Sorry folks, I know pink wine was supposed to be on the menu this month - but despite some (not as extensive as I'd have liked) tasting I've not found anything really worth recommending. So despite it being June, summer apparently, I've plumped for a rather fabulous red to share with you this month.
Château de Montrabech - a Corbières from the Languedoc region of France. This is a small AOC area in the South-West of France, running from Montpellier to Perpignan and the Pyrenees. It encompasses the Aude, Hérault, Minervois and Corbières regions and is in fact the largest wine region in France - although you'd be pushed to name any 'grands vins' which hail from the Languedoc.
Our wine is from Corbières - bang in the middle of the Languedoc region. It is a blend of Syrah, Grenache and Carignan and the resulting wine is full bodied and smooth - you can definitely taste the warm sunny weather these grapes were grown under. As with most French wine, this one does improve with food - something gutsy - red meats, good cheese etc.
And the real surprise about this one - it's a complete steal at EUR2,99 from my local supermarket. Can't beat it!