Le Jardin Merlot Domaine Milan 2018

Le Jardin Merlot
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Le Jardin Merlot Domaine Milan 2018 – Natural Wine, 100% Merlot, low yields, the Pomerol of Provence. The soils are clay with limestone screes on a subsoil of blue marls,.  It is same soil type as in Pomerol. This cuvée is called by some people, ‘Provencal Petrus’ thanks to the nature of the soils and the grape variety used. It is certainly a wine of great class, medium colour, full bodied but very fresh with supple dark fruits, minerals, notes of herbs, bell pepper and leather as it matures.

Le Jardin Merlot is class, class wine. When Henri Milan makes wine, he really does just let nature take its course. The man is slow, methodical and very, very relaxed, his wines are precise and expressive, quite a contrast. The 2018 Jardin is superb. Rich in colour as well as complexity, with an essence of truffle, dark chocolate and cherries. The tannins are silky and ripe and the finish long.

Is Vegan? Yes
Bottle Size 750ml
Production Method Natural, Organic
Producer Domaine Milan
Country France
Region Provence, France
Vintage 2018
Wine Type Red Wine
Wine Style Full bodied
Grape Merlot
Terroir Blue Marls
Alcohol 14% abv
Maturation 1 year in oak barrels
Total Sulphur Below 50 mg/litre
Annual Production 0 - 5,000 bottles
Ageing Potential 10 years
Food Matching On its own

Henri Milan has always done thing his way, and broke away from the Baux de Provence AOC so as to have the freedom to produce the wines he wanted.

The Domaine was started by Henri's father Robert in 1956, but it wasn't until Henri took over in the mid-80s that he converted to organic production. Influenced by Claude Courtois and Claude Bourguignon, Henri began to vinify the different sections of his vineyard separately and moved further towards natural production. He now grows a number of grape varieties including Grenache, Syrah, Grenache Blanc, Rolle, Roussanne and Chardonnay. The only chemical treatment used during the entire process of growth and vinification is a small amount of sulphur dioxide, which is added, on some rare occasions, during bottling. Fermentation always takes place naturally, with the grapes blended at the beginning of the process, rather than at the end. His wines have a wonderful purity and expression of terroir.

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The Natural Wine Lexicon

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Natural Yeast Fermentation
  • Nothing Removed, Nothing Added
  • Hand Harvest
  • Unfined
  • Unfilitered
  • Low Sulphur
  • No Added Sulphur
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Le Jardin Merlot Domaine Milan 2018