A Swig stalwart and star buy! Rich and berry laden, concentrated but not heavy, with blackberries jumping out the glass and freshly picked figs. Sweet tobacco and spice with a hint of prune with a generous grating of good quality dark chocolate. On the palate more dark smoky cassis fruit, some creamy blueberry and plum, there's a bitter savoury contrast to the ripe fruit, reminds of fresh sage and thyme wrapped and ready for a roasting joint. After first pouring and a few minutes in the glass the Durfort starts to unravel and becomes incredibly moreish.
The Chateau de Durfort Corbieres vines grow in rocky schist soils in the craggy uplands of Cathar country. The wine has that typical, sumpremely gastronomic combination of ripe, intense spicy fruit flavours, supple, soft, sometimes sweet tannins and a fresh acid core, which makes them irresistible with all the hearty rustic fare of autumn - a rich cassoulet, or meaty slow-cooked ox cheek with garlicky mashed potato - the kind of stuff that makes you feel like Henry VIII.