2018 Tanners Merlot, Pays d’Oc, France
£8.20 £7.60 per bottle
£45.60 for a case of 6 bottles
Do not laugh – this is a perfectly serious entry in my pantheon of greats and I even scribbled MoneyWeek Wine Club in a circle in my tastings notes the second I tasted this wine. I have learned that I am not the only person to love this innocently fruit-driven and genuinely delicious wine because it is apparently Number 3 in the Tanners wine hit parade! There is no excuse for drinking dull, inexpensive wines these days because we all know how to put something decent together. Tanners Buying Director Stephen Crosland nails this blending exercise with characteristic aplomb and I take my chapeau off to him.