The Rhône Valley has for a long time offered some of France’s best value and most interesting red wines – and with the 2009 and 2010 vintages there are some truly brilliant wines on offer as well.
You’ll need to track down Cotes du Rhône ‘Les Forots’ 2009, Jean-Luc Colombo (jeroboams.co.uk, £13.95) but it’s well worth it. Made from 100 per cent syrah, this is a rich, ripe, warming red with black fruits, spices and liquorice and great concentration. Slightly easier to find is Cotes du Rhône Belleruche 2009, made from 50 per cent syrah and 50 per cent grenache and, despite the fact that its production is relatively large, it’s consistently one of the best value wines in the region.
Cotes du Rhône Belleruche 2009, M.Chapoutier
Slightly gutsier than the Les Forots and perhaps more typical, this is slightly earthy with dark fruits, spices and a warming finish.
£8 Hermitage Cellars, Majestic £8.99