2016 2P Production Merlot - France
2P Production is the side project of Romain, the youngest brother of the prestigious Plageoles family winery in Gaillac, and his wife Fanny Papelard, thus 2P. This is a textbook example of how glorious Merlot can be when done properly. The grapes are hand harvested and de-stemmed, before it undergoes spontaneous fermentation in fiberglass tanks. The skins are removed after a short amount of time to limit the amount of extraction and tannin in the wine, yet it has more than enough to give the wine balance and structure. It has delicious ripe, black cherry notes with hints of green pepper and impressive minerality from Gaillac’s granite rich soils. Pair with a hearty beef or lamb stew or quality hard cheeses like Tomme-de-Savoie or Petit Basque.