You know that thing where you stare at your wine collection for ages and can’t choose one to open…? This is a different but related problem: I know exactly what I really want right now, which is a joyful, juicy Côtes-du-Rhône, all ripe grenache fruit and sunshine and I don’t have any.
I’ve got a 2010 Châteauneuf but that would be overkill; I’ve got a magnum of Laudun but that would be a different kind of overkill. Stupid wine racks, full to the brim with nothing I want.
But I found this:
I think it was £6, or maybe even £5. I find that negroamaro sometimes strays onto the wrong side of medicinal but this is really nice. It’s more about the palate than the nose, with liquorice and herbs accompanying the blackberry fruit, and just enough structure to give it a grown-up vibe. Fair play.
It’s really good value - I hope this Wine Atlas range is doing well enough to keep going, as it’s way more interesting than the usual own-brand fare.
But I still want to scratch that Côtes-du-Rhône itch.