Winemaker Benjamin Darnault forsook a potential career in accountancy to gain experience working at the prestigious Le Terte Roteboeuf in St Emilion and later in Australia before settling in Minervois.
The wine is relatively pale in colour and has ripe bramble fruit and plums on the nose, some soft vanilla tannins, gentle hints of cloves and spice - it's quite restrained and subtle, easy quaffing, but also has some good, balanced acidity and tannic grip on the finish making it good with food. Not as much of a blockbusting crowd-pleaser as I would associate with this part of the world, but well-made and very enjoyable.
The grapes that go into this are not specified but permitted varieties include Syrah, Carignan and Grenache - trivia fans will note that the wine must be a blend to carry the AOC tag.
Match with salami, aged hams and charcuterie in general.
£9.49 / £6.33 for Angels from Naked Wines - provided for review.
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