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Lighter mid-priced reds


#1

Hi all

My wife and I opened a Cahors last weekend (Clos de la Coutale), which didn’t go down particularly well, and afterwards she asked me to restock with some lighter-bodied reds. I’m looking for recommendations in the £10-20 range please, ready to drink now. If there’s anything as good out there as Thymiopoulos, please shout!


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#2

My wishlist has this candidate - anyone tried?


#3

Here are some recent favourites…

Shame the Mencia is now out of stock - that was another delicious one.


#4

Thanks! I’ve not tried Mencia at all actually…


#5

You should definitely give it a go! The best one I recently tried (in Galicia) was 2016 Petalos from Rafael Palacios. A smashing wine! :+1:


#6

A couple more come to mind…

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#7

Would be cabernet franc for me - loire especially and particularly Chinon or Bourgueil

Other option - for imbibing with food - would be decent Chianti or Valpolicella


#8

The Wassmer Spatburgunder is lovely. This is also worth a go:


#9

Second the Marcillac, the Moric and the Wassmer.

The Pétalos 2016 is an excellent wine but I definitely would not describe it as “light”. Ribeira Sacra mencía normally is, but the wines from the Bierzo are medium at least - very different climate!

It’s a pity TWS doesn’t have more of these wines. I’m forced to buy them (Cerasuolo di Vittoria and other Sicilians, Italian alpine reds, other wines from NW Spain…) from the EU - sadly an avenue that probably isn’t going to be open to us for much longer :slightly_frowning_face:


#10

Oh, it’s not light for sure, but the request was for ‘lighter’, which - compared to the Cahors mentioned- is definitely the case! :slight_smile:


#11

Seems anything is possible in this Banana Republic we call a home at the moment!


#12

Yes, that’s right, we have plenty of Pinot, Cabernet, Syrah, Grenache, Sangiovese and Nebbiolo and want to branch out, but needn’t go straight to Fleurie (indeed Gamay is probably the only grape I usually don’t really like). I love Chianti but I think that’s probably also too full-boded for what she is after in this case. Good to hear there is a decent Etna in this price range!


#13


And also I really like Faugeres but haven’t tried any TWS ones, Katie Jones does a lovely one, full of sunshine and figs.
I would second @suiko suggestion of Ribera Sacra Mencia, really nice stuff if you can get your hands on it.
You may also like to try something like a bonardo, which again TWS don’t seem to have any in stock, but a mid weight wine and softer sister to Malbec.


#14

You should not miss out some Beaujolais Villages and any cru described as lighter !! My pick would Domaine des Josephins Beaujolais 2018…


#15

In addition to the great value Spatburgunder from Wassmer this one from Germany is also well worth a try too…

…as is this, despite the grapes somewhat lowly reputation…


#16

Thanks for all the further recommendations!


#17

Love Wassmer wine, very good pinot for the money

Drink a lot of gamay. Lots of value to be had. These Fleuries are both lovely. More structure and black fruit with the Beauregard and silky red fruit with the Exhibition.


#18

Also this…
Light, easy sipping kind of wine :yum:


#19

Slightly over your price point, but really lovely.


#20

I’ve also heard good things about this, and it’s great value