Cabernet Sauvignon

The most prestigious red grape?

Origins

  • Bordeaux region, as a natural cross of Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc (established 1997 by DNA analysis)
  • Was known as Vidure or Petit-Vidure
  • Spread throughout left bank of Bordeaux, supplanting white grapes

Characteristics   

  • Fairly easy to grow: hardy, buds late, but also ripens late (so some danger of equinoctial storms)
  • Loose bunches of thick-skinned grapes (so good resistance to rain and disease)
  • Loves well-drained soils (e.g. gravels of Médoc, Rutherford bench, Coonawarra Terra rossa)
  • Low yielding
  • High proportion of skin and pip to pulp, hence deep colour and high tannin
  • Deep colour (deepest of all mainstream grapes)
  • Key fruit quality: blackcurrants
  • Melding of fruit and oak: cedary and cigar-box flavours with age               

Vinification / Maturation

  • Long macerations to extract colour and flavour
  • Long maturation in (often) new, small (225l.) French oak barrels

Homeland       

  • Bordeaux: the classic grape of the left bank, especially Graves and Médoc (doesn’t like the cooler, damper, clay soils of the right bank)
  • Summit: the five first growths: Latour, Lafite, Mouton Rothschild, Margaux (Médoc) & Haut-Brion (Graves)
  • Generally makes up 60-80% of left bank claret.
  • N.B. Contrast: in homeland of Bordeaux Cabernet Sauvignon is usually part of a blend. In New World often made as 100% CS

Also to be found in    

  • France (but not that widely planted): S.W. France, e.g. Bergerac; Provence and Languedoc (e.g. Vin de Pays & Mas de Daumas Gassac), Loire
  • Italy: North-east and Tuscany  - 100% Cabernets, e.g. Sassicaia - or part of a blend with Sangiovese
  • Bulgaria: Huge volume & poor quality, but potential?
  • USA: California, esp. Napa Valley & Sonoma Washington State
  • Australia: South Australia, esp. Coonawarra; Western Australia, esp. Margaret River; Victoria. Often blended with Shiraz
  • New Zealand: Around Auckland and Hawkes Bay, usually in Bordeaux style blend
  • South Africa: held back by poor, disease-ridden plant material until 1990s: now new Cabernet clones of promise, both blends and as a single varietal     
  • South America: very high quality examples from Chile; and Cabernet of more dubious varietal character from  Argentina

Our Cabernet Sauvignon Wines…

 Finca Tobella, Priorat, Selección, 2017

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Finca Tobella, Priorat, Selección, 2017

A blockbuster, a blend of Carignan, Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon with a year in oak....

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginSpain

RegionPriorat

ColourRed

ABV14.8%

Bottle75cl

CodeTOB317

GrapeCarignan, Grenache & Cabernet Sauvignon

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MAGNUM Chateau Les Gravieres de la Brandille,Bordeaux Superieur, 2018

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MAGNUM Chateau Les Gravieres de la Brandille,Bordeaux Superieur, 2018

Frédéric Borderie’s principal wine, 65% Merlot with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBordeaux

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Magnum150cl

CodeGRC218

GrapeMerlot, Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc

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Vieille Dynastie, Lalande de Pomerol, 2018

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Vieille Dynastie, Lalande de Pomerol, 2018

60% Merlot with 20% each of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc; on gravelly soils over a...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBordeaux

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeVID118

GrapeMerlot, Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc

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Goedverwacht, J & G Cabernet Sauvignon, Robertson 2020

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Goedverwacht, J & G Cabernet Sauvignon, Robertson 2020

Here's a pure Cape Cabernet, showing a whiff of smokey oak (from eight months in barrel)...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginSouth Africa

RegionRobertson

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeGDV320

GrapeCabernet Sauvignon

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Carinae, Cuvée Philippe, Mendoza, 2018

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Carinae, Cuvée Philippe, Mendoza, 2018

A sumptuous, lightly oaked blend of 37% Malbec and Syrah and 26% Cabernet Sauvignon. Each...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginArgentina

RegionMendoza

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeCAE918

GrapeMalbec, Syrah & Cabernet Sauvignon

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Carinae, Prestige, Mendoza, 2014

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Carinae, Prestige, Mendoza, 2014

About 60% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Syrah, a selection of the best grapes of the...

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Light > Full

OriginArgentina

RegionMendoza

ColourRed

ABV15%

Bottle75cl

CodeCAE514

GrapeMalbec, Cabernet Sauvignon & Syrah

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Château Beauregard Ducasse, Cuvée Albert Duran, Graves, 2016

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Château Beauregard Ducasse, Cuvée Albert Duran, Graves, 2016

Gruff M. Perromat’s top wine, from about 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBordeaux

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeBDU616

GrapeMerlot, Cabernet Sauvignon & Petit Verdot

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Château La Plaige, Bordeaux Supérieur, 2018

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Château La Plaige, Bordeaux Supérieur, 2018

Charmingly labelled wine - which we have shipped many times before. It's a blend of 60%...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBordeaux

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodePLA118

GrapeMerlot & Cabernet Sauvignon

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Chateau Les Gravieres de la Brandille, Bordeaux Superieur, 2018

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Chateau Les Gravieres de la Brandille, Bordeaux Superieur, 2018

Frédéric Borderie's principal wine, 65% Merlot with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15%...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBordeaux

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeGRC118

GrapeMerlot, Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc

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Château Les Combes, Bordeaux Rose, 2020

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Château Les Combes, Bordeaux Rose, 2020

This is subtle and elegant, light and refreshing. It's a wine for those who like their...

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginFrance

RegionBordeaux

ColourRosé

ABV12.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeGRC520

GrapeCabernet Sauvignon & Merlot

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Château Beausejour, Fronsac, 2016

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Château Beausejour, Fronsac, 2016

85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc, handled by top consultant Stéphane...

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Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBordeaux

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeBEA116

GrapeMerlot, Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc

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Château Deyrem Valentin, Margaux, 2016

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Château Deyrem Valentin, Margaux, 2016

50% Merlot, 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, plus 1% of Petit Verdot, with about 35% new barrels: a...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBordeaux

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeDEY116

GrapeMerlot, Cabernet Sauvignon & Petit Verdot

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Cederberg, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cederberg, 2018

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Cederberg, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cederberg, 2018

In the cool mountain vineyards Cabernet enjoys a long ripening period, excellent for aromatics....

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Light > Full

OriginSouth Africa

RegionCederberg

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeCED718

GrapeCabernet Sauvignon

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Cederberg, V Generations Cabernet Sauvignon, 2018

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Cederberg, V Generations Cabernet Sauvignon, 2018

The top red here, based on a barrel selection from one parcel of vines producing small berries....

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Light > Full

OriginSouth Africa

RegionCederberg

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeCED918

GrapeCabernet Sauvignon

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Le Petit Pont Rouge, IGP Pays d'Oc, 2020

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Le Petit Pont Rouge, IGP Pays d'Oc, 2020

Largely from Grenache, Cinsault and a little Cabernet Sauvignon. Bramble fruited but with a...

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Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionLanguedoc

ColourRed

ABV12.5%

Bottle75cl

CodePEP620

GrapeGrenache, Cinsault & Cabernet Sauvignon

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La Salette, IGP Côtes de Gascogne Rouge, 2020

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La Salette, IGP Côtes de Gascogne Rouge, 2020

This is a light, deliriously purple-hued wine which one could easily serve lightly chilled with...

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Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionSouth-West

ColourRed

ABV12.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeSAL620

GrapeTannat, Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot

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Chateau Piconat, Bordeaux, 2019

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Chateau Piconat, Bordeaux, 2019

Not just a very pretty (pinkish) traditional label. Appealing strawberry and blackberry core,...

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Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBordeaux

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodePIC119

GrapeMerlot, Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc

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Chateau Les Pelerins, Pomerol, 2014

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Chateau Les Pelerins, Pomerol, 2014

Named as on an old pilgrim route, Pelerins, owned by Josette et Nobert Egreteau, is a tiny 3.5...

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OriginFrance

RegionBordeaux

ColourRed

ABV12.5%

Bottle75cl

CodePEL114

GrapeMerlot, Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc

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Chateau Marzy, Pomerol, Grand Enclos de Riffat, 2018

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Chateau Marzy, Pomerol, Grand Enclos de Riffat, 2018

From the Maison family on the plateau of Pomerol, a well-oaked example already showing...

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Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBordeaux

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeMAZ118

GrapeMerlot, Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc

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Château Pierre de Montignac, Médoc, Cru Bourgeois, 2016

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Château Pierre de Montignac, Médoc, Cru Bourgeois, 2016

A Cru Bourgeois from a top red Bordeaux vintage usually offers excellent value - and this long...

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Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBordeaux

ColourRed

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodePDM116

GrapeCabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Petit Verdot

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Domaine des Forges, Anjou-Villages, Les Trois C, 2019

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Domaine des Forges, Anjou-Villages, Les Trois C, 2019

From 70% Cabernet Franc with 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, grown on clay and sand over schist.;...

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Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionLoire

ColourRed

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeFOR319

GrapeCabernet Franc & Cabernet Sauvignon

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Chateau du Glana, Saint-Julien, 2016

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Chateau du Glana, Saint-Julien, 2016

56% Cabernet Sauvignon and 44% Merlot, given 12 months in oak, 40% new: suave and already...

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Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBordeaux

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeGLA116

GrapeCabernet Sauvignon & Merlot

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Chateau Bellegrave, Pauillac, 2015

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Chateau Bellegrave, Pauillac, 2015

Owned by the Meffre brothers, Bellegrave lies in an enviable spot between the Pichons and...

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OriginFrance

RegionBordeaux

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeBLL115

GrapeCabernet Sauvignon & Merlot

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Finca Tobella, Negre, Priorat, 2018

Very deeply coloured, inky; overtly flavoured by the barrels, with expensive, clean, cedary...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginSpain

RegionPriorat

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeTOB118

GrapeSyrah, Cabernet Sauvignon & Grenache

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Thorn-Clarke, Terra Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon, Barossa, 2017

Very deep hue. Typical Aussie Cab. profi le of ripe blackcurrant and blueberry tinged with...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginAustralia

RegionBarossa

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeTHO117

GrapeCabernet Sauvignon

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Valle Frio, Red Blend, Reserva Especial

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Valle Frio, Red Blend, Reserva Especial

A well-crafted blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Carmenere, 10% Syrah and 5% Petit Verdot,...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginChile

RegionMaule

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeFRI814

GrapeCabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere & Syrah

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Apaltagua, Envero, Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon, Apalta Vineyard Selection, Colchagua, 2018

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Apaltagua, Envero, Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon, Apalta Vineyard Selection, Colchagua, 2018

Classic Chilean Cab. Blast of blackcurrant and eucalyptus. Glossy cassis fruit, very pure and...

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Light > Full

OriginChile

RegionColchagua

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeAPA218

GrapeCabernet Sauvignon

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Vriesenhof, Kallista, Stellenbosch, 2016

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Vriesenhof, Kallista, Stellenbosch, 2016

A beautiful Bordeaux blend given ageing in plenty of new barrels, 40% Cabernet Franc, 35%...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginSouth Africa

RegionCeres

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeVRI416

GrapeCabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot

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Berbillot, Côtes de Bourg, 2019

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Berbillot, Côtes de Bourg, 2019

From the Hoclet family at Villeneuve, about 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, a light and...

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Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBordeaux

ColourRed

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeBEQ119

GrapeMerlot & Cabernet Sauvignon

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Chateau Les Anguilleys, Medoc, Cru Bourgeois, 2015

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Chateau Les Anguilleys, Medoc, Cru Bourgeois, 2015

"Cru bourgeois from Begadan. 40-year-old vines grown by Ch Vieux Robin.Bright garnet....

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OriginFrance

RegionBordeaux

ColourRed

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeANG115

GrapeCabernet Sauvignon & Merlot

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Château Haut-Bellevue, Moulis, 2016

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Château Haut-Bellevue, Moulis, 2016

From a tiny 2 hectare parcel owned by Alain Roses: 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 10%...

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Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionMoulis

ColourRed

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeHAU116

GrapeCabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Petit Verdot

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McManis, Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi, California, 2018

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McManis, Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi, California, 2018

Deep and opaque. Scent of black fruit and oak notes. Blackcurranty attack, very ripe but fresh...

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OriginUSA

RegionLodi

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeMCM218

GrapeCabernet Sauvignon

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Chateau Barrejat, Madiran, Tradition, 2018

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Chateau Barrejat, Madiran, Tradition, 2018

"Deep purple. Smooth, sweet fruit with more lift and less tannin (despite Tannat's...

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Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionMadiran

ColourRed

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeBAJ118

GrapeTannat, Cabernet Franc & Cabernet Sauvignon

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MAGNUM Château Beausejour, Fronsac, 2016

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MAGNUM Château Beausejour, Fronsac, 2016

The Melet family has owned Château Beauséjour in Fronsac for five generations. Since 2011,...

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OriginFrance

RegionBordeaux

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Magnum150cl

CodeBEA915

GrapeMerlot, Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc

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Les Gravieres de la Brandille, Cuvee Prestige, Bordeaux, 2016

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Les Gravieres de la Brandille, Cuvee Prestige, Bordeaux, 2016

From 88% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, and a selection of older vines on prime gravel and...

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OriginFrance

RegionBordeaux

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeGRC316

GrapeMerlot & Cabernet Sauvignon

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MAGNUM Chateau Vieille Dynastie, Lalande de Pomerol, 2016

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MAGNUM Chateau Vieille Dynastie, Lalande de Pomerol, 2016

Wonderfuly ripe - so rich, lush and supple. A sense of liqueur cherries - luxuriant fruit...

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Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBordeaux

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle150cl

CodeVID916

GrapeMerlot, Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc

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MAGNUM Gravières de la Brandille, Prestige, Bordeaux, 2016

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MAGNUM Gravières de la Brandille, Prestige, Bordeaux, 2016

Cedary aroma; and then a burst of intense red fruit - raspberry coulis. Silky, and so fine,...

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OriginFrance

RegionBordeaux

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Magnum150cl

CodeGRC916

GrapeMerlot & Cabernet Sauvignon

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Finca Tobella, Negre, Priorat, 2020

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Finca Tobella, Negre, Priorat, 2020

From a recently founded estate in Priorat in Catalonia, a great Spanish terroir, on steep...

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Light > Full

OriginSpain

RegionPriorat

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeTOB120

GrapeCarignan, Cabernet Sauvignon & Grenache

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Petit Pont, Rouge (5l Bag in Box), IGP Pays d'Oc, 2020

Largely from Grenache, Cinsault and a little Cabernet Sauvignon. Bramble fruited but with a...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionPays d'Oc

ColourRed

ABV12.5%

Bag in Box5l

CodeBIB220

GrapeGrenache, Cinsault & Cabernet Sauvignon

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Bremerton Tamblyn, Langhorne Creek, 2018

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Bremerton Tamblyn, Langhorne Creek, 2018

A blend of 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Shiraz, 11% Malbec and 5% Merlot. A quintessential South...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginAustralia

RegionLanghorne Creek

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeBRE118

GrapeCabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz & Malbec

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Capel Vale Debut, Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot,  Margaret River, 2019

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Capel Vale Debut, Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot, Margaret River, 2019

Blackcurrant, plum and cherry with a hint of spice. This is a polished and smooth take on the...

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OriginAustralia

RegionMargaret River

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeCAP219

GrapeCabernet Sauvignon & Merlot

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