Blending Cabernet and Merlot is not unique by any stretch of the imagination. Unless, you're in Provence! This beauty comes from the house of Pelllier, known for their exceptional blends made from Rhone varietals like Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. This may be the first blend of Cabernet and Merlot grapes from here we've ever encountered.
And, as we've asked so many times before, why wasn't this done earlier? Yeah, we know these are grapes known specifically in Bordeaux, California, Chile and Argentina, but watch out, folks, there's a new player in town.
To say that we were shocked would be to put it mildly. We were utterly amazed. The most interesting thing is that we were expecting something like a Bordeaux, or a California or Chilean Cabernet. What we got was all those rolled into one. Yes, it's Cabernet with the softening agent of Merlot, but it's altogether something unique and quite engaging.
The first thing that hits you is this lovely soil component. Then the minerality descends on the palate and finally there's that unmistakable Cabernet cassis, plum and black cherry that seems to grow as it follows through on the palate, taking no prisoners.
Even though it's only 30% of the mix, Merlot adds to the party with hints of blueberry, pomegranate and flecks of sage that are as flavorful as they are engaging. All in all, a work of art for your tongue.