Chateau Haut Blanville Merlot Pays d'Oc 2018  £10.95

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Chateau Haut Blanville Merlot Pays d'Oc 2018

Established in the late 1990s, Château Haut-Blanville is a family-run domaine located in Pézenas outside Montpellier. Bernard and Beatrice Nivollet moved to the Languedoc from Paris in 1995 to realise their dream of becoming wine producers. Attracted by the region’s richly diverse soils, they settled upon the Languedoc Grés de Montpellier appellation. Bernard and Beatrice took up the challenge of creating their own estate, Château Haut-Blanville, and over the years have gradually selected and carefully built up a collection of parcels of vines across the region.

Château Haut-Blanville has 40 hectares of vineyards across the Languedoc Grés de Montpellier appellation and 30 hectares under IGP. The warm dry climate is moderated by summer sea breezes which encourage the grapes to ripen early and give good freshness to the wines. All the vines are cultivated according to hybrid sustainable principles that combine Lutte Raisonnée, organic cultivation, and biodynamics. With the aim to preserve the quality and diversity of the various soils, no chemical fertilisers are used in the vineyards.

The 2018 growing season started with a cold and rainy winter followed by two successive touches of frost in spring. May and June brought heat and moderate rainfall that led to the rapid growth of vegetation. The grapes were harvested at optimum ripeness at the end of August.

The Merlot grapes were whole-bunch fermented in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks that preserved the bright, fruit-forward profile of the wine.

Ruby red in colour, the nose boasts aromas of fresh red cherry and plum. On the palate, the tannins are ripe and plush, complimented by flavours of juicy red fruits and liquorice. The wine has a well-balanced acidity and a smooth finish and pairs beautifully with red meat, red sauce based pasta and veal dishes.

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