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Staff Pick

Les Vacances de Monsieur Merlot, Peybonhomme - 2017

Item # 29348 750mL
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Tasting Notes

A charmingly, deliciously, fruited Merlot. This plummy Bordeaux brims over with farm stand fruit, ripe berries, and cool acidity. Medium-bodied and crowd-pleasing. Try it at your next dinner.


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Staff Pick Notes

Les Vacances de Monsieur Merlot just means "the vacation of Mr. Merlot." I think of this as kind of a break or a little jaunt for your palate, because this wine is so yummy and refreshing. It is made of 100% young vine merlot in the Cote De Bourg region of Bordeaux. The vineyard practice is Biodynamic and organic, and the wine making adds no sulfites and is totally vegan. All that, and the wine is yummy, too! Here the classic old world Merlot shines, bright (not stewed) fruit with the telltale cassis notes combines nicely with a herbaceous element that never feels too green or unripe.

- JGM

About the Producer

Catherine and Jean-Luc Hubert are proprietors of Chateau Peybonhomme les Tours in the Cotes de Blaye and Chateau La Grolet in the Cotes de Bourg.

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