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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Clotilde Legrand, Saumur-Champigny, Les Lizieres, 2022

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Clotilde Legrand, Saumur-Champigny, Les Lizieres, 2022
Clotilde Legrand, Saumur-Champigny, Les Lizieres, 2022

Les Lizières is the name of the parcel; once a walled vineyard on the border of forest and...

Style

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionLoire

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeLEG122

GrapeCabernet Franc

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Clotilde Legrand, Saumur-Champigny, Les Terrages, 2017

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Clotilde Legrand, Saumur-Champigny, Les Terrages, 2017
Clotilde Legrand, Saumur-Champigny, Les Terrages, 2017

Clotilde’s vines were a little frosted in 2017, so she felt that rendered an extra...

Style

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionLoire

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeLEG317

GrapeCabernet Franc

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Clotilde Legrand, Saumur-Champigny, La Chaintree, 2015

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Clotilde Legrand, Saumur-Champigny, La Chaintree, 2015
Clotilde Legrand, Saumur-Champigny, La Chaintree, 2015

From a top vintage for red Loire, La Chaintrée is a wine which Clotilde considers a reference...

Style

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionLoire

ColourRed

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeLEG415

GrapeCabernet Franc

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MAGNUM Faiveley, Corton, Clos des Cortons, Grand Cru, 2019

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MAGNUM Faiveley, Corton, Clos des Cortons, Grand Cru, 2019

From a 3 hectare vineyard at the Ladoix end of the hill wholly owned by the family since 1874....

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OriginFrance

RegionBurgundy

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Magnum150cl

CodeFAJ919M

GrapePinot Noir

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L'Estabel, Cabrieres Rouge, Fulcrand Cabanon, 2022

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L'Estabel, Cabrieres Rouge, Fulcrand Cabanon, 2022
L'Estabel, Cabrieres Rouge, Fulcrand Cabanon, 2022

A blend of Syrah, Grenache and Cinsault grown on Schistes soil at 120 meters above sea level....

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Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionLanguedoc-Roussillon

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeFUL623

GrapeSyrah, Grenache & Cinsault

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Chateau Branas Grand Poujeaux, Les Eclats de Branas, Moulis, 2019

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Chateau Branas Grand Poujeaux, Les Eclats de Branas, Moulis, 2019

A very classic expression of Moulis. Based on a majority of Cabernet Sauvignon there is dark...

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OriginFrance

RegionBourdeaux

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeEDB119

GrapeCabernet Sauvignon & Merlot

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Domaine Faiveley, Corton, Clos des Cortons Faiveley, Grand Cru, 2020
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From a 3 hectare vineyard at the Ladoix end of the hill wholly owned by the family since 1874....

Style

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBurgundy

ColourRed

ABV %

Bottle75cl

CodeFAJ920

GrapePinot Noir

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Domaine Jean Guiton, Pommard,  2021

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Domaine Jean Guiton, Pommard, 2021

From four plots - that were picked separately but vinified together. This has wonderful...

Style

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBurgundy

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75

CodeGUI921

GrapePinot Noir

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Jean Guiton, Beaune 1er Cru Les Sizies, 2021

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Jean Guiton, Beaune 1er Cru Les Sizies, 2021

From a small south-east facing plot, on limestone and clay. This is a fragrant and red fruit...

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OriginFrance

RegionBurgundy

ColourRed

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeGUI521

GrapePinot Noir

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Domaine Faiveley, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru, Les Cazetiers, 2019

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Domaine Faiveley, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru, Les Cazetiers, 2019

Les Cazetiers has a distinguished position, sitting high on the slope above the village between...

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OriginFrance

RegionBurgundy

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeFAJ719

GrapePinot Noir

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Lequin-Colin, Bourgogne Pinot Noir, Burgundy 2021

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Lequin-Colin, Bourgogne Pinot Noir, Burgundy 2021

All the wine goes into barrel but only 10% new. Gluggable and juicy. This is full of red berry...

Style

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBurgundy

ColourRed

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeLEQ621

GrapePinot Noir

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Domaine Jean Guiton, Volnay, Les Petits Poisots, 2019

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From soils with a high proportion of clay, this is always deeply coloured, rich and opulent....

Style

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBurgundy

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeGUI719

GrapePinot Noir

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