Looking for a cannot-fail, mid-weight red that will turn any meal into a French Bistro experience? The Minervois and Corbieres regions in the south of France turns out this style with the greatest of ease – and at reasonable prices.

Gourgazaud delivers flavour with a mix of fruit, herbs and earth, along with a refreshing tang. The perfect formula for the bistro feeling.
CHATEAU de GOURGAZAUD 14 Minervois, France 22384 $13.50

Chateau de Vaugelas feels like a plummy Merlot with an earthy edge. Smooth meets back-street. You cannot fail poring this with almost any food, or situation. Vaugelas is an LCBO sleeper.
CHATEAU de VAUGELAS 15 Corbieres, France 361691 $13.95

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  • Tried the Chateau de Vaugelas as an an alternative to the Chateau de Gourgazaud,
    which is familiar to me and a longtime favourite. Surprised at just how different they are!
    The former is characterized by the taste of fruit; cherry in particular. The latter to me has
    less fruit but more of a rustic, earthy character. Choose accordingly!
    Both are great values.

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