Paul Mas Estate Malbec (Languedoc, France, 2012)

Paul Mas Estate MalbecI’m in Houston tonight, and I had the privilege to entertain a new colleague and friend at a local establishment, Mockingbird Bistro. Which, by the way, if you live in the city and haven’t been here, what on earth is wrong with you? Make a reservation, already.

I had the duck. She had the roast chicken. I want to tell you I had the best entree of the night, but that would be a half-truth. We BOTH had the best entree of the night, and we shared an exception bottle of wine.

I confess that I’m partial to Languedoc, the region of France from which this wine hails. The countryside, the people, the food, the wine, everything really. Which is partially why I selected the bottle for dinner – nostalgia for a past visit and a vague memory of surprisingly excellent (and budget-conscious) wines.

We were, of course, delighted. Paul Mas Malbec is herbal and clean and dry. It was everything I remember wines of this region could be, and it was a perfect complement to the duck.

The wine retails for $12 at Spec’s, just within the Baptist budget. Go grab a bottle and let me know what you think!

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