Olly’s best reds for sofa sipping

Bordeaux can feel intimidating with so many blends, producers and years to consider. But choose good recent vintages such as 2015, 2016, 2018 or 2019 and your chance of a Bafta-worthy wine performance increases dramatically. Good value Bordeaux is usually tricky but strike now – there are loads on the high street. With Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot leading these smart blends, expect wines with striking presence. If it feels a bit chewy at first, decant into a jug to soften before enjoying with mature cheddar for a blockbuster night on the sofa.

Fleur de Moussas Médoc 2019 (13%), £7 until 7 March, M&S. If you spot it on the wine aisle, grab it, together with a slab of cheddar. The night is yours!

Château d’Auzanet 2019 (12.5%), £8, Co-Op. Organic elegance from a lovely vintage with silky fruit. Tremendous value Bordeaux.

Château de Panigon 2012 (13%), £12.99, Waitrose. Rich and aged to perfection, this is sumptuous and suitably savoury to sip with your favourite cheese. Comté, anyone?

Château Barreyres Haut-Médoc 2018 (13%), £13, Sainsbury’s. Real-deal depth: expect a svelte red laden with excellent umami character. Impressive high-street quality.

This article was originally published in YOU Magazine, Mail on Sunday, 27th February 2022 – Prices, stockists and vintages correct at time of publication.

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