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  1. Blandy's Duke of Clarence Madeira

    Blandy's Duke of Clarence Madeira 70cl

    Now £12.75

    Was £15.00

    £12.75

    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 Gloria Saint Julien

    Château Gloria Saint Julien 2012

    £45.00

    £45.00

    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.

  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. 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.

  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 du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf du Pape Télégramme

    Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf du Pape Télégramme 2013

    £35.00

    £35.00

    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)

  8. Glaetzer Wallace Shiraz Grenache Australia

    Glaetzer Wallace Shiraz Grenache 2015

    £20.00

    £20.00

    Braveheart taught us that Wallace was a pint sized, foul mouthed Australian with limited skills as a face painter. Although Ben Glaetzer's Wallace is also Australian, it differs in almost every way from its rabble rousing namesake.

    It is monumental in stature, quite charming in the mouth and, because of its deep rich colour, will paint your face with quite a serious red wine moustache.

    Like Braveheart, this wine is good to go but it also has a fair bit of staying power if you fancy coming back to it in a few years.

  9. Heartland Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Red Wine

    Heartland Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

    £14.50

    £14.50

    South and East of Adelaide down the coast of South Australia lie the regions of Langhorne Creek and Limestone Coast, where the coastal climate, cooling breezes and rare and peculiarly wine friendly geology combine with Aussie sunshine to create ideal conditions for growing Cabernet Sauvignon grapes and turning them into truly exceptional wine.

    Heartland was set up by a small group of luminaries, led by star winemaker Ben Glaetzer from the better known Barossa Valley region, specifically to do just that. A plan as clear, simple and effective as the classically minimalist label on the bottle. One from the heart(land).

  10. 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...

  11. Maison Albert Bichot 'Loiseau-Bichot' Gevrey-Chambertin

    Maison Albert Bichot 'Loiseau-Bichot' Gevrey-Chambertin 2012

    £43.00

    £43.00

    If you are planning a very lovely dinner party, plan your menu around this Burgundian bombshell. It has been lovingly blended by the expert sommelier, Eric Goettelmann, from the Cote d'Or restaurant, which has forged a strong partnership with the talented producer, Domaine Albert Bichot.

    Together, they have created a wine that oozes black cherries, smoky, woodland-y fragrances, with the body and firmness you'd expect from Gevrey-Chambertin. Its dream partner? We reckon a poussin wrapped in prosciutto, served with creamed butternut squash. Do we get an invite?

  12. Pérez Cruz Carménère 2014 Chilean Wine

    Pérez Cruz Carménère 2015

    £16.50

    £16.50

    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.

  13. Perez Cruz Waiki Cabernet Chilean Wine

    Pérez Cruz Waiki Cabernet 2014

    £12.25

    £12.25

    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.

  14. Secret de Viu Manent Carmenere Chile Wine

    Secret de Viu Manent Carmenere 2015

    £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.

  15. 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.

  16. Tenuta Chiccheri Valpolicella Superiore 2010

    Tenuta Chiccheri Valpolicella Superiore 2010

    £33.00

    £33.00

    When we tell you that Valpolicella is made using dried-up grapes left for ages in a box, it doesn't sound very nice, does it? But hear us out. When they are left to dry in this temperature- and humidity-controlled environment, they acquire a delicious raisin-y quality. It's rich and concentrated like Amarone, but Valpolicella has more elegance and finesse. With Valpolicella it's all about balancing the red berry, spice and sweetness and this one is something of a diplomat, and strikes that balance perfectly.

  17. 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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