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12th June 2011

La Metropole, Cuvée Classique 2010
This is a Pays d'Oc wine from the Languedoc that blends three classic southern Rhône grape varieties - Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier - along with a smidge of Chardonnay. As is always the case with these varieties the wine combines soft, sweet, fleshy fruit with a certain body and structure. Little custard notes on the nose join apricot and peach, with a nutty undertone. On the palate there is plenty of sweet stone fruit, but a broad, expansive texture and a finish that verges on a touch of astringency - but that acid and grippy character also means this easy-drinking wine has the clout to be a good and versatile food wine. More info and food matching suggestions in the video. £6.99, The Cooperative

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