2007 Château de Gourgazaud, AC Minervois
Profound wines are what everyone chases after, but sometimes I'm just as happy drinking simple wines that have a personality and regional character. I've been repeating that ideal for quite some time now, but it's a philosophy that needs to be on everyone's mind when they're drinking wine - if a wine is not true to where its grapes are grown, then it is not a great wine, and it does not possess the true taste.
Colour is never a problem with these wines. Minervois, in the south of France, about 30 km north-east of the Spanish border. Deep, dense fruits, with a surprising elegance. Hefty, meat character, finishing with a scent of wild herbs. Beautiful with steak au poivre. Perfect on an otherwise unremarkable evening.DF