Domaine de Grand Garant, purchased in Auchan in 2012 for around €7
Driving back from a holiday in the south of France in summer 2012, we called in at Auchan Calais to pick up a few bottles of wine and some cheese to bring back with us.
We had stopped over in Burgundy for the first time on the way down, so I was keen to bring back at least one bottle - in the end, it was something from Beaujolais, but the Gold Medal from Paris had caught my eye.
At the time, I had not become a Beaujolais fan; older and wiser, I now regard it as one of the great value regions of the world and the source of some really lovely wines.
Translucent ruby purple, red and black cherry aromas; ripe fruit and a touch of spice with fresh, clean acidity and a supple, harmonious texture. Long and concentrated, lovely balanced finish - a classy and really enjoyable wine. Very Good.
Match with game or stews - in warmer weather, sip slightly chilled in the garden.
Amazing to think that this cost a few pennies more than a fiver - with UK taxes, duties and VAT, it would probably be around £12 over here.
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Domaine de Grand Garant - website
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