I love Les Caves de Pyrene. Love them. I’ve only ever been once, but none of the wine I bought then was bad and a lot of it – I can still taste that Fumin from the Valle d’Aosta was superb. So here’s another cracker. A very humble label tells you nothing at all about it – it’s a humble Vin de Pays from the Loire. And that’s about it. So it’s 70% cot (malbec) and 30% gamay, a rich, deep, heavy satin but with only 12.5% alcohol, it’s got a silky touch. Chocolate, allspice, tobacco and cinnamon-infused poached plums. That’s what I’m saying, and I’m sticking to it.
The thing is, they’re miles away and they don’t really deal in bargain wines – except in their annual summer bin end sale, which is where I got this (normally a shade under £12, can’t remember what I paid). So it might be June before I go back, but you just try to stop me.