RQ2017 French Merlot

Type: Red
Price: $200 $190
Category: RQ2017
Alc./vol.: 12%
Body: Medium
Old Sweetness Level: 0
Sugar: 0 (g/L)*
Oak: 3
RJS Brand: RQ2017
Ready In: 7 weeks
Description: New!
Each year our Restricted Quantities brand offers craft winemakers the opportunity to make truly outstanding wines from grapes grown in world-renowned winemaking regions.
This year we bring you “Le Chateau Noblesse” —crafted from the original noble grapes of France—these are classic wines worthy of the most discerning wine cellar.

Ruby red colour with aromas of juicy blueberries and cherries on the nose. This luxurious wine features ripe cherries, blueberries, a touch of spice, and soft tannins on the palate

Food Pairings: Roast Pork, Herbed Chicken, Mushroom Tart, Camembert

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L’ÂGE DU LUXE France Merlot

Named after the French bird Merlau, this late 17th century wine is the epitome of L’âgedu Luxe, known for being luxuriously ripe and soft.

Historians claim the earliest mention of Merlot was in 1783-4 in the Gironde region of France. The first records with its modern spelling are from 1824 which explain that the name ‘Merlot” comes from “merlau”, a black bird that is particularly fond of this grape. DNA parentage analysis from the late 1990s showed Merlot, like Cabernet Sauvignon, is the offspring of Cabernet Franc. Ten years later scientists discovered that the other parent is a grape from the middle ages that is no longer commercially cultivated, now named Magdeleine Noire des Charentes.

Because it is easier than other varieties to ripen earlier, while still producing outstanding wines, Merlot is now grown widely around the world, and it remains the most planted grape variety in France. The sweetness and freshness of a Merlot wine make this classic French grape variety easy to appreciate.

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