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Morrisons & The Wine Society Part 4 – the last reds March 29, 2010 at 1:02 pm

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The 4th and final installment of wines from the Wine Society and Morrisons.

Maurice & Fils Hautes Côtes de Beaune Grande Réserve 2008, Burgundy, France (£12.99/£6 Morrisons)
Smells like it’s going to be scrawny and it is. There’s a touch of leafy raspberry, but there’s just not enough flesh, and the finish is very weedy and unsatisfying. 0

The Society’s Full French Red, Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes NV (Caves des Vignerons de l’Agly), Roussillon, France (£4.95/£4.50 The Wine Society)
Rich, meaty vigorous wine, gutsy and healthy with bags of fruit, not subtle but wonderfully rustic style, bags of plummy berry fruit, touch of earth and raisins too. Bargain. B+

The Society’s Corbières 2007 (Château Ollieux Romanis), Languedoc, France (£6.95/£6.08 The Wine Society)
Fascinating after the previous one, it’s riper but also opens up to be more fragrant and floral. Lush berry fruit, a wild herby side, also some meatiness, and a fleshy but tangy finish. S-

The Society’s Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 (Concha y Toro), Maipo Valley (£5.75/£5.00 The Wine Society)
Classic Chilean blackcurrant pastille on the nose, also hints of mint, but these are in balance with the warm black fruit flavours and hint of tar. An honest tasty glug. B+

The Society’s Argentine Malbec (Dominio del Plata) 2009, Mendoza, Argentina (£5.95 The Wine Society)
Starts off with the rich toasty chocolatey edge of oak dominating, but then the plummy blackberry notes tinged with violet emerge, and the finish is refreshing. B(+)

Buckingham Estate Reserve Shiraz 2006, Western Australia (£7.99/£6 Morrisons)
Showing some leathery maturity, also a slightly savoury edge. There’s a minty note to the concentrated figgy berry and raisin flavours, but it’s just a tad simple for real class. B

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