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Summer Reds

Three bottles of each of the four reds below with a discount of 12.5%

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La Salette, IGP Côtes de Gascogne Rouge, 2022

This is a light red which one could easily serve slightly chilled with lunch (at just 12.5%) or with spicy food: the French would call it “frais”, fresh. It wouldn’t be bad with plain roast chicken either. There’s a sense of strawberries and raspberries, a plush core, and minimal tannins. From 50% Tannat plus 25% each of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, it delivers simple, immediate pleasure and outperforms its price. Now-2025


ColourRed

RegionSouth-West

Sub RegionCotes de Gascogne

GrowerLa Salette

Grape VarietyTannat, Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot

Vintage2022

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

ClosureScrewcap

CodeSAL622

Style

Light bodied

Light > Full

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...
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Segares, Rioja Tempranillo, 2022

An unoaked example of the joven style from 30+ year old Tempranillo vines grown on a plateau at 520-650 metres in Rioja Media. These deliver excellent concentration; and the lush texture is aided by being bottled with minimal filtration. Bountiful strawberry flavours. Now-2025


ColourRed

RegionRioja

GrowerBodegas Nestares Eguizábal

Grape VarietyTempranillo

Vintage2022

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

ClosureCork

CodeNES122

Style

Light Medium Bodied

Light > Full

Tempranillo

Tempranillo is Spanish red wine, with Rioja being its showroom.

Origins

  • Tempranillo vines were (possibly) originally brought to Spain, as variants of Pinot Noir (Burgundy) or Cabernet Franc (Bordeaux) from monasteries in Northern France by pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela. 

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Domaine de Cazaban, Jours de Vigne, IGP Pays d'Aude, 2021

Cazaban own 22 hectares of vines comprised of numerous parcels over various appellations just north of Carcassonne. The estate has been certified organic since 2010, biodynamic (Demeter) since 2013 and is one of the few to join the recently formed French association of Vin méthode Nature, whose strict charter forbids almost all winemaking intervention, for example added yeasts, and only permits minimal sulphur adjustments. We are usually wary of this practice as we have encountered too many...

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ColourRed

RegionLanguedoc-Roussillon

GrowerCazaban

Grape VarietyGrenache Noir & Carignan

Vintage2021

ABV12.5%

Bottle75cl

MethodOrganic

CodeCAZ121

Style

Light > Full

Languedoc-Roussillon

There’s something very complete about our annual offer of wines from the Languedoc and Roussillon: with whites, rosés and reds, and wonderful fortified wines, the Vins Doux Naturels which are such a speciality of the region, there should be something for all tastes. Secondly, there are wines for every budget; at every level we believe these wines continue to offer terrific...

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Carignan

Carignan is the grape which really distinguishes the red wines of the Languedoc and Roussillon from those of the southern Rhône (in the latter Grenache is ubiquitous and dominant, and Syrah and Mourvèdre are the preferred blending grapes).

It has been a much maligned grape. For example Jancis Robinson’s Oxford Companion to Wine thunders: "Carignan,...

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Domaine des Garriguettes, Cotes du Rhone Rouge, Le Beret Bleu, 2023

Young Sébastien Clement now runs this family domaine in Châteauneuf-de-Gadagne, having gained experience in the northern Rhône, Portugal and Australia. He immediately converted to organic and bio-dynamic (certified) viticulture. This, almost 100% Cinsault, is remarkable: how can Sébastien make such an authentic southern Rhône with such grace and levity at only 12% of alcohol? Youthful purple. Fresh (not jammy) fruit, all red cherries and raspberries with juicy ripeness. Just terrific....

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ColourRed

Sub RegionRhone

GrowerDomaine des Garriguettes

Grape VarietyCinsault

Vintage2023

ABV12%

Bottle75cl

ClosureCork

MethodBiodynamic

CodeGAR223

Style

Medium Bodied

Light > Full

Jancis Robinson

We get super excited when Jancis Robinson (or one of her team) write about our wine!

Voted the world's most influential wine critic in polls in the US, France and internationally in 2018, Jancis views herself as a wine writer rather than a wine critic.

She writes daily for JancisRobinson.com and weekly for the Financial Times. She is founder-editor of The Oxford Companion...

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Summer Reds

Three bottles of each of the four reds below with a discount of 12.5%

Great choice of good-value wines in the January sales. The website is really easy to use to make up an order. Delivery, as is often the case, was within 24 hours and, as usual, was well-packed.

J Windle

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I've bought a couple of cases recently, and many more in years gone by, and have really enjoyed their selection. They have a good range of interesting wines from some classic and some more…

Nicholas S

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Judging by the wines I have had, someone is doing a very good job in selecting the wines to put before the public, and at a very fair price. Delivery from online purchases as also been quick and…

Brian K

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Great company with good service and good prices. Highly recommended.

Albert H

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One of my favourite independents. Been enjoying these special wines for more than 10 years. Always interesting choices, and always great value in the sales!

David M

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This was yet another quick and painless transaction, as I have come to expect from SV&S.

Richard T

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