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Merlot, 2017. Heritage

Merlot, 2017. Heritage

Item #: V0419R1IF
Vintage: 2017
Varietal: Merlot
Vineyard/Appellation: I.G.P. Pays d'Oc, France
Color: Medium Magenta
Nose: Berries and Roses
Palate: Black Currant
Finish: Soft, Supple
Rating: 96
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2025/Red Meat, Game, Fowl/13.0 % Alcohol by Volume

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Our Heritage selection comes from Les Collines du Bourdic, founded in 1928 in France's Languedoc appellation. This region is just below the Rhone and shares much of the Rhone's climate and soil. Unfortunately, it never shared its fame.

For decades, the Languedoc languished in the shadow of the Cotes du Rhone - and in many cases deservedly so. With no prestige, they couldn't charge enough to make the wines they were capable of, which created a downward spiral.

Things began to change in the 1970s, when enterprising vintners who saw the potential here made the expenditures to plant vineyards in prime spots and upgrade those areas that had been neglected. Little by little, they elevated the region.

Probably no other wine area on Earth, with the possible exception of Sicily, has vaulted to the heights that the Languedoc has. Their rise is due to the persistence and perseverance of companies like Les Collines du Bourdic.

The region is the largest in France and thus has many different soils and climates within its borders. Local winemakers can literally find a perfect spot for almost any grape you can name. At first, they competed with their neighboring area, the Rhone, with Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah grapes. But eventually, they took on every other appellation in France.

Here is a soft and supple Merlot that easily could be confused with Bordeaux until you get to the cash register.