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Premius (Bordeaux) Merlot Cabernet 2004
It is always nice to recommend a budget-priced red Bordeaux that offers a glimpse of the greatness the Grand Vins of the region can aspire to, but sadly, worthy £5 examples are thin on the ground. This wine, from the house of Yvon Mau, is a very solid buy at its normal £6.99, but on offer now with £2 off, it represents terrific value. From the vineyards of Yvon Mau's 'Producers Club' - growers with whom Mau's oenologists work closely - it spends six months in new oak barrels. There's a nice, typically bloody note to warm, autumnal berry fruit on the nose, with some cedar and a fudge-like note. On the palate this strikes a nice balance, with quite rich cherry and bramble fruit, and a savoury core of crisp acidity and mellow but perky tannins. It is harmonious, the oak adding a vanillin warmth into a decent, if moderate finish. A lovely drop at the price. Booths, £6.99. The Premius Sauvignon Blanc is in Tesco at £5.99 and is a well-made, zesty Sauvignon with leafy and lemony fruit.