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2018 Château du Bois Chantant

2018 Château du Bois Chantant

2018 Chateau Maucru

2018 Chateau Maucru

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2018 Château du Bois Chantant

This week we’re recommending a couple of good value Bordeaux reds that are the perfect winter wines and great served with any slow cooked stews or roast meats.

2018 Château du Bois Chantant €14.99

This French wine is available from Spar, EuroSpar, Mace and Londis. The Château is located on the right bank of the Gironde where red wines tend be made from the Merlot grape. This wine has 85% Merlot, with a small bit of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot added to round it out. With aromas of spice, chocolate and ripe plums, it has lots of appeal. Taste the lovely black fruit flavours and the ripe soft tannin. A very approachable red from Bordeaux with lots of soft fruit flavours, it would be perfect served with roast chicken.

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2018 Chateau Maucru

2018 Chateau Maucru

2018 Chateau Maucru

2018 Château Maucru €14.95

O’Briens Wines have this gorgeous Bordeaux red on offer in their annual winter red wine sale until January 30th where they are offering up to 25% off a range of winter reds. This wine comes from Entre-deux-Mers in Bordeaux on the left bank and is made from a blend of 60% Merlot 40% Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a lighter style of Bordeaux red with lots of ripe red fruit flavours, it has soft tannin and is quite juicy and fruit forward. Why not try this with slow cooked sausage and butter bean stew.

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