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Ink black and velvet – the heart of Malbec’s dark beginnings

France is the origin of Malbec and for the last decade Argentina has become the high volume producer of this grape. There is a dramatic difference between the two because Malbec is really sensitive to terroir. The thin-skinned “black grape” is susceptible to rot, frost, and pests so ideal growing conditions are extremely hard to find and subtle differences impact the grape dramatically. Argentina’s Malbecs are plummy and fruit-forward, with a velvety texture. France’s have more structure, firmer tannins, and an inky dark, brooding quality. For centuries, Malbec played an important role in Bordeaux blends but disease problems meant over time its benefits were overlooked in favour of easier grapes. However, Malbec took a firm hold further up the Garonne...

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2009 was a very good year...

The year 2009 is recognized as a very good vintage in France and with these wines now hitting the 5 year mark there is some excellent drinking value to be had. Plus there is the added advantage that you can also cellar these wines for a few more years yet! Check out some of our great reds from the 2009 vintage that have been aged and cellared well for your enjoyment.

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Bordeaux and Beyond

We go to great lengths searching Bordeaux and Beyond to bring you very drinkable, interesting and edgy wines made by the viticulturist and vigneron. Most are smaller family owned estates producing outstanding wines with unique personality but still characteristic of their region and terroir. In our opinion our prices represent excellent value and more affordable for everyday drinking which could re-ignite the passion for wine that Len Evans expressed in his Theory Of Consumption – “Whatever heavenly wines are available when we cross the great divide, I’m not going to risk it. I’ve got no more than 10,000 bottles to go, and I cannot afford to waste a single one.” This is a member’s website which entitles you to a...

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