A few weeks ago I posted a few recipes taken from the Bloomsbury Cookbook. I thought I would share my thoughts on a wine that we drank with the Beouf en Daube which I was sent courtesy of Roberson Wines.
Despite its tender years this blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre graphs from the Côtes de Rhone was very smooth. Rich with black fruits it married well with the bold flavours of the casserole. It is a potentially dangerous wine – incredibly easy to drink with or without food – which means you could easily be tempted to open another bottle once one had been finished (sadly we only had the one).
For over 100 years the Duvernay family, who are based at Châteauneuf-du-Pape, have been supplying some of the finest producers in the Côtes de Rhone with base wine. However, a few years ago Romain Duvernay decided to produce wine under his own label. This means his name is not as well known as other wine producers in the UK and this keeps the price down. At under £10 a bottle it is excellent value for the quality.