Black Grape Friday at Frazier's

Black Grape Friday at Frazier's

Published by William Frazier on 26th Nov 2015

For many people, Christmas lunch means a bottle or two of Claret – the classic red Bordeaux. Here at Frazier's, Claret’s been one of our favourites for many years. We sell it en primeur and from our cellars. Keep a look out for 2015 wines, they look like they’re going to be superb. Here are our pick for great drinking this Christmas. Why not select one or more as the perfect complement to your festive meal?

Medoc & Haut Medoc

The Médoc is situated north of the town of Bordeaux, on the left bank of the Gironde. Médoc is divided in two parts, the Haut-Médoc in the south, near the town, and the north part traditionally called Médoc. The wines are delicate, medium coloured, fine and elegant; often tannic when young, harmonious and splendid when matured. Grands crus classés in Médoc count for 25% of the vineyards, 20% of the production and about 50% of the sales. However most Médoc appellation wines do not sell under the Médoc appelation but Haut-Médoc, Pauillac, Margaux, Saint Julien, and Saint-Estèphe.

Chateau Beaumont 2008 75.00cl 19.95
Chateau Bernadotte 2006 75.00cl 19.99
Chateau Cantemerle 2001 75.00cl 36.20
Chateau Caronne St Gemme 2003 75.00cl 19.99
Chateau Caronne St Gemme 2004 75.00cl 18.08
Chateau Cissac 2001 75.00cl 24.99
Chateau Cissac 2004 75.00cl 21.99
Chateau Cissac 1989 75.00cl 38.95
Chateau La Lagune 2003 75.00cl 59.00
Chateau La Tour Carnet 2000 75.00cl 50.00
Chateau Liversan 2002 75.00cl 18.08
Chateau Liversan 2006 75.00cl 24.99
Chateau Patache D`Aux 2005 75.00cl 24.99
Chateau Patache D`Aux 2006 75.00cl 24.99
Chateau Patache D`Aux 2008 75.00cl 18.99
Chateau Patache D`Aux 2006 150.00cl 38.99
Chateau Patache D`Aux 2004 500.00cl 240.00
Chateau Potensac 2003 75.00cl 29.95

Listrac Medoc

The Listrac-Medoc appellation is the least prestigious of the Haut-Medoc titles, for a variety of reasons. Unlike Margaux or Pauillac, it is situated in an area of limestone and clay soils (rather than gravel and clay), and is a little further from the temperature-moderating influences of the Gironde estuary. The soils are also more shallow here than in surrounding areas, meaning that the vine roots do not run very deep; this results in less-complex wines.

These reasons might not seem sufficient for a wine-producing area to be markedly less prestigious, but the precise location and soil make-up of Pauillac and Margaux (lying to the north and south of Listrac-Medoc respectively) are exactly the factors that have made them sources of exceptional wine.

Chateau Fourcas Dupre 2001 75.00cl 25.00
Chateau Fourcas Dupre 2004 75.00cl 21.00
Chateau Fourcas Dupre 2005 75.00cl 25.00
Chateau Fourcas Hosten 2003 75.00cl 24.95
Chateau Fourcas Hosten 2005 75.00cl 25.00
Chateau Fourcas Hosten 1996 75.00cl 29.95


Margaux lays on a soil of white graves - a special kind of gravel brought from the mountains by the river. Margaux (also a female name in France) is the quintessence of the terroir and of the winemaker's work. Margaux wines are known for their subtle elegance in spite of their power because the blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon varieties achieves this result only in Margaux. The soil in Margaux has the ability to reduce the impact of Cabernet Sauvignon making it more subtle and delicate.

Alter Ego De Palmer 2008 75.00cl 56.95
Chateau Brane Cantenac 2000 75.00cl 82.45
Chateau Desmirail 2001 75.00cl 31.20
Chateau Giscours 2005 75.00cl 60.50
Chateau Kirwan 2008 75.00cl 43.70
Chateau Lascombes 2000 75.00cl 89.95
Chateau Lascombes 2005 75.00cl 89.00
Chateau Monbrison 2003 75.00cl 25.00
Chateau Palmer 2000 75.00cl 315.00
Chateau Palmer 2002 75.00cl 185.00
Chateau Palmer 2003 75.00cl 165.00
Chateau Palmer 2006 75.00cl 175.00
Chateau Palmer 2008 75.00cl 195.00
Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux 2001 75.00cl 169.00
Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux 1998 75.00cl 169.00
Chateau Rauzan Gassies 2000 75.00cl 65.00
Les Charmes De Kirwan 2004 75.00cl 25.95


Moulis name is coming from "moulin" (french word for windmill). Indeed nowadays, three ancient mills are still viewable in Moulis. Moulis produces a velvety red wine, less tannic than Listrac. Moulis is ready to drink sooner than other Médoc wines.

Chateau Chasse Spleen 2001 75.00cl 40.45
Chateau Chasse Spleen 2003 75.00cl 37.95


Pauillac is maybe the best appellation of Bordeaux with three premiers grands crus classés (1st great growth) out of 5. Pauillac has 18 grands crus classés in total! The great châteaux of Pauillac are Château Lafite, Château Latour and Château Mouton-Rothschild. Pauillac wines generally have a lot of body, tannic and acid when they are young; they have an opulent bouquet with aromas of blackcurrant and cedar when they age.

Chateau D`Armailhac 2003 75.00cl 59.00
Chateau D`Armailhac 2006 75.00cl 41.83
Chateau D`Armailhac 2008 75.00cl 39.32
Chateau Duhart Milon 2002 75.00cl 59.95
Chateau Duhart Milon 2003 75.00cl 99.00
Chateau Forts De Latour 1999 75.00cl 259.00
Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste 2000 75.00cl 120.00
Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste 2008 75.00cl 59.00
Chateau Haut Batailley 2001 75.00cl 39.32
Chateau Lynch Bages 2003 75.00cl 129.00
Chateau Lynch Bages 1995 75.00cl 169.00
Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2001 75.00cl 399.00
Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2003 75.00cl 395.00
Chateau Pedesclaux 2003 75.00cl 25.00
Chateau Pichon Baron 2004 75.00cl 99.00
Chateau Pichon Baron 2005 75.00cl 111.83
Chateau Pichon Baron 1990 75.00cl 225.00
Chateau Pichon Baron 1995 75.00cl 101.95
Chateau Pichon Comtesse Lalande 2001 75.00cl 129.00
Chateau Pichon Comtesse Lalande 2006 75.00cl 125.00
Chateau Pichon Comtesse Lalande 1999 75.00cl 129.00
Chateau Pontet Canet 2000 75.00cl 113.08
Chateau Pontet Canet 2002 75.00cl 63.70
Chateau Pontet Canet 2008 75.00cl 83.33
Les Carruades De Lafite 2001 75.00cl 280.00

Saint Estephe

Saint-Estèphe is a true "terroir" wine. The influence of the soil, gravels as usual and more clays than in Médoc, can be experienced when tasting a Saint-Estèphe wine. Although Pauillac is just close-by, Saint-Estèphe wines are different. Saint-Estèphe wines are very coloured, earthy, firm, robust and tannic. They reach their maturity slower than other Médoc wines.

Chateau Calon Segur 2000 75.00cl 99.00
Chateau Cos Labory 2005 75.00cl 39.95
Chateau Cos Labory 2000 75.00cl 45.00
Chateau Cos Labory 2003 75.00cl 38.07
Chateau De Pez 2000 75.00cl 34.95
Chateau De Pez 1999 75.00cl 39.95
Chateau Lafon Rochet 2006 75.00cl 29.33
Chateau Les Ormes De Pez 2003 75.00cl 29.95
Chateau Meyney 2003 75.00cl 39.32
Chateau Meyney 1996 75.00cl 39.95
Chateau Montrose 2001 75.00cl 85.58
Chateau Montrose 2004 75.00cl 71.20
Chateau Montrose 2008 75.00cl 110.00
Chateau Phelan Segur 2005 75.00cl 45.00
Cos D`Estournel 2000 75.00cl 180.00
Cos D`Estournel 1999 75.00cl 109.00
Pagodes De Cos 1999 75.00cl 50.50

Saint Julien

Just a little bit less powerful than Pauillac and rustic than Saint-Estèphe, Saint-Julien wines are very aromatised. They are harmonious and well balanced red wines. Saint-Julien is the right balance between Pauillac and Margaux.

Chateau Branaire Ducru 2001 75.00cl 53.58
Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou 1961 75.00cl 925.00
Chateau Gruaud Larose 2000 75.00cl 109.00
Chateau Gruaud Larose 2001 75.00cl 65.00
Chateau Gruaud Larose 2003 75.00cl 60.00
Chateau Lagrange 2000 75.00cl 85.00
Chateau Lagrange 2003 75.00cl 45.00
Chateau Langoa Barton 2000 75.00cl 74.95
Chateau Leoville Poyferre 2001 75.00cl 85.00
Chateau Leoville Poyferre 2008 75.00cl 89.00
Chateau St Pierre 2003 75.00cl 50.00
Clos De Marquis 2000 75.00cl 70.95
Clos Du Marquis 1997 75.00cl 29.95
Clos Du Marquis 1998 75.00cl 49.00

Saint Emilion and Satellites

Saint Emilion wines are considered the most robust of the Bordeaux. They are generous, very coloured, and reach their maturity quicker than other red Bordeaux.

Chateau Beausejour Becot 2000 75.00cl 75.58
Chateau Faizeau 2005 75.00cl 23.99
Chateau Figeac 2005 75.00cl 110.00
Chateau La Dominique 2005 75.00cl 56.20
Chateau Pavie Macquin 2000 75.00cl 92.50
Chateau Pavie Macquin 1999 75.00cl 85.00
Petit Cheval 2005 75.00cl 159.00


The Pomerol wines can be more robust than others in Bordeaux. They have an exclusive velvety quality and are at their best when at least 15 years old.

Chateau Beauregard 2005 75.00cl 44.33
Chateau La Commanderie De Mazeyres 2000 75.00cl 37.45
Chateau Moulinet 2005 75.00cl 39.95
Domaine Du Rempart 2001 75.00cl 29.95

Pessac Leognon

Red wines from Pessac Léognan have a powerful bouquet. They are among the best in Bordeaux.

Chateau De Fieuzal 2003 75.00cl 34.95
Chateau De Fieuzal 2000 75.00cl 49.95
Chateau Olivier 2008 75.00cl 28.00
Domaine de Chevalier 1995 75.00cl 59.00


The red wines of Graves are recognisable by their garnet-red colour, rich, attractive and more robust than the other Médoc wines.

Vieux Chateau Gaubert 2000 300.00cl 135.00
Vieux Chateau Gaubert 2005 300.00cl 130.00
Vieux Chateau Gaubert 2000 600.00cl 265.00

Prices are £ per bottle including V.A.T., no minimum order. E. & O.E.

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