The Bergerac came from a French supermarket and works out at around £1.17 a bottle. It’s very straightforward young Bergerac, fruity and with no obvious oak and limited tannins, but a clear strand of Cabernet Sauvignon and that’s what makes it good with this lamb dish. Armenian Lamb is a longstanding family favourite that I have written about before.
I long ago found that a young cabernet was as near perfect a match as any pairing I can think of. I am happy with a New World cabernet but D usually objects to the fact that most of them are rather crudely oaked. This Bergerac, with some fruity Merlot easing the cabernet tannins, and minimal oak works well for both of us. It’s the blackcurranty fruit of the cabernet that really chimes in this case.
Wouldn’t life be transformed if we could buy wine of this value in the UK?