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, 2020

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Lequin-Colin, Bourgogne Pinot Noir, 2020

From a very well-sited south-east facing 1er Cru on the border with Chassagne- Montrachet....

Style

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBurgundy

ColourRed

ABV 12.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeLEQ620

GrapePinot Noir

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Le Tende, Bardolino Classico, 2021

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Le Tende, Bardolino Classico, 2021

I first tasted this organic red (80% Corvina and 20% Rondinella) in a side street restaurant in...

Style

Light > Full

OriginItaly

ColourRed

ABV12%

Bottle75cl

CodeLET621

GrapeCorvina & Rondinella

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Huber-Verdereau, Monthelie, La Combe Danay, 2019

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Huber-Verdereau, Monthelie, La Combe Danay, 2019
Huber-Verdereau, Monthelie, La Combe Danay, 2019

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

Style

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBurgundy

ColourRed

ABV12.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeHUB619

GrapePinot Noir

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Mas d'Agamas, Mourvedre, IGP Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert, 2020

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Mas d'Agamas, Mourvedre, IGP Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert, 2020

A new wine for us this year. Classic notes of game, dark fruit and some liquorice on the nose....

Style

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionLanguedoc

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeAGA820

GrapeMourvedre

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Clos de L’Amandaie, AOP Grés de Montpellier, Amandaie Rouge, 2018

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Clos de L’Amandaie, AOP Grés de Montpellier, Amandaie Rouge, 2018

Only red wine is permitted in the AOP Grés de Montpellier. This is a blend of 33% Grenache 33%...

Style

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionGres de Montpellier

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeCLA318

GrapeSyrah, Grenache & Carignan

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Clos de L’Amandaie, Heritage Carignan, IGP Vicomte D’Aumelas, 2020

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Clos de L’Amandaie, Heritage Carignan, IGP Vicomte D’Aumelas, 2020

Only seven producers work in the tiny IGP of Vicomte D’Aumelas. The vineyards lie between the...

Style

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionLanguedoc

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeCLA120

GrapeCarignan

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Vriesenhof, Conservation Collection Pinotage, NV

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Vriesenhof, Conservation Collection Pinotage, NV

This is an unusual wine - in that it's a cross vintage blend of 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, and...

Style

Light > Full

OriginSouth Africa

RegionStellenbosch

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeVRI218

GrapePinotage

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Chakana, Attorante Malbec, Mendoza, 2019

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Chakana, Attorante Malbec, Mendoza, 2019

Fruity, ripe and well-made Malbec from highish altitude vineyards in Mendoza. Now - early...

Style

Light > Full

OriginArgentina

RegionMendoza

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeCHK119

GrapeMalbec

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Domaine Jean Guiton, Bourgogne Cote D'Or Pinot Noir, Burgundy 2019

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Domaine Jean Guiton, Bourgogne Cote D'Or Pinot Noir, Burgundy 2019

Since the 2018 vintage the Bourgogne Pinot Noir has been upgraded and given the new Côte...

Style

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBurgundy

ColourRed

ABV12.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeGUI119

GrapePinot Noir

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 I Fabbri, Chianti Classico, Terra di Lamole, 2018

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I Fabbri, Chianti Classico, Terra di Lamole, 2018

90% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo, part in cement and part in French oak. Crunchy black cherries...

Style

Light > Full

OriginItaly

RegionTuscany

ColourRed

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeIFA218

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Ipsum, Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux, France,2020

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Ipsum, Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux, France,2020

You don't often see this - a single grape variety proud on a Bordeaux label. The Siozard...

Style

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBordeaux

ColourRed

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeIPS120

GrapeCaberenet Sauvignon

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Ipsum, Petit Verdot, Bordeaux, France, 2020

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Ipsum, Petit Verdot, Bordeaux, France, 2020

You don't often see this - a single grape variety proud on a Bordeaux label. The Siozard...

Style

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBordeaux

ColourRed

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeIPS320

GrapePetit Verdot

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