2018 CHATEAU FONTARECHE Vieilles Vignes Corbieres 75cl (Languedoc, France)
Style - Spicy
Grapes - 35% Carignan, 35% Syrah, 30% Mourvedre
Tasting - Meaty aromatics open up at first before switching like some sort of conjuror's grand finale into a bouquet of rich black fruits. There's a beautiful smoothness to the solid tannins which leave a pleasantly gritty texture in their wake. If you are looking for bang-for-buck you can't go far wrong with this. Also we love the retro vibes emanating from the label here.
FYI - Old vine carignan is one of the great lost treasures of France's wine engine room down here in the Languedoc. Capable of serious wine without causing serious damage to the bank account.
ABV - 13.5%