Le Petit Chat Malin, French, Red Wine
Wine of Languedoc, France. Pays d'Oc - Red French Wine. Juicy, rich and red. Tasting Notes. This luscious red is made from selected parcels of old vine Grenache and Syrah (aka Shiraz), making it a truly mouth-filling wine packed with rich, juicy and ripe berry fruit flavours, a touch of soft tannin and a subtle twist of spice. The Oc, or 'Pays d'Oc' as you'll see it on most labels, refers to the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southern France, known by the French as 'Le Midi'. Geographically the Oc covers an incredibly broad swathe of vineyards from the Rhône delta in the middle of southern France, arcing all the way round to the Spanish border on her Mediterranean seaboard. Planted here are both traditional grape varieties such as Grenache Gris (which makes very fine rosé) and Grenache Noir (try Pasquiers for a full-bodied flavoursome find); as well as the 'cépages améliorateurs' (varieties introduced in the last twenty to thirty years) such as Syrah and Merlot for reds, Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc for whites. Eric Monnin, Boutinot's winemaker responsible for the Languedoc, is constantly on the look-out for producers who have hidden gems, visiting domaines, seeking out new parcels as well as counselling winemakers before the harvest on e.g. softening harsh tannins in reds, or retaining acidity and expressing aromatics in whites. Then once the grapes have been picked, vinified and the wines barely finished, he tastes these 'brut de cuve' wines intensively and repeatedly over the next six months in collaboration with Samantha Bailey and Kim Tidy to select and blend the styles we seek and decide on their maturation, optimum bottling month and release date to the market.
Preparation & Storage
- Food Recommendations. Le Petit Chat Malin is a wine of quality and character. Try it with a hearty meat dish, cheeses or simply lap it up all on its lonesome!
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