What strikes the drinker about this wine is its sense of grace: this is not Merlot forced into some caricature of voluptuousness or gym-pumped into an awkward imitation of Cabernet; rather, it revels comfortably in its lip-smacking red-fruited prettiness. It’s the kind of wine that can only be produced here, and only by growers who are able to fully trust noble Merlot to be its truest. Decant for 30 – 60 minutes
Exasperated by trying to figure out which French wine she wanted, I recently had a customer ask why she couldn’t find the type of grape on the label. It certainly can be confusing at first, but geography is the key. Did you know ….
- Part of France’s famous Bordeaux wine growing region, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru vineyards are only permitted to produce red wine
- Saint-Emilion is part of the “Right Bank” of Bordeaux, so named based on its location in relation to the Rivers Gironde and Dordogne
- Based on climate and soil composition of the Right Bank, roughly 60% of grapes grown by volume in Saint-Emilion are Merlot followed by Cab Franc and Cab Sauv depending on location
So what? Well, when you see Saint-Emilion or Saint-Emilion Grand Cru on the label, it’s a pretty good bet that the majority portion (if not all) of the blend will be Merlot