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This Merlot is a blend of wines coming from different origins of the Pays dOc area. Soils are of 2 types : acidic soils with shingles in the valleys (which give a smokey flavour to the wines), and clay- limestone soils on slopes (which give fatter wines). Vines have an average age of 10 years and are pruned according to the «Gobelet» (free standing) and «Cordon de Royat» methods (trellised). Yield is relatively low: about 50 hectoliters per hectare. The winemaking process for this Merlot consists of a relatively long maceration and a little carbonic maceration for the fruit. A part of the final cuvee is aged in contact with oak for 6 to 9 months.
This wine has a very deep colour, almost black. Complex, rich, and full bodied, it has flavours of crushed black fruits (ripe blackberries, black currant, cherries), jam and cooked fruits with hints of spices (cinnamon, thyme). On the palate, this wine is round, fat and long («velvety») with matured tannins at the end. It is a well-balanced and easy drinking wine.