Thursday 24th June, 8pm
So often we highlight single varieties for tastings that it is easy to forget that some of the world's most celebrated wines are blends. This is never truer than with Bordeaux. The star turns belong to Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with Cabernet Franc an important supporting role and guest appearances from Carmenere, Malbec, and Petit Verdot. These are not shy grapes and the blends balance rich flavours of cassis, plum, cedar and cigar tobacco with the ample structural matter in which these grapes also abound. Beyond Bordeaux, this set of grapes has travelled the world and challenged winemakers to put their own spin on the classics. Here we assemble three very different wines from very different places. Konpira Maru is a project that we have followed since its inception and their style is all about drinkability and pleasure, very different from the long-ageing wines of the Medoc. Grattamacco, by contrast is more classically structured, but with a signature seam of strawberry typical of Tuscany, while the Vignerons de Buzet, a cooperative in deepest South-West France, have fashioned a deeply satisfying, rustic red that is a far cry from the grand chateaux. As much as expressing a place these wines express the philosophy of the winemakers behind them – the least appreciated part of any terroir.
Vignerons de Buzet Sans SO2 2018, South West France £14.50
Konpira Maru Icarus 2018, Victoria, Australia £21.20
Grattamacco Bolgheri Rosso 2019, Tuscany, Italy £28.50