2017 Côtes du Roussillon, Les Sorcières du Clos des Fées, Côtes du Roussillon, France
£15.25 £14.25 per bottle
Leading with Syrah, but with Grenache and Carignan on board, we have zoomed west from the Rhône valley to Vingrau, on the outskirts of Perpignan, in the foothills of the Pyrenees. I am a massive fan of this estate founded by former sommelier Hervé Bizeul. The magical label encircles a wine with masses of charm and also hidden depth of fruit which emerge after much vigorous swirling. There is no oak influence here, just dark, powerful, pliable fruit and it is dusted with spices and herbs. This is your all-purpose winter red and it will make you smile and also force you to break out into bouts of uncontrollable hugging as this potion works itself into your soul.