Bergerie de la Bastide – Languedoc, France
Info: This juicy red comes from an excellent cooperative based in the village of Servian near Beziers in the southern Languedoc and is a great example of the value-for-money wines being made in the area today. ‘Terre du Sud’ translates into ‘soil of the south’ and the wine is classified under the Vin de Pays de Mediterranee appellation – a large wine making region founded in 1999 stretching from the Ardeche to Corsica. This particular red wine is a blend of 40% Grenache Noir, 30% Merlot and 30% Cinsault and packs plenty of well structured fruit.
Tasting notes: A savoury assemblage of Grenache, Cinsault and Merlot, built on the twin pillars of fruit and structure. Ruby red with fruit aromas of cranberries and red cherries, it is light, clean and fresh on the palate with lively acidity and recurrent flavours of cassis and vanilla. Surprisingly good with Indian and Chinese food as well as grilled fish.
Pairing: Try with a shepherd’s pie, stuffed aubergines with tomato and ham or pebronata (Provencal veal stew with peppers and tomatoes).