Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Wine Wednesday: Cracking Value Rhone

It's time for another installment from our November Wine Shop of the Month, which is Satchells Wines in Burnham Market, Norfolk. It's a personal fave of Sam and I because we've been visiting here on our holidays for the past few years.

Now, you might be planning your Christmas wines already, and looking for some special bottles for celebrations and matching your Christmas turkey. If you're anything like me, you're probably wondering how far you can stretch your budget, and planning on splashing out on some particularly special bottles for this brilliant time of year.

I always have some Rhone during the festive season. Not only is it a crowd-pleaser at parties and a great match for all the trimmings that come with Christmas dinner, it's a region with its fair share of incredible names, from Chateauneuf-du-Pape to Cote-Rotie, Cornas and Crozes-Hermitage (not all Rhones start with a C, I promise...)

But these classics come with a price tag thanks to the terroir, the prestige and the know-how of producers whose families have been producing these wines for generations. Frankly, I can't afford the best stuff, no matter how much I love it.

BUT, what if you could have this know-how and these vineyards, but a delicious wine at a fraction of the cost?

Enter Maxwell, Satchell's Wines owner and our favourite person right now...

Yves Cuilleron Syrah Les Vignes D'A Cote, £13.99

This week’s rave is my “Poor Man’s Cote Rotie”. It is a 100% Syrah by Yves Cuilleron grown in the same vineyards as it’s much more expensive neighbour.

It is big and chunky with the classic white pepper nip. Utterly delicious and a real bargain at only £13.99.

You can order direct from Satchells by giving them a call on 01328 738272 , and the wine is also available at other wine shops throughout the UK.

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