Domaine Francois Merlin IGP Collines Rhodaniennes Brocéliande Syrah

Domaine Francois Merlin IGP Collines Rhodaniennes Brocéliande Syrah 2019

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Domaine Francois Merlin
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France > Northern Rhône > Collines Rhodaniennes
François Merlin captures the essence of the Northern Rhône, reminiscent of a high-quality Crozes-Hermitage but without the price tag. Bursting with earthy blue fruits, smokey undertones, and a medley of herbs and florals, this Syrah thrives in a landscape defined by granite, schist, and decomposed gneiss soils. As an IGP Collines Rhodaniennes wine, it's sourced from the left bank of the Rhône, facing renowned AOCs like Condrieu and Côte Rôtie.

François Merlin is a self-taught, first-generation Northern Rhône winemaker, mentored by esteemed names in the industry such as René Rostaing and Georges Vernay.
The Brocéliande Syrah is a treasure for its price, showcasing characteristics in line with more expensive wines like Crozes-Hermitage.

TASTING PROFILE:

Earthy blue fruits like boysenberry, damson plum, and black cherry, with traces of smoky meat drippings and pepper
Flavours of red fruits with hints of snappy herbs, crushed violets, and undertones of crème de cassis and liquorice

IN THE VINEYARD:

Located in the IGP Collines Rhodaniennes region, the vineyards lie opposite to renowned AOCs of Condrieu and Côte Rôtie on the Rhône's left bank
The landscape is defined by steep slopes (30-40%), with granite, schist, red clay, and decomposed gneiss soils
The vineyard is moving towards organic farming, with sustainable practices in place and grapes handpicked

IN THE WINERY:

Sourced from 20 to 60-year-old vines and aged in used French oak barriques
François has been refining his winemaking style, opting for riper de-stemmed fruit and an opulent elegance 
New oak usage has been gradually reduced, with a mix of Stockinger demi-muids and French barriques

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Ideal with hearty dishes like roasted leg of lamb, braised duck, or even soft cheeses
While it can be enjoyed now, given its robust structure, it will evolve and improve over the next few years
SKU: 01FMSY19
Bottle Size: 75CL
ABV: 13.0%
Vintage: 2019

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