Some time ago we found a red wine for members of The Daily Drinker, our educational wine sampling club, that was as popular as anything we've ever sent out: 2016 Grenache Le Paradou, a red wine of overt loveliness, elegant and extremely delicious. It remains so popular with our Daily Drinker customers and members that it is one of the few wines where we have restocked and is now listed on the page of Daily Drinker Favourite Wines.
Well, it turns out that that wine has a big brother, 2016 Les Terrasses Rouge. And this big brother is just about the finest wine bargain I've ever come across. It's a wine one could start to uncork in the not-too-distant future, yet drink over the next seven or eight years, perhaps longer still.
And it offers the sort of class-in-a-glass experience seldom seen at this modest ticket (a price at which, I suspect, some of you might be put off, so diminutive is it). Can really fine wines still be found at less than £10 in bond a bottle? It seems that they can...
The nose here is a touch reduced, but nothing that an airing won't dispel. Aromas are otherwise of delicious dark fruits and a distinct nuttiness. There are opening moments of fleshiness here and the black fruit of pure plums. Then it quickly develops significant structure that is faintly saline in nature. This needs a year, but it is very concentrated and direct and wonderfully well defined. What stunning wine for the money.