Merlot

Le Versant Merlot vineyards enjoy optimal exposure on the sunny south-facing hills of Puichéric. Its lovely ruby red colour gives glimpses of violet hues. Its nose expresses aromas of blackberry and black cherry blended with notes of tobacco. Its meaty palate with harmonious tannins will delight any gourmet wine connoisseur.

  • Pays d’Oc
  • Indication géographique protégée

Varieties

The name Merlot originates from blackbirds who are particularly fond of the grape bunches. This variety predominates throughout the Bordeaux terroirs, representing 58% of the planted area. The Merlot typically expresses aromas of red fruits which give way over time to aromas of undergrowth and spices.

Soils

Plots with the best balance between soil, plant and microclimate are selected: North-facing hills for this wine. Control of yields via optimal management of nutrition and de-budding. The Versant Merlot vines are situated on sunny south-facing hills near Ensérune (Languedoc-Roussillon). The soil is made up of limestone gravel which helps rainwater to penetrate well and gives more mature aromas and tannins.

Winemaking

Alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel, temperature controlled vats. Long maceration over 3 to 4 weeks with twice daily pumping over. Malolactic fermentation.

Ageing

8 months in stainless steel.

Tasting notes

Ruby red colour with dark violet tints. Nose revealing aromas of blackberry and black cherry mixed with hints of tobacco. Ample on the palate with harmonious tannins. Fresh finish with small black fruits.

Serve at 17-18°C. Cellaring potential : 6 years.

To match with this wine

Vegan spring salad
Red fruit mix tiramisù
Rabbit with onions
Mangetout mishmash