The more I drink this wine, the more I fall in love with it. It's a single grape variety and hails from the Languedoc. The Languedoc is famous for its garagiste wines with dense and complex aromas reflecting the diversity of the terrain. With the mountains on one side and the Mediterranean on the other this is becoming a popular wine growing region.
Montagnac Merlot is produced by a small co-operative dating back to the 1930s and its vineyards stretch from the banks of Thau Lagoon to the foothills of the mountains on the right bank of the River Hérault. The vines are grown in small parcels on old terraces on limestone and clay slopes.
It's an easy drinking wine and is great for first time wine drinkers. It's a deep, dark garnet colour – think of damsons and that's the perfect hue. What I love about it is its mouth feel – it's soft, sensuous and smooth. It has the aroma of ripe perfumed cherries with a hint of dark chocolate and hay. The flavour is of blackberries and currants. It's outstanding value at £4.75 and worth every drop.