Bordeaux's Wild Side

Domaine de Galouchey's Vin de Jardin is one of the most idiosyncratic wines in Bordeaux. The name is a riposte to the ‘Vin de Garage’ label given to the cult wines of the 1990s, and in almost every respect it stands defiantly apart from Bordeaux's corporate side.

The vineyard is a plot of less than one hectare, planted in 2002 on virgin land in the Entre-deux-Mers appellation. All of the permitted Bordeaux varieties are here - Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Carmènere, Petit Verdot, Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Gris and Muscadelle - and all find their way into the blend (the white grapes in very small quantities). Although it is entitled to the Bordeaux label, it is voluntarily declassified each vintage and sold as plain Vin de France.

All of which is intriguing, but it doesn't prepare you for what the wine tastes like. In short, it is one of the most irresistibly delicious wines I have ever drunk. It manages simultaneously to be unmistakably Bordeaux, but in a fresh and thrilling style. It has both savoury elegance and a richness to it that is wonderfully satisfying. It's hard to imagine anyone not loving it.

If you're a Bordeaux fan looking for something a little different, or a jaded sceptic looking for a reason to return, this is exactly what you need. At its price it delivers enormous drinking pleasure.