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  1. 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...'

  2. 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.

  3. 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!'

  4. Albert Bichot Chablis french wine

    Albert Bichot Chablis 2015

    £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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. Bougrier Anjou Chenin Blanc White Wine

    Bougrier Anjou Chenin 2016

    £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!

  8. Bougrier Muscadet 2016

    Bougrier Muscadet 2016

    £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...

  9. Bougrier Rosé d'Anjou 2016

    Bougrier Rosé d'Anjou 2016

    £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...

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Bougrier Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2016 White Wine

    Bougrier Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2016

    £9.75

    £9.75

    The family Bougrier were, by tradition, agricultural scientists. Their incredible achievements include the invention of a device for measuring the size of potatoes before digging them up, and a method for weighing cherries on a tree before they are picked. Their dream, however, was to find a way to lock particular aromas from the beautiful Touraine countryside into a tasty grape.

    After years of experiment they succeeded. They created a grape brimming with the clean, fresh scents of springtime hedgerows. Elderflowers, young nettles and cut grass. What's more, they discovered the flavours were even more appealing when the grapes were made into wine.

  13. Bourgogne Blanc Posanges 2015

    Bourgogne Blanc Posanges 2015

    £14.00

    £14.00

    You might think that Burgundy is a bit stuck in its ways. There's often coats-of-arms on the bottles and wine making in the region has predated, we calculate, the invention of sound. (That was by the Burgundian Duke Lars von Metallica, in 654 BC for you history buffs.) Although, they're more advanced than you might think; recently a number of producers have pooled resources so they can fight the plight of hail storms. How? You may rightly ask. By firing rockets at the sky... "Yeah, take that clouds!" Burgundy is modern yet with a respect for its history, just like the style of this wine.

  14. Bourgogne Rouge Posanges 2015

    Bourgogne Rouge Posanges 2015

    £15.00

    £15.00

    One of Burgundy's charms is it's so difficult to get right, it's an unforgiving climate and Pinot Noir is a fragile heart. It's a bit like Stephen Fry, on his day he's elegant, nuanced and scintillatingly expressive. Yet, you get the impression if things didn't quite go the way it was supposed to, you could quite easily discover him hiding in the cloakroom of your sister's wedding. Thankfully, the gents at Remoissenet Père et Fils know how to take care of the gentle. The wine orates eloquent notes of crunchy red berries, toasted cedar and mushroom. A beautiful wine; it's clear if you're in need of some care turn to Remoissenet.

  15. Cesar a Sumeire Rosé Wine France

    César à Sumeire Rosé 2016

    £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.

  16. Cotes Du Rhone 'Blason' Esterzagues French Red Wine

    Côtes Du Rhône 'Blason' Esterzagues 2015 *WEB EXCLUSIVE*

    £9.75

    £9.75

    No matter how rugged someone thinks they are- everyone wants to hide under a favourite blanket at some point. This Côtes du Rhône is the red wine equivalent. Juicy red berry fruits knit together with tummy warming spices. Woven from Grenache, Syrah and Mouvedre this red wine duvet is completely unfiltered, giving it an extra silky texture. A perfect tipple with friends or when you're feeling 'Rhônely'...ahem.

  17. Cabaret Rosé 2016

    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.

  18. Cabaret Rosé 2014 - Magnum - Rosé Wine

    Cabaret Rosé 2016 - Magnum

    Now £20.00

    Was £24.00

    £20.00

    ***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.

  19. 'Fleurie' Cave de Fleurie Beaujolais 2015 French Red Wine

    Cave de Fleurie Beaujolais 2015

    £13.50

    £13.50

    When the people of Fleurie want good, powerful and complex wine there is only one place they will go: Cave de Fleurie. Former home of the legendary 'Queen of Beaujolais' Marguerite Chabert, the winery is ground-breaking not only for having the first female president of a cooperative winery in France but their innovation reflects in their incredible wines.

    With a personality as formidable as Marguerite herself, this red wine is certainly one to be reckoned with. Garnet reflections on a deep purple colour draw the eye whilst the nose is treated to notes of compote red fruits with hints of spice and fleshy, silky tannins accompany a warming and rounded palate.

  20. Chateau Bel Air Croix du Mont 2010 - Half Bottle - 375ml

    Château Bel Air Sainte Croix Du Mont 2010 - Half Bottle - 375ml

    £11.25

    £11.25

    "In Sainte-Croixe-du-Mont born and raised, in the vineyard is where I spent most of my days, hanging out fruit settin, reppin all cool, attracting some Botrytis out-side Leognan. When a couple of bugs they were up to no good started making trouble in my underwood, Luckily the growers gave me passion and care and now I've been bottled as Château Bel Air!" *Drops Mic*

    That's enough of that silly business, this wine has a golden colour and a characteristic nose which combines notes of exotic fruits, wax, toast and spices. On the palate it is generous, with a smooth texture and classic 'botrytis' notes. Displays a good balance of acidity and sugar and retains its sucrosite without being cloying. A beautiful, luscious, honeyed, sweet white wine.

  21. 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.

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

    Château Capbern Gasqueton Saint-Estèphe 2012

    £30.00

    £30.00

    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.

  23. Chateau Carignan Cadillac 2009 Red Wine

    Château 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.

  24. Château Cesseras 'Cuvée Olric' Minervois 2014

    Château Cesseras 'Cuvée 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!

  25. Chateau Clerc Milon Pauillac 2010

    Château Clerc Milon Pauillac 2010

    £130.00

    £130.00

    Baron Phillippe De Rothschild is not just a name on a fancy Bordeaux bottle. Along with his global success as a wine producer, he was also a Grand Prix racing car driver, writer, art patron, film producer, sailor, and poet. But what the world really remembers is his wine making innovations and his relentless pursuit of excellence. Realising Chateau Clerc Milon's quality and enormous potential he purchased this vineyard in 1970. Thus today we are treated to one of his legacies - Clerc Milon's stunning red wine. The 2010 is a full-bodied and forthright wine. Ripe red fruits, orange and chocolate notes. Framed in velvety tannins and a long finish. Rothschild was a man of many talents, but one of his best was his recognition of talent. Such as this outstanding Chateau.

  26. Château Coussin Rosé 2016 Vintage Wine

    Château Coussin Rosé 2016

    £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.

  27. Chateau De Ciffre St Chinian 2016

    Château De Ciffre St Chinian 2016

    £10.00

    £10.00

    It can be demanding work being vegan; people are constantly trying to feed you stuffed peppers, Mo Farah is always on the telly trying to sell you wheat based meat substitute products. At least, there's the wines of Chateau de Ciffre to ease the burden. This beautiful Syrah blend has delicate flavours of cranberry, plum, dark cherry and tobacco. They also had the excellent idea not to use any egg or dairy products during the finning process, so you can sip on this Languedoc beauty, while still fondly imagining a chicken and a cow playing a carefree game of monopoly.

  28. Chateau de L'Abbaye Haut Medoc Red Wine

    Château 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!'.

  29. Chateau de la Roulerie Coteaux du Layon 2013 White Wine

    Château de la Roulerie Coteaux du Layon 2013

    £12.00

    £12.00

    Did you know that Geoffrey Chaucer came from a long line of Vintners, based in Ipswich and London? In fact, his family may have even been selling wine from this estate, founded as it was, in 1080. Although his major work was set on a journey to Canterbury, in many respects this wine captures the essence of Chaucer. There is a clear romance of nature; set along the beautiful Loire, that Chaucer had the pleasure of travelling and with the winery converting to organic winemaking; there is a respect for the French landscape. A trailblazer and sophisticated we have no doubt the great British Francophile would've been honoured to have a sip on this wine while scribbling out The Book of the Duchess. P.S. All our knowledge of the life and work of Geoffrey Chaucer comes from the 2001 film A Knights Tale and thus should not be quoted in your Medieval Literature PHD.

  30. Chateau de Ricaud Cadillac Red Wine

    Château 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.

  31. Château Faizeau Montagne St Emillion 2014

    Château Faizeau Montagne St Emillion 2014

    £20.00

    £20.00

    Believe it or not, this Chateau was once owned by Benedictine monks. Shocking we know, it's almost as if not owning possessions and having no women in their lives opened up a bunch of alcohol making time. Thank goodness for those robe wearing gents, where would the wine world be without them? What, you reckon the Jedis would've stepped up and developed cane pruning? Don't make us laugh! Wines like Chateau Faizeau, with its deep intensity of black fruit flavours, are rooted in the Benedictine order and we're super grateful.

  32. 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.

  33. Château Guilhem Prestige AOC Malepère Rosé 2014

    Château Guilhem Prestige AOC Malepere 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.

  34. Chateau Haut Serre Grand Vin Seigneur

    Château Haut Serre Grand Vin Seigneur 2014

    £20.00

    £20.00

    The Chateau 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.

  35. Chateau Jalousie 2015

    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'.

  36. Chateau Leoville Barton 2011

    Château Léoville Barton 2011

    £85.00

    £85.00

    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.

  37. Chateau La Garde Pessac 2007 - Magnum

    Château La Garde Pessac 2007 - Magnum

    Now £52.00

    Was £55.00

    £52.00

    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').

  38. Chateau La Vieille Cure Fronsac 2006

    Château 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.

  39. Chateau Lafleur de Haute Serre Cahors

    Château Lafleur de Haute Serre-Cahors 2015

    £13.75

    £13.75

    Chateau 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.

  40. 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.

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

    Château Le Virou Carmel d'Aiguevives Côtes de Bordeaux Blaye 2015

    £11.00

    £11.00

    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.

  42. Château Les Nauds Red Wine

    Château Les Nauds 2016

    £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!

  43. Château Moulins de Citran Haut-Medoc 2010

    Château Moulins de Citran Haut-Medoc 2010

    £22.00

    £22.00

    Chateau Citran say of their old and noble house "as soon as you pass the porch, you can feel calm and harmony all over. Everything is gentleness, culture and refinement. This is the message the peacocks seem to give us while frolicking in the park of the Château..." It certainly does sound peaceful, except for the peacocks, they're so big for their boots; peacocks, they do have the propensity to put you on edge. What do they want with all their tail-feathers? At least the wine will ease the nerves; voluptuous aromas of blackcurrant, mint and cigar box are sure to inspire calm, even if you are in a garden of squawking peacocks.

  44. Chateau Peyrabon Haut-Medoc Red Wine

    Château 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...

  45. Château Placelière Muscadet-Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie

    Château Placeliere Muscadet-Sevre et Maine Sur Lie 2016 *ORGANIC*

    £10.50

    £10.50

    Muscadet is a gentle soul; kind of like the Joni Mitchell of the wine world; and its playful floral, citrusy charm has been coaxed out expertly in the hands of the Famille Lieubeau, who have been making wine in their lovely corner of the Loire Valley for six generations.

    Much the same as you wouldn't play techno at a folk festival in rural Oxfordshire, you wouldn't serve an oyster platter with Shiraz, you would serve it with this quince, pear and wet-stone Muscadet. Whilst playing Joni Mitchell.

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

    Château Plaisance-Branne Montagne-Saint-Emilion 2015

    £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.

  47. Château Simard St Emilion Grand Cru 2009

    Château Simard St Emilion Grand Cru 2009

    £25.00

    £25.00

    From the sunny southern slopes of St. Emilion Grand Cru, how appetisingly alliterative. Grown in a coveted part of Bordeaux, it may feel like that would be reason enough to buy a St. Emilion Grand Cru for less than a month's rent. Well, this astonishing wine also has the advantage of being from 2009; the King of 21st Century Bordeaux vintages. Perhaps that's premature given it's only 2017, nonetheless this is a truly fantastic right-bank Bordeaux with outstanding concentration, giving succulent flavours of ripe red plum, blackberry, cigar box and prune. One at a time please.

  48. Château Sissan Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux 2015

    Château Sissan Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux 2016

    £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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