If you thought the finest Syrah came from the Rhône, try our Elan-Bise. It’s labelled vin de France, but the grapes are all from top Minervois areas. Meticulous winemaking and barrel ageing – a Gold winner dense with black fruit and herbal spice.
"Sumptuous Syrah – simple vin de France but with Grand Cru pretensions. A must try"
Mark Hoddy Chai winemaker
This humble ‘vin de France’ is a sumptuous surprise. It has no fancy appellation, but taste it and you’d think it was top flight Rhône. It was spotted by Le Chai’s Mark Hoddy and Jean-Marc Sauboua when they were tasting a line-up of Syrahs for their much-loved Garage Red. This vat from their good friend, grower and winemaker Jeff Carrel was, they decided, simply too gorgeous to be blended at all. Instead, they squirrelled it away in top French oak barrels for 18 months so it rounded out and gained all those layers of extra complexity. It perfectly fitted Tony Laithwaite’s challenge to make him the finest Languedoc red, no holes barred. Open early and decant, so it reveals all its flavour. Perfect with roast red meats or a rich casserole.
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Laithwaite's began in 1969, when geography student Tony Laithwaite took a job washing bottles in Bordeaux ...
and fell in love with wine and the people who make it. When he borrowed a van to share their delicious wines with
friends and neighbours at home, things went so well that hundreds of little wineries all around the world were soon
queuing to take part. Today we're the UK's No.1 home-delivery wine merchant, with over 1,500 wines to choose from
including red, white, rosé, Champagne, Prosecco, spirits ... you name it. Tony's still at it - and now really good
at washing bottles. Read more