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.
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.
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.
'Les Cent Boisselées' is a mid-weight, forward and fruity Bourgueil wine from 100% Cabernet Franc. With juicy cassis flavours and pleasant blackberry leaf and mushroom aromas, it will cellar well for 3-5 years and is a great accompaniment to simple grills and stews.
Ruby red with a brick pink rim. Aromas and flavours of ‘cut-pepper’, blackberries and mushrooms are supported by ripe tannins preceding a complex, mouth filling finish.
This delicious Cabernet Franc from Francis Desbourdes is packed full of youthful, berry fruit and was memorably described by Joanna Simon as being like 'liquid summer pudding'.
It has supple tannins that lend it well to light chilling. In short it is a delicious and failsafe crowd-pleaser.
A quaffable blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot from Gascony that really comes into its own with poultry dishes - Christmas turkey would be ideal!
"This would make a great house red for a low-alcohol household. Tannins almost imperceptible. Very easy texture. Notable." Jancis Robinson OBE MW
A dense, dark, complex, age-worthy, antediluvian offering - a bouquet of leather, herbs and dried porcini
mushrooms preceding a dense palate of red fruits, spices and minerals supported by rugged tannins.
Irouléguy: Domaine Ilarria - A deep red wine with a bouquet of black cherries and spices with vigorous youthful tannins (reminiscent of young Cornas) and underlying dark fruit flavours.
Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil: 'L'Expression' is a forward-drinking, capsicum-scented Cabernet Franc that has a lovely concentration of fruit and a really persistent finish.
The Filliatreaus' principal cuvée in volume terms is their Saumur Champigny which is a big seller on the Parisian restaurant circuit. Like many Loire red wines, it is best served lightly-chilled and makes a great foil for simple grills or charcuterie.
A mid-weight, ripe, rounded Cabernet Franc. A wonderful concentration of brambly fruit is underpinned by supple tannins.
"…the imperial Vieilles Vignes – a mesmerising and peerless glimpse of what Loire Cabernet Franc is capable of."
Matthew Jukes - '100 Most Iconic Wine Estates'.
Big, bountiful, gastronomic Cabernet Franc - a rich and powerful wine displaying herbaceous aromas. It has a wonderful core of ripe cassis flavours and a fine structure of tannins. It should be decanted before drinking and can mature happily for up to a decade. Indeed, we are so enamoured of it that we ship it in half-bottles and magnums to cover every conceivable occasion!
Our consistently reliable red Saumur, with its distinctive label that depicts graffito of Charles de Gaulle, makes for remarkably versatile easy drinking. Made from pure Cabernet Franc, it is savoury and youthful with bright, summer berry scents and flavours and is best drunk lightly chilled.
Fred Filliatreau's red Saumur Château Fouquet that comes from vines just outside the Saumur Champigny appellation seems to be getting better with every vintage that we ship. It is a ripe rounded Cabernet Franc with some light minerally nuances that should be drunk within a couple of years, preferably al fresco with a plate of cheese or charcuterie!
Cabernet d'Anjou from Château La Tomaze - salmon-pink in colour, with fresh, inviting, crushed-raspberry aromas, the merest hint of pepper, and a juicy palate for carefree summer drinking.
Domaine Millet's rosé is a refreshing, dry, coral pink wine, sensibly bottled under screwcap making it handy for picnics and parties.
The Thongue red is a Yapp bestseller, so we were delighted so discover that their coral-pink rosé ticks all the required boxes too – zesty, dry, refreshing and great value.
A lovely, coral-pink, dry Crémant de Loire from the exemplary Vignerons de Saumur co-opérative in Saint-Cyr-en-Bourg. This delightful bottle-fermented rosé is made from 100% Cabernet Franc, has an uplifting palate of crushed berries and is perfect for parties and celebrations. An excellent alternative to rosé Champagne if you're expecting a crowd!
Yapp Brothers are members of 'The Bunch', a group of Britain's best independent wine merchants.