(2023) From vineyards in the foothills of the Pyrenees, this blend of two Bordeaux varieties is aged for six months in French and American oak barrels, with a further 12 months in bottle before release. Part of my reason for choosing it is that last week's WOTW was also a Cabernet/Merlot blend from 2019, but the two couldn't be more different. The colour here shows some development, with a hint of brick at the rim. The nose shows that too, a soft, tomato-leaf note before tobacco spiced cherry and plum. In the mouth plenty of thick, rich blackcurrant sweetness, the 15% alcohol adding to the full-bodied character, oak spice filling in and a decent cherry acidity. Reminiscent of Rioja as well as a Right Bank Bordeaux, at £9.99 it could be a good shout for summer barbecues. Watch the video for more information and food matching ideas.