Wine Society has been chosen chosen by the Association of Wine Educators and is being promoted by the Good Food Would Choose Bordeaux campaign as an example of an easily-available, mid-range, typical Bordeaux wine.
It is made from 85% Merlot and 15%Cab, meaning lots of aromas, but less in the way of tannic structure, whilst the relatively low alcohol level of 12.5% gives it a food-friendliness.
The nose shows bramble fruit and dark cherries with hints of coffee grounds, forest floor and liquorice, whilst on the palate the juicy, rounded acidity dominates with dark cherry and plum fruit and more coffee and dark spice hints.
The finish is extremely well-balanced, even if there is very little in the way of grip.
A non-tannic Bordeaux is almost a contradiction in terms, but this is a very pleasant and well-made wine and if chewy tannins aren't your thing or you want an introduction to cool-climate Merlot, this is not a bad place to start, and with its juicy acidity it will match well with Italian foods such as salami, crostini, roasted vegetables or pasta with a tomato sauce.
£6:50 from The Wine Society, provided for review.
The Wine Society - http://www.thewinesociety.com/
Good Food Would Choose Bordeaux - http://goodfoodwouldchoosebordeaux.com/