At €9.95, this wine is a really good buy.

At its current offer price of €6.95 in Dunnes Stores, it’s an absolute steal.

The region where the wine is made is a small appellation called Cabardès, a mere 5 minutes drive from the medieval village of Carcassone.

Cabardès: where the Atlantic meets the Med.

What’s interesting is that the appellation calls for wines to be a blend of Atlantic  (i.e. those from Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec/Cot, Cabernet Franc) and Mediterranean grapes (Rhône, Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre).

The mix in this red is as follows: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Syrah and Grenache. As to the percentages, I’ve lost the detail, but don’t sweat it, it changes from year to year.

How does it taste?

Bloody good is how. Gorgeous dark fruit, nice acidity and really smooth. Perfect with a bit of duck or cassoulet.

There’s also a rosé, if you feel like picking something up for the missus.

UK drinkers reading?

Also available from Majestic (I reckon they deserve a link as it was there I swiped the bottle shot).