Les vins des coteaux alpins \ Grape varieties
Grape originally from the Bordeaux region, it is derived from a cross between Magdeleine noire des Charentes and Cabernet Franc. It is also the half-brother of Côt (or Malbec) but not the black shape of Merlot blanc.
It is part of the red vine appellations of most Vins de Bordeaux, Bergerac, Pécharmant, Côtes de Duras, Buzet, Côtes du Marmandais, Brulhois, Malepère, Cahors, Pineau des Charentes, ... and many Vins de Pays from the South of France.
Its blend with Cabernet franc’s grape must provides more lightness, delicacy and soft and puts it into aquiring faster the properties that must be its share. Merlot noir has a color intensity of two times that Cinsault. Sensitive to oxidation, it must avoid repeated contact with air: it is to be consumed quickly.
Aromas of cherry, leather, spices, jammy strawberry, blackberry, animal notes (venison), plum, apple notes, prunes, liquorice, undergrowth, truffles, violets, ...