'Jancis Robinson' Mixed Red Case - £222.70 (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
Gladstone, 12,000 Miles Pinot Noir 2016 Wairarapa Meaty, earthy and solid. Warm and generous baked-plum breadth with lots of muscle. Plump fruit, but fresh and tingling cinnamon to the finish. SO much better value than the Schubert Pinot tasted alongside.GV (TC) 13% alc. Drink 2018 – 2023. 16.5 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
Boncore, Riserva 2014 Salice Salentino Warm, just-off-the-hob mulberry jam – all it needs is cream! Such a plump, bosomy, comforting wine that it feels like a big, old sofa with cushions that you sink into and can't get back up out of. Have with a bowl of macaroni cheese and the TV program you'd never admit to anyone that you watch. VGV (TC) 14% alc. Drink 2017 – 2022. 16.5 points
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