Domaine du Merchien is owned by a Brits David and Sarah Meakin, who moved to the southwest of France (Coteaux de Quercy) to farm and make wine. This wine, JAS, is a blend of one-third each Jurancon Noir, Abouriou and Syrah. Website: www.merchien.com.
Domaine du Merchien JAS 2008 Vin de Pays du Lot
Deep red/black colour. Lovely edgy aromatic nose with notes of gravel, blood, black fruits and iron. The palate is midweight and fresh with lovely grippy, gravelly tannins, and fresh berry and cherry fruits. It’s fresh and supple, and although the tannins are quite pronounced, they seem to add to the freshness of the wine rather than make it austere or rustic. Full of regional flavour. 90/100 (£11.25 The Sampler)