Montagnac Merlot comes from Les Vignobles Montaganc located between Beziers and Montpellier in the Languedoc Roussillon. The co-operative was built in Montagnac in 1937 and the vineyards stretch from the edge of the Mediterranean Sea to the foothills of the mountains on the right bank of the River Herault. These “Marine” vineyards on the edge of the Thau Lagoon are amongst the oldest on the Mediterranean; they are crossed by the Roman highway – the Via Domitienne and are close to the historic ports of Sète and Agde.
Languedoc Roussillon’s vineyards are the oldest in France, planted by the early Greeks in the 5th century BC, and had a high reputation right through the centuries. In the 14th century wines from the Languedoc were prescribed in hospitals in Paris for their “healing powers” and during both World Wars the Languedoc was responsible for providing the daily wine rations given to French soldiers. Today the Languedoc is one of the most dynamic wine growing regions in the World.
Montagnac Merlot is a versatile wine with food and pairs beautifully with Asian cuisine – from rich Chinese dishes to Indian curries as well as grilled lamb, pork and steak, stroganoffs and tomato based dishes.
Press Reviews: Andrew Barrow, Spittoon
Three Wines from France: The Montagnac Range
This held my interest right the way through an easy mid-week meal of herby sausage and tomato sauce topping a pile of steaming pasta. Good concentration but again, easy drinking, with soft black fruits, chocolate and coffee complexity. A good pleasing finish. Alcohol 13%.
Scribblings Rating – 88/100 [3.5 out of 5]