I probably drink more French reds than any other kind of wine so it was lovely to be able review one this month for the Central England Cooperative’s ‘We Like Wine’ blog.
Château Brassac is located in the Bordeaux region of south-western France – one the most important fine-wine-producing regions in the world. At £10.99 a bottle, a very keen price for claret from this region, the 2012 was a Médaille d’Or at the 2014 Concours Mondial Bruxelles. I had high expectations and I wasn’t disappointed!
The Merlot grape dominates (84%) and the Cabernet Franc (7%) and Sauvignon (9%) provide length and structure to this delicious wine. It has that wonderful reddish brown colour in the glass that always reminds me of open fires, worn leather chesterfields and book lined rooms. Full of blackcurrant fruitiness and the kind of peppery spiciness that goes very well with robust dishes, we served it with a rich casserole of beef that matched it perfectly. It would be equally good company for a Sunday roast, hearty pot-roast or a steak dinner. It may be cold outside but this wine left us feeling warm and content.
We liked it so much in fact that we went out and bought a couple more bottles the next day. After all, there are quite a few more cold days to come before summer!