Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
75cl * 13.5% ABV * Cotes de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France
Carignan, like its little brother L’Orangerie, is reminiscent of good Right Bank Claret and owner Andy Lench’s goal is to show that his wines can compete with those up the pecking order. First, there is its big and bold fruit - plum, fig and blackberry - dusted liberally with mocha. Then, its judicious use of oak, which lends a toasty caramel note through to the finish. And, finally, its focus and lip-smacking freshness. Drink to 2025.