The Wine – Vin de France 14€
Clés en Main Rouge 2018 70% vieux Carignan (60 years) 30% Syrah (40 years). Mid ruby in colour, with black currant, spice, plum and violets on the nose. A tad closed, it would have benefitted from decanting as it opened up in glass. Soft tannins, crisp acidity with black currant, plum, griotte, freshly ground black pepper and a mineral finish. Long, refreshing and clean I am a fan of wines that have a distinct mineral edge, and as I spend my life teaching and experimenting with wine and food matches I do find that these styles of wines make much better bedfellows in general than heavier wines. Merguez are fatty, as are most sausages, but they also have cumin in the spice mix which is a killer with oak. So the fact that this wine did not have any oak worked perfectly. That and the fact that the Deux Clés vineyards are at altitude, 330m, which gives the wine a delicious, crisp acidity and a freshness to the fruit character.