Meet Carignan, the backbone of Corbières red wine production, and so the single most important red grape variety in the French wine region. You’ll get on like a house on fire with Château Jérémie, the wine from France that’ll have you wanting to get to know the Languedoc’s hidden gems in much more detail.

The estate takes its job very seriously and has invested in a new cellar complete with winemaker toys like gravity-flow (no pumps needed) and special conical barrels. Results are very impressive, even at this early stage, as you’ll see.

Suitable for vegans and vegetarians, the wine also has no added sulphur in vineyard or winery.

Château Jérémie 2016 – Corbières 

Top Languedoc red wine

It’s a rugged, wild herb-infused landscape Corbieres. So it’d be reasonable to expect red wines from there to reflect their almost wild-like existence. And Ch Jeremie does that with aplomb. There’s a rustic, complex mix of heady, herby perfumes floating up your nose from this deep purple wine.

With Carginan the main red wine grape variety in this region, there’s an element of the unfamiliar to the wine (Carignan’s not something most of us have a ready memory bank of smells to associate it with).

A bit like iodine in one sense, it certainly has an inky, rich element that is intriguing and makes you think you’re about to taste a very rich wine.

Yet the palate isn’t at all overbearing. There’s a lot of fruit; much like the wine’s label, a real blend of so many different types you’d be hard-pressed to pick them out. That’s a good thing; you want a great red wine blend like this to be harmonious and well-thought-out, not all fighting for your attention.

Tannins are definitely in the background; playing backing band to the fruit’s deliciously enticing centre-stage. Black fruits dominate, but there are lighter red fruit characters here and there, to give a voluptuous forest fruit compote sensation as you let it roll around your mouth.

The aromas drift around as you slurp and enjoy the symphony going on inside your head. You smile. This could only be a French red wine, couldn’t it? There’s just no other country, anywhere, that manages to pull this off with such ease, and at such a great price.

Now, what would this go with? Who cares when the wine’s this good. You could look local and think cassoulet and duck; but, frankly, a pizza or pasta dish wouldn’t curse you for drinking French rather than Italian red wine here. You ponder: isn’t that a mark of a great red wine? It means you don’t have to go food shopping to make a dinner that’s right for it?

We’d have to agree. It’s a Rude Wines exclusive that showcases the best a wine region can offer, whilst offering terrific value and won’t stretch your culinary skills to make it shine.