Hegarty Number 1 2011, France

Country: France

Colour / Style: Red

Alternative selection for: Episode 10

As recommended by: Joe Fattorini

A blindingly brilliant wine from famed 80s ad-man John Hegarty (creator of the Nick Kamen launderette Levi’s ad) and his partner Philippa Crane. This shows you can find refinement and elegance in the guarrigue of Minervois, with layers of coffee, raspberry and mint from the Syrah/Carignan blend. It needs firm dishes though, big mushrooms, baked marrow, beef and powerful, hard cheese.