France: Red

Lafond Roc-Epine Lirac Rouge 2018, Souther Rhône

Along with Gigondas and Vacqueyras, Lirac is a Cru appellation that is highly regarded for its powerful red wines. So much so, that they are the Crus that are said to offer the best alternatives to Châteauneuf du Pape but without the exuberant price tag.

Lafond’s winemaking heritage dates back to 1870 and the family run estate now own holdings in Lirac, Tavel, Châteauneuf du Pape as well as the generic Côtes du Rhône appellation. The estate was recently headed up by Pascal but more recently, his two sons Gregoire and Jean-Baptiste run the full operation with the former in charge of winemaking and the latter managing the commercial entity. All Lafond wines are produced organically.

WineLafond Roc-Epine Lirac Rouge
StyleBold with depth and complexity; a great Châteauneuf du Pape alternative
VarietyGSM: Grenache (60%), Syrah (30%), Mourvedre (10%)
Vinetage2018
WinemakingStainless steel before spending 3-4 months in new French oak, 6 months in bottle before sale
ABV14%
Price£16.99
Featured in our ‘Summer Rhône’ virtual wine tasting, June 2021

Domaine Saint Rose La Garrigue 2018, Pays d’Oc

WineDSR La Garrigue
StyleComplex with both red fruits and warming spice
VarietyGSM (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre)
Vintage2018
Ageing
ABV
Price£12.00

Domaine Saint Rose Le Pinacle Syrah 2018, Pays d’Oc

WineDSR Le Pinnacle
StyleA bold and expressive red with black fruits and mocha tones
VarietyCote-Rotie tradition: Syrah (90%), Vognier (5%)
Vintage2018
Ageing
ABC
Price£15.50
Featured in ‘Vive la France: Languedoc’ virtual wine tasting, August 2020

Espirit D’Alienor Montagne Saint-Emilion 2015, Bordeaux

Exclusive Bacchus Import

WineEspirit D’Alienor Montagne Saint-Emilion
Style
VarietyMerlot (90%), Cabernet Franc (10%)
Vintage2015
Ageing
ABV
Price: £22.00
Featured in our ‘Vive la France: Bordeaux’ virtual wine tasting, October 2021

Chateau Haunt-Chaigneau Lalande de Pomerol 2015, Bordeaux

Exclusive Bacchus Import

WineChateau Haunt-Chaigneau Lalande de Pomerol
Style
VarietyMerlot (85%), Cabernet Franc (15%)
Vintage2015
Ageing
ABV
Price£29.00
Featured in our ‘Vive la France: Bordeaux’ virtual wine tasting, October 2021

Stephane Ogier Cote-Rotie, Northern Rhône

WineStephane Ogier Cote-Rotie
StyleDeeply concentrated and complex yet vibrant and rich; indulgent Cote-Rotie
VarietySyrah
Vintage2017
Ageing
ABV
Price£50.00
Featured in our ‘Fine Wine’ virtual wine tasting, November 2020

Domaine Saint Rose Le Mistral Merlot 2018, Pays d’Oc

WineDSR Le Mistral
StyleMedium bodied delectably fruity merlot
VarietyMerlot
Vintage2018
Ageing
ABC
Price£12.00 (currently awaiting new stock)
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