At the very heart of the Rhône Valley, at the northerly tip of the Southern Rhône, lie the vineyards of Grignan-Les-Adhémar. The chances are you haven’t heard the name before, few people have, but the wines are worth seeking out.
It’s not a new wine region – vines have been planted here since around 500BC but it is a new name (formerly known as Côteaux-du-Tricastin). The obscurity of the name means the wines are very keenly priced. We were bowled over by this red from Domaine André Aubert which would put many of its more famous Rhône neighbours to shame.
What we love about this wine is that, owing to the location of the vineyards, it shares qualities with both Northern and Southern Rhône reds. It’s supple and soft with lots of ripe fruit like those of the Southern Rhône but with an appealing freshness thanks to the Mistral wind. It also has peppery,
spicy hints and a silky Syrah character akin to those of the north. If all the wines in Grignan are as good as this one, this little-known appellation has a very big future.
This blend of Grenache, Syrah and Carignan is fresh and inviting with aromas of lush, ripe berry fruits and a touch of smokiness. Rich and mouth-filling but also fresh and easy-drinking, it makes a great fireside red to enjoy with warming casseroles as the evenings draw in.