Easily one of the best red wines I have ever had. Le Merle aux Alouettes by French wine producer Domaine Alain Chabanon is simply gorgeous and I do not say this lightly. I was introduced to it (in magnum size) when eating at the amazing Murano restaurant (www.muranolondon.com). I won’t beat about the bush… a glass of it cost me £20 with the dinner. Absorb that. However, it was our second wedding anniversary, I wanted a treat and was recommended this. I am very, very pleased that I tried it. When I got home I Google’d it and found a bottle priced online for 25 Euros)

Le Merle aux Alouettes is a deep, merlot blend that tastes fruity, full yet not over powering with a vanilla/buttery aftertaste which made me want the whole bottle! It is one of very few pricey wines that I have tried that actually live up to the price tag, the d’Arenberg Dead Arm and Laughing Magpie being others.

“A beautiful purple color and opaque, the nose opens to notes of vanilla, spice and black fruit. The palate is marked by the power and roundness: the tannins are soft and brings finesse.” (www.1907.fr)

If you can find a bottle of Le Merle aux Alouettes, with its very indistinct and under-played label, it is well worth trying, although be prepared to pay up. Enjoy!

www.alainchabanon.com

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