2013 Domaine de Saint-Antoine Merlot France
I love the much maligned Merlot. Here it is rustic and juicy. Won’t hurt the pocketbook at this price point. Domaine de Saint-Antoine is owned and run by Jean-Louis Emmanuel and his wife Marlène. Located in the hills southeast of the ancient Roman city of Nîmes, they have 20 ha hectares of vines, with 6 ha in production, planted on the plateau of rocky limestone soil that was deposited when this area was underneath the Rhône River. Jean-Louis Emmanuel produces some of the regions juiciest, most satisfying wines. A terrific value, the Saint-Antoine Merlot offers ripe cassis and cherry flavors with soft juicy tannins.