A case of wine which celebrates Mike’s recent ventures in Southern Rhône, showcasing a few of his fabulous finds: A superb value Rhône favourite, an interesting blend from a prestigious Village, an elegant Rhône Rosé and a delicious Mediterranean white (not found on Mikes travels but one we LOVE). And…To mix things up just touch we have also included a tasty Tempranillo and a very versatile white Rioja to boot.
Côtes du Rhône Villages ‘Les Coteaux’ 2014 £10
One of our best-sellers and understandably-so, Les Coteaux is an impressive wine with both quality and value on its side. Velvety and opulent black fruits, specifically blackberries, satisfying sweet spice and hints of oak combine to make a very tasty and comforting wine.
Eric Monin selects the ‘crème de la crème’ fruit from 17 of the Cotes du Rhone Villages vineyards to make Les Coteaux . He then goes one step further by enriching the blend with wine from the more prestigious and classified wines of Sablet, Cairanne and Séguret.
The perfect partner for a hearty casserole.
‘Les Six’ Cairanne 2014 £13
Cairanne, Côtes du Rhône, France
The virtues of this gem certainly struck a chord with Mike. ‘Les Six’ is a wine which exalts the qualities and character of 6 Southern Rhône grape varieties, including the lesser known Counoise variety. The result is a rich yet elegant palate with soft, sweet red fruits, integrated tannins and judicious oak.
Grapes are carefully selected, hand-picked then co-fermented. Manual pigeage (grape stomping) is still carried out here in order to mix the grape skins (break the cap) with the juice. The wine is aged for under 12 months in very large oak vats.
I’m thinking Duck confit, however this wine would pair nicely with beef, lamb and game whether roasted, grilled or in a casserole.
Meseneros de Castilla Roble 2015 £12
Ribera del Duero, Spain
A classic, lip-smacking Ribera del duero. This sturdy wine has the perfect blend of rich black fruits, warming spice, smoky oak and fine tannins. Layers or aroma and flavour, structured and tastily dry.
From the Arroyo family-run estate steeped in 400 years of winemaking history! The fruit is sourced from vines between 40 and 80 years of age, fermented in steel then aged for 6 months in American oak.
Superb with Roast Lamb.
Côtes du Rhône ‘Les Cerisiers’ Rosé 2016 £9.50
Côtes du Rhône, France
Here at BinTwo its proving that the love of rosé wine goes well beyond the summer, so no better reason to include another one of Mike’s delicious finds as we edge gently into November! Pretty salmon -pink, beautifully and delicately aromatic with a full-flavoured ripe red berry palate. Soft and textured whilst elegant… very moreish indeed.
Meticulous selection of vineyards, specific plots and fruit is paramount to winemaker Eric Monnin in the quest to produce expressive, balanced and flavoursome wine.
Food-friendly… pop open with lunch.
Château L’Ermitage ‘Tradition’ Blanc 2016 £10
Costières de Nîmes, Rhône, France.
A juicy and fleshy blend which evoques the Mediterranean with its orange blossom, ripe stone fruits and citrus characters. The ripeness is deftly balanced with freshness and an underlying minerality.
Situated on the South facing hills rolling towards the Mediterranean, Château L’Ermitage enjoys optimal sunshine and cooling sea breezes resulting in fruit of even ripeness and plenty of flavour. The winemakers strive to preserve these qualities thus avoiding the use of oak and plumping for some lees ageing to develop rounded texture and enhance flavour.
Rich and creamy chicken dishes or grilled white fish.
Ontañón Vetiver Rioja Blanca 2014 £10
Vetiver is a stylish white Rioja combining tropical fruit, citrus and delicious toasty flavours all in perfect measure. There is even a subtle vanilla streak thanks to the 4 months spent in American oak. This lovely-weight white is a personal and very versatile favourite!
A wine from the driest and hottest Rioja region, Rioja Baja where the Meditteranean climate is conducive for consistent ripening and little disease, allowing for some organic production. Vetiver follows traditional white Rioja ageing, 4 months in oak then 6 months in bottle.
Naturally great with tapas and Paella but equally delicious with sumptous shellfish.