Château Haut La Pierrière Castillon-Côtes de Bordeaux 2014, $10-$15
This is an amazing bargain: it’s $14.99 from Grayswine but likely cheaper at Grays’ online auctions. Deep, bright colour; fresh, clean berry aromas, no obvious wood. It’s remarkably intense and lively, deep and flavoursome for the cost. A discovery! Gold medal, Concours de Bordeaux 2015. (13.5 per cent alcohol; Diam cork.)
Score: 88 ★★★½ – view on huonhooke.com
Aging: Best within four years.
Food: Cantal cheese.