£12/£10.80, The Daily Drinker
Who can resist a wine this colour? The prettiest of orangey salmon-pinks, and a mouthwatering taste to match: a peal of spice, apricot and redcurrant-cum-raspberry, a supple, generous feel and fresh, citrusy finish. It’s made from Grenache by Domaine Bassac, an 80-ha family-owned and run organic estate in Côtes de Thongue, an IGP (the replacement designation for Vins de Pays) in Languedoc centred on the Thongue river valley between Béziers and Pézenas – a small region that seems to be a bit of a magnet for bright, conscientious producers. The chôt, when it’s at home in a tree by the winery, is an owl in the Occitan language. It hardly needs saying that the wine is a perfect apéro, perhaps with some olives, salami and other simple tapas, but I think it would also work with crustacea. 12.5%.
Domaine Bassac Pink Chôt, Côtes de Thongue, Languedoc, France
£12, or £10.80 for club members, The Daily Drinker