A Mediocre Southern French Red is Alright with a Bland Braised Beef Dish

We decided to cook a recipe from Supercook that we have enjoyed before, with the intention of serving it again the following evening to some friends.  Dutch Steak is braising steak with onions, carrots, celery, a bay leaf, thyme, paprika and beef stock.  It was pleasant and the beef was melt-in-the-mouth, but we have to admit our tastes have changed somewhat over the years and we found this dish overall a bit bland. (Teresa decided she would make it more interesting when we served it to our guests the next day.)

We opened a bottle of Charte d’Assemblage 2010 Languedoc Red from Waitrose.  This medium-bodied Vin de Pays d’Oc is a blend of Grenache Noir, Syrah and Mourvèdre.  It did not particularly excite our palates although we thought it had brambly red fruits and some complexity.  Whilst it was an acceptable match with the food, it was mediocre and frankly not even worth the discounted price of £4.99.

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