Tasting Notes: Wines of South-West France, presented by John Harris, 25 November 2020

All wines were sourced from the Wine Society.

Les Vignes Retrouvees, Plaimont Cooperatives, Saint Mont, 2018. A mix of Gros Manseng, Petit Courbu, Arrufiac; old grape varieties typical of this region in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Big nose with citrus and tropical fruits, better as it warmed up. Delicious alone, or even with fruits as almost a dessert wine. Amazing value. £8.95

Les Deux Vaches Rouges, Famille Laplace, 2018. 100% Tannat, but very soft and round for a relatively young wine, deep colour, beautiful with food or on its own. £9.50

Ch St.Eulalie Cuvee Cantilene, Minervois La Liviniere, 2017. This tasted a little harsh after the previous one, but improved the following day and seemed to pair better with food as less fruity. Oak giving a bit of backbone and complexity. This grew on us as it improved after opening over a few days. £13.50

Ch de Sabazan, Plaimont Cooperatives, Saint Mont, 2016. ‘Tannat, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinenc planted on light, sandy soils giving Graves-like elegance to this exquisite red’. (Wine Soc). A good end to the evening, another full fruity red, without being overpowering. Very yummy. £14.95.