This chateau is said to have taken its name from the singing of the Merle, a massive cannon with which the French bombarded the English, during the Hundred Years War. Quality here has been regularly climbing, as extensive vineyard replantings of the early 1980s have now reached full maturity. Deeply rooted vines ensured regular access to moisture during the parching summer. The 2016 assemblage is 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot, now ageing in 40% new oak barrels, with 40% in one-year, and the balance in 2-old year barrels. Colour is impressively deep, with lively, blackcurrant aromas. Palate shows dense, penetrating fruitiness, with well-judged balance of refreshing acidity and fine tannins, promising elegant complexity and smoothness after mid-term ageing (for drinking 2020-2032+).
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