Recommendations from Lidl & Wine Society
I’ve been on a Vacqueyras hype lately purely by chance, but it’s worked out well. This spring weather is not really hot enough for me to fancy a chilled glass of Rosé or a crisp NZ Sauvignon Blanc, but not so cold that I’m reaching for a full bodied, cashmere sweater rich rouge either. Vacqueyras is the perfect red wine to drink during these transitional days of
What should I wear?
Dunno it’s cold but warm in the sun.
Vacqueyras is a small winemaking appellation in France in the southern Rhône wine region, next door to Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The dominant grape is Granache, the vast majority is red wine and you can expect bold, ripe fruit flavours with a certain lightness. This makes it a great pair for food or putting your jumper on after a day in the sun.
Domaine le Clos des Cazaux is a small vineyard in France that typically produces small amounts of Vacqueyras with grapes grown on old vines. This Wine Society mixed vintage is a great opportunity to try wine from Clos des Cazaux for a third of the price of their usual bottles. It’s nicely balanced with ripe flavours of red plum together with spicy fig and is very silky smooth on the palate.
I have a simple personal equation at present for quick and efficient supermarket wine buys. I tend to scan for organic first, because in short, it’s less likely to have the additives in it that will give you a rank hangover, and the growing conditions are more respectful to the environment. Both easy wins. Get your easy win with this Lidl Vacqueyras Rhône, which I think is really exceptional quality for the price. It has red and dark fruit flavours with lovely warming hints of cocoa and spice and is surprisingly complex for a medium priced bottle.
I recommend you look out for Vacqueyras to add to your wine rack. The light to medium body makes it a very pleasant spring day or summer evening wine. It’s light, rustic and fun, which is precisely the mood for the coming months.
What wine are you drinking this week?