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  1. 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.

  2. Amarone Ca’Rosa Italian Red Wine 2013

    Amarone Ca'Rosa 2013

    £25.50

    £25.50

    Amarone is about as full-flavoured and juicy as a red can get without help of fortification; very smooth and silky with a tantalizing contrast of sweet and ever-so-subtly bitter, but not bittersweet, if you catch the drift...

    Amarone is an indulgent jump away from regular Italian red table wine and the product of a different winemaking method that gives it its magic properties of being like liquid fruitcake or bottled gateaux! This has the added bonus of keeping well and in good shape a few days after it has been opened.

  3. Aymura Syrah Chilean Red Wine 2013

    Aymura Syrah 2013

    £10.50

    £10.50

    Elqui Valley, Chile. Giorgio Flessati, a winemaker from the mountains of Northern Italy, is standing in a barrel room, gazing with satisfaction at the Aymura Syrah he has made for Viña Mayu. In five months it will be bottled and all who cross its path will be impressed by the thick, red fruit flavours which underpin its heady whirl of black pepper, smoke and leather.

    While the wine ages, Giorgio will fly back to Trentino, to catch up with family and friends and generally enjoy La Dolce Vita. During his flight he will doze, and dream about the wine he has made over the years in Bordeaux, Sicily, even Australia.

    Cambridgeshire, England. Dave Conkers, a factory supervisor from Peterborough, is standing in his garage, smiling wistfully at a row of demijohns. Mmm, this year should be the best yet. Hush now, Dave is dreaming too. Let him fly.

  4. Bodegas Roda 'Sela' Rioja Reserva 2013

    Bodegas Roda 'Sela' Rioja Reserva 2013

    £18.50

    £18.50

    Why are there dandelions on the label? A fine question! Apparently, during the spring in Rioja, children would pick dandelions, blow off the fluffy things and wish for a good vintage. When winemaker, Augustin Santolaya tasted Sela's bright, fruit flavours and lively palate, he knew the wish had come true. Hang on, blowing dandelions tells the time, it doesn't grant wishes, this story is an absolute fallacy. O well, children shouldn't be involved in the production of wine anyway, even if it is just wish based. It's not a fallacy that this wine is magnificent, however, subtle use of oak delivers a well-balanced and modern style of Rioja; all without the help of dandelions, impressive!

  5. Le Cigare Volant Bonny Doon Vineyards American White Wine

    Bonny Doon Vineyards Le Cigare Volant Blanc 2013

    £30.00

    £30.00

    It's one thing to have a knack for something, but Californian vintner Randall Grahm has a very peculiar knack for bringing traditional and more out-there techniques together to create a kind of beautiful third dimension. Whilst he studiously replicates the grape blends of France's Rhône Valley - earning himself the nickname 'The Rhône Ranger' - he also calls upon the astronomical calendar when attending to his beloved vines. Like a Zen master, he doesn't interfere with the process, preferring to let nature (wild yeasts) to do the work (fermentation). In the case of this white Rhône blend, this has resulted in transcendent finesse, with mystical aromas of lavender and quince, leading to a palate of mango and pear. Out of this world.

  6. 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!'.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Chateauneuf Du Pape Domaine des Senechaux Red Wine

    Châteauneuf Du Pape Domaine des Senechaux 2013

    £35.00

    £35.00

    If this Châteauneuf Du Pape was a mythical beast it would be the Panther, a mighty cat from greek folk lore. With it's sleek yet full bodied, powerful dark berry fruit and liqourice flavours. This creature's charm is so irresistible that when it roared all things would fall prey to it's call. Equally as appropiate - the story goes the Panther is the favoured stead of Dionysus- God of the harvest, wine, festivitals and good times! A special wine for memorable occasions...or toga parties?

  10. Chateau Le Vieux Fort Cru Bourgeois 2013

    Chateau Le Vieux Fort Cru Bourgeois 2013

    £14.50

    £14.50

    Like the Rebel Alliance in the stupendously popular Star Wars films, this wine is part of the renegade, Cru Bourgeois. A category in Haut-Médoc that rails against the tyrannical 1855 quality classifications of Bordeaux.

    This wine's robust blackcurrant fruits, rounded body, rounded 'chewy' tannins. (cue Chewbacca's mighty roar), and subtle mint finish takes a Han Solo blast at Darth Vader and his hapless 'couldn't-hit-a-barn' crap shot croonies. Poor old Stormtroopers! You should join the Cru Bourgeois side of the Force.

  11. 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.

  12. 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!

  13. Disznoko Tokaji Late Harvest 2013

    Disznókő Tokaji Late Harvest 2013

    £15.00

    £15.00

    We love a Tokaji here at Oddbins. Why's it late though? Is it in a Lewis Carroll style nightmare, desperately trying to make a date with a god awful, Jonny Depp performance. Seriously, why is it that he can put on some make-up and assume a slightly effected character and we're all supposed to compare him to Laurence Olivier. Thankfully that's not why Disznókő is called "late." The grapes are harvested later in the year so they become sweeter and more concentrated, giving the wine, expressive notes of marmalade and apricot. So, next time you see a tardy white rabbit, tell him to take his time, he'll probably be better off for it.

  14. Dolia Sauvignon Blanc

    Dolia Sauvignon Blanc 2013

    £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.

  15. Domaine de Bellene Bourgogne Rouge Maison Dieu 2013

    Domaine de Bellene Bourgogne Rouge Maison Dieu 2013

    £19.00

    £19.00

    When is organic wine not organic? Well, when you're too ethical to be organic of course! Wait what, isn't that like being too millennial to eat avocado? That's exactly what the guys at Domaine de Bellene have been going through. Like John Lennon sending his MBE back to the palace in a cab, Domaine de Bellene voluntarily left the certification. This was due to there being no alternative to pyrethrum in treatment against leafhopper. They felt pyrethrum was not selective enough; causing harm to all sorts of useful critters. Thus, they make fantastic Pinots with an organic philosophy but without the sticker on the back. Well done guys, making ecological choices is a reward in itself!

  16. 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)

  17. Dry by Tokaj 2013 Hungarian White Wine

    Dry by Tokaj 2013

    £12.50

    £12.50

    There are two 'wowzer' elements to this white. Firstly, it's Hungarian, which is as rare as hen's teeth on UK wine shelves. Secondly, it's a dry version of the world-renowned amber nectar that is Tokaj dessert wine.

    The grape in question - Furmint - is usually left to go mouldy and 'botritise', which concentrates the sugars. But what happens if you don't let the wine go mouldy and you make a dry wine in the usual fashion?

    Well, Dry Furmint is a new phenomenon and we are happy to say that Dry by Tokaj is leading the way with this crisp, mineral, quince and orange blossom firecracker.

  18. Edmeades Zinfandel 2013 Californian Red Wine

    Edmeades Mendocino Zinfandel 2013

    £17.50

    £17.50

    The sin of Zin dun dun dah! Yep, Zinfandel was a bit of a rebel back in the day, as synonymous with the Prohibition era as Al Capone, Tommy Guns and the films of Robert De Nero... except for Meet the Parents, god that was an awful film. Anyway, those poor booze deprived Americans started fermenting Zin in their bath tubs making it super strong, pretty sweet & everyone got jollier than before they banned the stuff. Thank goodness, they repealed prohibition otherwise Zinfandel may have stayed overly sweet, rocket-fuel and we may never have seen examples such as this one; Elegant and sophisticated with subtle tannins and refreshing acidity. Now the only sin would be to not try it!

  19. El Puno Garnacha 2013

    El Puno Garnacha 2013

    £21.00

    £21.00

    This wine makes us want to do star jumps and cartwheels for joy, as it represents so much of what is exciting about Spanish wine. First off, it comes from Calatayud - a lesser-known wine region whose quality, like the rest of the Aragon region, has improved in leaps and bounds over the past couple of decades. Secondly, it is made by the vinicultural wizard that is Norrel Robertson MW. Scotsman Norrel has been making wine in Spain for 12 years and has qualifications and accolades coming out of his ears. No surprise, then, that this Garnacha, made with grapes from old vines (giving concentration), using local yeasts for fermentation (which suit the local grapes) and lightly-toasted re-used French Oak barrels (lets the wine's crushed violets and black cherry flavours shine), is an absolute belter.

  20. Eternum Viti Toro 2013

    Eternum Viti Toro 2013

    £13.00

    £13.00

    Eternum Viti Toro or "Eternal Viti Toro," of course referencing the formation of the 12th Century fountain of youth in Toro, north of Madrid. Historians of Medieval Spain largely agree that the fountain formed when a drug corporation dumped a large amount of waste multivitamins or "Viti" in the river Douro. Since then, the men and women of Toro have been damn attractive well into their 70s & their wine has never gone bad. This is why Columbus took Toro wines to discover America, or India or wherever that dude thought he was going.

  21. Gaja Dagromis Barolo Red Wine

    Gaja Dagromis Barolo 2013

    £58.00

    £58.00

    Nick Cave to Kylie Minogue: "Do you know where the wild roses grow, so sweet, scarlet and free?" Well, Angelo Gaja the winemaker seems to have the answer. Just open this bottle, pour a glass and let it breathe for a while.

    Then just enjoy the nose of mixed aromatic herbs & spices underlining the delicate notes of rose, leading to aromas of anise and wild fennel. Drink it with roast beef and it will offer some very generous flavours of berries and a savoury feeling too.

    This is one of the most popular wines from the Piedmont region, don't miss it!

  22. Gavi Miganego White Wine from Italy

    Gavi Miganego 2013

    £7.75

    £7.75

    'Oranges and lemons say the bells of St Clements,' is how the old rhyme goes. The rhyme then proceeds to get extremely dark, terrorising children with threats of heads being chopped off. Which is a shame, because Oranges and Lemons could have made for a nice analogy for Gavi Mignanego, which also says oranges lemons.

    This white wine also says lightly honeyed lemon and apple, although there isn't a set of London bells that rhymes with apple. Do let us know if we're wrong on that one though.

  23. Gemma Barolo Italian Red Wine

    Gemma Barolo 2013

    £22.50

    £22.50

    'Baby, I compare you to a kiss from a rose on the grey, ooh, the more I get of you the stranger it feels, yeah'. Seal was probably referring to his lady friend Heidi Klum, but he may as well have been waxing lyrical about the Gemma Barolo for all we know.

    Because this cracking northern Italian wine has a poetic, beauty that speaks of dew-covered, headily fragrant roses on a cool grey morning, as well as fresh raspberries and deeper layers of ripe, spiced fruit.

  24. Giesen Brothers Pinot Noir New Zealand Red Wine

    Giesen Brothers Pinot Noir 2013

    £16.50

    £16.50

    It is a brave and noble thing to travel half way around the world and set up a winery, but that is exactly what brothers Alex, Theo and Marcel Giesen did in the 1980s. Thirty years later and these intrepid brothers have not only survived the trip from Germany to New Zealand, but they have conquered. In evolutionary terms, this family is winning.

    Why are they so successful? For wines like this Pinot Noir, with its elegant, silky, tannins, lifted aromas of violet and blueberry and notes of warm, freshly turned earth and mushrooms. That's one gene pool we want to be part of.

  25. Glaetzer Amon-Ra Shiraz 2013 Australian Red Wine

    Glaetzer Amon-Ra Shiraz 2013

    £67.00

    £67.00

    Amon-Ra: Powerful, compelling, almighty and worshiped in his home country and numerous places the world over.

    Now to play a guessing game, were we referring to the Egyptian 'King of Gods' or Ben Glaetzer's succulent red wine? (Hint: it was both!)

    With supremely rich aromas and flavours of dark stone fruits, hints of coffee, blackberries and a touch of cracked pepper, this dark purple Shiraz truly lives up to its name. The wines brooding complexity and multi-layered structure is simply captivating in an elegant drink that's fit for a Deity.

  26. Greywacke Chardonnay 2013 white wine

    Greywacke Chardonnay 2013

    £32.00

    £32.00

    This crisp, dry white wine is a bit like your Grandma. She's generally got something tasty in the oven making the house smell like baked apples, toasted hazelnuts, fig, brioche, pink grapefruit and...meadow hay? (reign it in a bit Mrs. Cropley!)

    She's a classy lady, perhaps a little nutty and has plenty of rich life experiences to share but once you get her going she can go on and on and, well, you get the idea. Just like Grandma's stories, Greywacke Chardonnay has a palate that just keeps going.

  27. 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...

  28. Huber Auslese Riesling

    Huber Auslese Riesling 2013

    £14.00

    £14.00

    Bright yellowish green, hints of strawflowers and hay, very typical varietal character on the nose; dense with notes of caramel; dainty wooden nuances reveal traces of spice, clove cinnamon. This extraordinarily intense offering boasts with such an enormously sweet mellowness. Gorgeously focused and clean.

  29. Jean-Jacques Girard Aloxe-Corton 2013 Red Wine

    Jean-Jacques Girard Aloxe-Corton 2013

    £35.00

    £35.00

    This is why you have to love Burgundy; you can say what you like about the beautiful new world Pinots of Oregon or New Zealand, but do you know when this family began making wine? 1529! Do you know what else was happening in 1529? Henry VIII was trying to negotiate his divorce from Catharine of Aragon! That's right boys and girls, this winery was formed when Henry VIII hadn't even been divorced! Never mind the beheaded, died or the divorced, beheaded, survived. Ann of Cleves was on the cover of Vogue! Greensleeves was top of the chats for the 104th straight week! If Domaine Jean-Jacques Girard can't make a good Pinot there is genuinely no hope for the rest of us. Thankfully they did, here's to 600 years of Burgundian winemakers!

  30. Jean-Jacques Girard Chorey Les Beaune 2013 Red Wine

    Jean-Jacques Girard Chorey Les Beaune 2013

    £24.00

    £24.00

    Do you not think Burgundy has too much good stuff? They've got Dijon mustard, the king of mustards! There's actual mustard seeds mixed in, so they pop in your mouth when you bite down on your mustardy baguette. They have fraggling Pinot Noir! The king of red grapes, just like this little gem; with its intense aromas of mulberry, strawberry, ripe red cherry & seductive spice. It's evident that Kings still rule in this republic... I mean Burgundy was technically a Dukedom but... you get the idea; Pinot Noir: The Duke of red wines just seems to be a disservice.

  31. Colombo Cotes du Rhone Villages Le Bonne Roche

    Jean-Luc Colombo Côtes du Rhône Villages Le Bonne Roch 2013

    Now £10.75

    Was £11.75

    £10.75

    When winemakers make wine, they are painting. They may not wear stripy tops and live bohemian lifestyles, but are artists nonetheless and they take their inspiration and their materials from the land around them.

    In this instance, the materials are the gentle slopes of the southern Rhône, plentiful sun, which provide enough warmth for the grapes to reach ripeness. They then have the after-effects of the Mistral wind, which tears through the northern Rhône and arrives downstream, offering grapes a gentle respite from the Mediterranean sun.

    In the hands of the artists at Jean-Luc Colombo, they turn this palate into a bold, firmly-structured, fine-grained, beauty of a painting.

  32. La Crema Pinot Noir 2013 Californian Red Wine

    La Crema Pinot Noir 2013

    £22.50

    £22.50

    Careful with the cork, now. Pop. And close your eyes. Warm scents of cherry pie and cocoa. Black tea from nearby cafés in avenues of plum and pomegranate. You're nearby the ocean, soft heat rising from the earth. Hear the wash of the waves. Water breaking gently into foam. Cream. Like the surface of fine coffee. La Crema, as they call it on the Sonoma Coast.

  33. Lani Gewurztraminer NZ White Wine

    Lani Gewurztraminer 2013

    £16.50

    £16.50

    We understand how important winemaker Alana McGettigan is to the wineries of Europe, but we're delighted that this little bird decided to fly back to her New Zealand nest to create this home-grown beauty. Alana's talent and experience shines through in this Kiwi Gewürz and it's great to see her flourish in her stomping ground. It is balanced and restrained, singing a song of spices and far-out fruits, like star anise and guava. We're sounding like lovebirds now, but we just can't stop tweeting about it!

  34. Las Morades 'Senda' 2013 Spanish Red Wine

    Las Moradas 'Senda' 2013

    £14.50

    £14.50

    For years, the foothills of the Sierra de Gredos mountains were riddled with bandits. One night, they kidnapped the baby daughter of the local judge who had promised to rid the region of their scourge. As well as taking the baby, they plundered his precious vines, stripping them of fruit. The judge should know his place. He was, of course, heartbroken.

    Trackers scoured the area, but the rough terrain and mountain scrub yielded no clues as to where the baby had been taken. Until years later. Wandering the hills ever hopeful, the judge noticed familiar vines growing along a barely defined track. They were unmistakably descended from pips the bandits must have scattered as they fled with his daughter. The path led right to her. This wine is made in celebration of their reunion, from those grapes that lined the way.

  35. Longview 'Red Bucket' Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

    Longview 'Red Bucket' Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

    Now £10.75

    Was £12.00

    £10.75

    ***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.

  36. Luis Alegre Rioja Alavesa Magnum Red Wine

    Luis Alegre Crianza 2013 - Rioja Alavesa - Magnum

    Now £24.00

    Was £28.00

    £24.00

    Here at Oddbins, we know when we're on to a good thing. We like this wine, we can see that you like it too, so what did we do? We got a bigger one in.

    Yes, that's right, the heavenly, depthy, aniseed-y Luis Alegre's Crianza now comes in a ma-hoosive magnum bottle. It's like Honey I Blew Up the Kid but much, much better.

  37. Man O' War Dreadnought Syrah 2013

    Man O' War Dreadnought Syrah 2013

    £33.00

    £33.00

    If you're a world-class winery, you will be in possession of a few things, including a gifted winemaker and a well-placed vineyard. Man O' War have both of these. Their winemaker, Duncan McTavish is basically a grape-whisperer and the vineyard where the Syrah vines grow might as well have an X marking the spot on the map. It has a well-angled slope, which means the vine can catch the sun for the longest amount of time, and a cooling sea breeze, which means the grapes don't get hot under the collar. All of which leads to a breath-taking wine, with smoky peat notes draped over the overt blueberry and pepper aromas. Concentrated yet well-balanced, with vibrant acidity and a streak of almost salty minerality, it would be perfect with wood-fired pigeon.

  38. Marchand Tawse Cote De Nuits Villages French Wine

    Marchand Tawse Côte De Nuits Villages 2013

    £29.00

    £29.00

    The winemaker wiped paranoid perspiration from his forehead as he typed the final words:

    'So, I've decided to take my work back underground.. to stop it falling into the wrong hands'*

    If anyone discovered this Marchand Tawse Cotes De Nuits Villages they may use it for the wrong reasons. It's fresh red fruit flavours could bribe a high-ranking diplomat to do anything a villain wanted. A rogue state may use a whole bottle to lure unsuspecting key scientists to their next meeting -Perfect Food Pairing Whilst Designing Weapons of Mass Consumption. They might even drink some whilst eating a spicy curry- that'd be utter sacrilege. They could control thousands with this wine.

    OR THEY MIGHT TELL ODDBINS- One thing is vital, don't let Oddbins know...they'll tell everyone.

  39. Marchand Tawse Corton French Red Wine

    Marchand Tawse Corton Grand Cru 2013

    £65.00

    £65.00

    With a cellar potential of up to 20 years this wine must look a bit like a young Bob Dylan-expressive yet possessing huge developmental potential.

    Ok so calling this wine poetic may cause some to be violently ill! But just listen to legions and fan clubs of the grape Pinot Noir next time they don't think they're being over heard. You'll think your in a 1920s speak easy or an underground jazz club.

    If these folk had a bottle of this wine you'd never shut them up... Blue berries, red cherries, dried roses, lavender ... Pinot Noir fans are actually a pretty good bunch. (Pun intended)

  40. Marchand Tawse Nuits Saint Georges French Wine

    Marchand Tawse Nuits Saint Georges 2013

    £39.00

    £39.00

    Want to revisit the 60s? If this wine was transposed into a song- it'd be the Beatles 'Strawberry Fields Forever'. 'Let me take you down

    'Cause I'm going to Strawberry Fields

    Nothing is real

    Until you know what this wine is about

    Strawberry Fields forever

    Nuits St George forever '

  41. Message in a Bottle Red Wine By Sting

    Message in a Bottle 2013

    £16.00

    £16.00

    A wine made in Tuscany that comes from the estate owned by musician sting and producer Trudie Styler.

    The nose displays aromas of cherries, wild blackberries and spices.The palate has a richness of fruit but one that is balanced both by careful use of oak and a refreshing acidity.

    Cherrywood, tea leaves and bramble fruits can all be found on the palate. Supple fine grained tannins provide a lovely structure to this long and satisfying wine.

  42. Michelas St Jemms Cornas Les Murettes 2013

    Michelas St Jemms Cornas Les Murettes 2013

    £39.00

    £39.00

    Cornas, some may be surprised to learn is in fact, a renowned winegrowing region in the Northern Rhone and not the plural of the protective outer layer of the eye... That would be corneas. Ironically, the wines of Cornas are said to be so beautiful that to look upon them you can go temporarily blind. This example from Michelas St-Jemms is no exception. Made from 100% Syrah it has complex flavours of dark forest fruit, mocha and a subtle suggestion of roasted meat. There is tremendous depth and concentration, with a lovely balanced structure and long finish. You obviously won't go blind but you may well be struck dumb.

  43. Miles Mossop Saskia

    Miles Mossop 'Saskia' 2013

    £19.00

    £19.00

    This is the quintessentially artisanal produced wine, following the philosophy of winemaker Miles Mossop, of hand crafted wines with as little interference as possible, showing a purity of expression.

    We wonder if he feels the same way about raising his children, who all his wines are named after! This ode to his daughter is full of honeysuckle, white peach, lime and toasted almonds with a fairly full palate and lengthy finish. I hope Kika and Max (the other two wines) have been raised as well as Saskia!

  44. Murrina Primitivo 2013

    Murrina Primitivo 2013 *WEB EXCLUSIVE*

    £10.00

    £10.00

    We get a similar feeling from sipping on this wine as we do from watching an episode of Inspector Montalbano.

    With sun-ripened, juicy flavours of cherries, raspberries and redcurrants, it conjures up images of hazy Italian days and, with its hint of leather and spice from its oak ageing, you feel you could almost be on the back of a Vespa with Montalbano. Happy days.

    However, unlike Montalbano, there isn't a hint of cheese (although it would probably work quite well with a good slab of Taleggio).

  45. Negroamaro Salento Terra di Sava Red Wine

    Negroamaro Salento Terra di Sava 2013

    £9.50

    £9.50

    Conjure the image, if you will, of a long, oak table in a conservatory in Venice. It's after dinner, the table is laden with bowls of plums, cherries and raspberries, and a steaming cafetiere of Kenyan coffee is giving off aromas that are teasing your nose. Vivaldi is playing in the background whilst beautiful children are playing in the garden outside. Are you there? Good, because this is pretty much what you get when you tuck into this Italian beauty. Bellissima!

  46. Nuiton Beaunoy Beaune French Red Wine

    Nuiton-Beaunoy Beaune 2013

    £24.00

    £24.00

    Imagine gliding over the Côte d'Or, taking off from the rooftops of Beaune and drifting over the undulations of Pommard, Volnay, Puligny-Montrachet and Santenay, dreamily contemplating the miracle of the topography beneath you and the world class wines it produces.

    Thirsty work for sure, and what more fitting reward at the end of your flight than a glass of this ripe and perfumed Pinot Noir, produced by a part-time paraglider from a Côte d'Or-covering co-operative. Despite being vegan, it would certainly thank you if you'd grabbed a duck to go with it while you were up there!

  47. Pascal Jolivet Attitude Sauvignon Blanc White Wine

    Pascal Jolivet Attitude Sauvignon Blanc 2013

    £13.00

    £13.00

    'Less is more', the saying goes. But we're not so sure. Is one scoop really better than two? Would we rather a two day weekend or a three? The answer always seems to suggest that 'more is more'. But then this little number came along and it all made sense!

    Jolivet and his team have really mastered the art of 'less is more', with minimal intervention wine making, focusing simply on the purity of the grape, unique nuances from the terroir and allowing natures vibrancy to take centre stage.

    But then, once you've tried its delicate aromas of lime, green apple, kiwi fruit and some vegetal notes, you might end up asking yourself, is one glass really better then two?

  48. Pecchenino San Luigi Bricco Botti Dolcetto di Dogliani 2013

    Pecchenino San Luigi Bricco Botti Dolcetto di Dogliani 2013

    £22.00

    £22.00

    Like Romeo and Juliet or Antony and Cleopatra, Pecchenino Dolcetto di Dogliani and lamb ragu were born to be with each other. Yes, they are delicious on their own: the San Luigi's criminally pure morello cherry, raspberry and cocoa-y flavours are a sheer joy any time but, pair it with some very slowly stewed lamb ragu, with fresh thyme, rosemary and black olives, ideally made by an Italian Mama, and the pair are exalted into a love story so beautiful that it could have been penned by The Bard himself.

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