Rich and full with very apparent fruit flavours of cherries, plums and damsons, softened by very well-balanced tannins and finishing soft but firm and longer than you would expect. As a variety, we love Merlot, from the great Pomerols to the less subtle New World styles. To our delight, Mapu Merlot offers something different and more expressive than we have found with other New World Merlots at this level.
Baron Philippe de Rothschild is an iconic brand, known for its premium French wines including 1ere Cru Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Chateau Clerc Milon and Chateau d'Armailhac. They also sport a range from the Pays d'Oc and of course, Mouton Cadet. They are pioneers in the world of wine being the first to introduce Chateau bottling as a means of ensuring the quality and consistency of their wines, something rapidly followed and now practiced by all wine producers of note. Their range of labels designed each vintage by different artists for their first wine, Chateau Mouton Rothschild, was also a first, with artists from Freud, Chagall, Picasso and even the Prince of Wales contributing.
In terms of quality and value, their range of Chilean wines is also a first. Along with their premium Chilean reds, Almaviva and Escudo Rojo (meaning Red Shield or Rothschild), for the price, the Mapu range is every bit as good. Try a mixed case of the Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah Rose - you won't be disappointed!
This big Merlot works well with similar big food flavours such as game casseroles, red meats, rich tomato dishes and even chocolate. It's also good on its own, especially on a cold evening (in front of the fire).