Three wines to try, buy and put by

A vibrant Languedoc, a dry lipsmacker from the Loire and a hot little Madeiran.

27th April, 2013
Blason D'Aussières, AC Corbieres 2008.

When I reviewed the 2006 vintage of this bottle back in 2009, the price was exactly €14.99 (unleaded petrol was 94.6c per litre, but today it is €1.61). I am well aware that we run our civilisation on petrol and not spicy blends of luscious Languedoc syrah, grenache, mourvedre and carignan; nevertheless, I commend the attempt by class-leading wine businesses to maintain prices.

This is the second wine of a Languedoc outpost of Château Lafite Rothschild. It...

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