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Merlot on Gravel - Dourthe
Merlot on Gravel - Dourthe

Merlot on Gravel

AOC Pessac-Léognan

Tasting notes

Here we see a very clear expression of the fruit. The wine is juicy and moreish, revealing notes of red berry fruits and cherries. It also possesses all the smoky character so typical of Pessac-Léognan. Delicate and gossamer-light in structure, with soft tannins. Merlot on gravel is an excellent component in a blended wine.


The vintage

2020 is an early, demanding vintage, which afforded the teams little respite. This was a year defined by nerve-racking disease pressure and contrasting weather. Winter was mild and wet, fully replenishing water reserves in the soils, and followed by a particularly hot spring with plentiful rainfall. The conditions promoted vine growth, and coaxed budburst and flowering to arrive ten to fifteen days in advance, varying from parcel to parcel. The dry summer and lack of water set in later this year, and was also cooler than the norm. From mid-July onwards, the heat triggered perfect maturation in the grapes, while lack of water carries the promise of great complexity and generous tannins. This vintage is defined by the 10-day precociousness, small berries, high quality, tannic juices and terrific aromatic freshness.


  • 100% Merlot
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