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.
Rare white Châteauneuf-du-Pape represents less than 5% of the AOC production and this refreshingly oak-free example is one of the best around!
This red Coteaux d'Aix wine from Domaine des Oullières is made from a hand-harvested 40% each of Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache Noir along with 20% Syrah: almost a Rhône – Bordeaux fusion. Mid-weight, versatile, and easy-drinking.
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 pure Merlot Côtes de Gascogne wine which has a similar fruit-forward appeal to it's Cabernet Franc / Merlot sibling - appealing mulberry aromas and soft, plummy palate.
Just the thing to accompany a steak frites or saucisse de Toulouse!
Hugues and Roland’s 'Domaine Les Filles de Septembre' Cuvée Tradition has rapidly gained a loyal following and is now one of our top-selling wines. It has a joyful summer berry bouquet and juicy palate of youthful, red fruit, with bright peppery undertones over a background of supple, ripe tannins. Think Bordeaux meets the Languedoc.
This superb white Côtes du Rhône Villages Sablet, made from a blend of Viognier, Bourboulenc, Clairette, Roussanne and Grenache, is fresh and dry with ample apricot and peach flavours offset by mineral undertones.
This Monbazillac from Domaine de l'Ancienne Cure is a wonderfully rich sweet wine made from low yields of late-harvested, botrytised, Semillon (90%) and Muscadelle (10%). With a chilled glass in hand, one is transported to a balmy evening in the Dordogne!
Tavel: Domaine Maby La Forcadière - a full-bodied rosé wine made in a traditional style. It's a great food wine, beloved by savvy sommeliers, and would go down a treat with a harissa roast chicken or a spicy vegetable tagine, and makes an ideal partner to Asian dishes.
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