Monday 19 March 2018

Take three wines

Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

Marks & Spencer St Romain Les Senteurs 2007 -- not Puligny-Montrachet, but from Burgundy's Côte de Beaune all the same; medium-bodied, floral spice and apple nuttiness wrapped in soft biscuity flavours, added complexity from 11 months spent maturing, gently unfolding. 13pc. €14.99. Available from Marks & Spencer. Fiuza 3 Castas 2008 -- a great-value trinity of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Portugal's top red, Touriga Nacional; combining structure, piercing black fruit and a touch of earth, with a sunny spiciness derived from grapes grown in Portugal's southerly Alentejo region and given six months to mature in oak. 12.5pc. A versatile partner at the dinner table, steak included. €9.99. Available from Donnybrook Fair; Fallon & Byrne, Exchequer Street; Corkscrew, Chatham Street; Red Island, Skerries; Mitchell's, Rathfarnham; Terrace Wines, Galway; Cheers, Delgany; Deveneys, Rathmines; Fresh Outlets; Gourmet Bank, Churchtown; The Vintage, Cabinteely; Sweeney's, Glasnevin; Nectar, Sandyford; The Wine Shop, Perrystown. Château Magnol Haut Medoc Cru Bourgeois 2007 -- happy days, the price has been reduced by several euro since the autumn. Bring on the steak for this Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, its parent, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot. Plenty of brambly fruit, with an invigorating streak of redcurrants, a touch of mint and firm, but well integrated, tannins. 12.5pc. €19.99. Available from Donnybrook Fair; O'Briens; Molloys; Cellars Big Wine Warehouse, Naas Road; Worldwide Wines, Waterford; Harvest Off-Licence, Galway; McCambridges, Galway; Higgins Off-Licence, Clonskeagh.

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