Abbots & Delaunay, Corbieres Reserve, France
The Languedoc in the south of France has perhaps become best known in recent decades for its 'Vins de Pays' wines (the designation 'Vin de Pays' has recently been changed to 'IGP ') - these are wines of the country that broke the rules across France, allowing winemakers to use grape varieties and techniques otherwise not allowed in their traditional wine areas. It led to a flood of wines representing a new, modern class of French wines.
But there are many fantastic old vineyards in the traditional appellations of the Languedoc too, such as this fine red from the wild hills of Corbières, a blend of Syrah and Grenache. It is rich and full, a serious and structured hearty red full of ripe black berry fruit, but it has beautiful balance and freshness and is not too heavy or alcoholic.
Watch the video for my review, full information and food-matching suggestions. It costs £11.99 from Averys of Bristol, who also offer online sales.