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About us - Domaine du Merchien

Through its long, rich wine growing history, the region has seen the centuries come and go. Our vineyard is planted with Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Auxerrois, Gamay, Tannat, Jurancon, Aubouriou and Syrah and produces fruity wines with floral notes. They are full bodied and are smooth to the palate.
Merchien’s winemakers, David and Sarah Meakin, have been producing some outstanding wines for this vineyard. The wines of Merchien are amongst the best in Quercy, and this is a vineyard which has offerings worth tasting and re-tasting, vintage to vintage.

The setting of Domaine du Merchien offers spectacular views of both the vineyard and the beautiful surrounding rural scenery. Merchien is a family-run vineyard that embraces the spirit of innovation: David and Sarah enjoy experimenting with the final products, which range from a Merchien wine, which is darkest red, and gives off scents of red berry fruits, and is rich, tannic, robust, full-flavoured and as it ages, develops delicate and complex aromas and floral notes. Merchien Rosé is a beautiful, fresh, crisp and surprising wine, it is both elegant and sophisticated, has considerable body for a rosé, whilst still keeping plenty of fruit.
The winery combines the best of some modern techniques with traditional wine making methods.

At Domaine Du Merchien everything is done with patience, enthusiasm and most of all, respect for local tradition. The vineyard has been herbicide free for the last ten years and operates a minimal chemical policy.

David and Sarah are on a mission to make serious, quality wines that establish Merchien’s reputation. Their drive and creativity has meant that they are winning well-deserved national recognition for Merchien wines.

Don't just take our word for it, if you need a recommendation, Merchien has won many awards for it's wines:

· Vintage: 1994/1995/1996 The Guide Hachette (France’s best-known wine guide)
· Vintage: 1997/1998 First Prize: Concours du Vin Coteaux du Quercy
· Vintage: 1999 First Prize: Wines Sud Ouest. (Castelsarrasin).
· Vintage: 2000 Bronze Medal: Wines Sud Ouest (Toulouse).
· Vintage: 2001 VDP du Lot, 3rd: Wines Sud Ouest (Castelsarrasin).
· Vintage: 2001 VDQS First Prize
· Featured in Exciting Wine Finds in the World by Tom Stevenson
· Featured in Coup de Coeur, Guide Hachette des Vins 2004
· Vintage: 2002 First Prize: Wines Sud Ouest (Castelsarrasin).
· Vintage: 2003 VDP du Lot Wines Sud Ouest, 1st 2nd & 3rd (Castelsarrasin)
· Vintage: 2004 Silver Medal Wines Sud Ouest. @ Toulouse
· Selected for The Guide Hachette 2007
· Vintage: 2005 médaille de’argent, Concours National des Vins de Pays 2007
· Vintage: 2005 Selected for The Guide Hachette 2008
· Vintage: 2005 Best Bargain South West France: Tom Stevenson Wine Report 2009
· Vintage: 2006 Selected for The Guide Hachette 2009

And you may have seen Domanine du Merchien in:
Decanter magazine, Hugh Johnsone’s Pocket Wine Book, Everything France magazine, BBC Good Food Magazine. Tom Stevenson Wine Report 2005/2009 , Larousse Encyclopaedia of Wine. The Times , Dire Lot Magazine, Television Interview on FRANCE3, Channel 4 TVe’s A Place In The Sun Magazine, The Sunday Times, Guide Hachette, Voyage (Brittany Ferries)

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