Cabernet Merlot

Tasting Notes

  • Colour: Intense ruby.
  • Nose: Elegant and complex with aromas of ripe black fruits, blackcurrant leaf combined with spicy notes such as liquorice and vanilla.
  • Palate: A well-balanced wine with smooth tannins and a long finish.
  • Cellaring: Keep up to 5 years.
  • Food pairing: Best served at 17°C with red meat, cheeses and barbecues.

Description

The Vine

  • Soil type: Clay, limestone and gravels for the Cabernet Sauvignon. Deep clay, limestone for the Merlot
  • Age of the vineyard: 15 to 25 year-old Cabernet and 16 to 25 year-old Merlot. The vines are managed with total respect to the ecological environment: Integrated Agriculture
  • Pruning: Guyot Simple
  • Harvest: Mechanical at night to protect from oxidation
  • Average yield: 55 hl/ha
  • Density of planting: 4400 vine plant/ha
  • Elevation: 150-200m
  • Climate: Mediterranean with oceanic influence

Vinification

Destemming. Each grape variety is vinified separately. Skin contact at 10°C for 3 days. 6 day-fermentation at 24/26°C with daily pumping-over followed by a 15 day-maceration for the Cabernet and 12 days for the Merlot in temperature-controlled stainless-steel vats (24°C maximum). Blending takes place in November prior to putting the wine in barrels. 25% of the blend is aged in new American oak barrel for 4 months. The other 75% are matured in stainless-steel vats. After taking the wine off the barrels we have aged it for a further 2 months in vats prior to bottling.

Additional information

Grapes Varieties

55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot

Appellation

IGP Pays d'Oc

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