Day 3 of the 5×50 challenge and I’m feeling the excesses of the Easter weekend as I complete my run slightly more sluggish than I should. Last night’s tasting with the Cafe Gandolfi wine club gives me plenty to choose from but the red wine that won the day reminds me of a piece of advice I regularly give to wine consumers at my tastings, how to find value in your wine purchases.
The winning wine is a rather beautiful bottle of Cotes du Rhone Villages. It may not sound that special at first but this is one of those wines that reinforces my advice. It centres around paying a bit more for a lesser name. This wine retails around £12-£15 which is quite steep for a Cotes du Rhone. It is an indication we are dealing with a wine that is likely to deliver more than your basic plonk. Now think about spending £10 or £15 on a Chateauneuf du Pape. It’s a very popular wine from the appellation that finds itself right in the middle of the Cotes du Rhone area. However, with its elevated name it attracts a considerable premium, so your Chateauneuf is at the bottom end of the price range. In short, unless you’re willing to pay a decent price for Chateauneuf, you’re much better spending your £12 on a good Cotes du Rhone. It means you’re paying top end for that name and that should give you a cracking wine.
The proof was definitely in the tasting with this wine and if you want to try it for yourself, Domaine de la Renjarde, Côtes du Rhône Villages Massif d’Uchaux 2010 is all ripe fruit and spice and quite structured, which makes it very food friendly. A nice hearty stew or a juicy steak. It is available from BBR or, if you’re in Glasgow, the wine is April’s wine of the month in Cafe Gandolfi.