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Not just to puzzle your friends with (but do puzzle your friends with it!), this is deliciously crisp. Serve a little warmer than classic whites.
"Nearly every wine drinker has heard of Merlot, even if they are like my mate Jim who has an acute aversion to it (the unconfirmed rumour is that he can taste Merlot in a wine even if it’s at homoeopathically minute proportions). Perhaps only wine scholars will know Merlot Blanc, a cross of Merlot (Noir) and Folle Blanche, the Cognac grape also known as Gros Plant in the western reaches of the Loire.
However, this is a white Merlot wine but it is not Merlot Blanc – it’s a white wine made from black grapes, a Blanc de Noirs. Of course Blancs de Noirs are common in Champagne and other sparkling wines, but they are rarely seen as still wines.
It’s dry yet fruity, with so much texture – it’s very quaffable but would stand up to some sturdy food if required. Don’t serve ice cold – allow the flavours to express themselves.
PS Jim really liked this as well!" Frankly Wines (frankstero.com)
|Winemaker||Gialdi & Brivio|
|Style||White, Still, Dry, Single Variety|
|AOC / DAC||Ticino|
|Last Tasted||2 Apr 2021|
|Key Features||Unoaked, "Slow Wine", Vegetarian and Vegan|
|Available from||Caviste, Nysa Wines and Spirits, Pavillon Wines, Sarahs Cellar|
|Bought In (year)||2019|