Posted on 13.12.19 Wine of the Week

#WOTW: a Christmas cracker at the Co-op

The election is over and the countdown to Christmas is truly underway, so here’s a cracker of a wine for the festive table, at a gift of a price.

Les Cardinaux 2017 (normally £10 at the Coop, but on promotion at £7 until 3.1.20) is made by Famille Perrin, most famous for their highly-acclaimed Chateauneuf-du-Pape.

Using some of the same traditional Rhône grape varieties, this is a blend, led by succulent Grenache, and spicy Syrah. Although the label talks about black fruit, it feels more like red fruit to me, with delicious ripe cherry, plum crumble, bright juicy acidity and smooth tannins.

This would be a great partner for a roast turkey lunch and would also be nice with a nut roast (although if you’re serving this to a vegetarian, I can find no sign of it being a veggie-friendly wine I’m afraid).

It’s a well made wine at a great price, something the Rhône producers are rather good at. If you’d like to read my quick guide to the Rhône, it’s here.

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