Three reds from Domaine du Grand Mayne, Côtes de Duras

Grand Mayne Côtes de Duras Merlot/Cabernet 2012, South West France (£6.95
Perky young wine, with slightly jammy red berry and fresher blackcurrants flavours, a hint of leafy tobacco, and a hint of toffee. B-

Domaine du Grand Mayne Côtes de Duras Cuvée Prestige 2011, South West France (£9.50
A richer plumper, plummier style, still has the leafy tobacco edge, but here there’s not only more concentration and richness but also fresher flavours. There’s currently the smoky bacon imprint of newish oak, so decant it if you want to drink it now, but this is decent stuff, and very good value. S-

Domaine du Grand Mayne Côtes de Duras Cuvée Prestige 2010, South West France (£9.50
Very soft, mature style, still with some tobacco notes, and a leathery edge too. However, the imprint of brettanomyces is there in the figgy maturity and the dry tannins – those reared on old bretty claret will probably love it, but for me it’s not great, and it needs drinking sooner rather than later. B(-)

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