NV Le Petit Roy, 11ème année, Domaine Jean Royer, Rhône Valley

( £12.25, 14.5, Lea & Sandeman )

French law means that this Vin de France can’t carry a vintage, but the words “11ème année” are a chunky hint. It’s basically a declassified Châteauneuf du Pape, made in a slightly (and I mean slightly) lighter style. Given the high prices of CNDP these days, this is a great way to taste a stylish, full-throated blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre at a more than reasonable price. Spicy and savoury with medium weight tannins, hints of rosemary and thyme and a core of sweet raspberry and bramble fruit. Perfect autumn drinking. 

BuyDrinking window: 2012-16Similar Wines: £10-£20, 86-90, France, Red, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah/Shiraz
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