Great Weeknight Wines from the Rhone Valley

Nicholas Jackson | June 8, 2019

Guigal - Vernay - Chave - St. Cosme - St. Prefert

Character and Value 
The Rhone Valley in eastern France is home to two of France’s great red varieties: the fresh, spicy Syrah and the rich, generous Grenache.  Alone or blended, these two are responsible for some of the country’s most characterful - and often best value - reds.

Some of my favourite weeknight drinking comes from the Syrah-led wines of the region, such as Guigal’s Cotes du Rhone - consistently one of the wine world’s best values.  Or try an under the radar gem which showcases Syrah’s beautiful perfume and finesse: Vernay’s Fleurs de Mai.  

For a little more weight and structure, star winemaker Jean-Louis Chave’s St Joseph Offerus from the outstanding 2016 vintage is intense and peppery, while from a little further south, the warmth of the south of France comes pouring out of the glass in the exceptional value St. Cosme Chateauneuf du Pape 2013 or St. Prefert’s 2017 version, both combining richness and complexity to great effect.