Make this cheeky blend a mainstay

2013 Domaine Les Filles de Septembre, Cuvée Tradition, Côtes de Thongue, France (£9.75, Yapp Brothers, 01747-860423, ).

This wine was first featured in MoneyWeek back in 2009 and I have stalked it ever since. Apart from the 2011, which was a little bit hollow, every vintage has been a winner.

In fact, when I meet MoneyWeek readers out and about at my various masterclasses and roadshows, this cheeky blend of merlot, grenache and carignan seems to be one of the mainstays in their cellars. Yapp reports that it is one of their best-selling wines, too.

There is no doubt that the sub-tenner price point is a strong pull. So many wines these days just about deliver at this mark, but unfortunately very few thrill. As you know, ‘just about delivering’ is not a MoneyWeek trait. I require wines which transport your palate to another dimension.

Septembre is one such wine, with its trademark supple texture and clever amalgam of both generous, hedgerow Bordeaux notes and wild, yet cultured Southern Rhône scents. 2013 is not a highly fancied vintage in France, but I can tell you that this impressive rouge hits the bull’s eye. Make sure that you get in quick before the word gets out.

• Matthew Jukes is a winner of the International Wine & Spirit Competition’s Communicator of the Year (www.matthewjukes.com).

Merryn

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