Named after latitude 45, which runs right past the Paul Jaboulet Aîné winery, this Côtes du Rhône is one of the biggest brands in the region, with 1.2 million bottles sold each year. It has a ripe southern feel to it, with aromas of almonds, vanilla and herbes de Provence. Red fruits and fine, dusty tannins give it a warm richness and easy accessibility.
Roger Voss covers Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, the Loire and South-West France as well as Portugal. His passion is matching food with wine, bringing the pleasures of the table to wine lovers. He has written six books on wine and food, and was previously national correspondent on wine for the London Daily Telegraph. He is based in the Bordeaux region.