£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...
£7.00 £10.00
£7.00 £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...
£6.50 £8.50
£6.50 £8.50
It's already been a long day. Crawling through the strata of humanity, its voices buzzing through the electric wires, erupting onto screens, springing out of...
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...
£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...
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...
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...
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 name ‘Demoiselles’, meaning ‘young ladies’, is derived from a time when the Chateau was run by a group of nuns. The nuns tended to...
£45.00
Little brothers are great. Like Dave Franco! No doubt James spent most of his youth teaching him how to capture beetles, blow raspberries in his...
£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...
£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...
£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...
£92.00
This exquisite bottle of Ségla is deep red in colour and reveals aromas of black fruit with light spicy notes. The flavour profile of this...
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....
£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...
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...
£8.25 £12.00
As a result of what we can assume is some sloppy clipping work, from a Bordelais vineyard hand, who was hours away from a 3-week...

Merlot is a contented, approachable lady, who has a fuller figure and wears it well. An established woman-of-the-world, she can be seen relaxing in California, Chile and elsewhere where she reveals her fruity side. She has a long-term, on-off partner, Cabernet Sauvignon, who can be a little uptight on his own, but they have a special bond and Merlot knows how to handle him.

Cabernet often joins Merlot on her travels, but their relationship seems to blossom particularly well in their homeland, Bordeaux, where Cabernet can wear his red corduroys in comfort and they can catch up with their blend-friends, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Carménère.