Domaine Bassac “La Circulade” Cabernet Sauvignon
As fall approaches, and the weather (hopefully) starts to get a bit chillier, we’re ready to start diving back into our favorite richer reds. When we planned this month, we really wanted to focus on Bordeaux and the grapes that make it so special. True-blue Bordeaux, though, can definitely get a bit pricer, especially when it comes to some of the Cabernet-driven blends of the left bank. France is a wonderland of different varieties and regions, and if you know where to look, you get some pretty serious bang for your buck. In the Languedoc, growers are able to ripen Bordeaux grapes readily, thanks to the region’s southerly warmth. These wines have Bordeaux written all over them, and are seriously good value. This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, from the rather-small Domaine Bassac, is all organic and sustainably-grown. It’s a fresher style of Cabernet, but retains Bordeaux’s trademark herbal qualities. Dark fruits, blackcurrant, and anisette round out a well-built but not too fussy wine. Drink me with any beef, from filets to burgers.