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Domaine Girard Malepere Neri Magnum

Domaine Girard Malepere Neri Magnum

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Domaine Girard Malepere Neri: A Taste of the Languedoc-Roussillon

Unveiling a gem from the Malepère appellation, Domaine Girard's Cuvée Néri offers a captivating expression of the region's unique terroir. This meticulously crafted red blend is a must-try for wine enthusiasts seeking a flavourful and food-friendly experience.

Grape Varietals and Winemaking:

Domaine Girard's Cuvée Néri is a proud product of the Malepère appellation in the Languedoc-Roussillon. This prestigious blend boasts a carefully curated selection of grapes:

  • Merlot (50%) brings a core of juicy black fruit and smooth tannins.
  • Cabernet Franc (40%) adds a layer of herbaceous character and refreshing acidity.
  • Malbec (10%) contributes depth and a touch of spice to the overall profile.

The grapes are meticulously hand-harvested at optimal ripeness, ensuring the finest quality fruit goes into the winemaking process. Delicate pressing separates the juice, followed by a cold maceration (skin contact) for 5-6 days. This technique gently extracts colour, flavour, and tannins from the grape skins. The wine then undergoes ageing in oak barrels for seven months, imparting subtle hints of vanilla and spice.

Tasting Profile:

Domaine Girard's Cuvée Néri boasts a deep, inky purple colour in the glass. On the nose, it unfolds with an enticing bouquet of ripe black fruits like plums and blackcurrants. Hints of earthiness, fresh humus, and intriguing notes of green pepper and zan (a liquorice-like herb) add complexity. The first sip reveals a full-bodied and fleshy palate, brimming with concentrated fruit flavours. The tannins are beautifully integrated, offering a pleasant structure without being overpowering. A lively acidity cuts through the richness, ensuring a balanced and refreshing finish.

Food Pairing Recommendations:

Domaine Girard's Cuvée Néri is a versatile wine that pairs beautifully with a variety of dishes. Here are some food matches to elevate your dining experience:

  • Red Meat: The robust character of this wine makes it a perfect match for grilled steaks, braised lamb shanks, or hearty stews.
  • Game: Earthy notes in the wine complement the richness of game meats like venison or wild boar.
  • Hard Cheeses: Pair Cuvée Néri with mature cheddar cheese or a creamy blue cheese for a delightful contrast of textures and flavours.
  • Vegetarian Options: Don't limit this wine to meat dishes! The bold fruit notes work well with portobello mushroom burgers, lentil stews, or roasted vegetables with herbs.

Beyond the Bottle: The Story of Domaine Girard

Domaine Girard is a family-run estate with a rich history dating back to the early 20th century. Nestled in the village of Alaigne, amidst the rolling hills of the Malepère appellation, the estate is now under the stewardship of the fourth generation, Philippe Girard. Philippe has embraced sustainable practices, working in accordance with the principles of Haute Valeur Environnementale (High Environmental Value), ensuring respect for the land and a commitment to quality.

A Final Note:

Domaine Girard's Cuvée Néri is a testament to the exciting potential of the Malepère appellation. This captivating blend offers a harmonious balance of fruit, earthiness, and spice, making it a truly food-friendly wine. Whether you're a seasoned wine connoisseur or just starting your exploration of the world of reds, Cuvée Néri is sure to impress.

Looking to experience the unique flavours of the Languedoc-Roussillon? Visit The General Wine Company today to secure your bottle of Domaine Girard Malepere Cuvée Néri!

 

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