The ‘Pays d’Oc’ refers to the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southern France, known by the French as ‘Le Midi’. Geographically, it covers an incredibly large area of vineyards from the Rhône delta, in the middle of southern France, arcing all the way around to the Spanish border on the Mediterranean. The Languedoc is a region where amazing value wines can be found, and this is a great example! The region produces approximately 1/3 of all French wine (1.8 billion bottles), most of which are blends, rather than single varietal wines. And, while the reputation in the past was one of cheaper, lower quality wine, that is no longer the case. Very good quality wines are now commonplace.
Every year, the winemaker at Bellefontaine selects only the best quality wine from multiple estates and producers, each contributing key components to the finished blend. This is a vibrant, juicy wine with fruit-forward flavours that complement the aromas nicely. This wine should be served at 18 C and can be enjoyed from now to 2024.
On the nose, there are aromas of ripe red plum, strawberry, red cherry, jam, and hints of dried herbs. There is also the whisper of some pleasant, subtle oak. All of the scents in this wine are well integrated.
On the palate, this wine matches what is found on the nose. There is an abundance of ripe red fruit, namely cherry, strawberry, raspberry, and cranberry. There is a real jam flavour in there as well along with some anise, pepper, and herbal notes. This Merlot is medium-bodied and has soft, silky tannins and an almost supple acidity. This wine is a pure pleasure to drink.
Match with a creamy wild-mushroom risotto, or pair with grilled centre-cut pork chops topped with a plum and balsamic glaze.