Corbières is a fairly large region within the Languedoc-Roussillon that used to produce vast quantities of cheap table wine, but has been upping its game for a while and now produces big complex red wines at a decent value. It can still be a gamble due to the hot climate that far south but all you have to do speak to your friendly neighborhood wine merchant and visit a website like BBR.com and you’ll find the good stuff still reasonable priced.
In the glass this has a deep purple black colour with a pink rim and an earthy baked black fruit aroma (black cherry, blackberry) with liquorish, tobacco leaf, slight smoky barrel toast and garrigue herbs. In the glass the ripe concentrated black fruit (blackberry, blueberry) shines with a surprising freshness, in light of the aroma, underpinned by a clean acidity. There’s a coal like mineral heart to this wine that lends real depth and breadth to it. The finish is lengthy and winds down with soft vanilla and tobacco leaf trading off with each other. This is a deep rich wine that’s fresher than you’d expect from its baked aroma and propped up nicely with well integrating powdery tannins. If you have the patience then decant for a couple of hours as it really improves the depth of fruit and tobacco qualities in the wine. Great value for ‘big red’ lovers at £9.50 a bottle from Berry Bros & Rudd (BBR.com)