Just a quickie: I laid my hands onto this 8€ bottle and it’s just outstanding for the money. Clos Bagatelle has consistently been a quality leader in the Languedoc, and this, their basic Cuvée Tradition 2010 from Saint-Chinian, is a wine of fabulous intensity. It blends Syrah with Grenache, Carignan and Mourvèdre, and it does indeed start Syrah-like in its savoury meatiness and notes of white pepper. But there are layers of concentrated, attractively spicy dark fruits underneath. No oak thank God, but gobs of character and more seriousness than you’d expect for the price. With its savouriness it’s a great food wine, too.
Source of wine: own purchase.