This is one of the best Côtes du Rhône reds I have ever tasted – full-flavoured with an elegance and purity that belies its humble appellation. Located in the relatively unknown Laudun district, it is made predominantly from the Grenache grape with a small amount of Syrah and Mourvèdre, which are also used in Châteauneuf-du-Pape; its grander and more expensive neighbour. The 2015 vintage is one of the most successful in the entire Rhône Valley and while it is in perfect form now, will certainly continue to improve for a few more years.
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This wine was served at our recent wine pairing dinner, held at Noize restaurant in Fitzrovia.
Located less than an hour west of Florence, Alberto Antonini creates his Chianti from the grapes of a number of local winegrowers in the Cerreto Guidi district, which is 200 metres above sea level. This possesses all the charm you would expect from well-made wine from the Sangiovese grape. It is a well-rounded generous wine bursting with cherry and herbal flavours and completely ready to drink in the coming year. Exceptional value for money.
Aldo Vajra is a no-nonsense traditional wine maker, renowned for his Barolos as well as this Barbera, which matures considerably earlier. Well known on the wine lists of Michelin-starred restaurants, it is made for early drinking. It has a lovely aromatic style with a touch of acidity to give it grip while still possessing dark fruit characteristics and a refreshing minerality. This is well focused and delineated and a perfect accompaniment to red meats or game.