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  1. Chianti Sogatia Italy Red Wine

    Chianti Sogatia 2014

    £9.50

    £9.50

    This is an impressively neat little bargain Chianti that's on the bodysome, flavoursome side of this classic Italian style. This slightly more buxom red is moreishly drinkable, soft and lip-smackingly ripe. The palate is still classic though - with dark cherry and plum. This really is the wine to match with your takeaway pizza and a good classic gangster movie.
  2. Churchill's Ten Years Old Tawny Port 50cl

    Churchill's 10 Year Old Tawny Port 500ml

    £18.00

    £18.00

    If you're someone for whom Port is weighed down by a connotation of stuffy old institutions, bizarre ceremonies and old school ties, don't let a snob from your past prevent you from trying this outstanding wine; this port will change your mind. If you've never tried a tawny, plunge into the depths of the rich, nutty, smoky flavours that abound here and contemplate the life of a convert. This example is versatile enough to be chilled before serving and doubles up as either an excellent aperitif or after-dinner treat.
  3. 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.
  4. Cigarra Portuguese Red Wine Portugal

    Cigarra Red 2015

    £7.00

    £7.00

    Portuguese wines are increasing in popularity and, going by this example, it's little wonder. Offering extremely high quality, distinctive wines at fantastic value for money, this country certainly deserves to become as well known for its table wines as for its ports.
    This particular red is a smooth, easy-drinking blend of little-known yet fantastic grape varieties, including Castelão, Camarate, Touriga Nacional and Tinta Miúda.
  5. Cigarra Rosé Wine Portugal

    Cigarra Rosé 2014

    £7.00

    £7.00

    Casa Santos Lima seem to have the Midas touch. We have half a mind to take all our jewellery over there and see if they can turn it all a shimmering gold. This is why we are stocking as many of their wines as possible, including the best-selling Quinta de Bons Ventos.
    This rosé wine has a beguiling, deep pink hue that, on the palate, reveals intense aromas of strawberries and raspberries, with excellent structure and balanced, refreshing acidity. All for £7.
  6. 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.
  7. 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?
  8. Clos Bellane "Altitude" Côtes du Rhône Rosé Wine 2013

    Clos Bellane "Altitude" Côtes du Rhône Rosé 2015

    £13.00

    £13.00

    At Oddbins Towers we call this The Pink Panther. It bears no resemblance to the sneaky cartoon character in the title sequence of the film and its winemaker is certainly not a bumbling fool like Inspector Jacques Clouseau.

    No, we call this The Pink Panther because it's a diamond, a precious and brilliant diamond with a delicate pink hue. In fact this rosé wine is so good and has proven so popular we've had to employ Cato to protect it in our warehouse. He's just so unpredictable; half our staff are off with injuries.
  9. Clos Bellane 'Les Echalas' Côtes du Rhône Villages Valréas Rouge 2012

    Clos Bellane 'Les Echalas' Côtes du Rhône Villages Valréas Rouge 2014

    £20.50

    £20.50

    It's well known that many indigenous people of the Rhone, like most mountain folk, are short and squat. To be born tall and thin is a boon, here; and from an early age these 'beanpoles' are singled out for specialist work, picking the higher grapes from the tops of the vines.

    Taking it's name from the French for pole, or stake, 'Éschalas' honours these gangly individuals, without whom those sun-filled grapes right at the top of the vine would never have made it into this belting Rhone blend. Honest...
  10. Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir 2014 Marlborough Red Wine

    Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir 2014

    £29.00

    £29.00

    For a long time the world looked at those crazy Kiwis and thought "boy, these guys are charismatic but what do they actually do down there? Other than angry dances before rugby, the kiwi bird but not the fruit and Russel Crowe movies, what makes them tick?" No one asks that anymore, not since 1985 when David Hohnen started growing vines in Marlborough. We know what New Zealand is about now, it's making maddeningly delicious wine. Cloudy Bay lead the way to define New Zealand by refreshing Sauvignons and lip smacking Pinot Noir, like this one! Let's not pigeon hole them though, they still do loads of other great stuff, it's just now when you're hiding behind the sofa as the All Blacks Haka their way across your TV set, you can do it while enjoying a lovely glass of Marlborough Pinot Noir, Sweet as Bro!
  11. Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc

    Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2016

    £25.00

    £25.00

    When Marlborough first acquired its reputation for producing world class Sauvignon Blancs, that was largely down to Cloudy Bay. To this day, their vibrant white wine continues to be one of the best of this variety in the region.

    Citric aromas of zesty lemon, Kaffir lime and nectarine intermingle with orange blossom on the nose before dominating the palate with ripe citrus and stone fruit flavours typical of a New Zealand Sauvignon. These are framed with a sleek and succulent acidity providing great structure.
  12. Cop de Ma Blanca  White Wine

    Cop de Ma Blanca 2014

    Now £7.20

    Was £8.00

    £7.20

    A vibrant Garnacha Blanca from Catalonia, from a producer whose name translates as 'lend a hand', with a label that refers to the Castells of Catalonia, the human pyramids that form an eye-popping attraction in so many public festivities in the region. The Castells, great symbols of co-operation, were declared by UNESCO in 2010 to be one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

    Crikey! But speaking of orals and intangibles, the region makes a remarkable amount of utterly wonderful wines, and we'd be delighted to let anybody give us a hand to drink this refreshing, creamy, green apple packed, delicious white wine!
  13. Cortes de Cima Red Wine Portugal

    Cortes de Cima 2013

    £13.75

    £13.75

    It feels like this was destined to become an Oddbins wine. In 1988 a sailboat carrying a Dane and an American arrived in Portugal. These two set up camp, ignored local advice, threw the rule book out of the window and made this chunky red wine out of about a billion grape varieties.

    Although the label may only attract those with a penchant for earthenware, we have every confidence that the award winning contents will win many supporters. We are extremely proud to introduce: Cortes de Cima.
  14. Costières de Nîmes Serabel French Wine

    Costiéres de Nîmes Serabel 2015

    £8.50

    £8.50

    A gorgeous place, Costiéres de Nîmes; the kind of place that makes you want to Google cheap flights to the south of France and wangle some lieu time at work and spend some time nibbling on local cheeses and sipping on lustrous, swarthy red wines. Well, whilst Serabel cannot deliver said lifestyle, it can certainly deliver the wine. Dripping with damson and black cherry fruit, and bristling with gorgeous peppery spice and a hint of vanilla pods, it's a holiday in itself and cheaper, too, at just £8.50.
  15. Coteaux Du Giennois L'Oselier White Wine

    Coteaux Du Giennois L'Oselier 2015

    £13.75

    £13.75

    The grape vines in the Loire Valley had taken a hiding the last few years. When Mother Nature finished flinging harrowing hail she summoned sizzingly searing summers. The weather gods wrath resulted in lower harvests and ...more importantly increased prices of the famous wines of Sancerre and Pouilly Fume. Fear not damsels and dudes who adore these wines! Our knight in shining amour comes galloping from the slopes of the Cote Du Giennois. Heralding shining crispness, armed with orange, pears and flinty flavours. A heroic alternative to our aforementioned, besieged friends and a Sauvignon to shield us during hard times.
  16. Couleur De Rosé Wine

    Couleur de Rosé 2016

    £7.00

    £7.00

    Another excellent rosé by well known winemaker Claude Serra. The rosé is macerated for 8 to 12 hours before being fermented before filtering.

    It is pale in colour, offering a sweet nose with flavours of strawberries complimented by pepper and menthol notes. On the palate it is crisp, with a great balance between the rich fruity aromas and freshness. It provides a long and fresh finish.
  17. Couleur De Rouge Red Wine

    Couleur De Rouge 2015

    £7.00

    £7.00

    Claudia Serra is a specialist in the Languedoc region and produces some exceptional wines at Vignerons. All of the fruity wines produced are fresh and balanced while not to excessive in alcohol.
    The Couleur De Rouge is garnet red in colour with hints of blue. It offers a fresh and clean palate, with touches of red fruits and spice. On the finish it has fresh and mellow tannins.
  18. Croft 1994 Vintage Port Fortified

    Croft Vintage Port 1994

    £65.00

    £65.00

    We love Vintage Port here at Oddbins, it's like a spicy, dark fruit flavoured time capsule. Take a sip and you're transported through time and space to Croft Quintas in 1994. "Bloomin' old John Major, he's planning on privatising British Rail don't you know? O well, at least I can kick back and listen to Oasis' new album Definitely Maybe, they're going places these guys." Thankfully, this wine has more longevity than the Gallagher brothers' relationship and Major's political career combined; it's drinking great with rich flavours of jammy damson, leather, tobacco and sweet spice. In 20 years, what will this year's vintage remind us of, hopefully not Armageddon.
  19. Dalrymple Cave Block Chardonnay White Wine

    Dalrymple Cave Block Chardonnay 2013

    £25.00

    £25.00

    Immediately upon opening are the delicious aromas of apple blossom and white peach, complimented by hints of crushed caper and cinnamon. Notes of fresh quince and spice add to the wines complexity. The palate is well structured and complex thanks to ageing in French barriques, leading to a clean fresh finish.
  20. Dalrymple Pinot Noir Red Wine

    Dalrymple Pinot Noir 2013

    £29.00

    £29.00

    This wine is produced from the pinot noir grape, giving its deep garnet colour. On the nose it has lifted ripe black plum aroma, hints of wild blackberry and raspberry beneath highlights of fine spices derived from the gentle grained French oak.

    On the palate immediate appeal with sweetness of ripe fruits, fine fruit tannins that balance the oak to provide structure right through to the smooth lingering finish.
  21. De Bortoli Noble One Botrytis Semillon 2011 - 375ml

    De Bortoli Noble One Botrytis Semillon 2011 - Half Bottle - 375ml

    £22.00

    £22.00

    Given the poise of this unctuous, zesty dessert wine we'll forgive you for pronouncing it's name wrong. Admit it. You read it as "no bell won" didn't you? And a noble one it is indeed. However, the correct pronunciation is 'knobbly one' in reference to the shape of the grapes used to make this beauty.

    You see, the grapes stay on the vine as the season lingers, waiting for the right conditions. The right conditions being the wrong conditions, usually. Wet and warm, and perfect for fungus. Normally, you wouldn't want that. But this Botrytis fungus desiccates the grapes, concentrates the sugars, and leaves a high acidity. Turns them into knobbly little buttons full of butterscotch and quince, glacé pineapple, and citrus marmalade flavours! The grapes might be ugly, but looks aren't everything. This is one of the most awarded wines in history. Maybe we should start pronouncing it 'no bell won'.
  22. De Loach Heritage Reserve Chardonnay 2013

    De Loach Heritage Reserve Chardonnay 2013

    £14.00

    £14.00

    And it's nil-nil at half time here at the Britannia Stadium, where Stoke City are playing Biodynamo Moscow. And what's going on here - the Moscow keeper has dug a hole in his penalty area and taken out a cow's horn full of dried poo. Oh my goodness, he's now spreading it all over Biodynamo's half of the pitch, and while we wait for kick-off he's planting vicia to bring rejuvenating nitrogen to the soil.

    Well, Brian, after twenty years of football commentary I have never witnessed this kind of behaviour during an international friendly. The keeper's miles away from his goal, but that doesn't matter because Stoke City can't get past his luxurious crop of vines!

    And at the full-time whistle it's off to the changing rooms to enjoy a glass of the Stadium's delicious house white wine. It's a Chardonnay, with gorgeous tropical fruit flavours enriched with orange blossom and melon. Now that's what I call a result!
  23. De Loach Heritage Reserve Pinot Noir 2014

    De Loach Heritage Reserve Pinot Noir 2015

    £15.00

    £15.00

    Dear Marje Proops, my husband went out two days ago to buy a bottle of brown sauce to pour on to his egg and chips, and he still hasn't returned. At first I thought it would be OK, but now I realise it's looking like Cheerio. What do you suggest I do? Yours, Cindy Biscuits, Newton-le-Willows.

    "Well Cindy, I think your only option is to bin the chips and cook yourself a nice duck breast. In the absence of sauce, you can pour yourself a glass of red wine, I'd suggest this light but slightly spicy Pinot Noir, with strawberry and cherry flavours balanced by a beautiful acidity that will cut right through the meat. And it's lovely on its own after you've washed up.
  24. De Martino Legado Carménère 2014

    De Martino Legado Carmenere 2014

    £10.50

    £10.50

    Legado is Spanish for legacy, something handed down by an ancestor or a predecessor. De Martino have got this red wine spot on, but questions need to be asked about the name.

    One taste and nobody in their right mind would ever want to give it away to a member of a younger generation, however much you love them. They just wouldn't appreciate something this elegant, sophisticated, would they? Nope, we think that De Martino Stockpile Selfishly Carménére would be a far more fitting name.
  25. De Martino Legado Chardonnay 2015

    De Martino Legado Chardonnay 2015

    £11.00

    £11.00

    The goats of the Limari Valley live the good life. The weather's a bit cooler, so they don't get too hot, there are cacti to scratch your itches on and hillsides to gambol up.

    There was also an abundance of delicious grapes, until De Martino realised that those limestone slopes and that cool climate were perfect for making wine.

    The goats got over the loss of the grapes though, because they found they love nothing better than putting their hooves up with a chilled glass of citrusy, mineral Chardonnay.
  26. Ventus Red Wine 2014

    Del Fin Del Mundo Ventus Red 2016

    £10.00

    £10.00

    The sound of splitting timber and crashing rock. The terrifying din of screaming animals. Such was the apocalyptic cacophony that woke inhabitants of Neuquén some years ago, racking them with horror, certain as they were it was Del Fin Del Mundo: the End of the World.

    Actually, it was just Manuello. For months he'd suffered terrible dyspepsia. All that rich food, those heaps of good Argentinian beef. When the indigestion finally gave, the resulting 'Ventus', or wind, was brief, but astonishing. Fearing lest Manuello placed himself and the locals in such predicament again, a local doctor prescribed him a soft, youthful, unoaked red to combat the complaint. It is available today, to all.
  27. Ventus White Wine

    Del Fin Del Mundo Ventus White 2016

    £10.00

    £10.00

    Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Someone finally got them together. It's like two friends that have always had a thing for each other but never hit it off. Ventus White is that couple that finally got together. Like that damn film Clueless. Or When Harry met Sally...or When Tropical Met Citrus Fruits finally admit love last minute in the airport departure lounge. Somehow it totally works and they both sit down for a meal and a glass of wine. This wine is our kind of 'Friend with Benefits'.
  28. Denatile Nero D'Avola Shiraz Italian Red Wine

    Denatile Nero D'Avola Shiraz 2016

    £6.75

    £6.75

    Deep red in colour, rich and well balanced. The bouquet is fruity, floral and spicy, with hints of vanilla and tobacco. Round and full on the palate, with soft tannins, this wine is ideal served with mature cheese, oven-baked pasta or roasted meats.
  29. Diane de Belgrave Haut-Médoc 2011

    Diane de Belgrave Haut-Médoc 2011

    £19.00

    £19.00

    A classic Bordeaux from fifth growth Château Belgrave in Haut-Médoc. A wine of depth, class and smoothness that really sings with rich fruit when decanted.

    This is the kind of wine your parents used to let you have a sip of at Christmas - austere but profound and full of the forbidden promise of adulthood. Open at a triumphant celebration of victory, or at the weekend.

    Medium-bodied, deeply complex, supple and rounded with a confident touch of wood on the finish.
  30. Dig This! Chenin Sauvignon Blanc 2016

    Dig This! Chenin Sauvignon Blanc 2017

    £7.50

    £7.50

    Of all the pirates of the Western Cape, none were more infamous than Captain Cork. Indeed, so legendary were his deeds, some believed he was simply a myth, a bogeyman. But when Klaas stumbled upon an ancient map of the Province, he was sure it pointed the way to Cork's treasure.

    He spent months digging, finding nothing, growing increasingly frustrated until he gave up. However, on returning some years later, newly determined to uncover the horde, Klaas found vines had rooted themselves in the many holes he'd half-dug. The place was dripping with golden grapes, like pieces of eight; a wealth of precious juice. He just needed to swap his spade for secateurs and the treasure was all his!
  31. Dig This! Shiraz Merlot 2016

    Dig This! Shiraz Merlot 2016

    £7.50

    £7.50

    There were so many pirates at one point in the seas around the Cape that the nearby land became infested with escaped parrots. These parrots had a penchant for ripe, fruity grapes; and given the seasonal glut, they soon learned to bury their food for the harder months to come. The holes Klaas had half-dug, unsuccessful in his search to uncover Captain Cork's legendary horde, proved the perfect hiding place!

    But parrots, of course, are famously forgetful. It was only a matter of time before those buried grapes burst into vine. When Klaas returned to the Province to resume his search, the place was laden with ruby jewels! He just needed to harvest these riches to have his spade work pay off.
  32. Dolia Sauvignon Blanc

    Dolia Sauvignon Blanc 2011

    £7.25

    £7.25

    Dolia. A refreshing Sauvignon Blanc from Gascony, SW France. But, little did we know, it is also a defunct Bishop's seat in Sardinia, founded in 1100 AD. Well, this got us interested in this Mediterranean isle and we discovered, gleefully, that the word "sardonic" comes from the result of a native herb that causes convulsive laughter in its victims. Who knew?
    Anyway, like we said, this is a clean, crisp drop of white wine and would make a good plus one at any party.
  33. Dom Gasnier Chinon 2016

    Dom Gasnier Chinon 2016

    £14.00

    £14.00

    They say the second mouse gets the cheese. Well, that's certainly the case for winemaker Gasnier. Unfortunately, though, he was the first mouse. Working closely with the land for so long, he'd come to realise how vitally everything was linked. It wasn't just living things that interacted one with the other, but inert material also had a part to play in the greater whole.

    With this in mind, he endeavoured to ensure his vineyards were in balance; organisms and inorganic matter in a self-regulating, synergistic system. He explained this to a group of visitors one warm afternoon, and maybe it's just coincidence. But a scientist amongst that group later came up with the theory the world worked because everything was linked. Perhaps he wasn't even aware where he'd heard the idea first, but "Gaia" sounds suspiciously like he'd misremembered the name of the man who'd at least seeded the hypothesis.
  34. Domaine Condamine Syrah / Mourvedre

    Domaine Condamine Syrah/Mourvèdre 2015

    £8.75

    £8.75

    Down in the valley. Down in the valley so low, hang your hair over your shoulder, and you can hear the four winds blow. These are words once howled by Otis Redding in a voice that's hard to forget. But there's something else down in the valley, in the Rhône Valley so low, where it opens up and meets the Côtes de Thongue: Domaine Condamine l'Evêque.

    And just as Mr Redding knows how to belt out a tune, these people know how to belt out a wine: this Syrah/Mourvèdres has mouth-watering fruit purity, balanced out by savoury complexity, decent acidity and smooth tannins. This wine got soul.
  35. Domaine Condamine Viognier White Wine

    Domaine Condamine Viognier 2016

    £12.00

    £12.00

    It's a hot day, you're meandering through the picturesque streets of Nézignan-l'Evêque. A Citroen 2CV filled with fruit, preserves and wild flora trundles past you up the hill towards the market. The driver is a little French chap, you know the sort; onions, beret, cigarette and a stripy t-shirt.

    Momentarily distracted by a passing beauty he doesn't notice the steepness of the incline and opens the boot with a flourish. Produce tumbles from the vehicle down the slope. You are buried in an avalanche of apricots, peaches, honey and flowers. That's what this wine tastes like!
  36. Domaine de Coudoulet Pinot Noir 2015

    Domaine de Coudoulet Pinot Noir 2016

    £10.50

    £10.50

    Sometimes wine makers of yore would blame a poor crop yield on the Harrowingly Hairy Harvest Hobgoblin. The story goes that this horrid creature would send a plague of sickenss and lethargy amongst the vineyard labourers in the early hours of morn.

    Luckily with the modern technology of today Oddbins Science Dept has disproved this existance of these grape gremlins and led to the scientific study of the Hang Over. Maybe if these workers were moderately drinking this beautifully light fruity red wine they wouldn't feel the need to concoct these nasty gnomes of ficitional folk lore.

    No goblins were harmed in the making or drinking of this wine. Some facts(if any), have been somewhat playfully distorted.
  37. Domaine de Coudoulet Viognier 2015

    Domaine de Coudoulet Viognier 2016

    £10.50

    £10.50

    Roses and red, violets are blue, try this wine when you can't afford Condrieu.' In other words, this silky white wine gives you everything you want from a Viognier - without having to sell an organ to afford the dizzying prices of the premium Condrieu.

    No kidneying around here. Plenty of peach, pineapple, honey blossom and mango flavours. Also an excellent pairing with monkfish... whilst tampering with traditional nursery rhymes.
  38. Arnesque Côtes du Rhône Villages Plan de Dieu 2012 French Red Wine

    Domaine de L'Arnesque Côtes du Rhône Plan de Dieu 2014

    £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.
  39. 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.
  40. Domaine des Amphores Saint-Joseph 2015 French Red Wine

    Domaine des Amphores Saint-Joseph 2015

    £20.00

    £20.00

    St Joseph Domaine Amphores, that's the domain of vases to us 21st Century folk. In ancient Greece, Amphora were often used to tell the tales of extraordinary events. They'd paint images of Jason and his Golden fleece, the Minotaur or Achilles and his bloomin' ankle. That was his week spot because as a baby, Zeus washed him in eternal potion or whatever and dipped him in by his ankle, just change foot, then he would've been fine! If we still painted our heroes on vases I imagine this wine would get an appearance, with concentrated dark forest berry notes, aromas of cloves and white pepper, I'm fairy sure Domaine Amphores would've conquered Troy, it's conquered our palates.
  41. Domaine des Bosquets Gigondas Red Wine

    Domaine des Bosquets Gigondas 2014

    £28.00

    £28.00

    Gigondas speaks to our heart. With consistently high standards and a charmingly rustic flair, their wines have quality and soul. The Bréchet brothers at Domaines des Bosquets understand Gigondas intimately, as their vineyards were the very first to be planted up, way back when in 1397. Châteauneuf-du-Pape-like in style, this wine is deep and brambly with the elegant herby, stony notes found in the best Gigondas. Not to put too much pressure on your cooking or anything, but a good way to do justice to 600-odd years of winemaking history could be to serve it with a slow roast leg of hogget. As we say, no pressure.
  42. 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.
  43. 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)
  44. Domaine Gardies 'Les Millères' Rouge

    Domaine Gardies 'Les Millères' Rouge 2014

    £14.50

    £14.50

    Not one, not two, not... actually we'll just tell you: no less than seven generations of the Gardies family have made wine in the village of Vingrau in Rousillon. But current owner Jean Gardiés is showing no signs of crumbling under the pressure; he's positively blooming, as are his vines (smooth, we know), whose small yields produce critically acclaimed wines like this intense, bright garnet-red, softly spicy beauty.
  45. Domaine Joel Delaunay Touraine Chenonceaux Rouge 2014 French Red Wine

    Domaine Joël Delaunay 'L'esprit des Dames' Touraine Chenonceaux Rouge 2014

    £16.00

    £16.00

    Thierry was often saddened when he saw the ladies in the winery. They looked so drab and miserable, as if their work was a chore. Surely that wasn't good for the wine. Their tired looks must affect the end result, and make it bitter and sharp.

    What's needed, thought Thierry, is some glamour. Then they'll feel much better. So he set about producing a youthful, sensuous red the ladies could rub on their cheeks. A rouge to brighten up proceedings, and bring about a blushing vibrancy. The plan worked a treat. Even if the wine didn't work for everyone as make-up, drinking it put a smile upon their face. One taste, and you can tell.
  46. Domaine Joel Delaunay Touraine Gamay 2016

    Domaine Joël Delaunay Touraine Gamay 2016

    £12.00

    £12.00

    Years ago, Touraine wine was transported from vineyard to market on barges, pulled along the river Loire by patient, stoic horses. It saddened Thierry to see the horses plod along the towpath, their muscles straining with effort, their breath huffing and puffing with the work-like rhythm of steam engines.

    What's needed, thought Thierry, is lighter wine. Then the horses won't be so exhausted. So he set about producing a soft, supple red, redolent with the scents and flavours of the riverbank. Strawberries, wild plums, and sun ripe cherries. Incredibly easy to enjoy, and so much easier on the horses.
  47. Domaine La Tour Beaumont Haut-Poitou 2016

    Domaine La Tour Beaumont Haut-Poitou 2016

    £11.50

    £11.50

    If someone was to tune into The Only Way is Essex, even if they didn't know what the programme was, you can be fairly sure that they can identify the county in question. Likewise, if you were to tune into Rab C. Nesbitt, you could probably pin it down to Glasgow.

    That's because they have a strong sense of place and it's a similar thing with the Haut-Poitou Sauvignon: its gooseberry, lime and blackcurrant leaf flavours are unmistakably Loire Valley and this is one channel you'll always be glad to tune into.
  48. Domaine Parisse Macon Fuisse 2015 White Wine

    Domaine Parisse Mâcon Fuissé 2015

    £19.00

    £19.00

    Now, we're going to tell you something but you need to promise not to scream... Macon-Fuisse is made with Chardonnay, in fact virtually all white Burgundy is. We know, we know this must be terriably harrowing. What has Chardonnay ever done to deserve this reputation. Snooty guys standing around wine bars declaring, "I follow the drinking rule ABC... anything but Chardonnay, hahaha." Bad snooty guy, that's not funny and it's terriably misinformed! The fact is, white Burgundy is one of the finest wine styles in the world and Macon-Fuisse Parisse is no exception. With it's lovely, creamy texture and intense notes of white peach and honeysuckle, wines like this will bring Chardonnay back into fashion faster than platform shoes!

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