Red Wines

We offer more red wine than white on our website… Well, there is a view that a meal without red wine is like a day without sunshine…

As a general rule red grape varieties tend to perform at their best in warmer temperatures than white. So whilst one could argue that the very greatest reds of the world come from marginal zones where the local vines need to be coaxed to full ripeness - for example Cabernet Sauvignon in Bordeaux, Pinot Noir in Burgundy and Syrah in the northern Rhône - there is abundant decent red wine available now from countries or regions enjoying a Mediterranean climate; in particular the south of France, Italy, Spain, Chile, Argentina, South Africa, California, etc.

While certain grape varieties are associated with particular countries or regions (for example Sangiovese with central Italy, Tempranillo with Spain, Malbec with Argentina, Carmenère with Chile, the home-grown Pinotage with South Africa, Zinfandel with California), it is the varieties best known for making top French wine - Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, Syrah (Shiraz), Pinot Noir, and, to a lesser extent, Grenache and Mourvèdre - which have been widely planted all over the new world.

A word about ripeness, alcohol levels and climate change. Red wines, even more than white, are becoming more alcoholic. This is as a result of a number of different factors working together. First, consumers now seek riper wines - wines made from grapes which are picked properly ripe, with higher sugar levels which, once fermented out, become higher alcohol levels. (My theory as to why riper wines are so much more popular is related to us having become accustomed to higher sugar levels in a modern diet). Better management of the vines (in particular the "canopy" of the leaves) and more sophisticated weather forecasting has enabled growers to ripen their grapes better and pick at the right moment.

And on top of that is climate change. Thirty years ago reds from Bordeaux used to be bottled at 12-12.5%; since the hot 2009 vintage most examples show 13-14.5%, and some wines actually contain over 15% of alcohol.

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Chateau de la Liquiere, Faugeres Rouge, 2019

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Chateau de la Liquiere, Faugeres Rouge, 2019

The estate’s principal wine, an unoaked, life-enhancing blend of Grenache and Syrah with a...

Style

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionFaugeres

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeLIQ119

GrapeGrenache, Syrah & Mourvedre

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Magnum, Chateau de la Liquiere, Faugeres Rouge, 2019

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Magnum, Chateau de la Liquiere, Faugeres Rouge, 2019
Magnum, Chateau de la Liquiere, Faugeres Rouge, 2019

The estate’s principal wine, an unoaked, life-enhancing blend of Grenache and Syrah with a...

Style

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionFaugeres

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Bottle150cl

CodeLIQ119M

GrapeGrenache, Syrah & Mourvedre

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Chateau de la Liquiere, Faugeres Rouge, Cuvee Cistus, 2018
Jancis Robinson

Named after the cistus or rock rose, the pretty shrub which dots the hillsides, a blend of 70%...

Style

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionLanguedoc-Roussillon

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeLIQ318

GrapeSyrah & Mourvedre

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Chateau La Grave, Minervois Rouge, Tristan & Julien, 2019

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Chateau La Grave, Minervois Rouge, Tristan & Julien, 2019

"A blend of Grenache and Syrah, named after two cousins in the Orosquette family, this is...

Style

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionLanguedoc

ColourRed

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeGRV119

GrapeGrenache & Syrah

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Les Vignerons d’Estezargues, Cuvee des Galets, Cotes du Rhone, 2020

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Les Vignerons d’Estezargues, Cuvee des Galets, Cotes du Rhone, 2020

 Juicy, unfiltered blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah: raspberryish mouthful, mildly spicy...

Style

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionRhone

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeESZ120

GrapeGrenache, Cinsault & Syrah

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Vega del Rayo, Rioja, Vendimia Seleccionada, 2019

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Vega del Rayo, Rioja, Vendimia Seleccionada, 2019

A blend of about 95% Tempranillo and 5% Mazuelo, a cheerful, oaked (American and Russian)...

Style

Light > Full

OriginSpain

RegionRioja

ColourRed

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeVEG219

GrapeTempranillo

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Bodegas Borsao, Garnacha, Joven, Campo de Borja, 2020

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Bodegas Borsao, Garnacha, Joven, Campo de Borja, 2020

Bodegas Borsao is a big co-operative, marketing wines from over 600 growers whose land...

Style

Light > Full

OriginSpain

RegionCampo de Borja

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeBOR320

GrapeGrenache

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El Lagar de Isilla, Ribera Del Duero, Roble, 2019

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El Lagar de Isilla, Ribera Del Duero, Roble, 2019

A best-seller here, 95% Tempranillo with 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, given precisely 122 days (it...

Style

Light > Full

OriginSpain

RegionRibera Del Duero

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeLAH119

GrapeTempranillo

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El Lagar de Isilla, Paraje Penalobos, Ribera del Duero, 2016

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El Lagar de Isilla, Paraje Penalobos, Ribera del Duero, 2016

"Restrained aromas, quite elegant in red-berry fruit with a delicate spicy touch....

Style

Light > Full

OriginSpain

RegionRibera Del Duero

ColourRed

ABV15%

Bottle75cl

CodeLAH616

GrapeTempranillo

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Carinae, Malbec, Hommage, Mendoza, 2014

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Carinae, Malbec, Hommage, Mendoza, 2014

Amazing old-vine Malbec from 95 year old vines in a high altitude vineyard at Calle Cobos,...

Style

Light > Full

OriginArgentina

RegionMendoza

ColourRed

ABV15%

Bottle75cl

CodeCAE414

GrapeMalbec

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Fryer's Cove, Pinot Noir, Bamboes Bay, 2019

From this isolated, calcareous vineyard on the cold Atlantic shore. Attractively early-maturing...

Style

Light > Full

OriginSouth Africa

RegionWestern Cape

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeFRY619

GrapePinot Noir

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Château Barrejat, Madiran, Cuvée des Vieux Ceps, 2019

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Château Barrejat, Madiran, Cuvée des Vieux Ceps, 2019

Old vines indeed, over 80 years and some pre-phylloxera, so perhaps over 150 years old: 80%...

Style

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionSouth-West

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeBAJ319

GrapeTannat

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