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Red Wine Selection

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  • Merino Movi Limari Syrah 2014

    Don't have the wool pulled over your eyes, this is not an advert for merino jumpers. No need to feel sheepish- try it out!
  • Penfolds Bin 138 Shiraz Grenache Mataro 2012

    Penfolds take their red wines very seriously. So seriously, in fact, that there’s hardly anything about the Bin 138 that isn’t ‘red’.
  • Albert Bichot Macon Pierreclos 2015

    Bursting with cherry, plum and spices on the nose, with intense fruit flavours on the palate
    Classic Burgundy!
  • Monte Das Promessas 2014

    A fruity, elegant and well balanced wine from the producers of our best selling Quinta Bon Ventos.
    An absolute bargain at only £8.50


RED, RED WINE... STAY CLOSE TO ME

Welcome to our selection of red wine. Here we hope you'll find exactly what you're looking for, whether it be one of the famous red wines from the classic French regions, such as Bordeaux, Burgundy or The Rhône, the trademark vanilla and oak flavours of Rioja, or, from the new world, a brash Australian Shiraz or a fruity, velvety Malbec from Argentina. With nearly forty varieties of red grape from more than a dozen countries, our online red wine shop should have all the bases covered so, come explore and enjoy the world of red wine.

To help narrow your search, you can use our 'Refine By' tools to either select a particular grape or filter our red wine selection by country, price and the wine's characteristics. If you still can't decide or would simply like some help, please give us a call or drop us an e-mail where one of the friendly souls at Oddbins will be more than happy to help.

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  1. Aguila Syrah Spanish Red Wine 2012

    Aguila Red 2012

    £6.50

    £6.50

    Historically, Spain wasn’t always the go-to country for affordable, fresh, good value wines, being hitherto known, on the whole, for more oaky styles but, for the past few years, it’s made everyday wines something of an art form.
    Grown at high altitude in the DO of Cariñena, the Syrah grapes give rise to a clean, vibrant wine with intense aromas of dark cherry, violets and freshly-made jam.
    In vinous terms, Spain has traded sandals for Nike Airs; swapped Neil Diamond for Lily Allen; dispatched the Coronation Chicken in favour of beetroot foam; call it what you like, it changed, and we like it.

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  2. Albert Bichot Brouilly Roche Rose

    Albert Bichot Brouilly Roche Rose

    £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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  3. 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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  4. Amarone Ca’Rosa Italian Red Wine 2013

    Amarone Ca’Rosa 2013

    £25.50

    £25.50

    Amarone is about as full-flavoured and juicy as a red can get without help of fortification; very smooth and silky with a tantalizing contrast of sweet and ever-so-subtly bitter, but not bittersweet, if you catch the drift...

    Amarone is an indulgent jump away from regular Italian red table wine and the product of a different winemaking method that gives it its magic properties of being like liquid fruitcake or bottled gateaux! This has the added bonus of keeping well and in good shape a few days after it has been opened.

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  5. Apostrophe Larry Cherubino 'Possessive' Red Blend Australian Red Wine  2014

    Apostrophe Larry Cherubino 'Possessive' Red Blend 2014

    £13.00

    £13.00

    You can be complex yet still approachable. Look at Living in The Past by Jethro Tull, a record so wonderfully catchy that you'd never notice its complex 5/4 time signature. Look at Stephen Fry, his mind constantly whirling about like an orrery while he's one of the most popular chaps on television.

    And look at this wine, three grapes that bounce off each other's differing personalities like an old Beatles interview, with heavy Shiraz lifting musky Grenache, which softens the Mataro which sharpens the Shiraz which... and so on, like an Escher staircase.

    Suffice it to say that all this activity need not even momentarily distract you from what is a thoroughly delicious, complex and approachable modern red wine. Hats off to Larry!

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  6. Aria Chianti Classico Italian Red Wine 2014

    Aria Chianti Classico 2014

    £15.00

    £15.00

    Aria [ahr-ee-uh]. Noun. Def: an elaborate melody sung solo with an accompaniment… This is a fitting name and the definition exactly encapsulates this joyous Chianti. With the invigorating fresh red fruit as the solo melody, the accompaniment takes the form of dried herbs and a hint of graphite.

    And, as it goes, the ticket price for this star performing red wine is a lot less than a night at the opera. Just chuck on a bit of Verdi and enjoy the show!

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. Asmodeus Nero d'Avola Italian Red Wine 2014

    Asmodeus Nero d'Avola 2014

    £9.50

    £9.50

    Disclaimer: this wine has a story of an ‘adult’ (albeit historic) nature… In the Book of Tobias, an ancient Hebrew text, Asmodeus is the Demon of Lust. It is said that when Cain killed Abel, Adam and Eve separated for 130 years. During this time, Adam was tempted by Naamah and Lillith, two demons of prostitution. Asmodeus is the offspring of the relationship between Naamah and Adam.

    Of all of the varietals of Italy, Nero d’Avola is as lustful and pleasurable as it gets, hence this delectable red wine was named after Asmodeus. Rich, peppery and opulent, it has many of the same characteristics of Syrah and is arguably the most important grapes in Sicily. That wasn’t too rude, was it?

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  10. Aymura Pinot Noir Chilean Red Wine 2013

    Aymura Pinot Noir 2013

    £15.00

    £15.00

    It is spring, moonless night in the small town, starless and bible black... Well, don't come crying to us, Dylan Thomas; if you were after stars you should have gone to Chile's Elqui Valley, 250 miles north of Santiago.

    This is not only home to Viña Mayu, whence cometh this Old World-style of Pinot Noir, which has beautiful gamey, farmyard-y notes alongside flavours of fresh, sweet red cherry, but the region is also an astrotourism centre, with at least eight internationally-renowned observatories.

    Their extremely hot days and near-freezing nights offer some of Chile's most exciting winegrowing conditions, and it has attracted an increasing number of adventurous winemakers over the past fifteen years or so. Bet you don't get that in Llareggub!

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  11. Aymura Syrah Chilean Red Wine 2013

    Aymura Syrah 2013

    £10.50

    £10.50

    Elqui Valley, Chile. Giorgio Flessati, a winemaker from the mountains of Northern Italy, is standing in a barrel room, gazing with satisfaction at the Aymura Syrah he has made for Viña Mayu. In five months it will be bottled and all who cross its path will be impressed by the thick, red fruit flavours which underpin its heady whirl of black pepper, smoke and leather.

    While the wine ages, Giorgio will fly back to Trentino, to catch up with family and friends and generally enjoy La Dolce Vita. During his flight he will doze, and dream about the wine he has made over the years in Bordeaux, Sicily, even Australia.

    Cambridgeshire, England. Dave Conkers, a factory supervisor from Peterborough, is standing in his garage, smiling wistfully at a row of demijohns. Mmm, this year should be the best yet. Hush now, Dave is dreaming too. Let him fly.

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  12. Berton Reserve Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 South Australian Red Wine

    Berton Reserve Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

    £14.25

    £14.25

    Berton is a family-run set up that has risen promptly from humble beginnings in 2005. Having started on a plot of land that was dubbed ‘the Bonsai’ vineyard due to its gnarled, water-deprived vines, founder/owner Bob Berton introduced a better water supply and, resultantly, blinding wines.

    This Cabernet has an impenetrable black colour, fragrant and concentrated aromas of blackcurrant, fresh tobacco and sweet pepper and an intense, fine-grained palate of cassis, minerals and toasty oak.

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  13. Bodegas Aster Ribera del Duero Crianza 2012 Spanish Red Wine

    Bodegas Aster Ribera del Duero Crianza 2012

    £19.00

    £19.00

    One of those red wines that is so good it is likely to instantly convert many into lifelong devotees of Spanish wine. This is full-bodied with a deep, swirling whirlpool of dark Tempranillo character and an inspirational vanilla-tinged reminder of top quality oak. An excellent treat to keep in the kitchen for an unexpected special night in after a tough week - but way, way too good to add to anything that requires stirring.

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  14. Boekenhoutskloof Cabernet Sauvignon Red Wine

    Boekenhoutskloof Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

    £42.00

    £42.00

    A red wine with distinctive cassis influence with a cedary spine covered with dark cherry, waxy crayon earthiness, graphite and enticing undertones. On the palate it is rich with blackcurrant and firm ripe tannins indicating that this wine has at least a decade of ageing potential.

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  15. Boer and Brit Field Marshall 2014 Red Wine South African

    Boer & Brit Field Marshall 2014

    £12.50

    £12.50

    A Mediterranean styled blended red wine, made up of alternative varietals produced in South Africa. Rich with flavours of pomegranate, cloves, pepper, ripe plums and masses of piquant spice before moving through to a lean, savoury finish.

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  16. Boer & Brit The General South African Red Wine 2014

    Boer & Brit The General 2014

    £12.50

    £12.50

    An unorthodox Bordeaux blend, minus the Cabernet Sauvignon. This generous, full bodied red wine has been produced using the Bordeaux varietals of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot with a touch of Merlot. Hedgerow fruits, blue berries and spice notes are intensified by velvet tannins and a touch of oak.

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  17. Borghetto Chianti Riserva Italian Red Wine

    Borghetto Chianti Riserva 2013

    £10.50

    £10.50

    It was that old cad, Hannibal Lector, who told Clarice that he ‘ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti’ in The Silence of the Lambs. So we suggest that a far more reasonable food match for this velvety, cherry-laden, supple red wine would be a simple tomato and fresh basil spaghetti dish. Lovely.

    What we’re saying is, stick to a vegetarian dish, because Hannibal has kinda ruined meat matches with Chianti. The cad.

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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. Brunello di Montalcino Carpineto Red wine

    Brunello di Montalcino Carpineto 2011

    £42.00

    £42.00

    Montalcino is one of those staggering quaint, historic, sun-drenched hill top towns that give Tuscany its unique flavour. Brunello di Montalcino is one of those reds that give Italy such a glimmering reputation for incredible, food-friendly wines.

    In 1967, Giovanni Sacchet, co-founder and winemaker at Carpineto, fell in love with Tuscany and its wines, and made it his life’s mission to produce modern, world class wines here. His Brunello is big, firm and tight, with flavours of liquorice, raspberries and vanilla.

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  20. Cantina Frentana Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Vallevo

    Cantina Frentana is situated in the foothills of the ‘Majella Massif’, which sounds like an Indian street gang to us, but we are assured it’s a mountain range in Abruzzo famed for its beautiful alpine meadows. Well, you learn something new every day.

    But where were we? Ah yes, Cantina Frentana. This co-op has produced this cracking Montepulciano red wine – from the grape of the same name – which has flavours of red apples, prunes and violets, with a firm structure and acidity.

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  21. Cape Chamonix Pinotage Red Wine

    Cape Chamonix Greywacke Pinotage 2014

    £18.50

    £18.50

    Confused you say? South African wine named after a French alpine mountaineering and skiing resort and made in the Italian 'ripasso' style? Who said you had to 'understand' wine to enjoy it.

    Pinotage is pretty much South Africa's signature grape, and this particular winter-sport-meets-Valpolicella edition has generated more wows since it's arrived than … well something really, really amazing.

    So what the hey? Give it a whirl. This is unbelievably outstanding stuff.

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  22. Carta Vieja Cabernet Sauvigon Chilean Red Wine

    Carta Vieja Cabernet Sauvigon 2014

    £7.00

    £7.00

    Chile does a number of things well: it does some pretty nice mountains and it can do miraculous escapes from mines very well but, here at Oddbins, we rather like them for their oh-so affordable, brilliant, fruit-forward wines. They have a particular knack with Cabernet Sauvignon, from which they have coaxed, in this particular instance, winning aromas of black cherries and berries and a palate of bilberries, cassis and mature blackberries, supported by soft and elegant tannins.

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  23. Carta Vieja Merlot Red Wine Chile

    Carta Vieja Merlot 2015

    £7.00

    £7.00

    Another major minor-miracle in the Oddbins wine range and a regular member of our bestsellers list, this is a red that keeps the customer in search of good valued wine very satisfied indeed. Minor, because of its diminutive price tag but very major when it comes to what you get for your money.
    This Chilean red's distinction is its refinement and understatement. A kind of light, softness with a freshness and vitality that easily puts it next to baby Clarets for class, balance and great food-friendliness.

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  24. Casa Lluch Tempranillo Red Wine

    Casa Lluch Tempranillo 2015

    £9.50

    £9.50

    With its label's 'poulet-au-paisley' motif rightly predicting the sort of conspicuous and colourful happenings about to hit your palate via this lovely bottle of red wine, the tone is set for one of the most exciting new Spanish wine regions making the listings.

    This is a wonderfully soft and harmonious red, with a low-tannin feel and a soft savoury note riding on the finish. Made from locally certified organically grown grapes. An absolute must try.

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  25. Celler de Capçanes Peraj Petita Red Wine

    Celler de Capçanes Peraj Petita 2012

    £15.25

    £15.25

    Made under the strict supervision of the Rabbi of Barcelona, this Garnacha-heavy blend from Celler de Capcanes sets the bar somewhat for kosher wines. It is packed full of juicy red and black berry flavors with an appealing earthy, toastiness on the finish.

    All we’re saying is, if this is the quality that you get when supervised by the Rabbi of Barcelona then we propose Rabbi supervision of all wines. Of course, a lot of talent and experience from the winemakers at Celler de Capçanes probably helped too.

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  26. Celler de Capçanes Vall Del Calas

    Celler de Capçanes Vall Del Calas 2012

    £17.50

    £17.50

    Here’s some history: the Celler de Capçanes cooperative was formed by five families in 1933, in the village of Capçanes in northeast Spain, who all decided to join forces to make use out of the Grenache vines that replaced the vineyards wiped out by the ‘Phylloxera’ epidemic.

    In over 80 years, the cooperative have honed their winemaking skills, keeping one eye on the future and the other eye on tradition. Now, here’s one product of all that history: a Merlot-based blended red wine, this is perfectly balanced and ripe yet elegant, with complex aromas of ripe dark fruit, wild herbs and berries.

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  27. 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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  28. Chateau Cantemerle 2005 Red Wine

    Chateau Cantemerle 2005

    £55.00

    £55.00

    This 2005 red wine is an extremely pronounced red in colour, quintessential of a great vintage. It is still abit reserved on the nose, but on the palate it shines through with elegance and smoothness with crispy, silky tannins. Opulent, delicate and freshness to the finish.

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

    Château Cantemerle Les Allées de Cantemerle Haut-Médoc 2010

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    Was £25.00

    £18.00

    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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  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. 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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  32. 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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  33. Château Guilhem Prestige AOC Malepère Red Wine

    Château Guilhem Prestige AOC Malepère Red 2013

    £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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  34. Château Haut Chaigneau Lalande de Pomerol 2013

    Château Haut Chaigneau Lalande de Pomerol 2013

    Now £22.00

    Was £27.50

    £22.00

    Lalande de Pomerol is a wee appellation just to the north of the more famous Pomerol. Things are done in a similar way and with similar blends – predominantly Merlot, with a dash of Cabernet Franc and maybe Cabernet Sauvignon or Malbec.

    So, if you like salvage yards, second hand shops and other such treasure troves, get your hands on this beauty. A red wine that has all the approachability of Pomerol, with hints of fresh coffee, creamy chocolate and a touch of oak spice, with a more approachable price tag, so you can approach without caution…

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  35. Château Jalousie 2014 - Half Bottle - 375ml

    Château Jalousie 2014 - 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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  36. Chateau Ksara Reserve du Couvent Red Wine

    Chateau Ksara Reserve du Couvent 2013

    £12.00

    £12.00

    ***Bronze at the International Wine Challenge 2015***

    "Who will have won when the soldiers have gone… from the Lebanon?" One answer to the Human League's question might well be the wine drinkers of the world. Soil climate and a history of French colonialism combine to make the Lebanon one of the most surprising, yet consistently excellent producers of Bordeaux and Côtes du Rhône style wines anywhere in the world. And if you're looking for a wine to go with richly herbed and spiced slow roasted lamb, then we have a clear winner.

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  37. 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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  38. Chateau La Vieille Cure Fronsac 2006

    Chateau La Vieille Cure Fronsac 2006

    £26.00

    £26.00

    What does this lovely Bordeaux and the brilliant electronic artist Aphex Twin have in common? They both use Rollands to produce their work. Aphex Twin uses a Roland keyboard and the Chateau is assisted by the Rolland laboratory...Now, this may be a tenuous link and the spelling not all there, but it's an excuse to crack open a bottle of this red and enjoy Aphex Twin's long awaited album 'Syro'! Harmonious blackcurrant, cherry and herbal notes, in tune with chocolate and oaky rhythms.

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  39. Chateau Lafleur de Haute Serre Cahors

    Chateau Lafleur de Haute Serre-Cahors 2014

    £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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  40. Château Lalene Cuvée Prestige

    Château Lalene Cuvée Prestige 2014

    £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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. Chateau Leoville Barton 2011

    Chateau Leoville Barton 2011

    £75.00

    £75.00

    This vintage wine is a beautifully purple in colour, reflecting the high grape maturity of this red wine. It is an amazingly fresh wine with balsamic and dried citrus aromas.

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  44. Château Les Nauds Red Wine

    Château Les Nauds 2015

    £8.75

    £8.75

    Oh spare us the "better when it was rough-and-ready" nostalgia. We remember city centres where, once upon a time, it was frankly dangerous to go out if you were a bit of a misfit. At one time, even the south-west of Bordeaux used to have stretches of mean and derelict vineland that might, if they liked the look of you, let you have a tiny amount of rough white wine.

    So hats off to the Cardarelli family for their huge and continuing investment in bringing 280 hectares of such land into the 21st century and spinning straw into gold. Now you're more than welcome to enjoy their invitingly accessible fruit-packed red wines, even if you're a punk rocker!

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  45. Château Les Roches Gaby 2012 French Red Wine

    Château Les Roches Gaby 2012

    £17.00

    £17.00

    Think of how you met your best friends. What were the common interests which still provide the invisible glue that bonds years later? The nightclubs, the art, the books, the records nobody had heard of. The antics, the trousers, the nights you'll never tell your kids about. The guitars! The rock and the roll! The boules!! The... sorry, what was that last one... the boules?

    Over in Château Gaby, winemaker Damien Landouar and owner David Curl bonded over their mutual love of wine, of rock music, of Château Gaby and of boules! And now, between them, they've rejuvenated a historic winery and made a range of award-winning wines like this plush, elegant, approachable red that's perfect at a table full of your nearest and dearest. And it's even more fun than pétanque!

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  46. Chateau Peyrabon Haut-Medoc Red Wine

    Chateau Peyrabon Haut-Medoc 2002

    £18.50

    £18.50

    A bit like Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson during his WWE days - a big, round and powerful palate with plenty of grip. But you won't need to wrestle with this classic red from the Haut-Medoc, Bordeaux. It has delicate raspberry, subtle oak and possesses some bottle maturity, which has toned down the fruit and retained the muscle. A rock steady Cabernet Merlot blend that'll take hold and won't let you go until you call out for mummy. Sorry about that Dwayne...

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  47. Château Plaisance-Branne Montagne-Saint-Emilion 2011

    Château Plaisance-Branne Montagne-Saint-Emilion 2014

    £12.50

    £12.50

    ‘Plaisance’ means ‘pleasure’ in English, and boy, is that a fitting name for this Bordeaux beauty. Smooth as silk, with a plump, red fruit character that makes you think you just stumbled head-first into a fruit crumble, this is Pleasure with a capital P.

    Naturally, this red wine complements other pleasurable things such as cosying up in a warm armchair, succeeding at the crossword, and awesome cheese, to name but a few.

    Even bad cheeses, failing at crosswords and a hard stool can be made unwaveringly pleasurable with the addition of Château Plaisance-Branne. Quite a talent, we think you’ll agree.

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  48. Château Sissan Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux 2014

    Château Sissan Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux 2014

    £10.00

    £10.00

    Don't just reserve your decanter for special occasions; nearly all wines will benefit from the special treatment. However, if decanters just aren't your thing, then pour the entire contents of this bottle into an airy jug and back into the bottle again before serving.

    This is a complex wine of great depth for the price, and this small touch will release the beautiful array of tantalizing aromas. Dark, medium-bodied, round and seductively fruity, this gets better with every breath.

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