Vin de table, as the French call their everyday drinking wine, is something that we all need close to hand to cope with just about any emergency that may arise.  This could be for rapid consumption on the hearing of emotive news or simply to add to your lamb shanks to fuse the flavours into something heavenly. 

Cuvee Chasseur 2011 vin de table

Well, here is a good tip from one of my good friends, Dinah.  Dinah has been drinking this wine for many years and remembers paying something like £3.50 a bottle.  Now it retails in Waitrose for a princely £4.79.  

cuvee chasseur 2011 labelI needed a simple red wine to add to my mushroom, rosemary and lamb stock as it slow cooked with a couple of succulent chops, for a few hours.  With all the snow outside I also wanted something warm and pleasant.  Cuvée Chasseur is just the kiddy.  As third of the bottle went into the pot where the bright cherry fruits blended away into the meal, whilst the rest went into my mini decanter and glass.  The red fruits are bright and pleasant, and the wine has a good bite of tannin giving it a good clean finish.  I am very pleased with this Cuvée Chasseur Rouge 2011, so thank you Dinah!

Cuvée Chassuer Rouge from Waitrose £4.79

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