.  Order 4 or more bottles and receive an additional 5% discount - phone or email to order.

 

Orders may be placed on line, by telephone or email to darren@grandmillesime.com.au.

 

Cheers,

Darren

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Grand Millesime Pty Ltd

10/10 Cawley Road

Yarraville 

Vic 3013

 

Phone: (03) 9326 5737

Grahams VP 2000
Lots more Fortifieds in Stock
We have a good range of Vintage Port and other fortifieds in stock going back to 1912.
To view them on our website click here.
Redigaffi label
 

Redigaffi Tua Rita 2015
James Suckling 100 Points and #1 Italian Wine of 2017
3 bottles in stock

James Suckling Tasting Report:
This is an extraordinary merlot with such purity and focus. Flowers such as violets and hints of orange peel. It is full-bodied yet incredibly energetic and structured. The finish goes on for minutes. Seamless texture. Fresh yet dense. Contrasty. Best Redigaffi ever. Hard not to drink now but a wine for decades. 100 Points

Normally $625.00
Special $531.25
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Bichot Latricieres

Albert Bichot Latricieres-Chambertin Grand Cru 2016
Bichot 2016's arrive in Australia tomorrow

Wine Spectator: The black cherry and blackberry fruit is wrapped in seductive, smoky oak. Though dense and muscular, this is also close to seamless, even at this early stage. The finish is energetic and vibrant, with a long, minerally aftertaste. Best from 2023 through 2043. 96 Points

Wine Advocate - Neal Martin:
The 2016 Latricières-Chambertin Grand Cru was picked on 3 October, blended with 35% whole bunch fruit and matured in 40% new oak. I appreciate the nose here: very well defined, nicely focused, a mixture of red and black fruit, a little conservative and straightlaced like Latricières should be. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin and crisp acidity, harmonious and poised with a really classy and sophisticated finish that is a joy. One of the best from Albert Bichot this year. Recommended. 94-96 Points

Landed Price $525.00
Pre Arrival Price $393.75

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Bichot Amoureuses Label
 
Albert Bichot Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Amoureuses 2016
1 bottle left
Tim Atkin MW: In one sense, this is barely a négociant wine since the grapes are purchased from Alain Serveau, Bichot's long-term winemaker. It's a wonderful expression of this famous Grand Cru in all but name, with some whole bunch sap, lacy tannins, and the kind of sweet, succulent berry fruit that drives Pinotphiles wild. 2022-30. 96 Points

Landed Price $765.00
Pre Arrival Price $649.95

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