In a nutshell: A fruity and fleshy crowd pleaser from the Dordogne in southwest France
The lowdown: The name of this wine The Perigord Goose is wonderfully evocative of the beautiful part of France from where it comes. Most of the vineyards are, in fact, on the limestone rich hills of Bergerac which are well suited to producing plump and ripe Merlots such as this. On the palate it's full of ripe, soft and round red berry fruit with just a hint of toastiness and vanilla. It's balanced by a subtle light tannin structure and nicely judged acidity making it a very easily enjoyable wine.
When to drink: Very approachable and drinkable, it's a perfect glugger and a good match to red meats, poultry and mature hard cheeses.
In 2008 three of the biggest caves in the Dordogne area of southwest France, les Vignerons de Sigoulès, le Cave de Monbazillac and Alliance Aquitaine joined forces to establish Couleurs d'Aquitaine and have since becaome one of the most important wine suppliers in that part of France. They have over 400 grower members with vineyards spread across the Dordogne, Périgord, Bergerac and Bordeaux and working with their growers they've been able to market a quite impressive range of good value wines that fully express the wine growing heritage of the region.