2010 Château Pey-Martin, Médoc, Bordeaux (£11, Haynes, Hanson & Clark, 020-7584 7927, www.hhandc.co.uk).
I expect that you are starting to think about investing in some decent wine for the forthcoming autumn/winter season. Emails and brochures will flood in from various merchants and you will be swamped with tempting offers.
While I trust you will follow this page closely over the coming weeks, allowing me to guide you through the maelstrom, I feel that in order to do so you need a decent glass in hand and this is the wine.
HH&C seems to nail the ‘entry-level Bordeaux’ category more accurately than any other merchant. OK, it’s a quid more than my usual limit, but I will forgive Pey-Martin because the label is so damned smart! Having said this, if you buy a case it squeaks under at £9.91.
Made from the time-honoured 50/40/10 recipe of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc, this is a suave, gentlemanly creation with enough classy oak to awaken the senses. The 2010 is a dreamboat vintage and Pey-Martin has harnessed both its freshness and gravitas perfectly.
This is an immensely satisfying wine alreadym but there is energy and intent on the finish, too, making it a wine you could forget about for five years without any worry. This is my house claret of the year.
• Matthew Jukes is a winner of the International Wine & Spirit Competition’s Communicator of the Year (www.matthewjukes.com).