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A very carefully selected wine tasted by us that either punches above its weight or is particularly worthy of recommendation.

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Syrah Laurence de Veyrac 2017

A super nose, full of lovely Syrah aromas, black currant, violet, licorice, a bit of pepper and spice with a good hearty juiciness. This is not a pricy Northern Rhone equivalent but it is the best £10 Syrah from the Languedoc we’ve had for many years.

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Red - 13.5%
France - Languedoc
Grape: Syrah


Barbera Bonelli 2017

‘Cheap’ is not a word you often hear from wine merchants. Not publically anyway. But ‘cheap’ doesn’t always have to be followed by ‘nasty’. It might also be followed by ‘cheerful’. That’s a good thing to be and there should be no shame in saying so. ‘Cheap and nasty’ is a bargain-bucket Crazy Frog’s ‘Last Christmas’ EP, ‘cheap and nasty’ is a bumper roll of Poundland binbags. ‘Cheap and cheerful’ It’s also organic. Can’t say fairer than that, guv. Super with a bowl of pasta and tomato sauce.

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Red - 13% - Organic
Italy - Emilia romagna


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Barbera Bonelli 2018

‘Cheap’ is not a word you often hear from wine merchants. Not publicly anyway. But ‘cheap’ doesn’t always have to be followed by ‘nasty’. It might also be followed by ‘cheerful’. ‘Cheap and nasty’ is a bumper roll of Poundland binbags. ‘Cheap and cheerful' is this fiendishly swiggable, bright, refreshingly fruity Barbera.

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Red - Organic
Italy - Emilia romagna
Grape: Barbera


Alphabetical Red Vin Ordinaire 2016

A firm favourite with Swiggers and with top critics such as Jancis Robinson and Matthew Jukes, this Cape Bordeaux blend might just be the greatest creation since sliced bread. Or at least since the Turkey Feast sandwich. Without doubt one of the best-value South African wines on the market too. The bright, pure fruit has a compelling chocolatey, earthy richness to it. Candied orange dipped in dark chocolate, a hint of menthol and a lovely warm earthiness - think sunbaked earth and terracota pots with juicy autumn blackberries. It would work splendidly with a classic rosemary-studded shoulder of lamb.

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Red - 14%
South africa - Western cape
Grape: Cabernet franc,cabernet sauvignon,merlot,petit verdot,shiraz




Rote Kuvee Groszer Wein 2015

Normally £16.95 'Made from the excellent Austrian red grape Blaufränkisch blended with Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, this is a beautiful wine, showcasing the very best this country has to offer at a fighting price. The depth of plum and berry fruit, cut with cinnamon spice and pink peppercorns, is astounding. It is a claret-shaped wine with an entirely modern and enthralling outlook. Not only that, I love the label and the whole atmosphere surrounding the ritual of opening and drinking this wine. Push the boat out, claret-drinkers, and get yourselves bang up to date with what’s happening right now in the wine world!' Matthew Jukes, Money Week

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Red - 13% - Organic
Austria - Burgenland
Grape: Blaufrankisch




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A A Badenhorst Papegaai Cinsault 2017

Did you know that the collective noun for a group of parrots is a ‘pandemonium of parrots’? Worthy of inclusion as a Christmas cracker factlet, that one. Enjoy your own pandemonium of parrots by investing a case or two of Adi Badenhorst’s Papegaai (Afrikaans for ‘parrot’) Cinsault. The 2017 red uses the same high-quality fruit from selected old Swartland bushvines as the first vintage, but this one has a slightly deeper fruit profile thanks to a small proportion of Tinta Barocca - that Portuguese interloper on to the South African wine scene which the likes of Adi, Eben Sadie and Marelise Niemann use to such impressive effect. Joyous juice with more than a hint of Swartland swagger.

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Red - 14%
South africa - Swartland
Grape: Cinsault


Chateau Gelineau, Grand Vin de Bordeaux 2015

That touch of Pauillac, that fragrance of Margaux, that charm of St Emilion... ah, yes, I remember it well! Good Bordeaux at this price is as rare as a hen harrier sighting. We’ve not found better at this price for many years. It also happens to come from the excellent 2015 vintage, which can help propel a comparatively modest Bordeaux to heights of a more expensive wine. Our friend in Bordeaux who works with a few Chateaux and is not supposed to favour any particular one, did say, ‘Ah, nice choice – it’s a bit of a secret’. Very good with roasts.

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Red - 13%
France - Bordeaux
Grape: Cabernet sauvignon,malbec,merlot


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Rioja Vinedos Ruiz Jimenez Garnacha 2016 (Organic)

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Red - Organic
Spain - Rioja


Corbieres, Chateau de Durfort 2015

'I remember buying the 2010 vintage of this wine back in 2012 and it was almost identical to this 2015 vintage in richness, gloss and length. The flavour defies belief not least because it is made from Syrah and Grenache but it looks more like a swaggering claret than it does an earthy Corbières. Polished, densely fruity and nicely seasoned with French oak, this is a simply brilliant wine and an epic match with roast lamb or beef.' Matthew Jukes, Money Week

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Red - 14%
France - Languedoc
Grape: Grenache,shiraz


Cotes du Rhone Prieure, Chateau Gigognan 2017 (Organic)

'This powerful Rhône lacks something found in most – tannin. It is rather oddly missing, which is great news. Youthful, vibrant and stuffed with plum and mulberry fruit, there is a decent lick of acidity here which brings tension to the finish, but there is no austerity, dryness, astringency or oakiness. This makes Vignes du Prieuré a goddess in the glass with no hard edges and I would drink it with duck or venison for a beautiful combination. It’s worth pointing out it is indecently well-priced, too.' Matthew Jukes, Money Week

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Red - 14.5% - Organic
France - Rhone


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Monica, Alberto Loi, Sardinia 2017

The Nibaru is packed full of this rich, soft, heady Mediterranean fruit with dried herb and floral notes. There is some heft to this wine but it's still fresh and lifted and, with a meal, slides down like a salmon swimming downstream. Go wild with the foods of the Island, juicy, flavoursome tomatoes, used generously in sauces, artichokes, fava beans, peas, aubergine, courgettes. If you can manage to get your hands on some of this simple tasty stuff from your local posh deli, you don't have to do very much to them before you have Pure Gastronomic Harmony. If you are planning something a little more ambitious - roast hare, boar or game birds, say, flavoured with Sardinia-inspired herbiage like wild fennel, juniper and myrtle, the Nibaru Monica will also work to transportingly lovely effect.

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Red - 13% - Organic
Italy - Sicily


Chianti Rufina 'Cedro' Lavacchio 2017 (Organic)

I've always loved 'Cedro'. But this is a new level. It's made only from Tuscan varieties. You get a lovely aroma of Sangiovese - cherries and ripe fruits, warmth, some herbs and earth. It's wonderful to have this much typicity, but also generosity, without it being in new oak or being overworked. It's such a pleasure when you raise a glass of wine to your nose and it fills you with good aromas and a sense of joy. It really does. I'm very impressed. Bravo!

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Red - 13.5% - Organic
Italy - Tuscany
Grape: Sangiovese,canaiolo




Rosso No.1 Tenuta Tobia 2014

From terroir only 15km south of Brunello di Montalcino. Toby Owen has been mentored by top Brunello producer San Polino, and he works with another top producer. He's learned all the secrets and makes beautiful silky, smooth red wine. A blend of Cabernet, Merlot and Sangiovese.

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Red - 13.5% - Organic
Italy - Tuscany
Grape: Cabernet sauvignon,merlot,sangiovese


Bourgogne Grande Reserve Pinot Noir Domaine de Mauperthuis 2016

Exceptional. I can’t get over how hedonistic this is. Extraordinary nose. Cherry. No filtration in this vintage so good body and chewiness. Good length. Pinot Noir from Burgundy of this quality at this price is so rare. It's joyful and full, and classy, with a lovely hint of oak. It comes from vineyards that were famous in the 19th century that were forgotting and have now been re-planted.

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Red - 13% - Organic
France - Burgundy
Grape: Pinot noir


Spatburgunder Weiler Schlipf Weingut Claus Schneider Baden 2015

Look at the pricing of your average village-level Burgundy from a respectable domaine. You will be required to spend £20 upwards, often closer to £30. You could do that, but you could give this wine a go instead. I can almost guarantee that you will never look back. Considering the lush Pinot character - effortless smoky summer fruits and gamey, orangepeel and sandalwood notes - the beautiful balance and opulent texture this wine offers, frankly, it's a steal. 2015 was an especially warm year in Baden producing beautifully ripe fruit. This has translated to a an entry-level wine that is open and generous but easily capable of ageing too. Johannes told us he recently opened a bottle from 2008 that was drinking perfectly. This really is freakishly good-value. However many bottles you buy of this wine, it will be too few.

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Red - 13.5%
Germany - Baden
Grape: Pinot noir


Yantra Tenuta Sette Cieli 2016

60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot that sees stainless steel and some old oak. Surprisingly mature and expressive nose - dried currants, stewing berries with soft leather and wild herbs. Plush palate. Juicy blackcurrants with blackberries and juniper berries, dried cranberries and some tobacco. Vivacious and ready to drink now

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Red - 13.5% - Organic
Italy - Tuscany
Grape: Cabernet sauvignon,merlot


Boekenhoutskloof Chocolate Block 2017

"It has a very well defined bouquet of blackberry, raspberry coulis, crushed rose petals, hints of orange peel and minerals. This is much more detailed and classic in style than previous vintages... This is a very impressive wine. It is a great achievement that this level of quality is achieved with 2,057 barrels of wine. Bravo." - Neal Martin - Vinous.com

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Red
South africa - Western cape
Grape: Cabernet sauvignon,cinsault,grenache,syrah,viognier


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Valpolicella Ripasso Monte Santoccio Nicola Ferrari 2016

Or should that be Saint Nicola? Do you see what we did there? Ahaha haha ha... ah... hee... hey. Aherk herm. Sorry about that. Nicola Ferrari possibly warrants sainthood, though, for his transcendentally delicious Valpols, Ripassos and Amarones. Elegant, perfumed, with silky strawberry and cherry liqueur fruit and savoury, earthy notes, and a hint of that magical aroma of fine Amarone, this is a wine for your most luxurious dinner parties. Nicola describes the 2016 Ripasso as his best yet. Take heed.

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Red - 14% - Organic
Italy - Veneto
Grape: Corvina,rondinella,molinara,corvinone


Chorey-les-Beaune 'Les Bons Ores', Maratray-Dubreuil 2016

For some of us, there can be no Christmas without a good drop of Burgundy. We would simply deny its reality. Here at Swig we put a lot of effort into choosing the right one for our Christmas list. It’s not just about choosing a great wine, it’s about choosing a great wine that represents fantastic, siren-wailingly good value. Thanks to the great vintage conditions in this under-appreciated appellation, this is one the best-value wines in Burgundy, a true Holy Grail wine. Given its increasingly insane pricing, red Burgundy is not something we often recommend. For the Maratray-Dubreuil Les Bons Ores 2016, we make an exception.

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Red - 13%
France - Burgundy
Grape: Pinot noir


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Mercurey Vieilles Vignes, Chateau du Santenay 2016

touch of oak. It is hugely enjoyable. The moment I lifted it to my nose it was full of joy. It's no surprise it came top of Best Value Burgundy Tasting in Decanter. It totally delivers. Lots of Burgundy is quiet and needs time but this is perfect for serving now, although this will keep improving over 3 - 5 years. With dinner parties and when you need something gorgeous and grand but not at a grand price, this is perfect.

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Red - 13%
France - Burgundy
Grape: Pinot noir


Maison Blanche Montagne St Emilion 2014

After much research and tasting we’ve found this astonishingly classy Bordeaux from the hills overlooking St Emilion and Pomerol. We love its classical flavour of pencil lead, cedar and black fruits. There is something a bit like a Medoc wine that comes from the Cabernet Franc in the blend with Merlot (like Cheval Blanc) but also undeniably charming and drinkable as St Emilion should be. Being organic makes it even better. It tastes so pure.

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Red - 13% - Organic
France - Bordeaux


Barbera d'Alba 'Vigna Pozzo' Renato Corino 2016

In this Barbera there is beauty and generosity. It lights up your palate in the way that Renato’s smile lights up a room. It's known by his importers around the world as the best value wine from his cellar and it's always the first to disappear. It can impress just as well as any Barolo.

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Red - 14.5%
Italy - Piedmont
Grape: Barbera


Il Piccolo Vinding Montecarrubo 2017

Made by the wine legend Peter Vinding Diers, who was mentor to Peter Sisseck of Pingus, and Jacques Thienpoint of Le Pin. He also founded the Royal Tokaji Wine Company. From Syrah, we think he is making one of Sicily's very best red wines. Gorgeous, ripe, smooth, with lovely Syrah notes, but a unique and wonderful expression.

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Red - 14% - Organic
Italy - Sicily
Grape: Syrah


Savage Red Blend 2016

81% Syrah, 11% Grenache, 8% Cinsault, carefully selected "with love" from vineyards at altitude and with close to the coast. A 94-pointer for both Greg Sherwood MW and Christian Eedes. Sherwood describes it as “the most classically proportioned of all the Savage reds”, with a “beautifully complex nose of perfumed dried roses, black berry fruits, grilled herbs, cured meats, garrigue, fynbos and dusty granitic minerality”. Pretty much on the money, we think. The palate is full with fine tannin, soft spices and juicy cranberry and strawberry along with hints of dark berry fruits. For a slightly alternative Christmas meal, you might try pairing this with slow-cooked beef brisket with star anise and chilli. Yummm – with three ems.

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Red - 13.5%
South africa - Western cape
Grape: Cinsault,grenache,syrah


Chateau Moulin Pey-Labrie Canon Fronsac 2009

Until Pomerol became famous, many of the wines of Canon-Fronsac, which is just to the west, used to sell for more. This is a good example of why. It is extraordinarily delicious, deep, rich, and fabulously mature. This is glorious wine to settle down into with a grand meal. Now that the sheen has gone from some of the famous names of Bordeaux that have been very overpriced, this is where to park you money. And it’s a 2009, to boot! Absolutely scrumptious.

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Red - 14% - Organic
France - Bordeaux


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St Joseph 'Petit Pere' Aymeric Paillard 2015

The vineyards are near Tournon, opposite Hermitage. Aymeric Paillard worked at Delas, where he converted their Hermitage vineyard to organic, and did some work for Stephane Ogier, prior to finding a 4 hectare vineyard he farms organically. Concentrated, fresh and mineral, with taut compact fruit. There is super tight blackcurrant, licorice, savoury wood and garrigue notes and a hint of pepper. Beautiful, fine, old school style.

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Red - 14% - Organic
France - Rhone
Grape: Syrah


Chateauneuf du Pape L'Or de Line 2015

Can’t have Christmas without CNDP. Just can’t be. No sir. This year we’ve pulled a stonker from our Santa’s sack of goodies. From the generous, ripe and ready 2015 vintage, this organic Chateauneuf is certainly worthy of a place on your Christmas dinner table. Perhaps winemaker Gerard Jacumin’s secret ingredient is the Pink Clairette, a rare mutation of Clairette which adds a flavour of roses to the Grenache/Syrah-dominant blend, giving elegance to the palate and fragrance to the nose. A full-bodied Rhone red but with the finest of tannins and a rather impressive degree of elegance given the relatively hot, dry vintage.

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Red - Organic
France - Rhone
Grape: Grenache,mourvedre,syrah,clairette blanche


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Indaco, Tenuta Sette Cieli, Tuscany 2014 (available in wood when 6 bottles)

This is becoming not just a top Tuscan wine but an Italian first growth, but still really is a wine for those in the know. A Bordeaux blend of Malbec, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The pedigree is there in the vineyard. From the next hillside over, you can see Sassicaia’s legendary first vineyard, and Ornellaia, where they make Massetto. Tenuta Sette Cieli also sits above the famous vineyard Ca’Marcanda of Angelo Gaja!. But the best thing is the price remains sane as it’s not actually in the Bolgheri appellation, as no one thought when they drew the Bolgheri boundary that someone would be crazy enough plant above the woods, that are above Gaja’s vineyard. But they have!

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Red - Organic
Italy - Tuscany
Grape: Cabernet sauvignon,malbec,merlot



Saurwein Nom Pinot Noir 2017

Goose. Need we say more? Oh all right then. Pinot Noir and goose. The Ur gastronomic combo of the festive season, the quintessence of Christmas. Jessica Saurwein’s Nom Pinot grows more assured with every new vintage. Cotes de Nuits in style, from the mighty Kaaimansgaat vineyard in Elandskloof, this is from the fiendishly dry 2017 vintage, which has given this wonderfully complex pinot intense aromatics, hints of orange rind, concentrated red berry and plum fruit, and a lick of wood spice. Gorgeous on its own, nigh-on transcendent with a crispy-skinned goose and cranberry sauce.

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Red - 14.5%
South africa - Villiersdorp
Grape: Pinot noir


Donkey and Goat The Bear 2015

Here in Swigsville we are having a serious love affair with Counoise at the moment and this blend is no exception! It has a beautiful nose of bright, fresh perfumed raspberries that the Counoise brings while the Cinsault, Mourvedre, Grenache, Syrah and Roussane (more is definitely more in this case) add deeper notes of spice, charcuterie and a little black pepper husk. This is a wine with some serious elegance and power. Well worth a little up-spend on.

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Red - 13.5%
Usa - California


Renato Corino Barolo Arborina 2013

An amazing cru that sits a few metres to the east of Rocche and just above it on the hillside. You get, from the slightly more easterly exposure compared to the fully south exposed Rocche, a slightly more lifted aroma with brighter aromatics and a hint more savoury and spice. This is exceptional wine that ages really, really well. I enjoy drinking Arborina on release, but it continues to reveal more complexity, depth and class over the years. Probably at it's peak 2022-2025.

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Red - 14.5%
Italy - Piemonte
Grape: Nebbiolo


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Amarone Monte Santoccio Nicola Ferrari 2013

Using grapes that have been partially dried on mats from harvest until January and aged for 30 months in French and American 500l oak barrels, we think this is one of the most complex wines produced in Italy. It is not like the massive more porty versions of Amarone, which can also be lovely, rather it shows real elegance. As it ages you really get a sense the terroir and the grapes of Valpolicella, which can be masked by the sweetness and power of the more powerful, 'modern' styles.

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Red - 16%
Italy - Veneto
Grape: Corvina,rondinella,molinara,corvinone


Chateau Gombaude-Guillot Pomerol 2009

Slap bang next to Chateau Vieux Chateau Certan, whose 2009 sells for a cool £300 a bottle, and Petrus, this starts, in theory, to look rather good. Not content with reading the text books and looking at the map we decided to drive up to it, and sure enough there it is, flanked by these two most famous of producers on one side and Clos L’Eglise and Clinet on the other. The wine is excellent, pure, and deep and ravishingly good. £65 it may be, but it’s still a star buy if you’re into this kind of wine.

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Red - 14% - Organic
France - Bordeaux


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St Joseph 'Petit Pere', La Vigne des Peres, Aymeric Paillard 2015 Magnum 150cl

Concentrated, but not overly so, fresh and mineral, with taut compact fruit. The aromas are quite closed, but there is super tight blackcurrant, licorice, savoury wood and garrigue notes and a hint of pepper. The palate is firm but supple.

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Red - 14%
France - Rhone
Grape: Syrah


Vignolo Vinding Montecarrubo 2016

Italy's finest expression of Syrah. This is gorgeous, classy, old-school in some ways - so that if you like Bordeaux, Rhone and Burgundy, you would enjoy this, yet it expresses the joy of Sicily. The terroir is in Melilli, an extinct volcano - south of Etna - with limestone, marine fossils. Made by wine legend Peter Vinding-Diers.

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Red
Italy - Sicily
Grape: Syrah


Brunello di Montalcino Cupano 2009

One of the most beautiful most sensual wines we've ever drunk. 95pts - top Italian wine in TASTED Journal with Sassicaia. Beautiful vintage for Cupano Brunello. Cocao dusted nose, herbs, gentle deep and round with excellent structure. Fabulous for the cellar though a wine that you can drink now but will be wonderful from around 2016.

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Red - 15% - Organic
Italy - Montalcino
Grape: Sangiovese


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St Joseph 'Petit Pere' Aymeric Paillard 2016

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Red
France - Rhone
Grape: Syrah



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