Take two wines
Gérard Bertrand Art de Vivre Réserve Corbières 2008
A greatvalue blend of Syrah, Grenache, old Carignan and Mourvèdre from an excellent producer. A firm structure, with plenty of ripe, sweet red and black fruit with a liquorice edge, and lively spice, helped by eight months ageing in oak. 13.5pc alc. Just the thing for duck, but don’t stop there — this wine has versatility. €7.99 (two for €14) Available from Dunnes Stores.
Château de Ciffre Terroirs d’Altitude Faugères 2008
A classy new arrival with a luxuriant, velvety depth; predominantly Syrah, with 20pc old vine Grenache and 10pc Mourvèdre, it is packed with bold fruit of the forest flavours, black chocolate, spice and savoury tapenade. A powerhouse of flavours, all elegantly restrained in 13.5pc alc, thanks to grapes grown at cooler, higher altitude. Perfect with duck, roasted red meats and poultry. €16.95 Available from Mitchell’s CHQ, IFSC; Sandycove; www.mitchellandson.com.
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San Felice Il Grigio Chianti Classico Riserva 2006
Impeccable balance and structure in this succulent, full-bodied and sleek wine; rich flavours reminiscent of bitter cherries, cocoa and coffee beans, with a definite savoury kick. Great value from an exceptional vintage in Tuscany, and one to impress with over the Christmas season. Perfect partner to a range of roast meats or Italiansauced dishes. 13pc alc. €15.99 (currently on offer) Available from O’Brien’s