Blind Tasting: Morrisons & The Wine Society Part 2

More from the batches of wine that arrived from Morrisons & The Wine Society – this time it’s the reds (the whites are here).

The Society’s Claret NV (Sichel), Bordeaux, France (£5.95/£5.42 The Wine Society)
Leafy, sappy, young and refreshing unoaked style, uncomplicated tender and fruity, does just what it should. B-

Sichel Lussac St Emilion 2007, Bordeaux, France (£11.99/£6 Morrisons)
Reasonably fleshy but a touch over-extracted and with too much toasty oak for the level of fruit. OK at £6, not at £11.99. C+

The Society’s Rioja Crianza 2006 (Bodegas Palacio), Spain (£7.50 The Wine Society)
Quite delicate young wine, with typical sappy strawberry flavours tinged with vanilla, but also more exotic hints of ginger and orange peel. B+

Lagunilla Rioja Reserva 2004 (aka M ‘The Best’ Rioja), Spain (£9.11/£6 Morrisons)
A richer, fuller style, still with lots of red berry fruit, plus hints of chocolate and vanilla. Honest and welcoming but just a tad short. B+

The Society’s Côtes-du-Rhône NV (Ogier), France (£6.75 The Wine Society)
Young, fresh, almost chillable style, with raspberry flavours and a touch of bubble gum (feels like a touch of carbonic maceration), a little gawky at the moment, but decent peppery finish. B-

Ramparts Côtes du Rhône Villages 2007, France (£9.99/£6 Morrisons)
Sweeter and fleshier, with rounder plum and blackberry flavours, some chocolate edges (maybe from a touch of oak?) and a rich earthy finish. B(+)

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