Flaugére Merlot Vin de Pays des Coteaux de l’Ardeche (2005)

Flaugere Merlot 2005We are having this Flaugére Merlot Vin de Pays des Coteaux de l’Ardeche 2005 from France for the first time tonight. It is a rainy and dark night in Michigan, but we are having a cozy evening inside. I think this wine is delicious. As you may or may not know (depending upon how often you read this blog), I am a Cabernet Sauvignon fan and tend to turn my nose up at Merlot (as unflattering as that may be).

But this Flaugére Merlot 2005 is a very fine Merlot with absolutely nothing to sniff about! The nose is very delicate and lovely with a hint of cloves. On the palate is rasberries and chocolate. The finish is very long and velvety smooth with a bit of coffee at the very end. This wine is really, really delicious! I am making chicken breasts in a cast-iron skillet tonight and, although this wine would probably be perfect for pasta, I think this will also do just fine with the chicken. And the rain. And the coziness. Cheers!

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