APPEARANCE: Deep violet-ruby with very slight rusty tinge on rim
AROMAS: concentration of ripe, untamed hedgerow or forest fruits, with damson, plum and prune aromas all showing through
TASTE: Tannins are ripe, savoury and soft; palate is medium to full bodied and smooth, with plenty of ripe herbaceous brambly fruits. Intriguing fig, mint or menthol notes give the wine a real lift, too..
FOOD PAIRING: demands venison, a juicy steak, roast, stew or strongly flavoured cheese
OVERALL: Made by Frenchman Michel Fabre – who owns his own vineyard in the Minervois – this is a distinctive and complex red that continues to develop with age