Choices from beautiful Alsace

Cotes du Rhone Villages 2011, Grande Reserve,  Les Dauphins
Cotes du Rhone Villages 2011, Grande Reserve, Les Dauphins

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One of the most beautiful wine growing regions of France is undoubtedly Alsace.

Situated in the heart of the region, the family owned house of Trimbach must be one of the oldest wine producers in the world. They are best known for their Riesling, producing some of the finest examples from Alsace.

Trimbach Riesling 2010 (Majestic £10.99) is a great introduction, with grapefruit and lemon, minerals and crisp acidity. It’s very elegant and would make a lovely partner with lighter Asian style dishes or sushi.

Moving further south, the Rhone Valley has had a series of very good vintages. Cellier des Dauphins is one of the leading co-operatives in the region and constantly produces some of its best value wines.

Top tipple

Cotes du Rhone Villages 2011, Grande Reserve, Les Dauphins

An inviting nose of black fruits, spices and some savoury notes, followed by a warm, generous palate with more rich fruit and a soft, generous finish.Waitrose £7.99