Domaines Paul Mas - Jean Claude Mas / Giorgio Grai - Pays d'Oc
La Forge Estate Merlot Wine Facts ...
- France | Southern France
- 100% Merlot
- Oceanic | Mediterranean Climate
- Mediterranean Sea - Pyrenees Mountains - Corbieres hills
- Clay - Limestone - Gravel
- 6 Months 70% American and 30% French Oak
Alc - Btl - Rs
- 14% - 75cl - 2.1g/L
Merlot 2014 Description ...
The parcels of fruit for the La Forge Estate Merlot were sourced from a single vineyard within the Languedoc wine region. The 30 year old vines were harvested at night, with initial fermentation taking place over a 5 day period, followed by further maceration over the next 9 days before Malolactic fermentation in 225Lt oak barrels. The resulting wine is then passed to a mixture of new and old American and French oak barrels for a further 6 months, prior to bottling.
Fairley's Wines Tasting Note ...
The Estate Merlot appears a deep purple colour with lashings of black fruit aromas, mingled with candied fruits and warm spice on the nose. The palate opens with great intensity, medium bodied with layers of ripe blackberry, plum and dried cherry fruits, sweet spice with firm tannins, finishing meaty and robust with hints of vanilla and even more lasting dark fruits. An excellent Merlot that needs time to open, 1-2 hours and will get even better with age 5-7 years. Best served with steak, other red meats and a strong cheese.