Magazine article The Spectator

Spoilt for Choice

Magazine article The Spectator

Spoilt for Choice

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As is the Ch. De Sours Rose(3), also heavily discounted. It is a clairet (all 'claret' was originally translucent) made from Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, just like a red Bordeaux except that the juice is whisked off the grapes after only seven to ten days. The result is a wine with all the rich flavour of a fine red, but which can be drunk ice-cold; perfect for hot, summertime, alfresco meals. Scrumptious.

Our priciest choice is Ch. De Lamarque, 1997(4), a cru bourgeois from the Haut-- Medoc. I'm told Spectator readers love their claret, but these days the good stuff costs too much, and the cheaper bottles are usually nasty. This has that heady, leathery, cigary, scented nose you get with the great clarets made soft and ready to drink now by the 40 per cent Merlot it contains.

The Araucano 2000 Merlot(5) is made by the French company Lurton Freres in the Lontue Valley of Chile. It is an extraordinary wine: rich, fleshy, smoky and juicy, with a lovely long aftertaste. …

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