A bonfire-night-scented beauty

Matthew Jukes raves over his bargain pick for the autumn/winter season.

2012 Ctes-du-Rhne Villages, Arbouse, Massif d'Uchaux, Southern Rhne, France (£8.20, Tanners, 01743-234455 and www.tanners-wines.co.uk).

Last autumn, I wrote up a wine on this page, the 2011 Les Grenaches de Sixte, Domaine Giraud, from the esteemed Shropshire merchant Tanners. It hit a collective nerve and the Tanners phone line turned white hot. I recently visited Shrewsbury to meet some of their most enthusiastic customers, investigate the range, and tour one of the country's oldest and most celebrated specialist wine companies.

I was delighted to uncover a host of worthy wines for your cellar. This year, Sixte is simply called 2012 Ctes-du-Rhne Vieilles Vignes (£14.95). It is as lusty and imposing as ever, with broad swathes of blackberry, soot and heady Southern Rhne scrubland. It is youthful and brooding and will last for five years with ease.

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If you would like to partner this beast with a more genial, everyday, black-cherry and bonfire-night-scented beauty, then my featured Arbouse is another spectacular creation. Awarding it 18/20 in my notes and packing in more flavour than any inexpensive Ctes-du-Rhne I can remember, this is a must for the autumn/winter season. It's so refreshing to see inspired independent merchants kicking supermarket butt on flavour, value and authenticity!

Matthew Jukes is a winner of the International Wine & Spirit Competition's Communicator of the Year (www.matthewjukes.com).

Matthew Jukes

Matthew Jukes has worked in the UK wine business for well over three decades and during this time has written 14 wine books.  

Matthew regularly lectures, judges, speaks at wine conferences and runs masterclass tastings for both corporate and private clients all over the world. Matthew is also the creator of his ground-breaking initiative, the One Day Wine School, an indulgent day of tasting and learning first performed in 2006.

He has been the MoneyWeek wine correspondent since 2006 and has written a weekly column for the Daily Mail’s Weekend Magazine since 1999. His four highly-acclaimed, annual wine reports – the Burgundy En Primeur Report, the Bordeaux En Primeur Report, the Piemonte Report and the 100 Best Australian Wines – are published on his website, www.matthewjukes.com.

Matthew is one of the world’s leading experts on Australian wine and, with Brisbane-based wine writer Tyson Stelzer, runs an annual competition in Australia to find ‘The Great Australian Red’.  He was made Honorary Australian of the Year in the UK at the 2012 Australia Day Foundation Gala dinner. 

Matthew is a winner of the International Wine and Spirit Competition's Communicator of the Year Trophy.  His thoughts, recommendations and tastings notes are followed very closely by the wine world at large.