Domaine Lauriga Merlot 2016, Pays d'Oc

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Domaine Lauriga Merlot 2016, Pays d'Oc
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The Aspres area of the Languedoc is heavily influenced by northerly winds. So much so, in fact, that the Domaine completely replanted their vineyards to take account of this, and align them better with the sun's path during the course of a day.

It seems to have had the desired effect, producing wines such as this supple, plummy Merlot. The perfect antidote to a long day or a fine dinner companion, Lauriga's Merlot will likely become a firm favourite in your household.

Classic Merlot here; all plum and damson flavours, juicy and very, very moreish
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Grape Variety





ArrayMedium-Bodied Red, Unoaked Red



Food Match

ArrayCharcuterie, Chicken, Mediterranean



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The Producer

An estate with 60ha covering three of the Roussillon’s key terroirs, Lauriga is known for producing red wines of classic character.

Whilst white and rosé wines are also made, it’s the Carignan and Grenache Noir that are stars here (with the help of some newcomers too, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mourvédre and Merlot.

Now part of Domaines Paul Mas, this has led to massive improvement in the wines, thanks to investment in both vineyards and winery facilities.

We import two red wines from Lauriga which we’ve chosen for their Roussillon character and terrific value for money.
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The Winemaker

Jean-Claude Mas didn’t start out as a winemaker. Though his father grew grapes, and he grew up with a love and appreciation for wine, it was marketing and advertising that first drew Mas’s attention.

Wine and winemaking came on the radar in the early ‘90’s, and he learnt in Bordeaux and from master Italian winemaker Giorgio Grai. The scene was set for Jean-Claude to take over the reins of the family business in 1999.

The objective was clear from the start. To draw upon the rich resources of his native Languedoc and produce wines that had genuine appeal based upon their flavours and style.

Then the family’s vineyards totalled 35ha. Today, Jean-Claude’s empire covers 11 estates and 600ha, with another 1,312ha providing grapes from trusted partner growers.

So, chances are, you’ve come across one of his wines, possibly the ‘Arrogant Frog’ label that’s done so well around the world. He started out focusing on the export market, believing “Selling wine to the French is like selling hamburgers to Americans.”
His objective is to be 100% organic by 2023. Across his huge size of vineyards, that’s no mean feat.

The Region

A mountainous, rugged region which makes up the southernmost piece of the larger Languedoc. Over 80% of France’s sweet vin doux naturel wines come from here, with still wines becoming more exciting with each passing vintage.

Looking for sun? Well, Roussillon gets an average 325 days a year, so ripening grapes isn’t an issue. Soils vary tremendously, but are always ancient, and frequently very poor. This forces vines to struggle to survive, with the benefit they tend to produce top-quality grapes.

It’s red wine territory, making up 80% of production for Côtes du Roussillon wines. And they’re often superb, with superstar winemakers like Pithon and Gauby creating wines of mesmerising beauty.
If you like gutsy, savoury reds, then Roussillon is very happy hunting ground.
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Chicken and Lentil Salad

Earthy lentil salads or stews match well with similarly savoury, earthy styles of wine. Although we're talking salad, don’t be afraid to try a medium-bodied red such as Pinot Noir or Merlot from Pays d'Oc. If you'd rather stick to whites, Chardonnay tends to cover the required flavour bases.
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Lamb Shanks

A hearty, rustic lamb casserole needs a rich, gutsy red with good acidity. Tuscan reds from the Sangiovese grape pair well with rich stews and tomato-based dishes, as does Domaine Lauriga Merlot.
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Cheesy Chilli Bacon Skewers

A great party food idea, theses more-ish snacks are packed with flavour and will cope well with an equally punchy, ripe red from Domaine Lauriga with spicy notes and soft tannins.
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