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Les Vignes de l'Arque Cuvée des Boissières 2017 IGP Pays d'Oc

(Code: ARQUE/BOIS/17)
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Les Vignes de l'Arque Cuvée des Boissières 2017 IGP Pays d'Oc
Vintage
2017
  
Region Pays d'Oc, west of Uzès, in the Gard
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied. Aged in oak barrels for 9 months
Grapes 100% Merlot
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.5%
Food Entrecote steak, game, cheese
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I've said it before and I'll say it again, Bordeaux grape varieties (this is 100% Merlot) really do make for lovely wines, when grown in Languedoc, because ripeness is never a problem. To be fair, this cuvée is invariably less Bordeaux in character and perhaps more Italian (in a blind tasting, I might be in Super-Tuscan country - or even California). It has bags of vivacious cherry and plum fruit, with subtle oaky and forest floor aromas and flavours, with notes of black pepper, herbs and curry spices, not to mention a truly mouth-watering core of cherry skin acidity. At such a young age (tasted July 2019), it will certainly benefit from another year or so of ageing, for the oak to fully integrate, but even so, it really is a remarkably refreshing red wine, with genuine depth and complexity. A cracking wine, and fantastic value for money.