Michel Chapoutier is one of planet Earth’s finest winemakers, with offerings that run the pricing gamut, all the way up to $500+/bottle. Even the least expensive are really good, however, and the 2017 Tournon Mathilda Shiraz
proves the point; Shiraz with a decidedly French twist, giving it a touch of the Northern Rhone. According to The Wine Advocate
’s Joe Czerwinski, “The 2017 Mathilda Shiraz is dark and earthy, with hints of roasted meat, black olive and asphalt on the nose. Yet on the palate, there's a New World sense of blueberry and blackberry fruit that's ripe without being sweet yet dry and savory on the softly dusty finish. At the recommended retail of $16, it's a solid value.” In at least one case, it’s available for less than $11/bottle
; sub $13 is common. Czerwinski gave it 88 points; I think it’s worth at least 91. Open a bottle and let it breathe for an hour or two. You’ll agree with me!