Wine: Irresistible Chilean Carmenere is an easy-drinking wine in a very colourful, entertaining bottle

Lirac Les Closiers 2017, £10, M&S
Dawn Egan

Lirac Les Closiers 2017,

£10, M&S

Lirac is close to the Châteauneuf du Pape area in France but its wines taste more of black fruit. This Syrah-Grenache blend delivers a taste of blackberries and dried herbs with a little bit of spice to warm the palate – it's a deep, elegant red that simply bursts with berry flavours. It's great served on its own but would be a perfect match with a steak and at 14.5 per cent it's one of those wines that certainly packs a punch...

Villa Maria Private Bin Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon, £9.50, Asda

A blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, with a small portion of Malbec, sourced from vineyards across New Zealand with an array of profiles, this wine displays fragrant aromas of cassis, red fruits and dried herbs. A rich mouthfeel balanced with subtle tannins leads to a really smooth red wine – it's bold but approachable. The dark fruits are a perfect counterbalance for a roast lamb Sunday dinner.


Irresistible Chilean Carmenere, £7, Co-op

This Irresisitble Carménère, a grape perhaps more synonymous with French winemaking, hails from the Maipo Valley in Chile. A deep wine, with concentrated aromas of blackcurrant, red cherry and a touch of vanilla... and some plum, fig and a twist of black pepper. An easy-drinking wine – in a very colourful, entertaining bottle – that pairs perfectly well with most meaty winter dinners.

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