Mas de la Dame, Alpilles IGP (Provence, France) “La Gourmande” Rouge 2017

($15):  Sitting at the base of the Alpilles (little Alps) in Provence, practically adjacent to Les Baux de Provence, the vineyards of Mas de la Dame are some of the most beautifully situated ones in all of France.  The near constant “mistral” wind makes organic viticulture there easier, which explains why this wine is made from organically grown grapes.  A 50/50 blend of Grenache and Syrah, it delivers spicy red fruit-like flavors wrapped in mild tannins.  It has sufficient oomph for roast duck breast, but the mild tannins allow you to chill it as well.  It’s a great bargain.
88 Michael Apstein May 28, 2019