La Patience Organic Merlot
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Region: Languedoc, France
Grape variety: 100% Merlot
La Patience Organic Merlot is ultra-ripe with loads of crushed blackberry, plums, and waves of garrigue-infused minerality.
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About La Patience Organic Merlot
La Patience Organic Merlot is full of baking chocolate, ripe plums, and sweet herbs. The palate is ultra-ripe with loads of crushed blackberry, plums, and waves of garrigue-infused minerality.
About La Patience
Christophe Aguilar has more than 40 years of vineyard work under his belt. Before taking over the family domain in 1998, he used to run a nearby cooperative. Christophe had arrived at the helm of the family domain shortly in 1998 when he took over the vineyard from his father and gradually started to change things in multiple directions. The most important was the decision to go organic in 2007: “I realized I needed to stop poisoning myself with the chemical treatments we were using, as I felt worse and worse when working in the vineyards.”
Christophe also gradually grew the domaine from the original 15 hectares his family had: he now farms 100 hectares of organic-certified wines across the Costières de Nîmes and Coteaux du Pont du Gard, two neighboring AOCs with distinctive terroirs and a lingering scent of La Patience, the wild, aromatic Mediterranean herb that gave its name to the estate. “I’m really focused on the vineyards – the priority is to have beautiful vines and grapes because then you have much less to do in the cellar. It really makes your life much easier. This is a journey that wouldn’t be possible without understanding your terroir first by seeing and feeling the link between what happens in the vineyard and then in the cellar.”
Oh yes, the cellar – the beautiful stone building from 1930, keeping the wines cool, has undergone a significant shift as well. Christophe has progressively changed the vinification methods, working towards a less interventionist approach with significantly fewer additives. “It’s good to be a companion to what nature has given us,” he explains his vision of making delicious, reliable wines without overtly heavy manipulations. The cuvées that Christophe comes either from his own (organic certified), or purchased (sustainable / practicing organic) grapes and, depending on the wine, are made with indigenous or neutral yeast, vegan-friendly fining, and light filtration, and as little sulfur as possible.