This Le Versant Merlot Pays d’Oc 2011 Les Vignobles Foncalieu is one of the superb reds in the flagship range from
Les Vignobles Foncalieu. It pours a bright red colour, and is full of the aroma of blackcurrant and open woodland. In the mouth it fills with blackcurrant and oak, slight vanilla notes, with a peppery background, but all the time remaining a strong oaked fruitiness. This wine is a 2011, and it has the freshness that a young wine would be expected to have, but it also has a great depth of flavour and smoothness to it that you would expect from a much older wine. The finish is long and dry, the blackcurrant and plum fruit giving way to a woody vine dryness that can be savoured for as long as possible.
The label says “Le Versant is the fruit of sun-drenched lands. Lands selected meticulously to offer a very specific ripeness for each of the different grape varieties. Their sun-blessed grapes are rich in flavour and treated with care to produce deliciously refined wines for every occasion”
This is a definition of the Le Versant Range from Les Vignobles Foncalieu rather than a review of this wine in particular. In reality, what it means is that this wine is a blend of selected grapes from specific vineyards, blended to make the finest wine possible, rather than sticking to a particular grape on sole vineyard. In this case it is a success, the resulting wine being a superb example of the winemakers art.
Le Versant means “the slopes” which, they say, is where the best vines grow.
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