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Introduction to Fine Red Wine Case
Earning a maximum score from every single taster who encountered it in our 2021 Wine Champions tastings (no mean feat given the extremely high quality of this year’s Bordeaux line-up), this is a splendid wine from Jean-Baptiste Cordonnier. He described his 2015 as having the tannins of 2009 and the balance of 2010 (his best vintage ever), and our panel of blind tasters loved its vivacious plum and berry nose, its energetic palate and classic structure. Superb.
Exceptionally full-bodied Crozes, very black and dense, vibrant with a wealth of vibrant black forest fruit. Made from young vines that responded well to the extraordinary conditions of the vintage, this is good for early drinking.
Made from a coolish hillside site for this variety in Chile, to emphasize the plum and cedar aspects and avoid jamminess. This is ripe and powerful but also fresh and balanced, and matured for 18 months in barrel to develop aromas and complexity.
A graceful, gratifying masterclass in traditional-style Rioja. Viña Ardanza has made multiple appearances on previous Wine Champions podiums, and the complex, vibrant, smoky and smooth 2012 was awarded the maximum score from all our tasters in 2021.
100% nebbiolo from the Barolo vineyards in Monforte and Serralunga, aged in old Slavonian oak for 6 to 9 months, this really is a great entry point for this wonderful grape and region of Italy. Hailing too from a stunning vintage, this has classic rose, cherry and tar notes with firm yet approachable tannins and a refreshing finish.
This powerful Portuguese red’s food-friendly structure, rich dark-fruited concentration and fruitcake spice unite to give a powerful, pleasurable glassful. There’s no hurry to drink this velvety victor of our wine Champions tasting, but we’re pleased to confirm it’s in a fantastic place now.