The Wine List #21: a decent rack filler if the price is right

IMGP6117The grape: Carignan and Grenache.

The wine: MontPierre Reserve Fitou 2014, Languedoc, France. Bought on special offer in Sainsbury’s supermarket.

Alc Vol: 12.5%

HJ says: (of Carignan) “Low yielding old vines now very fashionable everywhere from south of France to Chile; best Corbieres”; (of Grenache ) “Becoming ultra fashionable with terroiristes, who admire the way it expresses its site.” Fitou adjoins Corbieres, so that’s close enough for a Retired Bloke.

The label says: “This full bodied and spicy red is packed with blackberry and cherry fruit flavours with a hint of spice.”

Food combination: “perfect match for grilled meats, tomato-based pasta dishes, and hard cheeses.” We drank half a bottle with grilled pork chops and potatoes roasted in duck and goose fat. The other half we drank with a casserole of chicken, mushrooms and potatoes with a Herbs of Provence stock; not exactly what was recommended on the bottle, but the wine went just as well with either dish; it just goes to show you shouldn’t get too hung up on the suggested food combinations.

RBV: As the above suggests, a very straightforward and adaptable red wine. Unremarkable, but good value when its priced around £6/7 on offer. Pleasant enough for everyday tippling or a midweek family meal.

One for the wine rack: At the right price, a decent rack filler.

It’s not about the wine: Rugby is the most popular sport in the Languedoc region, unlike other parts of France where football is king. But in the eastern part of Languedoc, bullfighting and other bull-related sports are also popular.

The Wine List: the retirement project to sample wine from all of the main grape varieties listed in Hugh Johnson’s pocket wine book.


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