Made from a blend of 90% Merlot, with small dollops of Cabernets Franc and Sauvignon, it is the fruit of our grail-like quest to find an affordable and characterful claret. Already a hit with the Yapp cognoscenti, this precocious ‘Petit Château’ has alluring red berry aromas preceding a palate with a wealth of cassis flavours, great concentration and fine balance.
- Bottle £11.75
- Bottle Case £141.00
Lalande de Pomerol 'La Chenade' from Denis Durantou - Great value, right-bank claret. Made from a traditional right bank blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, this red will cellar well for 10 years and makes a great partner to grills and roasts.
- Bottle £22.50
- Bottle Case £270.00
A fabulous vintage (93/100 Robert Parker) with decent bottle-age from this Cru Bourgeois estate in the Haut Medoc that consistently performs like a classified growth. The 2001 was ranked top of 100 Cru Bourgeois by the Revue Vin de France. A red that is ideal for drinking for this winter.
- Bottle £55.00
- Bottle Case £660.00
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.