Fontbonau Rhône from Cambridge Wine Merchants
Domaine de Fontbonau Cotes-du-Rhone 2012
I don't get to drink mature Rhônes that often; they are not so much of A Thing as mature Bordeaux and do not need the effects of time in the same way as Bordeaux.
This Fontbonau is a from a limited stock of wines intended for the restaurant trade; something of a fire-sale item, it represents a significant bargain for a wine that punches above its weight even at full price.
The estate has various links to Chateau Latour in Bordeaux and this shows in the quality of the winemaking. Mature now, at this price you should buy as many as you can physically get hold of and marvel at how something so good cost you so little.
Domaine de Fontbonau Cotes-du-Rhone 2012 (£12.99, Cambridge Wine Merchants) leather, mushrooms and sous bois with ripe berries, cool mint and complex, well-integrated, oaky vanilla spice; ripe yet savoury, intense and supple with very fine tannins.
Match with darker game or roast lamb.