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  1. Blandy's Duke of Clarence Madeira

    Blandy's Duke of Clarence Madeira 70cl

    £15.00

    £15.00

    We can thank the existence of this Portuguese sweetie to a very happy accident of history. Way back when, when merchants shipped their wares in wooden ships, the wine in the hold would often overheat, resulting in a delicious, caramelised wine.

    Winemakers have sought to recreate this effect by baking the wine ever since - and now Blandy's have perfected the technique. This Madeira, made with the more unusual Tinta Negra Mole, is toffeed, ripe and nutty Madeira, with ample sweetness and a clean, tart finish. A most serendipitous wine indeed.
  2. 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?
  3. Château Teyssier Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2013

    Château Teyssier Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2013

    £29.00

    £29.00

    Jonathan Maltus is the established maverick of Bordeaux - the novice Englishman who turned up at Château Teyssier in the 1990s, introduced new techniques, bought up new land and started producing stonking wine, the 'garagiste' way. This term refers to those making the bigger, bolder styles of Claret that emerged in that period, embraced by critics like Robert Parker. This Grand Cru is true to that style and is showing fine damson, plum, meaty and earthy flavours that should develop well with a few more years.
  4. 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.
  5. Churchills 20yo Tawny Port

    Churchills 20 Year Old Tawny Port 500ml

    £27.00

    £27.00

    Port may traditionally be a festive treat but, trust us, if someone puts a pecan pie and a glass of Churchill's 20 year old Tawny Port under your nose, you should not hesitate. We're talking Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, whether you're mowing the lawn or doing Pilates on a hill top, you need to down tools, park your bum down and savour its toasty, warmly sweet yet pleasingly dry goodness right there. With the pie. Do not forget the pie.
  6. Arnesque Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée Capelane French Red Wine 2014

    Domaine de L'Arnesque Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée Capelane 2014

    £26.50

    £26.50

    Châteauneuf 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 Cuvée 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.
  7. Domaine Drouhin Pinot Noir American Wine Red

    Domaine Drouhin Pinot Noir 2013

    £30.00

    £30.00

    Oregon, "the beaver state", has 26 official emblems. These include a crab, a predatory sea snail called the Oregon Hairy Triton, a square dance, milk, a rock called thunderegg and the Oregon-grape. Common sense would say that this last one should be Pinot Noir, seeing as how Willamette Valley is on the same latitude as Burgundy and its wines have beaten French rivals in blind tastings. But it's not, it's a shrub used to make jam. Oregonians are clearly bonkers. This wine is so good it should run for Governor of this crazy state.
  8. Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf du Pape Télégramme

    Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf du Pape Télégramme 2013

    £33.00

    £33.00

    This wine comes from vines perched on top of a hill that is nothing much to look at, which is routinely battered by the harsh mistral wind and which is characterised by a landscape of large rocks.

    BUT (and we like a big but here at Oddbins), it is hallowed land for growing Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and the like. It has a unique geological make-up that we won't bore you with here, but which means that you can buy bottles of pure, unadulterated joy like this vibrant, red-fruit and clove-flavoured hero of a wine.

    'Nuff said! (Or, if not 'nuff said, have a look at the Read More section below)
  9. Heartland Directors' Cut Shiraz

    Heartland Directors' Cut Shiraz 2013

    £22.00

    £22.00

    According to winemaker Ben Glaetzer, in films, the 'director's cut' is regarded as the definitive version, subject to no compromises. Although some critics say it represents an exercise in self-indulgence, frankly, we don't really give a damn... What is fine wine, after all but an extremely enjoyable indulgence? So if winemakers as talented as Glaetzer and his co-Directors want to make no compromise in presenting us with this definitive version of a really very fine Aussie shiraz, you won't find us complaining...
  10. Pérez Cruz Carménère 2014 Chilean Wine

    Pérez Cruz Carménère 2014

    Now £15.50

    Was £16.50

    £15.50

    Carmenere is the forgotten one of the six Bordeaux grape varieties. But like an incredibly athletic and intrepid mole it has popped its head up in Chile. Here it produces some incredibly potent and complex reds like this one.

    Perez Cruz's Carménère is a riotous carnival of a wine, ripe black berry fruits mingle with more dried and baked fruit flavours and some lovely green herby notes. There's so much going on here it's impossible not to just get swept along with the party.
  11. Perez Cruz Waiki Cabernet Chilean Wine

    Pérez Cruz Waiki Cabernet 2013

    Now £11.00

    Was £12.25

    £11.00

    This wine takes its name from a curious custom in the Maipo Andes, in which new brides must go to the river, catch a fish and whisper "Wakey Wakey", before letting it go about its day.

    But this doesn't tell you much about the wine, so we'll help out: it has ripe red fruits, black pepper and vanilla flavours, underpinned by fresh aromas of tarragon and laurel. We don't know about fish, but we do know about red wine. This is one that's guaranteed to wake up your taste buds.
  12. Ségla Margaux French Wine

    Ségla Margaux 2009

    £40.00

    £40.00

    Château Rauzan-Ségla has an incredibly long and colourful history, dating back to 1661 and featuring Very Important Families, tragedy, intrigue and, latterly, a brilliant renaissance, spearheaded by the new owners at Chanel. They have lovingly restored the Château to its former glory and have installed new equipment and even bottle Ségla - their second wine - with a screwcap. They strike a great balance between tradition and modernity and this structured, poised, tight and intense wine is testament to that.
  13. Secret de Viu Manent Carmenere Chile Wine

    Secret de Viu Manent Carmenere 2014

    £11.50

    £11.50

    If you've not yet come across a bad Carmenere then there's a very simple reason for this. There aren't many. This is partly attributable to the grape itself, but more to do with the country within which it's grown.

    Chile is this country and its perfect growing conditions for this grape make it virtually organic by default for starters. This is a guarantee of the full-bodied, smooth, satisfying type of red that Carmenere is so well known for.
  14. Secret de Viu Manent Malbec Red Wine

    Secret de Viu Manent Malbec 2015

    £11.50

    £11.50

    Border-hopping Malbec from the other side of the peninsula in Chile. This is very South American anyway. Small wonder Chile too are turning their hand to this, the Argie-wonder grape; not that they need to prove much when it comes to winemaking.

    This Secret (or locally, Secreto) is Malbec very much as you picture it: Full and juicy, smooth and satisfying, and with the guaranteed trademark long, long length. Wine this good won't be much of a Secret for long.
  15. Tenuta Vigneto Di Campo Delle Strie Amarone Della Valpolicella

    Tenuta Vigneto di Campo delle Strie Amarone della Valpolicella 2010

    £55.00

    £55.00

    For most mortals, tasting a bottle of Amarone, especially one of this calibre, is a bit like how we imagine the Springwatch team would feel if Sir David Attenborough just strolled on set. You don't quite know how to approach it and feel like you should probably bow or kneel down and offer to be its humble servant from here on in.

    But don't stand on ceremony: this wine is a real joy. It has bright red fruit, rich treacle, warm spice and sweet tobacco on the palate, with enough refreshing acidity to leave your palate begging for more.

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