François Ducrot is a vine magician, born and raised in Burgundy! After graduating in 2006 as a trained oenologist at the Institut de la Vigne et du Vin in Dijon, he started as Maître de Chai (master of the cellar) for Domaine Enclos de la Croix, in Lansargues.
Although the vineyard had used organic farming techniques since the early ‘80s, through his environmental philosophy, François pushed the Domaine to officially obtain the Organic certification. In 2011 they reached this goal under his tenure. He then went on to modify the vinification process to remove the use of all animal based products during winemaking and limit the addition of sulphites as much as possible.
This is the first creation of François. Merlot is a widely planted varietal in Languedoc and sometimes abused by winemakers as
a ‘blending grape’, so François wanted to restore its fame and reputation. To do that you have to go “Little by little…” Harvested at optimum times for a lighter alcohol profile & stronger acidity. By using patience & expertise, François produces a wine with smooth tannins & medium alcohol, balanced with a good acidity. Winemaking is an art… Little by little!
Tasting Notes: Being a Merlot from the South, expect complex black & red fruits to perfume your glass with a hint of black pepper. The palate is full-bodied & indulgent with juicy freshness & soft tannins. Exploding with red pepper, red fruits & flaming chorizo.
Serving Temperature: 14-16°C
Food Pairing: Grilled meats, duck, spicy dishes or vegetables with paprika sauces & cold cuts (charcuteries). Feel a bit too hot? Pop it in the fridge for 20 mins and you will feel like you’re having a basket of fresh fruit!
ABV 13..5% Merlot
Sulphite free, vegan friendly, organic
3 in stock