This Domaine des Costes Merlot from Laithwaites had a strong, fresh purple colour, as evidenced by the mess it made of the label. It was a robust wine, plenty of juicy plummy fruit, but with a touch of spiciness that made it taste more like a southern French wine rather than a Bordeaux. I suspect a few bunches of Syrah made their way into the wine, and that’s not a bad thing.
Medium bodied with medium alcohol, the slight spiciness gave it just the teeny edge it needed to save it from complete forgetability. For about £6 it’s a reasonable buy for a midweek wine with a bit of personality, but it won’t make it to anyone’s favourite wines list.