Dourthe Bordeaux vs a plump, spicy Clos de los Siete from Argentina
If you want to find out the difference between the Old World and the New, you could do a lot worse than compare these two wines; both are oaked reds of about the same age costing around the same low-to-mid-teens money.
The Dourthe is classic Bordeaux; dark plum fruit and good structure with some aged complexity - an athletic-yet-deft rugby player of a wine.
The Clos de los Siete, made with input from consultant Michel Rolland, is riper and plumper with sweet black fruits and a supple texture; a classy easy-drinker, it is a flamboyant polo horseman.
The Argentine wine is technically the slightly better of the two but the Bordeaux has more elegance and subtlety - an honourable draw.
Château Pey la Tour Réserve 2011, Bordeaux Supérieur £11.50 Wine Society (Merlot-dominated red blend)
Clos de los Siete 2012, Vista Flores £15 Waitrose, Sainsbury (57% Malbec, 18% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Syrah, 2% Petit Verdot)
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