I’m always looking for that go-to wine: something under ten bucks that’s good, versatile, and undoubtedly not from America.
Lately I have been really enjoying the 2005 La Chaussynette. It’s an unoaked Grenache w/ a touch of Syrah from Southern France. It’s fresh, 12% alcohol, great food wine, and a chugger. 9 bucks!
What is really impressing me is I left 1/3 of the bottle sitting out on the counter, uncorked, overnight and it is really lovely.
It’s made by Mas de Boislauzon, who also make a fantastic Chateauneuf. It’s nice when a producer puts as much care into their cheapo wines as their top dogs.