Rundown of three of our favourite French reds right now, from Beaujolais, the Rhone Valley and Bordeaux. There are some serious big hitters in here, especially the Andezon Rhone Red…
This pack contains:
Domaine Cavale Bordeaux: 100% Merlot from Fronsac and Canon-Fronsac, organically farmed on clay-sandstone, 12 months tank ageing. The nose is delicious and fresh, showing blackberry, raspberry and white pepper. The mouthfeel is round, full, fresh, invigorating, and gradually gaining in intensity. The fruit leads the way with blackberries and pepper, followed by spices and delicate chalky notes.
Du Grappin Beaujolais Villages: Beautiful, natural Gamay from talented husband-and-wife winemaking duo Andrew & Emma Nielsen. Light and juicy with a hint of petillance that adds to the freshness. All hand harvests from broken down granite soils, then fermented with natural yeasts in old Pinot Noir barrels adding a unique complexity. Unfiltered and unfined, suitable for vegans.
Estezargues Domaine d’Andezon Cotes du Rhone Village: Andezon is a full-bodied, meaty powerful red showing lots of dark fruit flavours, richness and complexity. From a single plot in a single village in the Southern Rhone, it shows that complex, savoury, chocolatey, iron rich, depth of flavour that we’d associate with far more expensive wines, think baby Hermitage. Whatever you call it, this is one of those wines that punches well above it weight and shows the depth and fruit to easily slip into the role of our favourite big steak red for chilly nights and richer meals.