Bordière Nord, Syrah Grenache 2014, Languedoc, France
The wines of the Languedoc in the south of France have become real favourites in the UK, especially the IGP Pays d'Oc wines that can offer excellent value for money. IGP, or Indication Geographique Protégée, is a relatively new classification for French wines that allowed winemakers a little more flexibility than the established Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée, and which was embraced enthusiastically by the winemakers of the south. This is a typical d'Oc red, a blend of Syrah and Grenache, unoaked and crunchily fresh, which is really the point of these wines: the nose is creamy and dense, with a blue-black depth but adding a cherry freshness on the palate, that plum flesh ripeness and sweetness, nicely tart acidity and roughening tannins to give it grip and food-friendly appeal. Watch the video for my full review of this wine and for food-matching suggestions. £6.99, Majestic.