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LE MERLE AUX ALOUETTES, 2006

By Domaine Alain Chabanon

  • Appellation: VDP Pays d'Oc
  • Region: Languedoc
  • Country: France
  • Colour: Red
  • Grape Varieties: Merlot
  • Soil type: Arid, gravels, clay and limestone soil
  • Vessel type: Wood - Old oak
  • Unfined.
  • Unfiltered.

Notes on additives, aids & processing used:

  • No temperature control.
  • Organic/Biodynamic/Equivalent
  • Total Sulphites: 50 mg/L
  • This wine is fermented spontaneously.
  • Other Information:Alcohol: 14.5% Bottle size: 75cl Age of the vines: 24 years old Vinification: Grapes are hand-harvested early in the morning into small open crates. After hand sorting on tables, the grapes are gravity fed into vats. Natural fermentation (with indigenous yeasts). Five weeks maceration with pumping over. After pressing the grapes, the wine is aged for 36 months, including 24 months in oak barrels and 12 months ina stainless steel tank. No filtration, no fining.

About Domaine Alain Chabanon

Languedoc, France

The vineyard is seventeen hectares. The parcels are spread around five villages: Montpeyroux, Saint-Saturnin, Jonquières, Lagamas and Saint-André-de-Sangonis, allowing me to profit from the individual characteristics of each different terroir. It is also a certain protection against the vagaries of the climate, as it is rare for the same phenomenon to occur in all areas at the same time. Year after year, I have progressively increased production, passing from 2,000 to 50,000/60,000 bottles in 25 years. My work began to gain recognition in 1995, when the Gault Millau guide awarded a mark of 18.5 to one of my wines after a blind tasting. International markets opened their doors to me, then little by little my reputation grew in France too, where my wines now appear on the very best tables.