Cabardès is half way between Bordeaux and the Mediterranean and you can really taste it in this one from Chateau de Pennautier. Cabardès is the only appellation to allow blending of the Bordeaux varities of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec with two of the staples from the Langedoc-Rousillon; Grenache and Syrah. You can definitely taste its Bordeaux roots but it’s… Sunnier. More rustic too. There’s blackcurrant and raspberry on the nose but there’s also a pleasing earthy, almost gravelly side to it. In the mouth it’s quite savoury with a nice peppery spicyness. There’s enough tannins to give it structure and aging potential without being overpowering. Cracking with with hearty meaty dishes and casseroles. On offer in Majestic at the moment at £7.99.
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