Great Value Southern French Red
About the Wine Region
This wine comes from the best vineyards in Southern France, in the up and coming region of Languedoc. Grand Plessis is a medieval term meaning enclosed natural fort. The stoney plateus, the unstoppable winds mixed with hot weather contribute to the flavors of this rich fruit wine.
During the 1970′s the Languedoc region was guilty of overproducing cheap jug wine. Old Grenache vineyards were ripped out and replaced with high-yield grape varieties such as Carignan. As recently as 2001, the Languedoc-Roussillon region produced more wine than the entire United States.
How times have changed. Since then, Languedoc-Roussillon has slowly been recovering its status as a quality producer by reducing yields. Quantity has been sacrificed for quality in the last 10 years, with scores of adventurous wine makers buying up vineyards that once only produced wine for mass ‘co-ops’, and re-planting them with more interesting grape varieties, grown and blended in ever-more novel ways. Languedoc is no longer the world’s wine factory), and the quality of the wines produced here has soared through the roof. In fact, Languedoc is now thought to be one of the most interesting and dynamic wine regions in the world - with passionate wine makers from South Africa, Australia, the UK, the Americas and other parts of France, all converging on what is now the ‘wild south’ to make wines of great subtlety and complexity.
About the Wine
This delicious blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (70%) and Merlot (30%) has been crafted from hand selected grapes.
Grand Plessis Cabernet-Merlot 2011 is a great value wine that has a deep purple ruby colour, with blackcurrent, cassis and black cherry aromas. The palate is fruit- rich, luscious and jammy with a fruity finish and some velvety tannin. You can smell the characteristic bouquet of the Garrigue and taste the ripe black fruit flavours followed by a silky texture. Serve at room temperature and it will marry well with with roasted red meats, BBQ or with a selection of cheeses.