Le Merle aux Alouettes

One of the great reds of the Domaine, grown on the parcel known as “Mas Garrigou” which possesses an exceptional terroir of round pebbles on a clay subsoil.


Le Merle aux Alouettes 2014

IGP  Pays d’Oc
Red

Organic and Biodynamic Certified

Blended from : Merlot
First launched : 1999.

Alcoholic grade : 14 %

Vines average age : 29 ans.

Terroir and Vineyard Management: Arid, stony, clay & limestone soil. Vines farmed biodynamically, certified by Demeter. The soil is ploughed, and no fertilizers are used.
Yield: 30 hectolitres/hectare.
Harvest: Hand-picked solely in the morning, into small open crates.
Vinification: After hand sorting on tables, the grapes are gravity fed into vats. No yeast is added. Traditional vinification with alternate cap immersion and pumping over. Four to five weeks’ maceration. Pneumatic pressing.
Maturing: 36 months, including 24 in French oak big barrel ( 3,000 liters ). Bottled in June 2017. Unfined and unfiltered.
Production: 4,000 bottles.
Serving suggestions: Uncork, or even better, decant at least 2 hours before serving at a temperature of 15°-17°C.
Tasting note: Seductive, aromatic, rich and plummy, with just enough tannins to add body and structure, this wine more than holds its own against Bordeaux’s great clarets. The soft fruitiness typical of Merlot is lifted with just a touch of spice and cloves. A thoroughly sophisticated wine at its best with fine international cuisine.
At its peak: Probably 2024-2028.