Le Pigeonnier (2000) (14% abv), from Château Lagrezette in the South of France, is made from 100% Malbec grapes.
It has an inky, purple colour and is vinified in a wooden foudre then aged for 28 months in new oak barrels to give it an intense flavour of blackberries, liquorice and smoke.
Described as a wine for special occasions, Le Pigeonnier is a powerful and full-bodied wine with aromas of candied fruits, cinnamon and roasted coffee.
The Cuvée Dame Honneur 2003 (13% abv) also belongs to the Château Lagrezette portfolio and is produced from the oldest vines of the estate. It combines 91% Malbec and 9% Merlot grape varieties to give a powerful and rounded finish.
Aged in oak barrels for 24 months, the Cuvée Dame Honneur has a deep garnet colour and red fruit fragrances blended with vanilla and spice notes.
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