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Tues: Thurs: 11.30am - 7.30pm

Fri: 11.30am - 9pm

Sat: 11am - 9pm


Vino Vero

110 Leigh Road, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex SS9 1BU | hello@vinovero.co.uk | 01702 808 251

Forget the strawberry jam flavours of Mendoza Malbec, think more wild bramble fruit, woody herbs and black pepper spice. Perfect for fans of Bordeaux red and spicy Italian wines.


With Argentinian Malbec flooding our shelves, it’s easy to forget that the grape comes from France, where it’s known as Cot. In Cahors, they’ve been growing it for generations, making wine that’s much more rustic than their New World counterparts, but no less delicious.


Combel-la-Serre are based on the Causse, a limestone plateau where little save vines can thrive. Winemaker Julien Ilbert knows what he’s doing, though - the family has been making wine for over a century.


Using organic methods and short fermentation in cement tanks, his wines have a hearty, earthy quality that really communicates his agricultural heritage.


Grape varieties: Malbec

Winemaking method: Organic

Alcohol: 12.5%

Combel-la-Serre ‘La Pur Fruit du Causse’ Malbec, Cahors, France