Wow, this is quite a dish! People licked their plates clean it was so good. I did use the recommended salt reduced broth and was really glad because with the bacon, there was plenty of salt. I used a good quality dry red boxed (cask) wine which was fine. My only reservation was the use of thyme. DH remarked that the meat tasted 'different' to usual. The rest of us were fine but it does impart a herbiness to the meat which can be unexpected. I also added some sauteed and sliced swiss brown mushrooms to the sauce along with the bacon which just made the sauce heavenly.
great! Made it for xmas dinner. NOTHING left!
Absolutely loved it, thanks!