Never heard of Vin de Pays de Hautrive? Think Corbières – the warm and windy coastal area of SE France. Ascending rugged hills westerly from Mediterranean lowlands, this region boasts an ancient wine history – as the 9th Century monasteries that dot the landscape attest. And, as evidenced by Boston’s recent L’aventure Languedoc, wines from this region may finally be poised to escape their undeserved obscurity. Certainly, ‘Le Clos’ (an enclosed field or vineyard) should help. Composed of 45% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Carignan, and 20% Grenache, the wine displays an attractive raspberry color and a lively nose of cherry and blackberry with hints of clove and incense. Juicy, soft red and black fruits mingle on the palate, and those spice notes that are uniquely southern French mark the long, tannic finish. An amazing value, match this viticultural gem with Cajun blackened swordfish and all things barbeque (especially ribs).