The French wine region of Languedoc is attempting a renaissance of late, highlighting the carignan grape — a workhorse of this region’s wines and something which is also making a bit of a comeback as a standalone varietal in the U.S.
No one will argue that Languedoc’s biggest selling point is value, and this 2007 Domaine de Fabregues is no exception. At just $13 a bottle, it’s a real bargain that you can’t argue with.
This ruby-hued red is a little tight at first, but its tannic character opens up in the glass, revealing leather and orange peel character atop a thick, plum-fruit core. While not terribly complex — and with a finish that veers toward a little vegetal bitterness — it’s a solid enough wine for a weekday meal, or even for a glass before it.
B+ / $13