La Grande Tour Reserve Speciale Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Pays D’Oc

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La Grande Tour Reserve Speciale Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Pays D’Oc

2015, Languedoc-Roussillon France
  • Buy of the Week, 92/100 Bob Campbell MW (May 2018) - "Bright, fresh, fruit-focused red...offers good value at this price"
  • Rich, fruity, modern style Cabernet blend from the Languedoc (south of France)
  • Produced by Thierry Boudinaud, a French wine dude with over 30 years winemaking experience!
  • RRP $18.99

    $15.99

    When you’ve been around the traps making wine in the south of France for over 30 years you’re bound to have a few connections here and there. Thierry Boudinaud has pulled all the strings in crafting this rich, fruity, modern style French Cabernet blend that is some seriously good value for a snip over $15!

    He’s sourced Cabernet grapes from the foothills of the Cevennes (grab a map – it’s north Montpellier!) and Merlot grapes from around the Beziers region (get the map out again, it’s south west of Montpellier). These sub regions of the Languedoc in the south of France are hot, dry and just the ticket for making ripening full bodied reds!

    Thierry doesn’t muck about letting this wine age in oak – he wanted a rich, totally fruit driven red and that’s exactly what he’s delivered. This is a label that regularly gets the tick of approval by Robert Parker’s “The Wine Advocate” publication – but if you were after any more convincing then we’ll let you in on a little secret, this wine is imported by an NZ Master of Wine (Stephen Bennett) and he doesn’t stamp his name to it unless it gets a master class tick of approval.

    In fact another Master of Wine (Bob Campbell) has picked up on it too. He picked it as his Buy of the Week (May 2018) calling it “Bright, fresh, fruit-focused red with attractive red berry, violet, and subtle chocolate/mocha flavours…Offers very good value at this priceThis wine was sniffed out by a fellow Kiwi Master of Wine, Stephen Bennett. I think he’s spotted a true bargain that boxes well above its weight. It’s a “modern style” Languedoc red with a strong fruit focus.”

    The Lowdown: 13% alc / 750ml / Screwcap
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