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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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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Jean Guiton, Savigny Les Beaune, 1er Cru Les Hauts Jarrons, 2018

From old vines first planted 60 years ago on a well-drained steep slope, east-facing and very...

Style

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBurgundy

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeGUI318

GrapePinot Noir

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Chateau Beaugard Ducasse, Graves, 2020

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Chateau Beaugard Ducasse, Graves, 2020

From the far south of the Graves near Langon, a splendidly suave and traditional Bordeaux, now...

Style

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBordeaux

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeBDU820

GrapeMerlot & Cabernet Sauvignon

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Hoddles Creek Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley, 2021

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Hoddles Creek Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley, 2021

Franco says the best vintage since 2017. 11 months in barrel; 30% new, 30% one year old and the...

Style

Light > Full

OriginAustralia

RegionGippsland

ColourRed

ABV 13.2%

Bottle75cl

CodeHOD621

GrapePinot Noir

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Burlesque, Zinfandel, Lodi, California, 2020

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Burlesque, Zinfandel, Lodi, California, 2020

Hearty and generous at the price, delivering a generous gush of raspberry and spice. Now-2024

Style

Light > Full

OriginUSA

RegionCalifornia

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeBUR120

GrapeZinfandel

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Domaine Faiveley, Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Aux Beaux Bruns, 2019

From a well-known site (think Barthod, Mortet etc.) near the centre of the village. Beautiful...

Style

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBurgundy

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75

CodeFAJ819

GrapePinot Noir

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Domaine Jean Guiton, Pommard, 2019

From three plots - Rue au Port, En Mareau and Les Vignots - situated on either side of the...

Style

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBurgundy

ColourRed

ABV12.5%

Bottle75

CodeGUI919

GrapePinot Noir

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Wickhams Road, Pinot Noir, Gippsland, 2022

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Wickhams Road, Pinot Noir, Gippsland, 2022

Elevage for six months in barrel, 10% new. Mid deep hue. Rose petal, spice and earthy aromas....

Style

Light > Full

OriginAustralia

RegionGippsland

ColourRed

ABV 13%

Bottle75cl

CodeWIC622

GrapePinot Noir

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Monier-Perréol, St Joseph, Terre Blanche, 2019

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Monier-Perréol, St Joseph, Terre Blanche, 2019

The low-yielding production of Terre Blanche (40% new oak, "chauffe moyenne" - medium...

Style

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionRhone

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeMOP119

GrapeSyrah

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Domaine Jean Guiton, Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru, Les Vergelesses 2020

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Domaine Jean Guiton, Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru, Les Vergelesses 2020

Guillaume’s stand-out wine, from a super site and very old vines. Aromatic, black fruit with...

Style

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBurgundy

ColourRed

ABV 13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeGUI020

GrapePinot Noir

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Huber-Verdereau, Monthelie, La Combe Danay,  2020

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Huber-Verdereau, Monthelie, La Combe Danay, 2020

From vines planted in 1981; and at around 280m. of elevation the plot is quite exposed, so a...

Style

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBurgundy

ColourRed

ABV 13%

Bottle75

CodeHUB620

GrapePinot Noir

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