Big man’s big bottle of red
What to get the man who has everything (you)? It's hard to compete but a bottle of full bodied red is a good start, and sharing it makes it all the more special, right?
There's no better place to start than France. If you asked most folks what is France's most prestigious region they would say Bordeaux or perhaps Burgundy and they wouldn't be wrong as both produce some astonishing stuff. Often forgotten though is that region of two halves (North and South), the Rhone Valley and in my opinion where you should go for that wow factor bottle for the big man this weekend. Here are my 'top scorers' for every price point.
For me the Syrah dominated wines of the North just edge the Grenache blends of the South in this category. You have a few super communes to choose from, but I would go for Guigal Côte Rôtie 2005. Guigal is a giant of a producer in the Rhone the oh five is a sublime vintage which is drinking nicely now. Tesco has it in stock and retails around £38.00 if you buy enough of them. Barca eat your heart out.
One of the first times I recall properly swooning over a bottle of wine it was a Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Powerful, expressive, spicy and juicy when it's well produced it can send the downest of dads and grumpiest of grandpas into raptures. There are plenty out there, but Les Closiers Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2011 at M&S is a great example and good value at £20. If you buy two get 25% off so there's one for daddy and one for you!
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There is excellent value to be found in the lesser-known Rhone communes such as Cairanne, Gigondas and Crozes-Hermitage. But for under a tenner you won't go wrong with Waitrose's Esprit des Trois Pierres 2013 from Costières de Nîmes. Chunky and spicy yet perfumed with a price tag of £7.69 it's sure to bring a smile to the old man's craggy features.