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Mas Du Libian ‘Khazan’ Cotes Du Rhone 2013

Few wine regions in world consistently balance concentration of fruit with depth of character like the Rhone does at table wine prices. So it’s no surprise that the ‘Wine Society’ is able to routinely offer their members quality Cote-du-Rhône wines for a good price. This has deep ruby colour with a pink rim, ripe red…

Chateau Montus Madiran 2011

The wines of Madiran have a special place in my heart… just look at how many I’ve reviewed on this site! If you love the fuller bodied red wine from the Rhone, then you owe it to yourself to seek out the deep brooding reds of south-west France. Alan Brumont is a producer at the…

Boutinot ‘La Cote Sauvage’ Cairanne 2012

Cairanne is one of the Villages in the Southern Rhone that is about to be promoted to ‘Cru’ status (like Chateauneuf-du-pape), so at some point soon the prices are going to shoot up… but not yet! So for now you can get some seriously high quality Rhone wines for far less than their famous neighbors.…

The Society’s Exhibition Crozes-Hermitage 2013

The Rhone in France is divided into Northern and Southern wine regions and most of what we see on our shelves in the UK comes from the South… Grenache dominant blends with Syrah and Mourvèdre amongst other varieties; wines like ‘Cote du Rhone’, ‘Chateauneuf Du Pape’, ‘Vacqueyras’ etc. The red wines from the North (with…

Terres De Moraines Madiran 2012

The third Tannat based wine M&S have on their shelves at the moment is a classic French ‘Madiran’… though one closer to entry level for the region than the bottle of ‘Domaine Picard’ I reviewed here. In the glass it has a deep ruby/black colour with a pink rim and an inky earthy black fruit…

Domaine Pichard Madiran 2008

I love wines made with Tannat and those from Madiran especially… they’re typically inky, weighty, earthy, beasts that serve as a separate food course entirely; they’re the Guinness of the wine world! If that sounds like a good thing to you then read on… otherwise I’d skip this, however good a wine it may be,…

Massif D’Uchaux Cotes Du Rhone Villages 2014

‘Cotes du Rhone Villages’ are a whole step up in quality from entry level ‘Cotes du Rhone’ and this example from Waitrose hales solely from the village of ‘Massif D’Uchaux’. In the glass it has a medium purple/ruby colour, with bramble blackberry and black currant fruit and a soft vanilla, pastel like minerality. Inky black…

The Society’s Claret Nv

Another benchmark staple of The Wine Society is ‘The Society’s Claret’. Like their White Burgundy reviewed here, it’s a blend made up each year with the assistance of the Society’s wine buyers from recommended parcels of wine provided by Mason Sichel. Unlike the White Burgundy, however, this is non-vintage wine as some of the parcels…

The Society’s White Burgundy 2014

This great value un-oaked Chardonnay from southern Burgundy’s Macon region is something of a calling card for The Wine Society. Each year one of their wine experienced wine buyers travels down to the region to oversee the selection of wines and the overall blending process that goes into creating this classic icon of their range.…

Château Fourcas-Dupré Listrac-Médoc 2006

Just because the Bas-Médoc region of Bordeaux sits to the north of the larger and more prestigious Haut-Médoc, doesn’t mean fantastic wines aren’t to be found there. If anything far better wines can be found at a lower price point than from the south, as this wonderfully earthy, inky, complex wine shows. It has a…

Chateau Haute Galine Minervois 2014

A one off bottling for the Wine Society, blended together after a good harvest in 2014 left the producer with plenty of high quality wine left over. It has a deep ruby colour with Purple rim; intense inky aromas of bramble blackberry, blackcurrant and a lick of vanilla with a faint edge of brooding minerality…

Bouchard Aine & Fils Pinot Noir Vin de France 2013

Sometimes French Pinot Noir, especially from Burgundy can be designed to accompany food so much they become tangy by themselves… thankfully not so with this one! Pale ruby colour and a garnet rim full of red cherry, strawberry, Raspberry compote and soft vanilla aromas that join with the faintest hint of earthiness developing. On the…

Léon Perdigal Cotes Du Rhone Blanc 2014

A blend of Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Roussanne & Viognier with clear signs of a deft touch in both it’s blending and handling in the winery. I’ve been searching for good go-to white for all occasions this summer and this really stood out at a recent Majestic tasting. Spicy grapefruit and white peach aroma, with…