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