Cabernet Franc


…beginning in Portugal Quinta Nova Reserva Terroir Blend 2015, Douro, Portugal (£16.48 Portugal Vineyards) Smells like a port winery at vintage time, the air thick with heady aromas of berries, cassis, violet and herbs, buoyant, spicy dark fruit flavours in abundance and a backbone of citrus freshness and ripe tannin […]

A mixed bag of reds from around the world…


Bit of a Bordeaux round-up today, starting with an excellent value Merlot-based wine Château Clos l’Eglise Côtes de Castillon 2002, Bordeaux, France (£13.95 From Vineyards Direct) Excellent value for mature claret, this is warm and juicy, and still has plenty of plummy blackcurrant and cedar character. Yes, there’s a touch […]

Five Bordeaux reds




Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Margaret River, Australia (£59 Jeroboams) Absolutely delicious combo of richness and refinement, with intense, earthy blackcurrant, blackberry and plum set against notes of graphite, cedar and mint, with slightly vanilla-tinged oak hovering in the background, and a framework of juicy acidity and fine-grained tannins. Very […]

Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Margaret River, Australia


Grand Mayne Côtes de Duras Rosé 2016, South West France (£10.64 from the vineyard) A gush of juicy plum (fresh and tinned) and berry flavour, supple texture, not massively complex but really lovely punchy pink wine. B(+) Grand Mayne Côtes de Duras Merlot/Cabernet 2015, South West France (£10.64 from the […]

Two wines from Domaine du Grand Mayne, Côtes de Duras


Lovely wine – and at the time of posting 20% off at Waitrose, making it £9.59… La Croix de Chaintres Saumur Champigny 2015, Loire, France (£12.79 Waitrose) Lovely fresh and crunchy young wine, gushing with blackcurrant and black cherry flavour with a lightly roasted edge, a hint of tar and […]

La Croix de Chaintres Saumur Champigny 2015, Loire, France