Already a hit with the Yapp cognoscenti, this precocious ‘Petit Château’ is a blend of 90% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon. It is the fruit of our grail-like quest to find an affordable and characterful claret.
- Bottle £11.75
- Bottle Case £141.00
Lalande de Pomerol 'La Chenade' from Denis Durantou - Great value, right-bank claret.
Crimson colour, wild berries and raisins on the nose, cedar, cassis, graphite and fleshy fruit on the palate.
- Bottle £22.50
- Bottle Case £270.00
La Tupina, which is aptly located on la rue porte-de-la-monnaie
on the left bank of the Garonne in the centre of Bordeaux, is a destination restaurant specialising in in the traditional cuisine of the South-West. Erstwhile Times restaurant critic Jonathan Meades once declared it his all-time favourite eaterie bar none, which is about as strong a gastronomic steer as you can get. One of the specialities of the house is poulet fermier
that is stuffed with garlic and a big chunk of baguette
to absorb the roasting juices. As with many classic dishes, it sounds pretty obvious when you think about it but, to the best of our knowledge, they thought of it first. The ‘7 hour’ lamb with white beans is terrific too and, as you would hope, the wine list features lots of resonant names - which climb from lofty to stratospheric on a pretty steep gradient. In a nutshell, it serves peasant food at princely prices, but you leave with a smile as well as a lower net worth.