We have so many amazing wines on our list that it was difficult to select 6 red wines but this is our ultimate list. We have put at the bottom of the page our other recommendations. Enjoy!
Crozes Hermitage Les Machonnières, Domaine des Entrefaux, Rhône (Organic) ♥ Nick’s wine
Anyone who knows Champagnes and Châteaux knows that we are famous for our Rhône portfolio and we love their wines so it’s no surprise that in our favourite red wine case offer, we choose 3 wines from the Rhône! Domaine des Entrefaux is a family business run by father and son. Les Machonnières is their top cuvée. Big and beautiful!
Shiny, very deep dark-purple colour with tawny and mahogany highlights. The nose needs airing to find a ripe, spicy character with some vegetal notes and balanced oak, rose and leather, olive, blackberry and fruit in alcohol, artichoke, cocoa and ras-el-anout. The palate is full and silky.
Food pairing: Great with red meats and roast game
Les Cassagnes de la Nerthe 2016, Cháteauneuf-du-Pape,Rhône (Organic) ♥ Thierry’s wine
Les Cassagnes de la Nerthe is a newish wine from oldest Châteauneuf-du-Pape estate, Château La Nerthe. They produce world-class quality wines. Les Cassagnes is no ordinary Cotes du Rhône Villages, this is a mini Châteauneuf-du-Pape!
“The plush, velvety, fruit-forward 2016 Cotes du Rhone Villages les Cassagnes de la Nerthe is a medium to full-bodied beauty. No, it’s not the most complex wine, but it delivers tons of almond-tinged cherries, ample concentration and waves of supple tannins. The fruit here is compelling.” 91 Points, Wine Advocate, Joe Czerwinski, November 2018
“Sweet, ripe dark fruit with a lovely underlying freshness. Delicious vibrant blackberry jam juiciness on the palate plus grippy tannins. Crunchy finish with great length.” 95 Points, Decanter Gold Medal. DWWA 2018
Food pairing: Great with grilled meats and lamb dishes, also pairs well with ratatouille’ and ‘Provencal’ dishes with herbs (thyme, rosemary, garlic, laurel all of ‘garrigue’ flavours).
Château Val Joanis, Les Griottes 2015, Lubéron ♥ Christophe G’s wine
Another top wine from Val Joanis in the Lubéron/Rhône/Provence region. Les Griottes is made from old vines. A stunner of a wine for the price!
Les Griottes is an elegant and powerful wine, with a dark purple colour. Slightly spiced and smoked, with aromas of berries, dried plums, stewed fruits.
Food pairing: A perfect partner to a charcuterie board and Provencal dishes. Excellent with a cheese board (manchego, gouda, pont l’eveque, St Nectaire…)
Cuveée Mille et Une Nuits 2012, Domaine Canet Valette, Saint-Chinian Languedoc (organic) ♥ Christophe J’s wine
We have always been fond of Saint Chinian wines and love Domaine Canet Valette. Winemaker Marc Valette is passionate about his organic wines and makes very pure organic wines.The garrigue character makes us want to go to the South of France. Maximum flavour!
“The 2012 Une et Mille Nuits is a classic red from the south of France that offers notes of dried garrigue, saddle leather, roasted meat and licorice, with ample red and black fruits emerging with time in the glass. Possessing medium-bodied richness, good overall ripeness, sweet tannin and integrated acidity, enjoy this charming, impeccably balanced red over the coming 4-5 years. 89 Points, Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate, April 2017
Food pairing: It will accompany perfectly a chicken fillet with sage and mushrooms, pasta with olives, lamb with pepper and rosemary or a prime rib of beef
Pinataro Primitivo di Manduria 2017, Masseria Tagaro, Puglia ♥ Everyone’s wine!
This wine is highly recommended by our team. The value for money is incredible. This is made by a small family farm, Masseria Tagaro, in the beautiful Itria Valley – The heart of Puglia.
Intense and fruity with harmonic spicy notes with a soft and persistent taste with long balanced tannins.
Food pairing: Excellent with red meats on the grill, pasta with red meat, mediterranean dishes and slightly seasoned cheeses.
Pinot Noir 2014, Weingut Gottfried Mittelbach, Austria ♥ Anna’s wine
We listed this stunning Pinot Noir a couple of years ago. We love the purity of Gottfried’s junior wines. Gottfried is the 3rd generation member of this family winery. He cares a lot about his wines and the environment. A beautiful area where their dog Murphy can run free in the vineyards – we are totally in love with Murphy! 🐶
A beautiful Pinot Noir from Mittelbach, elegant, delicate and fruity!
Light ruby red, intense nose of Plenty of raspberries, wild strawberries and rose hips. The palate is fruity, delicate and harmonious. A touch of spice and some soft tannins. Lots of charm, beautiful!
Food pairing: This Pinot Noir pairs well with a versatile range of food. Charcuterie rare tuna, beef stew, veal dishes, pad Thai and some cheeses such as brie, goats cheese or vintage gouda.
More red wines that we recommend:
Cotes du Rhone Les Deux Cols, Marsannay from Trapet, St Joseph Caroline Louis Chèze, Dourthe No 1 red, Belgrave 2010, Corbières Boutenac Romain Pauc La Voulte Gasparets , Lawsons’ Dry Hills Reserve Pinot Noir and for a sweet wine, Tokay 5 Puttonyos from Dorgo Vineyard