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French Cross-Regional 2015 Red Case
From Bruno Sourdais' oldest vines in a fine, healthy but structured vintage, this offers fresh, fragrant black fruit, now complemented by the start of savoury development, firm backbone and length of flavour.
A perfumed and finely grained northern Rhône syrah with violets, ripe plum and herbal notes on the medium-bodied palate and a lovely long finish. Ready to enjoy now, especially if allowed an hour in a decanter.
The second wine of Grand-Puy-Lacoste and one of the best-value Pauillacs you will find. Made in a friendly, approachable style, this blend of 60% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot and 10% cabernet franc is supple, fleshy and attractive.
A splendid barrel-aged Rhône made from 50-50 grenache-syrah. This is full-bodied and richly flavoured in the outstanding 2015 vintage, packed with fig, blackberry, black olive and spice. Perfect with a Sunday roast.
An outstanding, full and complex Languedoc red. Carignan is an important element but there is also grenache, syrah and above all mourvèdre, which really leaves its mark. Best decanted an hour before serving.
V stands for Vorbourg, one of 51 Alsace grands crus but which, for the time being at least, does not apply to pinot noir. While still young in this fine vintage, it is beginning to open up to some secondary aroma and flavour complexity to complement its dark cherry fruit and sweet, silky texture, better revealed in a decanter.