Full bodied, earthy, and deep purple in colour. Not the most attractive man in the world, it's fair to say. But Alvaro was an incurable...
Being a winemaker is a lonely business. Tending vines, maintaining equipment, managing the cellar. With little time for socialising, finding a partner can be complicated....
£94.00
2010 Batailley is an excellent and serious Pauillac with layers of complexity. Dark forest fruits on the nose with hints of spice. The palate is...
£43.00
In the Middle Ages, the Château of Cantemerle, seat of the jurisdiction of the same name, bordered the Garonne River and made up part of...
This red wine reminds us very much of former Conservative leader and This Week regular Michael Portillo. Though it be part of the old-guard, red...
£18.00
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...
Henri and Simone Ducourt bought Chateau d'Haures in 1983 and made it their home. Now the main place where their family and friends gather, the...
The name ‘Demoiselles’, meaning ‘young ladies’, is derived from a time when the Chateau was run by a group of nuns. The nuns tended to...
£90.00
Merlot dominates the blend and seduces the senses in this dark, brilliant Bordeaux. The 2011 vintage features strong tannic notes, with red and black berry...
£47.00
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...
So beautiful is this wine, that grown men and women have been known to drop to their knees and weep, not quite knowing what to...
A medium to full bodied blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, Chateau Lalande-Borie entices you in with aromas of dark berries, lightly toasted oak and...
The Lalene is an elegant and complex wine rich with flavours of black fruit and fine grained velvety tannins, before a long satisfying finish.
The 2012 vintage is a beautiful purple colour. It is an amazingly fresh red wine with a lovely flowery bouquet and notes of acacia. The palate is...
Hugh Johnson notably said of Pauillac, "if one had to single out one commune of Bordeaux to head the list, there would be no argument....
We like to think of the wines of Canon-Fronsac as the Samwise Gamgee of Bordeaux. Sure, it might not have the glamour of Pomerol or...
The historic Chateau Plaisance was acquired by the Ducourt family in 1994. Ever since, they have been producing elegant, harmonious wine with unique character with...
We don't want to be considered apologists for the Roman Empire; what they did to Maximus Decimus Meridius was bang out of order, even if...
Have you seen the film Searching for Sugarman? If not, then we recommend you do; it's a masterpiece, but it means this tasting note won't...
Jonathan Maltus is the established maverick of Bordeaux - the novice Englishman who turned up at Château Teyssier in the 1990s, introduced new techniques, bought...
The birth of punk and rock '’ roll is rooted in young people experimenting with their garage band (musically experimenting, we have no idea what...
Winemaker Pascal Léon Verhaeghe is a man who fell back in love with wine, after inheriting his family's mixed-culture estate in Cahors. After an encounter...
£19.50
LL Cool J once told us not to "call it a comeback;" apparently he'd been there for years. Yet, we think that's a shame; a...
£10.00
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...
In Shakira's hit pop record of 2005, 'Hips Don't Lie,' Wyclef Jean beseeches that "he see you move like you come from Columbia." Many have...
We're sure our vegetarian readers will relate to the frustration of bringing an exquisite plant-based dish to a party and watching all your meat-eating friends...
Jonathan Maltus, maker of cult wine "Le Dôme", marries the long tradition of Saint-Emilion viticulture with best of modern, fine winemaking. This wine has a...
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....
£16.00
Weirdly Thénac is famous for the Lascaux Caves (faded graffiti of fat horses), truffles (a fungus that is a favourite snack for swine but inexplicably...
If you want a proper pork pie, you get it from Melton Mowbray. If you want a handmade alpaca-wool scarf, you get it from Peru....
Mariposa is an excellent name for this wine, and a rather great metaphor for fine wine making – after developing out in the field, what...
There are very few winemakers that are household names, perhaps because there are no vintner talent shows on ITV, where audience members high on schadenfreude...
£85.00
This generous, fruity wine is an excellent introduction to the family of wines produced by Château Latour. Initially developed for the restaurant market, it has...
£85.00
This inviting 2016 Les Hauts de Smith is a unique blend of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon. This Merlot-based wine offers tonnes of complexity sheer...
There are a few pet peeves that all wine people share; overly filled glasses in restaurants, reds served too warm, whites served too cold and...
"There's rain on my window,But I'm thinking of you,Tears on my pillow,But I will come through,Rosefine, I'll send you all my love,And every single step...
A saxophone in a lonely back street. An early morning trumpet fanfare. A piano tinkling in a shadowy bar. There's something pure in those sounds....
The Piastraia Bolgheri is a fantastic whine to come out of Tuscany. This wine is dark ruby in colour and offers an aromatic, fruity and...
You know how Bordeaux is a bit tweed jacket, red trousers, brogues and hunting? Maybe that's a little unfair, but it's certainly on the stuffier...
Orin Swift's goal year in, year out is to produce wines of resounding quality and consistency. Palermo offers a seamless assortment of classic Napa Cabernet...