By Matthew Jukes - MoneyWeek, 16/01/2015.. (Posted January 2015)
This week I am showcasing a red wine in order to further highlight the splendours of the Languedoc. Once again, the rules here are easy to follow. Try to avoid Pinot Noir – it is too hot. Cabernet and Merlot both work well, but Bordeaux is obviously superior and I can still find you bargains, so hold off. This vast territory specialises in the ‘Rhône varieties’ and they all love the sun. So, when you find a Syrah/Grenache/Cinsault blend (Mourvèdre and Carignan are also good fellows to seek out) in a vineyard that has been there since Roman times you know you are onto a good thing. A tenner is the right mark to expect some breeding, not just grunt and impact. With this in mind I urge you to taste Cuvée Magali. This is a bright, cherry-soaked, liquorice-tinged red with a smattering of old oak and lashings of earth and undergrowth tones which add complexity and accuracy. It is the definitive, all-purpose winter red with an unlimited food and wine-matching repertoire and not a little class. Happy days.