VARIETAL CONVERSATIONS

Le Merlot

Merlot is one of the 58 grape varieties that make IGP Pays d’Oc so varied and exciting. The official quality endorsement is featured on the bottles.

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The aromas I conjure up

The sunshine and warmth of Pays d’Oc do not erase my hallmark aromas of red fruits, including cherry, blackcurrant and liquorice. In fact, they emphasise them by adding a touch of prune and spice.
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My favourite occasions

The more discerning among you will enjoy me in the chic, relaxed atmosphere of cocktail parties and pre-dinner drinks. For those with a penchant for authenticity, dinner is a firm favourite, with a hearty barbecue. Whatever the occasion, my crimson hue will go down a treat.
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The dishes I prefer

I am described as fleshy and sensual which is probably why I’m happy to be paired with red meats. My character and tannins are a good match for the ‘charred’ flavours of barbecue-cooked foods, but I’m also a fan of more contemporary pairings like a good hamburger!
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My little secret…

My name apparently stems from the Occitan word ‘merlòt’ meaning ‘small blackbird’ due to my black fruit and the birds’ undeniable fondness for grapes. Thanks for likening me to a bird…

My favourite dish

Farmhouse lamb cutlets

Mix a crushed garlic clove, a very finely chopped shallot, a glass of red wine, honey, rosemary and bay.

Add a pinch of salt and pepper.

Brush the cutlets with the marinade and marinate for about 4 hours.

Barbecue the cutlets for 2 minutes on each side and brush the meat with the marinade while cooking.

Enjoy with or without your fingers, but don’t forget to serve a glass of Merlot IGP Pays d’Oc at the right temperature with your marinated chops

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