Big & Robust Reds

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  • Château Lamothe-Vincent Bordeaux “Intense” Merlot

    The classic Bordeaux blend, of course, is Cabernet/Merlot, and here we have a classic indeed. Merlot dominated, soft but very well-structured fruit. A clutch of Gold Medals again!
    Drink now to 2022.

    grape typeMerlot
    wine styleBig & Robust Reds
    countryFrance
    vintage2018
    bottlesize750 ml
    abv14%+

    Regular Price: £12.50
    Special Price: £10.99

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  • Abbotts & Delaunay Minervois

    A blend of Carignan and Syrah which really showcases one of the Languedoc’s fine range of regional appellations. 40% of the handpicked grapes are aged in oak following fermentation. The result is a fat, structured red but it’s not “in your face” it’s really very nicely balanced.

    grape typeRed Blends
    wine styleBig & Robust Reds
    countryFrance
    vintage2017
    bottlesize750 ml
    abv14%+

    £13.50

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  • Château d’Or et de Gueules “Mon fut c’est du poulet?”

    Diane’s husband, Matthieu, demonstrates both his fine winemaking skills as well as his sense of humour with this wine. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin;
    Matthieu devised a special cuvee, just one barrel, to mark the birth of his baby five years ago. Whist he was away on business one day, Diane unwittingly blended the barrel together with others destined to be the Trassegum Red final blend.
    “Your’e kidding me?!!” said Matthieu on learning his barrel was gone. Translated from “Mon cul, c’est du poulet?” in French. In order not to offend sensitivities he replaced the vulgar “cul” (arse) with “fut” (barrel), and so the fith vintage of this birthday wine is Matthieu’s finest so far in his opinion. Lovely sort, round, fleshy Syrah with easy oak undertones.

    grape typeShiraz/Syrah
    wine styleBig & Robust Reds
    countryFrance
    vintage2016
    bottlesize750 ml
    abv13-13.5%

    £13.50

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  • Abbotts & Delaunay Cotes du Roussillon

    A blend of Syrah and Grenache with a slug of “whole bunch” Carignan which once again showcases one of the Languedoc’s fine range of regional appellations. 40% of the handpicked grapes are aged in oak following fermentation. The result is a fat, structured red but it’s not “in your face” it’s really very nicely balanced.

    grape typeRed Blends
    wine styleBig & Robust Reds
    countryFrance
    vintage2017
    bottlesize750 ml
    abv14%+

    £13.50

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  • Chateau Lamothe-Vincent Bordeaux Superieur Heritage Red

    The classic Bordeaux blend, of course, is Cabernet/Merlot, and here we have a classic indeed, but with 80% Merlot. Very St-Emilion-esque! Multiple-Gold-Medal winner, this “Heritage” cuvee has been aged in French oak barrels for 12 months and is quite simply as typical a claret as you could wish for at a very affordable price. Drink now to 2025.

    grape typeMerlot
    wine styleBig & Robust Reds
    countryFrance
    vintage2018
    bottlesize750 ml
    abv14%+

    £14.50

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  • Brunelli Ripasso “Pa’Riondo”

    This is a serious contender for the Hughes Family Sunday Dinner Red. 2017 vintage tasting beautifully now, but, boy, will it also get even better over the next few years.

    Rich, complex but very silky textures make this a delight. The Ripasso technique consists in refermenting a Valpolicella on the sugars and yeast-rich grape skins of the area’s top wine, Amarone.

    This results in the wine becoming full-bodied, with a great concentration of colour and perfume.Corvina Veronese 65%, Rondinella 25%, Corvinone 10%.

    grape typeRed Blends
    wine styleBig & Robust Reds
    countryItaly
    vintage2017
    bottlesize750 ml
    abv14%+

    Regular Price: £16.00
    Special Price: £14.50

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  • Laurent Miquel Chateau Cazal Viel Vieilles Vignes

    Classic Languedoc blend of old vines Syrah for the grip and colour and fruit, Grenache for fruit and Mourvedre for perfume. It’s big and dark and 15% alc. A year in 2 and 3 year old oak barrels to soften it out so it’s both great with food or on its own. 91 Parker Points. Drink now to 2025

    grape typeRed Blends
    wine styleBig & Robust Reds
    countryFrance
    vintage2017
    bottlesize750 ml
    abv14%+

    £15.00

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  • Excelsior Evanthius Cabernet Sauvignon

    This Cabernet Sauvignon pays homage to Evanthuis, a Hackney horse that was imported by Excelsior in 1913. This Hackney sire was a champion in Britain and America, winning first prize four times at the London Hackney show and in New York, in the days when the Hackney was the king of the world. He went on to win many titles in South Africa, including that of Rosebank’s Champion Stallion.

    This Cabernet comes from the oldest vines on the farm. They were planted in 1988 in the best calcareous soils.

    Deep ruby red colour with a black core. This wine is full-bodied with aromas of blackcurrants, chocolate and cedar. The wine has rich, but soft tannins and a long finish.

    grape typeCabernet Sauvignon
    wine styleBig & Robust Reds
    countrySouth Africa
    vintage2017
    bottlesize750 ml
    abv14%+

    £15.00

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  • Maison Carrel Corbieres

    For a taste of regional Languedoc-Roussillon here’s another excellent example from Jeff Carrel. Reclaimed vineyards showing just why they deserved to be reclaimed. Rich, spicy, characterful and organic.

    grape typeRed Blends
    wine styleBig & Robust Reds
    countryFrance
    vintage2019
    bottlesize750 ml
    abv14%+

    £15.00

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  • Château d’Or et de Gueules ‘Trassegum’ Red

    Château d’Or et de Gueules ‘Trassegum’ Red

    Selected from the best parts of the vineyard, this is a blend of Syrah, Carignan and Mourverdre. Each varietal is kept apart and aged in 500 litre oak barrels for 12 months. Only then do they decide upon the final blend. Once made, the finished wine is aged for yet another 12 months in those same barrels before bottling. Only 10% of the barrels are new wood, so there’s no “in your face ” oakiness here!
    Diane only releases this wine if she feels it is up to her highest standards of quality. So, no 2002 vintage ‘ it was all sold off in bulk to the ‘négociants’. The 2003 vintage was a cracker. No 2004 vintage either; that, too, was not good enough, the 2005, 2007 and 2009s brilliant…as was the 2011.
    And then along came the equally scrumptious 2103, and the super 2015 and now the fab 2016. What more can I say? Drink now to 2026 (really!)

    grape typeRed Blends
    wine styleBig & Robust Reds
    countryFrance
    vintage2016
    bottlesize750 ml
    abv14%+

    £15.75

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  • Felline Primitivo di Manduria

    Based on the huge popularity of “Fellone” I thought we should have a closer look at the Primitivo grape. Here’s one of four more, each with a distinct “terroir”. What’s the Italian for “terroir”, I wonder? This one is distinctive due to the red soil of the vineyards. Aged for six months in French oak.

    grape typePrimitivo
    wine styleBig & Robust Reds
    countryItaly
    vintage2017
    bottlesize750 ml
    abv14%+

    £17.00

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  • Abbotts & Delaunay “Alto Stratus” Carignan

    A “simple” Vin de France by designation, but there’s nothing simple about this rich and complex Carignan.

    grape typeOther Single Varietal Red
    wine styleBig & Robust Reds
    countryFrance
    vintage2015
    bottlesize750 ml
    abv13-13.5%

    £17.50

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