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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Mas Cremat, Cotes de Roussillon, L'Envie, 2019

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Mas Cremat, Cotes de Roussillon, L'Envie, 2019

Classic southern blend of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Carignan – and showing just a...

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OriginFrance

RegionRoussillon

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75

CodeMCR419

GrapeGrenache, Syrah & Mourvedre

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Domaine Pegaline, Pic Saint-Loup, Le Cote Obscur, 2019

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Domaine Pegaline, Pic Saint-Loup, Le Cote Obscur, 2019

A tiny production wine - which translates as The Dark Side - from 80% Syrah and 20% Mourvèdre,...

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OriginFrance

RegionLanguedoc-Roussillon

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodePEG419

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Domaine Pegaline, Pic Saint-Loup, L'Elementaire, 2019

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Domaine Pegaline, Pic Saint-Loup, L'Elementaire, 2019

50% Syrah, 20% of each of Grenache and Mourvèdre and 10% Cinsault. So instantly classy is this...

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OriginFrance

RegionLanguedoc-Roussillon

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodePEG319

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Chateau de la Liquiere, Faugeres, Cuvee Cistus, 2018 MAGNUM

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Chateau de la Liquiere, Faugeres, Cuvee Cistus, 2018 MAGNUM

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

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OriginFrance

RegionFaugeres

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Magnum150cl

CodeLIQ918

GrapeSyrah & Mourvedre

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DOUBLE MAGNUM Chateau de la Liquiere, Faugeres, Cuvee Cistus, 2014

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

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OriginFrance

RegionFaugeres

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Bottle3L

CodeLIQ814

GrapeSyrah & Mourvedre

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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...

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OriginFrance

RegionFaugeres

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Bottle75

CodeLIQ119

GrapeGrenache, Syrah & Mourvedre

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

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

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

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OriginFrance

RegionLanguedoc-Roussillon

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeLIQ318

GrapeSyrah & Mourvedre

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Chateau La Grave, Minervois Rouge, Tristan & Julien, 2018

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Chateau La Grave, Minervois Rouge, Tristan & Julien, 2018

From the Orosquette family, named after two once tiny and now strapping cousins in their 20s,...

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OriginFrance

RegionLanguedoc

ColourRed

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeGRV118

GrapeGrenache & Syrah

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Les Vignerons d’Estezargues, Cuvee des Galets, Cotes du Rhone, 2019

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Les Vignerons d’Estezargues, Cuvee des Galets, Cotes du Rhone, 2019

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

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OriginFrance

RegionRhone

ColourRed

ABV15%

Bottle75cl

CodeESZ119

GrapeGrenache, Cinsault & Syrah

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Vega del Rayo, Rioja, Vendimia Seleccionada, 2017

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

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OriginSpain

RegionRioja

ColourRed

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeVEG217

GrapeTempranillo

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El Lagar de Isilla, Ribera Del Duero, Roble, 2018

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El Lagar de Isilla, Ribera Del Duero, Roble, 2018

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

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OriginSpain

RegionRibera Del Duero

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeLAH118

GrapeTempranillo

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El Lagar de Isilla, Ribera Del Duero, Reserva, 2014

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El Lagar de Isilla, Ribera Del Duero, Reserva, 2014

100% Tempranillo, including some parcels 80-90 years old; in French barrels for 18 months....

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OriginSpain

RegionRibera Del Duero

ColourRed

ABV15%

Bottle75cl

CodeLAH314

GrapeTempranillo

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