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A longstanding favourite southern French red that has been a fixture in our range, and many members’ wine racks, for years. The 2019 keeps the tradition alive in style, offering a floral scent, ripe brambly fruit and mouthwatering freshness. Deliciously dependable drinking.
Product Code: FC38331
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LGI was the brainchild of Alain Grignon, formerly of the Foncalieu co-operative group, who had the vision of making inexpensive wines designed specifically for the export market. In this he was helped at the beginning by English merchant, and ex- Waitrose buyer, Mark Lynton. Most of the wines are sourced from a number of cooperatives, mostly along an axe between Carcassonne and Béziers with some fruit also coming from Limoux and from further away in Gascony. The winemaking and bottling is supervised by Xavier Roger, a Sancerrois and recently promoted to chief executive. The core business remains at entry-level prices, which, for The Society, means delicious wines like Domaine Laborie, Domaine Raynier and the marsanne-viognier blend, Pierre Borde, but LGI is also able to act as broker for several top estates. For The Society, this includes Domaine Barroubio in Saint-Jean de Minervois and Christophe Barbier in La Clape.
Where do we start in a region so huge? With production nearly three times that of Bordeaux, or more than the whole of Australia, the Languedoc-Roussillon accounts for about a third of all French wine made. The sheer scale of production and the intense competition to channel such volumes through to the market means that in most years supply is greater than demand so prices are kept in check. It is not for nothing that wines from the South of France offer such great value for money. Here you get what you pay for. The trick is to get beyond the gain line and tap into a rich vein of almost endless vinous pleasure. Appellation Contrôlée and Vin de Pays (also known as IGP – Indication Geographique Protegée) - officially, these are two quite different wine worlds that live side by side almost, seemingly, in complete ignorance of each other's existence. Luckily, reality is different and most producers see no conflict between the two and many produce wines under both codes. Nor is one necessarily better than the other. Indeed many of Languedoc's most iconic wines, such as Mas de Daumas Gassac and Grange des Pères, are Vin de Pays. So why the difference? The status of Appellation Contrôlée was gradually conferred to the historic heartlands of Languedoc-Roussillon, in other words those sites in the foothills of the Massif Central and Pyrenees where viticulture has existed since the Romans. Appellation status is also about taste and about wine made from a narrow selection of mostly Mediterranean grape varieties.Vin de Pays (IGP) was introduced to improve the quality of what was then the mass of 'vins ordinaries'. It confers an identity to wines coming from those areas that were planted during the big periods of expansion, mostly in the plain between Narbonne and Pézenas. It allows for higher yields than AC, and, more importantly, allows a much wider palette of grape varieties for the growers to choose from.In terms of grape varieties Languedoc-Roussillon is France's answer to the New World. In the duality of Appellation Contrôlée and Vin de Pays, the conformism of Parisian bureaucracy goes hand in hand with the creative spirit of pure liberalism. So in terms of grape variety, almost anything goes! Native Languedoc and Roussillon varieties are at the heart of all appellation wines. With a changing climate and a tendency to extremes of weather, these ancient varieties are gaining favour.Carignan is the workhorse of Languedoc especially in the drier west. At its best, it produces a wine that is deeply coloured, quite tannic, sappy with brambly fruit. Many producers have woken up to the qualities of carignan if it is treated with respect and low yields are achieved.Grenache produces round tasting wines, often with low tannin and high alcohol and is rarely to be found on its own except in the fortified reds of Roussillon.Cinsault belongs in the heat of North Africa. In the South of France, it is widely grown and can add fragrance and lightness of touch to big brawny reds, but more often it is made into rosé.Like carignan, the native whites are more obviously associated with high production but with careful handling can produce wines of real interest. There is maccabeu and grenache blanc, grown mostly in Corbières and Roussillon. Clairette, grown mostly in the east, closer to the Rhône. Terret is grown extensively around Marsseillan, home of French vermouth. Maybe the best of all is the piquepoul which east of Beziers produces good quaffing dry picpoul de Pinet. Muscat used to be grown exclusively for vin doux naturel such as Saint Jean de Minervois and Rivesaltes but also produces full-flavoured dry wines of some interest.The biggest change in the South of France was the introduction of other grape varieties to help boost quality. For the reds, syrah was the most obvious import and is now widely planted and is usually part of a blend with grenache and/or carignan. Syrah is at its best where there is a little humidity such as in the east around Pic Saint Loup. Mourvèdre is much more complicated to grow but has a real future in areas close to the sea such as in parts of Fitou and Corbières.For the whites, roussanne and marsanne have also journeyed south from the Rhône to add finesse and flavour to Mediterranean blends. Increasingly, the Corsican vermentino, also known as rolle, can be found in blends where it often has a positive influence.Bordeaux has for long been an important connection for the Languedoc with the Canal du Midi there to prove the link. Not surprisingly, Languedoc producers were quick to introduce Bordeaux varieties in their vineyards. Merlot is the most widely planted and in some years has been very profitably exported in bulk to California or back to Bordeaux. The later ripening cabernets are probably better suited to the climate of the south and have great potential.Another revolution across the South of France has been in the quality of the whites. Before new standards of cellar hygiene and refrigeration were introduced, the concept of a fresh, dry and fruity Languedoc-Roussillon white wine was nigh impossible. Growers like Pierre Bésinet at Domaine du Bosc and Louis-Marie Teisserenc at Domaine de l'Arjolle were quick to spot the potential and successfully plant chardonnay, sauvignon and even the mysterious viognier.Regional StylesLanguedoc-Roussillon is such a large region that it is impossible to generalise about the entirety. It helps to divide it into three main sections: Eastern Languedoc, Western Languedoc, and Southern Lanuedoc. The east includes excellent appellations like Faugères, Côteaux du Languedoc, Pic saint Loup and Montpeyroux. The style of wine produced here is often Rhône-like: generous, thickly textured and often high in alcohol. Syrah is the outstanding grape variety and it blends well with grenache and sometimes mourvèdre. Nothing remains static in Languedoc and the old Côteaux du Languedoc is about to be replaced by a new appellation called simply Languedoc. Western Languedoc is more dramatic, mountainous, and much drier than the east, but it's also colder and the austerity of its climate and topography can be tasted in its wines. The carignan grape is often an essential element in many of the reds. Look out for saint-Chinian, Minervois and Saint Jean de Minervois (the latter for muscat based sweet vin doux naturel), Cabardès, Limoux (especially sparkling Crémant de Limoux).The south incorporates Corbières, Fitou and Roussillon. These are dry, hot regions surrounded by mountains which provide a majestic backdrop. Fitou is the oldest Appellation and confusingly comes in two parts. The best wines though come from in between in what is actually southern Corbières. Corbières is the largest single appellation in Languedoc, with myriad different styles from different soils and microclimates. This veritable chaos of crags, gorges, strewn with castles, wild herbs and abandoned abbeys encapsulates the heart of the Midi. The wines all have a little of that wildness and wonder.In Roussillon black schists on the north bank of the Agly make the best reds. These are typically fine and spicy with grenache and syrah. Traditionally the best-exposed sights near the village of Maury have produced sweet fortified wine. High mountains provide the opportunity to plant vines at higher altitudes and make fresher wines. Finally, this vast region ends in a narrow strip of land between mountain and the sea and with Spain on two sides. Twisting lanes and vertiginous vine terraces link the little ports of Collioure, Banyuls and Cerbère. The fortified wines are sold as Banyuls and are mostly Grenache-based with a little carignan. The Collioure appellation is for expressive, full-bodied and refined table wine which can be made from several grape varieties: carignan, syrah, grenache, mourvèdre and counoise for the reds and grenache, roussanne and vermentino for the whites.
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"Can’t believe the earlier review. I like this, it’s a good everyday French red. Not too strong and low tannins, more fruity than I was expecting. It’s better than the 2018. Needs to breathe and by no means a bad wine, especially for £6.50"
I would recommend this wine
"Amazing stuff, so South of France. Soooo drinkable"
I would recommend this wine
"I can't add much to the reviews below, but I would warn people that there is (I would guess) about 20% Merlot in the blend, and it is noticeable along with the flavours you would expect from Carignan and Grenache Noir, adding a touch of green peppers and the characteristic blackcurrant and a touch of pencil shavings. I bought this as a Southern French blend, and so it was a surprise to find the Merlot in there. Come on WS include all the varieties in the blend in the listing, it isn't hard, then we will have an even better idea of what we are buying."
"Good value for money weekday red. Not exceptional and I'm not a fan of Carignan but many members will enjoy it."
"This was one of the first wines I bought when I joined the Society earlier this year (something I should have done a long time ago!). I am a big fan of southern French reds, because it is rare to find truly undrinkable ones, and this didn't disappoint. For the price it is excellent value and quality. Indeed, you could spend more and not get as nice a wine.
There is plenty of brambly fruit and, especially considering the price, enough depth to stand up to food. Give it an hour or so to open up and it becomes a juicy little gem. Terrific with lamb chops, but also with charcuterie and cheese.
Next time I buy it, I shall get a dozen.
"Out of all the wines I have purchased so far from the Society this is my baseline house wine. Quality control is excellent and it is so much better than its price suggests. Taste like a French country wine should do with good depth and fruit.
If you like a mid-week treat this could be for you."
"Medium bodied, not a bad nose, plenty of berry fruit, and very - dare I say dangerously! - quaffable. Simply enjoyable, and everyone I’ve gifted it to or shared it with has agreed. "
"Updated due to mistake. It wasn't as good as the other pays d'oc at this price. "
"Wow - A wine to put a smile on your face
It's just what it says on the bottle; fruity and soft
We were amazed how it almost improved with a spicy meal
Punches well above its price
I don't rate many 4* at any price"
"Another ridiculously nice, juicy red for not a-lot-o-dollar."
"Always excellent value, this wine has a lovely brambly nose and flavour, but rather than being fruit-driven, this is savoury, rich, herby and peppery. For the price, it's quite complex and totally delicious. It goes well with a wide range of spicy, herby, meaty dishes and cheeses and is very versatile. This is one of our favourite every-day reds. Highly recommended."
"Nice, unoaked, easy drinking red. Smooth, well balanced, not too strong and low in tannins. Quite a strong taste of blackberry and other red fruits, which is maybe why it seems to be so suited to a summer red. Not a hugely complicated wine, but a great everyday red for just a glass to enjoy on its own, or with a meal. Will definitely be ordering again."
"Fruity, smooth and very drinkable! A great value lighter red "
"The light red for summer drinking, really very relaxing to drink."
"Drinkable red. nice. Table wine contender."
"A super example of what Languedoc-Roussillon has to offer in terms of value for money. I enjoyed the up-front red fruit flavours and smoothness in the mouth of this wine. Fantastic to accompany an everyday evening meal or a barbecue, or just for relaxing after a hard day at the office. I will definitely be buying it again."
"Very drinkable. Ignore the bad reviews, this is a good wine. "
"I'm now on 2019 having given the 2018 4 stars. And yet again when you balance the value at this price it's an unbeatable weekday drinker. I've ordered four cases thus far and the fifth is on its way."
"Really nice full bodied fruity red, full of Southern sunshine. Great with a meaty pasta supper. Would definitely reorder. "
"Bought as part of a batch of southern French reds including some nearly twice the price, and this was as good as any. Not the greatest wine, but well made with ripe fruit, a fine tannic backbone and an admiral length for a wine at this price point."
"Been looking for a replacement to the Society’s Full French Red. Think I’ve found it. Very drinkable without food but ideal for a barbecue or party (after lock down)."
"I think Mr Russell was being whimsical!
"This is extremely delicious. At this price it offers incredible value. It really is a standout. I had the 2018 and then ordered the 2019. Ordering more now."
"A very good value and tasty wine, with food or on it's own. Does need to breathe. Even my wife liked it."
"After enjoying the 2018 ordered a case of this. Opened one to see how it was. Decanted about 30 minutes. Dark red, though not dense. Nice fruity aroma. Lovely fruity taste with a hint of herbs. Nicely balanced. Will leave the rest a few months or into next year, but very happy with this at the price point."
"This is a delicious wine, very good value. good body, and goes with everything I like to eat!"
"Usually we only drink Italian reds, but this is now our go-to red wine. It's a great price for real depth of character. "
"Rather good. Enough body to be satisfying. Low tannin. Plenty of fruit. Lovely with a meal but good sitting outside at lunchtime. Would I order again? Certainly at this price!"
"Ordered for first time based on members' reviews and can only agree with all the positive comments. I opened it to drink with a spaghetti bolognese and was a bit worried by a few comments about this wine being "thin". I certainly didn't find this to be the case. It had all the body and red wine lusciousness that goes so well with meaty Italian food. I'll definitely order again. (I'm not usually a great drinker of red wine without food but I can understand why this is a popular party choice.) "
"Sorry Frank, yes I see that now . Must learn to read :0)"
"I assume he was being ironic!"
"A little thin for my taste. Might be good as a summer red with a BBQ."
"Can’t believe the earlier review. I like this, it’s a good everyday French red. Not too strong and low tannins, more fruity than I was expecting. It’s better than the 2018. Needs to breathe and by no means a bad wine, especially for £6.50"
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"Excellent every day wine. Superb value for money. What more can one say! "
Mr Martin Black (20-Feb-2020)
"Excellent value. Essential to bring to room temperature for full flavour."
Mr William Anderson (06-Feb-2020)
"Happily just received my first delivery from The Wine Society. I selected the wines myself with the help of the reviews . This wine is great value for money , and exactly as described.
A good choice to have on the shelf. "
Mr Nigel Beirne (29-Jan-2020)
"The Grenache comes through but I’ve not a sophisticated enough palette to pick up the Syrah. For the price it is probably good value, but it’s young and has no depth. I’ve decided this is just not to my taste. Won’t be revisiting this one."
Mr Sammy Mansourpour (25-Jan-2020)
"Extremely good for the price "
Mr Andy Sharples (10-Jan-2020)
"A good all round fruity wine. I will certainly buy again. "
Mr Peter Giblin (05-Jan-2020)
"I think this is perfectly pleasant and good value at the price. There isn't much especially good about it or bad either except that I found it rather sweet so I think it is a good party wine but not something I will buy again to enjoy myself."
Dr Duncan St John Wells (09-Dec-2019)
"This is astonishing for the price. I will buying a lot more of this. Deliciously fruity mix of Grenache, Carignan and Syrah. "
Mr Ray Mount (09-Dec-2019)
"Very enjoyable, light but full of flavour. Great value at this price."
Mr Andy Friend (07-Dec-2019)
"Smooth and very simple. Easy to drink alone and a lot. Will buy again."
Mr Alex Vaystikh (25-Nov-2019)
"Great everyday wine for the price! "
Mr Martin Black (16-Nov-2019)
"It lacks strength, body and character, but has no vices and is a wonderful drink at the price."
Mr Nick Parkin (10-Nov-2019)
"How on Earth did you provide this lovely wine for £6.50 a bottle? Smooth, mellow went down beautifully with roast chicken, squash and broccoli. The kind of wine one does not want to stop drinking!!"
Mr Ian Oddie (06-Nov-2019)
"This wine is fresh, smooth and fruity, and goes down so well that we reached the bottom of the bottle without noticing. Fortunately I'd ordered two bottles, so we started another. A firm favourite at a great price."
Mrs Susan Dickinson (21-Oct-2019)
"This is a decent enough mellow red and I enjoyed drinking it. But its not to my taste so would not repeat. "
Mr Anthony Johnson (24-Sep-2019)
"We bought this wine for the first time a couple of months ago and liked it so much we have ordered it again. We love the Grenache grape and mixed with Carignan this was smooth fruity and easy to drink."
Michael D Brown Esq (31-Aug-2019)
"A great disappointment. Quite sweet and cloying. Not a nice flavour at all. I found it undrinkable and I will drink practically anything!"
Ms Sarah Taylor (27-Aug-2019)
Mr Philip Latham (12-Aug-2019)
"Excellent value for money, soft and well balanced, highly recommended"
Dr P A Flecknell (11-Aug-2019)
"As reliable and great value as ever. My go to wine for everyday drinking. What a star!"
Mr Peter Bennett (08-Jul-2019)
"Very disappointing after all the fine reviews.
Sadly it tasted just as it warrants, cheap, generic put together with a hint of sugar to make it palatable.
I think it would be suitable as a base for sangria. "
Mr Peter Searle (08-Jul-2019)
"I have bought this time (and its previous vintages consistently for years for choir concert intervals and local village film nights. It has always outperformed all other wines I have tried for these events and now I buy nothing else. Am always being asked "what is this red, its lovely" and none can believe the price when I tell them, it represents such good value. Full and mellow, the perfect interval wine."
S Scutt Esq (16-Jun-2019)
"Great value everyday wine
Ideal buy for a large gathering"
Mr Steven Foster (03-Jun-2019)
"Very disappointing..Cheap but not cheerful. No faults just lack of character."
Mrs Caroline Pygott (01-Jun-2019)
"Wonderful, delicious and a bargain!"
Mr Martin D Lawrence (25-Apr-2019)
"Really good, especially given the price. "
Mrs Jane Barry (21-Apr-2019)
France Magazine (5th Jul 2019)
"Snap it up. It's rare to find wines to appreciate at
this very modest price. This one, from the sunny south of France is very good
value with plenty of ripe and juicy flavour for the price. It's made by
blending the classic Languedoc grape varieties of grenache, carignan and syrah.
Drink with nibbles. - Sally Easton"
JancisRobinson.com (21st May 2019)
"Ripe red fruit, simple and light with no
structure to interfere with the simple gluggability. - Richard Hemming"
The Daily Telegraph (8th Jun 2019)
"50 best wines for the
summer: An easy-going, soft, broad, fruity red from the south of France, this
is made from grenache, carignan and syrah and it tastes of stewed blackberries
and ripe-to-the-point-of-mushiness figs. - Victoria Moore"
joannasimon.com (10th Apr 2019)
"If you want a
conspicuous bargain ... this juicy, ripe, unoaked blend of grenache, carignan
and syrah from Languedoc is delicious. With its gently spicy, briary black
fruit and hint of aromatic garrigue herbs, it's as good as red wine gets at the
price – in fact better than most at £8. It's not a blockbuster, but is a good
candidate for a barbecue with chops, sausages and chargrilled veg; and the
tannin is negligible, so you could also drink it with fish spiked with herbs,
spice or a pinch of chilli flakes, with octopus and olives, or charcuterie,
pizza, a cheesy onion tart or Mediterranean meze. - Joanna Simon"
"A really nice red, not perhaps as light as I was hoping for but nevertheless very much appreciated and enjoyed and for the price a real bargain"
Mrs Jane Seeviour (25-Aug-2019)
"Nice light wine, good for general glugging with friends, and a screw top too (huzzah). Good value, and will buy again. I slightly prefer the cantoiseau."
Prof David Wooff (16-Mar-2019)
"This has been one of my everyday red wines of choice for several years now. I don't pretend to recognize subtle fruits and flavours but can say this has a good depth of fruit and taste for a wine at this price level. I've never had a disappointing bottle thus far."
Robert J Foster Esq (06-Mar-2019)
"Quite honestly for next to no money this is not a bad liitle wine . I normally associate Languedoc with fairly hefty ,meaty reds so this is very different. It is light but pleasing on the palate and at 12.5% makes one feel a tad less guilty when glugging it on a week night."
Mr Trevor Charlesworth (15-Feb-2019)
"Perfect everyday wine, nothing to fault "
Mr Vis Bowatte (26-Jan-2019)
"I have had previous vintages of this wine and it's been reliable, took a bottle around for a family meal and everyone loved this wine, ripe fruit and very easy drinking. It's not a complicated wine by any means but is delicious and well worth getting a few bottles."
Mr David Mitchell (21-Jan-2019)
"Lacks structure and a bit thin. There is better quality and value across the WS range in my opinion. "
Mr Tom Rodger (01-Jan-2019)
"First time tasted, slow learner...!...better than the Vina Santico merlot that I have been drinking lately. Great price for what you get....smooth with bramble flavour (but not ribena...!)...only ordered 4 but will be at least 6 next time. "
Dr John W Jones (16-Dec-2018)
"I am not into stars. This is for my taste an excellent everyday red. Put it against a £50 bottle of claret and it would probably score 2 stars. In my view you get what you pay for with wine; as in most things in life."
Mr John I Smith (07-Dec-2018)
"Torn between 3 and 4 stars. It’s probably 3.5. Decent and drinkable but not amazing. A wine that’s a step above the minimum acceptable level. I’m loathe to say it tastes like ribena as other reviewers have but once I thought about it I couldn’t rid myself of the association..."
Mr Will Barry (30-Nov-2018)
"Several reviewers say it lacks grip but I think this is quite well-developed and shows refinement way above the price. Enjoy with a 90s John Grisham adaptation. "
Mr Edward Bogira (27-Nov-2018)
"I've only given this 3 stars because of the value. I agree with a few of the other reviews- it reminds me of drinking ribena. Nothing much to admire for me but I would happily quaff it while socialising. I decanted it briefly just to see what happened and it did smooth it out quite considerably. Having said that, I think I preferred it to begin with, at least the tannin then disguised the overly ribena flavour. If that is your thing then you'll probably enjoy this! I think there are more interesting reds for a similar price. My husband loved it. "
Mr Fraser Langton (25-Nov-2018)
"I think it is delicious,easy on the palate and good value at the price,will buy again."
Mr Patrick Whyte (22-Nov-2018)
"Agree with Graham lacks structure and grip ok for the price I suppose and just about makes the grade for a midweek red not sure would buy again. Ribena analogy is good.
Mr Owen Duffy (15-Nov-2018)
"Extra star due to it's low price. Was hoping for more from this wine, but very easy to drink and easy on the wallet. May need to sample again.."
Mr Roddy Campbell (04-Nov-2018)
"2017 vintage. Unlike the many people who reviewed this before, I didn’t like it. Nothing wrong with it but for me no structure or backbone. No grip, just fruit. A bit like drinking ribena. I don’t understand how so many people rate it highly. The 2nd bottle is going in a tombola."
Mr Graham Tree (24-Oct-2018)
"Our 'go to' red. Fantastic value for money. Lovely ripe fruit but well balanced too. Drink on its own or with food."
Mr Anthony Hodgson (23-Oct-2018)
"Highly quaffable over a sunday lunch. Most probably a good session wine - to be tested soon!"
Mr Stuart Catt (08-Oct-2018)
"a wonderful red wine have had wines a lot more expensive not as good as this any wine ihave had from the wine club has been very good"
Mr John Scott (04-Oct-2018)
"Good smooth wine, easy drinking. Great with cheese or on its own. Great value for £5.95."
Mr Christopher Walker (15-Sep-2018)
"Remarkable value for money every day red ; took a bottle to a 'drinks on the terrace' party , and it was in great demand ; should have taken a case!"
Mr Michael Cohen (13-Jul-2018)
"Delicious and great value"
Mr Samuel Holdsworth (29-Apr-2018)
"Great value for money. Light & Sweet."
Mr Gordon Allan (01-Apr-2018)
"What an absolutely stunning wine at this price, soft tannins, lots of fruit especially blackberry on the nose and palate. Agree with several members views that this could become our own “house red” for Chez Docteurs, but gutted to find the 2016 out of stock having only bought a single bottle in a mixed case. Hope the 2017 is as good?"
Dr Brian Metters (16-Mar-2018)
"Medium body full of brambles. A good value everyday red."
Mr Tom Rodger (04-Mar-2018)
"To show how this sort of wine has improved, this forty years ago would have been "plonk", not any more, difficult to pin down individual flavours, more brambly forest floor area, not a distinctive nose either but some lasting prickly acidity make this a good if not great wine for the price all round red."
Mr John Wigglesworth (28-Jan-2018)
"Lovely brambly hues on the nose open into a very smooth rounded palate with subtle BlackBerry hints
Medium bodied and suited to milder meat dishes though this could also be a winner with spiced dishes too.
A value buy at this price and an everyday / base comparison for other medium bodied, fruit forward wines. One to play with!"
Mr Hugo Allen-Stevens (27-Dec-2017)
"Bought this as a bargain 'Bin End', and what a bargain. Sometimes Bin Ends can be a bit 'iffy', but this instantly hit the spot with everyone.
We all absolutely loved it, it went very well with a Saturday night pizza.
I have a feeling that this is going to become a regular purchase in the future, especially at this price."
Mr Graham B Taylor (02-Dec-2017)
"One of the best wines I have had from the wine society, light and fruity, very easy on the pallet. Will be reordering for Christmas"
Mr Martin Reeves (27-Nov-2017)
"A bit sweet, with lots of cherry, strawberry flavours. It was better the second night it was opened.
Very easy drinking, with or without food."
Mr Nigel Morris (19-Nov-2017)
"Bought as a mixed case. Sipped it whilst consuming Lady Mary soft cheese from the Strathearn Cheese Co; co-founded by Pierre Leger (clue). This cheese is full of phenols that anesthetise the tongue but the blend of grapes in this wine released the pallet with a wonderful sweetness. Yes, it could be described as one dimensional, but in agreement with the other reviews, as a house red it is good v4m."
Dr Arthur Maynard (18-Nov-2017)
"Five stars as excellent value. Not a light wine but very drinkable and at a fraction of the cost you would pay in a supermarket for a similar quality. Not for special occasions but great for weekday tipple"
Mr Paul Anderson (17-Nov-2017)
"Quite one dimensional, a bit thin,lacking structure, but for £6 can i expect much more ?
Think there are better wines at this price.
Mr Richard Burton (22-Oct-2017)
"Look. This wine is a good robust red - just paired it with miso fried steak. You'd have to spend £10+ in a supermarket to get something of this quality. The lowish alcohol percentage is a good thing really and if anything allows the underlying flavours to come through."
Mr Chris Randle (11-Oct-2017)
"Amazing value for money. We treat this as our house red. While we'd pop out more "impressive" wines for special occasions, this one is a perfect treat for a casual dinner. We have fun impressing guests in a "guess the price" game."
Mr Ewen Carr (21-Sep-2017)
"Get some air in it and its absolutly fine - a perfect mid week enjoyment. Excellent value."
Mr Nicholas Wall (31-Aug-2017)
"For this price you are never going to be blown away ; however there is nothing wrong with this mid week quaffing wine .I have drank much more expensive wines that don't measure up to this ."
Mr Trevor Charlesworth (18-Aug-2017)
Mr Eain Green (31-Jul-2017)
"I agree with other members reviews. The Languedoc is one of my favourite hunting grounds for 'house' wines and this one is right there for an entry-level, great price/quality ratio house red. I just wish my neighborhood restaurants would stock such quality rather than the poor house wines for which they invariably charge > £20 a bottle."
Mr Johnny Holmes (27-Jun-2017)
"A bargain. Went very nicely with roast pork Sunday dinner."
Mr Richard Hadfield (21-May-2017)
"Seriously! Not surprised this is such a customer favourite. Bought as part of a mixed case, wish I'd just got 12 of these.Excellent value for money."
Mr Shane Keen (13-Apr-2017)
"We order this again and again. Always reliable, good with wide range of food, super value, lots of character for the price."
Mr W F Ball (09-Jun-2017)
"As we say in Scotland "yes may gang far and fare ware" . Amazing value."
Mr Keith G Napier (22-Feb-2017)
"Great wine. Would not say it is terribly distinctive but it is terribly smooth and difficult to beat for the quality and pric."
Mr Roger Godfrey (20-Feb-2017)
"Definitely up there with the best of what's available in the lowest price bracket. Fruity and well-rounded. Approach with expectations in line with the price and you will be more than satisfied."
Mr Addam Merali-Hosiene (28-Jan-2017)
"Fantastic value and a very drinkable everyday wine."
Mr Eain Green (03-Jan-2017)
"Yes, agree with nearly everyone else, terrific stuff. Soft, mellow, drinkable and v well priced. Will be reordering."
Mr Michael Ahlquist (21-Oct-2016)
"A perfectly drinkable good value wine."
Mr Ron Birch (24-Aug-2016)
"This wine is not a superstar, but what it is, is a great tasting fruity and consistent blend At a very low price for the quality. IGP and the Wine Society should be congratulated and it merits its popularity"
Mr Peter Weston (24-Aug-2016)
"Absolutely fantastic value for money. Uncomplicated and beautifully balanced this is a joy to drink."
Mr Peter Wooldridge (16-Aug-2016)
"Blended to produce a more than acceptable easy drinking red at a very competitive price, and it is what it is. One of the few French Country Wines I can drink without wincing. Good "every day" staple, not one to serve to your wine buff friends."
Mr Peter Weston (12-Aug-2016)
"A very pleasant and reliable, everyday wine. That's all that needs saying at the price."
Donald Macleod Esq (11-Aug-2016)
"An astonishingly good quaffable Red. A smooth, light and fruity mid-week tipple . Easy on your wallet too."
Mr Nick Hutton (24-May-2016)
"Very simple and drinkable! Enjoyable with dinner or on its own. A great inexpensive wine."
Ms Sarah Poole (23-May-2016)
"Definitely not for me. Fruity, almost juicy, and very light. Screw cap and the appearance in the glass is unappealing. Would not buy it again."
Ms Aline Moreira (22-Apr-2016)
timatkin.com (9th Dec 2016)
"A chunky, herb-strewn
Southern Rhône blend from the Languedoc. - Natasha Hughes"
The Mail on Sunday (4th Dec 2016)
"High quality and
quaffable, a bullseye that's hard to beat for party perfection. - Olly Smith"
Mr Jamie White (15-Aug-2016)
Mr Crispin Derby (14-Aug-2016)
"Really classy for the price. Light but not too light, Fruity and flavourful with good acidity. Would order again."
Mr Jason Mossman (28-Mar-2016)
"Really enjoyed this wine - will be ordering more!"
Mrs Michelle Turner (30-Jan-2016)
"I can't make up my mind about this wine; I thoroughly enjoy one bottle then nah!"
Mr Ewing Grainger (23-Nov-2015)
"This is what I like from a wine of this price. By not trying to be too clever, it succeeds. Can drink on it's own and it will hold up to all but the heartiest of meals."
Mr Tom Watts (29-Oct-2015)
"Deceptively rich colour and nicely balanced fruit/wood nose. Smooth flavours, again well balanced. Easy drinking and moreish without being bland."
Mr Stephen Hughes (17-Jul-2015)
"Not had the 2014 yet but on the 2013... can't fault it for the price. Great wine to have to hand and goes well with many foods. It probably won't win any fans of the heavy-oaked Aussie brigade! Another good find from TWS."
Mr Mark Chandler (25-Jun-2015)
"For this price, this is great value. Yet to find a better sub £6 wine."
Mr Simon Long (24-May-2015)
The Guardian (15th Aug 2015)
winner... which has the added advantage of looking at least a couple of quid
more expensive than it is. - Fiona Beckett"
"A straight forward, no messing Southern French red. Good every day drinking. Worked well with a peppery stew made with some left-over lamb."
Mr David Dallard (19-Oct-2014)
"This is a very smooth, easy-drinking wine, but lacking any depth or complexity. It is rather sweet and tastes of raspberries and redcurrants. The Society recommend that it would go with pizza. Well, maybe Hawaiian pizza, perhaps, but not much else. If you want sophistication, look elsewhere. For a thoroughly decent Roussillon, I'll return to the Society's Full French Red, which is one of my staples."
David J Richards Esq (07-Jun-2014)
"It's all been said before, but just for the record, this is great, and cheap, and hopefully in plentiful supply!"
Mr Mark Jones (11-Mar-2014)
"If you're looking for an easy drinking good value red, look no further. Recommended."
Mr Gregory J Wright (28-Feb-2014)
"Easy drinking red, extraordinary value."
Mr Jon Milton (12-Feb-2014)
"A simple, straightforward but very enjoyable table red. Punches well above the price."
Mr Reuben Hunter (04-Feb-2014)
"Best red I've had at this price for a long time."
Mr Ian Graham (25-Jan-2014)
"Cheap, cheerful and very tasty. At it's best lightly chilled. You'd be unlikely to find anything this good at this price in your local supermarket."
Mr Steve Davies (31-Dec-2013)
"This is probably the best value red wine I have ever tasted - not complex, but not boring either - delicious and very drinkable - would make a great wedding or party wine. Brilliant."
Dr Richard Allen (04-Dec-2013)
"I can only echo the other reviewers. Extraordinary bargain. Brought a huge smile to my face."
Mr Roderick Landman (02-Dec-2013)
"I drunk this wine the evening after a £14-15 bottle of something similar. Which was a difficult act to follow, and although not quite as complex this wine was great. A great standard french red which is far better than anything similarly priced or labeled."
Mr Andy Harper (12-Nov-2013)
"Instantly appealing light to medium weight red. After tasting many sub £8 reds for their wedding our son and I tasted this beauty. Wedding guests could not get enough of it. Fresh, fruity and more complex than you would ever expect. Out performs most Beaujolais Villages/Cote du Rhone at up to twice the price."
Mr Chris Sheppard (30-Oct-2013)
"Very good and reliable. We have been drinking this for a few years now and for the price is a very pleasant every day wine. It's not too strong, and worth a try to see if it's to your taste.You cannot fault the quality."
Mr John R Howson (17-Oct-2013)
"If you are shopping around for a bargain, this is one. Have ordered this a few times now, and is always a winner. Terrific."
Mr Mark Lawrence (16-Jun-2013)
"This really is a remarkably good red for its price category - it took me quite by surprise. A very pleasant taste with a subtle fruitiness, unfortunately the wine disappears all too quickly. Has the quality of a wine much higher in price."
Mr Thomas Raynor (29-May-2013)
"Really good value and now a regular occupant of my case from The Society."
Mr Ben Freer (05-Apr-2013)
"The whole family enjoyed this easy drinking red - even those that are not immediately drawn to red wine. Great value for money so off to buy some more!"
Mr Anthony J Milman (21-Feb-2013)
"I think this is great everyday wine - and only 12.5 percent so no headache !"
Mrs Mary Wilson (21-Feb-2013)
"Got a couple of these in a mixed case I ordered, just ordered a few more on their own. Very nice, flavoursome without being over powering, yet by no means weak. It was also quite smooth."
Mr Jason Cook (24-Jan-2013)
"I love this stuff! It's got fruit without being like ribena, it's soft without being flabby, it's modest enough to drink on its own but has enough character to go with food, it's only 12.5% alcohol so I don't fear a red wine headache, and it's only £5.50 a bottle - an astonishing bargain. It's one of those wines that friends take a glug, look up with a big grin, and say, "THIS is nice....!""
Dr Paul Weeks (28-Nov-2012)
"We first tried this a couple of years ago. It's become our house red. Unpretentious, reassuringly modest in alcoholic level, yet tasty and satisfying. An absolute and consistent bargain."
Mr Ian Duke (05-Nov-2012)
"excellent value for money, easy to drink but with plenty of character..ordering more soon.!!"
Mr Mark Lawrence (31-Aug-2012)
"An easy flavoursome quaffer which everyone professed to love when served at our daughter's christening. Not finessed, but what is at the price? If you like it simple, yet comforting, this is the stuff for you."
Mr Giles Barling (27-Jul-2012)
"Light bodied easy drinking wine. Better with a spicy pizza which bought out more flavours than present when drunk on it's own."
Mr Simon Bourke (01-Jul-2012)
"As we work our way through a case, I wouldn't say that this has been entirely consistent but at its best it is certainly toothsome."
Mr John L Moles (01-Jul-2012)
"A versatile, unpretentious wine and good mid week quaffing wine, it's juicy and fruity with ripe, soft tannins, which means that you can drink this slightly chilled when the warm weather arrives."
Mr Jeremy Gwyn-Williams (23-Feb-2012)
"Well made easy drinking quaffer. Simple and satisfying with light spice and tasty black fruit. Terrific with rich beef casserole and hard cheeses such as Comte. 12.5% is good too!"
Mr Philip Kirk (12-Feb-2012)
"I've bought and drunk so much of this that my GGT's are into 4 figures, and it's never let me down. This luxurious and delicious wine, which stands up well to rich food, is a staple of my regular order. Cheap enough for a Tuesday night, but with enough manners and comportment for something more special. If this wine was a dressage horse, you'd never find it leading on the wrong leg. Cheers!"
Mr Mark Jay (28-Dec-2011)
"Very cheap wines can be very unpleasant. They can also be so insipid that it's a close call whether one would prefer to be drinking them or nothing at all. This is far better than that. Some nose, some fruit, some length, some tannin. Very drinkable and terrific value."
Mr John L Moles (01-Jan-2011)
"This wine is something that in Yorkshire we call, "moreish." One glass leads to another and, unless great restraint is exercised, yet another etc. Great value for money.
Dr John P Allen (21-Nov-2010)
"Very pleasant. Fruity with a hint of spice and a little residual tannin."
Mr David Wesson (02-Oct-2010)
"A cracking wine - especially at the price ! As the description says, a bargain!"
Mr George Clothier (24-Mar-2010)
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