NEWSFLASH – 2019 Les Hauts de Saint Martin, Saint-Chinian


Last Friday I wrote up 2018 Les Hauts de Saint Martin, Saint-Chinian, Languedoc, France (£7.75, Coop) in MoneyWeek (the article is below) and, by all accounts, sales went nuts.  This has meant that the 2019 has been rushed onto the shelves to fill the gaps and so I requested a bottle to taste in order that people could feel confident in selecting the follow-on vintage if it passed muster.  Lauren Chambers, at Coop, did a sterling job in getting this bottle to me and I am thrilled to report that it is another stunner!  So please do buy the 2018 or the new 2019 if this is what your local store is stocking because both are remarkable wines.

My MoneyWeek article published on 6th November –  This week, I am sharing a wine with you which is not only insanely inexpensive but it is also obscenely easy to get hold of!  This means it is the opposite of most of the bottles that appear in this column.  I adore rare, unique and delicious bottles like the next hedonist, but once in a while, I feel the need to shock and this shock is exclusively available in 547 branches of Coop.  Every year, I organise an event called the Daily Mail Wine Awards which involves an enormous amount of tasting to determine the finest 60 wines on the High Street.  This very wine made the grade, but I have a rule, a rather silly rule, but a rule nevertheless – and that is a wine cannot appear in the DMWA twice.  This 2018 vintage made the grade last year, and so I already know it is a star wine, but I wasn’t looking at the vintage when I tasted the bottle.  Unfortunately, when I looked back at last year’s list, it disqualified itself from this year’s list and so you are reading about it today before the stock runs out!  Made from 45% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 15% Carignan and 10% Mourvèdre blend this is a spicy, meaty, berry-stuffed, earthy, perfectly balanced beauty.  In short, it is the best value Rhône-shaped red in the country!  *fires starting gun*