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  • Château Coussin Rosé 2015

    This wine carries the poise, elegance and flawless complexion of Grace Kelly and then explodes with pink grapefruit, passion fruit and strawberry sorbet.
  • Domaine Condamine Syrah/Mourvèdre 2014

    This Syrah/Mourvèdres has mouth-watering fruit purity, balanced out by savoury complexity, decent acidity and smooth tannins.
  • Château Guilhem Prestige AOC Malepère Rosé 2016

    Made entirely organically, this is an all-natural southern French rosé with aromas of rose hip, wild strawberries and white peaches.
  • César à Sumeire Rosé 2015

    César is thrilling and vivacious, with elegant notes of jasmine and wild rose. This is Provençal rosé at the top of its game.
  • Domaine de Coudoulet Pinot Noir 2016

    No goblins were harmed in the making or drinking of this wine. Some facts(if any), have been somewhat playfully distorted.

  • Domaine de Coudoulet Viognier 2016

    This silky white wine gives you everything you want from a Viognier - without having to sell an organ to afford it.
  • Libre Cours Rosé 2016

    Balance, fruitiness and drinkability, just some of the words to describe this truly delightful pink!

Whatever those pesky historians may tell you, France will always be considered the home of wine. Wine is so engrained in this country that we are surprised that their motto has not been updated to “Liberté, egalité, fraternité, vinosité”. It was l’Hexagone that introduced the world to terroir (the sense of place of wine), which gave birth to wine laws and wine regions as we now know them today. And they didn’t stop there; they are the biggest wine producing nation on the planet, offering a diversity of wine that is unparalleled...From the glamour of Champagne to the almost Germanic Alsace, from the elegance of Burgundy to the power of the Rhône and the south, from the delicacy of Provence rose to the richness of their dessert wines, from the famous reds of Bordeaux to the equally famous whites of the Loire, it may sound clichéd, but there is something for everyone “en France”.

And who is the biggest importer of French wine? Us, the UK, that’s who. So although they may give the impression that they don’t care what you think (with their aloofness and their “bof!”), deep down they do.  But if asked what our favourite thing about France and its wine is, we’d have to say their hand gesture to suggest that someone else is maybe a little drunk (this is done by making a fist and holding it to the centre of your face, as if singing into a microphone with your nose, and then twisting clockwise). Everything about French wine is cool.

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  1. Alain Chavy Chassagne-Montrachet, 'Les Chenes' 2013 France White Wine

    Alain Chavy Chassagne-Montrachet, 'Les Chenes' 2013

    £45.00

    £45.00

    While Patsy and Eddie (our old pals off of Ab Fab) may not think so, many people think that simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication. This Burgundy white wine has that classic simplicity. Which isn’t to say that, like a sharply tailored, ergonomic, becoming suit, it has depth of detail, class and attention to details.

    Ripe, but never over-ripened, fruit perfectly balance with a fresh acidity, stony minerality from the soils it was grown and a rich round mouth feel that exudes from the rightfully confident wine that it is, sweety darling.

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  2. Domaine Chavy Puligny Montrachet French White Wine 2013

    Alain Chavy Puligny Montrachet 2013

    £45.00

    £45.00

    In 1994, the Domaine Gérard Chavy family estate was split in two between brothers Alain and Jean-Louis, who had formerly the estate together. Jean-Louis went his way and Alain went his.

    We don’t want to wade in on this French familial affair, but we do want to wade in with our opinions on Alain’s winemaking skills: he’s blooming talented! He makes this shimmying, sassy, apricot and lime-imbued jewel of a white wine in his half of the domaine and ages it in what is one of the few underground wine cellars in Burgundy, where this Pulighny-Montrachet has aged sublimely. To be savoured.

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  3. Alain Geoffroy Chablis Premier Cru Beauroy 2015

    Alain Geoffroy Chablis Premier Cru Beauroy 2015

    £22.00

    £22.00

    Domaine Alain Geoffroy have let Oddbins in on a little-known secret about a certain singer-songwriter and this Chablis Premier Cru Beauroy.

    Way back when she visited the Domain on a holiday, Natasha Bedingfield understandably fell a little head-over-heels in love with this voluptuous white wine. She was so enamoured by its pale golden colour, floral aromas and fresh, fruity flavours that she couldn’t stop singing about bottles full of sunshine.

    Rumour has it she had to change the lyrics for legal reasons and so she started singing about pocketsful of sunshine instead – a bit of a leap if you ask us. But your secret is out now, Natasha, and quite honestly we love the original version almost as much as we love this Chablis; we dare you to try singing it without it getting stuck in your head!

    ‘I got a bottle, Got a bottle full of sunshine, I've got a love and I know that it's all mine...’

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  4. Alain Geoffroy Petite Chablis White Wine France

    Alain Geoffroy Petite Chablis 2016

    £13.50

    £13.50

    Imagine (insert here your favourite actor) dressed in white linen emerging from an orchard swinging a basket of freshly picked apples and lemons. Probably should make that actor someone French to authenticate the vision? Anyway, they are chewing on one of these crisp apples and you're invited to the house to make homemade lemonade. Suddenly a whole river- a really clean one from New Zealand wooshes past and sweeps the two characters away (You're including in this now) and plonks them down on top of a hill of fossil-rich clay. There you have it- This Petit Chablis. Apples, citrus, clean crispness and fresh minerality. Plus a couple of soggy Thespians that got saturated by the sudden intrusion of that river. But they are happy- this wine ain't too chablis at all.

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  5. Albert Bichot Brouilly Roche Rose

    Albert Bichot Brouilly Roche Rose 2015

    £14.00

    £14.00

    Brouilly, one of the most well-known and geographically widespread vineyards in the Beaujolais region, is home to a smaller vineyard named ‘Pisse-Vielle’. You’ll be forgiven for thinking the inevitable here, as it does quite literally translate to how it sounds – ‘Piss, old woman.’ It’s a ridiculous story and one you should definitely read, but one we also feel isn’t suitable for a wine tasting note.

    *Reads story*

    So, miscommunication can be amusing can’t it? In the interest of clarity however, here we have a robust, structured Brouilly with well-integrated tannins. It has subtle aromas of wild cherry, blackcurrant and blackberry and a hint of spice. The palate is refreshing and fleshy with a lasting fruitiness on the finish. A great pairing with barbecued meats.

    Now, ‘Drink, old woman!’

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  6. Albert Bichot Chablis french wine

    Albert Bichot Chablis 2014

    £17.00

    £17.00

    Albert Bichot’s family wine business goes back a whopping six generations. That means that they were making wine when the first plane took off, when Benjamin Disraeli was in power (both times) and when Beethoven was composing his Fifth Symphony.

    Indeed, like young Ludwig, though this wine does not possess the faculty of hearing, it is a pitch-perfect, accomplished performer that interprets its influences perfectly.

    In this Chablis’ case, that means that the limestone slopes of Chablis are conveyed as a stunningly fresh and elegant, symphony of a wine. It’s an Ode to Joy.

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  7. Albert Bichot Macon Pierreclos 2015 Red Burgundy

    Albert Bichot Macon Pierreclos 2015

    £12.00

    £12.00

    Albert Bichot’s family wine business goes back so far that it coincided with Beethoven composing his Fifth Symphony, an absolute masterpiece, similar to this Macon Pierreclose Bichot… Thinking about it, to quote Albéric Bichot himself, he has compared his work to conducting an orchestra too!
    Not too dissimilar to Mr. Beethoven after all then, but instead of a string quartet and a pianist, we have an acapella of cherry, plum and spices on the nose, a crescendo of intense fruit flavours against a tangy background on the palate and on the finish?
    An impressive ensemble of refreshing notes of red fruit. Encore!

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  8. Albert Bichot Meursault 2013 French White Wine

    Albert Bichot Meursault 2013

    £39.00

    £39.00

    Meursault is the silk-clad Prince Charming of Burgundy; it is an idyllic village, known to wine lovers everywhere for the town hall’s multi-coloured tiled roof, that makes wines of mesmeric complexity and texture.

    Romping in on a statuesque steed, it gathers you up to its creamy depths before beguiling you with white peach, toasted almonds and bursting into a zippy, lemon-fuelled gallop. You’ll be left transported and breathless.

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  9. Albert Bichot Saint-Romain 2012 French White Wine

    Albert Bichot Saint-Romain 2012

    £26.00

    £26.00

    And very saintly it is too! It is incredibly approachable, with a natural grace that seems to shine down from above. A seriously appealing streak of elderberry and citrus peel notes on a mineral background bring it back down to earth, however, which is handy, as you’ll need it down here if you’re going to serve it with a creamy chicken and tarragon pie.

    Full-bodied with discreet oak adding warmth and creamy notes, this wine’s supple, fleshy texture reminds you that, while saintly, it is definitely of this world.

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  10. Arnesque Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée Capelane French Red Wine 2014

    Arnesque Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée Capelane 2014

    £26.50

    £26.50

    Chateauneuf is a classic. And this is as breathtaking an example as you're likely to come by at this outstandingly reasonable price tag. With this vintage of Cuvee Capelane outscoring renowned competitors at twice the price in many a contest, Domaine de l'Arnesque really are showcasing their virtuosity here. Smooth, rich and profound, this is a really unmissable must-try expression of this exalted style of red wine.

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  11. Arnesque Côtes du Rhône Villages Plan de Dieu 2012 French Red Wine

    Arnesque Côtes du Rhône Villages Plan de Dieu 2012

    £13.25

    £13.25

    One to add to a magnificent group of Rhône red wines now at Oddbins by this modern and dependable new supplier. Domaine de l'Arnesque have given us a good little portfolio of red wine that sing the virtues of their house style.

    That style is well-represented here: full-bodied, unfailingly solid, sturdy and fruity, with plenty to taste, and the balancing zeal of some rounded tannins.

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  12. Beaujolais Selection Parcellaire 2015

    Beaujolais Selection Parcellaire 2015

    £8.75

    £8.75

    From a region that cannot and will not be ignored, this Beaujolais…hang on a minute, don’t be like that. Stick around, you’ll thank us. As we were. This Beaujolais “Selection Parcellaire” offers a refreshing and fleshy palate with a subtle yet full-body featuring red fruit flavours. The nose is both fine and intense with floral notes of violet and peony, enhanced by the fruitiness that is characteristic of Gamay. The finish is long, refreshing and ends on a fruity note. This is a real breath of fresh air from Beaujolais. Serve slightly chilled and you’ll see how ‘Gamay-zing’ this wine really is!

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  13. Bougrier Anjou Chenin Blanc White Wine

    Bougrier Anjou Chenin 2015

    £8.75

    £8.75

    Like the Clan MacLeod in epic 1980s sci-fi/fantasy, Highlander, the Bougrier family have been around for a long time. But, thankfully, they don’t have that nasty Kurgan bloke bothering them at every turn because otherwise they’d have no time at all to make such delicious wines.

    This delightful Chenin is the perfect way to discover slightly sweeter styled wines. The touch of fruity sweetness is tempered by lovely crisp acidity and is bursting with fresh peach and orange blossom loveliness. Take that, Kurgan!

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  14. Bougrier Muscadet 2014

    Bougrier Muscadet 2014

    £8.25

    £8.25

    Sometimes in life you just want to keep things simple. Your furniture minimalist, your walls whitewashed, your white wine crisp, clean and clear. Like a Loire Muscadet.

    Little wonder it’s famously the perfect match for oysters – after all, what could be simpler than a delicacy taken straight from the sea and consumed raw, fresh and unadulterated.

    Just a squeeze of lemon, perhaps a dash of Tabasco, and a well-chilled Muscadet, beads of condensation trickling down the wine glass. Ah, sometimes the simple things in life truly are the best…

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  15. Bougrier Rose d'Anjou 2013

    Bougrier Rosé d'Anjou 2015

    £8.75

    £8.75

    Ah, summertime, when the living is easy, fish are jumping and it’s time for rose wine – or something along those lines. And of course, kicking back, shoes off, feet up, on the porch or a picnic blanket in the park is where pink wine comes into its own, but you know what? Why wait?

    It’s great as an aperitif any time, or as an accompaniment to lightly spicy food. Or for turning a rainy Tuesday into a lazy, hazy summer Sunday…

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  16. Sancerre Bougrier 2015 white wine

    Bougrier Sancerre 2016

    £16.00

    £16.00

    This wine is so fist-thumpingly fresh, so buttock-clenchingly minerally, so eye-poppingly citrusy that, if you try it, you might for a moment mistake yourself for Brian Blessed, immediately start charging around, tearfully declaring “Gordon’s alive!!” to anyone who’ll listen and generally make yourself known to ear drums the world over. So, if you’ve ever wondered what it’s actually like to be Brian Blessed, this is the wine for you.

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  17. Bougrier Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Vintage White Wine

    Bougrier Sauvignon Blanc 2015

    £8.75

    £8.75

    It is a truth universally acknowledged that you have to go to the New World to get really good value in the classic French grape varieties, like sauvignon blanc. Or is it? Here's a Loire Valley sauvignon that's as crisp, fresh and grassy as a newly mowed meadow, with elegant minerality and a subtlety and restraint that's reminiscent of classic Sancerre or Pouilly Fume, at half the price. Which sounds like pretty good value to us. So set aside pride and prejudice and leave yourself open to persuasion with this classic white wine.

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  18. Bourgogne Pinot Noir Nuiton-Beaunoy Red Wine

    Bourgogne Pinot Noir Nuiton-Beaunoy 2013

    £13.00

    £13.00

    Sometimes tasting notes can seem so far-fetched you wonder whether the writer is actually taking you for a ride. If we were to say that the intense fragrance of this lovely Pinot Noir has the perfumed cedarwood spice that might best be reminiscent of the most expensive and exclusive eau de cologne, you might just baulk at the suggestion! But it's the kind of character that sets this fragrant Burgundy wine apart and makes it Pinot with personality. A wine for flashes of personal expression.

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  19. Bourgogne Rouge Domaine d'Ardhuy

    Bourgogne Rouge Domaine d'Ardhuy 2013

    £17.00

    £17.00

    This could well be the fullest of the new red Burgundies in our mid-price range, but only by a smidgen. All those from the excellent Domaine d'Ardhuy situate themselves on the lighter more thoughtful side of Burgundy, but this is the one to choose if you want a touch more body and juice. Ripe and silky this has stability and roundness but retains a definite "femininity". A curvy size 12 to the waifish size 8 of some of its lighter housemates.

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  20. Cabaret Rosé 2014 - Magnum - Rosé Wine

    Cabaret Rosé 2014 - Magnum

    £24.00

    £24.00

    ***Silver at Decanter 2014***

    It's one thing to keep passing a business down to your children, it's quite another to keep that line going for 700 years. Yet this is exactly what the wine-making Sumeire family, in Provence, has done.

    Located at the foot of the magnificent Montagne Sainte-Victoire, which inspired artists like Cézanne, this historic winery has produced a classic Provencal rosé: feather-light and elegant, with fresh strawberry and cherry blossom notes.

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  21. Cabaret Rosé Wine France 2014 Vintage

    Cabaret Rosé 2016

    £10.50

    £10.50

    ***Silver at Decanter 2014***

    It's one thing to keep passing a business down to your children, it's quite another to keep that line going for 700 years. Yet this is exactly what the wine-making Sumeire family, in Provence, has done.

    Located at the foot of the magnificent Montagne Sainte-Victoire, which inspired artists like Cézanne, this historic winery has produced a classic Provencal rosé: feather-light and elegant, with fresh strawberry and cherry blossom notes.

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  22. Cesar a Sumeire Rosé Wine France

    César à Sumeire Rosé 2015

    £28.00

    £28.00

    In the world of Provencal rosés, as with Victorian make-up, the general rule is the paler the better. This doesn’t mean that they are wan wallflowers (as we imagine Victorian women) but, as with Cesar, they can be thrilling, vivacious, flavour-packed and racy wines.

    With an elegant nose of jasmine and wild rose and an ample palate of cranberries and lemon peel, there isn’t a trace of sober Victoriana. Er, which isn’t to say you shouldn’t be sober at all times, officer.

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  23. Chablis Jules Billaud Burgundy Wine

    Chablis Jules Billaud 2015

    £20.00

    £20.00

    There's a lot of fuss in Chablis about a precocious new talent called Samuel Billaud, of Billaud-Simon fame. He's regarded as one of the best wine producers in the region and definitely one to keep an eye on.

    Luckily for us (and possibly down to a family feud… but we're staying out of it) he has decided to branch out on his own, so we're ecstatic to introduce the Jules Billaud Chablis, made by Samuel exclusively for Oddbins under his eldest son's name. It's guaranteed to grab you firmly by the Chablis.

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  24. Chablis Premier Cru Les Fourneaux 2015

    Chablis Premier Cru Les Fourneaux 2015

    £29.00

    £29.00

    So Chablis. Right, it's bone dry, no oak, you might even say steely. Fetch it from a posh Premier Cru vineyard and then what happens? Tell you what, let's have a glass of that Chablis Premier Cru Les Fourneaux then, made especially for Oddbins by Samuel Billaud, and find out.

    OK: all your white flowers and lime are there on the nose, but there's something else, on the palate - it's more delicate and balanced, with a subtle fruitiness. It’s, well, elegant. A bit like you in your best frock/suit, sweetheart.

    So that's the difference, we suppose - normal Chablis: designer casuals, Premier Cru: that perfectly fitted dress/sharply tailored suit you only wear when you're really out to slay them. Sorted!

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  25. Chablis Premier Cru Vaillons Domaine Long Depaquit 2012

    Chablis Premier Cru Vaillons Domaine Long Depaquit 2014

    £25.00

    £25.00

    Domaine Long-Depaquit winery was founded in 1791 and has built a reputation as one of the top estates in Chablis. The Château itself dates from the 18th Century. The out-houses are home to fermentation tanks and underground cellars, while the Orangery is used as a reception area. It enjoys the calm surroundings of the rose garden and park, with its hundred-year-old trees.

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  26. Château Cambon la Pelouse 2013 Red Wine

    Château Cambon la Pelouse 2013

    £20.00

    £20.00

    Like the teacher at school who really understood how to get the best out of you, this Bordeaux is both serious and stimulating and, underneath it all, is a bit of a softy.

    Unusually for a left bank Bordeaux, this red wine is Merlot heavy - 60% to be exact. That Merlot helps to soften the tannins and gives this deep Bordeaux a delicate, silky texture that secures your attention, whilst it educates you as to all the charms of a decent Claret. An edifying tipple.

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  27. Château Cantemerle Les Allées de Cantemerle Haut-Médoc 2010 Red Wine

    This red wine reminds us very much of former Conservative leader and This Week regular Michael Portillo. Though it be part of the old-guard, red (or pink or turquoise) trouser brigade, it brings a modern quality and decency to proceedings that people can admire, whatever their politics.

    It is generously fruity [for a Haut-Médoc] and is enjoyable young, although it has shown itself to have brilliant ageing potential. It retains a charming elegance in everything it does and is comfortably toasty on the sofa, any week.

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  28. Château Capbern Gasqueton Saint-Estèphe 2012 France Bordeaux Red Wine

    Château Capbern Gasqueton Saint-Estèphe 2012

    £23.00

    £23.00

    The marvellous thing about good Saint-Estèphe is the flood of minerality that can streak through it and the ample black fruit character that balances it out. Well, this wine doesn’t have any of that… Only joking (we’re funny aren’t we!) Don’t worry, the 2008 Château Capbern Gasqueton has all that in bucket loads and, what’s more, it won’t attempt Dad-humour… *hangs head in shame*. This is a classy Saint-Estèphe from a Château that has stayed in the family from 10 generations no less and, in that time, they’ve seriously honed the art of winemaking.

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  29. Chateau Carignan Cadillac 2009 Red Wine

    Chateau Carignan Cadillac 2012

    £15.00

    £15.00

    They might seem a fairly austere, old-fashioned lot, but Bordelais(es) tick with hidden passion. On the outside they seem elegant, carefully presented. Some even say a little stuffy. But, what counts is what's under the hood.

    Smooth and sleek on the outside, this intense blend has the structure and verve of a V8 engine. Not surprising, perhaps, given the vines are supplied with totally organic fertiliser from a herd of Limousine*. That's two classic cars in one wine.

    *Limousine cows. But for the purposes of the joke... I mean description.

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  30. Chateau Cesseras 'Cuvee Olric' Minervois 2014

    Chateau Cesseras 'Cuvee Olric' Minervois 2014

    £11.50

    £11.50

    Minervois is a region that has been making wine as far back as the Romans and beyond. In fact, the name derives from the region's city, Minerve, which in turn takes its name from the Roman goddess Minerva. Minerva was the god of wisdom, poetry, arts and magic. As art and wisdom are synonymous with great wine, we (Oddbins Historical Research Department) believe Minervois was in high cahoots with her work colleague Dionysus. He was in charge of the God's celestial wine store. Although not documented we are certain they are responsible for ensuring the almost limitless production of robust spicy reds that has flowed out from this land ever since its Minervoisation. This red wine is from Minervois la Liviniere, a place the benevolent duo made sure always made the best wines in the area. Rich black cherry, black plums smothered in herbs and spices. So when you are fortunate enough to have a glass of this red- raise your chalice to the ancient wisdom of a Roman Goddess and her vinous partner in crime!

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  31. Château Coussin Rosé 2016 Vintage Wine

    Château Coussin Rosé 2015

    £15.00

    £15.00

    Human lives are full of eureka moments. These run the gamut from the earth-shattering "the world is not flat" or "he/she is the one" kind to the smaller but no less revelatory discoveries of chipotle Tabasco or the Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V commands on a keyboard.

    This delicate looking wine lies somewhere in between, because it’s unequivocal proof that rosé can be incredibly serious stuff. It carries the poise, elegance and flawless complexion of Grace Kelly and then explodes with pink grapefruit, passion fruit, strawberry sorbet and lemon sherbet.

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  32. Chateau de L'Abbaye Haut Medoc Red Wine

    Chateau de L'Abbaye Haut Medoc 2013

    £12.00

    £12.00

    The head Abbot of Haut-Médoc was utterly fed up. The vow of silence and bowl hair cuts was getting very tedious. He had a field festooned with fat cows and multiple mushrooms in the meadows . He really wanted a decent glass of red with his meat, so the Abbey gave up the altar decor helpline service (the vow of silence wasn't working with that anyway), and decided to make this red wine. Intense blueberries, plum and oak aromas and a palate of boasting power and finesse. After the vintage, the Abbot happily sat down for a meal and contemplated the moral of this story - 'Don't get whiney, make wine!'.

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  33. Chateau de la Roulerie Anjou Blanc Wine France

    Chateau de la Roulerie Anjou Blanc 2015

    £11.00

    £11.00

    Steeped in exciting history, this wine is like a really good Brontë novel, or maybe a Dan Brown. Dating way back to 1070, Le Chateau de la Roulerie is a staggeringly beautiful, ivy-clad property that has one of the gently-sloped Loire Valley’s few terraced vineyards. It is thought to take its name from a 14th century knight, Chevalier Raoul.

    Its more recent history has seen its winemaking facilities return to the Chateau after 20 years, under the supervision of current owner, Philippe Germain. Fashioned 100% from one of our favourite white grapes, this is a bracing, exotic wine that more than does justice to its idyllic surroundings.

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  34. Chateau de Ricaud Cadillac Red Wine

    Chateau de Ricaud Cadillac 2012

    £14.00

    £14.00

    The Cadillac luxury car became so popular in America that the term 'The Cadillac of...' meant the best thing in that category. In 1980, Alain Thiénot bought a bottle of Château de Ricaud Cadillac in a posh restaurant in Paris. He must have been tempted to exclaim with a snigger 'This is the Cadillac of all red wines!', but instead he was so flabbergasted by the complex bouquet of strawberry, cherry and liqourice, he bought the estate! Thiénot went on to make this winery a Côtes de Bordeaux benchmark producer. True story. 

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  35. Château Gloria Saint Julien 2007

    Château Gloria Saint Julien 2007

    £52.00

    £52.00

    Balanced. Firm. Smoky. Heady. Herby. Fruit-forward. Subtle. These are just words. Or are they? What is a word? Can a word ever sum up the life and soul and art of the winemaking process? With a wine like Château Gloria, words feel hollow. So we ask you, look not at the word, but through the word. Be at one with this wine. Relax. Light some candles. Now you are ready.

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  36. Château Guilhem Prestige AOC Malepère Red Wine

    Château Guilhem Prestige AOC Malepère Red 2014

    £12.00

    £12.00

    We love Hannah Leadbeater. Upon being asked to write a tasting note for the wine that she discovered and fell in love with on holiday four years ago, she gathered the same friends that she’s holidayed with and they sat around together, coming up with the following tasting note between them. Talk about team work!

    Here is that (very accurate, in our opinion) note on this Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec blend from the Languedoc:
    'This wine is packed full of character. The aroma is of red berries, cinnamon and vanilla. These flavours combine on the tongue with a slight pepperiness and a rounded mouth-feel. It is medium-bodied, delivering a great taste whilst being fresh on the palate. It has a long finish, making it great for savouring on its own. It also goes well with red meats, stews or lashings of French cheese!'

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  37. Château Guilhem Prestige AOC Malepère Rosé 2014

    Château Guilhem Prestige AOC Malepère Rosé 2016

    £11.50

    £11.50

    This wine is a serendipitous find for Oddbins and a lovely drop it is too. It is the sister wine to Château Guilhem Cuvée Prestige Rouge, which was suggested to us via The Listing (where you can recommend wines for us to stock that you have discovered on holiday). Where the Prestige Rouge is full-on and chocolatey, the rosé is a delicate flower, with aromas of rose hip, wild strawberries and white peaches. Made entirely organically, this is an all-natural discovery. Happy days.

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  38. Château Haut Courneau Graves Red Wine France

    Château Haut Courneau Graves 2015

    £11.50

    £11.50

    With a beautiful garnet robe and appealing aromatic aromas, it follows up on the palate expressive red fruits (strawberry and blackcurrant), delivered in an elegant and round attack. The wine is well-balanced with unctuous, with silky tannins.

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  39. Chateau Haut Serre Grand Vin Seigneur

    Chateau Haut Serre Grand Vin Seigneur 2014

    £20.00

    £20.00

    The Château de Haute-Serre Grand Vin Seigneur Malbec is very dark in colour, with highlights of crimson. This exceptional red has a noteworthy balance with an intense concentration and elegant finesse demonstrating the power of a great malbec with its complexity. From opening the bottle immediately is the powerful bouquet of Morello cherry, blackcurrant and spice. The fresh and fruity nose is reflected on the palate which has a long, silky smooth after taste, typical of the vineyard.

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  40. Château Jalousie 2015 - Half Bottle - 375ml

    Château Jalousie 2015 - Half Bottle - 375ml

    £6.50

    £6.50

    Château Jalousie have just gone straight to the to the top of our popularity list for lightening up our day with the following food matching advice for their delightful half wine bottle of Claret: “Something juicy and relatively dead would be best.” It’s good to see there are some funny glands that are alive and kicking in Bordeaux. Just sayin’.

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  41. Chateau La Garde Pessac 2007 - Magnum

    Chateau La Garde Pessac 2007 - Magnum

    £55.00

    £55.00

    This red wine has the musician Tom Waits written all over it. Apparently, some of his instruments enjoy a nice claret (See above to the musical choice bit) so a magnum size would be perfect. This is a brooding Bordeaux drenched in black currant, blueberry flavours, fine-grained tannins and a brush of tobacco. Intense, expressive and offset by a gentle elegance- just like Mr. Wait's words. This wine's grapes are grown in the gravelly soils of Pessac-Léognan. Otherwise knowns as 'Graves'. Which again suits Tom's deep, gritty sonorous voice... or sometimes his song's subject matter. If Wait's isn't present to entertain, we'd recommend sampling this red, listening to Rain Dogs or Bone Machine and getting creatively cognitive with friends (trying hard not to use the word 'arty').

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  42. Château La Garde 2005

    Château La Garde Pessac Leognan 2008

    £30.00

    £30.00

    So beautiful is this wine, that grown men and women have been known to drop to their knees and weep, not quite knowing what to do with all the silky, supply, velvety liquid that is contained in this bottle.

    They just weren’t prepared for the red cherry and plum purity, the oceanic depths of pure fruit, and the sweet mint and myriad spices that danced across their palates like elves in a forest. They just weren’t ready. Are you?

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  43. Château La Tour de Bessan Margaux French Wine

    Château La Tour de Bessan Margaux 2014

    £24.00

    £24.00

    Behold, the intricate history of Château La Tour de Bessan, dating all the way back to the 13th century. Its looming tower would protect its lords and ladies until finally it looked as if it was destined to lay ruin. That is until the Lurton family came along and, with a lick of paint and some elbow grease, it became the renowned vineyard it is today. This delightful red wine blend is firm and holds dark juicy flavours of blackcurrant and blueberry whilst providing luxurious tannins and fine acidity. It’s elegant, structured and will certainly create its own history throughout the years.

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  44. Chateau Lafleur de Haute Serre Cahors

    Chateau Lafleur de Haute Serre-Cahors 2015

    £13.75

    £13.75

    Château Lafleur de Haute-Serre is gives such pleasure to the consumer, much like a fine novel it is a wine that you want to see right through to the end. It is a powerful, well built red with lovely expressions of earthiness and black truffle on the nose. Softness and elegance dominate the palate with a wonderful balance between acidity, tannins and red fruits.

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  45. Château Lalene Cuvée Prestige

    Château Lalene Cuvée Prestige 2015

    £9.75

    £9.75

    The Lalene is an elegant and complex wine rich with flavours of black fruit and fine grained velvety tannins, before a long satisfying finish.

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  46. Château Lauduc Rouge 2014

    Château Lauduc Rouge 2014

    £10.00

    £10.00

    This wine has some surprising parallels with the original Beat author, Jack Kerouac. Like Jack – or Jean-Louis as he was christened – Château Lauduc is Franco-American: matured in barrels that are half French, half American.

    We’d be lying if we said that this wine is a drug-induced stream-of-consciousness, but we can confidently say that it is a finely-judged, well-executed, great value Bordeaux.

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  47. Chateau Le Vieux Fort Cru Bourgeois 2013

    Chateau Le Vieux Fort Cru Bourgeois 2013

    £14.50

    £14.50

    Like the Rebel Alliance in the stupendously popular Star Wars films, this wine is part of the renegade, Cru Bourgeois. A category in Haut-Médoc that rails against the tyrannical 1855 quality classifications of Bordeaux.

    This wine's robust blackcurrant fruits, rounded body, rounded 'chewy' tannins. (cue Chewbacca's mighty roar), and subtle mint finish takes a Han Solo blast at Darth Vader and his hapless 'couldn't-hit-a-barn' crap shot croonies.  Poor old Stormtroopers! You should join the Cru Bourgeois side of the Force.

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  48. Château Le Virou Carmel d'Aiguevives Côtes de Bordeaux Blaye 2012

    We say the following with the utmost affection for Château le Virou, as they are clearly very capable winemakers and have certainly charmed us with this silky, blackcurrant and dark chocolate-fruited cracker… but it nearly broke us trying to work out what they were talking about when describing the Château’s history.

    In their words (via that most devious of translators, Google), they say: “On the road which curves of Blaye with Saint Savin, halfway between these two cities, a severe wall does not fail to intrigue the walker, seeming to dissimulate some mysterious residence to him.” Exactly.

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