Les Jamelles’ extensive knowledge of the Languedoc’s terroirs, as well as a long-standing relationship with their partner-growers, enable them to make a Merlot in accordance with organic agriculture’s strict guidelines.
The 100% Merlot grapes are sourced from vineyards on the Gard River’s slopes and along the shore at Béziers. Pruning is closely managed, and yields are kept to a minimum, around 30% lower than in traditional viticulture. The grapes are harvested early in the morning, at their ripest. They are then de-seeded before being macerated in tanks for 15 days to 3 weeks. Alcoholic fermentation takes place at controlled temperatures with regular must pumping, and malolactic fermentation takes place in tanks.
The Les Jamelles Naturelles Merlot Bio is complex and round, with a magnificent deep crimson—almost black—color. Crushed black fruit (blackberry and blackcurrant coulis), smoke, and spices like cinnamon dominate the nose. On the palate, it is long and smooth, with superb balance.
The Les Jamelles Naturelles Merlot Bio is best served chilled. Pair it with varied cheeses, grilled red meats, pizza, and cold cuts. You can also enjoy it with roasted free-range chicken, or stuffed tomatoes, or with a red bell pepper risotto for vegans.
Store your unopened bottle in a cool, dry, and dark place safe from constant vibration. Keep your bottle horizontal in a wine rack or cellar to retain the moistness of the cork. The ideal temperature for storage is between 7 to 15°C. Once opened, a bottle will be good for 3 to 5 days standing upright in the refrigerator.