Pere La Force boasts a decidedly fancy label, giving the impression of being a swanky wine. It’s a Cabernet Sauvignon – Merlot mix, the basis of the swankiest Bordeaux. So far so good. It’s a Vin de Pays d’Oc, so it’s not priced like a Bordeaux.
It’s a rich purple colour with a spicy aroma filled out with cooked black fruits. It tastes jammy with liquorice and cake-spices. There’s some Ribena-like sweet blackcurrant too. The fruit is somewhat overcooked, but that just makes it feel warming and more-ish. It’s easy to enjoy, with enough depth to be interesting.
At under £5 a bottle from Laithwaite’s this is a good value wine, perfect for a mid week treat, and it wouldn’t be out of place with a Sunday roast or a cheese plate.