Petit Verdot


Altaïr Sideral 2014, Cachapoal, Chile (£20 Hanging Ditch) Desperately young wine, very Chilean in its blackcurrant intensity, and with the imprint of new oak still to the fore, but behind the currently shouty youthful flavours, there are notes of spice, tobacco and herbs, and enough of a backbone to support […]

Altaïr Sideral 2014, Cachapoal, Chile


Kaiken Terroir Series Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec/Petit Verdot 2014, Mendoza, Argentina (£9.99 Wholefoods, Fenwicks, Cornelius Beer & Wine) Rich, juicy and ripe, with dark plummy baked berry flavours and notes of, vanilla and marzipan. There’s also a smoky note, maybe from the Petit Verdot, that stays just about the right side of […]

Two Cabernet Sauvignon-based blends from Argentina


Encino Bierzo 2013, Spain (£13.99 Naked Wines) Starts off a bit stinky (something I’d say about rather a lot of Bierzo) but after a while and some judicious swirling, a juicy wild and spicy wine emerges, with soft berry and plum fruit pepped up with a hint of gingerbread. Good […]

Spanish reds from Bierzo, Tierra de Castilla & Montsant



Nearly a very good wine but… Château Lacombe Noaillac Médoc 2009, Bordeaux, France (contact Le Verre Gourmand, Supertravel Ski) Young, vigorous style, plenty of gutsy dark fruit, and quite a strong roasted character, but with that savoury note of brett found in so much Bordeaux drying out the finish. With […]

Château Lacombe Noaillac Médoc 2009, Bordeaux, France


A potent blend of Shiraz, Durif & Petit Verdot, none of which could be described as ‘shy’… Deen de Bortoli Vat 184 Master Blend 2010, Riverina, Australia (£10.80 Australian Wines Online) A full, fleshy style, with bold jammy berry fruit and notes of liquorice, mint and eucalyptus. But despite the […]

De Bortoli Vat 184 Master Blend 2010


Château Pey la Tour Réserve Bordeaux Supérieur 2008 (£9.75 Wine Society, Oddbins) Rather solid wine, has some leafy freshness, but some of the flavours veer a little towards the baked and jammy, and I’d prefer a little more fragrance. B(-) Harvey Nichols Margaux 2009 (£25 Harvey Nichols) Rounded but fragrant […]

Wine Tasting Video: Four red wines from Bordeaux