'Jancis Robinson' Mixed Red Case - £257.80 (2 bottles of each)

Roger Peguet, Chardignon 2011 Côte de Brouilly
Such a treat to get hold of an aged Beaujolais at just the peak of its life! I'd pounce on this. Deep, dusty-plum perfume. And then a mouthful of toasted plums, white pepper, cello-sweet depth, the haunting other-path to the melody. Silky… and then it pounces with a little bit of claw. Walnut-skin texture and savouriness on the finish. Wonderful. Just wonderful. Extraordinarily fresh and ready. Still so much life. So much length. (TC) 14% alc. Drink 2015 – 2020. 17 points

Pietro Caciorgna, Ciauria 2015 Etna
Nerello Mascalese. Clear and lifted and scrumptious from the first sniff to the last, lingering taste of grilled plums and rock dust. Red-berried, concentrated sweetness but so much tang and minerality that it negates any chance of jamminess. Well-laced, well-braced tannins. Just great gritty stuff. (TC) 13.5% alc. Drink 2018 – 2023. 16.5 points

Trigone Rouge No. 16, Le Soula, Roussillon, France NV
”55% Syrah from 25-year-old vines, 40% Carignan from 75-year-old vines, 5% Grenache Noir from 70-year-old vines. A blend of 10% 2015, 55% 2014, 20% 2013, 10% 2012 and 5% 2011. This smells of the soil. Slate dust and petrichor. Plums dropped on August-hot bricks. Beautifully pure, the scent of Roussillon, and on the palate, beautifully shaped red fruit. Vibrant and dense without an ounce of heaviness. Deeply garrigue-scented throughout, a woody-lavender lift on the finish. Just a brush of fine tannins. How is it possible to deliver so much flavour and complexity in just 12.5%?! (TC) 12.5% Drink 2017-2022.” 17 points

Dom des Deux Clés, Réserve 2016 IGP Vallée du Paradis
Dark, roasted fruits; mulberries and molten chocolate. Incredible mid-palate dance of cassis and intensity and velvety coffee. Dramatic and flaring, dark and opulent. Very seductive. (TC) 14.5% alc. Drink 2018 – 2022. 16.5 points

Alpha Box & Dice, Siren Nero d'Avola 2016 McLaren Vale
Lavender scented, parma violets, chalky. Victoria plums framed in lovely dry, spicy tannins. Strong caraway notes. It's a framework that owns the wine, spice over fruit, giving wiry strength and savour through the length of the palate. Bit of a rebel, heel-kicking spirit here, but basically, it's delicious. (TC) 13% alc. Drink 2018 – 2022. 17 points

Cannonau Riserva, Olianas, Sardinia, Italy 2014
“Organic Cannonau, aka Garnacha. 18 months in French and Slavonian oak. Sweet, dark aromas of burnt toffee and leather and dark chocolate. Big, broad and brooding, grilled plums, molasses. Warming alcohol. A bit of a Big Friendly Giant, but with a dancing line of acidity. If ever there was a wine that could match sweet-smoky barbecue ribs in a Bourbon maple glaze, this is it. (TC) 14.5% Drink 2017-2019” 16 points

£24 Vin Cognito 16 points