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Chateau Liversan Haut Medoc 2011

Fragrant and colourful Bordeaux from Chateau Liversan, though perhaps not their finest vintage.

Wonderfully perfumed wine on the nose, already showing off those fragrant notes of older and more complex Bordeaux wines. Some plummy fruits, quite lively but there is

 

Jean-Luc Colombo Les Gravieres Crozes Hermitage 2013

There are probably few Rhone Syrahs with the seductive appeal of Jean-Luc Colombo Les Gravieres Crozes Hermitage 2013.

This is a sexy wine. No doubt there; full of young, teasing blackberry fruit before a burst of dryness and a whole-mouth

 

Marillier Pere & Fils Bourgogne 2012

Marillier Pere & Fils’ Bourgogne Pinot Noir is Pinot Noir done right. Really, really good stuff.

Stunning garnet-brown, medium bodied Pinot Noir that’s built up lots of ageing complexity despite only being three years old. Very soft and rounded. Some

 

Cabalié Cotes Catalanes IGP 2013

Very impressive, raspberry-forward red wine that’s for drinking now.

Wow. What a ripe, delightfully balanced red wine. Exuberantly mouthwatering. Cabalié’s 2013 stuns because the complexity of the aromas you get on the nose are carried through on the palette, but

 

Casa Yellow Tail Shiraz 2013

Well rounded and juicy red that’s great on its own.

While the Yellow Tail Shiraz is, to those who have tried it, a relaxing, juicy Shiraz that’s fit for those days when you just fancy a decent glass of red

 

Dino Sangiovese di Romagna DOC 2013

Giordano Zinzani’s table wine Dino Sangiovese 2013 does everything right. A typically-good Sangiovese.

This is a really well made wine, if you want something simple and at great value. At under £5 you get a fairly ripe, fruit-forward Sangiovese that’s

 

Journey’s End Sir Lowry 2011

Gorgeous South African red wine: subtle chocolate notes combine with trademark Cabernet Sauvignon character; lots of plum, lots of spice.

Journey’s End Sir Lowry Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 is a remarkable wine perfect for the winter season. Strikes great balance of

 

Catena Malbec 2012

Spice-stuffed, gutsy Malbec red from one of Argentina’s premier producers.

This is a young, ruby red Malbec that’s reached luxury drinkability already. Full-bodied but not over the top on alcohol (13.5%) or flavour.

Most excitingly is the wine’s smell. Ripe

 

La Croix de Chaintres Saumur Champigny 2013

Outstanding summer red wine with delicate red fruit, plenty of acidity and a hell of a lot of charm.

Very dark ruby in colour, this Saumur Champigny from Domaine de la Croix de Chaintres is surprisingly medium bodied. On the

 

Villa Antinori 2012

This excellent producer has released another outstanding vintage, but it falls short in quality against the 2011.

Still at amazing value (£14.99, Waitrose, March 2015), Villa Antinori’s 2012 vintage is a supremely delectable medium-full blend of Sangiovese