The conventional belief is that Merlot is a nice, easy red for folks who like that kind of thing. Californian wineries in particular love to craft Merlot in an easy, party-drinking style. But in France, Merlotâ€™s ancestral home, the wine is usually medium-bodied with a rustic tang â€“ a perfect food partner.
If youâ€™re interested in exploring the original French-style check-out the wine below. Plummy fruit flavours are backed-up with some bitterness and tang to energize the taste buds. One sip and you will have a French bistro moment â€“ perhaps with thoughts of entrecote! Or any grilled or roasted red meats, even burgers. Not every red wine needs to be a party drink!
P.S. I have previously recommended Miquelâ€™s un-oaked Chardonnay, and the newly arrived 2018 vintage is worth exploring if you enjoy traditional whites. As in a moderate amount of flavour, richness and alcohol. The wine experience without fanfare. Excellent aperitif or seafood partner. Not a party drink.
LAURENT MIQUEL Pere & Fils 18 Merlot, Pays dâ€™Oc, France 583047 $14.00
LAURENT MIQUEL Pere & Fils 18 Un-oaked Chardonnay, IGP Pays dâ€™Oc, France 157909 $14.00