Lagarde - Merlot 2021
From the famed and historic Perdriel sub-region of Lujan de Cuyo at an altitude of 3,300 to 4,000 feet above sea level. This extreme altitude results in massive day/night temperature fluctuations and a long ripening period yielding high acid, complex grapes. The altitude also brings intense sunshine and UV exposure which spurs the grapes to produce more skin tannins, yielding richly-colored wines with tremendous aging potential.
What I find particularly compelling about this wine is its restraint with Lagarde pulling back on the alcohol and the oak. At 13.6% alcohol, the wine packs plenty of punch without devolving into a caricature. Only 50% of the wine sees oak, for just 8 months. The result is fabulous! I love my Right Bank Bordeaux, but will happily pull the cork on this gem, as it competes with those at twice the price!
Vinous Media: 93 Points
"The 2021 Merlot hails from Perdriel, Luján de Cuyo, and was aged in four-fifths French barrels for eight months. Garnet red in hue. The spicy, nuanced nose features clove, cinnamon, pepper, blackberry, well-integrated oaky notes, tomato leaf and orange petit fours. The palate is fairly smooth and voluminous, with a slightly taut flow. Delivers several layers of long-lasting flavor, including a little toffee at the end. The gentle, broad tannins are typical of Luján." - Joaquín Hidalgo
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