So. Domaine de Gournier, Cévennes. It’s red. Dark red. Heavyish.
Both to the nose and in the mouth, it’s far from being an exhibitionist. You need to work at it a bit. The one flavour that presents itself unashamedly is plum. Caramelised plum, what’s more — which is a pretty nice kind of plum if you ask me.
(Marks & Spencer does a plum danish pastry. This is like those plums.)
Aromatically, we have yeasty, herby things (rosemary? Thyme?) going on. Squint your nose a bit and you might, like me, be put in mind of rain-laden pine-trees.
Taste-wise, alongside the M&S plum, there’s a peppery spiciness. Soil. Leather. Coffee. It’s the kind of wine, in other buy propecia best price words, that’d wear tweed and wellies.
It’s also a smidgin on the harsh side (I do mean a smidgin): that little tight rasp at the back of the throat. But what did you expect?
If you’re looking for a rough-and-ready, vaguely Bordeaux-style weekday wine that doesn’t strip to its underwear while you’re still pouring the drinks, this will do a fine job. And it won’t decimate your bank balance.
Unless your bank balance is £57.50.
Drink it with food, I think. Being a robust kind of character, it could stand up to most things you’d throw at it.
Thoroughly respectable without being exceptional — though at this price, that in itself is not to be disparaged.
Price £5.75 from The Wine Society