What to drink with Lamb

March 16th, 2024 | Mary Domange

At Easter, so many of us eat lamb in all its various incarnations. So which wines bring out the best of this great British meal?

Best wines to drink with lamb

Lamb, like beef, is a red meat – but it has a slightly milder flavour, which can be described as slightly earthy or even gamey – particularly in older cuts. It is slightly lower in fat than beef and has fewer calories and young lamb has a special sweetness. 

While we would usually go for an extremely full-bodied, high tannin red to go with beef – such as Argentinian Malbec – which will cut through those rich beefy proteins – we have found that bringing it down a notch will do more to enhance the flavours of lamb.

Rack of lamb

The lightest and sweetest of all the cuts, don’t overpower it with a heavy red wine – rather pair it with a Pinot Noir a Gamay de Loire or even a good Rosé. Don’t believe anyone who suggests that Rosé is only for garden parties!

Roast leg of lamb

A leg of lamb tends to have a slightly fuller, earthier flavour and one of our favourite matches is a good cabernet franc or any sort of classic Bordeaux blend which has a mix of merlot, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc.

Slow cooked lamb

A grenache/syrah blend from the Cotes du Rhone would be the ideal choice to pick up the sturdier flavours of a casserole or a lamb shoulder and will also stand up to a bit of spice. 

Spicy lamb dishes

Lamb is such a perfect choice for deliciously spiced middle-eastern dishes and curries and will take a wine that has a bit more body, sweetness and spice in order to balance the flavours. We recommend a Red Duché d'Uzes - one of the Rhone valley's undiscovered appellations which is packed with delicious spice and plenty of body or a rich and fruity organic Talento Monastrell from Spain.  

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Wines to drink with Lamb

Pinot Noir IGP 2022, Angel Falls
Pinot Noir IGP 2022, Angel Falls
£14.05
£14.05
Pinot NoirFranceBurgundy13%Mineral & Fruity
Gamay Loire IGP Val de Loire 2019, Domaine R de la Grange
Gamay Loire IGP Val de Loire 2019, Domaine R de la Grange
£13.80
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£13.80
GamayFranceLoire Valley12%Light & Fruity
Encosta do Vale Galego Rosé 2020 Marques Cordeiro
Encosta do Vale Galego Rosé 2020 Marques Cordeiro
£13.50
£13.50
Syrah, Tinta RorizPortugalTejo14%Fresh & Aromatic
Cabernet Franc DOC 2020 Friuli, Villa Vitas
Cabernet Franc DOC 2020 Friuli, Villa Vitas
£18.15
100 year old vines
£18.15
Cabernet FrancItalyFriuli13%Intense & Spicy
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Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux AOC 2015, Château Bréhat
Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux AOC 2015, Château Bréhat
£19.30
£19.30
Cabernet Franc, MerlotFranceBordeaux13%Elegant & Fruity
Duché d'Uzes Rouge AOP 2021, Famille Montescaud
Duché d'Uzes Rouge AOP 2021, Famille Montescaud
£14.50
Silver Medal Concours de Vins
£14.50
Grenache, SyrahFranceRhone Valley13.5%Smooth & Spicy
Cotes du Rhone Reserve St Just AOC 2017 Domaine Gigondan - Wine at Home
Côtes du Rhône AOC Réserve Saint Just 2020, Domaine Gigondan
£17.25
Exceptional quality, low-intervention
£17.25
Grenache, SyrahFranceRhone Valley13.5%Full & Fruity
Talento Jumilla DOP Cuvee Alto 2020, Ego Bodegas
Talento Jumilla DOP Cuvee Alto 2020, Ego Bodegas
£15.75
Mundus Vini Gold Medal, 91 Wine Enthusiast
£15.75
MonastrellSpainJumilla14%Full & Fruity

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