Les Jamelles, Merlot
Varietals: 100% Merlot
Origin: It is with this Merlot that best expresses the approach of "assemblages" of the winemakers of the Jamelles. Indeed, it inherits the qualities of the various terroirs that make up the final cuvée: the wines of the region of Nîmes, in the north, are complex with a note of terroir; Those that come from the plains near Béziers are thick, fruity and rich, and those of the eastern valley of the Aude, near Carcassonne, are elegant and structured. Finally, those of the West Audois have character and a lot of typicity. Average age of vines: 10-15 years. Size in "goblet" (not palissée) and in "cordon de Royat" (trellised). Relatively low yields of around 50 hectoliters per hectare. Floors essentially of 2 types.
Winemaking: The winemakers who work for "Les Jamelles" vinify the wines with Catherine according to a "specifications" which was decided in common before the harvest and which takes into consideration the specificity of the soil, the typicity of the wines, the climatic conditions of the And the equipment of the cellars. The results are therefore varied from one cellar to another, and this is exactly the aim. Overall, the Merlot process, which is close to what is done in Bordeaux, is made up of relatively long macerations and a small proportion of "carbonic maceration" for the fruit. Part of the final cuvee is high in oak barrels for 6 to 9 months.
Tasting: - Visual examination: Dark color. This wine is very complex, rich, long and fat.
- Olfactory examination: It has flavors of crushed black fruits (blackberries, blackcurrants, cherries), jam and cooked fruits. Smoked (peat) and spicy fragrances (cinnamon, thyme).
- Taste: This wine is round, rich and long in the mouth ("velouté") with a tannin at maturity on the end. It is interesting, well-balanced and easy to drink. It can be stored for 2 to 3 years.