Les Grands Chais de France
Ch du Cartillon, Haut Medoc 2010 (new to UK) adept, complex, Michel Rolland-influenced, Merlot-dominated Cru Bourgeois.
Dark purple with ripe plum, pencil shavings, tobacco, liquorice and sweet vanilla spice. Fresh and vigorous with ripe black cherry fruit, cool mint, liquorice and vanilla.
Long and savoury, well-balanced with perfectly-ripe tannins and as darkly seductive yet well-groomed as Johnny Depp, it will only improve with age. Very Good.
Match with roast lamb or beef Wellington.
Terres La Baume Viognier Chardonnay IGP Oc, 2010 (independents and restaurants) big, deliciously ripe-yet-fresh, oaky Languedoc white.
Mid-straw yellow with aromas of white flowers, tropical citrus and musky-toasty oak.
Ripe stone fruits, citrus-and-ginger cut through with fresh acidity and underpinned with prominent layers of buttery, toasty oak and sweet spice.
Ripe and full with lots of stuffing, it will repay some aeration or ageing. Very Good.
Match with guinea fowl or roast pork.
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