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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...
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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...
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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...
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....

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.