Les Caves de Pyrene (www.lescaves.co.uk) 


Alain Brumont Gros Manseng 2002 Vin de Pays des Côtes de Gascogne, France
This week, three wines from mail-order merchant Les Caves de Pyrene. A superb white wine, this. Very full expressive nose with herby, full, rich fruit. It’s lemony fresh but at the same time fat, creamy and full. The palate is full, rich and fruity with notes of straw, herb and vanilla. Amazing for a sub-£6 wine. (£5.49 Les Caves de Pyrene, www.lescaves.co.uk)

Jean Luc Matha Cuvée ‘Pèirafi’ 2000 Marcillac, France
Deep coloured, this has a seductive nose of ripe, well defined red fruits with a lovely minerally, wet rocks edge. It’s very fresh and intense. The palate is savoury and very minerally with very bright, fresh red fruits backed up with good tannins. The structure is earthy and firm. It’s a bloody, intense red wine of great definition. (£7.99 Les Caves de Pyrene, www.lescaves.co.uk)

Domaine Chapoton 2001 Côtes du Rhône Villages Rochegude, France
Fantastic stuff: a really authentic, earthy, spicy southern Rhône red. Fragrant peppery nose is earthy and spicy. On the palate it is quite generous and rich with rounded spicy fruit that has a lovely earthiness to it. Delicious.  (£5.99 Les Caves de Pyrene, www.lescaves.co.uk) 

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