2015 Moulin de Gassac Guilhem Rouge, $9.99

With so many wines in the shop, the selection process for my staff pick can sometimes be a difficult one. But when my friends Patrick and CeCe invited me over for an elk pasta dinner, I quickly zeroed in on what I wanted to take, this Guilhem red. It was the perfect starter for
our dinner. The wine hails from the Languedoc region of France and is produced by Mas de Daumas Gassac, a family owned and operated estate that was established in the early 1970s. Famed oenologist Emile Peynaud, (consultant to Chateaux Margaux, Haut Brion, La Mission Haut Brion and La Lagune) took an interest in the estate, offering his advice with their first vintage in 1978. The Guilhem red is made from 25 to 50 year old vines, and is a blend of 40 percent Syrah, 30 percent Grenache and 30 percent Carignan. It’s aged for 6 to 7 months in stainless steel tanks and is meant to be consumed within a year of release. The wine is very fresh on the nose, showing dusted cherry, strawberry, a bit of raspberry, and a nice bit of spice. Very approachable with soft tannins and fresh fruit notes similar to the nose, the palate shows its Languedoc 'terroir' with a spicy, rustic finish. Definitely wants food and will pair well with any number of meats and cheeses. At $9.99 it’s a steal!