Wine I’m drinking – Vacqueyras

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.

Wine Society Clos des Cazaux, Vin de France, Non-Vintage – £9.50

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.

Lidl 2019 Vacqueyras Rhône – £10.99

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?