Big Red 15
Bold wines, big-hitting names, in a large case!
It does what it says on the case - fifteen robust reds from Vernay, Maby, Lacugue, Bizuel Graillot & Pérez (all with compelling independent endorsements) that provide the perfect ballast for an autumnal cellar. You may need a hand carrying the delivery in!
This mixed case contains three bottles each of:
Lirac: Domaine Maby 'La Fermade' Rouge 2017
"The tank-aged 2017 Lirac la Fermade includes only 20% Grenache (it's normally 50% of the blend, but it was heavily impacted by coulure), with 45% Syrah and 35% Mourvèdre. Black olive and blueberry notes dominate this medium to full-bodied wine, which features a rich, velvety feel on the palate and a long, silky finish. 90/100."
Joe Czerwinski - The Wine Advocate.
Collines Rhodaniennes: Domaine Georges Vernay 'Fleurs de Mai' 2018
"Cracked pepper, deep plum and blackberry fruit and lashings of earth make this a serious treat. Only 500 cases are made, so this is a wine that you need to rush to secure stock of. With only eight months in oak, this is a fleshy, expressive red which, after a quick decant, is ready to go. Your jaw will drop when you taste this wine."
Matthew Jukes - MoneyWeek Wine Club.
Saint-Chinian: Château Milhau-Lacugue 'Cuvée Magali' 2013
"With a waft of garrigue herb and liquorice and a shake of the pepper pot seasoning the bright brambly fruit, this three-way Mediterranean blend (syrah, grenache and cinsault) is a vivid, great-value alternative to big Rhône names."
David Williams - Observer Food Monthly.
Côtes du Roussillon: Les Sorcières du Clos des Fées Rouge 2019
"The 2019 Les Sorcières du Clos des Fées is an old favourite of mine from the Côtes du Roussillon. A blend of Syrah, Grenache and Carignan, it's bursting with ripe, spicy red and black fruit enlivened by a keen acidity. It's a completely hedonistic wine for gratifying off-the-bat drinking made - as Jason puts it so inimitably - for buvabilité maximale."
Jonathan Ray - Spectator Wine Club.
Bierzo: Antoine Graillot & Raúl Pérez 'Encinas' 2016
"Sanguine, tarry and gamy notes give this firm red a slightly sauvage character, shadowing red plum, licorice and forest floor flavors. Shows character, with firm tannins and racy acidity. Decant. Drink now through 2024. 89/100."
Thomas Matthews - Wine Spectator.