Of all the French wine regions it is the Rhone Valley which draws me back the most.
I love the style of the wines, from the more serious Syrah in the north to the warmth of the Grenache-based blends in the south. So three wines this week, two from the Rhone itself and one from South Africa using a Rhone grape. Spice Route Mourvedre 2011, (Co-op £8.99) would definitely appeal to any lover of Rhone reds - it’s full of spicy black cherry fruits, with ripe tannins, medium-bodied with a nice silky finish which would be perfect with a shepherd’s pie. As for Domaine Maby 2012, Coteaux du Pont du Gard (thewinesociety.com £7.50), I defy anyone not to like this blend of Syrah and Cinsault from the Southern Rhone. Plump, silky red fruits with spice, just begging for a plate of sausages.
Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2012, Chateau Mont-Redon
White Rhone may not be as fashionable as it should be but that’s fine because it leaves more for me! This is made from mainly Roussanne with a little Viognier. It’s very fresh with green herbs, minerals and just a note of apple blossom. Try with a vegetable risotto or maybe with some Asian-style seafood.