This springtime stew contains cubed lamb, baby onions, tomato puree, ground cloves, bouquet garni, stock, small new potatoes, turnips, tomatoes, baby carrots, french beans and a parsley garnish. To be honest we have tasted better Lamb Navarin recipes. This one was a bit bland for us.
We paired two red wines with this dish. First, The Society’s Corbières 2012, a full-bodied Southern French red blend of Carignan and Grenache from the Wine Society. We tasted strawberry fruits and a sweetness that had an affinity with the turnips and carrots. We found the finish smooth. A good match.
Second up was a bottle of Campo Viejo Rioja Reserva 2008, a medium-bodied Spanish red from Costco. The wine is a blend of Tempranillo, Graciano and Mazuelo and the black fruits and chocolatey edge were also good with the stew. However, we all thought the Corbières was the better match.