Pays d’Oc wines are cropping up everywhere in the U.S. Bon Midi, a recent addition to the wine selection at Fresh & Easy, is an instance of these wines. It’s a blend of Merlot (55%) and Grenache (45%) from the Vin de Pays de L’Hérault appellation in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of Southern France (the name “Bon Midi” means “The Good South,” more or less, “le Midi” being a colloquial term for the South of France).
Given the astonishingly low price (~$4) and the fact that I’m always on the lookout for cheap, good table wines, I had to give this a try. I think I’ve found just one of those wines.
After being poured and sitting in the glass for thirty minutes or so (you really want to let any wine under $5/bottle open up in a glass), the wine offered up earthy aromas of porcini mushrooms and cedar.
The palate offers up light strawberry, dried cherry, and a rustic earthiness throughout. The finish, not surprisingly, is quite short. All in all, a nice everyday sort of wine, one whose light style and low alcohol (12% ABV) make it a good food wine, albeit a somewhat innocuous one.