Chateau Ballan-Larquette, 2014, Vignobles Chaigne et Fils

For the money, an outstanding value claret that sends some of the famed / named houses to Coventry.

Pantone 209 with good legs in the glass, warm nose, wonderful dry mouthfeel, silky firm tannins, lovely aftertaste. Always a pleasure to imbibe a Chaignes creation.

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Negotino, 2011, puklavec & friends, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

Grapes from Negotino in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) and bottled in Slovenia.

High alcohol (14%), this was a nice find in the wineonline.ie potluck sale. 

One to watch, though they need a label designer – there is a competency in creating a nice wine here.

http://puklavecandfriends.com/en/our-wines/cabernet-sauvignon-merlot