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Lillet Rouge Rating:3

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Family:Vermouth Dry
Brand:Lillet

History

The company Lillet Frères was established in 1872 by wine merchants Paul and Raymond Lillet in Podensac, in the Bordeaux Region of France. Today every stage of production takes place at the Lillet distillery and has remained consistent throughout the years, evolving only slightly to reflect oenological advancements and technical improvements.  The secret ingredients are unchanged and the original recipe is closely guarded by the cellar master, ensuring Lillet’s iconic status as the Quintessential Aperitif of Bordeaux


Description

The wine used for the creation of Lillet Rouge is sourced from land in the south-west of France which produces fine Merlot, prized for its supple tannins, which become more velvety with age.  The wine used is the result of the careful blending of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. The wine is then blended with fine artisanal orange infusions crafted from sweet orange peels from Spain and bitter oranges from Haiti.  Cold macerated in 48% neutral beet alcohol, the “vinage” also consists of the addition of a secret blend of macerated fruits, which are produced in Lillet’s distillery in Podensac, in the same time honored manner since the early 19th century.  A small amount of quinine from Peru is added to the blend before ageing the liquid for 6 to 12 months in oak casks whose wood is sourced from French forests.  To achieve a perfectly consistent balance, the master distiller blends young, fresh and fruity vintages of Lillet with smoother, more concentrated older vintages, making careful adjustments for quality before bottling.

  • Varietal Composition: 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc.
  • Including 85% macerated oranges and fruits.
  • Aging: 6 to 12 months in French oak casks.
  • Alcohol Content: 17% vol.

Tasting notes
  • Appearance: Ruby
  • Nose: A note of very ripe forest fruits
  • Taste: Powerful flavours of fresh orange and ripe forest fruits, vanilla and fine spices with a robust structure

Observations
  • Awards: 2009 Wine Enthusiast: 89 Points – Very Good, Recommended
  • Serving Suggestion: serve well-chilled in a wine glass or on the rocks. Garnish with a slice of orange. Also enjoyed in the Lillet Sangria, and as a substitute to a red vermouth for classic favourites such as Rob Roy and Manhattan.



Source: Lillet
Product Website: Lillet


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