2012 Château Couloumey, Graves Rouge
I must finish with a claret: one which draws on all of the classicism and restraint that this region nearly lost in the 90s and 00s when it became slave to the 100-point system and the prevalence of overoaked and over-alcoholic wines. This Merlot-dominant wine has a tender 12.5% alcohol underpinning its core and nothing is forced and yet it is deeply red fruited and gently oaked. With superb build-quality and a flavour you crave at Sunday lunch this is a delicious Graves.
HH&C`s tasting note: Couloumey is not a big claret style, but rather a nod to the elegant, fine-boned wines we at HH&C love. Aromas are attractive and sweet, recalling fresh red cherries and delicately fragrant spices. The palate is graceful, pure and medium bodied; texture is supple; the finish long, clean and refined. This is sold as a case of 12 bottles. Price includes delivery to the UK mainland.