Instead, we enjoyed a glass of last night's Albariño then moved swiftly onto this Lirac. Les Closiers 2013 Lirac is currently £7.50 if you buy 6.
Yet another International Wine Challenge Silver Medal winner, but this time, from Marks and Spencer.
(You won't have to look too far down the blog to pick out 6 bottles which is the minimum purchase to score a fabulous 25% discount. At full price, this is £10.)
Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault - think of this as Chateauneuf-du-Pape's twin brother. Lirac is right next to CdP and a whole lot better value. Grown-up, red berry fruit that abounds with spicy, mineral and leather notes despite the absence of oak, it's an interesting tipple.
Mr Purple Teeth was impressed by my frugality. He loved the chewy tannins and declared this "very complex for its age".
Even at a tenner, this shouldn't disappoint.