2020 PHILIPPE GUERIN Abstraction 4 75cl (Loire Valley, France)
Style - Elegant
Grapes - Merlot
Tasting - Finding Merlot growing in the Muscadet region is a bit like having your roast beef served with ice cream. Wholly unexpected. Yet here's a very easy-going and very competent rendition layered with dark berry fruit and succulent plum character.
FYI: Merlot's name is said to derive from 'merle', the French name for the Blackbird. Apparently they love to devour these grapes in particular.