Located west of the Rhône, the Coteaux de l’Ardèche is a barren IGP (formerly Vin de Pays) region that enjoys a long, hot growing season. Château de la Selve, a 13th century castle, was the hunting lodge of a famous family, the Dukes de Joyeuse, before being transformed over the centuries into a wine farm. Situated on the bank of the Chassezac, the River Ardèche’s main tributary, it benefits from a uniquely felicitous terroir.
Le Chaz Languedoc €9.99 on promo
Charming bouquet of scented, spiced berries and black olive, with lovely hints of violets. Easygoing on the palate, with gentle tannins, modest weight and flavours of blackcurrant and green tea. Silky and supple. Good for drinking on its own or with tuna melt potato wedges.
La Selve ‘Maguelonne’ Côteaux-de-l’Ardèche Rosé €11.99 on promo
Vivid salmon-pink hue with a fine, cool nose of berry jam and grapefruit. The thirst-quenching wash is gloriously crisp, with sappy flavours of red summer fruits and a dry, invigorating finish. Really lovely! Enjoy chilled on its own or with prawn cocktail or creamy smoked salmon penne.
La Selve ‘Palissaire’ Côteaux-de-l’Ardèche €12.79
Shimmering violet colour with a lifted, rustic nose of spicy black fruits, pepper and citrus zest. The midweight, silky palate boasts light tannins and juicy flavours of mulberry, beetroot jam and liquorice, with grown-up hints of tar. Complex, old school and really interesting! Chill for 15 minutes to freshen up and have with griddled pork chops and red cabbage.
La Selve ‘Serre de Berty’ €20 on promo
Opaque appearance, with rich tears evident on swirling. The sweet-fruited, room-filling bouquet is immediately inviting, with notes of cassis, clove and new leather. Full bodied and exceptionally rich, with palate-caressing tannins and a beautiful, long finish. Decant and savour on its own or pair with Stilton-crusted fillet steaks and Port sauce.
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