In a nutshell: A classic Bordeaux blend red wine, showcasing complex tannins and black fruit flavours from France.
The lowdown: Located southeast of Bordeaux, Chateau des Antonins is a family-run estate steeped in history. The estate was built in the 13th Century, owes its name to the Antonins monks who lived there for 500 years. The red varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are planted on 20ha of clay gravel soils, producing wines with powerful and pure fruit concentration. All the vineyards are managed sustainably. The grapes were de-stemmed before undergoing maceration on their skins for between 20 to 30 days, with regular pumping over to ensure a gentle extraction. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures of between 27 to 30 degrees. Deep ruby in colour, this wine develops a beautiful complexity on the nose revealing aromas of black cherry and blackcurrant with a toasted background and accents of blond tobacco. Supple on the attack, full of charm, the mouth is carried by fine tannins which bring a nice harmony.
When to drink: This wine would pair best with beef and venison dishes.