La Belle Etoile Decadence Merlot, Languedoc Roussillon France 2019


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Inspired by the spectacular brasseries and cabarets of France in the roaring 1920’s, La Belle Etoile is a range of carefully selected wines from the sun kissed vineyards of the decadent South. The wines reflect this golden era, a hedonistic time, when lunches stretched into afternoons that became evenings, under the night sky. We invite you to enjoy La Belle Etoile Merlot which is an authentic expression of its region and the grapes from which it is made, dedicated to the pleasure and enjoyment of good wine and company. La Belle Etoile’s Merlot is certainly a wine the Great Gatsby would be reaching for at the weekends.

Merlot is France’s most widely planted red grape variety and has strong historic ties to Bordeaux, the region in which the variety originated. It is the predominant variety in most wines from Saint-Émilion and Pomerol (which command extremely high prices). Merlot is now widely planted in wine regions across France and the rest of the wine producing world. It is an early maturing grape variety and can ripen fully even in slightly cooler climates. This reliable ripening is a main factor behind its enormous presence across the wine world. It is often blended but can stand alone too.

This is a beautiful example of this grape and amazing value for money. You can expect a fruity palate that boasts strong flavours commonly associated with Bordeaux wine. Lovely ripe plum characteristics are accompanied by bramble fruit and a touch of spice on the finish.

Perfect with marinated vegetables or a really good quality burger. We tried and loved with baked courgette and tomato gratin (recipe below) or for the meat eaters amongst us classic cajun chicken is a gorgeous match.”>Baked courgette & tomato gratin recipe | BBC Good Food

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