Left Bank will break mould

28 August, 2008

Nigel Huddleston

Wine supplier

10 International has launched what it claims is the first

single varietal Cabernet Sauvignon from Bordeaux.

Former Unwins marketing man Bill Rolfe, who heads the company, said Left Bank, created in partnership with Yvon Mau, would "shake up Bordeaux".

"We wanted to make a Bordeaux wine in the commercial arena that was more accessible, drinkable and user-friendly, which is why we've used a modern New World-style name ," he

said.

Recent reforms

on labelling rules have permitted single varietal descriptions for the first time for

Bordeaux. The wine will have a

rrp of £7.99 and be supported by press advertising.

10 International has also launched a new Argentinian wine called La Poderosa. The name translates as "the powerful one" and was the nickname of the motorbike ridden by Che Guevara on his journey through Patagonia immortalised in the book and film The Motorcycle Diaries.

The wine is produced by Bodega Del Fin Del M undo in the same region and is a Malbec-driven blend with Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Tannat. It has a rrp of £9.99




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