About this WINE
Domaine de Montmarin
Domaine de Montmarin lies among the hills running down to the Mediterranean to the west of Cap d’Agde in Cotes du Thonge (Southern France) and covers around 350 hectares, of which just over 120 are planted with vines.
The owner, Philippe de Bertier, is a charming and unassuming individual who, with the help of his consultant œnologist and his maître de chai Bertrand Waris (from Champagne), makes exceptionally good and well presented varietal Vin du Pays wines. Recent investments in the bottling facility have seen the wines move to screw-cap whilst the launch of a range of dual varieties under the Domaine de Bertier label has further enhanced the range.
The most widely planted grape in Bordeaux and a grape that has been on a relentless expansion drive throughout the world in the last decade. Merlot is adaptable to most soils and is relatively simple to cultivate. It is a vigorous naturally high yielding grape that requires savage pruning - over-cropped Merlot-based wines are dilute and bland. It is also vital to pick at optimum ripeness as Merlot can quickly lose its varietal characteristics if harvested overripe.
In St.Emilion and Pomerol it withstands the moist clay rich soils far better than Cabernet grapes, and at it best produces opulently rich, plummy clarets with succulent fruitcake-like nuances. Le Pin, Pétrus and Clinet are examples of hedonistically rich Merlot wines at their very best. It also plays a key supporting role in filling out the middle palate of the Cabernet-dominated wines of the Médoc and Graves.