Over the next few weeks I am going to revisit some wines I have written about already – in particular Bordeaux, one of the most recognisable regions in France.

Situated in the south west of France on the Atlantic coast and with the Gironde river running through it, defining its wine trade on both left and right banks (left bank wines cabernet sauvignon dominated, right bank merlot dominated).

The wine I’ve chosen this week is the rather fantastic right bank merlot and cabernet franc blended Chateau de saye Bordeaux superior 2009, from Marks and Spencer, priced £9.99.

The wine has been crafted from handpicked 30-year-old vines giving the winemaker total quality control over this wine.

The rich plum colour is then followed by a nose of spice, dried fruit and plum and when sipped shows a tight tannic structure which mellows to the soft rounded flavours of plum, blackberry and blackcurrant and linger to a satisfying length.

This full bodied wine would be a perfect match for the turkey on Christmas Day or beef on Boxing Day and will also not be out of place at the end of the meal with cheese.

  • Graeme Hedley is sommelier and expert on food and wine at Kendal College’s Lakes Hotel School