Well the time has come to open a straight-forward and delicious Côtes du Rhône:
… a 2016 Stéphane Ogier ‘Le Temps Est Venu’ it is, then.
Got this as a bin end (£9.95) - and love it! Yes, it’s not super complex; yes, it hasn’t got the longest finish in the world and doesn’t require you to adopt a pose à la Rodin’s The Thinker. But it’s generous, it’s fun, it’s fruity, it’s spicy, it’s medicinal (in a good way), it’s camphor-y and it’s just the ticket on this super dull grey English day
I was horrified at the ABV (14.5% ) - but the wine is medium bodied (whatever TWS website states!), and very well balanced. The acidity is still quite pronounced and lively, and the tannins are smooth and discreet, sort of sneaking by the backdoor.
The reviews on the website seem less than generous; we found this easy to enjoy and moreish from the first sip, and think it’ll accompany our venison burgers nicely, too