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  1. Château Guilhem Prestige AOC Malepère Red Wine

    Château Guilhem Prestige AOC Malepere 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!'

  2. 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.
  3. Chatons du Cèdre 2014 (Red Wine)

    Chatons du Cèdre 2014

    £10.75

    £10.75

    Winemaker Pascal Léon Verhaeghe is a man who fell back in love with wine, after inheriting his family's mixed-culture estate in Cahors. After an encounter with his friend Jean-Marie Guffens (who comes from Pascal's family's native Flanders, and who makes our Verget wines) he went off to do a degree in oenology and generally get skilled-up.

    He came back to his family's vineyards and proceeded to work sympathetically with the land (the vineyards are certified organic) and has low yields and a large, attentive vineyard team.

    Chaton du Cèdre is fantastically black, with liquorice, red cherry and leather notes, and a rounded palate. We're so glad he rediscovered his roots.

  4. Cillar de Silos Crianza Spanish Red Wine

    Cillar de Silos Crianza 2014

    £18.25

    £18.25

    It's wines like this elegant, intense, blackberry-infused Ribero del Duero, that make selling wine such an absolute pleasure. Because after the bottle is despatched and we have parted company, you, dear customer, can revel in its joys at your leisure, whilst we sit back, have a cup of tea and think happily, "our work here is done now".

    How are we so sure? Because we've yet to pour this red out and witness anything but pure pleasure. Such is its rich, intense decadent appeal. With beautiful notes of top quality oak and deep dark fruit this is a brooding beauty.

  5. Torresilo Ribera del Duero

    Cillar de Silos Torresilo 2014

    £37.00

    £37.00

    Like the Royal Family at the moment, Cillar de Silos just go from strength to strength, and they don't even have Kate Middleton on their team.

    The Aragón family has made wine for personal consumption for as long as records go, but in the 1970s Amalio Aragón started acquiring top vineyard sites in Ribera del Duero.

    His grandson, Óscar, is now head winemaker and is known for making incredible wines, like this deep, meditative, luscious and minerally Tempranillo. Who needs Kate?

  6. Domingo Molina Malbec 2012

    Domingo Molina Malbec 2014

    £18.00

    £18.00

    Sometimes we wish we had more than words with which to convey our wines to you. If we could, we'd take you into a saddlery, clad you in the softest purple velvet and then crush some freshly-picked red cherries, blackberries in a pestle and mortar, add a twist of schezuan pepper and present it to you, saying "this. This is what you are buying if you buy this wine." We have to sadly accept the reality that we can't do that, but we hope you get the picture.

  7. Domaine du Salvard Cheverny 'Vignes des Marnières'

    Famille Delaille Cheverny 'Vignes des Marnieres' 2015

    £12.50

    £12.50

    There's more to Loire valley Sauvignon than Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé. Even occasionally more than just Sauvignon Blanc. This lesser known gem of a white wine delivers all the bone dry, nettles and flint crispness you'd expect from it's better known near neighbours, but with 15% Chardonnay added to this blend there's just a hint of something richer, rounder and riper that will take you pleasantly by surprise. And without a big name premium its something of a bargain to boot!

  8. Glaetzer Bishop Shiraz

    Glaetzer Bishop Shiraz 2014

    £28.00

    £28.00

    This wine was so named because it can only move diagonally. We therefore recommend that when setting the table, the wine be placed in the centre with diners arranged obliquely to it. Which should also maintain the harmony, because this is a quite remarkable drop from the Aussie master Ben Glaetzer. Intense, complex and with impressive cellaring potential this red is always in severe demand. Our bestseller for the Aussie crowd when sending special gifts to their nearest and dearest in the UK, this Bishop has the stamp of approval of a whole nation.

  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. L'Aurore Mâcon-Villages 2015 - HALF BOTTLE - 375ml

    L'Aurore Mâcon-Villages 2015 - HALF BOTTLE - 375ml

    £7.25

    £7.25

    It's so cute! Aw! Look at the ickle thing! Hmm, explain myself? Well, the super-duper Burgundian co-operative, Cave de Lugny, have made teensy (37.5cl) bottles of Macon-Villages and it's seriously tasty! We know there's not always much of a bang-for-buck ratio with smaller bottled wines, but this is definitely good value. Smooth, clean, soft, gently fruity and minerally, it's all you could ever need.

  11. La Closerie des Lys Pinot Noir 2015

    La Closerie des Lys Pinot Noir 2015

    £11.50

    £11.50

    Some people, like Hobbits, like their homeland and see no reason to up sticks to pastures new (excepting the Bagginses, of course). Others are sprinkled with wanderlust and prefer to travel.

    The Collovray and Terrier families, for example, moved from Burgundy, where they make Pinot Noir to critical acclaim, to Limoux in SW France, where they have sniffed out another ideal terroir for the varietal - in the hot sun south of Carcassonne - where they are now making stonking, brilliant value wine.

  12. Le Clos du Serres 2014 (Red Wine)

    Le Clos du Serres 2014

    £13.50

    £13.50

    Organic, velvety, rich, fruity and spicy, if it was a song, it would be a winsome Fleetwood Mac number. If it was a person it would be England's favourite Lefty, Tony Benn. If it was a household item it would be an intricately-designed Persian rug. If it was an item in a museum it would be the Bayeux Tapestry. Oh dear, maybe we're getting a bit tired. Point is, this is a powerful, evocative, hedonistic wine that you should all try. Every last one of you.

  13. Longview 'Red Bucket' Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

    Longview 'Red Bucket' Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

    £12.00

    £12.00

    ***Silver at the International Wine Challenge 2015*

    Founded by brothers Peter and Mark Saturno, after they tired of city life in The Big Apple and decided to return home to their homeland of Macclesfield in the Adelaide Hills, Australia. Whilst we are happy that they were able to retreat from the frenetic pace of New York, we’re also very pleased that they started making wine in this idyllic spot.

    Macclesfield is a tad warmer than the rest of the cool climate region of Adelaide, and this means that the Saturno brothers are able to produce wines with great depth and intensity, as well as the finesse and poise, like this rich, raspberry and game-flavoured belter. A rather nice homecoming, we say.
  14. Longview Devil's Elbow Cabernet Sauvignon

    Longview Devil's Elbow Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

    £16.50

    £16.50

    Bolt the doors and check under the stairs, for we have a spine-chilling tale to tell about the Devil's Elbow. Naaaat. This wine is only named after a hairy bit of road near the Longview Estate, not after the Dark Lord himself!

    But dark and powerful this wine certainly is... aged for 20 months in French oak and made from grapes solely grown on the estate, which has a slightly warmer microclimate that suits Cabernet Sauvignon, this has beautiful blackcurrant, clove, mint and toast characters. You might want to bolt the door just to keep it to yourself, TBH.
  15. Mâcon-Lugny Eugène Blanc Cave de Lugny White Wine

    Mâcon-Lugny Eugène Blanc Cave de Lugny 2015

    £12.50

    £12.50

    ***Commended at Decanter World Wine Awards 2014***

    An absolutely delicious classic white Burgundy, with the broad, exuberant charm typical of its 100% Chardonnay-based content. This is a lively number, which benefits from its relatively high acidity yet presents a decent, full-bodied flavour, reminiscent of apples gently warmed by the sun. A really good, mouth-watering, easy drinking dry white.
  16. Man O' War

    Man O' War Cabernet Franc/Merlot/Malbec 2011

    £19.00

    £19.00

    Waiheke Island, off the coast of Auckland, has some of New Zealand’s most northerly wineries. You’d think that would make it a tad too tropical for Bordeaux-inspired winemaking, being flanked by the Southern Ocean, the South Pacific and the Tasmanian Sea, it is breezy to say the least.

    In the case of this Merlot/Malbec/Cabernet Sauvignon blend, which is vinified in 25 separate batches under the expert watch of winemaker Duncan McTavish, this unique climate has resulted in a beautiful wine with lifted aromas of crushed red berries and darker cassis, with hints of coffee, liquorice, clove, Mediterranean herbs and cedar.
  17. Manz Platónico 2015

    Manz Platónico 2015

    £11.00

    £11.00

    Hand-picked from a blind tasting line-up by the winner of The Palate 2013, Chloe Dickson (pictured), this wine has ringing endorsements from every corner:

    Chloe herself says “It’s perfect for the wintry festive period, when you need something rich, hearty, jammy and souly. When I drank it I could just imagine sitting next to a crackling fire, slippers on, snow falling outside and a roast in the oven. This wine has it all, it works brilliantly. It just works” What more can we say - we concur!
  18. Mas las Cabes Rouge 2014

    Mas las Cabes Rouge 2014

    £11.00

    £11.00

    A wine that Mother Earth herself would be happy to promote. Your conscience can enjoy bonus points, as every last drop is organic and hasn't given planet earth much grief at all.

    So why not go with the flow and fully embrace this wine by kicking off those shoes, letting your hair down and digging those toes deep into the cool earth. Ooh that feels good!

    Or, if that doesn't take your fancy, just crack open the wine and let its swarthy, peppery goodness invigorate your senses.
  19. McManis Zinfandel Red Wine America

    McManis Zinfandel 2015

    £12.75

    £12.75

    According to 2Pac and Dr Dre, California knows how to party. It's not surprising, if you're gonna have a party you're gonna need some wine and they produce a lot. If California were a country, it would be the world's fourth largest wine producer.

    Don't think that all Zinfandel is pink and sweet, real red Zinfandel is powerful and jammy with refreshing acidity, just like this one. Each mouthful is an elegant fruit bowl of raspberries, strawberries, cherries, watermelon and blackberries laced with vanilla, caramel and hazelnuts. A bottle of California love.
  20. Bourgogne Pinot Noir Nuiton-Beaunoy Red Wine

    Nuiton-Beaunoy Bourgogne Pinot Noir 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.
  21. Santenay Nuiton Beaunoy

    Nuiton-Beaunoy Santenay 2014

    £21.00

    £21.00

    There's an admirable note of distinction to this fine red Santenay that's hard to pin down. While it's light and quite delicate for a Burgundy, it has a beguilingly pleasant, almost sweet-scented nutty oak character. The good folk at Nuiton-Beaunoy, who grace us regularly with their presence, are quick to point out that this is a clever combination of both Beaune terroir and some good old ageing-on-the-lees action.
  22. Ormadei Malbec 2016

    Ormadei Malbec 2016

    £12.75

    £12.75

    Bang! In your face! Let's not pussyfoot around, people like Argentine Malbec for its raw, heavyweight, power; and that's what Ormadei delivers by the sackfull, but that's not all. Big hitting, yes, but rich, fruity and smooth with it. Like getting punched in the mouth by a black cherry fist in a velvet glove. In a good way.
  23. 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.
  24. Pora Py'a de Argentina Malbec Red Wine

    Pora Py'ã de Argentina Malbec 2015

    £8.75

    £8.75

    You've splashed out on a couple of juicy rib-eye steaks for a mid-week treat, and now you're after a wine to do them justice, but still at a midweek price. Well, look no further. They certainly know a thing or two about a juicy steak in Argentina, and it's no accident that Malbec, which pairs beautifully with steak, is their signature grape.

    With Pora Py'ã you not only get all the big hitting fruit and peppery spice you'd expect of an Argentine Malbec, but it comes at a price you probably wouldn't.
  25. Radford Dale Black Rock 2013

    Radford Dale Black Rock 2014

    £16.50

    £16.50

    Like the addition of Peter 'Swingometer' Snow to the Beeb's election night results, Black Rock is guaranteed to make even the most memorable of nights even more memorable, with added colours, fun and general swing to proceedings.

    We're just trying to visualise what a Swingometer graphic for Black Rock would look like... we're imagining it would be fabulously purple, with blueberry-coloured bar charts adorned with sprigs of lavender and dried chilli bouquets, on a background of a mountain stream bed. Probably.
  26. Robert Oatley Vineyards 'Signature Series' Shiraz

    Robert Oatley Vineyards Signature Series Shiraz 2014

    £13.50

    £13.50

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

    Only a fifth of the wineries in James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion 2012 were awarded five stars. Last year, James employed a novel judging criteria, in which he made producers perform “I’m a little tea pot”, deducting points and taking pot shots at them with a Black Widow slingshot if the performance displeased him. Robert Oatley is said to have given an Oscar-worthy rendition. We think his winery deserved its five stars even without the singing and dancing. This Shiraz is proof.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. Serabel Côtes du Rhône French Wine

    Serabel Côtes du Rhône 2014

    £9.00

    £9.00

    Everything that Cave de Monterail - the tiny negociants who produce this wine - is geared towards offering outstanding value Côtes du Rhône. They have a very small, highly-skilled winemaking team who self-flagellate if their bosses catch them doing anything inefficiently.

    Er, sorry, what? No, that’s not actually true.

    But their attention to detail and outstanding skillzz have yielded a compact little spice-box of a wine that is liberally endowed with rich, black fruit and bright tannins. No self-flagellation was involved in the making of this wine.
  30. Southern Right Pinotage South African Red

    Southern Right Pinotage 2016

    £15.50

    £15.50

    This wine has a very strong sense of place, which shines through when you drink it. Firstly, Pinotage is a classic flag-bearing wine for South Africa and, secondly, it is named after the majestic Southern Right Whale, that lives exclusively in the southern oceans. Basically if this was a game of Guess Who, this would be a pretty easy guess. And, with such a strong identity, what does it taste like? Soft, supple, gamey, with a firm, balanced structure and drenched in ripe berry flavours: the perfect Pinotage.
  31. The Barry Brothers Red Australian Wine

    The Barry Brothers Red 2014

    £17.50

    £17.50

    This red isn't like every other Tom, Dick and Harry. However, it has been passed down from Jim to Peter and Tom Barry. The Barry family has been making wine in the lovely, cool climes of South Australia's Clare Valley for many a moon and they have maintained Jim passion for innovation and his exacting standards.

    This blend of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon was made with the family's values in mind; it is bold, contemporary and full of bitter dark chocolate and blueberry notes. Thank you, fellas; may your family's wines always live on.
  32. The Chocolate Block 2015 Red Wine

    The Chocolate Block 2015

    £23.00

    £23.00

    As soon as Chocolate Block lands you guys go all Augustus Gloop on us: lapping up that chocolate river like a cacao shortage has just been announced. Well, we can't blame you, it is awesome.

    Willy Wonka went to great lengths to produce Magic Hand-Fudge, which "when you hold it in your hand, you taste it in your mouth". To be honest Boekenhoutskloof make it look easy, we can literally taste the Chocolate Block as soon as we start unloading it from the trucks.
  33. Tupari Sauvignon Blanc New Zealand Wine

    Tupari Sauvignon Blanc 2015

    £18.50

    £18.50

    As crisp as a Ryvita, as elegant as Audrey Hepburn and as mineral as a Loire white, this shows another dimension to the Kiwi classic. From a winemaker that brought you the legendary Dashwood Sauvignon while working at Vavasour; this beauty is a real rival for Sancerre. Extended ageing on the lees imparts a creamy citrussy depth that perfectly contrasts the refreshing white peach, orange zest, melon and passion fruit. This has summer written all over it, so try it with quiche, goats' cheese, rocket salads or asparagus.
  34. Viña Alberdi Rioja Reserva, La Rioja Alta 2010

    Viña Alberdi Rioja Reserva La Rioja Alta 2011

    £18.25

    £18.25

    This wine is like falling head over heels in love. It is all encompassing, completely mesmerising and totally distracting. Its beauty makes you feel slightly light-headed and its perfection gives you butterflies.

    You will wonder what you did before it came along and worry a little about what you would do if it ever left. It is complicated (red berries, oak, coconut, coffee, vanilla and savoury notes) and when it's finished you'll be heartbroken... until another comes along!
  35. Villa Maria 'Cellar Selection' Syrah 2011

    Villa Maria 'Cellar Selection' Syrah 2011

    Now £10.50

    Was £16.00

    £10.50

    This New Zealand red caused quite a sensation amongst Oddbins' passionate staff last time this was in the range, with much hoarding and hiding of the limited stock... It's not hard to see why.

    This sumptuous Syrah combines beautiful freshness as well as a purity of deep, dark, dense fruit that will only inspire forays into urgent food preparation. A wine to drink when seeking inspiration and the reassuring comfort of something really outstandingly good...
  36. Vinum Cabernet Sauvignon

    Vinum Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

    £12.00

    £12.00

    If there is one time of year when anything goes, this is it. In fact it's almost as if pushing the rules is actually encouraged - hooray! When else is it okay to rock scandalous shreds of clothes, trowel on the black eye liner, throw the sugar quota out of the window and encourage e-number-fuelled youths to run around the streets and light rockets in the garden?

    If you'd rather celebrate your inner ghoul with a potent red wine, wrap your taste buds around this distinctively delicious Cabernet Sauvignon, which is oozing with layers of juicy blueberry, roast coffee beans and cigar box warmth.

  37. Winter Is Coming - Mixed Case of 6 Wines

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    'Winter is coming' - or so they keep saying! Why not take off the Stark chill by gathering your friends for a feast and cracking open this delightful case of reds. Just make sure you have enough seats for everyone or you might have a fight on your hands…
  38. World's End Little Sister 2010

    World's End Little Sister 2010

    £49.00

    £49.00

    If Jonathan Maltus made Merlot, it would probably be the best Merlot in the world. Oh, wait, he does... and some people might think it is.

    Made in some of the best vineyards in California, by Mr Maltus, who is hailed as a 'visionary' by critic Robert Parker, it is a fleshy, luscious Merlot, with nuanced plum, damson and black cherry fruit and an interesting green olive twist.

    Put it this way: if you put us in a room with a bottle of this and a slab of decent mature cheddar, you wouldn't see us for a long, long time...

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