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Merlot Côté Sud
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Merlot Côté Sud

VdT, Grès Saint Paul, 2014

750 ml
Grape variety: Merlot
Producer: Château Grès Saint-Paul / Fam. Servière
Origin: France / Languedoc-Roussillon / Coteaux du Languedoc
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Article nr. 28911714
Grape variety: Merlot
Producer: Château Grès Saint-Paul / Fam. Servière
Origin: France / Languedoc-Roussillon / Coteaux du Languedoc

Attributes

Origin: France / Languedoc-Roussillon / Coteaux du Languedoc
Grape variety: Merlot
Ripening potential: 3 to 5 years
Serving temperature: 16 to 18 °C
Food pairing suggestion: Roast veal with morel sauce, Wild fowl
Vinification: fermentation with grapes' own yeast, long must fermentation, fermentation in cement tank
Harvest: hand-picking, strict selection, in small boxes
Volume: 14.5 %
Note: Contains sulphites
Countries

France

France – Philosophy in a bottle

According to French philosophy, wine should be an expression of the soil and climate. They use the word “terroir” to describe this. Terroir makes every wine different, and many especially good. French wine is regarded worldwide as an expression of cultural perfection. The French believe that humans are responsible for the quality of the berries, the vine variety for their character, and nature for the quantity. This philosophy can be expressed succinctly as: “the truth is the vineyard, not the man.”

Regions

Languedoc-Roussillon

Languedoc and Roussillon: the wine-giant of the south

The largest contiguous wine region of France begins on the west bank of the Rhône River, stretching more than 240 kilometres to the west to Banyuls-sur-Mer, on the border with Spain. The area is an inexhaustible reservoir of corpulent wines from international varieties, but the top crus from this region come from various regional appellations, where long-established varieties such as Carignan and Grenache (red) and Picpoul and Bourboulenc (white) yield extraordinarily characterful wines.

Subregions

Coteaux du Languedoc

Coteaux du Languedoc: classics of the south

The highly interesting appellation of Coteaux du Languedoc incorporates the traditionally prestigious wines of Languedoc. The approximately 10,000 hectares are spread over more than 140 communities, and are planted exclusively with the traditional grape varieties that first established the reputation of Languedoc wines. The Coteaux du Languedoc designation (today also called AOC du Languedoc) is thus a guarantor of authentic wines from the Midi.

Grape varieties

Merlot

Everybody’s darling

Merlot is the most charming member of the Bordeaux family. It shines with rich colour, fragrant fullness, velvety tannins and sweet, plummy fruit. It even makes itself easy for the vintner, as it matures without issue in cool years as well. This is in contrast to the stricter Cabernet Sauvignon, which it complements as a blending partner. Its good qualities have made the Merlot famous worldwide. At over 100,000 hectares, it is the most-planted grape in France. It also covers large areas in California, Italy, Australia and recently in Eastern Europe. The only catch is that pure Merlot varieties rarely turn out well. Its charm is often associated with a lack of substance. Only the best specimens improve with maturity. They then develop complex notes of leather and truffles. This succeeds in the top wines from the Bordeaux appellation of Pomerol and those from Ticino, among others.